RIP Pozey

This beautiful girl has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  I’d rescued her from a pet shop that was being forced to close because they were selling sick animals.  The day after I brought her home, she had to go to the vet for Parvo. I nursed her for 10 straight days, feeding her water out of my mouth when she refused to take water by a syringe.  (That was something she never forgot.  Throughout her life, she’d often come to me, licking my lips to share my milk, or soda or beer…) She was stoic and sweet through everything the Parvo threw at her.   My brother Marty eventually took her in and she was very much “his dog” for the rest of her life.

When she was a puppy, the doc said if she made it through the Parvo, she probably wouldn’t live very long…  But she lived for almost 15 years.  A wonderful, tough old broad.  She will be sorely missed.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.