All poetry and photos by Squeaky Connors unless otherwise noted, thank you.

Monday, December 19, 2011


The tree's been up for 14 days
with nothing on but lights,
come on humans, help me
let's get this done tonight!

Monday, October 31, 2011

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Happy Haloween

Sorry I don't have pictures of my dogs dressed up for Halloween but I am in Florida.Blogging from my iPad at MacDonalds is a challenge. I'd like to say I'm on vacation but that is not the case. I flew down here to see my fathervwho's health was failing. He was at home with wonderful round the clock hospice care. He did not recognize me for several hours but we kept trying. My sister Phyllis kept telling him, "Squeaky's here". And then... It was like he woke up. He got tears in his eyes and sat up and opened his arms wide and hugged me! We had a little chat and I told him how everyone was doing. He passed away Oct.24th at ten minutes after midnight. My sister Melissa and I were at his side for his last hours and the hospice nurse helped us through his final minutes. Tomorrow we will have a viewing here and he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with my mother in a few weeks. I will return home Nov.5th. We are now looking forward to Tim's return from Iraq sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I apologize to my friends who look forward to my Haloween cards and picture. They're going to be a little bit late this year.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


my family's going to the fair
i hear it's lots of fun
oh please, if i am really good
won't you let me come

you could dress me like a baby
with ribbons and with lace
no one would ever guess
with my cute baby face

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday



is this for German Shepherds
do others get to play
it doesn't seem polite
to turn my breed away

it's true some are ill-mannered
and have committed crimes
but that's also true of people
and they're not on this sign

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday



there isn't much, that i can do
but i'll stay close, 'cuz i love you
i'll make you laugh, and warm your feet
i'll even share. my doggie treat
and when you're strong, i'll still be here
even if it takes all year

summer 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday



wag your tail, it's wednesday
it's really lots of fun
just stick out, your little buns
and shake them, one by one

Monday, August 1, 2011


‎"The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

William James -
American Psychologist and Philosopher

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday (almost)





What Dogs are Wearing in MN This Summer

It's all about the Torn Tied Tee.

Tied on either side, the back or even front you can repurpose any t-shirt into a fashion statement. Tear it a lot, a little or not at all, whatever suits your personal style. However you decide to wear it, just make sure it's a t-shirt that you have permission to use. You don't want Daddy getting mad when he heads to the luau and can't find his surfer tee.

Friday, July 8, 2011


STONE
TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT .
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE

THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED
WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND ,

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE .

THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:

'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE'

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, 'AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?'

THE FRIEND REPLIED
'WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.

BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT'

LEARN TO WRITE
YOUR HURTS IN
THE SAND AND TO
CARVE YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.

I don't know the author of this story but I love the message. You could also write the hurts in snow (if you live in Minnesota) and then they could melt away.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


I just love a party!

Stella with our friends Ben & Yvonne

summer showers




standing on the front porch,
watching summer showers,
hoping that the rain,
doesn't drown my flowers

watching children laughing,
shouting with such glee,
oh how I remember,
when that child was me

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


A new addition to our lives: The Q6 Edge - with this wheelchair Amy will no longer get stuck in the middle of the road in the snow. She can go up to 15 miles distance and I shudder to think about how fast... Unfortunately she can't take it out for a spin until she gets out of her cast and knee immobilizer, maybe July 28. In the meantime we'll all just admire it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


i love the smell of the horses
the scent of their hide and the hay
i'd love to live on a ranch
just to breathe it in each day

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


baa baa white lamb
wag your little tail
even though it's crooked
our love for you won't fail

and though your mamma left you
we will keep you here
we think lambs with crooked tails
are very very dear


Billie Jo Norsworthy at Lucy's Sheep Camp, Thermopolis, WY

Saturday, June 11, 2011

You & Me Stronger Together


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday



i know i'm not a dog
but i still have a tail
it has spikes
covered with algae
on my shell
there is a snail
i know i am amazing
and you might think
i'm polite
but do not get too close
snapping turtles bite

Saturday, June 4, 2011


well i'm stuck in bed
and i'm lookin' at my toes
and i'm wonderin'
if anybody knows
that my sweet toes
have a life of their own
and with my toes
i'm never alone
so i talk to them
and they talk to me
and i tell them soon
we'll all be free
but while we're stuck
let's make up rhymes
and sing about some better times

Friday, May 20, 2011

surgery


she doesn't want to do this
and knowing that it's right
doesn't help the nerves
or take away the fright

there's not much i can say
and not much i can do
but simply stay beside her
as we see this hard time through

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


my mom and troy just left me
and i was all alone
there wasn't any happy
in our happy home

so dad sent me to karen's
he thought that would be best
he was a little worried
that i might get depressed

karen's house is heaven
with lots of dogs and toys
'cuz being a dog sitter
is what karen enjoys

with toys and friends to play with
the time went really fast
but i'm now glad to say this
i am home at last

home is still the best place
it feels and smells just right
and the people i call family
are my heart's delight

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tresa Black's winning video will touch your heart

This is a touching story about making a scrapbook for Grandma. It also shows how easy it is to do with Studio J from Close To My Heart. I really love it and encourage you to take a look

Yes Photo


Yesterday, my mission in taking pictures was to take a picture of something that said Yes. This is my photo. Funny thing about it, I didn't say yes to the picture right away. It required pulling over on the side of the road. I knew it was the picture, but I drove right by. Obviously I turned around but why? Why didn't I just say Yes in the first place, in the moment. That is what I struggle with, saying Yes at the right moment, trusting it committing to it. Not letting opportunities pass by me (or me pass by them). It seems I need some exercises to build up these weak response muscles. Any ideas?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

You're Exceedingly Significant

Another Yes Poem

God Says Yes To Me

by Kaylin Haught


I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic

and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Say Yes

Say Yes Today
Yes to Life
Yes to Love
Yes to others

Most of all

Say Yes to Yourself
Yes I am Beautiful
Yes I am of Value
Yes I have a Purpose

Yes I will
Be my true Self
Believe in my Self
Embrace my Self
and Love my Self

Say Yes!
not a small internal Yes
not a tiny whispered Yes
a confident strong Yes
Out Loud
Make sure you hear it and...
Believe it

Now - go out there and Be your True Self
The world needs You!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

No Matter Where


even though we're in wyoming
and there's lots of room to roam
troy's favorite thing to do here
is his favorite thing at home

he has made friends with the horses
and chased some deer and geese
ran the fence with a new calf
and sniffed new smells on the breeze

but no matter what we do
nothing can compare
with a rubber ball and chuck-it
he is happy anywhere

Monday, May 2, 2011

What's up in Wyoming

fancy footwear
I went to church here Sunday, 14 people total in attendance.

my four new children

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday




snowflakes land
upon his back
soft
and white
on darkest black

he doesn't
notice
nor does he care
if they
look pretty
resting there

but i see
fairies
on his hair
for i see
beauty
everywhere


powdered sugar mountains


someone sprinkled
powdered sugar
on the hills this morn
it made me want some waffles
and some coffee, nice and warm

but soon
the sun came out
and like butter on the top
it melted off the sugar
and so my craving stopped

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

dogs gone





i took a little break
from writing in my blog
i'm not sure why it happened
but i bet you missed my dogs

no excuses really
it's just the way i am
perfectly imperfect
i beg your pardon ma'am

so here are some new pictures
in case you need a fix
troy's with me in wyoming
stella's up to her same trix

and so my life goes on
with changes and with twists
but always with my dogs
happiness exists





Honeymoon


why is the sky so wide here
how did it get so blue
how is it that i came here
to spend some time with you

i wake to gentle mountains
i know you're gentle too
i say" good morning jesus,
today what shall we do"?

you answer," just be with me".
can that alone be true?
don't you want me serving
to show my love for you

"no dear one", you answer
"it's time with you I seek
time to hear your thoughts
and time for me to speak.

i call you my beloved,
let me be your bridegroom
this special time together
shall be our honeymoon".


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday


she's a city dog
and her name is Pearl
and when i visit
she's grandma's girl

she likes to play
and i scratch her tummy
and her crazy smile
is oh so funny

when we go out
people stop to see her
'cuz she's oh so stylish
they just have to meet her

and i just smile
as they ooh and ah
'cuz i'm her loving
grand-mama

I had such a great time visiting my daughter (and grand-dog) in NYC. I was surprised that so many people choose to have canine companions in the "Big Apple". They add a softness and whimsy that is endearing. Laura and I attended the big dog show - Westminster! It was such fun to see all the different breeds of dogs and their people. I met a few breeds I hadn't seen before. The evenings Group and Best In Show events were quite exciting. We were happy to return to Laura's apartment to see Pearl each night. As the woman behind us (who had show dogs as well as rescue dogs) said, "They're all champions!"


Saturday, February 12, 2011

dog hair





because of dogs
there are blankets on my couches
because of dogs
there are scratches on my floor
because of dogs
there is so much hair to vacuum
but because of dogs
my life is so much more

because of dogs
i have someone there to greet me
because of dogs
i go outside and explore
because of dogs
my life is filled with laughter
and because of dogs
i know that i'm adored

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day 2011

remembering back
to my schoolgirl days
this one was special
in many ways

it spoke of hope
as we waited to see
how much more winter
there might be

and who would tell us
what our fate would be
a big fat groundhog
from Punxsutawney

this year he said "early
spring shall be"
but the height of my snowbanks
makes me disagree

it just doesn't apply
in this cold state
where minnesota groundhogs
still hibernate

but when i was younger
i believed it was true
and my hope, like our winter
still lingers on too



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

wag your tail, it's wednesday



i'm trying not to bother you
but oh, i love you so
i just want your attention
but i don't let it show

i try not to attack you
when you come home at night
i wait until you're ready
and give me the green light

i try to stay outside your door
and not invade your space
but i cannot contain my love
so i come and lick your face

sometimes i am a bother
you have to walk and feed
and playing fetch is one thing else
i really, really, need

i'm trying hard to be
exactly what you want
but i'm a dog, i'm not a cat
so I can't act nonchalant

i love you with my whole self
from nose to tip of tail
no matter how you treat me
my love will never fail

a human's love can die
some loving feelings end
but no matter what may happen
dogs love you to the end