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Songs of the Step Dogs



When my soul mate and I re-connected, he lived in Connecticut with three dogs. I’d asked for some one who loved dogs, so when I found out he had three, I thought, be still my heart. I had to remind myself to keep my feet on the ground, until I was sure. During our long distance romance, I talked to the dogs on the phone and listened to them sing.


Queen Beep

Dixie Doodle, the coon hound, started first with a low, steady howl. Beep, the Australian shepherd mix, named for the squeaky sound she made as a puppy, joined in with a strong throaty bark. Oreo, the spaniel mix, came in last with a yip, yip, yip.

When David moved down south, he brought his three amigos to join my golden retriever, Jesse and Marigold the mutt.

Marigold didn’t bark much after being displaced as the alpha female, by Doodle, who only thought she was the alpha female. Beep would have a different take on that. Beep, at 14, is the true queen of the pack. Doodle is just pushy.

Doodle on the bed


Oreo and Jesse, the two male dogs, have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.



Jesse used to howl when he heard the whine of a siren. I bet he is howling in dog heaven, with Oreo backing him up with his yip, yip, yip, when they’re not busy chasing ducks, and making them quack, quack, quack.

jesse howling

Jesse (howling) and Marigold

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was “onomatopoeia.”  If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for SoCS June 13/15

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

12 thoughts on “Songs of the Step Dogs

  1. I had a cat named Beep! Actually, her name was Beep Beep Beep but I called her Beep for short.

  2. Beep Beep Beep! What a fun name 🙂 I’m curious if it was a random Stream of Consciousness naming, or was there something else that got her the name?

  3. S. of C. naming…. good word for it! No special reason.

  4. Ah, I miss having dogs. Thanks for this delightful post, JoAnne! 🙂

  5. You’re welcome, Linda. Maybe you will have a dog again some day, or you could borrow one from a friend. 🙂 Thanks for the prompt. I love how when I first read some of your prompts, I think, I have no idea what to do with that. But something always comes along the stream 😉

  6. This just made my Monday happy 🙂 I always wanted a dog – preferably a big, shaggy mutt… 🙂

    • I’m all for making your Monday happy 🙂 . I’ve always loved big, shaggy dogs. They’re a lot of work, but you are young, so I hope one day you get your big, shaggy mutt! Mutts are the best!

  7. My beloved Nellie – a Border Collie – passed over Rainbow Bridge quite recently. She was the very best of friends and loves, utterly irreplaceable of course, not that one even considers it in that way. Sad though it may seem, she gave me more affection than any human ever did consistently.

    All best wishes Jo Anne,


  8. I’m sorry for your loss of beloved, Nellie. I, too, have experienced the affection of dogs being more consistent than humans. Dogs are less complicated and unconditional in their love for us. Thank you, Hariod, for sharing about Nellie. Savor those happy memories that will last forever.

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