Service Dog Savvy

Four Legs on the Rainbow Bridge

On Friday, August 8, 2014, C.J., my sixteen and-a-half-year-old retired guide dog, took her final journey on this plane of existence. This phenomenal yellow Lab was my constant guide for 11 years, and we walked a lot of miles in a lot of cities and towns together. So let me tell you about this beautiful, […]

Central and South America / Europe / Middle East / Service Dog Savvy

Documentation for Guide Dogs Traveling to Countries Outside the U.S.A. ~ by Simon

(Before I turn this space over to Simon, here are two suggestions that might be helpful. (1) The following information, in most cases, applies to pets in general. If you’re planning to take your furry friend outside the U.S., always check the official government website of the country you will be visiting. This is also […]


An Open Letter to Patti Morrow

(Patti Morrow is a prominent women’s adventure travel writer who was seriously injured in a recent traffic accident in South Africa, while on assignment and doing what she loves. To learn more about this remarkable individual, visit her Luggage and Lipstick blog.) Dear Patti: I hope this finds you in good spirits, and moving forward […]


Mother, Son Trek to Edinburgh

Ever since Kevin, as a teenager, saw Mel Gibson’s magnificent portrayal of William Wallace in Brave Heart, he has had a constant itch to visit Scotland. So the morning of February 26, 2013 found Kevin and me catching the early train out of the northern English city of York, headed to Edinburgh. It was the […]

Road Reads

Horror, Satire and the Truth about Gated Communities

The Association ~ by Bentley Little In November, 2006, Simon and I were in the Philadelphia area on a three-and-a-half week training program prior to assuming ownership of our auto repair franchise. Little did I know that one of the books I read during that time would have a long-lasting impact on my psyche. The […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 5

Boquete: The Town that Loves to Celebrate If there ever was a town that embraced the spirit of celebration, it would be Boquete. While folks in the U.S are freezing their butts off from January through March, it is summer time in Panama. The weather is dry and temperatures are moderate, so the two “summer” […]

Accommodation / Central and South America

Great Panama City Find for the Budget Conscious

If there’s anything I hate, it’s sticker shock. We ran into a good bit of that while trying to find a hotel for three nights in Panama City prior to our return home after our glorious month in Boquete. Then we came across Hotel CentroAmericano. Located near various medical facilities that include the Hospital del […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 4

Life’s a Beach, and then You Enjoy the Heck Out of It Through our spotty internet access, we’re hearing the reports from home about snow, ice, stranded motorists and the complete inability of anyone to deal with it. Were we there, we would be having a hard time dealing with it ourselves, but, we’re not in […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 3

Down in the Mouth in Panama by Simon One of our purposes for visiting Panama was for me to have some long overdue dental work performed. You might ask why one would want to visit a dentist in a foreign country rather than having the work done close to home. Well it all boils down […]

Accommodation / Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 2

Six Legs on the Ground in Panama: First Impressions The current temperature is in the low 70’s, with a light breeze rustling the tree branches. There is the sound of birds and a dog barking in the distance. I can hear Simon preparing the barbecue pit for the chicken he will grill for tonight’s dinner. I’m […]