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I am a fiction writer trying to learn how to write memoir, in small manageable bites. My dog, Cricket, is small and she bites, so I thought she could help.

Cricket is a fourteen pound Cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix), born on July 13th 2007. She has a strong grasp of the english language, when she wants to. But, most important, she is my social bridge. In the real world, she drags me outside to meet my neighbors, and random strangers with dogs who smell interesting. I’m hoping she can act as my social bridge online, as well, despite the lack of obvious smell.

update: We added Butterfly to the family on November 20th 2012. She was rescued from a puppy mill at eight years old and has added years to the life of this blog.

Butterfly before her bath

Butterfly before her bath

I am available for critiquing/writing coach work.

You can reach me at:

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  1. חַג כָּשֵׁר וְשָׂמֵחַ
    Rachel! Thanks for visiting my blog tonight, it made me feel very warm inside to “meet” you on that occasion… and now to be the comment #1,000 on this page, makes me feel even more special! ❤

  2. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting our blog

  3. Hi Rachel, thank you for visiting and liking my blog. I really appreciate that.


  4. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for liking my post. I look forward to reading more from you!

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  6. Hi Rachel. I’ve nominated The Cricket Pages for The One Lovely Blog Award. Of course participation is optional but if you are interested you can get more information here on my recent post:
    – Take care,
    Mike and Kali

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! I appreciate it 🙂

  8. Thank you for liking my post Mafaldina Pasta in Basils and Pistachio Sauce. I’m also a fur mom, my Greta is my biggest fan and my worst critics. 😉 Have a good week ahead.

  9. Hi! Rachel, thanks a ton for visiting and liking my blog at Your dog is too cute :* .

    Love from India 🙂

  10. monkeybitesfood

    Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting and liking my posts on! Your support is much appreciated and I’m now working my way through your archives. I write fiction as well, but my inner editor is strong and usually thwarts my creative process, arg. Keep up the good work!

  11. theadventuresofdoodlepip

    Hey Rachel and of course Cricket – would you like to pawticipate in one of my K9 Questionnaires?

    Scrappy Doodlepip 🙂

  12. Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for stopping by and checking my blog. Your furry babies are adorable. I have three of my own (2 black pugs and 1 daschund terrier) they bring so much joy to my heart.

  13. Hello! Hope this finds you well! Hope you know that I came across your work today and I hope you keep writing and sharing your words with the world! Hope your 2018 has been great! What made you want to share your work?

  14. congratulations to your writing and your photo…..
    best regards

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your dog stories. We have 2 Miniature Schnauzers who are crazy smart, who have learned our spelling code and just added pure joy to our lives. There’s nothing like them.

  16. Such a warm blog, like a hearth! 🙂

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog which inevitably led me to yours! Good luck with the memoir writing. Meditation/visualization seems to help restore memories. Kudos to you for rescuing a canine. Surely Butterfly will receive much love in Cricket’s and your care.

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  20. Wow, what a lovely blog you have, Rachel.
    So glad to have tumbled across it.
    It’s blowing a hoolie out there, but cosy in here.
    Thank you.

  21. Hello Rachel from Minnesota! I love dogs (and cats) and writing, so your blog is especially appealing. I appreciate your advice to a writer, to just keep on going. I’m taking that to heart because in October 2018 I’ll put my cancer book up for reduced prices in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then it’s back to finishing my first novel. Shalom.

  22. I read with interest the posts that refer to your health problems, because I have some of the same ones. Have you been tested for anti-thyroid antibodies? Because you have psoriasis, you have at least one autoimmune disease, and autoimmune diseases tend to run in herds (so to speak). The thyroid disease you have may be Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis, and the vertigo may be due to autoimmmune inner ear disease (AIED). I have Hashimoto’s, AIED, and pernicious anemia (another autoimmune disease). I have symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome, too, but it hasn’t been officially diagnosed. My blog “Butterfly Be Free” ( explores my life with autoimmune disorders. Perhaps you’ll find some interesting reading there. Best wishes!

  23. Thanks for liking my ‘blog. I have to admit I saw your title and thought it was going to be a sports page. Just as well I persisted, since I enjoyed reading about your trials getting a new driving license! Best!

  24. Your pups are super adorable. I have a new addition and she too bites. Well at other dogs. I’m working on that with her. Her living situation was not ideal before she came to me. Isn’t it wonderful how much these furlings bring to our lives? Never a dull moment around here! Be well and see you on the blogsphere! Hugs! Koko

  25. Hi Rachel, thank you for visiting and liking our blog. It gave us the chance to visit your more than interesting blog.Ciao from Italy !


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