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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

update: Miss Butterfly died at age 12 and 3/4, after almost five years of wonderfulness. It took us a year to find a new dog to keep Cricket company, but I’m pretty sure Butterfly found Ellie for us. Ellie came to us in July of 2018, a five year old Havanese, recently retired from a breeder.


I recently self published my first novel, Yeshiva Girl, with Amazon. Please check it out!

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  1. Hi Rachel! I’m a bit distracted from your writing I’m afraid – my friend and I have been fawning over your dog <3.

    Thanks for looking in on my page! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Rachel! I got caught up reading your blog tonight. Love it! I have one little white dog named Zoey. She is part Bichon Frise and part Maltese. She is my little girl! It’s difficult to go anywhere without her! She follows me from room to room when I’m at home. She sits up late at night with me when I write. I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this. I just think you would understand. lol! Something tells me we would be great friends! I just wanted to connect briefly! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful New Years! Thanks for checking out my blogs too!

  3. Hi Rachel, nice to meet you! I am really happy that you like my most recent post. Have a splendid day!

  4. Hi, Rachel! Thanks for liking my snippet from my memoir. I must warn you – there will be more! That chapter was the easiest of all since I knew my mom :-). The whole thing took me five years to complete. It was not easy. But being in a critique circle helped. Those people helped me whip it into shape.

    Love your dogs. We have a rescue named Gracie, who weighs about 50 pounds. She’s a rescue and a mix of Australian Shepherd, Springer Spaniel, and some kind(s) of hound. She’s a mess but makes us laugh a lot.

    Looking forward to reading your posts!

  5. Sorry. WordPress, or my browser, is not allowing me to “like” a post. Still trying. Anyway…

  6. I am having trouble commenting on your post Exodus-from-Egypt-song. But I hear you Rachel Mankowitz. I look forward to reading your novel xx

  7. Hi Rachel ! thanks for visiting my blog ! ( lemon cake recipe ) My official website is over at ( the one you commented on is a mirror ) I’m also on Facebook : Thanks for visiting ! I appreciated it ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thank you for Cricketโ€™s and your interest in following my blog. Stay well both of you.

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  10. HI, Rachel! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your continued support for my blog. I know you read it regularly and hope that you have benefited as a result. That’s the whole idea. Love your pups. Just finished walking my Gabi who will turn 15 in December. Happy and safe Fourth!

  11. Hi Rachel! No, I’m not back on WordPress, but I had to say something. He was a good guy.

    I hope you’re well.

  12. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting my blog. I see we have have both chosen the same WordPress theme! We also have our white dogs in common–except ours probably outweighs yours combined by at least 55 lbs, LOL. He is a large old greyhound.

  13. Hi Rachel, thank you for liking my blog posts always! I want a dog like Cricket to teach me English and drag me out to see more people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I really enjoyed this page. Cricket, what a cutie pie, and Ms. Butterfly – may she rest in peace. My dog Lola was also a rescue mix. She passed away in 2014 and I haven’t had the heart to get adopt another. It hurt. But so sweet seeing Ellie’s sweet face <3.

  15. Rachel, hope you post more. I can’t find any posts that I haven’t liked already!

  16. Rachel, you are always the first reader on my posts, and it means so much to me. It lets me know I am not posting in a vacuum, and someone is out there hearing me. Thank you for that great gift.

  17. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoyed looking at yours – great writing and a cute dog – what more could one ask for?


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