From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross Part 11:  Shake Down Cruise The true shake-down cruise for Frog started after leaving Oregon. We stopped at the Chamber of Commerce information office in Crescent City, Calif. Yet another helpful person at the desk insisted that we must see the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Since I have an unquenchable…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross Part 10: Frog is wounded The friends I visited with in Salinas have three dogs. Charlize had a grand time running and playing with them. She is a sociable dog, gets on well with strangers, so far with strangers of all species we have encountered. I had neglected to refuel Old…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross Part 9: Old Friends are the Best We stopped in Salinas and spent the afternoon and evening with a veterinary school classmate and his significant other. I’ve known him since 1956 and we’ve probably spent time together less than half a dozen times since we graduated in 1960, but our conversation…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences. By Dr. David Gross Part 8: Redwoods and More Stayed in a fancy RV park in Fortuna, Calif. the night of Feb….

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences. By Dr. David Gross Part 7: Named vehicles The first automobile I had the use of was a 1940 Chevy two-door sedan….

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences. By Dr. David Gross Part 6:  Ahead of schedule, are we having fun yet? We stayed in a KOA campground in Lincoln…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences. Due to an editing error, we are publishing Part 4 now; Part 5 (mistakenly labeled as Part 4) was published Friday. By…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences By Dr. David Gross Part 5: Lewis and Clark True to my obsessive, head-down and push-until-the-task-is-complete nature I sat at my computer…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences By Dr. David Gross Part 3: The Kalaloch Campground Saturday at 6 a.m., Charlize and I walked the Kalaloch campground in the…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross On the road The frustrations of the last four days before my obsessively determined departure date are over. Who would believe that a newly single adult male and his dog could experience so many problems trying to get out of town?  But all came together and Charlize and I, comfortable in…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross The Start I was holding her close, cradling her head in my arms when she died. As I write this, it was 30 days, three hours and 36 minutes ago. April 23, we would have celebrated 53 years of marriage. I’m coping, sort of. “Well,” she said, pulling the nasal tube…