Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder Doesn’t Keep My Son From Talking With Dogs

"aspergers syndrome book cover"

My 27 year old son who is formally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome Disorder (ASD), has been "talking dog" his whole life. Having Asperger's and being fluent in how dogs communicate are just two of the things that define him. Lately, we've been talking about how being on the autism spectrum affects him at work. And, in what may be an on-going series, we'll be talking about this here at HRD. We don't pretend to have all the answers. We only know what's true for us. One of the true and … [Read more...]

Kids Grow Up to be Amazing – Mine Did. Yours Will Too.

"happy birthday card with cartoon dog on front"

Hello, it's me.  I've been behind the scenes here on my blog, writing other people's stories rather than my own. It happens sometimes. You make commitments that you want to keep and, in my case, those commitments have all been tied into posts that I offered to write for friends whose stories I want to share with you. But what I really want to do now, is to tell you the most amazingly wonderful, fantastical story about what it's been like to watch my son come into his own. This is going to be … [Read more...]

Tasmanian Devil Dog No Longer


This is the tale of my "Tasmanian devil dog" and what I learned about helping her to "find her focus." You know her as Tessa.  She appears in a lot of my blog posts along with some endearing photographs of her. Here's what she looked like when she was in Indiana waiting to be transported to New York ... two years ago in a not-so-endearing photo. If you REALLY squint your eyes, you can see how long her nails were, never mind how much rib and backbone she showed; looks like she had … [Read more...]