Adventures of an Arctic Chihuahua

Living Small at the Far Edge

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The Boulders of Blogging

Well, hello dear readers!  

Today has certainly been a day of pushing boulders up the blogging learning curve.  Sisyphus had nothing on me!  My toes have been crushed by rolling rocks more than once this week. Though I had hoped to master an RSS feed for daily inspirational linkages before the end of this day, it didn’t happen. I’ve enjoyed the blogging and page manipulation tremendously and really do enjoy the new-to-me technological challenge.  I have learned a lot. Any technical and/or aesthetic suggestions are most welcome!  Just thought I would put that thought ‘out there’.

Gidget also has been putting some thoughts out there.  For the past couple of days, she’s apparently been bargaining.  She will pick a kibble out of her bowl and set it deliberately at my feet.  If I ignore the kibble, she brings another and sets it deliberately next to the first, also just at my feet.  It’s apparent she is wanting something that I have and might give her, and I have no idea what that might be.  I will keep you posted.  I expect we will keep at this negotiation until some communication breakthrough.

Speaking of breakthroughs, this years ice seems to have melted over a longer period of time so its breakup is not as dramatic as in previous years.  Tundra Tantrum aka Cathy, also of Kotzebue, has some nice photographs of ‘Breakup’ on her blogging site; you might be interested in taking a look. In Fall, it was the seal migration that floated south keeping Gidget and I company on our walk to the Kotzebue Post Office. These are the phenomena that mark our seasons.

I expect tomorrow I will mosey on down Front Street to pick up the mail I let pile up over the course of a week.  It’s a Saturday morning ritual.  Tonight, I cover the regional crisis-on call mental health services  so will sign off to catch some shut-eye… while it is still possible.  Tomorrow then…

Love and later gators,

Jennifer and Gidget


Hello world!

Gidget\'s World View

Hello world!  My name is Jennifer. Please meet Gidget, a seven year old Chihuahua, my closest buddy. Together, Gidget and I have traveled from Idaho, Alaska, Florida, California and into the American Northwest to the edge of the world.

Currently, Gidget and I live in the Native Village of Kotzebue, Alaska, located off of the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea and the Kotzebue Sound.   I am employed here as a mental health therapist and travel to outlying Inupiaq Eskimo villages where I provide services to residents of this remote, sometimes heavenly, region.

Our lives here are not extraordinary.  We sleep, we wake.  I go to work each week day, nights and weekends when on-call.  Gidget pretty much sleeps all day or chases a rubber hamburger around the room to amuse herself. 

Some of our adventures here are dreamlike, others startling, still others are simply small.  The small bits are the ones I enjoy the most. I believe it is in those tiny moments our lives are enriched.  These moments live on to be told again and again among our closest of friends.  They comprise the ‘here and now’, the random acts of kindness, and the unsung moments of bravery in life.

Perhaps you will share some of your own moments with us?   Hope to hear from you soon and welcome to our blog! 


Jennifer and Gidget