Hello, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jo, short for Johanna. I am happy to be living the life I live up on a beautiful piece of land I’ve decided to call Sun Dog Ranch. I have sunrises and sunsets to die for here on Sun Dog. If you are ever going to see a real sundog (a atmospherical phenomenon) your chances of seeing it in my backyard are excellent. Sun Dog is forty two acres of red dirt and Tuscan basalt on a ridge in Northern California. The actual house and barn of the ranch sit on about five acres a top the ridge land with breathtaking views over the cliffs of Rock Creek Canyon and almost all of Northern California beyond. The additional 37 acres tumble-down to one of the branches of meandering Rock Creek. It takes at least an hour to hike down a trail to Rock Creek.
The other Sun Dogs who reside on the land are of the furry, moving kind. Three to five (at any given time) Golden Retrievers who taught me all I need to know about taking photographs of moving objects. I also have two horses, a Appaloosa gelding named GQ who I think taught me everything I need to know about horsemanship! And Chiron my 10 yr old gelding quarter horse who never ceases to amaze me with his antics. And that is not all! I have 5 goats (to clear the land) and a wild guard donkey named Rosie. Rosie keeps the mountain lions away. True story.
I am blessed to be where I am after over twenty years as a pediatric nurse caring for children with cancer and healthy newborns too. I am still an active RN but I am taking time off from nursing. I am in the process of reinventing myself you could say so I can pursue my real passions in life. Photography, writing and raising Golden Retrievers to name a few. I am also working on developing Sun Dog Ranch to become a venue. My challenge is maintaining enough focus to pursue so many passions!
As you can imagine everyday on Sun Dog there is a story to tell. It all keeps me happy in the end.
UPDATE: Tough times at Sun Dog in late 2014 and 2015. On December 12, 2015 I lost the love my life “Rockin’ Roy”to brain cancer. Roy’s blood, sweat and tears grace the ranch in all the beautiful and useful projects he completed. He is sorely missed. Since I was devoting much of my time to caring for Roy in 2015 I blogged infrequently. Could not muster up the lighthearted feeling I needed to write. My last post on Roy was “Heart Wide Open”
I hope you follow me on this blog while I rebuild my life and get back into that “Sun Dog feeling.”