Barb Allee's Blog

It's a dog's life and I love it!

Barb Allee

Barb Allee
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
September 29
Market America
Helping folks improve their health during the week, celebrating love in all its' glory on the weekends as a mobile DJ. The writing falls somewhere in between.


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It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again – crisp weather, bare trees, fluffy knitted scarves … that’s right, it’s Bridal Show Season! It’s the time when wedding vendors all catch their collective breath, do a short dance of excitement and relief at havinRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 3:17PM

I was RAK'd!

At the end of a long, hard, painful day, looking and feeling much older than my 50 years, I stopped in the west end CVS for a few items last night. I'm hoping I don't run into anyone I know as I have just enough pride left inRead full post »

MARCH 10, 2014 8:53PM

Introducing Dozer - with Pics!

There was something so very special about having that face waiting for me, every time I came home. It didn’t matter if I’ve been gone fifteen minutes or fifteen days, my every return was celebrated the same.

Duke with frosty footprints 

The barking announced my arrival before I couldRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 9:13PM

Where the hell have you been?!

Fall bridge 2013

Road Trip! 

When you’ve lived in and driven any area of the country for more than 30 years, you begin to feel like you know your way around, maybe even get a bit cavalier about it. I know I was very guilty of this as I headedRead full post »

JULY 29, 2013 8:43PM

It was a Dog's Life - with photos

Nearly two solid hours I stood in that pen full of bouncing, squealing, shoe-lace attacking, attention-craving puppies. Picking them up one after the other I was beginning to feel foolish, knowing that the patience of the seller - sitting there with me the entire time - had to be wearing thinRead full post »

I am quite blessed to have just a few people in this crazy world that I can count on under any circumstances. When up becomes down and I need a kind word or a steady helping hand, I know they are going to answer my call. Sometimes I get the honorRead full post »

Oh dear…memories of 1982 I have tried valiantly to forget…

A favorite area cover band was playing at the local pool hall, so squeezing in with a few other barely-legal friends I proceeded to get bombed and dance my face off.  By the time I could no longer weave my… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2012 2:19PM

Outrage and Pink Slime Probes...

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is outraged, OUTRAGED I tell you, over the "smear campaign" waged against the makers of pink slime. If you don't believe me, just watch the video clip below. There must be a federal probe, says the headline. (Is it just me, or does the lady just to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 12:28AM

ADHD - Are drugs really the answer?

We weren’t one month into kindergarten before I got the first call from the school. “We need to talk with you about your son, James.”

I had cried mixed tears of joy, pride and separation-sadness on the very first day of school, as I watched him disappear through theRead full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 3:42PM

Dichotomy of a life, and Goodbye JoePa

Past and Present


I once listened at a funeral, to all the glowing eulogies of a man I knew. A man I was expected to get up and say a few words about myself. All I really had to do was to follow the crowd, and repeat the things they were… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 4:36PM

What can YOUR dad do?

Growing up in my military family, there were certain things you came to take for granted;

You were going to sit up straight at the dinner table.

You were going to be respectful of all adults.

You were going to say “please” and “thank you” even if not… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2011 2:54PM

Burnin' round the Christmas tree...

The week before Christmas is always a bit hectic for me (I would procrastinate Christmas until New Years or maybe even Easter, given a choice) and this particular holiday some fifteen years ago was no different. Having just picked up my son from school, I listened to his excited babble aboutRead full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2011 10:50PM

Adventures with the Duke of Duluth

 C'mon,let's go!

C'mon, let's go!

The word “adventure” is all he needs to hear, to be standing at the door with his collar in mouth, eyes beseeching me to pull it over his head and take him somewhere, anywhere. Yesterday, the temperatures in Duluth, Minnesota were in the low 50’s… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 31, 2011 6:31PM

My brilliant second career - The Lady DJ

I had reached the proverbial fork in the road, only instead of intriguing, adventure-filled, tree-lined avenues; I seemed to be looking at options that consisted of dark, dangerous, low-hanging thorny branches and potholes big enough to swallow me whole. I was walking away from twelve years of marria… Read full post »


Just enjoying the last of the good weather.  Enjoy!


My Blue Heeler, Duke


Down the road, and to the right....




Aspens in all their glory.....



Duke makes friends with a Red Heeler




FinallyRead full post »