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Thank you to my Naturally Curious reader family for your warm responses to the news about Emma and Greta. I live alone, so my dog is a very big part of my life. I am so lucky to have both Greta and you to share my discoveries with.

36 responses

  1. Nora Paley

    Important person! Important dogs!

    February 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

  2. Micky McKinley

    She could not be more beautiful. What a perfect companion.

    February 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

  3. She has very soulful eyes. A dog is a great companion/friend/guide!

    February 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

  4. Chris

    She will be a steadfast companion in that special way that only a soul dog can be! I’m looking forward to your new adventures with her.

    February 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

  5. Carole Hohl

    Beautiful dogs. So glad to hear you explore with your dog. My two Golden’s are always with me on my hikes and I wonder if they scare away the wildlife I seek but I can’t imagine going without without them.

    February 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

  6. Mary Ross

    I am so happy that you have found such a loving dog. Your losses have been very sad recently, but you are loved and appreciated by many

    February 8, 2018 at 8:50 am

  7. Lucy Hull

    Dogs are the best companions! I’m so sorry for your loss of Emma and happy that Greta is with you now. She’s a lucky girl to get to hang out with you outside for so much of every day. Be well, Mary, and thanks for all your wonderful posts.

    February 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

  8. Your story is not all that unique and an inspiration to many of us; women in their later years forging new paths and connections to the natural world with our canine companions as willing participants and teachers. I, too, recently lost my beloved companion and am now accompanied by yet another joyful spirit (just as your Greta) to continue this adventure called life. And while our time together is always too short, it is never without its rewards.

    February 8, 2018 at 9:02 am

  9. Alice Pratt

    ‘Naturally’ you caught the sweetest and most thoughtful expression on Greta’s face! 😍 We are grateful that YOU share!

    February 8, 2018 at 9:10 am

  10. Fred Bailey

    I enjoy our relationship!
    Best wishes to Greta. I have just lost Lucy, my friend and companion for 10 years.

    February 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

    • I’m so sorry about Lucy, Fred. Losing your pet leaves such a big hole. I hope it mends relatively quickly, though we always miss them, don’t we?

      February 8, 2018 at 9:25 am

  11. Mike Choukas

    Hi Mary, Just caught up with thad news that Emma has passed on. I remember her well from the time I brought the Camel Crickets to your house for identification. The sad news is tempered by the addition of Greta. She looks like a real winner and I know you two will have a great relationship.

    Warm regards,


    February 8, 2018 at 9:15 am

  12. lauraluckey

    How wonderful and “ good for you” for giving another dog the chance to live with you as you romp on through this amazing life of yours. And a blessing for you to have Greta.


    Laura Luckey

    February 8, 2018 at 9:18 am

  13. Joan

    I love seeing your pictures of your new pup, and hearing updates on how your daughter and grandson are doing. It almost makes you feel like part of my family!

    February 8, 2018 at 9:22 am

  14. Diana Hoppe

    Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear you lost your beloved Emma. Wishing you many years of joy with beautiful Greta… I so enjoy beginning my work day with your “Naturally Curious” posts about nature. Thank you.

    February 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

  15. Margo Nutt

    We are lucky to have YOU in our lives!

    February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am

  16. Leah

    We are so lucky to have YOU in our lives, deepening our experience of the natural world. Thank you to Greta for supporting you as you continue your journey with us.

    February 8, 2018 at 9:40 am

  17. Rachel Stern

    Dogs are wonderful friends and just think of the new adventures you will have ahead.

    February 8, 2018 at 10:02 am

  18. Missy Fabel

    Lucky to have you to share with us what’s going on in the natural world day in and day out. Your emails are truly the best part of my day.

    February 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

  19. Patty Normand

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️(picture tail wagging)…p

    Sent from my iPad


    February 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

  20. Your welcome! Enjoy your day’s and evening’s together! They are important! ❤️🐕

    February 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

  21. Cindy Trahan-Liptak

    I hadn’t seen that Emma had passed. So sorry for your loss. She was just a wonderful dog! I have a yellow lab, now 11 years old, my second one and they have the best expressions! You’ve certainly captured Greta well. Enjoy your new soulmate!

    February 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

  22. cmacgonagle

    I’m glad to know that you and Greta found each other. I have 2 sweet older Labs that accompany me around. I’m looking forward to hearing about all the adventures that you and Greta will be sharing!

    February 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

  23. Reeve Lindbergh

    What a beauty Greta is! And a very good companion, I’m sure.

    We have a couple of labradors, one black and one yellow, and we like thinking of you and your Greta together in the world.


    Nat and Reeve Tripp


    February 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

  24. Suzanne

    She’s beautiful. I’m delighted to read that you two have found each other.

    February 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm

  25. Ann Astarita

    Very happy for you! Another lab aficionado, Ann

    On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” Thank you to my Naturally Curious reader family for > your warm responses to the news about Emma and Greta. I live alone, so my > dog is a very big part of my life. I am so lucky to have both Greta and you > to share my discoveries with.” >

    February 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm

  26. Robin Barone and Sydney Lea

    Dear Mary, We love your posts! And we love labs– I have an old and very sick yellow lab lying at my feet right now. We switched from black labs to yellow when the ticks moved up to Vermont.

    Have you thought about doing a post on different types of ice we find around us? Anchor ice, drum ice, ice coming from cliffs, ice on the ground even in the woods…. Might be cool!

    Best, Robin Barone

    February 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    • Your ice idea is a great one, Robin! I will have to educate myself on it, and find some good specimens to photograph!

      February 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm

  27. Dianne Wright

    Dear Mary, Greta is so precious ; she will be a wonderful companion. Wishing you many wonderful adventures together.

    Sent from my iPad


    February 8, 2018 at 4:23 pm

  28. Lucie Bourdon

    My husband and I are also on labrador #6….such amazing companions!

    February 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm

  29. Sue Gerry

    Dear Mary
    I too understand well how important a dog is in one’s life and I admire you for your love of your old friend as well as the dear new one.
    I enjoy your blog tremendously, feel I have learned a great deal from you.

    February 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm

  30. Tarun Johns

    Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear that you lost Emma. Our family recently lost a loving, rescue dog of 14 yr. who loved exploring the mountains in Canada. Such wonderful companions truly become a part of the family, but now you and Greta will carry on.

    February 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  31. Frances Howes

    I LOVE that face!!

    Sent from my iPad


    February 10, 2018 at 7:23 am

  32. Holly Whitehead

    Where did you get your beautiful Emma?

    February 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    • Emma came from a breeder in Tunbridge, VT who no longer breeds labs, unfortunately. Greta came from a wonderful breeder in Andover, NH. She had had two C-sections, so they decided not to try and breed her again.

      February 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm

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