We have survived 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Though we are far from back to normal, New Yorkers are a hardy bunch, friendly and helpful to each other, resilient, compassionate and full of good humor. The Apple store has welcomed me every day so that I can keep in touch with friends, family and you, my dear readers, and so I can apologize for not being able to talk dogs with you this past week. I hope to be back doing what I love very soon. Meanwhile, Sky and Monk are none the worse for wear. They quite enjoyed eating all the meat from our freezer as it defrosted when the electricity was off and they have been playing more than ever, perhaps to shed the stress they are picking up from us.