Chris Hammer's Blog

musings from the paw house

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer
New York, USA
December 31
Irving House Animal Sanctuary
Dedicated animal activist, newly published author, old ghostwriter.


AUGUST 5, 2013 10:47PM

Mice & Men


I married young and divorced not too much older and while we weren’t together long enough to have memories that leave me wistful with bemused fondness or a bittersweet tear at the folly of it all, there is one that every now and again will bring a quiet pause….


I… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2013 9:10PM

Murder on the Rise

MAY 19, 2013 3:45PM

Murder from above

Who did in poor Isabelle?

What's the truth hidden in Douglas's texts?

 What's the secret hinged in the African Violet?

Do cops and criminals make for strange bedfellows?

Will Jane fit into her skinny jeans?

 All these questions, and more, will be answered in the exciting debut novel FamilRead full post »

Hi Friends,

 Yep, it's been a while - a long while - and I've missed you!

 It's not been time lost though as I've been hard at work on my new book series; Dysorganized Crime Series which will debut with Family Can Be Murder (cover here) at the end of… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2013 8:54PM

Family Can Be Murder

APRIL 8, 2013 8:53PM

Family Can Be Murder

SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 10:28PM

Gingersnap Nursery

The beds are all soft and cozy for snuggling



And there’s a really nice mommy for lots of cuddling



There’s plenty to eat and toys galore



And there’s even a dog to nap with who snores.



And though I’m fiv+; and others saidRead full post »

AUGUST 26, 2012 9:28AM

When I Was Little

 When I was little, all I wanted was to write books and take care of animals. I had no dreams of being a Rockette, a ballerina, a nurse, or a nun. I had no dreams of travelling the world or discovering a cure for some hideous disease.

 I went to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 7:34PM


Bixby seems of all the over used, and mis-used, words in the English language, this one tops the list.

People love their car, their Kindle, their flat screen. They love the latest movie, restaurant, vacation spot.

I even know people who love the sound of their own voice! But… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2011 10:20AM

Carpe Diem!

I'm listening...
Small in stature. Chicho possessed a lion’s heart. When the tubby little Chihuahua decided he wasn’t about to let Annie give up on life, he unexpectedly became the unofficial therapy dog of Irving House.

A senior himself, and fresh from death row, Chicho seemed to have an innate u
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JANUARY 21, 2011 9:44AM

I Promise

If you give me a chance to live, love and play I promise to pay you back in a thousand different ways! I'll lick your face and I'll give you my paw and I promise not to go wee-wee on your nice clean floor. I'm really a nice boy but I'm scared here and confused and I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 1:45PM

Table for One

As I prepare to turn fifty in just a week's time, I am most struck by how dramatically my views on life have changed, and while I could easily go on at length in vain attempt to explain, I believe a younger woman put it best last evening....

I was dining… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 12:28PM

Rocky's on the Ropes

Have you ever been accused of something not your fault? Sucks, right? Rocky thinks so. He's a four year old hound mix rescued from life as a bait dog and put into a home where he was mistreated and forced to fight back. Now he's back at the shelter convicted of a crime he didn'tRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 3:35PM


Imagine being all alone in this world with no one to comfort you when you are scared and cold...

Imagine your days left to the streets to roam with sticks and stones hurled at your bones…

Imagine having no one to love and no home of your own…

Imagine ifRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 12:20PM

Stone Pillows

            I was born on the streets of New York, literally, and was one of nine, coming sixth in the line-up.  I never knew my father, none of us did.  He didn’t stick around and to be honest I can’t be sure we each hRead full post »

AUGUST 24, 2010 4:45PM


I’m pretty ordered when it comes to most things. I like the remote next to the television, I like the dishes put away after washing not left in the drainboard for days on end, and I like the lights to be out and the covers not look like two sumo wrestlers… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2010 5:19PM

Menopause Among the Mini-paws

I’m usually not a big fan of change, probably why I’ve lived in the same apartment for eleven years, but the change of life as my grandmother called it is one I’m pretty much looking forward to. Those pesky hot flashes will be a warm welcome against the New York cold/… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2010 11:51AM

A Feather In My Teeth

Barbaric though it might seem the fact of the matter is that cats hunt. Whether bringing down a zebra on the open plains of the African wild or a sparrow among the wildflowers of the grassy backyard it is instinctive for cats to hunt. Be it for survival or sport or… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2010 6:09PM

Champions and Winners

My fourteen year old niece lost out on getting a medal for swimming despite her relentless efforts and was absolutely crushed. My brother, in effort to console her as she watched all her friends get the coveted award, assured her she was indeed a champion to him to wit she replied… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2010 11:32AM

A Lion's Heart

He was wrongly convicted and jailed and though he was greatly afraid for his fate he never lost heart.


Many say that I rescued him in how I fought for his release but truthfully it was he who rescued me. He opened my eyes to a world he still recognized… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2010 5:35PM

Full of Poop

I was raised to believe that life was what you made of it. If you didn’t like something about your life, you didn’t whine about it, you got up off your ass and did something to change it.  This philosophy applied, of course, to everything except marriage. Once you’d made that/… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2010 7:40PM


I am a long time devotee of film noir, the classic black and white films of eras long gone. The most significant and most memorable lines of all movie time have come from those dark classics. Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again/” “Fasten your seatbelts, it’sRead full post »

JUNE 2, 2010 4:15PM

Whiskey and Whiskers

I drink. There I’ve said it. The secret is out.  Not that I’m about to get up at the podium and take the pledge at some Bill W. support group meeting but for all who wonder how I get through weeks of hisses, growls and various acts of defiance by any/… Read full post »