Lee Harrington

Lee Harrington
Woodstock, New York, usa
January 31
Writer, Musician, Dog-Lover
1) Author of critically-acclaimed memoir: REX AND THE CITY: A WOMAN, A MAN, AND A DYSFUNCTIONAL DOG (Random House: 2007) -- which is about a rescuing an abused dog from a shelter in NYC). 2) Author of the forthcoming novel: NOTHING KEEPS A FRENCHMAN FROM HIS LUNCH (2013) - a modern take on the mythical "Feminine Journey" (kind of chick lit Plato); 3) kirtan walli (when I am feeling spiritual, which is daily); 4) lead singer in an all-female Who tribute band (when I am feeling adolescent, which is daily); 5) Editor at "The Bark" magazine (when I feel like musing on the cuteness of dogs, which is daily)

Hello Beloveds:

Apologies for my multi-year hiatus, and special apologies for those who have sent me messages or posted comments to my previous OS blog posts.  Eighteen months ago I decided to take a break from writing and pursue another great love: music.   For many years I have been singi… Read full post »

I'm sad to report that my sweet, sweet dog Chloe (also known as Gopi) died very suddenly and very unexpectedly in September, from hemangiosarcoma. Basically, she had tumors on her spleen and lungs which burst quite suddenly, causing severe internal hemorrhaging. Apparently this particular sarcoma… Read full post »

Chloe_Harrington-70 Those of us with exuberant dogs (herding dogs, hunting dogs, tracking dogs … well, just about any dog, really) truly appreciate their exuberance. We even appreciate their excessive need for entertainment and exercise; it helps get us up and moving, after all. But…

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article-1348226-0CD00623000005DC-563_634x558Like many people with rescued dogs, I do not know the exact age or birth date of my French Spaniel mix, Chloe. When I adopted her in the fall of 2004, I was told she was between six months and one year old—which is a wide margin, considering how much a dog grows… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 8:48AM

The Cure for the Winter Blues (Canine style)

  jonathan gale spaniel leaping straight upIn my dogless years, I suffered from depression during the winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) they call it, but for me, it was more ISMICGOOB. (I’m So Miserable I Can’t Get Out of Bed). I won’t go details about my emotional state or describe the dire thouRead full post »

Hello Fellow OSers and Who fans,

To those who don't know me: I am a writer by day (with Random House), and a musician at night, and I happened to sing lead in a band that sings mostly Who songs (with a bit of Led Zeppelin, Stones, U2 etc thrown in...and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 9:57AM

What to Name the New Shelter Dog

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When I adopted my dog Chloe sight unseen from a shelter in Michigan via Petfinder.com, she came with the name of Buffy. And she certainly looked like a Buffy in her profile photos—sweet and soft and eager to play. A dog who would buffer your emotions, and remind you to stayRead full post »

In honor of my appearance—as a “celebrity judge” at the 17th Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City tomorrow (10/22),

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 8:06AM

Making the Choice to Either Divorce or Marry After 9/11

I'm thrilled to say that Huffington Post asked me to write for their divorce page after reading my 9/11 pieces here on Open Salon. We get read, fellow bloggers :)



Hi Everyone! I am going to repost a few of my September 11th related essays this week. A lot of people are already getting re-traumatized by the old images that are reappearing everywhere, on this tenth anniversary. So I hope these essays will provide a soothing counterbalance to those horrific memorRead full post »

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JULY 29, 2011 11:32AM

Adopting a New Dog Sight Unseen?

Occasionally I take time off from writing about my late great dog Wallace to write about my current great dog, Chloe. Let's call this installment "Insight Unseen"

       It’s not unusual these days for perfect matches—between humans and humans, animals and hRead full post »

france-wine-dog-bdrAfter a year of losses, a writer experiences France through her new dog’s eyes
France is famous for loving its wine, its food, and above all its dogs (which in my opinion makes that country the very nearest thi/
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APRIL 22, 2011 11:47AM

“The Hypochondriac’s Guide to Overprotective Dog Care”

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“THE HYPOCHONDRIAC’S GUIDE TO OVERPROTECTIVE DOG CARE” (More tales from my serial blog "Rex and the City")

          Until I brought a dog into my life, I never considered myself a hypochondriac. And I swear I’m n/Read full post »

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APRIL 14, 2011 12:30PM

We Did Not Invite Our Dog to the Wedding; So He Eloped


Wedding Bell Blues: In which Wallace meets the love of his life

In December of 1997, my then-boyfriend Ted and I got engaged. Thus, we had two big decisions to make: when to have the wedding and whether to include the dog in the ceremony. Both answers,… Read full post »


Wedding Bell Blues: In which Wallace meets the love of his life

In December of 1997, my then-boyfriend Ted and I got engaged. Thus, we had two big decisions to make: when to have the wedding and whether to include the dog in the ceremony. Both answers,… Read full post »

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In July in New York City, all your hopes and dreams and desires boil down to one thing: air conditioning. But Ted
and I didn’t have an air conditioner at the time because we weren’t yet fully committed to each other, and appliances are the sort of purchases real
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How To Get Your Dog Approved By Those Dreaded New York City Coop Boards


Rex in the City XXIV: Board Approved

 It’s always stressful to throw your first adult party, and it can be even more stressful if you have a really hyper, poorly trained (or rather,… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2011 2:32PM

Foul Weather Friends-what to do with city dogs on rainy days

wet spanielApril is the cruelest month. And, in New York City, so are February and March. Especially if you have a white dog in New York City. Each spring, with the thaw, come the rivers of mud, collecting mostly in those places you need them least: like right on the walking trails of/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2011 8:52AM

When Your Dog Gets to Kiss Viggo Mortensen and You Do Not

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When Your Dog Gets to Kiss Viggo Mortensen and You Don’t

There’s only one day a year on which I mind being single: and that is, of course, Valentine’s Day. It’s the only day I question whether it might be more fun to be with someone than without. AndRead full post »


“Bride and Groomer”....more tales from “Rex and the City”


            Is there a dog person on this planet who does not think that his/her dog is the smartest, cutest, funniest, and best-looking dog in theRead full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2011 8:19AM

On Being a Slightly Overweight Woman with an Overweight Dog

Chunky Canines & Portly Pooches


January is the month, as we know, of New Year’s resolutions.  Take one look at the covers of dozens of womens’ magazines at the local newspaper kiosk and you will see that most resolutions—in fact, 90%--involve Losing Weight/Read full post »

Here is the (very belated) fourth installment of my little series about my beloved dog Wallace. In the previous installment, my boyfriend Ted and I were on the verge of taking this dog back to the shelter, because he had turned out to be more than we could handle (wild, aggressive,Read full post »

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Egads, I have been too sick to post anything for the past two weeks.  First a flu, then a few days of chills and fevers, then some food poisoning and--once the fever broke--an ear infection. The latter still lingers, which means my brain feels somewhat askew, like a lightRead full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2010 11:57AM

The Moment You Realize Your New Shelter Dog Loves You

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Part III: The Trial Period


 It was the Fourth of July weekend of 1997, normally a time when my then-boyfriend and I would have been out barbecuing on the rooftop or having drinks with friends. Anything that involved being outside in theRead full post »

One of the many things I love about living in New York City with a dog is that the dog can help you discover new things about your neighborhood. Even if you’ve lived in said neighborhood for several years.
This week I discovered the wonder of all wonders: I/

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