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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Dear Friends,

Hey, how about this: “Dogs are like furry little life-teachers; they are the goofiest looking gurus. They remind us that the true joys in life are happiness, love, affection and of course, food. And let’s face it, they are right.” Singer Lucy Schwartz.

It sure has been an interesting week with the snow, the wind, more snow, more wind and then more snow and more wind. I have enjoyed the delays and cancellations that my lake mom has experienced but I am not quite sure I will enjoy her being in school until who knows when in the spring. One thing I know for sure and I have heard both my mom’s say, “you can’t change the weather.” I think everyone knows that but why does everyone talk about it? This I will never understand!

Gertie and I have made it to the woods every day. I let her go first and then it is much easier for me. I have been looking for the pigs but can’t find them. Where do pigs go in the winter? I know they have short legs so maybe they are waiting for Gertie to lead their way too. She will get into trouble if she does – I think I will share that with her. I will be glad to jump over sticks, logs and chase butterflies soon.

The Ark board members wanted me to include some things in my column this week that we need at the sanctuary. Maybe this is the time you can help. We need things like a commercial washer and dryer, generator and foster homes for dogs and cats. My mom’s talk a great deal about ‘word of mouth’. I am not sure what that means but I think it means that if you can’t help you might know someone who could. If you think you can help us out please call the bookstore 562-2100 or the sanctuary 463-4142. We are always looking for new volunteers for the Paws and Claws bookstore as well as the sanctuary. Wiggles and Wags to all those who volunteer, we sure do appreciate all you do!

I had to serve some detention. Yes, my lake mom is a teacher and my town mom is a retired teacher. I don’t have a chance! You see I don’t like to be left alone. I have told my lake mom this many many times (I think she needs to have a memory check, but we better not tell her that) She did, leave me alone that is. To her credit she left the music on, but golly gee whiz, it seemed like a very long time she was gone. I was afraid she might not come back. I got really anxious and all sorts of thoughts were going through my head and I remembered how it used to be and I sure didn’t like what I remembered.

Before she got home I did some things that I know better to do. Yes, she discovered them. Yes, we had a talk – rather she talked and I listened with both ears, but they were tilted back and my eyes looked that sad look that I have perfected quite well. She decided to put me in detention for an hour. I cried a little but that didn’t help much. When the hour was up she picked me up in her arms and told me she loved me but that I was a bad boy. I already knew that, I could tell by her voice she didn’t like what I did. She talked, I listened again. I put my ears back again and had my sad look, she hugged me. I will try harder mom, I really will, but you always take me to be with Gertie when you are going to be gone a long time. Try and remember that will you? I love you too.

My friend Dennis, I hope you recover quickly!

Quote for the week: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” Mark Twain

Your Friend, Buddy