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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Dear friends,

Big dogs, little dogs, beautiful dogs, handsome dogs, hairy dogs, spotty dogs and then just dogs were there. Where? At the dogs night in the Howe Town Park with Happiness is Ice Cream.

Wow, did I have fun! I met so many new and cool friends. There was the K-9 unit that did some really cool stuff. I saw him go after someone that had a huge padded arm. I think I could do that. I also saw a national champion dog go through some weavy things and jump over some stuff. I didn’t do too well with the weavy things, but I jumped over the bar. It was just like jumping onto the couch. Well, almost.

I had a great time and I overheard my town mom say it will become a tradition. I think that is sort of like going to the woods everyday and eating. I heard her say a dog parade and an agility course for us guys and gals that have not been to school for such stuff. We raised about $200 for my friends at the sanctuary. If you came, thanks. If you didn’t come I sure hope to see you next year. Check out our website for all the pictures from the evening activities. You may just find yourself there.

You ask what is next? Sure glad you did. Indian Summer Days in Howe September 19 and 20 and we will be there. There is also the annual Pooches Paddle Down the Pigeon River. Save September 21 on your calendar. More to come about these.

I have been spending a lot of time with my lake mom. She says school is right around the corner. I know what that means. It means early mornings and late nights. But it also means more time with Gertie and Lucy. I like that.

I met a search and rescue dog last week. She does amazing things. I talked to her about the training and she told me it takes a long time to learn everything but she likes the fact she can help people. She is crazy over the water. I watched her jump after a tennis ball I bet 100 times. I am glad we all have different things we can do well.

Tip of the week: To keep your dog busy, buy toys with little holes in them (such as a Kong), put both big and small pieces of a treat in the toy and give it to your dog. This will keep him busy for quite a while, presuming he or she has a few small ones that come out quickly. You can also wedge dog biscuits in the holes with a smear of peanut butter.

Quote of the week: Life is short – play with your dog.

Your “fur-ever” friend, Buddy