The “I need a really great book to read” thought hits me about once a week, and the best thing is finding a great but previously unknown to me author. One I’d like to share is Virginia Lanier. She writes great mysteries and her main character raises and trains bloodhounds. So, lovers of mystery, humor, dogs, and suspense will really enjoy this author. Also, you will painlessly learn a great deal about bloodhounds. Here's the titles in order so you can get started on this fun series.
It's hot out there, and while most people know how to keep yourself cool, you may not know how to keep your four legged best friend cool. I'm talking of your dog of course. The most important thing to remember during the summer is to make sure you're not over doing exercise. Dogs all need exercise everyday all year long, but during the summer especially, you really need to pay attention to make sure they're keeping cool as well. Breeds that are the most sensitive to heat related health issues are the breeds with the "squashed-up" faces, or brachycephalic faces.
We were recently visited by Judith Hawley and her wonderful dog Flora. They presented a program at the Buckner Branch. The really awesome thing about these two visitors is that they have a special relationship. Judith is blind and Flora is her guide dog. Did you know that when a guide dog has his harness on, you shouldn’t talk to him or pet him because he is working? When the harness comes off, he is off work and becomes like any other dog. The children were especially fascinated with the way Judith cleans up after Flora, you know bathroom breaks and such.
Young Adult books are awesome, this I know. The writers and plots are sometimes so much better than what adult authors are writing. I’m not one to negate a great adult book though, and especially an animal story at that.
During the month of October, the American Humane Association encourages the adoption of shelter dogs. This organization suggests that bringing one of these fuzzy-faced companions into your life will benefit you, as well as the canine! For example, you’ll gain a best friend and a tail-wagging giver of unconditional love.
I adore my mutt, Truman. He wormed his way into my heart at the animal shelter those many moons ago when he fell asleep in my lap. As my breath caught and butterflies swirled in my tummy, I knew he was the perfect dog for me. What I didn't catch was him sleeping with one eye open, as he plotted his escape from the facility. He waited until the i's were dotted and ink dry on our adoption before revealing what a crazy man he truly was. In the first year, he destroyed our books, tinkled on my husband’s homework (that was funny!), and conditioned us to sleepless nights. What a joy!