Not only did I have all the yummy food, holiday spirit, and time spent with family to look forward to this Thanksgiving weekend, but I also had the anticipation of picking up my new puppy. I’ve been waiting several weeks for her to be old enough to leave her mom and other siblings to come live with me at my house, and the day has finally come: tomorrow!
Dogs have long been called "man’s best friend", but the romanticized picture plays out most often as a boy and his dog. For some reason, more troubles and adventures seem to follow on the heels of young boys and their dogs. The following book series are fun stories about boys and dogs, but don’t worry, girls will find plenty to love about these books as well.
Dogs can make wonderful gifts, but unlike material gifts, they aren't as easy to return if the fit isn't right. Make sure the new owner is ready to make a commitment for the dogs lifetime, and is prepared for the responsibilities involved in having a new family member.
Watch out Dewey the Cat. This is Eddie the Library Dog. He was found near the library last year. His fur was matted, he was skinny from being on the street for a few days, but he was full of love and affection. Quite frankly, it was love at first sight for me.
To have one or not to have one, that’s the question. We have had a small dog in the house for the last 35 years. Our last was a toy poodle. We had him for 13 years, and lost him just a few months ago. I miss having a pet around, but I said, “No more dogs.” I didn’t want to have the problem of taking a dog when we were away from home. Now, I’m starting to wonder. I still don’t know the answer to my question.
The first full week in May each year is set aside as Be Kind to Animals Week. This is the oldest week of its kind in the United States--it was established in 1915 by Dr. William O. Stillman, who was the leader of the American Humane Association at that time. The week is dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the work of our country's humane societies.
Oogy: the Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin is a doggy love story where the worst imaginable treatment of an animal meets the best that man has to offer. In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons took their terminally ill cat into their vet’s office and unexpectedly met a young, white pup named Oogy. Oogy was rescued during a police raid on a house suspected to have allowed dog fighting. He had been used as bait for other fighting dogs because he refused to engage in fights.
This past Sunday evening, I was out puttering in the back yard when I heard the dogs in my family raising a big fuss in the corner of the yard. We have two dogs: Oliver, a miniature schnauzer, and Bubba, a bull terrier. Although they have not always been very fond of each other, over the years they have become pretty good pals. They often team up together to provide home security for us.
There is so much to do with your dogs during the summer. I, myself, have four dogs that I walk with, swim with, and vacation with during the summer sometimes. My dogs especially like to play in the backyard. They wrestle and race each other, especially the two young ones, Maggie and Duke. My family likes to take our dogs to Shawnee Mission Park in Johnson County Kansas.