Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Musings

Plascha, a friend in the neighborhood
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
Dean Koontz(author, Whispers)
The only thing I won't like about our up coming trip, is leaving our pups.  We have a wonderful sitter, who has a dog herself, so I know they'll be well cared for.  Lucy will get a warm body to sleep with every night.  It's just -- well, I'll miss them.  
Boo, at the park
Lucy, left, meets a new friend, Skippy.

Our love of our dog friends & family runs deep.  I still miss Tikwa, and miss him more whenever I see a yellow lab of his age and girth.  Going through photos the other day, I came upon a video of him romping in the park behind our house.  That kicked in the sweet pain magnificently.

Yes, these creatures love me like nothing else.  Their love sends my endorphins flowing.  Stroking their bodies connects me to all good things.  No wonder dogs are brought into hospitals and retirement homes.  No wonder there are farms where children with various disabilities are able to touch and hug farm animals.  I don't understand people who don't like animals.  Don't they know what they're missing out on?  They're missing all the good stuff.  

We have friends who travel a lot, and so do not have pets anymore.  But they do have their neighbor's dog anytime they want.  In fact, sometimes the dog is with them more often than at its own home.  Their dog daddy is a little jealous, truth be told.  This dog makes these two manly men melt like buttah.  Sophie is a small white fluffy thing.  She loves these guys so much that she waits at her front window for them to come by.  If she sees them, she goes nuts.  It's a match made in heaven.
I am doubly appreciative of our dogs during these trying times.  Sometimes I get a tad too involved in the presidential race and politics.  The dogs are the perfect bullshit antidote. 
Even politicians (especially?) know the value of a dog: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”
Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States)

I hope you have a dog in your life.  Even a friend's dog. 


  1. I totally relate to having a pet in the home. We have cats for now but they are harder to leave now than they ever were. I can't decide if I am getting to be the old lady with a house full of cats (only two for now) or it's something about these two black ones.

  2. Every dog we meet is a heart-melting moment of love. On our walks to and from town, we always have an encounter with some wonderful furry friend.

    1. I love that dog from your old Arcata neighborhood. Loved hearing about him -- and then seeing him!


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