Another great Saturday for my book.
We went to the Anheuser-Bush horse farm in Merrimack NH
and were part of the Wags to Whiskers event for the Greater Nashua Humane Society.
Lots of good memories here for sure
visiting the Clydesdale horses with
grandchildren, and children, and nieces over the years.
Yup, lots of fun.
But I digress.
I mean the old folks,
talked to so many people on this day,
JUST TOO DARN TIRED TO TALK TO ME WHEN THEY GOT HOME.
after they took their respective naps
it was exciting to hear about all of the many doxies that they saw,
and of course,
all the other kinds of dogs that came to the event.
You can see that
a.k.a Chuck came to visit also.
WOW HOW COOL IS THAT!
The folks sold books and
they talked to many many folks
even met a brand new
(new to them) breed of shepherd,
called a Shiloh Shepard.
Lovely they said.
Here is a picture of one from the internet.
The picture belongs to: The Happy Puppy site.
You can also see another picture of a
long haired Belgium Shepard called BEAR
who Mama and Papa rescued when I was very young.
HERE IS BEAR'S STORY!
Mama and Papa were driving home at night
and when they pulled into their road from off of the highway,
there was a dog wandering at the end of the road near the highway.
I MEAN NEVER
ignores a dog loose on the road,
for dogs can easily die getting hit by cars
and she has had two beloved dogs die this way
and basically never wants
another dog that she knows,
does not know,
is in her care,
is not in her care,
to ever get hit again.
there is this woolly bear of a dog,
clearly a young dog wandering near the highway.
NOW PAPA, HE IS A SAINT.
He has helped Mama rescue more animals
than any one else in her whole life
So when Mama says,
YOU GOTTA PULL OVER PAPA,
Mama opened the truck door and she says to the pooch,
"Hey, what are you doing here?"
and this big woolly bear of a dog climbs up into her lap.
CLEARLY HE NEED HELP
and so they took him home.
Now you gotta know this about Papa.
He is frightfully afraid of German Shepard dogs.
He once had a terrible experience of being attacked when just a little babe,
and quite frankly, never got over it.
But it was strange
did not bother him.
And so Mama and Papa put extraordinary efforts
into finding Bear's owners with no luck.
AT THAT POINT THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST KEPT HIM.
But Mama kept thinking, someone "owns" this dog,
and anyone who knows Mama know that she can be
SHE KEPT LOOKING, AND LOOKING AND LOOKING.
When they did finally track the owner down
and returned Bear
to his home,
within a short period of time,
Bear got hit by a car and died.
Because you see,
some people do not recognize "car danger".
So Bear was left to wander again.
And so here are my Do's for this week.
know where you dog is
"control her or his freedom"
YOU ARE THE ADULT
and the dog is a child
and cannot possibly understand
what a 2000 pound car can do to it if it is hit by a car.
DO pay attention
and when you see a loose dog.
to help it get home.
IT WILL BE SO GRATEFUL !
Once Mama had two dogs follow her home from her morning walk.
When she got home it was like they knew she lived there.
Before she even got back to the house,
one went down to the backyard to say hello to Merlin
and the other went and sat on her door step.
She called the police
it turned out they both belong to someone
visiting a local farm.
They were very grateful to get back home again.
recognize what the right thing is to do.
The people who owned BEAR
would have not listed him as a collie mix
in the missing notices
if they wanted him back.
There was a reason Mama could not find the owners.
Sometimes not seeing the "big picture"
helps no one.
WE think that the UNIVERSE
sometimes brings others into our lives and it is good
JUST TO ACCEPT THE GIFT.
when we look at the scratch marks
that BEAR left in the mud room on the door frame
we think of him fondly
and wish we made other choices.
to finish our story,
Mama and Papa along with our family friend May
spent good time at the Wags to Whiskers event,
"GET THE WORD OUT"
about my book.
And so thanks for checking in!
Chell Sommese is a retired teacher.