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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Who’s a Good Dog?

 

“These are the tales the Dogs tell, when the fires burn high and the wind is from the North.” — Clifford Simak, City

The conclusion to the 1957 movie, Old Yeller, has to be among the two or three most heart-rending scenes ever filmed. If you remember the story, Old Yeller, the beloved family dog, fights off a rabid wolf who is attacking the youngest son of the family. During the fight, Old Yeller is badly wounded.

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Is there any doubt why a dog is considered Man’s Best Friend? https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/coronavirus-outbreak-dog-helps-deliver-wine More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. View from a Desert Southwest Street

 

Sitting outside in sunny downtown Mesa, Arizona. I’m following doctor’s orders, getting a ration of sunshine for Vitamin D. So, I sip an iced coffee from Jarrod’s Tea, Coffee, and Gallery.

The Mesa Brew Fest was cancelled, but lots of people are walking and sitting outdoors drinking in each establishment’s designated drinking area, patio, beer garden. Inside, people from teens to 70ish, I estimate, are filling Jarrod’s with needed business. You see, he just knocked a hole in one wall and doubled his floor space. So, he is doing the small business high wire act in a historically tough for business downtown.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Puppy Love

 

I didn’t get this posted for Valentine’s Day because I was out of town, but it’s too fun not to share. Every year I send out Valentine’s postcards to friends and family with an illustration done by one of my children. This year, my new daughter-in-law did the honors. I was hesitant to ask at first, but she seemed excited to be included in this family tradition. After years of asking my sons to remember to marry someone who would like me, I feel very blessed that (so far) they have listened! The dog in the illustration is my six-year-old puppy Inigo.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Latest Scandal: Trump Shares ‘Faked’ Image of Hero Dog

 

One of the DC press corps’ constant demands is that they be taken seriously. Very seriously. This would be easier if the journalists in question took their work seriously. The latest silliness was the media’s reaction to a lighthearted Photoshop Donald Trump shared on social media Wednesday.

The President noticed the bipartisan celebration of the service dog who helped take down al-Baghdadi, so he joined in on the fun. Originally created by the Daily Wire, the image showed Trump placing a paw-print medal over the heroic Belgian Malinois with the caption “AMERICAN HERO!”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Raining Cats and Dogs: Bob and Me

 

When Marie and I sat down in the doggie greeting room at the Portland Humane Society, a little light-brown mutt with short legs and a smile on his face trotted in and adopted us.

Bob the dog had been just a few days from being euthanized in a shelter in Fresno, California, when the Portland Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, told Fresno that it would take in a few of their dogs. Bob was in that lucky lot.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Not Messing!

 

The veterinarian finished his examination of the three-legged, short-tailed, grey and white cat with one blue eye and one green eye, shook his head wonderingly, and looked over at her owner.

“Don’t you have any normal pets?” he inquired.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Cut the Cord

 

After threatening to do so for the better part of a year, I finally cut the cord yesterday. I mostly held on this long because of sports. With the exception of a few programs I watch with the girlfriend, or in some cases drink scotch and tolerate, all I watch is sports. I had an irrational fear that I would miss coverage of The Masters, US Open, or football. I should also mention my dog Norman watches The Golf Channel all day while I am at work. So I spent numerous mornings researching and became convinced Hulu Live was the right mix.

Still, I did not make the move. I decided I would downgrade to basic cable first — incrementalism people! I logged into my cable account where I was promptly asked if I wanted to upgrade with HBO. I then looked for how to change my services — it was nowhere to be found. They were ready and willing with a “team member” available to chat if I wanted to upgrade. So, I clicked yes, assuming if they could add services they could also take services away. Wrong. “That is not my department.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bob Is in Thrall to a Treat-Dispensing Device Called Dogness

 

There may be a lesson in human behavior from the addiction of Bob the dog to a device called Dogness. Or maybe not. Actually, I’m not sure I’ll find a moral before I end this post. Wish me luck.

Marie and I will be taking a cruise around the Mediterranean in a couple of months, and I wanted to give Bob some comfort while we’re gone. He’s a terribly needy dog with a severe case of separation anxiety. The lady across the street is going to come to the house twice a day to look to Bob while we’re gone, but I know Bob will still miss us. To ease his distress, then, I bought Dogness, the treat-dispensing device you see to your right.

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Highlights from this year’s National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs called to mind earlier encounters with a corgi. More

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Having mentioned several days ago that I was an eligibility worker for Los Angeles County, AFDC for a time in the 1960s. I came upon a Dear Abby article, cannot remember the news paper or the year, but was so impressed with it I printed it out and made hundreds of copies to hand out […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review Neither side backs down in ‘Shep in the Victorio War’ By […]

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As the Young Americans find themselves in the dog days of summer, they wonder whether the “fur-ternity leave” now offered by some companies proves that young people love dogs too much. And with summer coming to a close, they also give some advice for college students going back to school or heading there for the first time.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bob Joins List of Alpha Dogs Accused of Sexual Misconduct

 

Well-known conservative, Bob the Dog, has been accused by 236 lady dogs of sexually inappropriate behavior. Trixie La Chihuahua claims she was among Bob’s early victims. After a night of bar-hopping, Bob had invited her up to his fancy apartment to see an original painting of “Dogs Playing Poker” when he excused himself to go to the bathroom. He came out a minute later wearing nothing more than a lascivious grin.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How’s Life, Ricochet?

 

Every so often, when the culture or political wars get so out of hand that even this political nerd wants to ignore it all and settle down with the cat, I throw out a “how’s life” post for Facebook. The idea is to catch up on the important stuff: kids, grandkids, parents, pets, shiny new jobs, an old job that’s driving you crazy, recipes, what-have-you.

The lovely blonde suggested a similar post for Ricochet. So, Rico-peeps, what’s new with your life outside of politics, policy, and culture wars? Have cute pet pictures? Pictures of the grandkids with watermelon all over their faces? Do you have good news to share, or need a shoulder to lean on after a summer that ought to be nuked from orbit?

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We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ’guardians at the gate.’–LTC (ret) Allen West. I think it’s always good to be reminded, perhaps […]

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The discoveries keep piling up, and since science journals insist on sending me form letters saying my work is “not up to their standards” and needs to be “peer reviewed,” whatever that means, I decided to submit my work to a more appreciative audience. Dogs and Numeracy More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Happy Endings

 

Trigger Warning: This is a “Dead Dog” post.

No doubt you’re wondering how I can possibly title a post about a recently deceased, and much loved, family pet, “Happy Endings.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Earth, a Eulogy

 

The sky was dark and spitting snow. The earth at first broke and then went soft under the swing of my pick axe. The wind was biting and cold as I slowly hacked out the shape of the hole I needed. When I finished the initial work with the pick axe it was the turn of the spade to go into the earth. The soil was rich and dark, like nearly all the earth in the Alazani valley, and as the dark earth welled up on the spade it made me think about growing things, new life and food. But I was digging to plant life but instead to lay life to rest. A few feet from me lay my dog Pirate a brave and loyal companion for 12 years who was now dying in the cold and mud of a Georgian winter.

Something had gone wrong in Pirate’s brain. It started the day after New Year when Pirate had something like a stroke and nearly died. We nursed him back to heath and for a few glorious weeks he seemed back to his old self but obviously older and a bit feeble. Then just 8 days ago it happened again and Pirate no longer ate and drank only with great difficulty. He could not sleep and would just walk back and forth on his chain pulling it as tight as he could and banging his head on his house at one of the chain or a tree on the other end. We took him to several vets but nothing could be done for him. The vets suggested that we let him go and let him wonder off alone to die because, “Dogs like that.” We took him home and tried to make him as comfortable as possible. We finally found a doctor that gave us a medicine that would let Pirate sleep and I gave him a heavy dose and let him rest. His heart stopped once but started again and now his breathing was really slow and I knew the time was approaching and I was digging a grave.

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