FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS

I've been thinking about how much joy pets bring to our lives. Terry and I are more cat people because their independence fits our lifestyle, but we had several dogs when the children were growing up. I'm impressed with the number of people who rescue animals, as well as how the digital world has made the process so much easier. Both man and beast are blessed when they find one another. I hope you enjoy some of the canines featured today.

Savannah advertises itself as a Dog Friendly city. We found that to be a fact. There was a parade of pups with their owners staying at our hotel. Here are some of the pooch friends we met there.

Taco
Taco looked macho in his military green.
 
Spanish Ladies

 These two dolls have Spanish monikers. The one on the left is named for a brand of Spanish coffee. Her friend on the right is Canela, which means cinnamon. 
 
Billie

 
Billie wasn't too keen on going out into the rain. The first time we saw her, she was stiffed-legged, straining against the leash as her master resolutely headed for the hotel door. The floor was slick so she slid along toward the wet world outside. Conscientious owners like him are probably one of the reasons dogs are welcome there.
 
 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it." Isa. 30:21a
 
Arlo Guthrie
 
Arlo Guthrie is an unusual name for such a handsome Frenchman. We asked if he were a show dog. The owner said no, but she had been told he was show-dog quality.
I agree, don't you?

Gabby
  
Carolyn's granddaughter, Reagan, holds their new rescued miniature poodle, Gabby.
This lucky pooch has wiggled his way into the hearts of the entire family.
wish I'd gotten a good picture of him in his pumpkin Halloween costume.
 

A Few More Lucky Dogs

Sally
 
Sally is a small Lab who belongs to my friends, Don and Donna. She's getting on in years and has hip problems that keep her from hunting. I love it that she hobbles over for me to pet her when I drop by. She and Don are still almost inseparable. She doesn't need as much church as he does though.

Harry
 
  Another fortunate dog, Harry, lives the life of Riley with the Jefferies. They had no plans to own a dog until this stray stole their hearts. Don't let that toothy under bite intimidate you.
He just never had the opportunity for orthodontics.
He's really a friendly little critter.
 
Boo
Boo, a Rat Terrier, may be little on the outside, but he has a big spirit. A working dog, he herds any wildlife that needs rounding up. Boo lives with his owners, Cliff and Debbie, on a farm not far from Greenbrier. He is a poster child for obedience but loves to chase and catch squirrels when his people allow it.

Annabelle & Lucy
Annabelle and Lucy belong to friends, Talya and John.
These Dallas girls are great watch dogs.
No squirrels will get in their house ever!

Pokey
Pokey lives the good life in Beebe with my writing friend Dot and her grandson, Phillip.
He was rescued from along side the road near Pocahontas, thus the name which stuck.
She says he's part Lab and who knows what else!

 
 
 
My GrandDogs

Max & Milo
 Carolyn and Karen met Max and Milo along with Maria, Brad and Caroline on the way to Savannah. (Emily, on the left, is away at college.) They adopted Max, the terrier, first, but he was so skittish and shy, they decided to get another dog to keep him company. Max perked up the moment he saw Milo, and they've been inseparable ever since. From the picture you'll see these two have been part of the Day family a long time. Emily is a sophomore at the University of Alabama and Caroline is in the 9th grade now.
Two more fortunate canines who are greatly loved.

Houston

 
Houston Johnson belongs to our youngest son, Erik, and his group.
This little guy happily shares his home with a passel of kids and cats.
They're a loving bunch.

Lucky & Jack
Our oldest, Gary, has always had dogs. Both rescues, Lucky, an Australian Shepherd, and Jack, a Blue Heeler, are full of affection. You could get licked to death at their house. Jack is an escape artist who causes his owner angst from time to time, but you'd never know it from talking to Jack!

Kaali

Kaali and Blu belong to Gary's special friend, Pamela.
We love it that all three of these girls spend lots of time
hanging out with Gary, Lucky and Jack.
Blu



Last But Not Least

Minnie
 
A family portrait wouldn't have been complete without Minnie. She wandered into our lives after the terrible tornado in 1952 that blew away the small nearby town of Judsonia. Her terror of storms and the way she cowered and panted at the first hint of one's approach made us wonder what she went through that day. Mother said she always knew which house we were in because Minnie was waiting faithfully on the front porch for us to come out. Mom fed her hamburger meat on a regular basis. Guess that would be contra-indicated these days. She died eleven years later when I was a junior in high school.
 
Tell me about your favorite canine friends, past or present. Send a picture and I'll share it.

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
 I Sam. 15:22
 

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