Bogart Elementary students got the chance Wednesday to meet the dogs they've only known through books. Author Sandra Philipson and her dogs Max, Tak and Trini, along with illustrator Jenny Campbell, visited Bogart. The dogs are part of the Max and Annie series featuring the English springer spaniels. Read rest of article HERE
Book Chronicles History of Spaniels
By Brenda Birmelin
After completing a career as a counselor at Shallotte Middle School, Christy Judah, 55, spends her time writing and serving as the leader of the Brunswick Search and Rescue Team.
She combined both avocations in her recently published book, An Ancient History of Dogs: Spaniels through the Ages. This book tells the history of dogs from early Greek and Roman days using archaeological findings and DNA tests. As she follows the evolution of spaniels, Judah shares the roles English spaniels have played through the centuries. The book has more than 180 illustrations.
Judah points out that English springer spaniels are both beautiful and intelligent. One of her six dogs, Gypsy, proves the point. Read rest of article HERE
I Talk To Him
I talk to him when I'm lonesome like,
and I'm sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively,
and gently licks my hands;
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
but I never say naught thereat,
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
but never a friend like that!
--W. Dayton Wedgefarth
I am here waiting for you
I am here waiting for you.
Do you think of me?
I am here waiting for you.
Can you set me free?
I somehow lost my home.
I'm not sure of folks I meet.
I found myself alone,
Lost and frightened in the street.
I tried to make some friends,
but was shooed and pushed away.
Is this the way it ends,
just another stray?
So much danger in the air!
My presence brings on fear!
Not welcome anywhere!
People run when I get near!
Picked up by dog cops
and put in a foster home.
The food and care are tops,
but I am still alone.
I won't take too much space.
Just a small room in your heart.
A teeny, tiny little place,
Where I can make a start.
No, I'm not a cute little puppy,
But I won't pee upon your floor.
I just need someone to love me.
Please open up the door.
I am here waiting for you.
Where ever can you be?
I am waiting for you.
Can you spare some love for me?
--Judith D. Steele
I hear it! I hear the car! HER car! And she's coming this way! Oh, oh, I must run in and grab a gift! I must greet her with a gift! Oh, 'BONK' missed the step. No matter, I must hurry. Move over, doggy door! She's coming, she's coming! Gift, gift, where, what, oh, oh, oh, ah! A plastic bottle she drinks from, right here on top of the container they call trash!
The door! I hear the door sound that sounds right before she comes in! Oh, it's OPENING! SHE'S HOME!
Oh, oh, 'wiggle, wiggle, wiggle' I cannot be still! You're home! And look, look, I have this nice bottle! Oh, oh, you're home! YOU'RE HOME!
I have missed you so much, you've been gone hours, weeks, days, years! And so much has happened! A dog ran by and I chewed a tree and Pluto slept under the house and it rained a little! Oh, oh, oh! You're home, you're home!
And you're touching me! I can't stand it, it's so marvelous! Oh, and you're speaking! "Murble, murble, good boy, murble, murble." YES! Your happy voice. Oh, I'm about to burst! I'm so happy, happy, happy! Yes! I want to jump! I'm not supposed to jump, but oh, oh, just a little jump!
"Off." Darn. Oh, I cannot be still. I'll roll over and wiggle on my back!
The Rainbow Bridge inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over together.
Life at the showdog summit
World's top pooches bring out the gypsy in Delaware-based handler
By Victor Greto
BEAR -- The contrast between the unmoved-in look of Kellie Fitzgerald's home and the immaculately groomed condition of her charge, James, is as intense as the look on Fitzgerald's face when she discusses her job.
"I'm a very focused person," Fitzgerald says early one morning last week, her entire body radiating concentration, even before her day has really started.
Her eyes, caged by brown-framed glasses, fix on a point in space when she thinks or speaks. Feathered brown hair outlines a face highlighted by a jutting chin.
"I'm a perfectionist. That's my reputation."
It's just two weeks after Fitzgerald "handled" Ch. (Champion) Felicity's Diamond Jim -- better known as James, the English springer spaniel -- to the best in show at the 131st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Read rest of article HERE.
The Dog Ate What?
from Best of Craig's List
We have a dog by the name of Kismet. He came to us in the Summer of 2001 from the rescue program I was heavily involved with.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of adoption, imagine taking in a 10-year-old child whom you know nothing about and committing to doing your best to be a good parent.Like a child, the dog came with his own idiosyncrasies. He will only sleep on the bed, on top of the covers, nuzzled as close to my face as he can get without actually performing a French kiss on me. Lest you think this is a bad case of no discipline, I should tell you that hubby and I tried every means to break him of this habit including locking him in a separate bedroom for several nights. The new door cost over $200. But I digress. Read rest of article HERE
Salmon & Rice KONG Toy Stuffing Recipe
½ cup of rice
1 small salmon fillet
¼ cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup water
1/2 tsp mild curry powder
Cooking Instructions: Place the rice in a saucepan and cover with water. Add curry powder and mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce to simmer. Add salmon and frozen vegetables to rice. Cover and continue to simmer until fully cooked, about 15 minutes. Add egg and mix until cooked, about three minutes. Stuff the KONG toy and freeze.
And lastly, from San Diego Union-Tribune 12/26/06:
Jimmy Phillips' 15-year-old springer spaniel, Taz, took first in the recent San Diego Sporting Dog Club's shoot to retrieve event. Taz retrieved three pheasants in nine minutes (three shots by Phillips).