why do you love your dog?

yes, she’s got another new beau…  kinda like a boy crazy teenage girl… we revisited the McDog park in Fort Bragg twice this week. Monday was wonderful, without incident. She played with her old pal Gracie from the Atrium B&B and about 6-7 other dogs. Gracie’s like a Benjie dog, big furry, adorable, sweet,  she guards her toys to make sure no one else can get them away from her… she is one big ball of fluffy love…

Today, cici met Hank, Chaka, Zipper, I know i am forgetting a few dogs and she also played with Roxie… Hank and Cici had a grand old time and Zipper kept Cici running and chasing…  she really needed the exercise both Monday and today, Saturday.

We also went to the Pacific Mist Inn afterwards and she licked poor Tasha upside the face and there was a little tiny Lassie look alike that we kept away from since she seemed overwhelmed by Tasha… Tasha is THE most mellow K9 ever, a grand ol lady, we figured that the poor dog was not ready tor Cici’s exuberant tail wagging and kisses.

I think dog parks are wonderful for the dogs and owners. The K9′s need a safe place to run, play and socialize with others of their species.  Which reminds me that there was another dog that Cici was not allowed near, a really tiny Chihauuau mix, who kept sniffing around her and a cat who has smartly evaded Cici’s awareness.  This morning it was close, the cat came out and Cici was walking but the frisky feline fled the scene before Cici was the wiser. There have been a few birds that have also kept their distance and a rabbit and a deer on the road that she did not notice.

Fun things to do in Fort Bragg with your dog

Botanical gardens

Cowlick’s ice cream

Glass beach and other beaches

McDog park

Stay at a pet friendly inn

Eat at a pet friendly restaurant

http://www.mendocino.com/FAMILYFUN.html

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All in all, I figure that Cici has played with at least 130 dogs, the four dogs last year at Kings Canyon, at least 24 dogs at the McDog park in Fort Bragg this week, the four dogs recently in Mariposa near Yosemite, the dog in the undisclosed location, Frankie in Genoa, Karma, Jake and a whole bunch of dogs in Carson City, plus the dogs in Fresno at the dog park there, the dogs at the beaches in Carmel and Monterey, the K9′s she met in Pacific Grove on the hiking trails, the golden retrievers and other dogs she met over Christmas and New Years in the Marina, not to mention all her buddies at the vet hospital that she would have loved to have played with but was unable to do so because of the injury to her leg.

Funny, I just realized that I cannot think of any dogs that she played with in Oregon except one dog at the beach in Brookings up there last summer, none in Ashland or Medford, none in Mt. Shasta nor Susanville.  She did not play with any dogs in Bridgeport, Jackson, Arnold, Markleeville, Marysville, Virginia City, or Dayton either.

At David Walley’s Hot Springs resort in Genoa, someone told me about pit bulls being called nanny dogs… she said that cici looked like a nanny dog.  most everyone tells me how cute, beautiful and delicious she is and I have to agree… when she’s being good and listening… my dog trainer, car rental friend Deb said she will help me teach the gurl a thing or two…

why do we love dogs so much?  is it because they always have a kiss or two or three or four, a wagging tail, a funny happy doggy smile, a cuddly warm belly to rub, four paws up, or what?  why do you love your dog? perhaps we should have a writing contest…  tell me please in less than 100 words, why do you love your dog?  could be a poem, essay, letter, whatever… even a photo or two or three…  win the free giveaway, ok, it’s sunday, not monday, but hey it’s a holiday weekend…

ok, for starters, why I love cici is she is always sweet, she makes me laugh a lot, she is so funny, she has this way of making me feel better and inspires me to be a better person, she is cuddly and does quirky things like putting her head on my shoulder while I’m driving or sticking her head under the bed and growling when she is mad at me or wants to do something am not letting her do, she is a wonderful companion and a silly bug stalker… she’s my bug… my silly dilly bug… and she’s smart, too… she also really goes for what she wants, is determined to get what she wants no matter what obstacle be in her way… she is a cuddly bug… the polka dot swirl of a pearl of a gurl of my heart… awwwwwww…  ok, get the idea… now how about you?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

can you love your dog too much?

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3 responses to “why do you love your dog?

  1. I too have a pal Gracie but not of the four legged kind – she has two legs and 2 years old and can cause more upset than any puppy. Graciemae is my granddaughter and one that should be kept on a leash (lol)

  2. you must be English, oh yes, you are, I can see from your email address… how is it that the English put their kids on leashes, seems inhumane to us Americans… oh well, I guess that’s why you think what you said is funny… I don’t… I used to teach 2-3 year olds and yes, they can be a handful… and they are not dogs!

  3. Hello Celia Sue sorry you never seen the funny side of my comment. I love Gracie dearly just as I do animals. I think if you were to read many of my articles I write for various websites – I think it would give you an insight to how much I care about children. I am one of those people who gets deeply disturbed if I hear of children being hurt. I can not even read a story in the newspaper if it concerns children being abused.

    I am one of those people that unfortunately are not in a position to help all the children in need – but I certainly do my part in putting the word out through my articles, in hope that others will help lighten the load of I myself trying to save the world – so as to speak. I apologize if you were offended

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