Tuesday, February 8, 2011

D is FOR...

DOGS

I have to give them equal time since I am always blogging about cats, which is actually one reason why this DOG (below) appears on this blog.  

We were going to Coles Carpets and made some passing joke about how Coles should be  donating to the cats at the Animal Shelter, since it is  our last cat, Bailey, who is giving them the business of supplying new carpet for us.  Yes, we are just about at the joking stage by now!

We parked the car and walked into the store and this is what we saw!


Note the card around his neck, below.  
This is the same place where I volunteer among the cats.





Then I got this flyer below, from the shelter, in my e-mail soon after we got home.


Note the part that is circled and starred.
(only in California, yes?)

If we call something a DOG's DINNER  we usually mean it in an uncomplimentary way (at least we did when I lived in England).  But this ad confirmed my decision to feature DOG on ABC Wednesday, especially because I wanted an excuse to feature the book (below) on my blog.  


This is a volume I get from Readers' Digest every couple of months called Select Editions. It contains four individual books.


One of the stories in this volume is called  "A DOG'S PURPOSE"  
by W. Bruce Cameron

I have to tell you that this is the BEST animal story I have EVER read.  In general, I don't usually like animal stories, they are just too much of a tear jerker.  I feel the same about animal movies-- even Lassie -- especially Lassie--movies.  But, I'm telling you that if you like DOGS at all you MUST read this book.  I'm sure it is in the Library.  It is so upbeat with a great plot and just a very satisfying reading.  Couldn't guess how the ending would turn out. I read a lot of books in a year, but this one just has to top the list -- not because it is a literary masterpiece, but because the author has captured the absolute essence of --
well, -- doggie-dom.  I loved every word!
***

And now, how could I do a 'D' page and not have DAFFODILS on it?  So obvious, but so full of the promise of spring.
 They have been for sale at Vons for the past two weeks.

Have a Happy Spring and take your doggie pals for a long walk in the sunshine.

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20 comments:

kaybee said...

My goodness, I got here before anyone else - I guess right after you posted!

That is just too hilarious that Coles sponsors the animal shelter -- so they should, says MOTH!

And you took the words right out of my mouth about the Dog's Dinner -- only in California. I don't think people up here in Canada are quite so smitten with their pets.

Hope you save "A Dog's Purpose" for my visit -- would love to read it.

As for the daffy dills - I am drooling. We've got to see a lot of snow melted before they will peek up through the earth here. There's a good couple of feet on our lawn.

A great D-Day, Chris!

Wanda said...

We've had dogs all our lives, but never have I seen some of these things in your blog.

Oh my, that is so funny to find the dog statue advertising "YOUR" animal shelter.

I wonder if there are cafe's in our little Montrose that have a dinner for the dog too. They have about 20 cafe's up and down main street with many people eating outside, and almost every table has a dog at the feet of the customers.

BTW ~~ bet you can't guess what I blogged on "D"...HaHaHa

snafu said...

Your life is full of coincidences, what with Koalas in magazines, names of your two sons and now an advert from the cause of your need to go to the store in the first place. What next? Not sure I want to eat at a restaurant with too many dogs around. Do the same waiters serve the dogs and clear away?

photowannabe said...

Fascinating Chris. That must have been a surprise to read.
Love the spring flowers and I think I will have to look up that book. Think my daughter in law would love it.

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the D Day, Chris! I love our dogs and do relate to others who do as well! Your spring flowers are gorgeous and I am so ready to see some -- soon! Have a great week!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Tumblewords: said...

Dogs, dinners and daffodils - what a delightful d list!

Leslie: said...

In Paris, people take their dogs to restaurants all the time! As a dog lover, I'd enjoy that but others maybe not so much. If you'd like to read another great book about dogs, here's a link to a post I did about one called "The Art of Racing in the Rain."

Leslie: said...

http://leslieinvancan.blogspot.com/2010/10/art-of-racing-in-rain.html

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to link so you'll need to copy & paste.

chubskulit said...

Lovely!

Want to find out my D, come and see!

Roger Owen Green said...

so your post has gone to the dogs this week!
yeah, I was watching some family-in-peril movie just yesterday, with the family dog sent off to save the family from the wild pack; couldn't finish it...
nice, funny, post!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Rosy said...

I didn't know you worked over at the San Diego County Animal Shelter...gee I may of seen you and we didn't even notice each other. How small of a world is that?

I love our D is for Dog post, great post too.

AutumnLeaves said...

Thanks for the book recommendation, Chris. It sounds perfect (and I'm with you on how sad most books about dogs are). Methinks Bailey's paws have guided you to just the right carpet store too.

jabblog said...

Well, now, this is right up my street. I loved it and the daffodils at the end really cheered me up on this blustery day. Thank you:-)

Carver said...

What a great post for the D day. I love dogs and daffodils so naturally I think they are a great choice.

Jingle said...

dogs are cool.

helenmac said...

Triple Threat on D-Day! I resisted doing dogs, but it was hard.
Thanks, Chris
HelenMac, ABC team

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Date your dog (we've dated worse!) - that really made me laugh :)

Dhemz said...

interesting book! Hope you can check out my ABC Wednesday entry too. Thanks!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful dog sculpture and then the sign, lol !
I see the English coast in your header and think of my holidays ! It looks like along Brighton and Eastbourne !

Beverley Baird said...

Great post for the week! I will have to check out that book - sounds very interesting!
The daffocils are definitely a sign of spring - I am wondering if we will ever see it!
Take care.