Patti Lawson, author of The
Dog Diet (March 2006 HCI, Inc.),
entertained with her tale of dogs and human dieting,
and how a shelter dog named Sadie made her a better person.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the
Barking Up The Right Treat"
"The Dog Days
Ever since I've been old
enough to remember, I've heard the phrase “dog days” never
quite understanding what it meant. I assumed it was those last
very hot days of summer that stretch into September when no one
felt like doing anything. Or maybe it just meant that in the
summer we can at least for a week or so be irresponsible — like
a dog. I was wrong on both counts, and I learned so because
a dog taught me the meaning of not only this phrase, but a
lot of other things as well.
“Don't get a dog,” someone told me almost two years ago. And
so I received the worst piece of advice in my life — to this point — and,
of course, did the opposite and adopted a little black dog that is now more a
part of my life than I could've ever imagined. She more than proved this
person to be a complete idiot and anyone else for that matter who exhibited
hesitation at my dog adoption plan.
Dogs, unlike many people, are not only dependable, they make us better people.
They teach us to look at ourselves like they do and most of us finally learn
that happiness really is as Dorothy found out in Oz — right in our own
back yards. They show us that we are OK just the way we are and love us for
Most of us reach a crossroads at some point in our lives and like millions
of others before and after me, I found myself at the four corners of questions
a few years ago. You know, those nagging ones: what's next, what's
missing, what went wrong, what's important. I found the answers at the
most unlikely of destinations, PetsMart.
I, like hundreds of other dog parents, was a different person pre-dog acquisition.
Dogs mysteriously and without notice transform their human counterparts into
Our dogs changed us, and we haven't lingered one moment longing for our
former selves. In fact, many of us deny personality traits we were previously
known for. Dogs are the best shrink out there, the great equalizer of humanity,
the soul mate many of us either let slip through our fingers or will never
find in human form.
I'm grateful I chose to ignore that bad advice of a few years back each
time I'm greeted upon my return from work, or I hear that high-speed tail
thumping on the bed when I open my eyes in the morning. I like being needed,
and I like having another living creature whose overwhelming joy at my presence
is ever noticeable. I'm really enjoying the dog days of my life now and
don't have as many questions as I once did because the answers are running
before me on four legs with a tail.