I’ve written many times about grandest, my treasure of a granddaughter and now a word or two about my youngest and only daughter who has taught me, her mom, about freedom of speech and independence. Triggered by this splendid July Fourth, I begin. With a heart of gold, daughter reaches out to rescue helpless animals who are close to being put away.
Beginning when she was young, she carried a stray kitty into our home and there it stayed until one day, it ran away. From then on , no stray escaped from our daughter. Now, as a teacher working full time with one hundred and twenty two students in her care and grandest at home when she returns, she searches the internet making friends with rescue groups. Adopting two cats to add to her two at home a few months ago wasn’t enough. And adopting a Chocolate Lab from a center in Arkansas last fall wasn’t quite enough.
About two weeks ago, daughter called. I knew from the sound of her voice, she had a proposition in mind but I never dreamed we were off on an another adventure. Last Sunday, grandest, Lab named Gracie, daughter and yours truly and GPS drove to, would you believe, Islandia, NY. I never heard of such a place. Way out on Long Island just beyond Patchogue, a two hour drive, 13 buck toll at the George Washington Bridge and 7.50 at Throgs Neck Bridge, we found the place and the dog. Three hours later after a trial walk at what’s called a ‘pack walk’ for the dogs to get acquainted, we were on our way home and got lost only once.
Folks, I’m getting too old for this. Daughter said she always wanted two dogs and now she has them. Summertime. And the living is easy. Tommy Boy is a pit bull. The breed has gotten bad press. Here is proof of the loving 8 month old pup adopted from the rescue shelter. Gracie, the sweet Lab and Tommy Boy are doing well thanks to daughter’s care.
Any pet stories to share? As for me, most of the books I write include pets as integral characters in the plot
Check out Young at Heart where Kizzy, a therapy dog helps to bring two lovers back together. Kizzy, my friend Judy Audevard’s therapy dog is real. Her story inspired me to write Young at Heart, a fictional tale interwoven and based on truth.
Joyce Campbell expected her new left hip to heal at Helen Hayes Rehabilitation. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with the distinguished silver haired Collin Brody who wouldn’t give her a second glance. Until Kizzy, the therapy dog comes into Collin’s life…and into his heart. What happens next? The Beginning, Not the End.
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