Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hello Go Dog Go Goodby

In just a few words amid paw prints upon the pages of this Dr. Seuss style beginner book for children the reader is taken from “Hello!” to “Good-by!”

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Re-Reading Go, Dog. Go! While Saying Goodbye to My Dog

One day, not so long ago, I said goodbye to my dog Tidbit. The next day I re-read Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman.

Some, including Eastman, may find it a bit strange that I would choose to pull Go, Dog. Go! off the bookshelf to read while mourning the loss of my dog Tidbit. Understandably so. Nonetheless, this book I have treasured over the years became a part of my healing—once I was able to permit its humor to prevail over my tortuous trail of tears.

My time with my dog Tidbit (fourteen years to the day) seems to have whittled away a little less quickly than does the pace of the children’s book. Even so, as my girl dog went from being a little dog to a big dog, we enjoyed just as much pleasure as that which abounds on the pages of this treasure of a dog book for kids.

Go Dog Go

Go, Dog. Go! is classic Eastman, a gem of a book for early readers. The page by page building of word phrases has kids learning to read new words with each turn of a page. But of course, you and I know that it is the dogs who have stolen the show and have our children turning the pages for reading the rest of the story.

From the tip of the hat of “Dog” on page one to the male yellow beagle and the female pink poodle on the last page, dogs of all colors and kinds are found on the go; party animals delighting children with rhythmic reason.

And on that last page of the book, beagle and poodle ride off into the sunset in a final “Good-by!”

Dog Relationships and a Sweet So Long

In the re-reading of Go, Dog. Go! I did smile at the sweetness of the “courtship” of the yellow dog and the pink pooch throughout the book. Of course, the dogs rode off into the sunset together as they said good-by to their reader.

Go, Dog. Go! Good-by!

P. D. Eastman managed to get a bit of a relationship lesson in there for his young readers. I do enjoy books for kids that entertain as well as teach.

For my dog Tidbit and I there were fourteen years of sensational sunsets. And while I am now unable to enjoy days with her, I am happy that our relationship was one of a love like none other I have ever experienced, canine or of the human kind.

Dog Pawsitive Tidbits

I and my dog Tidbit continue to share the fun times as well as a life lesson or two with my readers. We share our Dog Pawsitive Tidbits, dog books for kids of all ages, dog training tips and toys, and there is sure to be a sunset or two for you to view.

Our time together is Tidbit’s legacy and I shall continue to share her pure sweet sunshine with my readers. For now it is just a bittersweet “So long!” to my girl.

Say Hello and Goodbye

I find that the re-reading of books for kids is often quite enlightening. Have you read the children’s book, Go, Dog. Go! as a child, and again as an adult? Is there another children's book that you read and enjoyed as both a child and as an adult?

Go! Get yourself a copy of this dog book for kids of all ages!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kid Friendly Dogs Gentle Spirit

Valentino is an incredibly kid-friendly dog with a gentle spirit.

My hefty hound stands still to enjoy the tender-handed patting from the wee ones next door.

Kid Friendly Gentle Spirit Dog Valentino
My Kid Friendly Gentle Spirit Dog Valentino

When the father of the children took a picture of the group, my dog Valentino gently turned his head in the direction of the camera.

Dog and Kids, Gentle Spirits All
Dog Valentino and Neighbor Kids, Gentle Spirits All

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Vet Approved Roll in the Grass

My dog Valentino had a stress-free vet visit today. He celebrated his happy Saturday with a vet-approved back-scratchin' roll in the grass!

My dog Valentino in a happy Saturday back scratching roll in the grass.

Valentino showed no signs of canine PTSD when the dog doctor removed the staples on his back. He stood for a minute then sat down and still as the vet removed all fourteen staples. I think he handled it much better than I!

The doctor checked his gums and found only one suture that had not yet dissolved. She assured me the dissolvable stitch would disappear in its own time.

As for Valentino's canine gingival hyperplasia, it would appear as though he is predisposed for the disease. This means we need to keep a watchful eye on his gums for its recurrence. Further, there is not much I can do to stop the idiopathic gingival hyperplasia from returning.

I will begin more care in brushing my dog's teeth and gums and schedule veterinary dental cleanings as needed. However, the vet said while this will not prevent the recurrence of excess gingival tissue growth it may delay it as well as the surgery to remove it.

For now, I watch the hair re-growth over the scar on my dog Valentino's back. And Me and V fully intend to enjoy each blessed day of the rest of our journey together.

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