Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dog Rescue Blues Poem Tail Wag

Empty Bench Blues
Oftentimes dog rescues inspire poetry or tail wags. Or both, as is the case for me and my dog Valentino.

Last week my PAWSit post shared three pictures of my dog near empty benches. Bench number three tugged at my poetic heart strings! Thus, it was the first of the bench images to be used by me as poetic inspiration.

My first attempt at a Blues Poem is dedicated to one of our dearest friends. My wee bit of rhyme is followed by a tail wag of thanks to her from "our dog" Valentino.

Empty Bench Blues
A dog rescue poem © Ruth Cox

An empty bench is not a victimless crime.
Come sit with me for a tidbit of time.
Hear my rescue tale...
Not long ago this hound dog might have died,
But for his heart a gentle woman cried,
Heard his lonesome wail—
Earned his wagging tail.

Thank you, NANCY!
Video recording © Ruth Cox

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Praying Mantis and Dog Treat

I consider finding a praying mantis quite a treat. But not one for the dog to eat!

Praying Mantis and Dog Pawsitive Tidbits
My great hunter of a dog, Valentino, set his nose upon a small creature crawling up a tree. My dog looked at the critter with a quizzical expression as if to say, "Why, you don't even smell edible!"

I had no doubt the mantis was scurrying up that tree trunk as fast as its legs could carry it. Wouldn't you do the same with the nose of a great big creature sniffing at you?

But of course, the poor thing couldn't move very quickly. It looked as though it was missing a leg or two. And too, the dog really should keep his nose out of the critter's way, as he might get a stinging bite from the mantis insect!

While intrigued by my dog's interest in the praying mantis, I thought of a wee prayer poem for the pair. I snapped a couple of pictures of dog and mantis to go with the thoughts in my head.

Valentino and I finished our walk and we returned home. Inspired, I immediately went to work creating the latest addition to my collection of Dog Pawsitive Tidbits plaques—a praying mantis sure to be a treat for dog lovers!

Obviously, the book "All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot (animal doctor) came to mind as I designed. For those of you who have not yet read this book I have included the link to it as well as a few of the author's other bestsellers.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

PAWSit with Dogs on Benches

Pause for a tidbit of time to sit with me and my dog. Perhaps you and I can read and write together while my dog rests his weary paws. We have walked for quite some time.

Yes, my dog Valentino and I have been strolling around the neighborhood, the dog park too. We found several benches upon which to sit. Alas, each bench is empty!

Ah! but we have an empty bench remedy in mind! But of course, we will need your help for this task. So, pick a bench and sit for a bit while we explain what we want you to do.

Dog Valentino at Robert Warren's Art Loft

My dog found this empty bench at

Dog Valentino at Canal Winchester Area Historical Society

My dog Valentino found this empty bench at the

Empty Bench at Dog Park

My dog Valentino found this empty bench
at the dog park.

Bench #3 Inspired a Poem

Empty Bench Blues by Ruth Cox

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dog Walking Serenity Wind Chime

My dog Valentino pauses to hear musical wind chimes.

Dog Valentino Listens to Musical Wind Chimes
Valentino's pause from our dog walking was just long enough for me to capture a few seconds of the sound of serenity coming from the limbs of an old tree.

But of course, that pause was short-lived and his paws hit the pavement in search of other things. That was fine with me.

I consider strolling along with my dog an exercise in serenity-seeking for both of us — no matter where our feet may lead. Valentino is generally more interested in sniffing for the smell of animals that came before us on our pathway. For me, tranquility is found in the walk itself.

Spring and Autumn seasons seem best for stirring music in the trees and on front porches of our neighborhood.  As these seasonal winds blow, our sidewalk stroll is alive with the gentle sound of music from wind chimes filling the air.

Dog Walking to Wind Chimes

Ah! the sight and sounds of serenity!

A walk in the neighborhood with my dog Valentino by my side, the air we breathe filled with the sight and sound of musical wind chimes, serenity sought and found — who could ask for anything more?

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Good Neighbors Good Treats For Dogs

Most dog lovers make good neighbors, a treat in and of itself.

Indy Dog Treats for Valentino
My dog Valentino and I are fortunate to live in a neighborhood where great neighbors, dog lovers, and dog pals are plentiful. We consider it a treat to live in such a dog-friendly community.

But of course, not a thing pleases Valentino more than a package of dog treats left on our front porch just for him!

Occasionally I will open the front door and there on the porch is a treat for my dog from a neighborly dog lover. This week the package included a note: "Ruth- Snacks for Valentino. Indy doesn't like these."

Good Neighbor Dog Indy
I assured my good neighbor that my dog Valentino enjoyed the Cesar dog dinners that her dog Indy did not like.

Valentino had one of the meals as a stand alone snack. He ate the rest of them mixed in with his dry food each day until gone.

There are times when dog treats left on the porch for Valentino are bittersweet gifts. That was the case when I found a bag of Beggin' Strips and a container of Grain Free Jerky on the porch.

Valentino Loves His Dog Treats from Albus

I knew instantly they were from my neighbors next door. Their dog Albus was accidentally killed by a hit and run driver the day before.

Valentino misses his dog park pal. And I miss the handsome face of Albus greeting me on a daily basis.

Each time I give Valentino one of these treats I say, "Thank you, Albus." While Valentino enjoys his treats, I recall that sad moment when our friends lost their dog.

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