“Dogs are loyal friends, and if they could talk, your secrets would still be safe. (If my cat could talk, I’d have to let the dog eat her.)”

Today is a lovely day, sunny but cold. The wind is strong. My dance card is still empty. It has been empty for so long it is yellowing. I haven’t been out for a couple of weeks. I’m amassing errands for my next venturing. So far I’m up to three. The dump isn’t one of them!

When I first woke up, I had to think what day it was. I could have asked Alexa, but I figured I’d give it a go. At first I toyed with it being Friday but then I remembered. It is Saturday.

I don’t know why I watch the news. I did try a Hallmark movie this morning, but it had the same plot as so many Hallmark movies. Girl and boy meet but don’t get along. They snipe at each other but the Hallmark sort of sniping which is gentle. They start to like each other. They kiss, the end of all Hallmark movies.

Henry barked at the door so I opened it for him. A garden flag by the front steps was blowing. Henry got so scared he ran to the kitchen. I sat on the stairs and tried to coax him to the door. He came close to my hand but not the door. I left the inside door open. He went back later.

I haven’t been to my hometown in a very long time. I talk to my sister often but haven’t seen her in forever. She is as careful as I am to keep herself safe.

When I was kid, we had a boxer named Duke. He was the smartest dog. He’d follow us to school sometimes and we’d tell him to sit. He’d sit, but every time we’d turn around, the distance between us wasn’t any greater. We never caught him.

My brother used to go camping in woods not so far away from our house. He always took Duke, but he had to tie Duke to a tree because Duke would run home if he could. One time, bigger, older kids threatened my brother at his camp. Duke started growling. A boxer growling is scary though they are the sweetest dogs in the world. The marauders didn’t know that. My brother said unless they left he would let the dog loose. They left.

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6 Comments on ““Dogs are loyal friends, and if they could talk, your secrets would still be safe. (If my cat could talk, I’d have to let the dog eat her.)””

  1. Christer. Says:

    So nasty cold here that I wonder why people even considered living this far north 🙂 🙂 Beautiful though with lots of sunshine and absolutely no wind. Rime is building up on the trees if this continues. For once I long for warmer and rainy weather 🙂 🙂

    Poor Henry! Albin is just the opposite, he must investigate everything and I’m not sure he knows what fear is 🙂 🙂

    Having pitbulls mean no one ever comes close even if the dog is happy 🙂 🙂 Albin would let anyone in just as long as he knew they would pet him 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I know what you mean about pit bulls. I was asked it Henry was a pit bull. Damn silly question!

      Florida for the winter isn’t appealing to me. I choose not to be a snowbird who spends the summer here and goes to Florida in the winter.

      Henry is so much better in handling his world than he had been when he first became my dog. Mostly he doesn’t run but crouches so he can assess the situation. Before, he always ran. He is still on medication which does help to allay his fears.

      I think people who judge one dog by breed is so wrong. My neighbor had a pit bull and Shauna, my first boxer, and he played all the time, friendly play.

      Enjoy your Saturday!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    For some unknown reason I didn’t look at your post yesterday until this morning. I love salmon in any form other than from a can. Tuna from a can I can take of it’s the white albacore variety.

    Today started out cloudy and cool but ended up sunny with a high in the low 60° range. The wind has picked up this afternoon. Today, we drove to the town of Midlothian which is the cement capital of Texas, who knew. It’s located straight south of where I live about 20 miles. The one thing I really miss during the pandemic is eating out in a restaurant. Today, we stopped along the way way at McDonald’s and ate in the car. I had the chicken nuggets and it came with one packet of honey mustard. I like to load up each nugget about half way up with the stuff. It’s amazing that one packet was exactly the correct amount of honey mustard. Imagine a food engineer spending months watching subjects eat chicken nuggets to figure out the exact quantity of honey mustard to put in a packet?

    I have always thought that dogs train us as much as we train them. We have an amazing symbiotic relationship with them for at least a several millennium. We love dogs, but we’ve decided to forego one in our new house.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’m a fish lover though salmon has always turned me off. I have tried it a few times but no salmon for me. I don’t eat canned tuna, but I do like fresh tuna.

      It stayed really cold all day despite the sun. I went out to get my mail across the street, and that was my last venturing. Even Henry was out and back inside quickly.

      I should take shorts rides the way you do. How interesting! he cement capital of the world, who knew? I can’t remember the last time I went to McDonald’s. It must be well over 10 years.

      Henry is good except if someone comes to my door then he barks enough to scare anyone. I bought a collar to stop the barking but didn’t use it. I didn’t want to silence my early warning system.Henry lies down when you tell him to sit. I have no idea why. I have tried to no avail to teach him sit.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s the cement capital of Texas, not the world. 🙂 I also like fresh Tuna steaks. Chilie’s restaurant chain used to serve a grilled Tuna steak sandwich but they discontinued it years ago and it was delicious.

        The only reason we go to McDonald’s is that they have a cheap hamburger called a, “Double Double” for one dollar. My wife is on a no carb diet and she will eat the two burgers, cheese, onions and pickle without the bun. A couple of those and she’s satisfied. I, on the other hand, am on a high carb, high fat and high salt diet. 🙂 Everything I liked was either illegal, immoral or fattening. At this stage of my life I’m down to fattening. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Maybe they’ll branch out! A few restaurants around here serve fresh tuna but it is expensive.

        There is no close McDonald’s though 6 miles isn’t far. My town has a Burger King. McDonald’s was refused a permit because the town had reached its top number of drive-in place es with windows.


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