Denver - November 6, 2013
I just nabbed a copy of Lisa Rogak's newest book, One Big Happy Family: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another.
Oh. My. DOG.
Every page is an "Awww!" moment, with surprising stories of interspecies adoption and friendships (the Dalmatian and her spotted sheep, the Labrador and her bunnies, a kitty and baby chicks - you get the idea) and accompanying photos, like the one attached to this post. Truly a book to make you happy, happy, happy. Fetch a copy today!
But speaking of happy, I have to admit that I’m more than a little UNHAPPY today, miffed in fact. Even cute photos of animals have failed to lighten my mood. Marianne is flying off to Oceanside, California for a CCI graduation. I had hoped to go with her and, I, um, kind of threw a hissy fit when she told me I was staying home. I’m not proud of myself but I was MAD at being left behind.
“I did a great job traveling when we flew to Albuquerque,” I argued. “You said so yourself! You said I was “perfect” on the plane and at the book signings and on TV!”
Marianne patted my head absently as she sorted and packed her cosmetic bag. “I certainly did, and you were a superstar traveler,” she agreed. “But I’m taking another CCI dog this time.”
“BUT WHY?” I wailed. “I want to see a graduation! I want to meet the trainers! I want to see Jen and Chris and meet their new puppy Penta!” I shook my collar tags violently in frustration.
Marianne stopped packing and stared at me. “Wow. How old are you – 12 weeks?” She sat down. “Come here.” I grumpily flopped down at her feet.
“It’s not that I wouldn’t take you if I could, but the airline only allows me to take one puppy in training. Pat has asked me to take Kindle back to Turn In because she has a friend who is seriously ill and needs Pat's help right now.” Marianne leaned over and gently rubbed my ears. “You’ll get to go to Turn In yourself in May, and that’s not very far away.” She sighed. “Not far away at all, actually.”
“I know,” I groused, “But I wanted to see our friend Joy graduate this week with her new Facility Dog! What’s its name? Snuggle Bunny?” I shook my head. “That’s a terrible name. I hope she calls it something else.”
Marianne smiled. “Well, that’s not its real name but that’s what she’s calling it right now. Joy can’t tell us anything about the dog, name, color or sex, until Graduation, just in case something changes. But I’ll get to see her and meet Snuggle Bunny on Friday!”
“Something might change?” I frowned. “Does that happen?”
“Rarely, but it’s a good idea to keep things under wraps until the very last minute,” Marianne said. “As frustrating as that is for everyone, it’s actually a sensible policy.”
“I’ll take your word for it,” I said. “Don’t you know someone else who’s graduating this week? Susan Someone? Will you see her too?”
“No, Susan is graduating with her successor dog in the Northeast Region at our Long Island campus so I won’t get to see her, but I’m sure I’ll get lots of pictures! She’s VERY excited about her new partner,” Marianne told me. “It’s too bad I can’t be in two places at once.”
I jumped up. “I have an idea! John and I could go to the NER graduation! That would work, right?”
“Sure, if we had time to get a pet sitter and rob a bank to buy a last minute plane ticket and make travel arrangements for tomorrow. But that’s not going to happen.” Marianne stood up and resumed packing.
I sighed. “Fine. Please take lots of pictures and tell Kindle good luck, OK?”
“Tell him yourself," said Marianne."He’s spending the night with us and you can have a good long play session before we leave tomorrow.”
Oh, boy! A sleepover!
Chow for now!
Would you like more information about CCI? Want to attend a graduation in your region? Take a look at the website: http://www.cci.org