Robert U. Montgomery

dogs

Tail-Wagging Tales of Dogs Lost--- And Found

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After I told a friend that I found a lost dog--- or rather, it found me--- and returned it to its owner, she asked, "Do things like that happen to you often? "Well, I don't know," I said. "I've never thought about it."

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Taking Home Another Lost Dog

For the second time in a little more than six months, I took a lost dog home.

In the aftermath this time, the interior of my car is awash in Husky hair.

He latched onto Pippa and me this morning, about a mile from home. I had Pippa on a leash at the time because we were around houses on a paved road, with possible traffic. But he liked her and she liked him, and I could tell that they would play, given the opportunity.


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'She Makes Me Smile Every Day'

Ursa

With Ursa (in photo), a stray Lab-mix pup I adopted in 1998, I began to understand that dogs are at their finest and happiest when we treat them as companions instead of just pets. As a consequence, we are better and happier too. I'm not sure how this happened. Call it sudden insight coupled with long-overdue maturity on my part. Certainly Ursa needed no epiphany to consider herself my companion, just as Squeaky and Happy didn't decades before.

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Pippa and the Fox

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I can't make up this stuff!

During our afternoon walk, Pippa darted off to my left to chase squirrels as we passed through a patch of woods. Seconds after she did, a young fox crossed just in front of me, going the same direction.

If he saw me, he didn't show it. But he definitely noticed Pippa. He stopped and studied her as she sniffed around a tree. Then he watched intently as she left the woods to roll and moan in some tall grass, as she does every day.

He was only about 10 feet from me and finally I said, "Hey, you," just to get his attention.

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