The final day of July is here already and it’s leaving us as one of the hottest, driest months on record. It’s also the day we celebrate the “mutts” in our life. In this hot weather it is also important to remember make sure our pets are well hydrated in addition to us humans.
Our ol’ mutts do become part of the family, don’t they? They walk with us, run with us, join us for family functions, sometimes we buy them Christmas gifts, celebrate their birthday and so on. For those who live alone, their dog is their only source of companionship, something that, I suspect, the dog loves too!
As a kid growing up on the farm we got a dog when I was four years old after a nearby farm service centre found a dog that somebody carelessly abandoned on the side of a highway. We took the dog in and it was the best mutt we ever had. “Lady” loved everybody and everybody loved her. She was kind, gentle and even made fast friends with the cat! She was great with our cattle as well. She was gentle with the calves and knew how to heard cattle respectfully. Even the cows liked her! Lady heard everybody’s problems. She was there for us when we had bad days and listened intently to the stories when we had a good day. She probably had no idea what we were talking about, but listened anyway and that’s all we wanted.
Our mutt was with us for 14 years. She came to us just before I started kindergarten and she was around to watch me graduate high school. She was a happy, active dog, but like all of us, she aged and started suffering medical problems in her old age. She died peacefully in our yard just two weeks before I headed off to broadcasting school in 2004. We never got another dog again. It would be nearly impossible to replace a mutt who was everything.
So, they certainly become more than just pets, they become our family. Feel free to share a story or a picture of your mutt in the comment section on the 620 CKRM Facebook.
Happy Mutt’s day!