Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
It's National Dog Day! You knew there had to be one. Well, today, August 26th, is it and it is set aside to note our celebration of dogs. It is a way for us to recognize all the things we love about dogs, the companionship and love they give us, the undying loyalty, patience and the truly remarkable way they change and enrich our lives. In short, for those of us who love them, they are a little bit of heaven on earth everyday but today we celebrate it. We should every day but we don't. Sad really.
When I think about dogs I have know there are some special moments that touch my heart. Times when a breakthrough for a shy dog happens. Times when a dog who has fought with dogs in the past can now walk by them and not show fear or aggression. Times my heart has melted because of the special kindness and tenderness a dog has shown to someone in need of friendship, and the joy of just watching a dog, well be a dog; running with reckless abandonment and barking at life.
When you think of dogs I hope you don't think of them as just dogs. If you do then I feel sorry for you. You really must be lonely.
Today I, and millions of others, will take just a moment and celebrate the dogs we have in our lives. We might even take a moment and apologize for all of the terrible things that people have done to dogs (animals). Hopefully they will forgive us because after all, we are just humans.