First things first, I want to thank everyone who commented yesterday with advice on durable toys. I hadn’t even heard of some of the companies you mentioned and I will have to check them out. Even if it means partaking in the dreaded online shopping world. Shiva may just have to wait until the holidays are over to receive her gift. Somehow, I think she will be okay with that. If not, I could always just toss her a box or a plastic bottle. Sometimes those seem to entertain her longer anyway.
I wanted to give a special thanks to Helen from Fort Doberdale. Her tips have proven invaluable as far as dog toys go. The Tuffie Toys she recommended may be just what we need. After a quick look I noticed they even have a “Mega” line meant just for dogs hell-bent on destruction. And how cute is this little guy? Hopefully he won’t end up with all his predecessors.
Now it’s time for the more fun stuff. Sadly, I have no cool video to share today. I am working on one showing how I taught Shiva the trick she performed last Friday but as I have zero editing skills it is taking a lot longer than I thought. But do not weep, I have something better to share instead.
I am a totaly sucker for a good “dog saves human” story. Who isn’t? I know most of them are totally corny. I know most of the time the dog is only performing a natural or learned behaviour, like the famous shepherd to tugged on a stick to help pull his owner out of the ice. The dog saved the man’s life but he was his action truly heroic? Probably not. Do I care? Probably not.
I can’t be alone in sobbing as I read about dolphins saving surfers from sharks because there is now a whole television show on the subject, aptly titled An Animal Saved My Life. Obviously there are lots of us sappy fools out there.
That’s why, when I spotted this book, I knew I would have to share it.
Some of you may have dogs of your own that could be featured in a book like this. I, well, I do not. While I love Shiva to bits, I am under no such delusion that one day she will put herself between me and a bear. Cripes, she often uses us as human shields when the pizza delivery person knocks on the door. But that’s okay. She has already saved me in many other ways. I’ll forgive a bit of physical cowardice now and then.
The real-life dogs illustrated in Lisa Wojna’s book are, fortunately for their owners, much more confident in difficult situations than Shiva. While I still don’t know if we can call them all courageous, exactly, they definitely keep a cool head under pressure. While some of their acts make me cry and others make me shake my head in disbelief, I think they all have one thing in common. Every single one of these dogs lives with a lot of heart. They are each unforgettable in their own way. And I think that is something to which we all relate. Even if our own dog is more Marley than Hachiko.
This is the kind of book that is perfect to read on a cold wintry day snuggled under a blanket with your favourite puppy. Or even on a stinky bus during your morning commute while a stranger snores on your shoulder. After a couple of pages, you won’t even notice your discomfort. It is that warm and fuzzy.
Now for the good news! This heart-warming book may be yours! That’s right, I am giving a copy away! After all, I can’t be the only one in the world weeping over Teddy Bear, the breast-cancer-detecting Pomeranian. Seriously.
To win, all you have to do is comment on this post by Sunday night, say midnight EST. Then Random.org will do its thing and pick a lucky winner. It’s that easy!
And, I’ll tell you what, if you can give me the link to some super-awesome, free, photo-editing software I will count that as two comments. Just because I’m getting desperate. If that isn’t enough drive for you, then how about some of Shiva’s favourite string-cheese? Yum.