A Dog's Life

I Hate Raccoons

 

stitches in his face

Stitches in his face from a racoon

Coonhound paralysis, aka Coon Fever, as well as distemper, rabies, parvo and just plan nasty scratches and bites.  I hate raccoons.  This past Friday, all 4fourof my dogs were a bloody mess from a run in with a raccoon in the yard.  My boy’s face doesn’t look so bad with eight stitches holding his lip closed.  He’s now on antibiotics, and it’s a good thing I keep up on the rabies shots. I sure hope we don’t get any more coons around for a while.

 

Marie Agun

I grew up in Washougal. Our family used to have cows, and so we always had the usual farm animals; cows, chickens, cats, dogs. When I was 11, some one dumped a young, silver point German shepherd near our farm. Unlike almost all dumped dogs, this one was lucky and we took him in. He turned out to be a pretty good farm dog. We called him Charley. My sister decided to enter Charley in 4-H obedience classes, and her little sister (me) always tagged along. One day, while my sister was working with Charley, I went back to the car. Someone had come to visit the obedience instructor, and in the back of the visitors’ car were two amazing, tall, thin, long haired elegant, majestic looking dogs. I was instantly smitten. I did see the person who owned the dogs, and I never learned who it was; but, I promised myself that some day I would have a dog like that. It took me 10 years to learn I’d fallen in love with a Borzoi aka Russian wolfhound. It was another 10 years for my first Borzoi to enter my life. Just how he came to live with me is another wonderful story. He was my love, he was an amazing teacher. He taught me a lot about dogs and life. I’m so glad he was part of my life. Since a lot of people don’t know much about Borzoi, I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could about the breed as I could. It’s only been 15 years now, so I’m still learning, and love to talk dog with anyone willing to listen.

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