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August 2016

Haiku for…Freedom

*** A Freed Dog ***

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Past restraining doors,
inside the dog park off leash,
to romp with best friends.

Into the bright day,
leaving rules out and behind.
Obey the spirit.

Caring for nothing
but the freed moment in time.
Freedom becomes me.

END

*****Credit:
Photo and Haiku from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
(Pictured: the author’s dog, Cee-Cee)

 

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Newfoundland Dog Origins

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The official AKC’s “The Complete Dog Book” describes the Newfoundland dog as having “impressive physical power and (an) attractive disposition”. I found that to be completely true of Ebony, pictured ABOVE with my (then) eight-year-old granddaughter. As you can see, both are smiling. They grew up together and were fast pals.

Newfoundlands are certain to have originated in the country of Newfoundland. While their dominant breed origins is disputable and continues to be heavily debated, it is agreed that they are descendants of British dogs.

Can you name the dominant canine breeds that claim the Newfoundland as a descendant?

They are:

  • Great Pyrenees
    possibly the Boarhound (a French breed)
    Husky

Some specific traits of the Newfoundland also include those of breeds other than the three in discussion.

One thing is absolutely (well, almost) certain — if you have a Newfie, this water rescue-oriented gentle giant will pull you out of your backyard swimming pool!

*****Credit
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Dog Lessons

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Lots of things in life are good, like ice cream! Yum!

My Newfie, Ebony (1998-2009) particularly enjoyed the treat after a swim in Lake Erie at Port Clinton, or Marblehead Lighthouse State Park miles across the lake from the amusement park, Cedar Point. Ebony would spend the entire afternoon swimming, fetching, and playing in the water. There was no end to her enthusiasm for water.

The amusing part of that fact is that I had to work to introduce her to water when I adopted her in 1998. Apparently, she never had experienced the joy of swimming when I met her at the local Humane Society. She was barely a year old, had strayed unidentified from some compound.

My love of the water quickly transferred to her as she became my life-long adoptee. Her joy was doubled when I also introduced her to ice cream.

We can learn from a dog the joy of love and loyalty, and to grin when we’re happy (hopefully without drooling!)

*****Credit:
Photo (Ebony, a female Newfoundland) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Gandhi Had A Point

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Mohandras K. Gandhi (1869-1948) had a great thought when he expressed the idea that a society would be judged, ultimately, by the way it treated its animals. That statement can be taken to maximum expression in these world times of turmoil.

In our newspapers we read of acts of cruelty toward animals. How, then, are we treating each other?

Animal cruelty is the forerunner of human cruelty, which is the deeper meaning of Gandhi’s words of warning.

Too many times we ignore the brotherhood we share as humans, and too many times, we don’t appreciate the loyal, unconditional love a dog exemplifies when he is treated well by a human.

We need to look at one another the way our dogs look at us.

+++++Credit:
Photo of a family dog, Smokey, from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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