Charlie the red-speckled cattle dog

A Tale of Two Charlies

Going for a ride!

To the best of my knowledge, Charlie the dog was born first, somewhere south of Tucson. He was adopted out of the back of a rancher’s truck before he was eight weeks old.

The timing of his adoption, though likely wonderful for the puppy, proved challenging for his new human parents. The very next day was the first day of school and they were both educators. So, the puppy went to school.

Charlie the coyote was born approximately 18 months later near a tiny, really tiny town in northern Wyoming. A young woman took him in shortly after his coyote parents were shot for killing sheep. That woman had many talents—writing, photography, and bravery. She raised that 10-day old coyote pup and documented his life.

That documentation became a published book, The Daily Coyote, that I stumbled upon as I searched for a birthday present for my husband one year. I wanted to find a novel about a dog—we are wildlife and dog lovers—but I did not want that dog to die at the end of the story (think Old Yeller and, well, most stories about dogs).  Reading the back of the book and learning that it was a true story about a coyote named Charlie (that looked like our dog Charlie and that didn’t die at the end of the story-hurray!) I made the purchase and read it that night before giving it away as a gift. (Is that cheating?)

Charlie, the coyote!
Charlie looking for a mouse in a snow tunnel.

As of this writing, both Charlies are still looking good and supplying their owners with unique and wonderful experiences. Charlie, the coyote, has an entire book written about him and beautiful photographs taken of him almost daily. Charlie, my dog, has to settle for having his photo on the back cover of my novels and on the front of my blog. He’s good with that.

To be continued . . .

Do you have a favorite book about a dog?

Do you have any unique experiences with dogs or coyotes?

Your comments are welcome.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cricket

Today is Love Your Pet Day!

February 20th has been named Love Your Pet Day, though the origin of this special day eludes me. I’m okay with that. Most good pet owners love their pets every day, right? 

Best Kitten Smile!

That fact got me thinking. This day has something in common with Mother’s Day because sons and daughters love their mothers every day, too. (Nod your head up and down.)

Still, it is fun to have special days to lift our loving or caring to new heights. Most of our days are busy and sometimes we just don’t find the time to stop and smell the roses, let alone do something special for our pets, our mothers, our friends, our bosses, our co-workers, our dads, our siblings—well, you get the idea.

But, I digress. It is Love Your Pet Day and I am going to take the liberty of renaming this special day. The new name: Love A Pet Day. That way, if you don’t have a pet right now you can still celebrate the day. You could adopt a pet, offer to take a neighbor’s pet for an extra walk, swim, or trot—some pet owners are immobile themselves—help an animal in trouble, donate time or money to your local pet or horse rescue organization. 

Jerry Gallegos volunteers!


True, our pets love their food, but they love us, too. Let’s spend a little extra time with our pets today. That’s a win-win and we will all benefit. Most medical professionals agree with that concept. Some go as far as stating that having a good pet can add years to your life.

“The interaction with and love received from a dog can also help people stay positive. The mere act of looking at your pet increases the amount of Oxytocin, the ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain.”


We have a red-speckled Australian heeler that likes to jump into the river to retrieve sticks. He is also very fond of catching a ball. He will do that all day long. In between the ‘active’ fun, he’s content to lay at my feet while I add another chapter to my current novel.

Charlie in the West Dolores River



What kind of pet do you have/want?

What do you and your pet do together that you both enjoy?

Thanks for stopping by,
Cricket

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Welcome to my blog and my very first blog post . . . ever.
Before you ask, “What’s this? Another blog?” Please keep reading for just a minute. And, yes, this is a blog, but it won’t be like any other. Why? Because I do not know how to blog. This blog will be about you and me chatting about things that interest us. 

Yes, I do have several areas of expertise, and so do you. We will get to those in the near future. Until then . . .
Do you love to laugh? Do you ever laugh when you probably shouldn’t be laughing? Yeah, me too. My mother and I used to stand reading the “humorous” birthday cards at the grocery store. That was our idea of having a good time. What makes you laugh? 
Holiday centerpiece with red carnations.




Did you take that online test to learn what kind of flower you were? NEVER again! I know I am NOT a daisy. Maybe a red carnation, but, definitely not a daisy.






I refuse to take the test to see what breed of dog I would be—learned my lesson from the flower test. Besides, I was too fearful of being a beagle.
Then there is crying. Theysay crying if good for you, though I’ve never felt good while crying. Hallmark card commercials make me cry, animal cruelty makes me sad and mad, and then there are those darned onions and the movie Old Yeller. Do you ever just want or need to cry?
Charlie the red-speckled cattle dog

Does your dog know what you’re thinking right now? Do you know what your dog is thinking . . . Do you want to know?




I could go on and on about love, laughter and life’s little mysteries and I will, eventually. If one of the above questions, wonderings, or musing caught your eye or piqued your curiosity, please come along by signing up to get an email notice when new posts or events appear.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you next time. 

Cricket



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