Thoughtful Thursday: “Of Love and Adventure”

Stella Salzillo, a Standard Poodle from Staten Island, N.Y., epitomizes the poem "Of Love and Adventure" by Bobby Clark.

Stella Salzillo, a Standard Poodle from Staten Island, N.Y., epitomizes the poem “Of Love and Adventure” by Bobby Clark.

In my desire to share interesting and little-known information on all things related to reading or writing, I have challenged the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, to also seek words of wisdom and inspiration. She usually does this by finding quotes from people who are famous or who write about specific topics, such as love, freedom, the importance of reading or any other delightful topic that I choose.

Then, it happened! We saw a remarkable poem posted on a social media site and written by someone we know — a cherished friend whose love of dogs and their people knows no bounds, a person so special you can’t help but love him and his wife immediately, a person so generous in talent and spirit that you wish the world were filled with people just like him! I jumped from the family fainting couch where I was contemplating how to fulfill my desire to find a morning snackee, and I summoned the Editorial Assistant to contact our friend, the poet, immediately!

We are proud to share this poem by Bobby Clark on the “Lady Louise Speaks” blog. The Editorial Assistant and I are certain that it will touch your heart as it has ours!

Of Love and Adventure

As the sun slowly sinks

Marking the end of another journey,

 I marvel at how fulfilling my life has been.

 Each day a blessing

Filled with love and adventure

Among my humans and those whose words are a precious “woof”.

I look out on the far horizon

 And all I see is the sun of our God

 Shining an embracing love upon the sparkling waters.

 One day, I will leave this world to join

 My loved ones who have gone on before me,

Those with four paws, those with two feet.

 I tremble inside at the thought of the unknown.

 However, the sun calms my fears,

 Reassuring me of a continuing life

 Of love and adventure.

— Bobby Clark, August 2014

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Terrific Tuesday: It’s My Day!

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For anyone not familiar with the significance of this day, I should point out that it is National Dog Day, a time for all of you to pay homage to your fur child or fur children.

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, has not adequately honored Dixie and me, but we are sure that she will do something special for us. How could she not?

We are sharing some of our favorite quotes about dogs to help you realize how valuable we are!

On the subject of immortality:

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”
Robert Louis Stevenson (author, Treasure Island)

On the value of loyalty:

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”
Emily Dickinson (poet)

On mathematical skills:

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.”
Phil Pastoret (author)

Even you humans have great things to say about us, which proves my point: It’s National Dog Day, and we deserve snackees! Lots of them!

But the truth is that every day is our day. We’re just that special!





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Fantabulous Friday: Admit It! You Love Us!

Every day is "Love Your Pet Day."

Every day is “Love Your Pet Day.”

Do not think that it escaped our attention that yesterday was “Love Your Pet Day.”

We didn’t get too enthusiastic about it because we know that you love us every day regardless of  the circumstances in your lives or our lives – that’s because our life becomes your life.

That is why Cousin Dixie and I are snuggled in on this rainy day, and my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is off at work. She loves us and wants to provide good food and treats for us, along with baubles, cute clothes for Dixie, rhinestone collars for me, activity opportunities, snackees and more — yes, that would be more.

However, in keeping with the theme of love, I asked my Editorial Assistant to find a few good quotes about loving dogs for my “Fantabulous Friday” blog post. That’s right, dogs. We’re not sure how some people love snakes, rodents and even lizards. Ick!

The Editorial Assistant complied. I have trained her well!

  •  “Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.”  — Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and actor
  •  “A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”  — Arthur Conan Doyle, mystery writer
  • “Our pets are the kids who never leave home, and that’s absolutely fine by us because these kids don’t ask for the keys to the car, don’t turn up drunk at two in the morning, and don’t complain if you turn their bedroom into a home gym. Their presence in times of upheaval and transition acts as a touchstone, a reminder of normalcy, of comfort, and the certainty of a love that can get you through.” – Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon and author


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Terrific Tuesday: New Dog to Love? Check Out These Names!

"Barney Stinson" from "How I Met Your Mother" could be the perfect name for a new dog!

“Barney Stinson” from “How I Met Your Mother” could be the perfect name for a new dog!

It’s a fact. Many people will add new dogs to their homes during the holidays. Whether a new dog was at the top of your Santa list or the gift simply arrived unexpectedly, most people find that selecting the perfect name is a challenge.

Not to worry this holiday season! Some very good fictional names can be found from some of our favorite TV and movie characters.

Check out this fun post for ideas for naming the new pooch in your life:



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Memorable Monday: Find “Shelter”

The right shelter dog can encourage physical activity, such as the canine freestyle dancing lessons that I took with Mom Karen.

The right shelter dog can encourage physical activity, such as the canine freestyle dancing lessons that I took with Mom Karen.

Can you believe that October is sprinting past us? Mom Karen, my Editorial Assistant, finds herself on this beautiful October day in more hot water than a peach at a canning convention.

My words to her: You must survive all of the dangerous bubbling around you because I, Lady Louise, am counting on you to handle the needs of my life. I’m pretty sure that my powers of persuasion were effective because you should have seen her sprinting for the shower when I pushed my cold nose against her face. She looked at me and the clock and was making that four-letter word “dash” across the room while uttering some four-letter words that I refuse to share. I am a lady as you know.

Therefore, we want to make you aware of the word “shelter,” meaning “a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger,” a “refuge or haven,” and “a place that provides food and protection for people or animals that need assistance.”

Each of these is a “fit” for October, which is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Many of you know that I was adopted from Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) in South Carolina. What you may not know is that I also spent time at the Charlotte Humane Society shelter before finding my way to CPR in the spring of 2008.

I know that many of you who follow my blog have adopted shelter dogs before or have shelter dogs in your home now that are truly delightful companion(s)!

And why are we, shelter dogs/shelter poodles, so perfect for you?

Well, we can help you lose that last 10 pounds or 50 or so that you’ve been trying to discard. We’ll be your fitness pal.

We will love you while you fetch our dinner, guard you when you’re oblivious to the world around you (we know that you’re forgetful and we gracefully accept it), and chew your shoes so that you’re able to buy newer and more fashionable ones or help a starving cobbler repair them.

You can count on us to encourage an afternoon nap when we’re resting nearby or to take a pre-dawn visit to the great outdoors so that you can see how beautiful the world is when bathed in moonlight.

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Sweet Saturday: So much love …


(Editor’s Note>: Celia Snavely Bivens Johnson contributed this story and photos. She tells about her amazing love for pets and her life with them.)

When I was a kid, I always wanted a pet and even tried to keep a red ant in a large matchbox with grass when I was young. But no pets were allowed at my house. I made up for this in my adulthood by having some of the best pets ever!

INKY: (I always wanted to name him Stinky Inky Dinky Poodle Doodle if I had had him registered.). In 1990 we bought a house in Coulwood Area of Charlotte. I had wanted a dog FOREVER. So I started looking. That is when after reading ads in the newspaper we went to visit a 5-month-old poodle that the owner was calling Inky. She wanted to move and couldn’t take him. His parents are: Precious Baby Valentine and Anne’s Henri Phillipe. He was so roly-poly and adorable. For $200 he came home with us and became my first furbaby. Boy, did we have some fun (?) experiences with him while he was a pup, especially when he disappeared, and I was frantically looking for him.

The kids down the street thought he was so cute they had nabbed him to join their “club.” Or there was the Christmas that he got into a present that had coffee beans in it. What a night! This is what Inky looked like when he came to me and when he left me on May 5, 2009.

I have a doggie cemetery in my yard and his stone has “Mommy’s Bestest Buddy”…. That is what he was and what I always told him. I love all my dogs but this was my special boy. He was my heart.


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