My Dog Leads Two Lives

My Dog Leads Two Lives
I've learned not to worry. I know he'll be back.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Where Is The Love



Omar loves when I read poetry to him. It seems to put him in a trance. I wrote a special poem for him  because he says he and his friends at K-9 Town love each other all the time. He wonders why people can't be like them. I wonder too.

I told Omar this poem would help. I think he believed me. It's about taking the first step.

Where is the love, who has the plan,
to help each other understand.

Black, white, red or blue,
still a reflection of me and you.

Try a smile when feeling low.
Be surprised how far it will go.

Hold out a hand let it be a surprise.
No words need be spoken, its all in the eyes.

Where is the love, I ask again.
Why can't we see it must come from within.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Omar Blue and the Partners for Life

Omar and I were out walking. It was a beautiful Saturday morning. As you can see, he was preoccupied.  Walk a minute, stop and look back for a minute, and so on. I know my Omar Blue and I could tell something was up.

It didn't take me long to find out what it was. As we walked around the back to enter the house, there he was.  The beautiful wolf Bennie Ba was waiting for us. So cautious, he would never come close. He would wait for Omar to call him in.


It was obvious by the look on his face that he needed something. What could it be? I told Omar to call his buddy in. I've always had a soft spot for Bennie. He's come a long way from his wild wandering days as The Ghost. You can see how he got his name.
Bennie was ready to ask Wolfhound Winnie to be his Life Partner. But, he had lost his nerve and the opportunity had passed. Or so he thought. Even I knew that Wolfhound Winnie was just waiting for him to ask. She had been waiting since the first day she saw him, sick and wounded after a savage fight with some timber wolves. She had taken the lead as the females nursed him back to good health.
All of the above would have been easy to remedy but the pack had already started inviting friends to Bennie Ba and Winnie's announcement party at K-9 Town. You know how they love a party. Bennie Ba had to move fast. He needed my help.

I had some roses in a vase. I gave them to him and told him exactly what he had to do. He was nervous but excited and happier than I'd ever seen him, when he ran down that road they always take to go back home.

I noticed Omar didn't go with him. Usually he would have. Then it hit me.

Party! "Omarrrrrr." 
"I was getting ready to ask you, Ma. Can some of my friends meet here so we can leave for K-9 Town together like we always do?"

Before I had a chance to answer, there was a noise at the back door.

It was the Berry pooches. Aren't they something. Obviously, Omar had invited them. "Come on in," I said and they obeyed. I'd knock on Augustus Berry's door before he came looking, to make excuses for them. I have to admit, I was starting to get in the spirit of things. This was already getting exciting.
Not a minute had gone by, when we heard barking outside. Omar and I went out together.
It was those playful boxers Buster and Bella. Omar said they wanted to tryout for his ball team before coming in. He liked their moves. They were in.
Then came that handsome Crixus. He had slipped away with his new harness on. I have to remember to ask his Ma, Mary Davis where she got it.
I asked Omar if the show dogs were coming. He said they wouldn't miss this for the world but they were waiting for Britches. She should be finished soon. She just won another ribbon. Her cousin Rottweiler Brady is waiting for her at K-9 Town.
This time the doorbell rang. I knew who that was, without a doubt. It had to be that handsome fawn dobe Spartacus and his cute little sister Athena Puddy. They are used to waiting here for the others so they came right in and took a seat after sincere hellos and face licks.
I asked Omar if there were any more coming. Surely there couldn't be, but then I heard her. It was Lilly, aka Batdog. You may recall not so long ago, Omar went to New York to help her bring back some stray dogs. They are now living at K-9 Town getting ready for the celebration (if Bennie Ba did what I told him to.)I don't know how she got here but wherever she goes there is a rainbow near by. I think it's a portal. I heard her tell some of the others that she could drop them off after the party.
Omar's friend Sebastian Cabot and his little brother Elliotness were the last to arrive. They were excited about their first trip to K-9 Town after listening to the others tell how much fun they were going to have and what a wonderful place it was.
I was having a good time with them all, when Omar came over to me. He asked if I'd mind him leaving for a few minutes. He was very serious so I said, "Of course not, Omar," wondering what he was up to.
He wasn't gone long and when he came in he had me look out the window.

It was Tyson the Coonhound! His Mom is a deployed soldier and he's staying with that wonderful doggie caregiver Wendy Campbell. Not that he isn't well taken care of, as you can see he's beautiful, but he certainly deserves a trip to K-9 Town with the others for some real doggie fun.
I was so proud of Omar for thinking of him at a time like this.
It was time for them to go. Word had come that they should hurry. Wolf Bennie Ba had done it and even the show dogs had arrived.
So off they went. Down that road behind my land, that takes them where all is well.
It must have been some party. I didn't try to use my Mojo to go see. I waited it out this time.
I was at the window washing dishes when Omar Blue returned home the next morning after making sure all the guests got home safely. He was wearing a fancy shawl he said the show dogs had brought him and still dancing and howling the tunes of Lufa the Bloodhound.

He brought me a message from Bennie Ba saying he had done exactly as I told him to. Look at him. No way Wolfhound Winnie could say anything but yes.
That must have been some celebration.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Omar Blue, Friends And The Undercover Sting

We had been working in the yard most of the day; at least one of us was. The other one was sunbathing. If there’s one thing that Omar Blue loves, it’s laying in the sun. Lazy thing.

After coming in and freshening up, we were relaxing when there was a sound outside that I knew so well. I looked over at Omar. He turned his head the other way, smiled and headed for the door. “I’ll be right back Ma,” he said, in that mysterious way we have of communicating.

He went out to meet his friends and I rushed to the window.

Their names were Maxwell and Sahji Banks.

They were on their way to K-9 Town. Omar said they went there often, now that their people parent, Greg, had built them a doggie door. He was good to them and they loved him, which is why they didn’t stay at K-9 Town with their canine family.

Omar Blue and the pack didn’t allow them to go alone because of the dangers they might encounter as they traveled through the wilderness.  He would accompany them.

This was my first time seeing Maxwell (left) and Sahji (right) so of course I wanted them to come in. I enticed them with some of Omar’s favorite treats. I think they were playing hard to get.  

These two were among those rescued during the Undercover Sting which is one reason why people parent Greg doesn't worry about them when they are away. He's knows no harm will come to them at K-9 Town, USA and how happy they are there. 

I’ve written about the Undercover Sting. It was amazing. I was there. Well, for a little while.

Surprisingly, Maxwell and Sahji wanted to talk about it. They wanted me to talk about it.

What else could a writer of “true tales” do? I started telling about that night, has I remembered it, without hesitation……..

We three were having supper
Omar Blue his dad and me
There was something on my Omar's mind
I'm always able to see.

Omar you may as well tell us
You should get it off your chest
I'm gonna find out anyway 
So telling now would be best.

When he looked over at the table
I knew I'd won the bout
He knew I wouldn't be satisfied
So he decided to let it out.

What we heard this time was a big surprise
I would never have foreseen
He said they were going undercover
Him, Diggs and Poodle Sophie Jean.

He was hearing a call from a bad, bad place
Where they board dogs during the day
But then they follow the people home
And kidnap their dogs away.

We can't let this go on Ma
So this is what we're gonna do
Me, Major Diggs and Sophie Jean
Gonna see if this is true.

After that Omar was on his way
I followed because I knew
The place that he was talking about
So I could go there too.

It didn't take me very long
Though my thoughts weren't very clear
When I got there it had happened
They were caged when I came near.


Ma what are you doing here
Why did you follow me
Don't worry Omar I'll get you out
Stand back, I can do it, you'll see.

No, no said Omar and Major Diggs
This is what we had to do
The pack will be here pretty soon
Hurry now, I won't involve you. 

I ran quick like a bunny
At least that's what I thought
I heard some noise but didn't look back
It was home now that I sought.


I got home in a jiffy
Omar Blue came in about three
I avoided looking directly at him
But saw how he was looking at me.

He told us what had happened
Though he never tells it all
The only thing I'm still wondering
Is how he heard your call?

I'd been wanting an answer to that question since it happened. It was Maxwell that spoke. He said, "We all concentrated real hard on Omar Blue. We had heard about him and knew he and his followers would come, and they did."

I looked over at Omar. I was so proud of my big boy. He knew he had to get away before I ran over and gave him a big hug and embarrassed him.

I think Maxwell and Sahji understood that too because the three of them were up at the door saying goodbye before I knew what happened. I laughed to myself.

I watched them go down the road always taken until I could no longer see them.

It was such a pleasure meeting Maxwell and Sahji. I know I'll see them again.   

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Special thanks to the proprietors of the beautiful Broughton's Country Kennel in Midlothian, VA.  for letting me use their facility to bring you another Omar Blue adventure story.