Fall Prevention Course Failure… - theHumm July 2019
Fall Prevention Course Failure… - theHumm July 2019
By Glenda Jones
We’re devotees of the Strength and Balance course offered by the Mills Community Support. (Note: if you are as old as the land line phone, you need to check out these courses. More on this in August.) We’re supposedly keeping ourselves in good mental and physical shape so we can live productive and active lives without toppling over at a moment’s notice. The course must be doing some good because I can stand on one leg and look somewhat graceful, and can manage to swing my arms and move my feet at the same time. Physically, I know I’m improving.
Mentally is another story though. After a spring of intermittent puppy sitting, snuggling baby Shelties, we have succumbed to puppy fever again. My head knew two were enough, and we hauled out every argument we could to prevent ourselves from falling, but three days with the last puppy, a five-month-old named Destanee, was too much. Obviously, the fall prevention course couldn’t prevent this mental collapse. Am I a failure at the course? Possibly!
There we were, heart ruling head, a crumpled heap of puppy love that no course would have prevented, and now our house is once again a sea of toys, two young dogs racing under our feet, the cat in a continual hissy fit, and our sensible older girl watching warily from the sidelines. Mercifully, no one has said we’re crazy, even though it could be whispered discretely behind our backs.
Our dogs give us satisfaction and joy as they grow and learn. We laugh at their antics, and celebrate their ability to absorb and relate to new experiences. Netflix doesn’t cut it next to a puppy class with many puppies doing their best to sit, stay, walk like a big dog, or fall asleep because they’ve worked so hard. Every day is a safari as far as a puppy is concerned. A butterfly is as exciting as a ball, a flowerbed must be for digging, and a garden tool is a toy. The long snake that lives under the porch is a constant source of inquisitive observation.
As long as we stay home with the three dogs it’s all fun and games. However, once in a while we need to pack up and travel. So here’s the conundrum: our car is small, bought to fit just the two of us and two dogs. Add a third and we look like the Clampetts on vacation: three crates, a shelter tent, chairs, food and drinks for everyone, leashes, shade covers and extra jackets — because for sure it’s going to rain, ha, ha, ha! — the back end of the car practically drags on the ground as we take off with the whole family. Getting us all in can be a puzzle; getting us out, the reverse. But off we go to dog trials or to the market. You’ll see us on the road with our “agility dogs” sticker on the back of the car. Please stay well back or we’ll be enduring barking from our precious passengers.
There are times when common sense should rule, but what would be the fun of never taking a chance? How many times have we said: “I wish I’d…” and watched an opportunity flow gently past? Would you really want your mantra to be “I’m always sensible”? Sometimes we need to shake things up and go for it, and that’s what we’ve done by letting this puppy into our lives. Her name alone tells you something: “Destanee”. She was destined to be ours. Full disclosure: that’s her registered name, but she looks like a little diva, so that’s going to be her call name: Diva.
Now, if I could just win the lottery so I could throw myself and my bank account totally into dog training, agility trials, grooming, vet expenses and on it goes, all would be well. In the meantime, I’ll forego fancy clothes and expensive artwork, and be content to watch over all our furry babies.
By — Paul Joyce
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By Sebastian Weetabix
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The Arresting Art of Fred Fowler - theHumm July 2019
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
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From Under the Umbrella Tree to Sleeping Rough… Valley Puppeteers Return to Music and Beyond - theHumm July 2019
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By — Jeff Mills
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