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Q: Raleigh- Yesterday you featured an old guy and his Irish Setter in the post about dogs in Virginia Beach. I was wondering if that is your Grandpa?

A: Thanks for asking. That guy, Bill, is my Owner’s Grandpa, so he is our Great Grandpa! And the red-headed mess next to him is Ollie (Oliver if you are formal). Great Grandpa Bill is a serious, life-long dog lover. In his 97 years, he has owned more dogs than he can remember (but apparently every thing is hard to remember at that age, which means he is great at giving out multiple dog treats!) His history of dogs includes (best we can recall): 2 Cocker Spaniels (One whose name was Scram), 3 Irish setters (Kim and Kay preceded Ollie), 3 English Cocker Spaniels  (Jodie, Blue, and Duke) and a Boston Terrier named Blackie. Unconfirmed family reports suggest there was also a “farm dog” growing up, and at least two litters of puppies for a while.

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Thanks tipster Kim for sending in this article from The Globe and Mail. (Which means special shout out to Canadian bitches!)

Writer Rebecca Dube talks about how her dog prepared her to be a mom. And while I have lots of wine in my oven and no-buns-no-thank-you, I am willing to concede that my dog made me more maternal. As Dube says,

My dog was my baby. She taught me that a slobbery, stinky creature could pee on my shoes, poop everywhere, complicate my life in a million aggravating ways – and at the same time inspire so much love that my heart felt like it would burst with happiness.

As I mentioned before, Raleigh is with her Grandpa this week. After reading this article, I think I need to wander around petting strays on the street for a while. It is embarrassinghow much you can miss such a poopy mess that drags you out of bed at 7 am!

My Dog Taught Me How To Be A Mom [The Globe and Mail]

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