– P U P P I E S ! –
2004 – My friend and neighbor, Cindy Niske, had puppies on April 15.
Well, that isn't exactly right. Cindy herself didn't have the puppies, Hallie
did. She produced three adorable fawn puppies – two girls and a boy – from a
implant breeding. Pictured above
three babies. Her
in at just one pound, which I guess is pretty average, but this gal weighed a
birth. What a honker!
Better Late than Never
Hallie's puppies were expected to appear exactly 60 days after she was bred.
When she was three days late, Cindy began to worry – a lot. The doctor
told her to wait one more day since Hallie wasn't exhibiting any signs of distress.
When there were still no puppies on the fourth day, they were taken by C-section,
just as a precaution. The surgery went well and Hallie was able to come home
right afterwards. She is now a very proud and doting mother. And for that matter,
I have never before
had an opportunity to view, much less photograph, three-day-old Great
puppies and it was very gracious of Cindy to allow me
the nursery. When
the biggest puppy
finally settled in on her mother's
for a quick snooze, she provided a terrific "photo op." Of
that one was
my very favorite. I hope you enjoy it.
of late deliveries, I really should
last week's piece two
earlier, during April Fool's week. Okay, you probably don't want to hear
this, but I have to come clean or I won't be able to sleep at night.
Neither Bob Dylan
a Dylan impersonator
my knowledge, Bob Dylan
two blue Great
Danes named Elvis and Victoria. Judging by all the comments,
it seems few people realized this was nothing but a good-natured spoof. (Of
fun, don't you think?)
what I told you last week was true:
The section about the "zoo-doo" and Merlin?
true. Every bit.
The Dylan Concert?
We attended the concert just as I described it, and
True again. They
night when they slept in, but they appeared Sunday
Night and it was a spectacular event. (As always.)
Truth or Dare?
I hope y'all don't
mind being fooled. I came up with the idea during the Dylan concert.
knows WHY – perhaps all that aromatic "tobacco
smoke" wafting up to us on the balcony from the audience below
had something to do with it.) Anyway, I told
about my idea on the way home. "Don't even try, " he said, "you'll
never pull it off." Well, I considered that a dare, and I decided
to meet his challenge. For the ruse
to work, though, I
needed to write something that sounded almost believable.
But it had to be a little outrageous, too, because that's part of the
you go back and reread
the story I think you'll
agree it was VERY tongue-in-cheek.
so many people believe it? For a couple of reasons, I suppose. First
kind of story we would all like to believe – and
when we'd like to believe something, I think many of us choose to
believe it. (Sort of like
Santa Claus?) Also, the false information was "dressed up" by a whole
lot of truth, so the boundaries between truth and fiction were not
It's easy to focus on the part that's clearly true, and the
truth seems to carry the "untruth" along with it. The co-mingling
of truth and untruth can be hard to unravel sometimes. That's a good
thing to keep in mind whenever we hear a rumor or a political advertisement
– or for
that matter, whenever we read the newspaper lately in this politically
charged climate. (Grin.)
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