We give dogs
time we can spare,
space we can spare
and love we can spare.
And in return,
dogs give us their all.
It's the best deal man has ever made. 2
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups,
and set about nailing it to a post
on the edge of his yard.
As he was driving the last nail into the post,
he felt a tug on his overalls.
He looked down into the eyes of little boy
'Mister,' he said,
'I want to buy one of your puppies.'
'Well,' said the farmer,
as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck,
'These puppies come from fine parents
and cost a good deal of money.'
The boy dropped his head for a moment.
Then reaching deep into his pocket,
he pulled out a handful of change
and held it up to the farmer.
'I've got thirty-nine cents.
Is that enough to take a look?'
If you are a dog
and your owner suggests
that you wear a sweater. . .
suggest that s/he wear a tail. 3
'Sure,' said the farmer.
And with that he let out a whistle.
'Here, Dolly!' he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly,
followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence.
His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence,
the little boy noticed something else
stirring inside the doghouse
Slowly another little ball appeared,
this one noticeably smaller.
Down the ramp it slid.
Then in a somewhat awkward manner,
the little pup began hobbling toward the others,
doing its best to catch up . . .
If you think dogs can't count,
try putting three
dog biscuits in your pocket
and then give him
only two of them. 4
'I want that one,'
the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said,
'Son, you don't want that puppy.
He will never be able to run
and play with you
like these other dogs would.'
With that the little boy
and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so he revealed a steel brace
running down both sides of his leg
attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
There is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face. 5
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
'You see sir,
I don't run too well myself,
and he will need
With tears in his eyes,
the farmer reached down
and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully
he handed it to the little boy.
Not sure who really appreciates you?
Try accidentally locking
your dog and your partner in a shed,
and see which one is happiest
to see you when you remember
an hour later and let them out. 6
asked the little boy.
answered the farmer,
'There's no charge for love.'
How to Photograph Your Puppy (with an older camera)
Remove film from box and load camera.
Remove film box from puppy's month and throw in trash.
Remove puppy from trash
and brush coffee grounds from muzzle.
Choose a suitable background for photo.
Mount camera on tripod,
Check flash and focus.
Find puppy and take dirty sock from mouth.
Place puppy in pre-focused spot
and return to camera.
Forget about spot
and crawl after puppy on knees.
Focus with one hand
while fending off puppy with other hand.
The world is full of people
who need someone who understands. 1
Dogs love their friends
and bite their enemies,
quite unlike people,
who are incapable of pure love
and always have to mix
love and hate. 7
Get tissue and clean nose print from lens.
Put cat outside
and put peroxide
on the scratch on puppy's nose.
Put magazines back on coffee table.
Try to get puppy's attention
by squeaking toy over your head.
Replace your glasses
and check camera for damage.
Jump up in time to grab puppy
by scruff of neck and say,
"No, no outside!"
Call spouse to help clean up the mess.
Fix a drink.
Sit back in chair, put your feet up,
sip your drink and resolve to teach puppy
"sit" and "stay"
the first thing in the morning. 8
You can say any foolish thing to a dog,
and the dog will give you a look that says,
'Wow, you're right!
I never would've thought of that!' 9
What you can learn from your dog:
You are never too old to play
We humans forget that the need for play
and fellowship does not disappear
when we leave childhood.
There is no such thing as being too old to play.
Perhaps we need to revise
our choice of game and venue,
but no matter what our age,
there should be no limit
to our ability to join in the fun!
What lessons has your dog taught you? 10
My goal in life
is to be as good a person
as my dog already thinks I am. 11
Everyone needs someone who understands
 -Puppies For Sale ~Unknown
 -M. Acklam
 -Fran Lebowitz
 -Phil Pastoret
 -Ben Williams
 -Sigmund Freud
 -Up With Dogs ~Anon
 -Dave Barry
 ~Deanna Mascle
All graphics illustrations have been adapted from the net treasures
Contributed by Penny Crowe
From Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life
From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017
Puppies For Sale