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Sam and I were the best of bud-dies for a number of years. He wasa big orange dog that was alreadyin residence at the ranch when Igot home from college and theNavy. I know he was part husky,but the rest of him was a mystery.Whatever the mix, it was a goodone since you don’t find many dogsas nice as Sam. The folks hadnamed him “Sandy” after he wasgiven to them by a cousin so, forawhile, I called him “San” forshort. That later became “Sam”which seemed easier.This hound had several traitsthat endeared him to me. For one,he was a one-dog welcome-homecommittee. When I’d been goneand drove up the lane cominghome, I could be pretty sure Samwould be lurking along the roadsomewhere. As I drove past, an or-ange streak would rise up and ac-company me the last bit into theyard. Then, when I opened thedoor, his front feet would land onmy lap and a tongue might try togive me a kiss. A hug was required.A lapdog he wasn’t since he wasmuch too large. He didn’t necessar-ily agree with that assessment,however. When we were out walk-ing on the prairie, he would rangefar and wide around me but with-out losing track of where I was. If Isat down on a hillside, pretty soonhe’d be sitting there beside me. If Istayed there very long, he’d inchhis rear closer and closer to my lapuntil he was right beside me. Thenhe’d lift his rear one more time andnonchalantly drop it on my lap asif I probably wouldn’t notice a bigorange object parked there. Thisalways made me chuckle. I’d tellhim he was a silly old thing, grabhim around the middle, and holdhim for a little while. That’s whathe wanted, and then he was readyto be off again to carefully check allthe old holes in the ground and anybushes that might harbor things of interest.At home, Sam was an early-warning system of anything thatwas suspicious or might be an in-truder. He especially hated snakesand wouldn’t quit barking at themuntil someone arrived with a hoeand removed the nasty thing’shead. The body needed to be dis-posed of in the burn barrel, andthen his job was done. You couldn’t just throw it out onto the prairie,though, since that wasn’t right ac-cording to him. He’d bark at thecorpse until it was properly dis-posed of in the burn barrel. Thishatred of snakes was even more in-tense after he was bitten on thenose by a rattler that had slitheredright in front of the dog house andgot in a strike when Sam was try-ing to get out. Sam survived thestrike, but his nose was pretty bigfor a number of weeks.Porcupine quills did pose a prob-lem. Sam would not let you pullthem out until you’d doped him upenough that he could barely move.This was accomplished by sneak-ing pills into him through cheeseballs until you had fed him enoughthat he could barely drag himself around. He adored cheese and ateit so fast that he didn’t notice thepills. Even then you had to proceedwith caution, but you could get thequills out if you worked at it. Although Sam was probably myfavorite of all the dogs we ever had,there were others that were finetoo. As a kid, we had a pair calledCorky and Rex. Rex was my com-panion a good bit of the time, butCorky was more standoffish. Theywere a snake-killing duo. Rexwould find them and stand barkingat them until Corky arrived on thescene. Corky would then sneak inwithout getting bitten, grab thenasty old things, and shake themto death. Their teamwork was ap-preciated.Later I had Rags who was ablack-and-white, medium-sized galthat was a sweetie. More recently,son Chance had a black dog henamed “Candy.” She was a goodfriend to the whole family andlived in the house quite a bit. Shewas no small thing but wasn’t asbig as Sam. Wife Corinne had ashort round pooch named Noel whowas fairly frumpy but nice.We’ve had a few dogs that weremore problematic than enjoyable.One was a purebred beagle thatwas cute as the dickens but whohad no real loyalty to anyone. Hevisited neighbors far and wide andwouldn’t bother to come back homeif we didn’t go get him. It was a re-lief when he finally ran off never toreturn. We also once got a yellowLab for Chance, but he was muchtoo busy for all of us. A neighbortook a shine to him, and we werevery generous and allowed him tokeep him.Right now we don’t have a dogdue to our somewhat unsettled ex-istence. If we ever have another,I’d like him to be a lot like Sam. Hewas hard to beat. If you have a dogat present or in the future, I hopeyou luck out with him as much asI did with Sam. He and I were bud-dies and the very best of friends.
LADIES’ PRAYER BREAKFAST …
Monday, June 3, at 7:00 a.m.in the Senechal Apts. lobby. All ladies welcome.
DURING SCOTTY PHILIP (FESTIVAL) DAYS …
the Commu-nity Betterment Committee is sponsoring a food drive for the Coun-try Cupboard. If you can help, please place nonperishable food do-nations in the box at the Bad River Senior Citizen’s Center.
PHILIP HEALTH SERVICES AUXILIARY …
will meet Thurs-day, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room at the hospital. Thepurpose is to discuss activities during Scotty Philip Days.
LUNDSTROMS IN CONCERT …
Larry and Gloria Lundstromwill be in concert Sunday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Midland CityPark. See related ad for details.
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