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July 24, 2013

Playing is important, too

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Friday, July 19, at 9:30 a.m., I was on the phone attempting to make several business calls when my day started on a downward spiral. My Jack Russell, Sophie, started to bark and growl, and came into the living room through the dog door. I was a little worried so I thought I better check on her. She had found a turtle and invited him unwillingly in to play. Let’s call him Tony.

Tony wasn’t interested in playing and would not come out of his shell. This upset Sophie and I could no longer talk on the phone due to the noise. I decided to rescue Tony. I picked him up and walked outside dropping him gently over the fence into my neighbor’s yard.

I was a bit upset I couldn’t conduct my business, so I went to coffee to just relax. An hour later, I returned home and guess who was sitting in the driveway waiting for me? Sophie and Tony, both covered in mud. That was funny. After a light scolding of Sophie about digging, I reached in my car to get a paper towel. Sophie decided she and Tony wanted to go for a ride. That wasn’t funny.

She jumped into the front seat with Tony in her mouth, and then she started a game called “catch me if you can.” My blood pressure was rising as she jumped from the back seat to the front, mud going in every direction, and my patience was growing thin. I caught her in the back and she went directly to the fenced backyard for timeout.

Now, time to retrieve Tony. Poor Tony was visibly upset and still would not come out of his shell, but you guessed it, something else did. Tony expelled himself on my car seat and on my hand. After a few not-so-nice words, I placed Tony in a bucket for a ride to Monroe school, where he was released to roam free.

Tony didn’t receive any education that day, but I did. Don’t ever be so busy you can’t play with your dog, or they will make you wish you had.

JIM BARGER

Norman

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