The Dog with the Old Soul: True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy Animals Bring to Our Lives

The Dog with the Old Soul: True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy Animals Bring to Our Lives

Jennifer Basye Sander

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0373892624

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Few relationships are as simple—and rewarding—as those between man and animal. From the loyal dog who risks his own life to rescue a drowning boy to the lost kitten who comforts a grieving woman to an abandoned horse and foster child who come to save each other, these inspiring true stories highlight the hope, healing, happiness and—most of all—unconditional love animals bring to our lives. Whether you love sloppy dog kisses, melt at every kitty meow or give your heart to horses, birds or even moose, this heartwarming collection is one to treasure.

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“Lie down and go to sleep, Frank!” Befitting his species-neutral given name, Frank established himself quickly with the boys as “the other brother.” He was always available to them without condition or stint for real, adolescent play. To be sure, he enjoyed “fetch the ball” in that maddening, “I’ve got it now. Come get it, sucker!” dachshund way, but right from the start he was always “we,” not “they.” While he acquiesced to being a love object for us adults and extended family, including my

challenges me to return what she has given me. I stand at a threshold, facing an uncertain future of my own, and her old-soul eyes serve as a daily reminder of grace as I am brought through the doors of a temporary holding place that I hope will eventually lead me home. Simon Says Katherine Traci November. Dark. Cold. I was driving home from a late-night writing workshop, a brutal night of fellow writers casually critiquing what was my own heart typed out neatly on the page. The exact

the ocean, we let the little dog smell her way around before she settled in for the night on the bathroom floor. This turned out to be a measure of her intelligence, because sometime later she experienced an attack of diarrhea, which she thoughtfully dealt with by quickly climbing into the bathtub. As the days went by, we advertised in the local newspaper that we’d found her (she had no ID tag and this was many years before the invention of the puppy microchip). We hesitantly named the dog

the neighborhood. Each night, when I pulled into the driveway, Lady greeted me feetfirst, jumping on the hood of my car from the roof of the garage. Eventually, I met a wonderful man and we bought a house in a new neighborhood. Lady was not pleased and sulked in one of the bedrooms for several days. She finally forgave us and quickly claimed her new space, marking all the furniture and doorjambs about the house. We did not yet have a cat door, but Lady soon adapted. One evening, as we sat with

dogs in Fremont, California. Her nonfiction has been published by Scholastic, Adams Media, and many magazines and newspapers. Currently she is writing a mystery novel whose main character is a professional pet sitter. Davidson can be contacted at tish_davidson@yahoo.com. Trina Drotar Trina Drotar (poet, writer, visual artist) has been widely published and is currently working on In the Night Garden, a collection of poetry, prose and art. Cats in need always find her. Reach her at

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