A few minutes ago I was startled by the muffled sounds of a golden retriever barking. In precisely 12 minutes I will hear the muffled yelp of a beagle. At 5 p.m. a boxer will bark and at 6 … no wait, by 6 p.m. it’ll be dark outside and my Barking Dog Clock will mercifully have shut down for the night.
You heard me right: a Barking Dog Clock. When my spouse runs out of ideas for Christmas presents for his beloved, you see, he immediately thinks: dogs! Last year that translated into a gift card to Petco.
The clock languished on a dining room chair for a week and a half. Then, two nights ago, Steve took it out of its box and inserted the requisite AA batteries. Now the clock has made it halfway up the stairs to my attic hideaway, primed to make me jump every 60 minutes. Honey, you shouldn’t have and I mean that sincerely!
Here’s the good news: a positive review of Saving Gracie, just in from Publisher’s Weekly. Read on: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6713289.html?industryid=47159
Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills Carol Bradley. Howell (Wiley, dist.), $21.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-470-44758-1
Journalist Bradley exposes the hidden world of puppy mills, where dogs are caged like chickens and forced to repeatedly breed until they die. Unlike most factory farm animals that endure painful confinement and are slaughtered within six months of birth, mill breeding dogs are sentenced to many years of existence in deplorable conditions; many don’t learn to walk because their cages don’t give them enough room to stand. Bradley details the raid of one such mill, Mike-Mar Kennel in Oxford, Pa., which led to the seizure of more than 300 dogs, mostly adults that had languished for years with broken limbs and untreated diseases. Dog 132, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel later named Gracie, was rescued during the raid. Nearly blind, with decayed teeth and a strong aversion to human contact, Gracie flourished under the love and patience of her adoptive owner, Linda Jackson. Bradley’s powerful narrative will tug at heartstrings, raise public awareness, and, hopefully, help put an end to puppy mills. (Feb.)
“Powerful.” I like it!