My Dog Leads Two Lives

My Dog Leads Two Lives
I've learned not to worry. I know he'll be back.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Omar Blue's Ode to the Mustians


Bringing attention to people who make a difference in this canine world arena that some of us live in, is something I like to do.

Awhile ago, I featured a family who had found love at first sight in a little stray beagle living dangerously on the side of a not-so-rural road. Her name was Holly and the family I’m referring to is the Mustians.

Their beloved Holly passed away in early February, at 14 years old. She was on her way to Rainbow Bridge but was intercepted. Instead, she was taken to her last forever home, K-9 Town, to be with Omar Blue’s pack and some of the others that had arrived the same way.

 

Omar and I have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” thing about how this happens. But the important thing is Holly, now running with other beagles and almost any other breed you can think of, like in her dreams, and she’ll never know another day of sickness.
The Mustians (Katy, Tom, and their two sons Carter and Spencer) were devastated at their loss. They were thinking (but I knew better) that it would be some time before they would be ready to adopt another dog.
Then mom, Katy, heard about “Beaglemania” at Richmond Animal League (RAL).
There were nine beagles available for adoption that formerly lived in a facility where they were “purpose bred.” Their puppies were sold to laboratories.

In eight years these girls each had 16 litters.
They had been rescued by the Virginia Tech Veterinary School, thoroughly examined, spayed, chipped and sent to RAL for adoption. (Kudos to Virginia Tech)
 First to the RAL website, where Katy fell for a little cutie who had the same name as her deceased mom. It’s obviously meant to be, she decided right then.  
Then Katy and her family of dog lovers visited RAL. The rest is history.
Meet Cher and Greta, and their wonderful new family. (Cher the smallest)
 
Yes, not one but two lucky pooches who will live happily ever after.

When my Omar Blue heard about the treatment they had received from that “bad place,” he was heading for K-9 Town to round up his pack to pay it a visit. It took me awhile to convince him that the place had been shut down.  He ranted for quite some time.
 
After he quieted down, we were able to focus on what was most important. After a life of abuse and mistreatment, Greta and Cher had found the Mustians and their lives had changed forever.

We'll be checking. Hopefully, the others that arrived for “Beaglemania” have had the same good fortune, but if you have a place in your heart and your home, the Richmond Animal League is always available to accommodate you.


Under the watchful eyes of their new family, these two are sunning, chasing squirrels and listening to the sweet sounds of nature for what might be the first time.

Life is good.

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Omar Blue and Batdog the true hero

 
 
It's a special day. I'm having some friends over. We're telling Lily, you know her as "Batdog," how proud we are of her. Some of my friends have never met her but have heard about her.
 
Batdog saved her family and other people in their apartment building in New York City, from a big fire. She's always doing things like that.
 
She just arrived and took her favorite space, not knowing we're here to honor her.
 
I finally got the others to find a spot and settle down after each one showed their love.
 
 
Some of our friends were coming all the way from Facebook and hadn't arrived. Others live closer.
 
 
This is little Ms. Pleasant. She found a pillow near Batdog and couldn't stop looking at her after receiving a big hug. Is she cute, or what?
 
 
Here are my friends Kody and Charlie. They love playing tricks. I'd better get them back in here. They're up to something.
 
 
Look at Lola Lloyd. She was very happy because Batdog remembered her from an event they had both attended.
 
A couple of my friends still hadn't made it.
 
 
There's JJ. I think he forgot which house. "Down here JJ. Here we are!" Doesn't he look majestic up there like that.
 
I'm expecting one more. My friend Kapone.
 
Here he comes. I knew the snow wouldn't keep him away.
 
 
"Come on in and find a spot, we're all over the place."
 
 
He found a warm spot over in the corner. He's always so serious, the handsome devil, but he has a good time.
 
Now, for the presentation and who better to do this than that gentlemen, Spartacus Maximus, my long time friend.
 
 
When he finished speaking for all of us, Lily was near tears but her smile told it all. We knew if she had to do it again, she would, without second thought. She loves her people family very much.
 
No doubt Batdog had forgotten the pact me and my pack at K-9 Town had made, that we'd always be there for her.
 
She couldn't have failed that night. We had sent the Canine God of Fire to watch over her.
 
We don't call on her often but it didn't take much to get her out for Lily.
 
 
It was starting to get late. Ma would be home soon.
 
After we had our snacks, everyone bid Batdog farewell. My pack was waiting for her at K-9 Town. Not to celebrate, but to make her take a long needed rest. The females would see to that. They love her and know how hard it is patrolling New York and Gotham Cities.
 
Wolf Bennie Ba had been waiting outside. He and I would make sure she arrived safely. He prefers not to come in, if he can help it and he loves the snow.
 
He was still holding a rose for Lily. No doubt the females had threatened him to make sure she got it, ha, ha.
 

 
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On a serious note. I want to thank all of the kind friends who again let me borrow their furry companions for my "true tales."
 
Batdog is truly a heroine and she did everything we told you about above.
 
Please take a moment to see her beautiful family and hear the real story about that horrendous night at http://www.styrk.com/posts/meet-the-hero-canine-batdog.
 
Come back soon. Omar is always up to something.
 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Omar Blue And The Happy Vacation





Hi there. Me and Ma have been on vacation. I'm pretty tired right now.
 
She should be home any minute.

We didn't go together. I'm afraid of planes so Ma went with Sister Joy and some of the family to a place called St. Thomas. She'll say she had a ball but I know she spent most of her time thinking about me.



We agreed that I was big enough to be okay until my canine Ma and Pa, Saifon and Nitro came to get me. I was going back to my first home at Iron Dog Land to visit with them. 

They came as soon as Ma left and so did my sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles. I'm always glad to see them all.


I had been packing my suitcase when they got to the door. Needless to say my travel bone snacks didn't make it.  


Nitro, Saifon and my brother Thor stayed with me, while the others went to visit my pack at K-9 Town. Brother Thor couldn't stop talking, telling me everything that happened since my last visit to Iron Dog Land.
 
He let a few things slip and got himself into trouble. He stays in trouble anyway. Always up to something, Lol.


I was having such a good time, but poor Ma. She has to learn how to stop missing me so much. Sister Joy will tell me how sad she was. She probably didn't even get out of bed.

 
I decided I wanted to stay home just in case Ma came home early. I was having fun, anyway. I got to show off for my canine family, showing Thor that I could still run faster than him. I took advantage because he was still tired from the run from Iron Dog Land.
 
 
Ma just happened to cross my mind again. I wondered if she took her hat for this cold weather. She'll come home with a cold for sure.

 
 
Nitro, Saifon and Thor left just before Ma got home. They didn't want to hear her fuss about the mess we made. She won't care, she'll be so glad to see me.
 
I was waiting at the door when she got here.
 
 
Just like I said, she never mentioned anything but how much she missed me. All hugs and kisses.
 
The next time we go on vacation I think we'd better go together so she can have fun and not think so much about me.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Omar Blue And The Puppys' Clubhouse

 

 
It's chilly tonight. Me and Ma are staying in. She's getting the snacks. I saw my marrow bone. I'm going to tell her some more about when I took my pack up into the mountains to see my canine kin.
 
She loves hearing about the puppies and this is one that had me and my friends amused for a good while.

They spend a lot of time trying to outsmart us elders. We love it. We want them to have all the fun they can but we watch them closely. We teach them how to survive in the dangerous wilderness. Above all, they have to learn how to protect themselves and each other. 
 
Here she is. "Thanks, Ma. Are you ready?"
 
"Just a second, Omar........Okay, I'm all set."
 
 
This is about my happy pack

what were those puppies up to

they were being mighty quiet now

keeping something in full view.

 

“It’s beautiful,” said cocker puppy Joe

and the other puppies agreed

“It will make a wonderful clubhouse

it’s exactly what we need.”

 
 
Komondor Cooley Junior spoke up next

“We’re here for a whole day

we’ll fix our clubhouse up real nice

and have a good place to play.

 

We’ll get furs from my pa pa

to make our beds tonight

the elders will let us stay here

as long as we’re in sight.”

 

“That’s right,” said beagle puppy Maggie
"We’ll be all on our own

we’re gonna have lots of fun tonight

if they let us stay alone.”

 
Was poodle puppy Dumplin’s turn 

“Let’s gather what we need”

they all ran out together

each trying to take the lead.
 

"I'm telling you Ma, I heard all this

but please don't ask me how

I love overseeing the puppies though

especially times like now.

 
They're always planning something new

always busy having fun

that’s just the way we want it

their lives have just begun.

 

Soon enough through teaching

they’ll have to face our land

strong, proud, and fearless

with the rest of the pack they’ll stand."

 
The puppies had gathered

their odds and ends

to make their clubhouse great

the elders weren’t allowed in there

at the door they’d have to wait.

 
"As day went on, dusk came along

they came and joined the pack

they ate then told us elders

'We’re leaving but we’ll be back.'

 
They noticed not an elder budged

we acted like we didn’t care

of course we saw them leaving

for their clubhouse right over there.

ha, ha, ha, ha, ha"
 

The puppies walked off slowly

it was getting pretty dark

they could hardly see their clubhouse

should have left some kind of mark.

 

They made it to the front door

but didn’t rush to go in

by now they were pretty tired

wanting home and their “real” den.

 
The clubhouse was looking different now

kind of spooky one might say

how could it look like this now

it was beautiful all day!
 
 

They looked around at each other

what were they going to do

they didn’t want to go in there

then they heard Omar Blue.

 
“Ooooh!

This is the place you talked about

we weren’t to come in here

that’s right this is your clubhouse

I’ll go to sleep elsewhere.”

 
“No, no, no leader Omar

we’re not gonna make a fuss

you’re tired and you need your rest

so come lay down with us.”

 
I was smiling to myself, Ma

“How very nice of you, 

if it weren’t for your kindness

I don’t know what I’d do.
 

The little tykes smiled at me

then they jumped up for joy

no longer feeling tired

I was with them, boy oh boy!
 

I sat there Ma, and watched them

until their strength was gone

one by one they came to me

for an empty spot to lay on.


I had told the other elders

about my evening plans

so they could get in on it too

we're a pack of puppy fans.
 

In the morning when they woke up

I had already gone

their clubhouse was looking pretty again

what do you think went wrong?"
 
 
Omar had finished the story. All I could say was, "Wow." I had been mesmerized. Those K-9 Town puppies are always so entertaining, just like Omar Blue and the rest of his pack. 

This particular story can be found in Book 2 of my Omar Blue saga, Led By An Eagle.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let It Rain, Let It Rain

 
The weekend is here but it's raining out. Ma said I could invite some of my friends over. Some of them have been asking me about K-9 Town and my pack, because they haven't been there yet. I'll be taking them soon. 
  
We were waiting for Spartacus and his little sis Athena Puddy. Aren't they sharp in their cute outfits.
 
"Go ahead in the room and get comfortable, you two." They visit often and love K-9 Town.
 
 
I'm running out to get my friend Bree. She's waiting for me after visiting some of our friends down in the hood.
 
"Maaaaa, make a big space!" 

 
Bree had our good friend Hertta with her. She came in and made herself right at home.  
 
 
I was able to pull Batdog away from patrolling Gotham and New York Cities. Look at how alert she is, waiting to hear about her K-9 Town friends. I take her there for a rest sometimes. They love her. Especially the females who make a fuss over her. They're so nurturing.
 
 
Just one missing. My friend Floyd is on his way. Here he comes now. I knew he'd find us.
 
"In here Floyd!"
 
 

The only one missing is my friend Crixus. He's babysitting his cute little brother Maddox. They're trying on their Halloween outfits to keep him busy. Cool stuff, huh. He's visits me and Ma often so he's okay with it.
 
"Next time Crixus!"
 
 
 
"We're ready Maaaaa!" She's in the kitchen getting the snacks. Here she comes. Now we can get started.....we're all comfy.
 


She wants to tell them how she worries about me when I'm gone. Oh boy! Not quite what I had in mind. It's okay though. Here goes......
 

A THOUGHTFUL STROLL

 Omar would often tell me

Of walks he takes alone

While at his beloved K-9 Town

The reason was unknown.

 


He said he'd walk for hours

Sometimes be gone all day

To see what threats await his pack

Or to handle them his own way.

 

He says its just a thoughtful stroll

But I know that's not quite true

He's looking for signs of danger

I wish the others knew.

 

His pack would be right by his side

Rain, sleet, sun or snow

But then it wouldn't be that thoughtful stroll

So I guess they need not know.


 
Ma gets so mushy sometimes but my friends love her. At K-9 Town, they call her Ma O. She heard it first from Afghan Bee Bee. I could tell she liked it.
 
The rain has let up. Time to get everyone home safely.
 
Batdog offered to drop all of them off, on her way home. I know it's hard to believe, but she travels by her own rainbow. Ma says that's because what she does, always helping others, is so very important and special.
 
 
They said their goodbyes. All as happy as could be. Then off they went, encircled by the rainbow. 
 
Until next time.
 

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A very special thanks to my old Facebook friends who never mind me including them in Omar's "true tales." And, to our new Facebook friends at Doberman Woooh Fanclub where you can meet those you haven't seen here before.
 
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Authors Banning Together - How Cool Is That!



Ma is trying to help some of my friends again. I'll let her tell you about it.

Thank you Omar. As an author and poet, I'm so glad to be a part of this true venture of kindness with other authors who have the same intentions as me. What are our intentions? To do everything within our meager powers, to help as many animals find loving homes and kindness, as possible.

The finished product is all we hoped it would be.
 

"Read for Animals #2" is a compilation of stories and poems with pictures and phrases that will delight and entertain. Now available in e-book and paperback, we hope you will consider purchasing a copy.



Purchases can be made through GoldenBoxBooks Publishing, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc., keeping in mind that all proceeds will be donated to Rescue Centers for Animals in the US and UK.


There is nothing I like better than feeling that I am helping to change the lives of unfortunate animals, because as we all know, they can't help themselves.


I get carried away at times, writing about how I wish things could be. I live my fantasy through my Doberman, Omar Blue, his fictitious pack and the town they have started, K-9 Town, USA.

I tell one of these stories in "Read for Animals #2," "Omar Blue and the K-9 Underground."
In this short story, Omar and his pack have gone beyond rescue. They are offering their way of life, love and happiness to all the canines they rescue and those that can find a way to contact or get to them. I hope you will get to read my story and the other contributions to this wonderful undertaking.

 
Someone asked me how I got started with my writings, so further to the aforementioned, and since I was enjoying this immensely, I continued.
In my early years I never thought about being an author. I'd write poetry and stories, but only for my own reading and enjoyment. Until, my older sister Beatrice got very ill. Throat cancer.

One Sunday afternoon while visiting (she was staying with another sister who is retired,) I read a short story to her that I had written about my dog Omar Blue. It was in verse and she liked it very much.
I started adding to the story and every Sunday after that my other two sisters, me and my nieces would get together and I would read what I had added on during the week. My sister Bea loved it, the "book" (as it turned into) and the attention, of course.
I'm very happy to say that I was able to finish it and did my best reading, before she passed away, because I dedicated the last chapter to her.
The character was Bee Bee the beautiful Afghan Hound that became Omar Blue's love interest. I gave Bee Bee my sister's personality and it was obvious. Bea smiled as I read.
She was very weak by then but there was no doubt that she appreciated this and the fact that we were with her, showing our love for her.
The name of my first novelette was, "Omar Blue and K-9 Town, USA." I've since written another in what is now my Omar Blue Saga, "Led By An Eagle," and I am working on my first novel that will not be in verse, "The Takeover."
I have a very unique blog, as I mentioned above with quite a few visitors.
Not including one of my current posts about my darling daughter's wonderful wedding last weekend, it's about Omar Blue, his pack and "our" adventures. Yes, they do drag me into them sometimes. Hope you'll visit us too. We're easy to find. http://www.omarblue.blogspot.com