The Dog with the Old Soul: True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy Animals Bring to Our Lives
Jennifer Basye Sander
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.
down and patted his back in a silly effort to perform a doggy Heimlich maneuver. Nothing worked. I grabbed my cell phone and dialed Melissa, screaming at her to get in the house. Within moments she burst in the front room. I yelled, “It’s Spotty! He’s dying!” She ran to me, grabbed him and headed out the door. She was gone with Spotty. I didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye. I listened to the rain pelt the roof and said a silent prayer for my wife to drive safely and for Spotty’s life.
part because he could stare down the Sphinx without blinking. He’d confront his intended victim and, if not invited aboard immediately, settle in and engage for as long as it took. At their first encounter, my baby sister, Carol, was wary of Frank meeting her husband, Don. She revealed, “He doesn’t like whiny, yappy little dogs.” It was less than fifteen minutes, door to sofa, before Frank was inside his very happy new friend’s shirt. In short, Frank was not just ours, he was us, in whatever
In our two trips a day out into the lagoon, I don’t think we ever went without a visit from a whale, although the tour operators always caution that there is no guarantee of whale encounters. We all became quite adept at coaxing the whales to the side of the panga so we could pat them, but I had an unfulfilled desire to kiss a whale before my trip ended. That seemed a little more difficult, though. Reaching my arm far enough over the side of the small boat to touch a whale with my hand was one
name: Cherry Madness) The softness of the kitten was a relief in my hands. Her small black form had been wedged in the confines of the brick wall. Now she was safe with me. It was a Wednesday, a chilly October afternoon, as I worked quickly to unload supplies in a pre-WWII warehouse in downtown Sacramento. This cold warehouse with redbrick and lead-lined walls is the proud home of my team, the Sacred City Derby Girls, a women’s flat-track Roller Derby league. It is said to have originally
so that he can avoid stairs and get in and out of cars. The dog Donna had given a home and her heart to, and then had sent out into the world to help another, had brought that love back to Donna when her need was greatest. I cried the first time I heard the story of Llama. The second time I heard it, I knew it was a story that needed to be shared. Give yourself to a dog, and you will get love and loyalty in return. Dogs know when you need them most. Too Many Cats in the Kitchen