Writing 101 Challenge: Character Building

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‘Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year? Give characteristics and what makes them unique.’

I decided to write character traits about my dog, George.

Day creeps into night, but he still prefers to stay outside. His black fur coat hopefully keeps him warm throughout the night. I peak under the tree where he lays spread out in his huge hole he proudly dug. I whisper if he wants to come inside, but his green eyes just stare back and his body firmly stays in place.

It is now morning and tree sap sticks in clumps in his fur. He appears so scruffy with sap, dirt, sleep in his eyes, and fur falling off as the summer grows near. He’s still my adorable dog, George.

George really is a gentle giant at 90 pounds of Labrador love. Get near and he’ll gladly snuggle or play. However, don’t expect much play as this dog only plays when he desires. This old and greying dog, perks like a puppy for any treat, big or small.

Keys are heard and tennis shoes are seen as George’s excitement grows for his evening walk. This old puppy can’t hold still as his leash is put on. His world awaits to fully explore and make it his own.


George outside at night in his hole.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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I realize I’m a week late for this photo challenge, but I didn’t have time to post it. Here are some photos of my dog, George, enjoying the beach at Kalaloch in Washington. Normally, he doesn’t like water but he kept walking out to play in the waves.

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Weekly Quotation: Charles M. Schulz

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Happiness is a warm puppy.

― Charles M. Schulz

How can you not smile when looking my dog George?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture#2

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Here’s a second inspiration for the weekly photo challenge culture. I saw this woman with her dog dressed in hot pink and thought it looked cute and humorous at the same time. She’s stylish and well dressed ready to go anywhere with her chic dog. I want to know more about this woman and where she’s taking her dog. It’s amazing how people relate to their pets in our culture. In this case the dog is more of an accessory. 



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Book Review: A Dog’s Purpose

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A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Fiction, 320 pages

I realize this isn’t a children’s book, but I absolutely loved it. I’ve already read this book twice within a year, so that shows how much I enjoyed reading it. The entire book is from the dog’s perspective and it’s done very well. You visualize the dog’s whole life from the time in the pound, why there’s a cone around his head from the metal room (vet), and most important the relationship with his owner. The dog constantly tries to seek his ‘purpose’ to help his owner. A Dog’s Purpose made me laugh and cry numerous times. Some people may be hesitant to read this book in fear whether the dog dies, but I guarantee that this book will uplift you and you’ll wonder what your own dog’s purpose in life is and what they’re thinking. I recommend this book to all dog owners and animal lovers.

opening page:

One day it occurred to me that the warm, squeaky, smelly things squirming around next to me were my brothers and sister. I was very disappointed.

I thought I’d include another photo of my dog, George.

Read with your furry friend

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Beginning and slow readers, especially children, sometimes lack confidence and motivation when reading aloud. There may be laughs when they mispronounce a word or constantly being corrected. This can create a lack of reading enjoyment as it’s now a struggle and embarrassment. A one-on-one personal reader can then help the struggling reader.

Dogs don’t care if you hesitate, mispronounce, slur, or pause while reading aloud. Dogs don’t judge, criticize, humiliate, or correct mistakes. They don’t care about your age, gender, size, or clothing.

Dogs do enjoy treats, snuggles, walks, positive praise, and attention. Give a dog a friendly pat and a rub behind the ears and you may have just found a new friend. Sit beside your new ‘personal reader’ as you slowly read aloud with an occasional rub. Dogs give your full attention while you read with no laughs or critiques. Hopefully, this new ‘personal reader’ will help the reader gain confidence and develop stronger reading habits.

Many schools and libraries have read to your dog programs that foster a positive reading environment. So go ahead, curl up beside your furry friend and read a new book. Of course, make sure the reader understands to give the dog space and that the dog is friendly.

The photos are my own dog, George, who loves attention and snuggles.