After more than a year had passed since our old Sheltie, Peanut, had passed away I began to get the urge for another dog. Andrea and Joe had cats galore (5 at the time) and the newest addition was Trouble. Somewhere on the island was a sign that said, "leave your young kittens on Joe Moore's deck because then they'll end up with the good life". We had Odie, Flannigan, Ebony, Onyx, and Trouble. Trouble was the biggest trouble-maker of the bunch whose favorite pastime was to chew cords. After trying to answer the telephone on day and discovering that the phone cord had been severed by Trouble I was more than ready to get a dog to put some manners on these kitties. Joe got a chuckle over the phone cord but the snicker was on the other side the following day when Trouble used the power cord to his laptop as a snack.
Jim and Pam Campbell had a sign up at the Post Office for puppies. Little Jack Russell puppies. Tiny puppies. Puppies that weren't already trained so that one could teach them how to exist within the new family without too much trouble. I was told they were hyper critters. I was told that Jack Russell's are smart. I was told they could jump up to five feet. I was told they don't grow into huge dogs. I was told they were excitable. I was told they don't each much. I was told they were the ADHD of the dog world. I was told they were active. Guess what - hyper and excitable don't even begin to touch it.
We got our puppy at 4 weeks as mama decided to stop nursing. This meant grinding up puppy chow and mixing it with formula for the little guy to lap up. This wasn't too much hardship. He needed a name and although he was tiny I didn't want to give him the name of our old dog - he needed his very own moniker - so instead of being a Peanut, he became a Goober.
Goober is almost four months old now and I think I can safely say that Joe, Andrea and I have aged right along with him. Remember, I wanted a dog to keep the cats in line - Goober did that right off the first day - at four weeks old he calmly leaned over and bit Trouble in the tail ... hard. It didn't take another nibble to remind Trouble to always sit facing the dog and never, ever let your tail down. Ebony and Onyx now slip through the house like shadows trying to avoid that crazy dog. Flannigan - our one-person, stuck-up, snobbish cat - walks through the house with the attitude "just think about it kid, I've got all my teeth and I have NOT been de clawed". Goober, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have both oars in the water, as soon as he sees Flannigan he's off after him like a shot only to end up with his ears well boxed or a bloody nose.
In the past three months Goober has eaten every cat toy there ever was, managed to destroy most of my houseplants, climbed into the dishwasher, dragged the daughter's unmentionables through the living room while her boyfriend was here (I swear that Goober was grinning as he did that trick), stolen unknown golf balls from Joe's bag, turned my knitting project into a string maze, and totally entertained us. The cats are in line - in line to find some quiet place with NO dog. Goober is busy waiting for the next unwary soul to come to the door so he can jump all over him/her saying in doggy fashion: "Wow! You're here to see me? Oh wow! I like you! Look what I can do! Do you really like me? See how high I can jump? Oops, I got too excited and peed on your shoe! I'm sorry! Wow! You're here to see me? Oh wow! I like you!"
I will admit Goober is a fun little dog - most of the time. However, if there is ever a time that we get another dog it most definitely will not be a Jack Russell. I leaning towards a Basset Hound or some other type of linoleum setter.
by Kathy Brouard
We have yarn, patterns are available, we are knitting for Guideposts "Knit for Kids" project. This is Guideposts 10th Anniversary Year for giving away sweaters to needy children all around the world. If they can reach 100,000 for this year they will have received 400,000 sweaters from volunteers just like these Beaver Islanders who are knitting. The average number of sweaters received in the Guideposts offices is 4,000 per month. Some have inquired about the pattern or are already knitting. When I had the idea of recruiting for help, I had envisioned maybe 1 or 2 helpers. I had asked my friends for yarn because I had been buying yarn to knit these sweaters, at least 20 in the past 2 years. My friends and family came through in a big way. Then I knew that I could live to be nearly 100 and not use up all this yarn. That's when the idea came. Posters went up in the usual island locations and I started getting phone calls and questions. So the yarn would be available I used the "Needlers" (First & Third Thursday of each month at the Christian Church parsonage) to talk about the project, show the sweaters I had finished and distribute patterns. Many had their own stashes of yarn to be used up - that's even better. I don't want to leave someone out but I know these people have at least looked at the patterns or are already knitting. Peg Hoogendoorn, Pam Moxham, Lil Gregg, Tova Kopperud, Janet O'Donnell, Donna Stambaugh, Judy Jones, Sally Fogg, Deb Plastrik, Kathy Ruis, Krys Lyle, Jean Carpenter. If anyone else wants to be part of this fun worthy project or know more about it they can ask one of the above or call me - Kathy Brouard at 448-3166 - or go to www.knitforkids.com where you can read about how this started, where it's going and even get a copy of the pattern. There are 4 patterns to choose from: the original Basic Pattern, the 10th Anniversary Pattern (these 2 are very similar) the Aran pattern for more experienced knitters, or a pattern for crochet if you prefer that over knitting. Do something for someone else - it always feels so good and does so much good. Happy Knitting!
(If you would like to order several dozen Nutmeg Logs, please call Lil Gregg 448-2305 by December 10th)