Random Musings on Dogs, Photography, and the Vagaries of Life

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A is for Angel

Meet Angel, the "cover girl" of my current book, A is for Angel: A Dog Lover's Guide to the Alphabet. A former foster puppy of my husband's and mine, Angel was adopted by a wonderful family that adores her.

I thought you might enjoy reading her "story" as it appears in the book:

My son, Andrew, had been asking for a dog for awhile, and my wife and I finally decided the time was right. We thought a dog would give Andrew companionship and, at 12, we felt he was ready to share the responsibility of raising a puppy. Plus, we all wanted to experience what none of us had ever really had...a true pet.

We were looking for a Keeshond or Keeshond mix because of the breed’s temperament, mild nature, and ability to have fun with kids. We also liked the idea of giving an orphaned puppy a home, so Andrew began checking Petfinder. Once he found Angel’s picture, we immediately made plans to meet her.

Angel is just what we were looking for. She is sweet, rarely barks, is always wagging her tail, and seems to love everyone...even the UPS man and the mailman, who both take time to play with her and pet her whenever they come by. She’s also very pretty with a beautiful coat that my wife loves to brush.

Angel’s joys in life are chasing the squirrels and deer that visit our yard, running outside the house with Andrew and his cousins, and especially playing with her furry squeaky toys. She’s particularly fond of one shaped like a bone that’s about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. When Ava, our toddler, plays with her own squeaky toys or a toy is squeaked during a TV program, Angel rushes around to check if it’s hers!

In addition to knowing how to sit, lie down, and cry to go outside, Angel has discovered that if she taps her water bowl when it’s empty, someone will fill it. Obviously, she has us well trained. All in all, she’s just a super dog to be around. Andrew is always looking out for her and has learned some great "life lessons" thanks to her being part of our family.

She truly is our angel.

--R. Bailey

If you're interested in seeing more photos and reading more stories about some wonderful, loved dogs, you can get a copy of A is for Angel: A Dog Lover's Guide to the Alphabet by sending $17.12 (including shipping in the continental US) to digitaldoggyphotography@gmail.com via Paypal. I donate 50 percent of my direct-sale profits to selected animal rescue and welfare organizations.

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