LS: Your Town Column November 09, 2008

You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Nessie turned 8 this year, yet she’s still very puppylike. In her earlier years, a “welcome home” greeting after work was the presentation of a dirty, slobbery sock from the kid’s room.

Sweet girl.

When we moved into the new house this summer, it took a few weeks for her to adapt to the new smells. In cold and inclement weather, she would use a dog door into the garage, but at the new house that wouldn’t be an option.

In October we got her a sturdy igloo shaped dog house and thought our troubles were over, except she wouldn’t go near it.

Bribes of dog biscuits, bacon or steak tidbits did nothing to get her inside. I tried to coax her by crawling in and exclaiming how nice it was.

So did my younger son, but he got stuck.

Enter the dog whisperer.

He won’t tell me what he said to her, but after a week of failed attempts, my older son arrived at the house and worked magic in a minute’s time. Nessie obediently curled up on the fluffy blanket in the warm, protective dwelling. Her expression said, “Why didn’t you tell me it was so nice in here?”

Kids and dogs. They’re a lot alike.

Eight years later, there are still dirty socks all over my younger son’s bedroom floor.

Some old dogs, never learn.

Speaking of old ...

• Forty birthday candles will be lit this year for The Western Colorado Travelers Chapter of the Good Sam’s of Grand Junction.
The club will celebrate the milestone from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at VFW Post 3981, 503 1/4 Florence Ave.
RSVP — ASAP by calling 523-1410 or 434-7355.

And even older ...

• Is it possible to light 232 candles on a birthday cake?
Local Marines, former Marines, Navy corpsmen and chaplains, and invited guests will celebrate the 232nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, at 1900 hours (7 p.m.) Monday at Whiskey River 490 28 1/4 Road.
There will be cake cutting, toasts and camaraderie and no uniform required.

• “Four Season Harvesting-Keep on Growing” is the topic of discussion at the Organic Gardening group’s meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Library, 641 Struthers Ave.
All are welcome to attend. The meeting starts with an “info swap” social hour followed by the discussion.
Call Marian at 255-0417 for information.

• The Chinle Chapter of the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society will meet at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Community Room at Mesa Mall.
Member Peter Newbury will explore the murky world of variegate, cristate and monstrose succulents with a slide show.
Call Dieter Kubisch at 243-7861 for information.


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