You've heard of Mother's Day and Father's Day -- but did you know that we also celebrate National Dog Day?
My beloved Hell-Hound, Bella, remains the one unalloyed joy in my life. I may be a snarling, sneering, antisocial old cynic, but I still love my dog. She's getting on in years now, and doesn't scamper the way she used to. When she walks to the park, sometimes she limps slightly on the way home. Since there is no injury to any of her paws, I can only presume that arthritis is having an occasional flare-up.
We have her on the healthiest diet I can devise -- chicken or turkey, tuna or sardines, broccoli and some genuine old-fashioned oatmeal. Cold-water fish is supposed to be a cancer-fighter. She used to eat a lot of rice, but I've read that a moderate amount of oatmeal is healthier.
Last year, we nearly lost her. Thanks to the contributions of my readers, she had the operation she needed. I will ALWAYS be grateful.
Happy National Dog Day -- and feel free to tell us all about the special canine in your