Community for Dogs?????

And now for a lighter note…

I’ve often written about the gatherings and parties that take place around here on a regular basis. Part of our commitment to community is facilitating both spontaneous and planned get togethers. This week my cousin and his wife from Oregon are in town, and their vacation wish (go figure!) is to hang out with us and “live life.” So that means coffee on the back porch, afternoon trips to the gym, people in and out of the house.

Yesterday they got to witness something that I have gotten so used to I’ve forgotten to recongize the humor in it! You see, even my dog, Toby, regularly brings his friends home to our house. There is a Jack Russell Terrier (aptly named Russell) who lives next door. Nearly every day Russell runs though our yard, in the doggie door on the porch and through our (usually) open back door. He comes to find me and smiles…yes smiles. I give “the boys” a treat and they run off to chase each other around the yard before Russell goes home.

My cousins think this is hysterical. “You’re running a community gathering spot even for the dogs!”

I didn’t tell them about the Golden Retriever named Sugar next door on the other side, who regularly gets locked out of her house somehow. She, also, squeezes through the miniature sized doggie door and enters through the back yard to find me. If Sugar comes, I know it’s time to walk her home and call her mom and dad to open the back door for her!

Communal living at its best — it’s all for the dogs!

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.