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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I made another trip out to the Humane Shelter looking for just the right dog.

I had decided to take the pug dog home but one of the ladies talked me into trying Jenks for one evening. She was right.

He was the perfect dog just the wrong size for us. I am not good with larger dogs and would not have had anything big enough to give it a bath when needed, etc.

If someone is looking for a well-behaved shepherd-type dog, I highly recommend Jenks.

He looks like that socialite, neurotic dog from the movie, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." I think that is the one with Richard Dreyfus, Bette Midler, and Nick Nolte.

That dog stole the show and so does our friend from the Shelter -- wish I had a place for him.

Jenks came into the house and never made any messes.

He stayed beside me while I did dishes or he just quietly laid down on the rug.

He already knew to wait to take his business outside. He walked well on a leash.

I had trouble lifting him into and out of the SUV to put him in the pet taxi. When we adopt a dog, it is for long term.

I thought of another 10 years on this old back of mine and Jenks would have to give me a boost into the vehicle.

He is the perfect dog for someone wanting a larger, not huge, pet.

The Shelter folks said he was about 2 and had belonged to someone that had to give him up for some reason.

After a second trip to the Humane Shelter, Lady Pugsley became a member of our family. She will go in for her surgery before becoming a permanent Harmony resident.

She is about 2-years-old, too. The folks at the Shelter have obviously worked with the two dogs.

You can definitely tell the difference in social graces from the recent arrivals and those that have been there a few months.

It is great that folks work with the dogs and that makes them more adoptable. Both dogs were very clean and seemed in excellent health.

Lady Pugsley still needs to learn some commands (like, "down" and "come here").

She still thinks an opened door is an invitation to visit the neighbors and is still not sure that no means "no" but she was already housebroken and leash trained.

Except for wanting to scratch at the door, her indoor social graces are very good.

She has claimed my best, braided, non-washable rugs as her favorite hangout spots. Lady Pugsley has good taste.

Her highness (she has that snobby, stubbed nose-in-the-air look) loves to lay on my lap and watch home decorating shows with me.

She'd rather be taking me for a walk but home shows are good, too. Lady Pugsley is quietly laying on the rug beside my desk.

Adopting an older dog misses the puppy stage and all the mess. I sure did not miss the mess part. She's a good little watchdog, too.

She was smart enough to know to bark at John Day when he stopped by yesterday.

Those of you who know John will know a bark of warning is a good thing.

Finally, we are to have another good stretch of weather.

Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends. We are planning a cook out and get-together at our house on Sunday.

Folks call me now and then to ask who to call to reserve the Community House or who to contact about the Harmony Park.

As far as I know, Rosanne Aker is still in charge of scheduling reunions and other events at the park.

Janice Gooch (448-8950) or Leslee MacDonald will handle reservations for the Harmony Community Center. Both the park and center are beautiful spaces for our town.

After mowing all day Saturday, Denny and I headed up to Chaney's Diner and Deli.

They have such good salad but the best part was the peach cobbler.

The wait staff folks were just placing freshly made pies and cakes in the display case for the next day's Sunday crowd.

It is amazing what a dip of butter pecan ice cream will do when combined with peach cobbler. The magic only happens when it is really fresh and it was.

Of course, pie a la mode is OK when you have salad as the main course. Rationalizations.

I have been pretty happy with my rationalizations lately.

They have taken off 15 pounds since January. That is no huge amount but it is better than putting on 15.

I haven't really changed anything except for adding more activity and lots of fruits and veggies. We try to limit dessert to the weekend but it's negotiable if the ingredients are healthy. My plan is just to eat healthier, not diet.

Governor Daniels hasn't invited me to make any commercials for Inshape Indiana but I am proud of myself.

Rusty, my stepson, had lost weight eating veggie sandwiches.

He was truck driving cross-country and had few opportunities to prepare his own foods. If Rusty could do it, I could do it.

That inspired me to make a real effort to eat the stuff I like anyway rather than just what is convenient.

I still chuckle thinking of Rusty walking into a truck stop and asking for a veggie sandwich.

Wayne King and family have been cleaning up the abandoned property behind us.

The section next to Harmony Road is already showing a big improvement.

He said he still wasn't sure about whether to keep the old house on the property.

They have been clearing brush and taking down old animal fences. Good work, folks.

Happy Birthday to Bob Nicoson (23rd), and Ella Grace London (30th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Clausen (26th).

Area Calendar:

May 26 -- United Methodist Men at Peniel Church 6:00 p.m.

May 30 - Picnic for Seniors at Forest Park starts at 10:00 a.m. (Last day to have $7.00 reservations in is May 23rd)

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

May 25 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

May 28 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.