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Maxine Sullivan Morgan-Romans
When I found Maxine under a portable school building, she was so flea-bitten that she had no hair. We weren't sure she was going to make it, but she's been with us more than fourteen years. She has lip cancer and arthritis, some from a shoulder problem that the previous owners never fixed until it was too late. I'm hoping to have her a little longer. She is the sweetest dog ever.
The original Maxine Sullivan was a jazz singer whose biggest hit, "Loch Lomond," was popular in 1937, but who continued to record up until her death in 1987.
I enjoyed reading Tales for Asti - Twelve Stories to Read to Your Dog, a piece of well-written and thought provoking "Canine Literature" authored by an acquiantance of mine, Isolde Kona Dovale. Please check it out on Amazon.com, where an unsolicited reviewer says:
That this lovely collection is presented as "stories for dogs" on the front cover and "canine literature" on the back, says as much about the breadth of the stories' appeal as the depth of their meaning. Ostensibly written as "bedtime stories to be read to your dog", they seem deceptively simple upon first glance--but within a few pages the "stories" adopt the timeless quality we ascribe to "literature", works that take us to another realm and stay with us long after. Written in the soothing cadences of the language of myth, theses vignettes not only charm but inspire a more intimate relationship with nature born of a special innocence unique to these animals that are bred through eons to serve man's needs as both helpmeet and companion.
I know many of you will be missing your pets while you are at annual conference. I'll miss my three cats and my dog Lucy (who really needs to retire and rest), but I will be bringing Ken's service dog Lucky with us. Midwinter was so exhausting for her that she actually rode in the electronic wheelchair with him by the end. Lucky loves the attention so when you see her, be sure to stop by and let me know you are a member of this group. You may feel free to pet my fiance Ken's head too if he looks a bit jealous of the attention. I wish we could have a program with the pets from the Paws for Reading program at annual so the word would get out more.
Let me know if your library has a therapy animal program.