Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Understanding Sassie, Ch. 28, Valerie, Ruth, Mary
assie was glad to see Valerie back home. She doesn’t have that bad smell anymore, Sassie thought, as she lay
at Valerie’s feet.
will be coming to sit with you while I get Mary from the airport,” Ruth
explained to her mother.
smiled and said, “It has been a long time since Mary has visited. It will be
good to see her.”
doorbell rang, and Sassie raced to the door. I think I smell Millie. Maybe she brought Goldie! Sassie thought.
When Ruth opened the door, Sassie began to look for Goldie.
Sassie, I left Goldie at home today.” Millie explained. To Ruth she said, “I
was afraid that the dogs might play too rough if I brought Goldie.”
ushered Millie to the living room with a disappointed Sassie following them.
“You’re looking good, Valerie,” Millie said. “I bet it feels good to be
home. I brought you the latest book written by your favorite
author. I understand it is the best mystery he has written.”
handed the book to Valerie and turned to Ruth, saying, “You’ll want to get
started to the airport. It’s always wise to get there before the flight is
scheduled to land. I’ll visit with Valerie and Sassie.”
had already opened the book and had started to read. Millie laughed and added,
“Good thing I brought my own book. It looks like it will be a quiet visit.”
wasted no time getting to the car and heading toward the airport. The airplane
was on time. Ruth waved when she spotted Mary. “Welcome home!” Ruth said as she
hugged her sister. After collecting Mary’s baggage, they loaded the car and
headed to the farm.
please tell me again about Mom,” Mary requested as they traveled the familiar
road home. Ruth told her all about the problems and threat to their mom. Mary
thought about the information and could only say, “Who would want to hurt our
replied, “I don’t know. It is good to have you home. Maybe you can help me find
the answer to that question.”
Animal Control headquarters, Mike was looking at the latest schedule. He had
made a copy for Donald and wanted to explain how this schedule would affect his
salary. “I’ll have you continue driving as needed. I will guarantee at least
ten hours of pay per week, but any extra work will need to be on an as-needed
replied, “I understand. I may do some volunteer work to keep me busy. I
recently sold some New York City property, so I’m not in need of a full-time
job at this time.”
about the Riverview Animal Shelter and their need for volunteers, Mike asked,
“What kind of volunteer work are you looking to do?”
replied, “I’m not sure. I do like working with dogs. Do you have any ideas?”
do,” Mike replied. “I know they need volunteers at the Riverview Animal
thought for a minute and said, “That sounds like a good idea. Maybe I will look
With her permission, I am serializing a chapter a week, on this blog, near-final material from this instructive novel by dog trainer Helen A. Bemis, published by Outskirts Press and available through amazon.com: UNDERSTANDING SASSIE