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  • Not long ago, our neighbors, who have a lively new Golden Retriever, sent an invitation to my husband and me for lunch. Not unusual except that It was lovely to get an old fashioned, hand-written, snail mail invite. When looking more closely, however, we saw a third name beside Katie and Al. It was Gus, our 100 lb. pile of fur. It was a first for us (and I’m sure for Gus as well). Where we spent the last forty years in the Northeast, pets are loved but never considered appropriate luncheon companions. Here in the South we’ve found a broader appreciation for the beautiful spirits that choose to share their lives with us. Gus is a well behaved Spinone Italiano of “impeccable” credentials but I was a bit worried about his social skills in a luncheon setting. Water bowl on the right, food on the left or vice versa? What would be the right gift, dog biscuits or a chew toy? Should a note be attached? We had a wonderful, relaxing lunch and thoroughly enjoyed watching the two best friends romp and play in the yard showing us that friendship is hardly unique to humans.

    Recently, we traveled to Connecticut and had to kennel Gus during our trip. It’s a great place on lots of open land where Gus gets to exercise his hunter’s nature on big game like squirrels, barn kitties and box turtles. We’e been told he’s more a gentleman’s hunter than a deep in the grasses, down and dirty hunter. He’d rather play with the local deer than hunt them. We never worry about Gus missing us. We were surprised, however, to find that the same neighbors who invited Gus to lunch took the time to bring their Golden to the kennel to visit with him and spend some quality BFF time. How blessed we are to find such generous neighbors who understand what it is to live in harmony with all that is.
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