Pooches, vendors share Dog Days spotlight

Pooches, vendors share Dog Days spotlight
Article from Journal and Courier:
Ron Wilkins, rwilkins@jconline.com 7:41 p.m. EDT May 24, 2014

Dogs ran and chased one another Saturday at Shamrock Dog Park, which is a daily occurrence. But inside one of the pens, adoptable dogs waited for their chance to be someone’s pooch.

“Today we are doing a Dog Days of May event,” said Katie Johnson, a dog park board member and head of the events committee. “It’s a vendor event and adopt-a-thon. We’ve got vendors, most of them dog-related, selling accessories.

“I believe we have four shelters out here today that have fosters or adoptable dogs. We have quite a few adoptable dogs looking for a home.”

Shamrock Dog Park, however, wasn’t hosting a free pl…………………continues on Journal and Courier

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War Dog Helps Family Cope
Article from National Geographic:

On each of the past three Memorial Days someone has left a can of dog food and a bottle of beer at Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk’s gravesite in Orange Grove, Texas. A device for sweeping IEDs, a lucky baseball, and military coins also lie near his headstone. A black ceramic dog stands perpetual guard, and a pole installed by Colton’s father, Darrell, flies the American flag.

Kathy Rusk, accompanied by her black Labrador retriever, Eli, comes to her son’s grave at least three times a week. Three benches surround the grave, one for her, one for his father, and one for his two brothers to share. Kathy’s bench bears the inscription “Smile for Me, My Texas Angel,” Colton’s favorite song.

On his 20th birthday, September 23, 2010, Colton was deployed as a Marine dog handler to Afghanistan, where he and his dog walked at the head of patrols, identifying improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Less than three months later, during a particularly violent period in Sangin, he was killed by enemy gunfire while on patrol.

Kathy says that when she sits on the bench, she thinks about Colton and how she took care of him as he grew up. She feels a consta…………………continues on National Geographic
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