Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Our canine friends are smarter than we think

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Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.

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– Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Those of us with pets know that our animal companions are smart.

Certain words such as “walk” or “ride” or “bath” will quickly prompt a positive (or negative) reaction. I believe it was Beverly Blevins who told me her dog not only knows words but also can spell.

We were sharing a lunch program at Grace United Methodist last week, and she said she had begun spelling out the word “walk” because her dog got too excited when he heard her say it.

But soon, the clever pup figured out that “double-you, aay, el, kay” meant the same thing, and he reacted accordingly.

SOLDIER PHOTOS: Noreen Newsome says she found a camera disk in the Kroger parking lot on Columbia Road on Nov. 16 with about 700 soldier photos on it. The names she could see on the uniforms were Ballard, Tillman and Broughton. She would love to get this disk back into the owner’s hands. So if you call me, I’ll call her.

YOUR MAIL: Lorinda and Joe Fournier have sent the biggest postcard I’ve received in years. It shows the gates of Elvis Presley’s Graceland and explains: “Here is a King-sized post card from the home of the King of rock and roll ... ”

But Memphis wasn’t the only spot Joe and Lorinda visited. They sent a card from Branson, Mo., and said they drove through Augusta, Ark., (population, 2,000) to get there.

They sent a postcard from Oklahoma that offered a recipe for “deep-fried” rattlesnake. And they sent another card from Tulsa that reported a variety of amusing Sooner State laws, including that you can be arrested for making funny faces at a dog and another that says it’s illegal to wear boots to bed.

Elsewhere, Rhea Markowitz sent a postcard from Hong Kong showing the world’s tallest bronze Buddha.

Closer to home, Lloyd and Lynn Creech report a great weekend in the north Georgia mountains, their postcard reports.

A BAD LIST: Remember last month when Augusta made a Web site list of “Most Broke” cities in America? The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., (which was ranked No. 1 on that list) reports that the publisher of the Daily Beast Web site that compiled the list has been fired, and the executive editor and managing editor quit.

TODAY’S JOKE: It was just before Thanksgiving, and a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family.

She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

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