Whenever I mention dogs, I hear from dog lovers.
“I agree with all of your examples about loving dogs,” writes Hiram Bobo, of Gibson, Ga., ”but you missed a few.” His list includes:
• You stand in the rain with an umbrella over the dog to keep her dry while going potty.
• Your dog has a glamor shot and you give them out as Christmas presents.
• Your church directory family picture includes the dog.
• If the dog has been home all day, you take her for a car ride before bedtime.
• She gives her “grandparents” Christmas and birthday presents.
• Her “grandparents” give her birthday and Christmas presents.
• You make provisions for the dog in your will.
• Her birthday is in the community calendar.
• You let her lie on clean towels hot from the dryer.
“All of these are true,” Hiram writes. “Our baby died on July 6th this year at 151/2 years old and I’m glad that we went overboard with her!”
BASEBALL SPEAKER: Baseball fan and historian Lamar Garrard wanted to let everyone know that former New York Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson will be visiting the Wesley Center of Grace United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
He’ll have an inspirational message and will be signing his new book, Impact Player.
Those who remember Bobby from his playing days will agree, I think, that the San Francisco Giants would have had one more World Series championship to celebrate if it had not been for Bobby’s play for the Yankees back in the 1962.
SPEAKING OF CLASSICS: Lamar also asked if I could find out whether Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller had ever pitched in Augusta. He said Feller had once told him he had, and Lamar wondered about it.
Well, the late Mr. Feller had a good memory. According to our old files, he pitched an exhibition game at Jennings Stadium in April 1940, defeating another Hall-of-Famer, Carl Hubbell, 1-0.
It was a good game, but two weeks later, Feller was even better. That’s when he threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in major league history, defeating the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park.
TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Jim Hope, in Sylvania, Ga.:
A woman was taking her time browsing at a friend’s yard sale when she said, “My husband is going to be very angry I stopped at a yard sale.”
“I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found,” her friend said.
“Normally, yes,” she said. “But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set.”