Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Dogs missed work, but not nap time

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If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.

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I got home from work Friday and found my two little house dogs pouting.

Apparently they were miffed that I had forgotten it was Take Your Dog To Work Day and felt slighted.

I apologized for missing the holiday, created by Pet Sitters International in 1999, but pointed out to them that they have never asked me to do their jobs, which apparently involve a full schedule of napping.

After a few ear scratches, tails returned to wagging and we were all pals.

YOUR MAIL: Summer postcards are filling up my desk. Remember, we’re trying to get one from every state before Labor Day ... and several are still missing – Indiana, New Hampshire and Hawaii, to name a few.

Your latest reports:

Gleason Lester is “having a great time here at Fripp Island, S.C., with my parents Anne and Jimmy Lester. Lots of deer and swimming, fishing and crabbing.”

World traveler Greg Brooks, of Evans, sends a wealth of postcards from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. In eight very colorful cards, he shares images of sled dogs and glaciers and aircraft factories and float planes, on one of which, he writes, he’s “flying over Misty Fiords National Monument. Very scenic and the water landing was fun.”

Nancy and Len Sjostrom’s “big adventure” continues. They sent a rare postcard from Idaho, where they “stayed in a 1950s motel that was quaint, clean and cozy.” Another card from Oregon reports the weather “perfect.”

The Hogans from McCormick, S.C., sent a very funny card from Wisconsin showing an attractive young woman wearing a cheese bikini. “Visiting the old home state for a 60th high school reunion,” they write. “We’ve seen a few Cheese Heads but haven’t met up with this gal!”

Miriam and Schuyler Atkins, of Evans, say “Hi” from Martha’s Vineyard with a funny card about a deer crossing.

Russell and Barbara Williams, of Evans, send a card from the Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Arkansas, which they found “a great place to visit. We are on our way to Dallas to visit the George W. Bush Library.”

The Caudle and Johnson families, of Dearing, are “having a wonderful time, enjoying God’s handiwork” in the Great Smoky Mountains. They saw “two very large black bears,” which apparently inspired their postcard.

TODAY’S JOKE: Charlie Williams shares this.

It seems doctors at a hospital in Brooklyn have gone on strike. Hospital officials say they will find out what the doctors’ demands are as soon as they can get a pharmacist over there to read the picket signs.

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