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Dot.Com the dachshund gets license No. 687

Dear Shirley, The last of the grandchildren left this week. Annie went home to Bismarck. I had company all through the merry month of June. And this week, I find myself alone with the dog they brought early in June from Colorado. I looked at the ...

Dear Shirley,

The last of the grandchildren left this week. Annie went home to Bismarck. I had company all through the merry month of June. And this week, I find myself alone with the dog they brought early in June from Colorado. I looked at the dachshund and told her if she was going to stay in Grand Forks with me, she would need a license. And although I didn't tell her, I was thinking she also needed to be spayed and have the necessary shots.

So, I took her over to Peterson's Veterinarian Clinic in East Grand Forks. The receptionist asked the name. I said, "Dot.Com." A man standing beside me had a cat. She asked its name. He said, "Eight."

One thing about dogs, Shirley, is they don't hold a grudge. Dot.Com seems to have forgiven me for having her neutered. And when I got her license in City Hall this week, I found she is Dog 687. Now, you and I know there are more than 687 dogs in Grand Forks, but that is how many have been licensed.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a couple of cities to raise a dog, I think. So, I have foster parents, Mike and Bonnie Pokrzywinski, in East Grand Forks. I also have Christy Alleshire and Mugs Mahowald here in my neighborhood, who say they will help. And Gerri Solberg says I can call on her.

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With help, I am getting things figured out about this dog. The only problem now is how to get her to be more friendly when people come to the door. Some people say it's just a dog thing. Dogs think it's their duty to protect the premises. Louise Diers tells me she bought a bag of different dog food, and when people come to her house she has them give the pooch a piece of that. The dog thinks it's a treat and that kind of a treat won't make the dog fat. She looked that up on the Internet.

Are you hearing the firecrackers yet in the desert? I was asking Arlette Moen, director of the Circle of Friends Humane Society, about dogs and the Fourth of July. She says many dogs are petrified when they hear the loud noises. She advises leaving a dog home if it gets frightened. And often, the backyard fence isn't enough to hold a frightened dog. They may need the security of their kennels.

On the other hand, she says some dogs actually enjoy the big noise of the Fourth of July. I guess it takes all kinds of dogs to make a world.

Love from your sister, Marilyn, celebrating the Fourth of July on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S.: Annie was in the middle school show of SPA, or Summer Performing Arts, before she went home to Bismarck. And on her final day of SPA, there was a preview of the high school shows coming up in July. People are reserving tickets now for "Oklahoma" at Central High School and "Fiddler on the Roof" at Red River High School. The number is (701) 746-2411. And there's a SPA Revue called "The Journey to Me" between the big shows. That will be in Empire Arts Center.

Watching SPA shows is great fun. The exuberance of youth never fails to amaze me. We have some mighty talented teenagers here in Grand Forks, Shirley. I love the tradition that runs through the SPA shows and the enthusiasm that goes into them. July will be richer because of the shows here as well as "Les Miz" at Frost Fire Theater near Walhalla, N.D., and "Hello, Dolly" at Fort Totten Little Theater near Devils Lake. Wish you could come north and take in some of these shows with me.

P.P.S.: There's a sign in front of the Ray Chiropractic Clinic in East Grand Forks that says, "It hurts to be on the cutting edge."

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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