Dogs Have Always Been A Big Part Of My Life

| 7/21/2014 9:19:00 AM

Ginnie BakerI was looking through a past issue of GRIT and found the article “Best Dogs for Rural Living,” and it occurred to me that dogs have always been part of my life, even when I was living the urban life.

My first dog, Prince, was a St. Bernard and Collie mix. He was a big baby!


He entered my life through my girlfriend. Her old dog had one puppy, born under a rose bush. He was about 3 months old when I began begging my parents to let me have him as my pet.

It took a lot of coaxing but they relented and said I could bring him home just for the afternoon on a Saturday.

Well, Mary Alice and I, two 8 year olds, got a piece of clothesline for a leash and “hooked” him up to show my parents. He was all paws, never had been on a leash or had anything around his neck so he wasn’t all that cooperative. We took turns pulling, carrying and pushing him along. Just when we thought we were making progress, he decided he wasn’t going to walk anymore and sat down right in front of a neighbor who was mowing his lawn. Prince didn’t want to budge!