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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta March 1971 THE LETHMIDGE HEXAlB S Fraser Hodgson The tale of a good dog who adopted us Focus on the University By FISHBOURNE TIE was of the fox terrier but his color and markings showed some inte gration in his He was a little bigger and stronger than the true and I think that made him tougher and more aggressive if pos Here were a few brown patches around his a black lopsided saddle across his and a black band halfway down his fulllength I guess his owner at birth didnt believe in tail His home before he came to us must have been pretty because it was six months before he really trust ed our Maybe he had us on six months proba tion before he finalized our adoption I know it is usual for peo ple to decide about an adop but in Buddys case it was he adopted A man operating a dragline around our town of rented a bedroom from us be cause he didnt care for hotel and he arrived with the dog in charge of the passenger seat of his old truckHe was just the dog and didnt have a and he stayed with the refusing to come in the We gave our roomer scraps ti feed and about ten days later he would slow ly approach the kitchen door and accept food from or our teenage son Jim and daughter This went on for nearly a and then the dragline man quit and took a job cooking on a dude ranch near Pincher I remem ber thinking it was quite a change in but any way he couldnt take the dog He said if he couldnt locate a new owner he would have him The kids had that solved and that day in 1951 Buddy got a n a m e and stayed with us until he died in It was a month before he ventured into the kitchen he stayed with our car all the time he I suppose win ter coming along had some thing to do with his foal ac ceptance of because then he agreed to sleep on a mat under the kitchen He al most left when we moved his mat to a as we ac quired a couple of school teacher and they didnt care for a dog under the eating table at or any oUier Mom gave him notice right away to stay out of the front and I know he never crossed that line if she was in the Jim could coax him in if she wasnt but he sure scratched out in a hurry if she happened to come Jims bedroom was off the and one winter night he came home and put Bud on the foot of his bed to warm his cold That started a regular and most nights we could hear his claws liptoe across the floor after Jim went to bedSo though he adopted the whole ha was really Jims and fol lowed him as much as pos Next to us he looked after our and would fight to the death to guard it from other dogs and Im sure mis treatment made him leave his former because he would have absolutely nothing to do with kids under 12 or and it was a year before Mom could sweep the floor without him trying frantically to get A straw broom must have been his main correc tional and he walked a wide circle around it standing in the corner by the Even sharp words him cowering onto his but with kindness and a little at tention he finally returned to acting like a regular It only took a few days to teach him to sit and speak for odd bits after we finished and lie soon and would beg the red can of storeb ought dog food at ik Like most dogs that got plenty to he would turn up his nose at plain bread or and would only eat meat or gravysoaked un less it was accidcntly dropped on the If he thought another dog or cat or anone might grab he would snap it up and swallow it just the same as any other Years later when we had a B month old grandson slay with us a tlip dog would sit by his lughchair and gulp crumb of anything ha hut put it in dish ami it was nosed out on the He didnt like the kid and would leave it he was crawmg on the but would guard buggy on th street and vouM not let ovni look umcr the I fuiporo lols of dogs arc lite and may people too they may not want something but dont want anyone else to have it Everyone in town and all our country customers knew because he hung around the garage and guard ed our car or truck or and escorted them wherever they If we went out in the country he would go back and wait at the shop until the vehicle or be delight ed to go along if picked He put out a h i g hpitch yip when on escort and until peo ple got used to him they would look around to see who was murdering a He ran along in front and covered the whole no other dog was ever allowed and of course when one did challenge him there was an immediate snarl ing This often started right in front of the and every few days a pair of yap ping dogs went underneath and bumped around between the coming out some where with fight Bud never stopped to continue this he kept on yip ping down the street to make sure the car got safely to its parking place in fiont of the Im not sure whether he felt it his duty to finish his es cort or if he figured it was a good excuse to get away from a fight he might lose any He never chased any car but or one some of us were so whenever people heard a yipping dog running along with a they knew who was going When he got the car parked he ran around to all the wheels checking to make sure his signature was prominent on the then lay down un derneath to rest and He would tackle any dog no mat ter how that happened along trying to cancel his mark on his and hed make such a racket that the big dog would soon move A retired customerfarmer friend of Bill lived a block down the and he came past several times a day for a walk Buddy would see him coming and start growling and walk ing around the car and when Bill got close hed start shuffling his feet and act like he was going to touch the Bud would just about have a fit growling and yipping and running frantically and Bill would laugh and keep up the aggravation for a few then walk on down the Then Buddy would fall in alongside jumping up to be and be the best of friends until the return and theyd go through the com motion all over againThis feud went on for even in the cold weather when Bud watched his beloved car from inside the When Bill came along there was such a clamor he had to be let out or hed scratch the door Buddy loved to ride with any of us on a service trip to the so he could get out and hunt mice and We learned quickly never to let him out in a or all loose livestock were driven and all cats treed or chased to the top of the kitch en screen He would play himself out root ing under a combine or baler swatch after and care fully bury each carcass for fu ture or maybe because he was sorry they had to If he scared up a jackrabbit hed go wild yipping off across the fields after and come back played out with a sillv apologetic as if he was sorry he didnt catch our din I guess like most dogs he had another aggravating habit on some of these country trips loved to change his iden tity by means of a long dead I remember once let ting Mm out near a corral full of feeder and he went in there and rolled and wal lowed in every fresh pile he could He rode home in the back of the and got hosed d o w n in the washrack at the He never got a bath any other but he tried to change his identity so often that he was cleaned up pretty or s h u t out side until he cooled off a As I its just a dogs in herited nature to smell awful every chance he Buddy got teased a lot by ev eryone at the or by us while riding in the car or He would take it for a then hed grab a coat sleeve or pantleg and tug and growl as if he was going to chew it Some customers he would tolerate and play and others hed have nothing to do We often made him frothing mad by changing courses with the car on our way to work when he was clearing the way a half block and he would come charging back yipping his doggy cusswords at us all the rest of the He got chewed up several times in dog and only one bad smashup by a He followed the jeep on a senice tup and got caught in a snowbank rut by a following found him on the way and got bitten when he gathered him so he wrapped him in his coat and put him in the He crawled under the office desk and wouldnt come I had a no tion to finish him off right but decided to wait until When I came to work he staggered out on three so I took him home where ha lay in his corner for three days without eating or drinking a We debated about letting him live or putting him out of his obvious but then he started eating a little and gradually In three weeks he tried to follow us to woik on three but it took another two weeks before he made His tail hung limp he dragged it along but in a couple more weeks it was back up in a jaunty curl over his Now he could tend to his escort and ki yiyi yipyipping along and scare everybody and ev erything off our course around He would again react to our and when we blew at his nose hed pretend to get real until his snapping teeth got so close wed quit But as usual he wouldnt play with a and only culti vated a few personal friends That fall of 56 we decided to sell our business and maybe go away for the The question came up right what could we do with Bud The kids were both mar ried and moved and we didnt know anyone that inde pendent Buddy would accept as Just before noon a few days a kid came into the shop and said my dog was sleeping under their car and wouldnt come Steve and I went that way going home for and there was Bud curled up under the car in a sleeping When Steve dragged him oat he was and had ben dead for some Later my wife remembeied he lud cleared the way for her down that and when he wasnt around later she didnt think anything of he could be on a catchasing It was a very hot fall day Bud must have finally overdone it and had a heart Now we didnt need to worry about what became of His burial shroud was a gun ny and dug his grave in our and the fmeral was all over before His grave is but we know right where it and unless someone digs a basement there and takes him a w a y for landfill somewhere 1 guess itll be asked me that muynocn why I looked so and I informed them I had lost a big machine had a flat and my dog He was a pretty good dog and very faithful to his fam so Im sure he got to doggy We often think and speak of and hope he has plenty of cats and dogs to ar gue also a car and fam ily to look out He should aso have and lots of lues to leave his initials a d cancel these of his canine He sure left his mark Maybe we should have treat ed and taken him to a vet when he got smashed but we didnt tlunk hed make it But he so I guess he didnt want to leave us un til he found out we didnt need him then he Do you remember a dog like Bud dv in your life Rarin9 Photo by Bryan Wilson Book Reviews Search for truth and morality To To Destroy DV James Rcston Nor ton and 223 distributed by George McLcod npHe story of Jonathan Bart Lieutenant Army Intelligence is dis moving drama at its In very eas ily read English Keston takes the reader on a journey of search for truth and moral in these troubled years of Uie Vietnam Jon is a very likable young man who is not leally sure of He docs not like yet he enters service volun and rather than become part of the machine of imper sonal enters Here he so personal ly involved that the failure of Operation Jonah sets his mind on a train of thought that leads to disaster for Maria is a young woman who in early like breaks away from traditional religion jncl and who eventually becomes active with a group of militant pacif ists in Her influence in Jon has much to do with bn and his rvcnttal course of action OUier characters in the story come across as real people in volved one way or another with the policv of tho U S gov ernment as it affects people both in tho United States and in Asia Tins was to me a dis turbing 1 saw a very lal ented young man destroying his chances for Yet the personal ethics that were so uppermost in his mind were I found myself at times angry at his or moved deeply by his at tempts at personal honesty and conviction Several tunes I had to Isave the book for a Three of kind Cats Breeds by Christine Grosset and 158 distributed by George Porcelain hy Eileen Ald Grossct anil 150 distributed by George Fossil Man hy Michael Grosset and Dun 158 distri buted by George books are three of an interesting series form mfi an authorative library o n the subjects a li brary unlike many composed of dry oncj is easily read and absorbed by all ages The illustrations are lively and in full the text comprehensive without being We havent a fuii list of the subjects contained m the but if they are as interesting as the tliree above this would form an ideal book shelf for MARGARET because I had become so emotionally involved with the It is it is and it is the dilemma of This book does not give the answers to the problem of mili tary invoh cment in the world It does and in the terms of show the depth and complexity of the Chuang who the Intelligence uses is a real He is and has a major goal to Many years ago he escaped Com munist China by betraying his father who was Ohuang mast go back and get The Army uses thai need in Chuang to make him an agent reporting on Communist Chinas actions re garding Vietnam The young man is completely in the dark the I r u e nature of his When he Jon Bartlctt feels Yet the other side of the story is also concerning the spread of communism and t h e results of this to individ uals Ihr answer To Tn rhifs in mn own search for the Mr Hestons novel is ex cellent reading f can reoom menrl i Io ainone who likes a good and ho is decn plv cnnerrnecl involve ment in tho affairs of another and whit rolo or stand should take regarding paci fism DAVID Teachers credibility THERE is talk in the at 1 of a teachers and a general fooling that it would bo a bad I but not for reasons referred to in ihu There s a special reason for deploring a strike by one so far net mentioned in any siones or editorials happened to The customary stance for commenta when teachers strikes are is to point to the sad lot of the individuals with specially bitter tears for the children deprived of their right to go to That may sound fine its alwajs proper to weep over children but its simple Children that happily enduie Christmas and Easter that survive unscathed the twomonths summer arent likely to suffer much over a few days or weeks unsched uled holiday at another time of the And to suggest that deferring their educa for a few weeks will do Item senous harm or any at considering what out system does to them is too silly even to be Its like that youngsters kept home with the flu are in danger of being damaged for life by losing a week or so of Parents are in a different They have to do the babysitting they expert of the school of course theyll be unhappy about Theyll cry for the chUdrens of but forgive me a tittle skepticism about The teachers themselves arent likely to suffer At worst theyll lose a few if the final settlement isnt enough to offset in time their lost But it can hardly be said that they had no choice as to whether or not to Some trustees may have a few awkward moments with parents irrate over having been deprived of their vested right to park their children during the but that wont kill And here they vol unteered for their jobs as well knowing that there are these squabbles every Nor does the taxpayer as a taxpayer stand to lose a great deal by a The settlement will cost but certain ly no more than acceding to the original He might even save a dollar or two if the strike lasts long But there is a very senous loss just the and for all of The cause of education itself and that affecU trustees and the public Im not talking about damage to seme ethereal some intangible as a poet grieving over the fading of a Im thinking of diminishing influence of the teaching pro fession in proposing and making tho changes and improvements so drastically needed if our educational system is to be what it should Surely improvements are and just as surely it is the proper role of the profession to furnish the needed leadership in bringing about these But to do it must have UK trust and support of the and Im very much afraid that that trust and support is Whether what we see and hear from the media is true or distorted I dont really but the message Uie public gets is Uiat teachers are forever negoUating new always for higher salaries and better working What would any reasonable person expect the public to think So suppose that some year teachers ask that each Grade I class be limited to 15 A sound indeed an overdue as anyone who has looked seriously at the matter on purely educational But how would the public view such a request Im sure it would regard it as just another atteirpt to get a better deal for the The publics has heard so little about the real concerns of the and so much about their salary that it finds it very hard to credit teachers with a genuine aid overriding concern for the educational wellbeing of their in our curious form of it is not whats true that mat but what the majority of the people happen to There are a few of us who realize that teachers generally are far more concerned about their profession and the children they love and teach than they are about salaries and fringe But its their credibility with the public that and I cant see how a strike will improve that The Voice Of One By FRANK MORLEY Lent and the Church Church should celebrate Lent truly this year in sackcloth and or in some modern symbolism that will rep resent its shame and penitence over its failure to condemn and gi apple with the evils of its The indifference of the church to civic corruption has been one of the greatest scandals of the The church should declare a Lenten period of its clergy should fast publicly and sermons should be preached and articles to condemn the foul pollution of Canadian public Politi cians are ruthless and Through all society runs the rottenness of ethical a contempt for human and an indifference to human wel The church should declare a period of mourning for this poor so corrupted with and Its and social and public life are rotten with There is a dreaful moral stench in the What has happened to the Christian Church Where is its fire and righteous indignation Is it not custodian to Uie tradi tions of the heir to Amos and Micali in their demand for heir to Isaiah in his demand for com heir to Jeremiah in his demand for Uie pure worship of God These were men who rebuked who spoke for the Where are such men now The church keeps silence while an un speakable vulgarity rots Uie public life and sewage seeps into One would expect a roar of indignation that wxrald rock Parliament but there isnt the squeak of a The church keeps silence while the in calculable sufferings of unemployment ravage the Unemployment is a nra jor problem of the If unemployment be not Western society is Unemployment destroys a nations It was a major factor in creating Adolf Hitler and his bringing on the last world It will bring on Do we not see that another world war is as sure as the morning sun if we continue to go he way we are By we I mean the whole Western The church keeps silence while the ma chinery of dcmocrac is held up to ridi Worse than the has been the contempt for An article in a wvstcm newspaper points out how attrac tive Uie salaries of Members of Parlia ment have become and tow the pensions arc getting so good that early retirement is not only possible but So Par liament has become a highly paid with hi tie effect on the life of de rided hy her own The burden of becomes greater and its waste and extravagance pointed out by auditors with littla Canadians are much exercised about takeover by Much more fear ful is the takeover by the Only Uie Pope has been brave enough to speak out against contraception and abor knowing that they are part of the contemporary contempt for human One reads of kills in Vietnam What frightful word for taking human life A ghastly military octopus reaches from the Pentagon through Canada as well as the and threatens all humane President Nixon and Prime Minister Tru deau go into conversations and who knows what they will say One thing surely is the Canadian public will not learn the The destiny of Canada will be de cided in grim Karel the Czech 50 years ago introduced the word robot into the English So Canadians in this robotism walk like doomed sleep walkers to their own The di seases of leisure have taken hold of so ciety as Canada rots from within while enemies attack from A sad fatalism is written on the faces of men in the street as they watch the meaningless ness and manipulation of Why does the church keep silence It has too much itch for How can we get the young people it keeps What nonsense As if the church existed to get Pierre Bertons approval and the applause of public whether Uiey be young or rich or The church exists to proclaim the Word of the Tliis will not Jesus said re peatedly to his followers that all men would hate To be popular is to be The church must speak with a voiee other than a human expressing truths greater than human making demands other than human say Thus saith the The church must do this indifferent to praise or A large section of the Christian with a few notable lives in a closed socially irrele vant and Let it get out of isolation Gone astray By Dong Walker was away one weekend re cenUy so I went to church Sev eral persons remarked about my unsual location tliat Sunday I found a place about half way to the front instead of in Hie second or third row from the It just goes to show that I am like many other Without my wife at my ride I am apt to go ;