Jun 112023

While we were in Tuscaloosa a couple of days ago, we stopped at PetSmart to pick up a couple of things, one of them an identification tag for Alli. They have a neat machine there called TagWorks, where you purchase a blank ID tag from several different styles, colors, and sizes to choose from.

Once you pay for it, the checkout clerk gives you a code that you place the tag in the TagWorks machine, enter the code, and you use a keypad to enter what you want it to say on the front and back. A minute or two later that information is laser engraved on the tag and you’re ready to go home and put it on your pet’s collar. In our case, I put Alli’s name on the front and my name, address, and phone number on the back. We plan to get her chipped when we take her in to be spayed in a couple of weeks, but I also want something that someone can just read and give me a call if she wanders off.

I’ve told you before how much she loves chasing a ball, but it turns out she loves chasing a frisbee, too. While we were at the pet store I picked up a cheap plastic frisbee and she loves chasing it. I can’t throw the darn thing well enough to get out a good distance with it, but it still gives her a lot of exercise.

Speaking of the games we play, the other day I was using the Chuckit! ball launcher, and when a ball landed in the pasture and Alli went after it she spooked up a rabbit. I’m not sure if that’s the first one she’s ever seen, but it’s definitely the first one she saw here. Her head snapped in two directions as she tried to decide what to go after, the ball or the rabbit. She decided on the ball, which was just as well, but it was comical to watch her confusion.

She’s also decided that she likes riding with me in the Kawasaki Mule. She was a little reluctant to get in it the first time, but once she did she settled in and loved seeing parts of the property she had not been to yet.

Last night while I was watching TV, I had both BeeBee the kitten and Alli sitting on me in my recliner. When I sent this picture Terry took of all of us to our daughter Tiffany, she wrote back and told me that my new title is the Animal Whisperer. Hey, I’ve been called worse! 😊

Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Tinder Street, the first book in my Tinder Street saga about two intertwined families beginning just before World War I and eventually through the Vietnam War years. It is the story of Twentieth Century America told through the lives of the simple working class people who built the country. Farmers, factory workers, streetcar conductors, midwives, and public servants. Their joys and sorrows, their wins and losses, and how these people who struggled together to build a better life for themselves and their children changed a place named Tinder Street to Tender Street, a reflection of one family’s devotion to their neighbors. These were my people and this series is one I have wanted to write for years.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day Is there a polite way to ask someone if their parents are first cousins?

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “The Animal Whisperer”

  1. Beautiful dog. And kitty too!

  2. So cute with your fur babies!

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