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‘TEN BENEFITS of having a German Shepard’, popped

up on my laptop lately. I couldn’t help but grin and nod

at the same time as I read the list.

Number One was particularly right on: ‘An alarm clock.’

At one time, my wife Rosanne reminded me, I would never

have a dog in our bedroom at night. Scratching and little noises

come to mind.

‘Coffee’, the name came with her, never entered the

the bedroom because the door was all but closed.

We leave it slightly ajar now for whatever reason. There’s

often a rustling in the middle of the night. Followed by

Dead Silence. Then another rustling.

This time it’s Rebelle, our four-year-old German Shepherd who

dislikes sleeping alone. She comes in behind her mother and

pushes her snout against my face. She licks it to see if I’m awake.

Or still breathing.

Writer’s comment: Both dogs, Coffee and Rebelle her daughter are

our two--in-one Home Alarm System. Their loud barks, if needed,

would be as good as their bites.

  • Writer's pictureClarke Wallace

One can only feel for those in western Canada. How

desperate for them with wildfires having already burned

over 13.7 million hectares of land or 33.9 million acres.

Let alone those who have died from it.

It’s consumed communities, towns and villages leaving

nothing behind but rubble.

Imagine how desperate it would be wondering if you

might be next?

According to Climate Change Canada, it’s more than

33.9 million acres having already been torched.

We here in eastern Canada can’t imagine those

who lost their homes, now nothing more than piles of

rubble. We’re told some fires will last over the winter.

Writer’s comment: It‘s nothing short of mindboggling. We wring

our hands worrying about those who lost their homes, their

livelihood. Let alone their lives.

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