Down, Set, Bark! by Ryan Dickerson

by Linda Coors on October 6, 2011

If I had to pick the two things that I love most, it would be dogs and football. Fittingly, I got a large breed of dog after my Yellow Lab died of cancer when she was 9. What breed is bigger and more lively than a German Rottie? Well, after sitting down to my favorite college football team one Saturday, Shelby started to get rambunctious. “Can’t you wait until after the first half?” I asked her. She just started to get more hyper when she realized that I was talking to her. “Alright. Let’s go.” Instead of her tough, rubber ball, this time I grabbed an old football. She and I both loved chasing each other and waiting for the other to drop the ball. Through her persistence, I got up and got motivated to try out my kicking leg, see how far I could throw the ball, and try to outrun my Rottweiler. If you have a rottie, you know that I failed in the latter, but I still had a great time playing. Shelby made me come alive outside by making me get up from something that I liked to do, to do something that I will never forget.

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Joan Skelley-Watts October 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

Loved the story and the persistance of the dog!

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John Hill October 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yes! Persistance does pay off! Sort of how God is, if you let Him. Nice job, Ryan!

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Karen October 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

Aren’t you glad you responded to her by going out and playing? Of course, if she’s like our dog, you CAN’T say no! Thank God for great dogs. We enjoyed your story!

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Joette McDonald October 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

What a perfect picture of a perfect day with your pet. Loved it.

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Barb October 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ryan, you did a great job creating a picture in my head as I read your story. I’m glad you didn’t pass up those special moments with your dog.

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Donna Hopkins October 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

Ryan, great job! Amazing how sometimes our pets know what is best for us!

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Jessie October 17, 2011 at 9:41 am

Ryan, Great essay! Lucky dog and lucky you!

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Ann Frake October 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

Dogs are the best exercise partners. Hooray for both of you!

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Lois October 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Ryan, You made the right decision to go out to run with your dog! You can always read
the results of the game in the next days paper!

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Debby Zanglin October 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Ryan,
My dog Henry Higgins read it and said, “is there any decision to be made?” Who is man’s best friends!

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Jeanne Pauly October 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

As lover of large breed dogs,too,I was smiling as I read your essay. I could feel your passion for Shelby as I read your words.Good essay!

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Kelly Mitchell October 18, 2011 at 12:42 am

Playing Football with your dog, ummh …. the best of both worlds, yeah!

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ryan October 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

go ryan!

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Karen Seil October 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Ryan,

Thanks for the opportunity to read your most interesting essay. Good Luck!

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Ben October 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Good story Ryan!

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Nestor October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Great job Ryan!

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John Heideman October 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Good job, Ryan. I, too like dogs having had a golden retriever who died at age 13. I am not sure about rotties, but labs are great. See, the dogs can teach us a lesson or two. Nice story and all the best.

John Heideman

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Laurie Paquin October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

A race well run, Ryan. It’s a great story. And yes, Rotties are great dogs.
You certainly put us through our paces at this end. Thanks.
Laurie

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Betty October 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Ryan, big dogs need exercise. I know because I have a Weimaraner. lt was a good idea to get outside to play with her. You needed the exercise, too. Good story!

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