Man’s Best Motivator Essay Contest

Josie – Simply Why I COME ALIVE OUTSIDE by Nanette Seven

October 14, 2011

Are you lucky enough to come home at the end of a horrific day to be greeted by your canines’ unconditional love and affection? To have a nuzzle lift your arm and thrust their head under your hand forcing you for a stroke or pat? Have you ever cried and had your hound lay its […]

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Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stops BALBOA by Mark Teeple

October 13, 2011

From day one, Balboa (a brindle boxer that showed up as a stray at my office) has been a motivator. At that time, I had no intention of adopting a dog. I didn’t have time for a dog and after some recent murderous affairs between random dogs and my roosters; I didn’t even like dogs. […]

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A Day With Dallas by Hanna Wellman

October 13, 2011

Beep, beep, beep goes the alarm. Thump, umph, lick goes the dog. Grunt. “OK Dallas,” I say to my Shetland Sheepdog. “We can go outside as soon as you eat.” Dallas hurried through her breakfast. As soon as she was done eating I slipped on her harness, and we ran outside. “Oh! Hang on Dallas!” […]

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My Mother’s Passion by Laurie Paquin

October 12, 2011

My mother’s house is always full of dogs. She has three dogs and adds to that a constant string of rescued dogs and boarders. Her house literally erupts at the approach of a car, or a knock at the door. She is now 71 years old and her passion is dogs. A passion that started […]

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Just Give Me the Toy Already! by Madeline Kirk

October 6, 2011

Dixie Kirk is a Golden Retriever with some kind of mix, but we could never figure that out. She absolutely loves playing with her Kong toy outside, so when it’s sunny and a perfect 75 degrees, what else is there to do, especially when your dog is growling at the door to play? I took […]

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Down, Set, Bark! by Ryan Dickerson

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 […]

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Scooby vs. The Squirrels by Maureen Dodd

October 5, 2011

Our Great Dane, Scooby Doo, is a born hunter. His ancestors were originally bred to hunt wild boar. Over the centuries, however, this generation of Great Danes has become docile. Couch potatoes, essentially. Yet deep down in Scooby’s collective unconscious remains the immense instinctual desire to hunt. While Scooby spends most of his day napping […]

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From One Dog to Another by Paul Leao

October 5, 2011

Hey Sam, How’s it going? Peed on anything cool lately? I found something in the backyard I really liked and was about to roll in it when my master stopped me. I was so looking forward to wearing that smell for few days. I got to see some new country this summer. They got some […]

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Rosie’s New Duck by Madilynn Ware

October 5, 2011

“Rosie! Rosie, we’re home,” Nathan called as he opened up the back door to our cozy lil’ house. Mom, Nathan and I had just come home from the store, and had bought our dog a new toy. Immediately, our three-year-old Keeshond-Shepherd mix came running towards the door from where she was laying in the hallway, […]

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Tank the Atomic Wondifier by Callia Steiner

October 5, 2011

I have a 9-year-old dog named Tank who is a Golden Retriever-Flat Coat Retriever- Newfoundland- Black Lab mix. The main way he makes me come alive is when I come outside to see him (he is an outside dog) he is always furiously wagging his tail, and no matter how sleepy I am that always […]

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