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Sam the Wonder Dog


Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

One of the movies that I have in my collection is about a boy and his dog titled, LASSIE COME HOME. After I watched it, I started to think; I have a dog, he is smart and why couldnít he get into show business? After all, I do know a little about the movie business, I had been head Usher at the Paramount Theater for three years. There shouldnít be anything to it.

So for some time now, I have been training and grooming Sam for a possible TV series titled SAM THE WONDER DOG. I started by teaching him some simple tricks such as to sit up, shake hands, lay down and rollover. For some reason Sam prefers to shake with his hind foot and as far as rolling over is concerned, Sam will only rollover when he has an incentive such as something dead. Then I thought that I would teach him the game of Go Fetch. I would throw a stick and Sam wouldnít go after it. I changed from a stick to a rubber ball and Sam wouldnít go after it, he just sat there looking at me as thought he thought that I didnít know what I was doing. Then I had an inspiration, I tossed a ring of bologna and Sam caught it in mid air and gulped it down then he went out on the deck and got sick.

My wife came home just as Sam was reliving himself of the bologna and wanted to know just what had been going on. I told her that Sam and I were going into show business and I had been teaching him some tricks. She told me that if I taught Sam any more tricks like the one she had just seen, I would be sleeping out in the garage with Sam. While I was cleaning the deck she informed me that if I kept fooling around with Sam, the two of us were likely to be committed to some institution for helpless and hopeless.

I thought that if might be prudent to suspend Samís training schedule for the time being and concentrate on his personal appearance. Since I was not allowed to give him a bath in the house and we had been kicked out of the car wash I took him down to the stream and let him bath himself and then I brushed and combed him. Then I called the Vet to make an appointment for Sam to have his teeth cleaned. When I told the woman at the desk that I was bringing Sam the Wonder Dog in, she asked me to hold while she summoned the Vet. The Vet told me that he had seen all of Sam that he cared to and that he hadnít fully recovered from Samís last visit. He further stated that in his opinion, Sam was not a Wonder Dog and he wondered if Sam was a dog at all and not some .....
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Commute 004

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

Itís been twenty-four years since I took ninth grade biology, so it came as a real surprise when my teacher called me a couple of weeks ago. My name has changed since then, so he wasnít sure whom he was calling, but ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

Another N.F.L. season is upon us and I am ready to make my predictions.

Looking ahead 16 regular season games and several playoff matchups from now, I pick the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins to go al ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandingís Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Seed Saving Starts Now there.

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, September 10, 2001

If it makes a seed, you can save it. Whether it comes true, or the next generation of plants is identical to the parent depends on whether the plant is open pollinated or a hybrid.

Open pollin ..... 
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The Day of the Cricket

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, August 27, 2001

It is an ill wind that blows no one any good. This summerís heat and lack of rain will result in a crop disaster for some farmers. To those of us who donít like to mow lawns, the same weather gives us a vacation from th ..... 
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A Journey West

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 3, 2001

June 1975

The northwest wind, gusting to 30 miles an hour, brought tears to my eyes as I concentrated on the road ahead. Huge cumulus clouds drifted across the blue skyline, playing tag with the sun. We drove ..... 
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