MEMORIES OF A 1970S DOG

first_imgBy Tom PurcellA thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.That made me remember the time my family’s beloved dog, Jingles, ran away.Jingles was part collie, a touch of Irish setter and goodness knows what else —- and I had no idea how lucky my family was to have her.Throughout much of American history, according to LiveScience.com, only the wealthy kept pets as companions.Before the 1960s and ’70s, few people in cities could afford dogs, particularly during the Depression years.But after World War II, as Americans became more affluent and moved to the suburbs, more families had the means to care for dogs.By the early ’70s, the family dog was fairly common —- though it was an era of the rough-and-tumble dog, like Lassie and Old Yeller, not the pampered pets that are commonplace today.Jingles was loved unconditionally, but the only pampering she got was a rub on her belly —- she loved that —- or having her coat combed with a wire brush.Though she never got treats from the gourmet pet aisle at the supermarket, she loved her daily can of Ken-L Ration and the occasional leftover burger.She also enjoyed a freedom that few pets ever get to know.My father was adamant that Jingles never be chained. He only agreed to get her if we taught her stay in the yard as our neighbor, Mr. Bennett, taught his dog to do.We followed Mr. Bennett’s techniques and Jingles learned the boundaries of our yard well enough. But she suffered from wanderlust and felt the need, now and then, to set off for the hills.If she wasn’t home by dusk, my father, grumbling, would get into our Plymouth station wagon and drive around the neighborhood calling her name. He’d usually find her within 30 minutes —- usually outside the convenience store soliciting treats from customers.“You get home right now, girl!” he’d say, pointing his finger. She’d sprint home ahead of him and greet him as he pulled in the driveway, her body shaking, her tail wagging.But one night, after she ran off, my father couldn’t find her. He called the police and animal rescue, but there had been no reports.My five sisters and I sobbed most of the night, worrying about Jingles’ fate.I rode my bike several miles the next day searching for her. That night my father and I drove around for several hours more, but we couldn’t find her.By the third day of her absence, a tremendous funk settled over our home —- was she gone forever?As I lay in bed sobbing that night, I heard the faucet dripping in the kitchen, a couple squabbling a few blocks away, Johnny Carson’s monologue playing on someone’s television over the next hill.Then I heard her barking.I jumped out of bed and raced downstairs and out the front door. I met her in front of the Kerns’ house. I was crying as I held her in my arms, the two of us rolling around under the street lamp.She was covered with mud and burrs. She smelled like a skunk. I didn’t care.Soon, the rest of my family was awake and outside hugging her, overcome with incredible relief.That happened in the summer of 1974, when dogs were free to roam and sometimes break our hearts, but always fill us with joy and happiness.In any event, Jingles’ life reflects the stark differences between dog ownership in the middle-class ’70s and the incredibly pampered purebred dogs of today that often are owned by Americans with incredible affluence.With our declining middle class, regrettably, there aren’t as many rough-and-tumble mutt dogs like Jingles around anymore.—– FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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NFL preseason 2019: 3 takeaways from the first big night

first_img Jerick Mckinnon injury update: Starting season on IR ‘an option’ for 49ers running back Here are three takeaways from the first big night of the 2019 preseason: Daniel Jones looked ready to go from the startNew York received a lot of heat from its fans after it selected Jones out of Duke with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But, he showed promise en route to his team’s 31-22 win over the Jets in his preseason debut. Related News Even if it’s just the preseason, there was plenty of NFL action Thursday.Players are looking to build momentum as the regular season approaches, and quite a few did just that. Lamar Jackson with the nice touch 🙌30-yard gain to Chris Moore! @lj_era8 @mulatto15#JAXvsBAL pic.twitter.com/P4kBV0wlVU— NFL (@NFL) August 8, 2019It’s evident that there’s no need to risk Jackson taking unnecessary hits in the preseason, but he has clearly been working to become a more complete dual threat quarterback.He should still get plenty of chances to get out in the open field and use his explosiveness in 2019, though.center_img Jermaine Kearse injury update: Lions wide receiver reportedly breaks leg in preseason opener The Giants quarterback looked poised against the Jets and went 5 for 5 on passing attempts for 67 yards, ending his lone drive of the night with a touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone.DAAAAAAAMN Daniel! 👀 pic.twitter.com/y916nWoLqO— New York Giants (@Giants) August 8, 2019Don’t put too much stock in his performance, because it’s only his first preseason game. However, seeing him step in comfortably is definitely a plus for the Giants.Eli Manning will still likely be the Week 1 starter, though. He completed his only throw of the game for three yards.The Patriots are still finding diamonds in the roughNew England routed the Lions 31-3 and one undrafted rookie burst onto the national scene for the defending champs.Jakobi Meyers is a quarterback turned wide receiver just like one of Tom Brady’s all-time favorite targets — Julian Edelman. He made Thursday his coming out party.The NC State product has already earned first team reps in camp and tallied six receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit.#Patriots undrafted WR Jakobi Meyers has 2 TDs already.Still the first half.This is the 1st touchdown.pic.twitter.com/zQ2eOzGVrV— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 9, 2019Meyers could prove to be a valuable part of New England’s receiving corps in the regular season now that Rob Gronkowski has retired. Meyers sat out the entire second half, so it appears like he could be high on the Patriots’ depth chart.The Ravens are looking to do more with Lamar JacksonLamar Jackson primarily made a name for himself as a runner during his dynamic rookie season, but he showcased his improved throwing touch down the field against the Jaguars in a 29-0 victory.The second-year signal caller completed four of his six throws for 59 yards and a touchdown and didn’t record a single carry.last_img read more

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