Editorial June 2008 Issue

Spending Time Together

Building bonds, day by day.

When I was a kid growing up in a farming region in Northern California, there were very few kids my age to play with – just two within a few miles. My more reliable and ever-present playmates were my family’s dogs – and what a lot of dogs we had! We had five females deliver at least one litter of puppies (and a couple of them had more than one litter) when I was between the ages of five and 14. It’s embarrassing to admit now, but in those days it was highly uncommon to own a spayed or neutered canine. And my parents, bless them, knew practically nothing about responsible pet ownership other than keeping animals well fed.

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