More Biscuit TIme

To follow up our original Biscuit article . . . . .

It’s true: Time and tide wait for no pup, too
By Michael O’Rourke, San Antonio Express-News

“I can’t believe it, Daddy. She’s growing so fast.”It wasn’t lost on me that the very girl making the observation about her baby growing so fast was, in fact, my baby, and I had made the very same observation about her every day for the past 13 years. My 13-year-old baby was staring at her 10-week-old baby. Biscuit, the golden retriever puppy who inspired the growth observation, has only been with us for a few weeks. In those few weeks, I think it is safe to say, Biscuit has more than doubled in size.

It is freaky how fast puppies grow. When I return home in the evening I swear the dog grew while I was at work. If the dog was a professional baseball player there might be speculation about the sudden size increase. Any fetch records Biscuit might break would forever be tainted by an asterisk next to them in the record books. Surely this dog is taking some sort of supplement.

Sometimes I catch myself staring at the dog. I feel positive I will catch a glimpse of actual growth. You know, like stop action photography of a flower blooming or a building being constructed. I listen for the sound of bone stretching. The dog is like the Incredible Hulk on an anger binge.

“Make it stop, Daddy. Or at least slow it down.”



Mom Thanks Service Dog

Mom Thanks Service Dog: Helps Calm Autistic Kids
By Joyanne Pursaga, Staff Reporter, The Winnipeg Sun

He’s a furry anchor in a world of distractions. Joan Leslie-Thomson said her twin sons, Quinn and Brody, are more safe, calm and attentive, thanks to one special four-legged friend. “No family could imagine it would be as good as this,” said Leslie-Thomson.The twins, who turned 10 on Friday, have autism and communication disorders. They are developmentally delayed, easily distracted, speak few words and have yet to master their own names. Daily activities are a challenge. They need help getting dressed, brushing their teeth and aren’t fully toilet trained.

Autism also heightens their sensitivity to sights and sounds, making walks and outings a safety challenge. “They act on impulse. They’ll just dart out into traffic and not understand the safety issues. We’re always concerned about their safety,” said Leslie-Thomson.

But a new member of the family arrived Aug. 25, teaching the boys patience by example. Keeno, a 15-month old golden retriever, had a nearly instant calming effect on the boys, said Leslie-Thomson.