Spring is upon us—when warm, breezy evenings abound with choruses of spring peepers and intermittent barred owl hoots. I find myself outside earlier in the morning and later in the night this time of they year with two of my beloved canine companions, Bruno and George, tagging right along. They are running and exploring every new tuft of grass and chasing the occasional bugs already out and about. And when they do, I find myself thinking about concerns for their well-being.
Once upon a time…There was a blue merle Great Dane who loved to ride in cars. Sam, now a 5-year-old, 210-pound dog who stands about 6 feet, 4 inches tall on his hind legs, was adopted at 8 months of age by the Goding family. “We worry that Sam gets frustrated if he hasn’t been in a car for awhile—which means for some portion of the day—and it’s not unusual for one of us to ask, Hey, has Sam gotten a ride today?,” says Keith Goding, owner of Hard Work Yard Work. “And if he hasn’t, we’ll open up the car and he’ll jump in, and we’ll give him a 15-minute ride around the neighborhood.”