- Ada, Oklahoma


July 29, 2013

Leo gets a little dirty but doesn't mind Ada

Ada —

My dog is almost settled in now.

I bought Leo last February when he was about a month old. I remember the first time I saw him. He was just a tiny ball of cotton with an even tinier ball of cotton where his tail used to be. I chose him because he was the only one in the litter with a black mask over one eye.

I lived in Arkansas at the time; since then, of course, I have moved to Ada, which means Leo had to move, too. It was with some trepidation that I prepared to make the trek from Arkadelphia to Ada (about a five-hour drive, one way, depending which route you take). How would a puppy with the attention span of one of his own fleas handle the long trip?

I was relieved that he  actually handled the trip  quite well. I moved him separately — not so much furniture, more room in my truck — and he slept in my lap the entire way.

Of course, we made the journey in the middle of the night — cooler, less traffic — and he was probably sleepy, anyway. I drove through the McDonald’s in Atoka for coffee, and the woman at the window asked if she could give Leo a chicken nugget. I said sure. Now he’ll expect free stuff wherever we go.

I chose the house I live in specifically for its fenced back yard. Leo, a Jack Russell terrier, has a tendency to take pieces of furniture and break them down into smaller pieces, devouring as many as possible. So my plan was to find a place where he could harmlessly indulge his more destructive puppy impulses. While this has worked out nicely, a new problem has presented itself.

Dogs, apparently, enjoy digging in the dirt, and Leo is no different. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home to find him black with filth, granished with brambles, his coat, nails and snout covered with whatever soil he’s been rooting in. No matter how badly I scold him, he always seems to take great pride in his accomplishment.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Do I have to be numb to serve?

    How well do you do watching the channels on TV that show sick and starving children in other countries?

    July 23, 2014

  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   


    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.


    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.


    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.


    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

AP Video
'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
     View Results