Why I love dogs,the wonderful, loveable canines!

Tyler, Nubbins and Beffy, our wonderful dogs

When I was a little boy, I had a dog named, Tyler. He was mostly a bird dog. He had black and brown spots on his short white fur. He was definitely my best childhood friend. I would walk through the fields of Franklin County Indiana and Tyler would always walk in front of me.

Many times, I follewed him through the tall grass back to the woods. Now and then, I would see a snake fly up in the air out of the grass. Tyler would be barking and growling while jumping after the snake. Sometimes he would kill the snake and sometimes the snake would get away.

He was always protecting me. I use to put an old WW I Army pack on and play Army with Corporal Tyler. I was usually a Captain or General. We would attack the enemy in the hayfield and Tyler was my front line soldier. After we defeated our foe, I would give Tyler a snack and he would give me licks all over my face.

Tyler added a lot of love to my childhood and a wonderful memory of my best friend.

Later, my little sister, Velvet, had a Border Collie named , Nubbins. She gave her the name because Nubbins would move things around with her nose. One day an old farmer was picking up some equipment from the barn. I was sitting on the porch and heard him laughing and yelling for me to look at the dog.

He was sitting on his tractor, busting a gut and still pointing at Nubbins. I walked around the tractor and saw Nubbins sitting on our old yellow Tom cat. You could just see the cat's head poking out from under her fuzzy butt. Nubbins had a look of contentment on her face. The cat, dare not move!

Nubbins also had a strange habit of burying her food bowls. I bet there was fifty bowls buried in our yard. She was a wonderful natured dog and gave us always, a wagging tail of love.

A few years back, we got our son, Larkin, a puppy for his birthday. He named her " Beffy." She was such an adorable dog. She would always come up to me and expect me to scratch her butt. Most of the time, I gave in.

One night, she was growling and softly barking. She was doing it loud enough to wake me up. I got mad and called her an idiot for being noisy, so late at night. She went back in her corner with a few more short growls. The next morning, I found that my car had been broken into and valuable things were missing.

Guess who was the idiot now? Beffy was trying to tell me that something was wrong outside. I think I can translate those few last little growls into, " we'll see who the idiot is in the morning?" Yes, I did apologize to Beffy. She received extra hot dogs for being the smarter being.

We had Beffy with us for eight years. She passed a few months back. I have never missed a dog so much. She was such a joyful and loving part of our family. She will forever be a part of our fondest memories.

Velvet holding cat, Mom, Tyler and Me


Beffy and a dove
Beffy and a dove
Hangin' out
Hangin' out
yeah, I know
yeah, I know
grandson and puppy
grandson and puppy
Beffy and Larkin
Beffy and Larkin
Beffy waiting to bark at cat (every morning)
Beffy waiting to bark at cat (every morning)

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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I remember my first dog - he's name was Kirby. His death introduced me to the concept of loss and I remember shedding buckets when he died - yep, my firsr real tears went to a dog. Now I have me a year-old labrador, Coco. Thanks for sharing as this made me go back to the first friend I had :D

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ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

Dogs are great - no two ways about it...loved your photos of beffy - especially the last one...lovely hub

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dana825 8 years ago from Chicago

dogs are great... maybe a man's best friend. a woman's best friend is her horse... my second is my dog. =D

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Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio Author

Thank you! Dogs are such wonderful companions. I think we will always miss Beffy.

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trish1048 7 years ago

Hi Tom,

A lovely and nostalgic story.  My first dog was a collie that I named Timmy.  I was in kindergarten, and he would sit in front of my house every day waiting for me to get home.  I so loved that dog.  I used to play with him all the time and I'd make up songs and sing to him.  Sadly, back in the early 50s, a lot of pets were kept outside in a doghouse.  I do not recall any details but one day he was gone.  I found out later that he had a skin condition, the mange, which apparently back then they didn't know how to treat it, so my parents had him put down.  We never owned another dog after that.

Once I lost my hubby, I acquired a number of dogs, all since gone now.  I loved each and every one of them.  Right now I have two cats, and will not get a dog until I retire.  Cats are easy, but even though I did it in the past, it really wasn't fair to leave the dogs for 8 to 10 hrs a day, since they require so much more attention.

Thanks for sharing your memories.

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

What I love about HubPages is all the heartwarming stories about dogs and cats I stumble upon! :)

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

You're welcome Trish. Pets are little hints of heaven!

Thanks Feline Prophet....the smiles are great! :)

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I love dogs too!!! Those picturesand the story touched my heart, as I love our Cockers so much and I can't even think about what we would do without them...:(

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Yes AEvans....if a dog can't bring love to a person....I don't think anything can.

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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago

lOVED IT! In my 77 years I have never been with out that one creature that has always been there with its love and loyalty my---DOGS.

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

So true Ginn....love and loyalty.....amazing friends! Thanks! :)

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terrowhite 7 years ago

I love dog too! You are right! Dogs are amazing companions. They are really honest to the owner.

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

terrowhite....thanks.....yes ....very honest creatures. :)

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shibashake 7 years ago

Wonderful dog stories. Also love the pictures of Beffy. My dogs really love sitting and staring out the window too. My little Cujo fancies himself as a super guard dog and will alert on cats, squirrels, and invisible I-know-not-whats. One time he let out a howl because he found a strange looking bug - lol

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks shibashake....LOL...dogs help get the bugs out of life. :)

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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

I too love dogs. I used to have a pet dog when I was a teenager. I am quite busy right now, but when the time comes, I will get another pet dog... Great hub!

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio Author

JPS0138...thanks...dogs are such wonderful companions. :)

gen 6 years ago


this moment, this is a saddest time in my life

i miss one of my best bud, best enemy, best dog ive ever had

the day he was born and the last breath that he take i'am at his side.i know im very silly and crazy because until now i cant stop cryin. i remember the days that we are together good or bad.

thanks for the great 5 years that we are together

love you so much :(

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio Author

gen...sorry to hear that. Dogs are simply wonderful and we do love them.....and miss them.

Kitty A. Smith 6 years ago

I loved your story. The night Beffy woke you reminds me of a similar story. We were sleeping on our sailboat when our Cavalier King Charles woke us with a shrill alarm bark. He normally used a muffled 'mph' when he sensed somebody slipping by in a skiff during the night. Yes, this was different. My husband called him an idiot, too. I raised my head to see why he would bark like this and saw we were about to collide with another anchored boat. Our anchor had slipped at the tide change. He saved us from a great deal of bother. Sailor changed my life, I only have Cavaliers now.

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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks for the story Kitty....Now I know I'm not the only one. Dogs are surely wonderful. :)

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