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The Phoenix Files: The Three S's

The Phoenix Files
The Three S's

Ah, the sights, sounds, and smells of Washington County. There's really no place better to live (or work, I hear) or play. And I've been around.
The one thing missing, in all honesty, is a true dog park. I do wish there was a dog park--one that I could run and romp and frolic with my own kind. One where I would be allowed off leash--to really enjoy the sensation of the wind in my "hair."
But absent that let me tell you about a few of my favorite people, places and things in and around the county.
First, the smell of donuts. I have been in the car with my human companion when we have made a late night pick-up of a dozen or so of Hagerstown's prized pastries. Granted, I'm not allowed to eat sweets or much "people food" in general but oh my--my mouth does water at the smell of that particular combination of delicious ingredients baking in the oven. We've traversed Maryland Avenue a time or two and every time we do, down come the windows, out pops my head (and that of my human companion) and we sniff and smile all the way to the back alley parking lot.
And then there's the honeysuckle down the road where I walk everyday. I know that spring is here when the smell of sweet honeysuckle fills the air. They say Labs have expressive faces--that and kind eyes. Well, I've heard comments made about the "smile" on my face when I rub myself along the honeysuckle "wall" that borders my country lane. I poke my head in and out of the brush, which then requires a little "tickbird" action on the part of my pal to get all the soft white pedal pieces off my coat.
Another favorite place of mine is a Washington County landmark--the Antietam Battlefield. I can tell by the direction we drive and the time I'm in the car that we're heading someplace fun and that I'm in for a real treat in the form of a super hike. There's nothing better than an afternoon spent walking along soft dirt paths chock full of all sorts of interesting sights and smells. The trails of Antietam are bordered by water providing me with a perfect opportunity to enjoy a quick sip or a quick dip if it happens to be one of those hot, hot "dog days of summer." When I die and go to dog heaven, it's going to be just like that--soft paths, cool water, and tons of trees to sniff. To me, it's a kind of enchanted forest.
And, believe it or not, I like going to the vet here in Washington County. Different styles than others I've encountered. I like her and I like her people. They coo and coddle and love all over me. They don't muzzle me or anything like that. I don't know how they manage it but even the shots don't hurt. I guess it's all in the delivery--or so they say.
Some of my other favorite things include the annual Pooch Plunge at our local pool when I get to hang with my friends and "go off the deep end" and Canines on the Canal is a lovely autumnal event where the C&O Canal becomes a virtual dog park for a day. We're all on leashes but boy is it fun!
I have to mention another something special about life here in Western Maryland--the dad of my human companion. He's 74 years old and he volunteers at the Pet Food Bank although he's never had a pet of his own. I guess it's his age as he has a certain calmness about him, a quiet patience that I find quite appealing. He's from these parts and I'm not lying when I say he will sit by my side and just stroke my head and neck--for hours--literally. The fastest way to a dog's heart is uninterrupted petting. In my book, he deserves to be Man of the Year.
But I digress. It's all this and more that makes me love the place I call home. It's all right here in Washington County.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals. 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD. 301-733-2060.

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