Animal Antics

We know that kids can say and do the darndest things. However, they don’t have a corner on that market; animals are quite clever and inventive, too.

I present to you our esteemed cast of characters. In the canine category, we have Gus, a golden retriever; Doak, a black lab; Sherry, a yellow lab; Shooter, a golden retriever and Bonnie, a tuxedo kitty. In ghostly appearances, we will read about doggies Kelly and Joey, and another tuxedo kitty, Missy. Oh, and add a colorful African grey parrot to this mix—I wish I knew his name.

Gus and Doak live in Florida with Matt and his family. Gus is a sweet and gentle dog; he is my pal when I visit. Doak, a 2-year old,is bursting with energy and inquisitiveness. After having pizza one evening, Matt left a couple of slices in the box on the kitchen counter. While watching TV, he heard a noise in the kitchen and went to investigate. The empty pizza box was on the floor, Doak was licking his chops and Gus was watching the entire performance from a safe distance.

Sign Up for E-News

“I had nothing to do with this. I was a good doggie. That kid is always getting into something.”

Shooter is my sister’s dog and lives in New Jersey. Roe rescued him from a shelter where he had been dropped off, terrified and abused. He’s come a long way and is a handsome, loving doggie. Shooter recently discovered how to part the window blinds with his nose. Now when Roe leaves for work in the morning, she looks at the window and there’s Shooter’s nose between the slats. She says it is a great way to start her day.

Our first doggie ghost, a Boston terrier named Joey, lived in California with Jack and Patti. He had a very comical routine: One evening, during a TV commercial featuring a herd of horses galloping across the plains, Joey ran out of the room and into the kitchen waiting for the horses to come through the other side of the wall.

My kitty, Bonnie, has been transformed since her brother Clyde passed over the Rainbow Bridge. She has come into her own; it’s as if I have a new cat. She has a wonderful personality; she’s not skittish any more—Clyde was a Type A cat and sometimes frightened her. She talks to me constantly: I do wish I understood what she’s saying—it must be very important ’cause she goes on and on.

The unnamed African grey parrot is a real smarty. His owner, who has a few cats and a dog, was in another room when he heard a “pinging” sound, like something hitting metal. He quickly went into the kitchen and stopped in his tracks, couldn’t believe the scene that greeted him: There was an open box of dog treats on top of the refrigerator which the parrot had tipped over and was tossing them, one by one, into the dog’s stainless steel dish. Of course, the pup was enjoying this unexpected repast.

Missy, another tuxedo kitty crossed the Rainbow Bridge many years ago when my boys were in high school. She would station herself under the table at breakfast. I declare she had ESP: when one kid was just about finished with his cereal, she would put her front paws on his leg and tap his elbow reminding him that she wanted the remaining milk!

Missy also had a sweet tooth. The day before Joe’s birthday, I baked and frosted two dozen cupcakes for him to take to school. The next morning, when I went to pack the cupcakes, I was dismayed to find the cupcakes nude, minus the frosting;  Missy had licked each one clean!

Ah, here comes Sherry. This sweet girl doesn’t realize she’s a dog. She loves people, loves to hug them and is at her happiest when she is close to people. Her owner and my friend tells me that when they go to the dog park, Sherry greets all her friends with a wagging tail and smile; she should be the honorary mayor!

The closing act in my feature is Kelly. For 14 years, she was an integral part of our family. Kelly was the perfect boys’ dog—she was as wild as they were. She would interrupt their Wiffle Ball games by grabbing the ball and running away full speed, chased by the boys. It was such fun watching her run with them through the pile of leaves they had raked. Whenever one of us wasn’t feeling well, Kelly would sit by the bed and watch; when her “patient” had settled down and drifted off to sleep, she finally laid down, always on the alert for a change. Her beautiful disposition and comforting presence made us feel better; she was the best medicine and became our “Nurse Kelly.”

Curtain down on this feature. Love and appreciate your furry creatures. They play important roles in our lives.

Ruthann can be reached at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


'We'll Have Meals Together'

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, brothers Raymond and Robert went head to head over who would take care of their mother, Marie, during her later years (anticipating that father, Frank, would predecease her).

It brought back the decision Jack, Roe and I were faced with years ago regarding our mom. She was in her 80s, lived ...

Weather or Not

Feb. 2 has come and gone and once again, we have foolishly entrusted a large rodent with six weeks worth of weather forecasting. This year they had a whole entourage of guys who wanted to cram into the Groundhog Day action, but there’s one head groundhog aficionado who’s in charge when they open up Punxsutawney Phil’s cage. Both man and beast are dressed to the nines, one in a ...

The Night They Raided Spruce Street

It was the day of the Finch Ball. Jason had been away on business, but was expected home in time for us to attend that evening. 

I had graduated from Finch College two years earlier and was now married and expecting my second child. We lived in a one-bedroom garden apartment in Yonkers. It was a close community where everyone was young, friendly and just starting out. Each town house was ...

Taking Baby Steps


OK, we’re a month into the New Year and not only have I NOT lost weight, but I’ve put back on the three pounds I lost four weeks ago! Many people would be discouraged and throw in the towel at this point, but I would encourage you to reboot your program and start again, every morning if necessary. Losing weight, saving money or getting organized are about mindset.

First, ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

The Somers Record Shines a Light on 'Great' Community

February 9, 2018

To the editor,

How amazing to see my sister-in-law, Kim Maguire, on the cover of the Record!

We read our paper religiously! Last week, we saw our daughters' picture as volunteers at the Chili Cookoff! This is such a tight-knit community and having articles like the one done for Kim highlight some of the great people and servicemen and women who make this town so special. The writer who ...

Cuba Goes Country

February 16, 2018


RELEASE: “Cuba Goes County” to be held at The Palmer in Cuba, NY.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Theater Manager Michele Conklin at (585) 209-5512.

The Palmer Opera House is hosting “Cuba Goes Country” on Sunday March 11th- at 2:00 PM

Come join us for a boot stompin', toe tappin' afternoon of country ...

'Are You Friggin' Kidding Me?'

February 15, 2018

Faye M. DeSanto

Guest Columnist

I never watched the hit TV Show “Mad Men.” My best friend, who rarely watches TV, recommended it to me when it was gaining its first good reviews. I said, “I lived through that time period. I can see no good coming from reminding men about that sexist era.” Little did I know how right I was.

My husband drooled over the short-lived ...