Outdoor Life - - THE LIFE -

I think I started my first Out­door Life sub­scrip­tion when I was 14. I am clos­ing in on 67 now, and I still en­joy the magazine. Andrew Mckean’s story about his beloved Lab, Wil­low, touched me [“The Slough”]. I can re­late to the special bond and non­ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them. I had to put my 13-year-old Plott hound, Ban­dit, to sleep re­cently, and I have since ac­quired a new Plott, Rosie. Like Andrew, I knew Ban­dit’s time was near and I dreaded the day the vet would tell us she was in bad shape and go­ing to get worse. Wil­low and Ban­dit’s love and de­vo­tion were com­plete and un­con­di­tional, and those who do not ex­pe­ri­ence this bond be­tween hu­man and dog miss out on one of life’s great­est joys.

John Beasley Fort Smith, AR

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