Laudie-Dog the fearless Rectory Dog

Laudie-dog rectory dog

On the top step of the back door of the Rectory at night, then out front in the morning, then back here under the patio overhang when the sun is  hot out front. I think this will work. 

My neighbor at the hermitage encouraged me to take Laudie-Dog up to the rectory in Andrews. It’s time to renew her shots. Propitious timing! She was great on the ride up through the ultra-super-curvy roads, anticipating curves, leaning this way and that. She never put her head out the window once: Laudie-Dog the Race Car Dog.

The second we got to the rectory I started taking her around the neighborhood and introducing her to all the neighbors and the neighbors’ dogs:

  • Franky, a Basset Hound, across the street (steady)
  • Pyro, a smallish Terrier (terror!) of some kind, to my right (adrenaline and loud)
  • Buddy, a Pit-Lab-Terrier mix (HUGE), across the street to the right (friendly)
  • Gary, a Chihuahua, who makes the rounds (shy, or not, depending)

I’m convinced Laudie-Dog won’t get beat up, though there might be some growling if need be with Pyro (the fire dog) next door, though he stays in the neighbor’s house pretty much 24/7 and only gets out on a leash. Laudie-Dog is used to the mountain ridges. My only fear is that some of the crowd which zips by on the street out front (a circumvention of the traffic lights in town) might not care if they hit her or not. It’s a major drug route from the back ridges.  But all the other dogs survived. They often just lie right in the middle of the road and make everyone stop and go around them. So, O.K.

Pope Francis might not see any use for animals whatsoever, but I must say that Laudie-Dog, who won’t defend herself, defended me when the need arose, at the hermitage. She had no hesitation whatsoever, even if frightened, to get right in the face of bears and panthers and wolves and all manner of scariness, successfully. We’re both still alive. She’s the perfect watchdog, totally friendly with anyone with good intentions. But dogs can sense aggression and danger, and react accordingly. I think she would likely tear any robber to shreds. GOOD LAUDIE!

I think that I’ll have to put her on a diet. Too heavy for her own good. Perhaps I should do the same. Anyway, as you know, there are:

  • guide dogs
  • hearing dogs
  • mobility dogs
  • seizure alert/response dogs
  • psychiatric service dogs
  • autism dogs
  • therapy dogs
  • emotional support dogs
  • PTSD dogs (these are incredible dogs)
  • protection dogs
  • riot control dogs
  • bite dogs
  • pursuit dogs
  • first in SWAT dogs
  • fire dogs
  • drug dogs
  • cadaver dogs
  • search and rescue dogs
  • herding dogs (shepherds!)
  • duck dogs
  • bear dogs (transmitter dogs-many around here)
  • watch dogs
  • “rescue” dogs of all types and sizes
  • Did I miss any?

Dogs, I contend, are a help to mankind. Man’s best friend.

Cats are… cats.


Filed under Dogs, Missionaries of Mercy

16 responses to “Laudie-Dog the fearless Rectory Dog


    Have fun, Fr. George

  2. You missed lap dogs which come in all sizes. You mean those little dogs under the Master’s table mentioned to our Lord by the Syrophoenician Canaanite lady from near Tyre and Sidon who needed as exorcism for her little daughter? O.K. Them too. -gdb

    I am so glad to see Laudie took well to her new home. I knew she would since she is with you. She will throw anyone down when you come around. She picked you. It is somewhat safer with her not being “rocket dog” from the back step to the house trailer. Does she have her big blue bed? [Yes, that’s up here. I didn’t think Pope Francis would like me mentioning it!]

  3. sanfelipe007

    Cats are a mystery. I have had many as a child, but once my allergies to them manifested, I had to say goodbye. Actually, cats are great for clearing out all manner of snakes and such; often leaving an offering of a kill as evidence of their activities. Funny, if you feed them too much, this stops. If you don’t feed them they disappear altogether.

  4. Monica Harris

    Ah, she appears to have found her meaning in life again. Good.

  5. Charlene

    Bravo! Laurie-Dog is back where she should be – with you, Fr. George! Please keep her safe. Hopefully you have a fenced in backyard or she should only be out on a leash. I know she is one happy doggie! I almost danced when I read this! Please tell Laudie-Dog that her treats are on the way!!! A big hug for that little angel-dog!!

  6. SognPlaci

    My favorite dog is dog matic.

  7. Sounds like some folks think she was being held hostage

  8. Pam

    Mrs. Donna beat me to it…I was going to say lap dogs. I had a Doberman once who thought she was supposed to be a lap dog..quite an experience. But the premier lap dog of all lap dogs, imo, is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I was fortunate to be able to have two of these beautiful friends. They were the snuggliest, most loving little guys of all the many lovable dogs I’ve had in my life. You can just see the love pouring out of their big brown eyes. Honestly, though I’m sure this is theologically incorrect, with one of my Cavaliers it felt almost like a soul-to-soul connection.

    Right now I have a feisty little Papillon and a galumphing Goldendoodle who both stay right by me. Since I have been mostly bed-ridden for years now, there is no way I can fully express my gratitude for having them here with me, keeping me company and giving that unconditional love. (They do have this uncanny knack of instantly activating themselves and wanting attention or to have their toys thrown for them the minute we start to say our Rosary though.) My wonderful husband is my human rock and best friend, but he can’t just sit here with me every minute. And I know my guardian angel is here too, but I can’t see him or hear him, although I do talk to him.

  9. Okay…while I do love dogs…we had a lovely one when I was growing up…he loved playing ball with my siblings and myself, l have to put in a word for cats. Our cat, who was abandoned as a kitten at our home in the country…lived to be 26 years old. Out lasted the dog mentioned above and my horse!
    When, as an adult, l visited my Dad at our family home in the countryside, no matter where the cat was(inside the house), the minute Dad and I started to say the rosary each evening, she would come and sit between us on the couch. Sometimes she would just curl up on the couch – we sat at each end of the couch, other times she would bat at the rosary in my hand.

    Thing is, it was only when we started saying the rosary she’d come. If Dad and I were simply chatting, she would stay where she was in the other room…asleep on a bed.

    Pam’s story about her dogs and the rosary reminded me of Puddycat..yes – that was her name.

  10. Pam

    Love your story, GeneticallyCatholic. I had cats for a while and I loved them too, but for many years now it’s been the dogs for me. I have watched my animals over the years, and it’s obvious they have different personalities, just like people. I also think some of them have a lot more brain-power and ability to figure things out than we realize. I’ve seen research articles lately that are confirming some of this.

    Goldendoodles are good dogs to make you laugh and raise your spirits. Their genetic mix (Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle) put them, supposedly, in the top ten tier of intelligent dogs, since both breeds are in the top ten. But they are goofballs, also, and mine gives me a lot of laughs. He’s really smart, but you don’t notice it because of the antics. My Doodle will launch his whole body straight out into space when he jumps off the bed. No leaping down for him, and our bed is high. He just goes straight out and down in one whole body movement, or sometimes he’ll go off sideways and down. I’ve never seen anything like it. It looks like a magic trick.

  11. I like your stories too Pam. I think many short stories could be written about our pets. My horse, dog and cat were good friends, but like all friends sometimes they would rub each other the wrong way. …which made for some interesting moments!

    Tell me, are goldendoodles dogs good for people with allergies. Unfortunately I have developed allergies to cat hair/dog hair / horse hair.

  12. Pam

    To GeneticallyCatholic – Yes, Goldendoodles are popular for the very reason that the dominant gene usually gives them poodle fur (or hair as some people call it – different from most dogs) which makes them desirable for people with allergies. They don’t shed like other dogs, at least very minimally. If you are interested, look them up online. I did a lot of research and found a breeder who is also a vet, so she wasn’t into the whole show dog business. I got my doggie over 3 years ago. They were much in demand and some breeders were getting a lot of money for their dogs. The prices may have gone down some, but it’s better to have a reputable breeder. Also, it’s the first-generation cross-breeding that gives the healthiest dogs. They are extraordinarily free from genetic illnesses. The more they are bred down from an original, first set of dogs, the more prone they are to genetic problems, like other breeds which have been so popular and over-bred without proper attention and care. Our Doodle has no health problems at all. He is a delight. Their hair is usually very curly or wavy, more like a poodle, but they can have very different looks. Ours reached 65 pounds at maturity, but they aren’t stocky, massive-looking dogs. If you start looking at pictures, my guess is you will get hooked! That’s what did it for me. People used to register to buy them before they were even born, they were so in demand. Ours was 4 months old and hadn’t been sold yet. The vet said it was because he didn’t have the poodle hair. I’m not allergic, so I bargained down the price with the vet. Then, later, we discovered that he did end up having the poodle hair; she had guessed wrong. I think the Lord was just saving him for us.

  13. Thank you for the information, Pam. God bless

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