Where the Red Fern Grows (April book club)

“I suppose there’s a time in practically every young boy’s life when he’s affected by that wonderful disease of puppy love. I don’t mean the kind a boy has for the pretty little girl that lives down the road. I mean the real kind, the kind that has four small feet and a wiggly tail, and sharp little teeth that can gnaw on a boy’s finger; the kind a boy can romp and play with, even eat and sleep with.Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Boys, dogs, and the great outdoors. Such great combinations, especially when it’s an absolutely gorgeous spring day in April.

In the beautiful surroundings of Sanctuary Woods in Holland, we talked about the book and feasted on some great food.

The highlight of our time together was getting to meet a real hunting dog! Bowdoin, a retriever has hunted duck, quail, squirrel, and rabbit. His owner Rick was kind enough to share him with us and show us all the different things Bowdoin has been trained to do. SO COOL!

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What fun it was to watch Bowdoin run and retrieve, swim and shake himself off.

Where the Red Fern Grows is a book about a boy and his dogs but really, it’s a book about love and loss, courage and perseverance, loyalty and sacrifice.

“People have been trying to understand dogs ever since the beginning of time. One never knows what they’ll do. You can read every day where a dog saved the life of a drowning child, or lay down his life for his master. Some people call this loyalty. I don’t. I may be wrong, but I call it love – the deepest kind of love…It’s a shame that people all over the world can’t have that kind of love in their hearts,” he said. “There would be no wars, slaughter, or murder; no greed or selfishness. It would be the kind of world that God wants us to have – a wonderful world.”

I looked at his grave and, with tears in my eyes, I voiced these words: “You were worth it, old friend, and a thousand times over.”

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What another fantastic book club experience! Thanks Jill for organizing! Can’t wait till next month!

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