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December 29, 1997

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Bessie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Bessie
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Boxer
Home: Potomac, Maryland, USA
   Boxers are so special -- they are sweet, playful, wonderful with children, and oh, are they funny. I've had a lifelong love affair with this breed.

    Bessie has a doggie door that is open only when we are home. When she sees the mail truck -- she dashes out -- barks to say Hi. He brings her a "cookie" when she greets him. One day a substitute mail man was on duty -- he heard this barking, of course he did not have a cookie. Bessie's licking her chops running on our property and you can see the look -- Where's my cookie?" The desperation in her eyes was so apparent. Another Bessie story is when a 2 year old child was playing with her -- he brought the ball, she would push it with her nose for him to retrieve. This went on for about 20 min. Boxers and children are a great team.

    In our area, everyone has Labs or Golden Retrievers. Bessie plays with her Lab friends and they have very similar personalities. I call Boxers, Labs without the hair and tails. They really are very clean dogs -- sort of drip dry -- just rub them down with a towel and give them lots of kisses.

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