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Elizabeth Bruner Wins In Small Animal Essay Contest

Posted: October 22, 2013

Elizabeth Bruner, Faithful Furry Faces, placed third in her age division in the 2013 State Small Animal Essay Contest. We are printing her essay here for everyone to enjoy.

“What I Have Learned in My Small Animal 4-H Project”

 My name is Elizabeth Bruner and I am 9 years old.  I have been a cloverbud for the past 3 years and I am excited since this is my first year as a member in 4-H.  I am a member of the Faithful Furry Faces dog club and my 4-H small animal project is my purebred Golden Retriever named Honey.

     Honey was born on St. Patrick’s Day last year so she is just a little over a year old and still acts like a puppy sometimes.  She chewed my mom and sisters shoes and got in trouble.  She jumps up on people when they visit us but after a few minutes of excitement, she calms down.  She is a very friendly dog and never growls at us or our visitors.  She does not bark and howl all the time like our neighbors dogs down the road but barks when she sees our horses in the field, almost like she wants to run and play with them.

     We’ve taught Honey to do some tricks and other funny things.  She can shake hands with either paw and fetches her favorite toy, a tennis ball.  She likes to chase the flashlight around the living room floor and will even try to climb the wall to catch the light.  My sister, brother, and I like to call her “Honey-bunny” and I think she likes it, too.  She wags her tail and follows us around the house when we call her that nick name.

     I have a lot of responsibilities to care for Honey.  She is a house dog so I have to make sure to watch when she has to go outside.  She needs a lot of exercise to keep her strong and healthy. Me and my brother and sister bath her all by ourselves.  It’s funny when she shakes the water off after we dry her off.  I make sure her bowl is full of fresh water and give her food to eat when she’s hungry.  Last year Honey was licking her fur, biting her back, chewing her legs, and scratching all over.  We put medicine on her skin every month and didn’t see any fleas on her so we thought it might be something else.  After talking to my mom and dad, we decided to switch from a grain based dog food to a meat based dog food and within a few days of switching feeds, we all noticed a change in her behavior.  She was not licking, biting, chewing, or scratching much at all anymore.   I am so glad I learned that dogs can have allergies to foods and that we should be careful what to feed her.

     My Dad and I had been searching the internet together for a Golden Retriever for a long time and now I am so happy to have one of my own.  She is fun, cuddly, and adorable.  I just love my dog, Honey.