Welcome to Lance's Dog Patch, a blog inspired by the star of the book Lance: A Spirit Unbroken. I’ve loved dogs since I was a kid and every single one I've owned has been great. However, Lance, a Border Collie, was the most unique. By rights, he should have been dead, a victim of animal cruelty, long before I ever met him. But, he had survived, and had quite a story to tell. I put it into words for him. I'll go into more detail on Lance throughout ensuing editions of “the Patch.”
Blog Mission: My mission for this blog is to provide a combination of dog-themed humor, dog health care and safety tips, and to facilitate dog rescues. Lance’s Dog Patch will be a source of entertainment and information for you to contribute to and provide to others when you see something here you find worth sharing. Of course, feel free to honor us with your own favorite dog stories, photos, and info. Please invite your friends and family to visit us. Note: no gruesome videos or photos will appear on this blog.
I do not present myself as a dog expert. I also don't consider myself a dog activist: that title goes to the people in the trenches doing the grunt work day in, day out. But, because of my experience with Lance, I feel comfortable labeling myself a dog advocate. While I was putting Lance's story to words, I realized I had to do something more than just complete the book. Writing about the life of a hard-luck but also die-hard dog isn’t enough unless it helps other dogs have better luck. To do something more, I formulated a three-point plan of action:
Thanks so much for visiting Lance's Dog Patch today. Lance and I look forward to providing you entertainment and information on a regular basis.
What is it about canines that make 7 out of every 10 humans in this country describe themselves as"dog people?" How about you? Can you explain why you love dogs?
Walter Stoffel is a substance abuse counselor and GED teacher in correctional facilities. When not behind bars, he likes to read, travel, work out and watch bad movies. Major accomplishment : He entered a 26.2-mile marathon following hip replacement surgery and finished—dead last. The author currently lives with his wife Clara, their dog Buddy (another rescue), and cat Winky (yet another rescue).