N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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When I think I’ve heard it all, I found out this morning that I haven’t!! So, with a HAPPY smile on my face, I am writing this post to make your day!

This is another “hair salon” story….“Oh, No …please spare us!” you are thinking.

It appears that this salon operator wanted to hire someone for her salon. She went to get the advertisement printed and was eagerly looking for the right person to respond.

Here is what Alison Birch said happened when she tried to list the job ad. She was looking for a part-time qualified hairdresser at her AJ’s Unisex Hair Salon in Stroud, England. (And I thought only crazy things happened in American salons that were news worthy!)

“The position called for someone with five years’ experience of working in a salon, who is “confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing.”And the advertisement stated, “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylists need apply.”

She claims the man at the job center said to her: “I’m sorry, but the word happy is a discriminatory word and we aren’t allowed to use it, as somebody who is not happy will be discriminated against.”

According to Birch, he then asked: “Should we change the word in case somebody thinks that they can’t apply for the job because they are not a happy person?”

“Was I being a bit sensitive, and is the word happy discriminating? Or has this whole world all gone mad?” Birch said.And plenty of Birch’s customers agreed with her outrage over the job center’s “ridiculous” stance on her advertisement.

Karen Evans commented: “The world has gone absolutely mad.

“Does this mean that every descriptive word is discriminating… happy, tall, smart, elegant? Good luck with your search.”

Julie Thickins added: “I thought this was a joke, realizing it clearly isn’t has left me absolutely speechless… what has the human race come to?” (Taken from South West News Service in England)

Hair salon in England


I’m sure my readers will remember the ads in years past when someone is looking for the perfect person to meet. Well, if those ads still exist…no one could say that they are looking for a “TALL and HANDSOME MAN.” Certainly that would be discriminating against the men out there that are “SHORT and UGLY.” (Which reminds me that my female, English students in Mongolia said they just wanted to marry a man that was “CLEAN and SOBER.” Poor, dears, they didn’t realize that they were putting the Mongolian men who were DIRTY and DRUNK in a discriminated-against category.)

It also occurred to me that when I patted my Golden Retriever this morning and said, “Bella, you are such a BEAUTIFUL girl….and a GOOD girl too.” I surely was discriminating against all the BAD, UGLY dogs in the world.


A special note from Boyer Writes:

Good luck, Ladies in England, on hiring a HAPPY person for your salon. You deserve happiness for happiness should not be prohibited! Yes, You are right… “The world has gone crazy!”

Honoring our Gracie…and 361 more!

This was the 150th year since the Golden Retriever became one of the best and most loved dogs on the planet. They are gentle, trainable and great with children. They also serve as comfort dogs… going to visit hospitals and the elderly who are made happier because they come to be loved and adored.   Many of them worked hours in rescue during 9-11 and in other emergencies. They are simply the best.

It seemed a fitting time to blog about our own most loved Golden Retriever, Gracie,  who was with us for 14 years.  She would have loved the romp with 361 other dogs…if she was still alive and we could have made the trip to Scotland.   Well, we don’t know how Lord Tweedmouth did it when he founded this breed…but we are certainly happy he did!

What was this all about in Scotland?

Goldens in Scotland by Peter J Northpix

Golden Retrievers (Photo credit …Peter Northpix)


“The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland hosted a “Guisachan Golden Gathering” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Golden Retriever breed.

It is believed that the breed was first created at the Guisachan House in 1868 after a breeding experiment by Lord Tweedmouth. According to Friends of Guisachan, the breed began by breeding a Wavy-coated Retriever and a Tweed Water Spaniel.  On Thursday,   (July 19, 2018)   361 golden retrievers gathered in the Scottish Highlands to celebrate the special anniversary.”  (Taken from Sunny Skyz)

 Click this link:   We love you and miss you, Gracie…and we are sharing you with our readers. 

Gracie in kitchen Howey


Having had five Golden Retrievers in our home over the years, we know the love that these dogs can give is amazing.  They are gentle, loving and caring…with a temperament that can reach out to the most broken of humans.

The pictures below were made by Jim Dalrymple II at a hospital in Las Vegas.   A Christian group from the Lutheran Church Charities trains dogs in a number of states to be comfort dogs.   (LLC K-9 Comfort Dogs)

A thank you to them and the dog’s owners who care enough to go to places where people have gone through a crisis, as in the terrible shootings in Las Vegas, in order to bring about quicker healing.


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Fancy (aka Blossom) Finds a Home

Once there was a little boy who lived in a far away place with many Golden Retriever dogs.  They were his best friends besides his mother, father, and little sister.  One day he saw that his big mama dog had nine little pups.   They were all squirming together in a blue box.  This little boy’s mother took very good care of them. pups in box sm   They were so furry, warm and little.  He loved holding them and watching them being fed by their own mother.pink blossom l green clover purple violetsm  Out of all the puppies, the little boy had a favorite.  The name that the family gave her was “Blossom”.  She was the lightest color of all the pups and they put a little pink collar around her neck to identify her from all the other pups.

The puppies grew and grew.  The little boy played  with all of them, but Blossom kept coming to him and laying around the family’s feet.  She definitely was his favorite.  Sometimes she would get really sleepy or she did the puppy thing and wet her bed or did other unmentionables, but he still loved her. Jackson holding Fancy Blossom would lick his fingers and sometimes his nose.  Her little nails were razor sharp. She would jump and play, making him laugh.  She would try to climb up on him, making him her best friend also.  Then she would lay her head on him and settle down… nice and calm like. He would rub her belly that was warmer and smoother than anything he had ever felt.  However, the calmness did not last long for Blossom wiggled to get free. She  had to explore the world and tussle with the other eight puppies in her litter. Jackson holding Fancy2Jackson holding Fancy3

One day some people came to see the puppies.  They told the boy’s mother that they wanted  a sweet dog for their very own because their Golden Retriever named Gracie, who was fourteen years old, had gotten sick  and gone to be with God.  The lady said they would never forget their Gracie girl, but hoped they could find another special girl puppy  to take home with them out of the nine pups at his house.  He thought that they could find a girl because there were four of them and five boy dogs…but he hoped it would not be his Blossom. Fancy sm The man picked up Blossom very carefully and then he handed Blossom to his wife, who let Blossom sleep on her shoulder. Fancy sleeping on Nancysm

It made the little boy  sad to know that maybe they would pick his favorite dog.   If his Blossom had to go away, he wanted her to have the very best family in the world.  The way the man and lady handled her made him think that they would love her….maybe as much as he did.  They would not get her that day because she was too young and had to stay with her mother for some more weeks.  She also had to get shots from the doctor who was called a Veterinarian.  When the boy’s mother put all nine puppies in her car to see the doctor, it was a fun time at his office because everyone wanted to see the adorable, new pups.

Finally the day came when the man and woman came back to the boy’s house.  They lived a long way and had to drive many miles to get their new pup.  His Mother had told him that Blossom seemed to be the right one for them and  would go to a far away place and live with them.  She told him that she was certain that Blossom would be taken care of and loved in her new home just like they had loved their other dog, Gracie, for so many years.  That made him feel a little bit better.  He learned that Blossom would not have her name they had given her, but would be called Fancy.  She would now be their Fancy girl.   Her real, long name would be Fancy Continental Girl because her new family lived near Fancy Gap, Virginia and their house was on the Continental Divide.  He was not certain what all that meant, but probably would learn someday.

He heard the car coming and the man and woman walked in the door.  They had a big bag in their hand.  The lady said it was a surprise for the family and needed his help in handing out some nice things for everyone.  She let him give out the surprises to his father, who got a big jar of home-made pickles from Peggy down at the Mayberry Country Store.  His sister got a very little dog that looked something like his Blossom.  His mother had a package of little blankets for the new baby expected at their home.  In fact, the new baby was going to come live with them on August 27 which was also the lady’s birthday.  She thought that was really great!    He wondered if there was anything for him.  She handed him the bag and he opened it to find a big stuffed dog that looked a lot like his nine dogs.   Hugging it close to himself, he gave the lady a big smile.    He knew it  would not chew on his fingers with the little, sharp teeth like  Blossom did and maybe he would sleep with it that night to make him feel a little better.
Jacson and stuffed puppy Bethany's son

The lady and man put his Blossom in the car and everyone waved “Goodbye”.   That night the little boy did go to bed with his furry dog that looked  so much like his favorite dog, Blossom.   Just like the couple that came to his house, Jackson knew he would never forget his special dog, Blossom, who was now called Fancy.  Maybe he would find another favorite dog someday that would stay with him forever.  If so, he would probably call her Blossom.


The story above is true and we at Boyer Writes are glad to share that Blossom (now Fancy) is in her new happy home….that is when everyone gets enough sleep after the 2 am whimper says,  “Don’t forget I’m just a pup who needs to hit the grass outside.  If you don’t listen, I will hit the blanket in my bed.”

We definitely listen to her and hope the day will come when we all get enough sleep, especially my husband who always takes her out at night.  He’s not afraid of the bears or other animals, like skunks, around our mountain house.  Needless to say, they sack out together a good deal of the time. Bill and Fancy sleeping

As I am writing this at my computer, Fancy is sleeping again, curled up at my feet, just as she did at the little boy’s house. Fancy headshot sm

When not sleeping, Fancy is eager to play with the ball, chew on her bone and ride in the truck.  We went to see our dearest uncle John, who is 93 and still plays golf. Fancy and Uncle John 2 Fancy took to him right away but decided not to go in the house with my cousin’s two big cats.

We hope you have enjoyed our journey to find our new puppy and the adorable little boy and his family that we will never forget.  Here are a few pictures of life with Fancy Girl:

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Remembering Gracie


Fourteen years ago, Gracie, our Golden Retriever, came to us as a tiny puppy. She was named Gracie Star of Venice, but we only called her “Gracie”.  As her health declined in the last few years, we knew that someday we would have to let her go.  Today is that day. Only those who have been loved by a pet unconditionally know our sense of loss.


This blog is to honor our gentle, sweet Gracie as she lived life to its fullest, loving everyone that she met.  So many blessings to all of our family, neighbors and friends.






Prayer for Gracie Star of Venice

This we know, Our Father in Heaven, that every living thing is Yours and returns to You. As we ponder this mystery, we give you thanks for the life of Gracie and we now commit her into Your loving hands.

 Gentle God: fragile is Your world, delicate are your creatures and costly is your love which bears and redeems us all.

 Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living thing speaks to us of Your love. Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing Your praises.  Especially, create within us a spirit of gratitude for the life of this beloved pet, Gracie, who has lived among us and given us freely of her love.  Even in our sorrow, we have cause for joy for we know that all creatures that die on earth shall live again in your new creation. You have promised that in this new creation the lion will lay down with the lamb.  We believe that sweet, gentle Gracie will be there to lay down also.  Amen    (parts taken from Prayers and Liturgies for Animals)




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We will miss you, Gracie.

The Golden Retriever….Getting Over our Differences

Anyone who has owned a golden retriever will tell you they are the sweetest, most gentle dogs imaginable. Today we are adding another attribute…patience.…even the patience of Job!   I can remember when our Gracie would curl up on our back entrance with a neighbor cat named Patches.  Patches, an adult cat, would wait for Gracie to come out and then very carefully tip toe her way between Gracie’s paws.  Settling down very quietly and carefully, Patches was happy as could be with her best friend, our Golden.

Gracie next to treeNow you have to know a little about Gracie.  She is 13 years old (that’s 91 in human years) and one would think that she might be a little difficult…not wanting to be bothered.   Not, Gracie! She seemed very content to have this feline invade her space. She also is truly our “golden” dog for she has had two surgeries on her hind legs. Without the surgeries, she would not have been able to walk and a dog that weighs over 100 pounds could not be carried outside every time she needed to go.  You get the picture…so we “bit the bullet”, so to speak.  She was able to walk  just fine and even went up steps..    Back to Patches… unfortunately, while we were gone on vacation, Patches disappeared and the neighbor did not know where she went.  She liked to roam at night and we hope she was found by a friendly soul and not one of our great Florida hawks.  Our Gracie is a real “senior dog” now and doesn’t climb steps anymore. She has to be lifted into our truck for the rides she loves to take.  From room to room she follows either my husband or me. She never wants us out of her sight. Whether up in the mountains of VA or at home in FL, she makes herself at home. VA back yard view 079bill and Gracie at Overlook and mtssm


A blessing beyond explaining…our Gracie.


The video you are going to see could be Gracie, even though it is not.  This Golden has the same white face of an older dog and a Gracie look-alike in every way.   Be ready to be touched by the patience exhibited by this kind dog…and one may say, “Why can’t people who are different get along as well?”


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Some things are just too much fun to pass up.  Our Golden Retriever named Gracie looks just like the dog in this video below.  She probably will never have the opportunity to frolic with a “Bambi”…even though many deer have come through our yard in Virginia.  She is just as calm as this Golden and patient.  Her mouth may not be strong enough to find a rock and carry it to shore since in “people years” she is about 92. If her eyes were not getting dim and her hips not so painful, she’d probably like to do a little dancing.

Nevertheless, Gracie and almost all Goldens that I have known are the most gentle and loving pets one could ever have. If you are a family looking for a dog for your children, consider the Golden Retriever. You’ll not be disappointed.   Just for fun…enjoy this video and make your day brighter.  You might even consider kicking up your heels abit.  If not, most likely it will bring a smile to your face.

Dogs are Amazing Animals

Dogs have been called “Man’s best friend” (or women’s), but they are much more than that.  So often we forget how intelligent they are.  One thinks they don’t speak our language, but so often they understand exactly what we are saying.  It may be that they hear a word or two and associate it with an activity that they have done before.   Who really knows, but our dog can jump up and be ready to go even if we are spelling the words.  Maybe it is in the tone of voice.

Dogs have been known throughout the world as “wild dogs”, “working dogs” and “domestic dogs”.   They are able to be highly trained and often perform in circus shows and other events.

The downside is that when we find a dog with great traits, intelligence and temperament, they can be over-bred and inter-bred, ending up with many health issues.  Which has been the case with Golden Retrievers that are probably the best companion dog in the world, with a temperament of “gold”.  We always suggest families with small children consider the Golden Retriever when choosing a pet.

Meet our dog, Gracie…age 13 and loves everybody. VA Sunday 021

Having said all that, I have a question.  Are you lacking a dance partner?   Maybe this lady in the video below would rather have a good, intelligent, obedient dog as a dance partner any day.  It appears that she found one…even if he does have four legs.

A dog show in Moscow…give it a moment to start.


Patience…a moral excellence?


A butterfly lands on his head.

A butterfly lands on his head.


Most of us do not have a great deal of patience.  It is difficult to wait for a ride; stand in line; stand-by for a phone call…and much more.  We want things to happen immediately…if not sooner.   We have heard the saying “Patience is a virtue” and a virtue is defined as  moral excellence.

Most people would not consider their morals as excellent….unless it is the fact that they take the high ground  concerning violence, honesty, morality control and the like. Patience is not what we think of as part of  being a moral person, but it is in many ways. Probably one thinks of it more as an attribute.    The person who pushes the elderly lady out-of-the-way because he/she is impatient or belittles a child because one does not want to be interrupted is bordering on the immoral…because those very acts are closely related to a lack of patience and human selfishness and arrogance.

Our dog, Gracie, has learned patience.  She knows that “You have to wait” means that she cannot go or do whatever it is she wants.   Often on hearing these words, she will lay down but constantly watches  to see if the time for waiting  is over.  If waiting becomes too long, she may raise her head; cast her eyes back and forth…and wait some more.   Children have a harder time with waiting.    This may be because the parent gives in to a look, a cry, or a whine.  Actually, I sometimes have trouble with this myself where Gracie is concerned.  There is something about those pleading, big eyes…well, you know!

Giving in, however,  does not teach the  patience virtue where people are concerned. We have much to learn from our animals.    Oh, if it were easier.   Perhaps blood pressures would be lower; stress would not be a problem and we might all live longer.

At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “When is she ever going to finish this writing?”    Aye, my friend, your patience is to be rewarded a little further  with a  visual of  animal’s patience with their human masters.

Dogs ….LOVE ‘EM and Watch ‘Em SWING

62a - CopyYesterday was a DOG DAY!   I took our golden retriever, Gracie, to the vet to get some attention to a  splotched, red belly  and  her itching.  It seems she is allergic to everything.   We call her our “GOLDEN” RETRIEVER for the vet bills would make anyone cry.

Dr. West said, “Going to give her a shot now…you go home…rub this medicate all over her belly…rinse…and then put this lotion on all the red spots.”   So, out we go…get the hose…wash the belly and do all the above.   The shot helps but Gracie, flapping her ears, gets us up around 2:00 am to drink…drink…drink…and go outside.

This wonderful girl of ours has a real plush DOG LIFE.   She is truly our “baby” since all of our children are out of the nest.   When our last “goldens” got cancer and passed away, Bill and I cried for days.

Watching the ducks with Gracie's "Bill"

Watching the ducks with Gracie’s “Bill”

Who says it is a “DOG’S LIFE”….for she is one loved pup and when she looks in my eyes, I’m butter.

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They are smart, loyal and loving.

Maybe that is why I get such a kick out of things like the following…which you will love if you like Swing Music and dogs…..  

  Just get “in the mood” and enjoy!    (Click; turn on your sound (maybe really high!)  and enlarge picture for best viewing.      Swinging Dogs

“Reckless” loyalty

There is nothing like the wonder of God’s animals.  Some are beautiful…gentle…and loyal in every way.   It is said that we should love like our animals love us.  Our dog, Gracie, only wants to be in the same room with us.  Where we go, she will follow.   Perhaps this says something to what our love for God should be.

Some of us have a relationship with a few animals in our life time.  Others have never had an animal that they can remember as being their very own.  We love them; feed them, care for them and sometimes they die because  animals live shorter lives. We bury them in special places so we can remember that we had them as part of our lives.   Two of our Golden Retrievers are in those special places.  We worry when our animals have to be left at the animal hospitals because we don’t want them to be afraid or lonely. We wait eagerly to see what is making them sick.  (As we continue to do today.)   We think of the eyes that look lovingly into ours and the ears that perk up when we call their names.   They are amazing creatures.

During 9-11 recovery,  dogs worked tirelessly with the first responders.   Throughout the wars, there have been animals that served as faithfully as any soldier.  How many of you know the name Reckless?   If you are a Marine, you may.  This is an animal whose name has been lost in history.  Yet, if you visit Camp Pendleton, you will find a memorial to Sgt. Reckless and her bravery.  Reckless  was a little Mongolian sorrel purchased by an American Lieutenant for $250, and she proved her worth many times over during the Korean War. LIFE Magazine included her in a write-up as one of  the top heroes of all time.  

Thank you, God, for your creation and the animals that make life a thing of beauty.   Most of all, thanks for the lessons of life that we learn from them.

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Going to the Dogs!

Gracie, the Lap Dog?


Dogs are such wonderful creatures!   They are intelligent and loads of fun.  It’s amazing what they can learn.  When one says, ” He’s  gone to the dogs!”, it may be a compliment.   Everytime our golden, Gracie, goes to bed she rolls over with all four feet in the air.  No matter how many times she does this, we just have to laugh!   

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   Here are two videos that prove the point.  They are both a little mesmerizing…but I think you will enjoy them.  

Four men and their dogs
The Dancing Dog