John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
When we went to the movie theater to see the movie "Marley and Me", I was a little disappointed. It was hoped that more scenes of Marley as a puppy would be in the film. This movie is great to see. After working with many dogs and taking care of them, I could see that Marley was just like a regular dog, except that he never obeyed commands. As a puppy, he was very mischievous. As with all puppies, he was difficult to train. The mischief that he got into is the base for the movie. You could see the dog in all phases of his life until his death. If you like dogs, see this movie. Young children might not understand the ending of this film, but it was well done. Disney films in the past showed the comedy involved in keeping a dog and having children. This is a true story, but people have to know and love dogs to appreciate the film. Marley was like a person, and had his own personality. If he was angry, the house furniture became a casualty of his mood. If he wanted to do something, you had to hang on to his leash for dear life. Dogs have a lot of love to give us. A bored dog will frequently get into trouble. I have found out that if you take a dog for a walk and happen to see a squirrel or rabbit, hold on as tight as you can, for you are going to go for a ride with the dog pulling you. If you leave some food on the table and nobody is watching, you will see a smiling dog and an empty place on the table where the food was. Never keep chocolates or raisens where the dog can reach them. You can poison your dog with these items. When the dog is full and you give it extra food or snacks, it will hide them to find them later when it is hungry. If your dog disappears inside your house, look on your bed. They love being close to your smell and being comfortable. Keep all children's hands away from the dog's mouth. It might think that you are trying to hurt it and will defend itself by biting them. Having a dog in your house is like having a small child there. Some intelligent dogs, like border collies, German shepherds, Laborador receivers and Doberman Pinschers have the the same intelligence as a 7 year old child. How you train and treat the dog determines how it interacts with people and other dogs. Dogs make wonderful companions and always give love back to you as you give it to them. Many mean dogs are trained to be mean. If you have the time, go down to the Wisconsin Humane Society and adopt a dog for your family. You will not regret doing this.