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Mar 26 2015

My dog TOBY and I enjoy a feeling of companionship and a synchronization of feeling that is almost uncanny.

The following is an example to illustrate this synchronization:

By way of preliminary explanation, I have an alarm system in my house, and if somebody attempts to break into my house while the alarm is active, very loud sound signals are set off, and a message is sent to the police to let them know that there has been a break-in attempt.

The alarm system control box is located in the kitchen, which is at the far north end of the house.  The bedroom where I sleep is located at the far south end of the house.

I have a pendant that I wear around my neck, and on this pendant there is button that will arm the alarm system, another button that will disarm the system, and a red panic button.  The signal from these buttons will reach the system control box from any location in the house..  The red panic button will call the police.

When my waje-up alarm goes off in the morning, I sit up on the side of my bed and  reach for the pendant that I use to disarm the alarm system in my house.  My dog TOBY, who sleeps on his bed next to mine, watches me do this.  As mentioned, the control panel for the alarm system is at the far distant north end of the house, and my bedroom is at the far south end of the house.  When I wake up in the morning and am sitting on the side of my bed, TOBY and I both know that, when I press the "disarm" button on the pendant, we should hear the voice in the command box at the far other end of the  house say "Disarm - Stay", and we both know that, unless we hold our breath we will not hear the voice over the sound of our breathing.

So - when I am ready to push the "disarm" button on my pendant, TOBY and I both look each other in the eye and we both hold our breath, and then when we hear the "Disarm - Stay" voicewe resume breathing.  We know that our mission has been accomplished.

The foregoing is just one example of how my dog TOBY and I live and think and react together.  This closeness of feeling and compassion is all part of a bond that has been created between us that is priceless.

TOBY has brought much joy and happiness to me during my retirement years, and hopefully this story will serve to remind other persons facing their retirement years that having a dog is an option that should be seriously considered.



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Meet Frank

Frank was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and a Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University School of Law, Chicago. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he has worked  as an intellectual property attorney for the same firm for over 65 years.

After retiring in 1985, he has continued as a legal consultant for the company and has developed a second career, specializing in computer databases. He still donates his time at the Law Department and devotes considerable time and effort doing volunteer work on databases for the Research Library of the Phoenix Art Museum.

“My activities for the Law Department and for the Phoenix Art Museum keep me busy for most of my time and, in my mind, are responsible in large part for being able to stay healthy and live life to the fullest since my retirement in 1985.”

But that is not all that Frank does with his days. He, along with his co-author and friend Dan, published a book about Dan’s days as a solider during the campaign through Northern Europe during the WWII. In addition, more recently, Frank has written a new book named “TOBY-(He’s My Dog)”, which has been published and is available on-line from

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