April 16, 2008 Edition

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Breakfast stop
delicious and

By Ava Lusk
Guest Writer

An early Sunday morning breakfast stop in Okmulgee, Okla., at the local eatery served more than just a hot delicious meal for my husband, Royce, and me on our way back to Portia.

We had attended a visitation and funeral for Alvin Gilpin, husband of my best friend and former classmate, Carolyn Smith.

As Royce and I sat by a large window waiting for our order, we noticed a dog in the back of a red truck. The reddish-brown dog, with a white muzzle and a white streak down the neck and chest, looked intently in our direction and stood perfectly still.

I commented about him/her sniffing the food smells and something about the redbone hounds in the movie, "Where the Red Fern Grows."

An older gentleman, seated nearby with a Bible on his bench, stopped eating and said, "My father's dogs were used in that movie."

Needless to say, Royce and I were surprised, especially since I had taught the book to seventh graders and had shown the movie the last year at Delaplaine High School.

The gentleman went on to say that his father's dogs were the ones that treed the raccoon before the movie people brought in Old Dan and Little Ann for the close-ups. Also, his father's dogs looked for the injured grandfather and found him. Once again, the other dogs were used in the close-ups.

Mr. Davis then said his dog, Daisy, was 13 years old and was his constant companion, even following him from room to room. Later, he took her a piece of bacon, which she was expecting.

Mr. Davis surprised us again when we stated that we were from Portia, Arkansas. He vividly remembered being in Portia during a July 4 carnival picnic many years ago.

He said the people were so friendly that this brief rest stop for him quickly turned into his staying for two days! Nothing in his life since has impressed him like that stop.

As for my husband and me, we will not forget our breakfast stop in Okmulgee. Not just delicious food was served, but interesting conversation, too!

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