By Ruth A. Ringelstetter
When we were young, we watched a cartoon hour called The Quick Draw McGraw Show which debuted a segment called Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. They then went on to have their own segment of the show. The show was on for three seasons from 1959 to 1962.
We hadn’t thought about them for years, but just this spring on our way home from our Missouri photography trip, we came through a small town in Illinois. I had marked a restored advertising mural and a historic library. We pulled up and parked on the street next to the advertising mural, but glancing across the street, there in front of a gas station was a statue, and I told Joann it looked like Augie Doggie.
Actually, it looks like Doggie Daddy, which we found out when we got home and looked it up. It might be a repurposed Doggie Daddy statue, or maybe it never was and just has a strong resemblance. All we know is, he was very cute, and he reminded us of fond childhood memories.
So when you’re out and about, keep your eyes open because, “Augie, my son, my son” (as Doggie Daddy used to say), you never know what you’ll find when you look around.