Keep reading newspapers for the sake of your puppy

By John Toth / Editor and Publisher

The woman at the laundromat waited for me. I was running late, but she knew I was coming.

“Did you bring it?” she asked.

Yes I did. How much do you need?

“Everything you have.”

We walked to my van, and I opened the door. Her eyes lit up. “That’s perfect,” she said as she grabbed the week-old Bulletins out of the van.

How is your puppy doing, I asked.

“She is fine,” she answered. “These papers are perfect. I just about have her trained.”

The woman waited for me two weeks in a row at the laundromat. She got enough newspapers to train an entire kennel of dogs.

This is one reason I do a route each week, and why I make my living “newspapering.”

I choose to put out my own paper in some areas because I like this type of interaction. It is a humbling experience, and at the same time, rewarding.

This is one reason why newspapers will survive, no matter what the naysayers profess about electronic and social media taking over.

“Newspapers will go the way of the horse and buggy,” someone said to me a while back. “You need to get into another business.”

Really? I like to see anyone try to potty train a puppy using an iPad.

Newspapers are great for a lot of things, including reading. I don’t care what happens to The Bulletin after someone picks it up. They are bound to look at some parts of it before cleaning that window, or wrapping that fish.

You can even deliver babies in them because they are basically germ free as they come off the press and get bundled for distribution.

If you have watched old movies, you know what I’m talking about. The baby is about to be born in the taxi cab, and they start yelling for hot water and a newspaper. The baby after being born, is wrapped in the paper.

Try wrapping that newborn in an iPad.

I saw a photo of a dog in a shelter that was standing on a newspaper inside the cage. I hope it got adopted and the newspaper-lined cage was replaced by the new owner’s couch. But the newspaper once again played an important role in dog hygiene.

The woman with the new puppy did not greet me at the laundromat on the third week. I assume that her cute little pit bull finally was trained.

“Do you have any leftover papers?” someone else asked as I pulled up to a restaurant.

I have some. I just started the route. Haven’t taken back all that much.

“I’m moving and need to wrap up my dishes.”

I gave her everything I had. Try wrapping your dishes in an iPad.

As long as we have trees, we’ll have newspapers, and other printed materials, like books. It’s made from a renewable resource. There is not much renewable in that electronic gadget with the bright screen.

It’s time to fire up that barbecue pit. I need a few old issues to get that charcoal started. There goes my column, up in smoke. I already read it, though.

Try starting that fire with your iPad. Don’t. It’s too expensive. The Bulletin is free.