Dogs are a constant in so many lives.

I have had some, but right now I am dogless.

I did enjoy Leila Rudge’s story about “A Perfect Place For Ted.” Her illustrations are unique, to say the least.

We meet Ted in his home, a pet store. He has lived here as long as he can remember but knows he doesn’t belong there. He needs to find his own place.

We watch as he joins the circus the next day. He does his tricks, but no one notices him here, either. He joins a pet pageant, and after a bath and blow drying his fur, he adds a fancy hat ... but loses to a poodle with pom-poms. His job as a guard dog is a wash, too, as even the burglar doesn’t notice him.

Then he sees a poster that says “Wanted! A furry friend for Dot.” He makes himself known and is NOTICED. He and Dot hang out and become fabulous friends.

Ted has found his home. When he and Dot get to her house, he finds lots of friends — cats — at least a dozen of whom accept him just as he is. It is purrrfect.

What do you do when you have a dog and you want to share? You write to Grampa and ask him to visit.

In “When Charley Met Grampa,” by Amy Hest, Henry loves his new puppy Charley and can’t wait until Grampa comes to meet him. Grampa tells Henry that he is not familiar with dogs and is unsure of how things will go. Henry is certain it will be fine.

We watch as Henry and Charley walk to the train station pulling a sled for the suitcase Grampa will bring. They wait patiently for the train and are so excited when Grampa finally gets off the train.

The first meeting is cautious, and Charley leads the way in the snow. Grampa’s hat blows off, and Charley brings it back. That seals the bargain.

What happens when you really, really want a dog and you are allergic to them?

“Snow Dog, Sand Dog,” by Linda Joy Singleton, tells us about Ally. She draws lots of pictures of dogs, imagining what kind she would have if she could.

When winter comes, she makes a snow dog. She gives him pebble eyes, a pine-cone collar and a crooked icicle tail.

The others laugh, but she doesn’t care. Snow Dog follows her home. He sits by the freezer, not the fire. They eat Popsicles and play fetch with snowballs and make snow dog angels.

Then spring comes and Snow Dog is gone. Ally makes a flower dog, with seed-pod eyes, a daisy-chain collar and a stick tail. Again, he follows her home, and they enjoy the summer together. Then he wilts away.

That summer, at the beach, Sand Dog appears. In the fall, Leaf Dog makes a good playmate — and none of them makes her sneeze.

To every problem there is a solution.

Luci Hand is a retired school principal who lives in Porter County. Email her at ljbhand@comcast.net.