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Postby klondike » October 1st, 2008, 1:09 pm

Hi, Gang!
This here new thread, which I do most fervently hope to continue & grow, as has the Record Party, & Candids & Sailor Walks In, is a place to talk about the

a subject which, as you all by now know, is intimately close to my heart, and one which I suspect is pretty darn close to the hearts of many of yourselves, as well . .
Don't have a dogger in your life right now? Share pix and/or memories of the one(s) you used to share your home with, or maybe that unforgettable canine you grew up with, or remember most fondly. Devoted instead to a cat or two, or rodent(s), bird(s) or reptile(s)? Keep horses or livestock?
Hey, no disrespect, Folks, by this thread's about D O G S, 'kay? If you wish to honor another species of pet, by all means, begin a thread just for them! It's democracy at it's finest!
Now, as to the reason for this thread, at this time?
Seems I went ahead and misidentified those two sweethearts posing with Leslie Howard over in Mongo's CANDIDS thread: I nailed 'em as Springer Spaniels (couldn't zero-in on Welsh or English, so I left it generic) - but, past expertise notwithstanding I was right only in that they were from the Sporting Group - and our heavensent la Jefe, Moira, rode to the rescue, letting me down gently with a PM to clarify my mistake . . a PM which was so moirishly bright & well-worded it wound up inspiring this whole idea for a "dog city" thread . .
Oh, and BTW: they were English Setters, not Spaniels at all; Moira spotted (no pun intended) my error because she'd owned one of these delightful creatures, and now, thanks to her remembered tribute to her, I feel like I knew her, too!
Hopefully, this will trans-inspire the irrepressible Ms. Finnie to post herein and transcribe that very PM, which I'm itching to share with you all, but I feel is hers alone to contribute here, by etiquette & site protocol.
But, I shall surge forward nonetheless in sharing excerpts from my favorite poem, called to mind this morning by that very PM;
- from The Malamute, by Pat O'Cotter, circa 1918:

"He's a real chum with things coming easy,
He's a pal with things breaking tough,
He's a hell-roarin' fighting companion
When somebody starts something rough.

"He's a true Friend in sorrow & sickness,
And he doesn't mind hunger or cold,
And he's really the only pardner
You can trust if you uncover gold.

"He's a guard you can trust at the sluice box,
And he'll watch by your cache thru the night,
And if some cheechako tries to molest it,
That cheechako's in for a fight!

"He pulls on our sleds in the winter
He's first in the rushing stampede
He goes where a horse couldn't travel
And besides that he rustles his feed.

"He takes a pack saddle in summer
And follows us off thru the hills
And when we go short on the grub pile
He shares up whatever he kills.


~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

"But you can't tell me God would make Heaven
So a man couldn't mix with his friends;
That we're doomed to meet disappointment
When we come to the place the trail ends.
That would be a low-grade sort of Heaven
And I'd never regret a damned sin
If I mush up to those gates, white & pearly,
And they don't let my Malamute in."
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Postby knitwit45 » October 1st, 2008, 1:31 pm

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be.. It's the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference." ~ Virginia Satir
""Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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Postby movieman1957 » October 1st, 2008, 3:39 pm

Chris

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

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Postby jdb1 » October 1st, 2008, 3:47 pm

Knitty, one of my favorite dog stories, and one of my favorite episodes on The Twilight Zone. Know the one of which I speak? With Arthur Hunnicut and his ol' hound dog? I think the dog's name was Rip.

I was thinking of our Beautiful Maggie only this morning -- it's almost a year since she left us and I miss her every day. As I was walking to work this morning, a sweet little fluffy dog alongside his ladyfriend looked at me and wagged and strained at the leash as if he knew me. Maggie, although about five times the size of this cutie, got the same friendly, eager expression when she recognized a friend, even if it was a friend she'd never met before. Petting this little dog this morning made me feel a whole lot better.

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Postby movieman1957 » October 1st, 2008, 3:56 pm

Moira:

That clip is on those Best of Carson recordings plus I saw it the night Stewart read it. There wasn't a dry eye in the world that saw it. Real men do cry.
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Postby moira finnie » October 1st, 2008, 4:10 pm

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Corrie

Postby inglis » October 2nd, 2008, 10:05 am

My Gandmother bred Cairn Terriers in Scotland
I came home from School one day and found a letter with a parcel that contained a little tarten collar and a leash. My Mom told me that Grandma was sending a puppy from Scotland.We were so excited and could not wait . I remember going to the airport with my family and picking Corrie up in a special place there.He was the cutest little puppyI had ever seen and he was so excited to see us .His little paws just scratching away to get out of that cage .I can't imagine what it was like for him to come all that way and this was back 1967. We got him home and let him out and he went crazy and my Mom was crying she was so happy to have this little dog from home.It was a great event in our house and the fact that he came all that way and that my Grandma had sent him to us was more special to us than anthing we could have ever had at that time.I was going to Scotland with my Mom that July to see my Grandma for the first time . My brothers were born there but I was born in Canada .My Mom was so excited to take me home so that her Mom could see me and meet her little girl.My Grandma wrote me a letter and I still have this letter asking me how I was enjoying Corrie and was I taking him for little walks .We were just a few weeks away from leaving on our trip and my Grandma had a heart attack and died in her classroom she was still teaching at 64.I do not write this as I am not competing for it to be a tear jerker but to tell you all, that this was such a special gift she had sent to us.I did not get to meet her but Corrie although long gone now still has an impact on my life . Carol

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Postby knitwit45 » October 2nd, 2008, 10:21 am

Carol

For all the joy that Corrie brought you, I'm sure that joy doubled back to your dear Grandmother, knowing her little girl's little girl was holding a piece of home. Thanks for sharing such a sweet story with us.

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Postby movieman1957 » October 2nd, 2008, 10:22 am

It's a lovely story Carol. Your grandmother sounds like a fine woman and I know how much you loved your mother and how much you still do.
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Postby moira finnie » October 2nd, 2008, 11:32 am

I'm sure that your grandmother would be overjoyed to know that she brought you so much happiness to this day. I know that you've no intention of making anyone cry, but...it is quite moving to read each succeeding entry in this thread, Carol.

Thanks so much for that story.
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thanks

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Postby bryce » October 3rd, 2008, 12:24 pm

Carol, I couldn't help but tear up at your story. What is it about dogs that make us love them so much? You reminded me of my first dog Panther. He was a Boston Terrier and was my best friend growing up. Despite the fact that he only lived two years he instilled in me a lifelong love of dogs. Mere weeks after he died my mother's friend brought us over a big ole mutt, with huge paws, wrapped in a blanket because she couldn't stand to see my heart broken. Brady came from an abused mother and a horrible home, and we tried our best to give him a good one. I moved away many times and had to leave him behind at my mother's, but every time I came back he was waiting for me, wagging tail and ready to kiss me and play, treating me as if I had never left. I did my best to make up for leaving by taking him for daily walks, he old and gray and nearly blind walking by my side unleashed like he never had before. He died last year at thirteen years of age and I then knew what it felt like to lose a family member. He will always be the yardstick by which I measure dogs, and much like your Corrie, he will always have an impact my life.

Now my mother has Sadie, a four month old beautiful little 4.6lb shih'tzu that acts like she's 46lbs! She rough houses more than Brady. If she bites onto a toy or piece of clothing you can lift her off the ground, she won't let go. Unlike any other dogs I've known, when Sadie gets a vaccination she doesn't tire out or get sick, she gets hyper, and wants to play and run around! She's a little ball of energy.

My mother bought her in August, a year and half or so after Brady died, to keep her company since she's all alone in her house. She also warms my grandmother's heart - she lives right across from my mother, and her little pikapoo Missy died in December '05. Sadie even has her own little "throne" in the backyard on one of the many large stones. She has the biggest growl and bark - especially when my mother tells her "no!" She has brought happiness back into my mother's life, something I've been worried about for years as she seemed to be in a depression. She stays awake later, she spends more time outside, she goes for walks, all because of little Sadie. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to take her with us.

Here are a couple of pictures:

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She is VERY dismissive of the camera or anyone wanting her attention unless it suits her!

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On her throne - here being photographed it suits her, apparently!

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Postby mongoII » October 6th, 2008, 4:56 pm

My boy Jeter.
It all began in 2007 after we lost two of our beloved pets Sammy (a poodle) and Huntz (a boxer) within the same year.

Off we went to the Humane Society where many dogs were on display awaiting to be adopted. After looking around we kept coming back to a small dog lying in front of his cage, quiet, ears down, staring straight ahead, with the tip of his tongue sticking out. He wouldn't look at nobody. It seemed no one was interested in him.
We finally took him out on the grounds where he exposed a docile face and we decided he was deaf since he didn't respond to our voices.
Of course we eventually took him home.

A few days later the headline in our local paper read '79 dogs found in filthy home' consisting of terier-mix or chihuahua-mix dogs. After looking at the pictures in the paper we spotted a few that looked like our dog.
We had a Jackchi! We could only imagine what he went through it that house.

Needless to say once Jeter got settled his hearing is pristine, his bark is sharp, and he runs like a banchee. He also likes to roll on dead bugs, loves to eat, plays with toys (dilapidated ones are his favorite), and barks when he has to do his duty.
Most of all he is loyal and lovable, especially with his tongue sticking out. What more can we ask for?


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