Thursday, December 26, 2019
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Clause with eyes full of tears.
He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick...
More rapid than eagles he called the dogs name.
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain;
"Now, DASHER, Now, DANCER, Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET, On CUPID, On, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by all.
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear,
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.
In our haste to think of a gift for the kids,
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same.
You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain.
And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a life!"
Friday, December 20, 2019
From time to time, people tell me “lighten up, it’s just a dog.” Or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the cost involved for “just a dog.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog” but, I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you too, think it’s “just a dog”, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend” “just a sunrise, or “just a promise”
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile.
Because they “just don’t understand”.
- Author Unknown
JUST A DOG pdf
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
In America and other Christian countries, the tabby cat has a legend of its own.
As the Christ child lay in the manger, no animal - not even the gentle donkey or the faithful shepherd dog - could soothe Him to sleep. But when a little tabby jumped lightly into the manger and began to purr a lullaby, the Babe fell asleep at last. Ever since, all tabbies' foreheads have borne an M in token for the Madonna's gratitude.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
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Top 10 FEMALE D0G Names for 2019
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Saturday, December 7, 2019
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Cole Porter with accompanist canine
Yehudi Menuhin with playful pal
Franz Schubert and faithful canine
Leonard Bernstein's interactive dogs
Igor Stravinsky with little pups
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
THE ANGORA CAT originated in Turkey. They are usually depicted as white cats with blue or green eyes, but also come in many colors and patterns, including tortie, tabby and calico.
They are fine-boned and elegant, with a wedge-shaped head, a long silky coat and a plumed tail, and often described as a "ballerina-like" cat.
Author Victor Seroff re Composer Claude Debussy: Debussy's cats were always Angora, always called the same name, and allowed to meander through his workplace.
Amusing cartoon below:
Friday, November 22, 2019
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Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal "all is well"
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side --
A friendship that takes time to grow --
Small wonder why we love them so.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
WAR DOGS who Served with Distinction!
|CHIPS - internet photo|
|STUBBY - courtesy: Purple Heart Foundation|
A pit bull named Stubby served during World War I and was America’s most decorated war dog, according to the History Extra website: Sergeant Stubby (c1916–1926) was an American dog who served as the mascot of America’s 102nd Infantry Regiment during the First World War. Found in Connecticut in 1917 by members of the infantry, Stubby was stowed away on a ship to France by a young soldier called Robert Conroy and went on to participate in four offensives and 17 battles. Although the US military didn’t yet have an official “military working dog” program, Stubby’s instincts and charm made him a firm favorite with the men of the regiment, who taught him how to raise his paw in a salute.
Rin Tin Tin was a military service dog before becoming a movie star, according to War History Online, which details the story of the soldier who rescued him and his siblings: It was September 15, 1918, just after the success of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner of the U.S. Army Air Service, was sent to the small French village of Flirey to find a suitable airfield for the 135th Aero Squadron. The area had been bombed, and while exploring it, he found a severely damaged kennel in which there was a German shepherd dog dying of hunger with a brood of five puppies. The eyes of her litter were still closed. At the end of the war in 1919, Duncan loaded the dogs onto a ship that brought them all to the USA.
An English bulldog named Jiggs became a mascot for the Marines following his service during World War I.