I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday's Tasty Treat (#14): Bonesicles

"What the heck do you want me to do with this? It's frozen for DOG's sake!"


"Hmmmmm..."


"OK, I've got this."


"Now I can get a grip on it!"

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day
and a
National Moment of Remembrance









Please join me, at 3pm Local time, in a "National Moment of Remembrance'' . This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to honor those who have sacrificed everything and commemorate and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.

Then, take just another moment to remember our men and women who fight, today, to protect our freedom; and the families who have made the sacrifice with them.

Moment Of Remembrance
In 1996, a humanitarian organization based in Washington, D.C., known as 'No Greater Love' conducted a survey on children and asked them why do they think there is a holiday on Memorial Day. It was agonizing to hear their remarks that were all associated with barbecues and extended weekend parties and celebration, while they hadn't the vaguest idea about the sacrifices of the soldiers in whose honor it is celebrated. One of the children was even quoted as saying that this was the day when swimming pools open!

Thus, the organization came up with the idea of 'National Moment of Remembrance' to remind and especially, let the future generations know about the real meaning of the holiday. The idea clicked with the President and Congress and since 1997, it became a standard American tradition. National Moment of Remembrance requires everybody to keep silent for a minute, exactly at 3.00 pm (local time) when 'Taps' is played and reflect on the glory of those who have shed blood for us. The federal government hopes to raise public awareness about the heroes and their valor by introducing this moment.




Friday, May 27, 2011

While you're preparing for Memorial Day


and thinking of all those heroes who have given their life so we can enjoy the freedom and privileges that we possess in the United States, here's a couple more things to ponder.

Military Dogs Need Homes



There are some special requirements, because these dogs are highly trained. Military personnel and law enforcement programs and experienced handlers' applications are given priority. VSPA offers these tips when applying to adopt a military dog

As noted, in this article,applications to adopt retired military dogs has increased, exponentially, since the demise of bin laden.


Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pets, arrange foster homes for deploying military personnel.



Guardians For Soldier's Pets mission is to support "our Military, Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peace-keeping mission) in harm's way to fight the global war on terrorism or unforseen emergency hardship impacting their ability to retain their pet's ownership rights."


I'm not in a position to do either, right now. But I sure can spread the word!
Tails From The Frontline is their official blog.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Waiting on Wednesday

With the temperatures heating up in the desert, pooooooooor Stumpy is being left home, more frequently, in spite of her being a service dog. I'm not comfortable making her walk on hot black top AND it's been quite sometime since I have required her services.



Stumpy, do you REALLY think that waiting under Blue's tire is the the best way to ensure you don't get left at home?

Stumpy was supposed to party with her friend Rain, today. It isn't going to happen but she wants to wish her wants to wish her partner in crime, camping buddy and Road Dawg extraordinaire a very happy first birthday!

Smiley

Then


And now



Happy birthday, Rain!

Smiley

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Blogger Blues



I can post, but I can't comment. I can't comment on your blog and I can't comment on my own blog. Weird.







Is anybody else suffering the same frustration? Got a fix?

In the meantime, I'm reading. If I have an earth shattering, mind boggling comment to make, I'll email you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Memories: Demian (1971 - 1984)



aka Pee-Dog (After sticks, peeing was high on his list of priorities. Peanuts were his most favorite treat in all the world.)


Demian was my first dog, after leaving home and graduating from college, in 1977. He found me when he was 6 years old and I was living on Cape Cod. It was love at first sight for both of us.


I posted flyers all over West Dennis, West Yarmouth, and South Yarmouth and his owner came to claim him.


Three weeks later, his owner returned him to me, a bag of bones. Demian refused to eat. We were inseperable, for the next 7 years. The stories he could tell and the adventures we shared, from coast to coast, amaze me to this day.

He was my own personal Rin Tin Tin and came to my rescue, more than once. I never doubted he would lay down his life in order to save mine.


He was an extraordinary puppy raiser. Below are a few of his protege.

With Roscoe, on our honeymoon at Zion National Park, 1981


With Barney (lab) and Poo (poodle) at Lake Mead, 1984.

There are no words to express what this dog meant to me. See you on the other side Pee-dog!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Many Phases of Waiting

Excited: "Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!"


Optimistic


Annoyed (and no longer making eye contact)

I'm taking too long!

Discouraged


Indignant


Downright dejected

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stumpy's On a Hunger Strike!

Normally, I can barely get an OK out of my mouth before Stumpy inhales her food. Since Fenway went home, and there's no race to the breakfast/dinner bowl, eating just doesn't seem to be worth the effort.


So guess what little girl? Now you're on restriction, too! No treats, no meaty bones, no pigs ears, no chews until you eat your dinner!




*We go through this, everytime Fenway visits. Not to worry, Stumpy is eating, just not with her usual attitude.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Stumpy has been TOADILY featured!



She's been featured on Toadily Pets!



Stuart and Donna (aka Froggi) McNicol are full-time RVers. Toadily Pets! features new and innovative pet items, readers' pets, interesting stories from across the globe and more.

Their RV'n blog, Two Taking A 5th, details their adventures on the road in their 5th wheel.


Sadie, a boxer mix, shares her view on her own page, Sadie Speaks.


Thanks, Donna! Stumpy and I look forward to meeting you and yours, out on the road!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stumpy and Fenway's surprise

Where are we going? Where are you taking us?


We're here! Beautiful Lake Mead!


Stumpy and Fenway made a new friend, immediately! Sky, a beautiful plott hound girl, was recently adopted from a local shelter.



This was Sky's second trip to the lake and although she got her feet wet, her owner said she didn't want to swim. I told him a little friendly competition would probably fix that.

And it did. Sky was swimming like a champ, in no time.

OK, you two! I want you to swim and chase balls until you can't move!

And they did!







Back in the 80's Lake Mead was my playground. Once the weather warmed up we were out here all the time. You could pull your vehicle up to the water's edge and set up camp. Back in the day, the water came up almost to the road pictured below.


In this picture you can see the white water line on the rocks. 20 years ago, just the tops of those rocks were visible.


Are you familiar with the Federal government's America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass? The pass, for a nominal fee (and in some cases free) grants you access, at no charge, to national parks, national forests and land under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. Discounts for other services are offered, too.

More information, history, geography, etc., about lake Mead can be found here.


Out takes