Saturday, July 12, 2014

Remembering Deacon

Dog Dad and I are dog sitting this week.  My buddy Miles is staying with us for a week.  It is nice having another dog around the house. Promise to post about that in a later post.  Today Dad is remembering Uncle Deacon, the Collie Ambassador.
Deacon Would Have Been Eight
Uncle Deacon, would have been eight years old today.  Dad thinks about him and his silly ways.  He tells me stories about him.  Things like him lifting dog biscuits out of a persons pockets.  Wanting to come in, when he had really muddy paws.  Dad smiles and then gives me hug.  I give him a face lick, telling him it okay to remember.  His collies are always with him, they are in his heart even when they have crossed the bridge.
Uncle Deacon Being Silly in Ohio
Uncle Deacon's Muddy Paws
Don't worry every paw, I am taking care of Dad.  He only gets a bit sappy when he remembers Barkdays past and Bridge Crossings.  He will be fine tomorrow.

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pickles

Dog Dad was sitting watching the World Cup.  Dog Dad played soccer in college and attended a few professional soccer games many dog moons ago.  After the game I barked at him. 

“Dad have you ever heard of the story about Pickles and the World CUp?”

"Pickles?  I’ve never heard of a dog named Pickles Sherm.”

“Dad, Pickles story is well known by dogs.  Pickles was a mixed breed Border Collie that lived across the pond in England where Islay, Ludow, Arran and Blue live.”
 
Pickles, 1966
English Wikipedia
Dad smiles, Sherman, I know where England is.”

I woof “The story begins many dog moons ago, way back on Sunday, 20 March 1966.  It took place long before your brudder Stevie-Grrr-Wonder and sister Becky were born.  In fact Pudgy was living with you at the time.” 
 
Dog Dad with Pudgy - 1966
Sherman that is a really long time ago!”

“That Sunday morning the Jules Rimet Trophy was on display at Westminister Central Hall in London during a rare public stamp exhibition.  The guard that normally stayed with the trophy had the day off and the other four members of the security detail were moving around the hall, enjoying a cup coffee or making quick trip to the loo.  During this time frame thieves broke in a back door and stole the trophy from its display case.

The first game of the World Cup between England and Uruguay on 11 July was about four months away and the theft reflected poorly on England, the host country.  The theft became headline news in the British press and Scotland Yard was inundated with false leads.  One hooman called in the Chairman of the Football Association on 21 March telling him to expect a package.  In the package was the removable lining from the top of trophy and a ransom note for £15,000.  A swap was set up for 24 March.  The man involved in the swap was arrested but sadly the trophy was not recovered.

On 27 March Pickles and his hooman are going out on an errand in South London.  Something under the hedge catches Pickles intention and his hooman pulls out a parcel wrapped in newspaper and tied together with a string.  The hooman opens the parcel and slowly realizes that Pickles has found the trophy.  They run the trophy over to the local police.  At first the police believe Pickles hooman is the thief, as the entire story was a bit far-fetched.  The question him until 2:30 am and make him stand in a lineup before clearing him of the burglary.  

The who event made Pickles an international hero.  He and his hooman receive £6,000 reward for finding the trophy.  As fortune would have it England won the World Cup Final at Wembley on 30 July.  The pair was invited to the celebration banquet and allowed to lick his owners bowl.  The four-year old Pickles received the National Canine Defence League silver medal, was named “Dog of the Year” and was given a year’s supply of dog food.  Pickles even starred in the movie, “The Spy With the Cold Nose.”  With their reward money his hooman bought a new house with £3,000 in Surrey.

Unfortunately, like Uncle Deacon, Pickles had a tragic accident and crossed the Rainbow Bridge that following year.  Pickles was on a choke lead with his hooman’s six-year-old son.  When Pickles saw the neighbors cat, he dashed after the cat, bowled the boy over and disappeared.  His hooman looked for him for over an hour.  Then his hooman noticed Pickles in the gardens behind his house, his chain around a branch and Pickles just hanging there.  The lovable Pickles had tragically choked to death.  His hooman buried his beloved Pickles in the back garden of his home.”
Pickles with Medal
from Britishpathe.com
The Press and Pickles
credit: Corbis
Reviewing The Spy With A Cold Nose Script
Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
I notice Dad is a bit misty eyed.  I go over and nuzzle him to make him feel better.

“Dad, Pickles memory will live on pawever.  His collar is on display in the National Football Museum in Manchester, England.  Perhaps one of cyber-paw pals will take a picture and send it to us.  In 2006 a far from factual film called “Pickles the Dog Who Won The World Cup” was made.  So he will always be remembered.”

Cyber-paw pals here are two excellent short video clips about that have Pickles in them:

Dog Speed,


Sherman

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sherman & Gandalf

Friday it was rainy and lightning out.  It was getting dark when the lightning started to subside.  Dog Dad got me in the car though.  Dad took a turn that wasn't going to  Angel Paws.  What the heck.  He gets out goes to a strange building then comes back.  He gets on the phone, says something and then we do a quick walk in a strange new area.

Next we are walking up to a strange building.  As I enter. a young pup named Gandalf greets me.  Before you know it we are running around, doing our best WWD wrestling moves.  The hoomans are chuckling as we play.

Enjoy,

Sherman
Defend Yourself 
Ha, You Are to Slow Sherman 
I Have You Gandalf
OMD, It Is The Flying Gandalf
Break Time
I Have You In A Collie Headlock Gandalf
Chums

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peter Schlemihl

Today Dad sat down with me and read me a short story from long ago.  I grabbed a bone to chew and listened.
Chewing a Bone While Dad Reads
The story is about a man named Peter Schlemihl.  Dad happened on this story when he was in High School a pawzillion dog years ago.  He had a psychology  class and the book they were reading referenced this short story.  Dad decided he needed to find and read this story.  The story was written way back in 1814 and for some reason Dad could relate to this story. Finding it on line was like talking to old friend you hadn't seen in years.
Peter Schlemihl
In the story Peter sells his shadow to a man for a magic money purse that gives him an endless supply of money.  As Dad read the story, I sense his enjoyment and felt like I was part of the story.  When he was done reading it, he smiled and gave me a hug.  If you want to read the story and find out what happened to Peter click the following hyper-link:  Peter Schlemihl.

As for me and Dog Dad, things are going well.  I am meeting new friends at Angel Paws.  Dad had been hoping to report that a tri-color girl was born to come live with us, but no such luck.  A litter of five pups were born on 19 June.  There were two tri-color males, a sable male and two sable females whelped, but no tri-color girl.  However, two more female collies are coming into season soon.  If it would make Dad happy to have a tri-color girl and the delay is only several months, I can hang in there.  Besides that means more treats for me.

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sunshine Award


I’ve been after Dad to post this award since we got it way back on 24 March from the Collies of the Meadow.  The Collies of the Meadow is a blog that has brought us many a smile, along with some of the rain that happens in life  We love reading their blog.  As for taking three months to get Dog Dad to post my award, I think he was waiting for me to become one of those fossils he has around the house. 
My Award
As part of this award we need to Name Ten Things About Ourselves-

1. Dog Dad had two facsimile collies when he was a very young lad.

2. Dad first dog, Pudgy, cost one raffle ticket, a whole five scents.  
1966 - Pudgy
3. Before the Collies came to live in Key West, Dad dog sat two other dogs: Foxy and Nicky.

4. All of the Key West Collies have been Holmhaven Collies.

5. The Holmhaven Collies foundation male, Bellhaven Enchanting Lancer, came to live with my breeder Mom Lil, in November 1962.  Lancer came from Bellhaven Collie Kennels which was owned by Mrs. Florence Ilch.
Lancer
6. During the mid-70s Holmhaven Collies participated in an “All Collie Drill Team” that performed at Sunnybank during Octoberfest.

7. We started our blog because of a Collie named Tosca, who lives in Upstate New York.  Unfortunately, Tosca’s blog was pulled several years ago.

8. All the Key West Collies have had middle names: 
    Essex Saratoga
    Deacon Aloysius
    Sherman Tecumseh
 
9. All the Key West Collies had a nickname:
    Essex        – Secretary of Da Fence
    Deacon     – Collie Ambassador
    Sherman   – Speaker of the Park
The Collies Blessing
10. Essex and Deacon inspired Dog Dad to write the collie blessing:  “May your tail wag, your belly be full, and may you have a forever family to rub your tummy and scratch behind your ears.  

This award has been given to a lot of our pals.  We want to award it to our good chums: 

  1.  Reilly & Denny at cowspotdog.blogspot.com

  2.  Petal & Penny at http://lovedbyacollie.lifeseven.com

  3.  Gracie & Loki at http://dscollies.blogspot.com

Dog Speed

Sherman

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Chase - 17 June 1994

I jumped into the WABAC Machine all by myself and traveled back 20 years ago to 1994.  I got out in Bear, Delaware.  As I got out I saw a man that looked and smelled like Dog Dad, but the man is much thinner and his hair is dark. 

I slowly realize the man is a young Dog Dad.  I try to say hi, but Dog Dad just smiles at me.  He is busy visiting his friend Jim.  Dad and Jim, worked together, played racquetball and softball during the four years he lived in North Dakota.  The two of them sit down and turn on the TV.  On the TV a white Ford Bronco is driving down a road in California and is followed by police cars with flashing lights.  Dog Dad and Jim are mesmerized by the unfolding events.  I quietly slip back into the WABAC machine and come back home.

OJ - 1990
When I got back, I asked Dad about that car chase.  Dad smiles, then he tells me that twenty years ago that police were following OJ.  I give Dad a confused look.  He laughs and says, this OJ is not the cat that lives with our cyber-paw chum Skye, but a man that had played football with Buffalo.  He told me that in the months that followed many people in the United States followed the Court Room proceedings in California.  As we talked I could see that Dad had once admired this football player.  The events that unfolded after 17 June 1994 changed all that.

Dad tells me most people that lived in the United States will remember where they were when this happened.  After our talk Dog Dad comes over, gives me a hug and a kisses my forehead.  

Do you remember where you were?

Dog Speed,


Sherman

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Pawthers Day 2014

We hope all you Pawthers out there had a pawsome day.  When Dog Dad woke up this morning, I decided to give him a good face licking.  You should give your hoomans a good face licking off and on.
Happy Pawthers Days
Dad spent a lot of time with me.  We went to Angel Paws later in the day.  Four other pups visited today.  So I got to do some running and chasing.  There was an eleven month old Great Dane there.  Dad chuckled as I stayed close to him.

Dog Speed,

Sherman