Monday, August 18, 2014

Goodbye Smoke

Our cyber-paw pal Chuck's collie Smoke crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday, 17 August.  Smoke was only 8½ years old.  Dog Dad told me the ones that cross the bridge young make one very sad. 

From the stories we've read about Smoke, he was a character.   The fact that Smoke was such a character reminded Dog Dad a lot of Uncle Deacon.  If you want to say a kind word or two, click the following hyper-link, Collies of The Meadow.  The link will take you to post about remembering Smoke.  
Smoke - You Will Be Missed By Your Pack
We can imagine Smoke and Uncle Deacon romping around in the fields across the Rainbow Bridge.  Both of them with having one of those strange Collie grins.  The ones where you know they were up to something, but can't quite figure out what.

Dog Speed Smoke,

Sherman & Dog Dad

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Laddie Honors 100 Years Ago

I was talking to my good Pals Skye and Blue this morning.  Somehow the topic of history came up and Blue sent me some pawtographs of a mascot dog in England that attends historical ceremonies.  In these pawtographs, Laddie, the mascot dog is attending a ceremony remembering 4 August 1914, the day Great Briton declared war on Germany.
Laddie - 4 August 2014
Laddie Sure Looks Pawsome
From reading about Laddie and his predecessor Shane, a tri-color collie, they attend various  remembrances for various military history days, like the anniversary of WW I and VE Day.  Laddie wears a ceremonial jacket with the badges of the Royal British Legion.  He represents the service dogs that served in WW I and WW II.  We think it is pawsome that a collie represent the service dogs that served during these two wars. The impact of WW I (the Great War) still reverberates to this day.  The situations in both the Balkans and the Middle East have roots in WW I.  Austria-Hungary broke into many pieces and Turkey lost much territory and influence.
Laddie by the Memorial
A Good View Of the WW I / WW II Memorial
Dad sure thought those ceremonies were neat.  I sure wish I had a ceremonial jacket and was able to attend those ceremonies.

If you want to read more about Laddie and his predecessor Shane click the links below.  There is a pawsome video of a Laddie as a puppy.  Dad told me none of his collies have done anything like that in the video.
Shane - Link to Shane's Page
Laddie Puppy Video Link

Dog Speed,

Sherman

PAW SSS - Thanks for the pawtographs Blue.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vet Visit - 2014

This morning Dad and I went to the visit our vet.  Every paw there was very nice to me.  I was a little stubborn turning around, but heck there was no treats involved.  I weight 80 lbs.
Vet Report
Overall I am in great health, though he said I needed to loose a pound.  Dad looked at me and said I guess we are going for more walks (pawtastic) and he will be cutting back on the treats (grrrrrr).  Since I got my shots, there would be no Angel Paws today (sigh).  Dad told Doc with some luck we would be seeing him again in November.  I wonder what is going on?

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Empty Bag

Bowsers, life is good.  Gandalf's Mom made some dog treats and gave them to Dog Dad to bring home.  I managed to convince Dog Dad to give me the biscuits before he thought of taking a pawtograph.  So the only evidence left is an empty bag that contained the biscuit and a smudged recipe written on the bag.
BOL, Me and an Empty Bag
Dog Speed,

Sherman

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Collie Sign

One of Dad's friends was walking down Duval Street in Key West.  He saw a sign and had to buy it for us.  When I read it, I snorted at Dad.  Spoiled me, you are pawsitively nuts.  I was bribed to take this pawtograph.  Spoiled, me, no way.
Signs, Signs, Posing With A Sign
A Close Up of My Sign
Hmmm, Dad what is this four ice cubes in my water bowl.  You know I only take two.  Hooomans.

Dog Speed,

Sherman

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miles July Visit

I have been after Dog Dad to post pictures of my visitor all week and finally got him to do it.  It has been about two years since Miles visited and I was happy to see him.  Miles stayed for nine days with us.  We definitely went out for more walks while he was here.  When we walked Miles left plenty of pee-mail behind.
Miles
We didn't play with each other but we didn't fight either.  I tried to get Miles to play, but I think he just wasn't comfortable with playing with a bigger dog.  Dog Dad said, just getting along is good enough.   
Miles and Sherman
Dog Speed,

Sherman

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