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
where Islay, Ludow, Arran and Blue live.” Pickles, 1966
Dad smiles, “
Sherman, I know
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.”
that is a really long time ago!”
“That Sunday morning the Jules Rimet Trophy was on display at Westminister Central Hall in
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
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 England Surrey.
Unfortunately, like Uncle Deacon, Pickles had a tragic accident and crossed the
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.” Rainbow Bridge
|Pickles with Medal|
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
Museum in . 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.” Manchester, England
Cyber-paw pals here are two excellent short video clips about that have Pickles in them: