Thursday, 4 October 2012

World Animal Day 4th October

World Animal Day October 4th


World Animal Day Blog Hop: 10/4

Sponsored by Terri Giuliano Long, author of In Leah’s Wake, and David M. Brown, author of upcoming title Man vs Cat


 I've had dogs most of my life, first it was the family dog Sam who was a Lab/Greyhound cross, he was a nightmare I realise now, always escaping and never came when he was called, I would go so far as to say he had no training at all, But he was the most amazing dog, so affectionate and not a bad bone in his body. He was my best friend and confident through those rough school years of the bullies.

Sam age unknown but we had him 15 years...


Sam we had him 15 years and think he was 16 or 17 in this picture...



I absolutely love Rottweilers, but I've not had one for many years now due to my ill health, but they used to be a massive part of my life and I used to enjoy showing them. We won many prizes and I have even exhibited two of my Rottweilers at Crufts.



I got my first Rottie Roma in 1985 and she was a sweetheart, I used to show her a bit and I caught the showing bug when she kept winning. She was a big heavy old fashioned type, not very feminine to look at but she had the biggest heart, and taught me an awful lot about how wonderful this breed is.

Roma at 4 months old...

Roma approx 5 years old...
When Roma was two years old I got Soldier, who was the softest dog I have ever owned. His temperament was 200% goodness so I registered him as a PAT Dog,  and he was one of the first Rottweilers in the country to be used as a PAT Dog. I used to visit Holy Cross Hospital in Surrey with him for many years, the patients adored him. He won so many prizes in the show ring and qualified for Crufts at Richmond Championship Show. He was one of a kind, a true ambassador  of the breed.

Soldier after winning Best of Breed at Reading Show. Photo by Tracy Morgan...

One of my favorite head studies of Soldier...


This picture was taken at Crufts with my son who is all grown up now..

My next dog was Meegan who was Soldiers half sister, she was very small, petite and feminine I showed her as a puppy and junior, she did very well and qualified for Crufts following in her brothers footsteps. By the time she was two years old I retired from the world of dog showing due to family pressures, it's a world I missed for many years.

Meegan posing at home...

A very pretty head study of Meegan..

Soldier (r) and Meegan half brother and sister..
All my lovely Rotties crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a long time ago, but I still miss them like it was yesterday


I now have a very cute Cocker Spaniel now called Badger Boo, he is 11 years young and pretty much the center of my world, and he goes virtually everywhere with me. 

I believe if he is not welcome, then I am not welcome, as he is part of my family...


He writes his very own blog called Badger Boo's Daft Adventures, where he writes about his adventures and his his memoirs called Jackanory Stories. Badger Boo has been on facebook for many years and has a very popular facebook group. The Jackanory Stories came about because he is so new to blogging, and people and pets wanted to know his story, you can read Part One here.

Badger Boo in the camper van waiting to start his next Daft Adventure
Badger Boo enjoying his cuddles...
At 11 years young Badger Boo is still full of bounce...
 I hope you have enjoyed reading about my dogs past and present, I have certainly enjoyed writing about them and the memories will be with me forever..


27 comments:

  1. Dawn your dogs are beautiful, and the photos are fantastic. x

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    1. Thanks Amy they are all so photogenic x

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  2. Your dogs were awesome, Mrs. Dawn. Badger is a funny guy. I love him

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    1. Thank you so nice to hear you love Badger he is pretty awesome x

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  3. Woof! Woof! PRECIOUS photo ... lots of great memories. Happy rural Thursday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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    1. Hello Sugar Happy Thursday go you too xxx

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  4. Great pictures. I once had a rott/basset mix. He was the best dog. protective of his area but never met a stranger. He loved to play hide & seek with the wild rabbits on the farm. Strange how he never hurt a single one. He was not interested in them except for some fun.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your lovely story Suzie, he sounds like he was a lovely dog, they touch our hearts in so many ways x

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  5. These are beautiful pictures, Dawn! Thank you for sharing them. I hope you enjoy lots of continued fun with Badger Boo - he's wonderful and looks full of joy!

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    1. Thank you Terri I enjoyed writing this post, the stories I could have told about them if blogs were around in those days.

      Badger Boo is a very special little chap and makes me smile every day x

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  6. Thank you for sharing these Dawn.

    All the dogs are beautiful. You must have so many wonderful memories of them.

    You deserve a lot of credit for giving so many dogs such a loving home over the years.

    Thank you for taking part in the blog hop and best wishes to Badger Boo :)

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    1. Thank you David, I have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to dig out those memories and share my fantastic dogs with the world. x

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  7. Badger Boo writes his own blog? I believe you've found a new fan...

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    1. He will be so pleased to hear you are a new fan naturemummy thank you x

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    2. **waves paw** Hello naturemummy, pawsome to hear you is a new fan ** does happy dance**

      xxx

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  8. What wonderful ambassadors for a much maligned breed (Rotties). Great post!

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    1. Thank you Terri, they were fantastic dogs, times were tough in the 90'swhen the breed started to hit the headlines, but my dogs really enjoyed doing their bit to show people how wonderful they were. x

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  9. Such lovely pictures. I grew up around dogs my whole life--my dad had all kinds. Now my husband and I have a Belgian Malanois that will go wherever we go and ride on anything, no kidding. To get him in the car all you do is open the door and say "load up". He knows we're going somewhere when I'm packing stuff up

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    1. Thanks Amanda the Malanois are great aren't they, there are several where I work, such intelligent and majestic dogs.

      Badger Boo always knows when we are off on an adventure and goes bonkers chasing around the house barking, even though we try to be discrete so as not to disturb the neighbour's as its usually very early lol x

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  10. Great post! Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of your fur babies. You are very lucky to have had such amazing pups in your life.

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    1. Thank you islandkayaker they were such lovely dogs, it was great to have the opportunity to show them off to everyone x

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  11. I love these photos! These are such beautiful dogs :-)

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  12. Oh my word, Dawn. What a beautiful post x. Such love for your doggy family x.

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    1. Thanks Lesley, I wish blogs had been about back then the stories I could tell lol.

      It was so nice to be able to write about them, brought back a lot of happy memories, thank you for putting your post up so that I knew about World Animal Day and was able to join in..

      xxx

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  13. You have some lovely dogs and some lovely photos here.

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