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Super Dawg

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am Super Dawg, neither young or old
My job is to protect and serve
A lot of protect and not too much serve
I live with two humans, very different from each other
They like each other a lot
Because they are elderly and vulnerable I will protect them from many
things in this world that threaten their lives.

The older of the two is Him
He is a little grouchy and
gets on her nerves when he blows
He takes me on many walks
and he lets me drink from the lake
Often he sits by me and pets me
He pretends like he doesn't care
but his touch is soft and tender.

Then there is HER: she from whom all good things flow
She gives me fresh, sweet water, kibbles, and little goodies mixed in
And when I am sure it can't get better
she gives me cookies, not one but several
I follow HER around just in case.

The other day we were out on a walk
A huge beast was standing on the path
It was brown/black with funny bony things
Next to it's ears and very long legs
It was huge and just standing there
I leaped into action and gave chase
So surprised it was, it ran
First into the bush at one side of the road
And then it doubled back and stood there again
Again I gave chase and this time it didn't come back.

This poem was written about an incident with our much loved shepherd mix dog who was 6 when he came into our lives and stayed till he was 11. At that time he was training an adorable puppy to look after us when he got ill and died. I have put it in at the request of a Spark friend with whom I word spar.

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KLONG8 10/2/2014 12:52AM

    I loved this. Very touching and I totally agree. You had a Super Dawg in your life....and he had super people in his.

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GODS_TEMPLE 9/22/2014 2:47AM

    Thanks for sharing this Gina.

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    Beautiful. emoticon

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COMPCHIC52 9/18/2014 1:38AM

    very cool poem about the life of a dog with his owners how sweet. It is so hard to lose our fur babys emoticon

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MICKEYH 9/17/2014 10:18PM

    Gina, this is a beautiful poem. You must miss him a lot. I just got a chihuahua dog a month ago for my DH. So the dog can keep him company and gives him a hope and joy. Today we got another one to keep him (the dog) a company . So seems like all suddenly, we became parents of two dogs. They are so cute and already become a big part of our lives. Can't think of losing them. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRAFTY626 9/17/2014 7:31PM

    Gina Loved it, you did a great job. You have a talent for this type of writing I believe. Be happy to read any that you want to post here. emoticon emoticon


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WALLAHALLA 9/17/2014 6:56PM

    very creative

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I have been musing all morning on the friends I have made in my life. A lot of them have faded away as our interests diverged and that is okay. Sometimes you just run out of things to talk about. But some of them have stayed in my life despite distance, unshared interests and just plain busyness with the life we have.

One dear person I will never forget is a lady who was a former employer. Her daughter was someone I took care of as a care aide for many years. She started out a child and became a woman. Her mom had better luck with care givers when she was young but now does most of her care herself. Such devotion is remarkable. Over the years she moved away and then I moved even further away but we always get together at least once a year and yesterday was our once a year. We catch up and then we eat and then we talk some more. There never seems quite enough time.

One of the other people who worked with me still remains a very dear friend even though she too is far away. Even her lifestyle seems far away but oh well that is her business. That is how to keep friends, a lot of tolerance except for dishonesty and cruelty. People who are like that just need to get cut out of one's life. Anyway this friend does our taxes every yr. and she is good at it.

During a recent illness my DH had, I had to terminate a relationship with a friend I was staying with and went to a motel. While there I got to know someone a bit spinny but ever so nice and friendly and she could walk forever with one of our dogs on a leash. Now that is a friend I appreciate. A walking buddy. I keep hinting that she should move here but she is afraid of being so remote. I tell her it takes a lot of planning to make it work but she is afraid. I spent several hrs. with her yesterday too.

Then there are the walking buddies I have in this village dogs and all. We have very different belief systems but we just get past that. They make day to day life worth living. Their kindness and generosity is extraordinary.

As I think more on this I realize how much all my friends here on Spark mean to me and they are a wonderful bunch. I will mention Mickey, Vicki, Ramona, Wahalla and the person I always want to call Shelly but that is not her name (Compuchic). Sorry I have a 67 yr. old mind and it has glitches. There are more and you are all loved. How lucky our Sparkguy cared enough about all the hefty people to give them this place to learn how to live better and summon the energy to get healthier. I still learn things I did not know and it is all on here.

Then there are my DH and most of our children who do wish me well and some of them I can even carry on a decent conversation with. They have given us 10 amazing grandchildren who we can confidently leave this world in care of. Our two darling adopted daughters, Farideh (Mexican) and Kotomi(Japanese) who are most delightful women and have both been very successful despite great odds. Maybe they can use this for a eulogy eventually. That would work. I must never forget some of my Bahai friends who always remember me in their prayers and they in mine. We are scattered all over the globe.

What a wonderful life I have. Thank you all! Don't worry I will be around at least another 30 years to make you all regret you ever knew me. LOL

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KLONG8 9/17/2014 12:57AM

    Friends are wonderful and so happy you are blessed with good people.

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KANOE10 9/10/2014 7:33AM

    You have many wonderful people in your life. I am happy for you.

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COMPCHIC52 9/10/2014 1:37AM

    emoticon you are so funny and I know when you are talking to me and call me other names but you still know who you are talking to and that is what Counts. It is jenny if you want you can make it easier just call me J. It never bothers me though you are so precious. Isn't it great when we can look back on our lives and see all the amazing things. emoticon Life is good. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/9/2014 9:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You're the best!

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GODS_TEMPLE 9/9/2014 8:20PM

    Isn't it strange how we sometimes grow apart over the years? I often think of people I went to school with, and wonder what happened to them...

But here on SP, we all have a great deal in common, and with the internet, we are just moments away from each other. How amazing that Spark Guy has been able to develop this wonderful network of people for us to share our lives with!


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MICKEYH 9/9/2014 6:01PM

    I'm so erneard and great full to be your Spark friend. And I so agreed with you that I can thank enough to the spark guy who started this wonderful community that I met so many wonderful SP friend. Although I have never met you in my life, but I feel I've known you for a long time as a good friend. I always think about you that how you are doing. Life is wonderful alright there are seems few mountain to clime. take care my dear friend " much love" emoticon emoticon

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    What a wonderful tribute! Here's to life and good people and good friendships! emoticon

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Monday, September 01, 2014

I call this blog potpourri because there is lots to say none of it really huge.
It is the first of Sept. and I am looking at what I need to get done this month. I need to be calm and not feel overwhelmed. Lots to do and very little is optional. I'll mention some of them and if you get bored just feel free to not bother with my ramblings.
No. 1. There needs to be a new front door bought and put in. The wind damaged the frame, outside door and the inside door should be replaced at the same time. This means a long drive and then buying it at a price we can afford. Then the transport home which may be on top of our vehicle. That is dicey. A 3.5 hr. drive home with a huge load on top of our car is scary. What about the wind resistance? Then we need to remove the old doors and frame and insert the new. Hubby is still on crutches and refuses to hire a contractor. Hope he does not think I can do this. The dogs refuse to help too.
No. 2. I am going to the city (3.5 hr. drive away) to visit with an old dear friend as she is coming there to visit with her mother. Long drive, costly and I just hope I get enough sleep the night before.
No. 3. I really need to do a better job of tracking food. I just like eating whatever I want and I don't gain but I am not losing anything. I need to lose 20 lbs. more and better do it soon.

Well, I am commited to blogging every wk. so will expand on all these subjects at a later date. I have spent all morning on Spark and better do something else for a while.
Just one last thing: All the bears that have hung around town have been shot except one. The citizens don't really like this as we are all kind of soft hearted but they were getting bolder and bolder. The bear I mention in the last blog about my dogs is dead. I was phoned about this as the bear was going into people's gardens and compost. It was a young grizzly with a different colored hump and was known.

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JENNEINAZ 9/2/2014 10:15AM

  So the dogs haven't learned how to use a hammer...yet. LOL!

I hope you have a good visit with your friend and the journey is pleasant!

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COMPCHIC52 9/2/2014 2:00AM

    you mean you have not trained them dogs to put a door up yet? emoticon that made me laugh out loud. I would be scared of the wind with a door on my car too. you may to fly away with the door . Mary Poppins. please be careful.
At least you are not gaining so you are doing something right. emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . I think I can anyways.

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    Take it a piece at a time and you'll meet your goals and challenges without being bowled over. You've got a lot on your to-do list so don't be too hard on yourself. The whole door thing sounds like it will take several people. Maybe someone can refer a good handyman and they may be cheaper but just as good as a contractor. Pretty big job! Take care and have a good September- emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 9/1/2014 7:16PM

    I think you've got it made...except that first one. That sounds like a job for several people...not just you...even if the dogs and Charlie would help! Just getting the door off the top of the car would be impossible for one person alone. Do you have a Lowes around there that will deliver and install???

Sorry to hear about the bears, but you can't take chances.

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WALLAHALLA 9/1/2014 6:27PM

    Plan well and keep organized so that you can accomplish all your goals!

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MICKEYH 9/1/2014 4:59PM

    emoticon I like the title of this blog. It express very well on what you've said. So glad to see your blog again. You get me excited you've said you are going to keep up your blog. Way to go! Drive safe to your friend place 3.5 hr is a bit long drive. And good luck on your food trucking. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 9/1/2014 3:58PM

    Well organized + good work = success. Have a healthy and successful month!

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2BDYNAMIC 9/1/2014 3:53PM

    You have all your thought well organized ........... One at a time and you will do great! ............. Best wishes for a successful September .............. emoticon

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A Grizzly and My Two Dogs!

Monday, May 05, 2014

I don't usually post this often but my life has been exciting and not in a good way.
Because I had a lot to do today I thought I would take the dogs out and walk them early and get that out of the way. They nag if the day progresses and they have to stay at home. So I took them out to a remote area where the only traffic I ever see is a lonely Fisheries officer in his truck. I walked along and the dogs stayed with me till I came to an area which is a deep dip (gully) with steep hills on the side. It is well treed except for the area at the bottom of the gully. I kept on going till the dogs hadn't joined me for a while so I thought I'd better go back. When I got back to the gully area I heard my little poodle cross Chica barking up a storm. Not a sound out of the Rottweiler cross, Otto. I called and called her for a long time and she just ignored me and kept on barking steadily. Then I heard the unmistakable sound a bear makes. It is kind of a grunting sound. My heart sank. I tried hard to see what was going on and eventually I saw Chica. Her white fur and bounce is unmistakable. Well, if there is a bear there chances are that this is an adversarial situation. After about an hour of this along comes the Fisheries officer and I asked his help with getting the dog or dogs back. In my mind I was very afraid the bear had killed Otto. Bill got out his binoculars and looked hard at the situation. He immediately saw the bear and he said it was what was probably a young grizzly. He also saw Chica and eventually he saw a pile of dark fur which probably was Otto. Chica was standing beside Otto and was still barking like a fury. We both whistled and called and after a while Chica started to come towards us. And lo and behold very stiffly the pile of fur got up and headed our way as well. Chica finally got to me and I gave her her favorite treat but Otto just looked very dazed and got into the car and wouldn't take a treat. There were a couple of marks on him but nothing too serious. I can tell you I am very glad the bear did not kill either dog but do you realize that the bear had done something to our big dog and the little one stood by him and would not leave him. She is a huge dog at heart. I think he owes her his life.

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CAROLJ35 7/18/2014 8:48PM

    A very interesting account of your walk!
Hope both animals continued to do well.
Thanks for sharing!

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IMEMINE1 6/22/2014 3:18PM

    I do hope everyone is good.
I can't even imagine how you must have felt. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 6/1/2014 2:35PM

    Oh my goodness! This story is hair raising and thank the Lord no harm came and your precious pet is back home safely! ........... emoticon

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1SALMON1 5/27/2014 2:01AM

    Wow - what a great story! Probably not great while you were going through it, tho! I hope Otto's OK and hooray for brave Chica!

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FINNLANA 5/12/2014 5:59PM

    Wow, thank God nobody got seriously hurt! You have some very special dogs there and so glad everything worked out ok. Gina be careful out there, don't take any chances

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GLORY- 5/7/2014 4:34PM

    Wow that was quite a challenging situation to be in! Thank the Lord YOU are ok and your dogs!

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/6/2014 11:56PM

    So glad both dogs, AND YOU, are OK. Chica must think she's Otto's mama...That's the way any mama would act.

Just thankful nothing really bad happened. I think you are doing right to stay away from there for a loooooong time.

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PATRICIA-CR 5/6/2014 11:05PM

    Gosh, my first thought was your safety!

What would we be without our beloved pets-companions?! emoticon

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JENNEINAZ 5/5/2014 10:05PM

  A big brave dog in a little dog body. Way to go!

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MICKEYH 5/5/2014 9:38PM

    So glad everyone is ok and safe. Way to go for Chika that fight for Otto. Yes, Japanese dogs are very protective and Royal just like" Hachiko" who Wait his owner at train stations even the owner has died long ago. What an experience and kudos to you Gina. I'm sure this not first time you saw a grizzly bear, since Where you live is very known for the nature, but please be careful in the future. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 5/5/2014 6:14PM

    Whoa! emoticon So glad the bear didn't turn its attention on you!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 5/5/2014 6:06PM

    So thankful all survived. You're right about heart & loyalty, it's a lesson people could learn from. emoticon


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VICKI-B-N-FLA 5/5/2014 5:30PM

  What an adventure. Glad neither dog were really hurt and certainly glad the bear didn't come after you ! emoticon

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CELEST 5/5/2014 5:07PM

    What a frightening experience, thankfully your dogs are ok and so are you. Wow!!

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ALICIA214 5/5/2014 4:59PM


Our pets are loyal friends and very brave too aren't they..? I am happy they are both O'K. emoticon

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Fabulous Northern Lights Dancing!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Early this morning Annie and I and the two dogs set out to drive to the city 4 hrs. away to visit with my husband Charlie who is in the hospital after having knee replacement surgery and then a stroke. The surgery was April 7th and he is still very ill. He's been moved from the surgical ward to Rehab to continue to recover and finally after talking about the amount of pain he is in and them not understanding this at all they decided to do an ultrasound of his leg and he has a huge blood clot from above his knee to his groin area. They are not sure what to do with him now. This is a disaster. He already lives on blood thinners.
After I gave him a hair cut and a shower we left.
Then we went shopping and out for supper. We walked the dogs lots of short walks all day. Then we went out for a really nice supper and started the drive home. It was awful because we were driving into the twilight at first and then the pitch dark. When we'd have the dim lights on it seemed terribly dark and it was not bad with the brights on. Both Annie and I are old (71 and 67) and we found the conditions for driving awful. Turns out my dim light on the left was burned out. Then we were driving the last leg of 50 kms. ( 30miles) and suddenly the sky was lit up with bright dancing lights. We pulled over and got out and watched as the Northern Lights hummed and danced in the sky. It was spectacular. What a sight.

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/7/2014 12:01AM

    That is something I would love to see one day. I've seen videos and pictures...but I know it must be SPECTACULAR to see them in person.

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PATRICIA-CR 5/4/2014 10:14PM

    Best wishes for a full recovery of your DH. So happy you found something beautiful in middle of the difficulty. emoticon

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MICKEYH 5/4/2014 5:48PM

    I don't really understand what's northern lights dancing means but glad you saw it. One time I was driving from Canada to United States in between in the mountain it could be in Northen NY. I saw so any of the stars I have never seen in my whole life, that looks just like one in the planetarium's Milky Way. It was spectacular. Hope your DH's condition get better.

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WALLAHALLA 5/4/2014 5:35PM

    I would love a view like that. Maybe someday...

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CELEST 5/4/2014 8:38AM

    Im so sorry to hear about your husband....I hope things will get better with time.
The northern lights are on my bucket list of things to do before I die.
They fascinate me beyond words. You were so privileged to get to see such an amazing sight.

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KANOE10 5/4/2014 8:07AM

    I am keeping you and your husband in my prayers. Thank goodness they finally listened to him about the pain.

What a lovely surprise to see those beautiful lights after a difficult drive. I have always wanted to see them.


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PEZCATHY 5/4/2014 7:46AM

    Oh, I hope I get to see the Northern Lights one day! I haven't any interest (or money) to travel overseas. We have so many beautiful sights here in North America that we don't need to go anywhere else. Even I, at 60, get freaked out driving at night. It is good that you weren't alone! What a special treat that God gave you, knowing how stressed you were driving at night, by sending those lights to you! I am so sorry about your husband. It stinks when healthcare professionals refuse to listen to what you are telling them. I hope he gets better soon. I will keep him in my prayers.

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