Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy's100th: There's One In Every Family

Dog Lovers, there should be at least one in every family.  In our family it is more like the  101 Dalmatians -- except the 101 run the gamut from AKC to mutt, but always loved.  My personal family tree of dogs begins with Skipper, who slept beside my bed in his own little  doll bed;then came Rusty,  the Irish setter,  with her long red feathers flowing behind her.   She was followed by two more setters, Luella and Splinty.  At WSU, our family (really I) acquired Gwendolyn, a golden shepherd-cross of some kind.  She sat beside me in trees while I read books, and could spot every Arctic Circle between Pullman, Washington and our southern Oregon home.After twelve faithful years, Gwendolyn passed from this world, but in her footsteps arrived another shepherd cross, Maggie, my love.  It was said by many that Maggie had an old soul  --- and she left this world too soon.  Then came my Germans (shepherds, of course);  Katie, a charming black and tan; Jake, a rangy, long-haired black shepherd; and now Colldubh, my old-style long-haired black shepherd.  These are, and have been, my friends, and each in their turn my ever constant companion  --- never far from my side.

In my family of origin, it might well be said, "love me, love my dog."  Setters, Samoyeds, Mastiffs, Shepherds, Border Collies, Shih Tzus, Silky Terriers, Heelers,and just Dogs have graced our lives and kept us in tune with that bit of wonderment that gives you unconditional love and trust --- just to teach us how to give that back to the world in which we live.

8 comments:

  1. You know you just won my heart. Enjoyed reading about your dogs. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Carol, I thought of you and your Yorkies as I was writing this little piece of fluff. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. This world would certainly be much poorer without that "unconditional love" - what a great line of dogs have been your companions. I loved reading this.

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  4. You have me beat by a mile with the dogs....but I also had cats....and lots of 'em!

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  5. I, too, loved reading about your dogs. I grew up with a collie, Lassie of course, and she was a member of the family, guardian of small children, a good mother of puppies, and known in our area for producing good herding dogs. My life was much richer and more wonderful for that great, loving, big-hearted little dog.

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  6. Aw, now I just wanna go cuddle up with my dog!

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  7. Joan, this "little piece of fluff," as you described it, was great to read. I grew up with A dog - a boxer that we loved. As a young adult, I discovered Airedales and it was all over: they suited me perfectly.

    Anyway, I thought this was an interesting post because pets, especially dogs, are so big a part of our lives and it seems that we rarely think about the pets/dogs of our ancestors. I remember asking my aunt about dogs on the farm and she described one of them. And then in an earlier farm photo, there is a dog sitting amongst the men on the ground in front of the porch. It's very endearing to me. I guess it's hard enough to find our ancestors let alone learn about their pets!

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