Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dutiful Dogs: A to Z Blogging Challenge

Geronimo and Me
My Mom and I had a dog when I was growing up...a chihuahua.  Well, actually, Scampy was half terrier and half chihuahua.  He was white with brown spots.  I loved him dearly, and he loved me.  One stormy night (seriously) he got out of the yard, ran away, and we never saw him again.  I was crushed!  I remember lying in his bed near the heat register, all curled up crying for him.

Soon after, we purchased another mixed-breed chihuahua, and named him Geronimo.  He stood up to any dog, no matter how tall.  He filled the emptiness that Scampy left.

Dogs make wonderful pets.  Below are some quotes from a book called, simply, "Dogs" collected by Catherine Johnson.  It is a nostalgic look into the world of of dogs with their masters.  Some taken almost 100 years ago.  You must see it to appreciate it!

"Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart"  Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dogs: The Wolf Within

Duke & Dolly, my best friend's dogs
Every puppy should have a boy...Erma Bombeck

A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.  Anonymous 

You can't keep a good man down...or an overly affectionate dog.  Anonymous

Curiosity killed the cat, but the dog is still a suspect.  Anonymous

Dogs have masters, cats have staff!  Anonymous

A must read:  "The Dog of Montargis" Retold by James Baldwin

KALLA, Estancia dog near El Calafate, Patagonia (Argentina)


have Masters
love to roll in mud
bark and are loud
stand their ground
love water
lead them on a leash
barks and howls and whines and growls
tail wags sideways if happy

What about or cat?  Do you have a preference?  What was your favorite pet as a child?


  1. I am glad you got Geronimo, but I was heartbroken abut Scampy :( Duke and Dolly look a mischievous pair! Kalla looks really unusual, I am wondering if she is a Patagonian breed?

    I love cats and dogs, Jar, and all animals, but only have cats at present as work takes me out of the house for 11-12 hours at a time and it wouldn't be fair on a dog!

    1. I never did find out what breed she was. Yep, that's why we have cats now...we are a very busy family, and it wouldn't be fair to the dogs. Cats are easy care creatures. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I had a dog once, my little brothers scared it away :(

    1. You are welcome, Priscilla...sorry about your dog! Brothers, unfortunately, can be that way, sometimes. Enjoy the challenge!

  3. Duke and Dolly are my constant companions! Dogs can make brighten the darkest day!

  4. Amen to that, Specks...and D&D do a great job of it! Thanks for stopping by to comment...

  5. Love you website! Am now a follower and a subscriber. Holly Michael,

  6. Both for me. Love the pictures, Jarm!


    1. Thanks, Debbie...yes, they both have their virtues and vices. I appreciate your visit and comments!

  7. Aw, we had quite a few dogs as a kid, but my sister's dog sounds a little like your Geronimo. Peck, a little tiny terrier jumped into the Colorado River where my dad was swimming to "rescue" him. Dad ended up having to swim out and save the dog when he got caught in a current!

    1. Now that is a heroic dog, Chautona! Thanks for your story...and your visit. Enjoy the challenge!


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