Happy Memorial Day

In honor of all the men, women and canines who have served and continue to serve this great nation so we can enjoy our freedoms. I will forever be in your debt!

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Follow-up Friday 4-19-13

Today we are joining our friend Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog for Follow-up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.

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Thanks Jodi!

 

Honoring MWD Buddy E154

This post was such an honor and privilege for me to write! I will be writing an article in the near future that will have detailed information about Buddy from questions I asked Tracy and she was so gracious to answer for me. She has been wonderful in sharing information about Buddy and Military Working Dogs. If anyone is interested in learning more about this wonderful project you can take a look at their website http://www.supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org/

 

Black and White Sunday

I have been having so much fun participating with this blog hop. I am amazed at how so many photos look better in black and white, the clarity is just incredible. For example when I look at these photos the color one’s are okay but I prefer the black and white, what do you think?

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SwanSwan~Misty Shores Chesapeakes

 

Wordless Wednesday ~ My Junior Handler

This is my niece and Riva learning to work together, it was taken a couple of years ago at a Judges training seminar. She will be coming to Michigan in just over a month to stay with me for the summer. I have a lot of dog activities planned for her and I hopes of entering her in a dog show for the first time. She will be entered in the regular classes with me and not junior handler so I won’t have to worry about ring time conflicts. This girl is awesome with the dogs and she will do anything I ask, even scooping doggie poo Winking smile

 

This ‘N That Thursday

I had my Follow-up Friday post all lined up with my This ‘N That Thursday so I could update on Titan and Maia, well you know what they say about the best laid plans…sometimes they just don’t go as planned! The weather was cold, damp and no sun, so I postponed until tomorrow, keep your fingers and paws crossed the weather is better.

What photo editor do you use?

Thank you  Sand Spring Chesapeakes and 2browndawgs for the info on photo editors. I will be checking them out.

 

Well that wraps up our Friday, why don’t you hop on over to Heart Like A Dog, see what their up to, grab the badge and join the fun!

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Honoring MWD Buddy E154

Today I had the privilege of attending the memorial service for MWD “Buddy” E154. What an honor to pay my respects to this retired canine veteran. I am so thankful to all the men, women and canines who serve this country selflessly, never wavering from their duty to protect this great nation and protect all of our rights and privileges.

I was made aware of this service through a friend who posted a link to the Michigan War Dog Memorial. I grew up in the area where this cemetery is located and it had become very over grown to the point you could hardly see the large monument. Restorations began in 2010 and now it is a very beautiful resting place for the more than 600 pets interred there according to Phil Weitlauf Director – US Army Veteran. Restoration is still in progress but as you can see by the photo it is really beautiful.

Buddy, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was a TSA explosive detection K9. He was adopted by Tracy Spader in 2010 after his retirement and spent the last years of his life being loved as a family member and learning to just have fun. Buddy left this world on December 29, 2012 after his battle with cancer.

Buddy was buried with full military honors and the out pouring of people and dogs that arrived to pay their respects was overwhelming.

 

Several of the dogs sang their song for Buddy!

 

I was honored to have met Tracy today and will never forget this wonderful memorial honoring this great dog!

Rest Softly Buddy