🐶 Friends ➖ Weekend Open Thread




I love animals. Almost all animals. I don’t like reptiles and confess they give me the shivering whimwhams. Most everything else is wonderful to me. Even duck-billed platypuses.

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I’ve had wonderful horses, cats, goats, parrots and dogs. Never a platypus. Not yet anyway. But I’ve had lots of dogs. Loved them all and mourned them all.

Many people believe that dogs are man’s best friend. I’m not about to argue the merits of one pet against another. They are all wonderful and love us more than we deserve. But today, let’s talk about dogs.

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There are many stories about dogs doing amazing things throughout history so I thought I would tell you about some of them today. Some are old some relatively new. You may have heard about them and maybe not. But all are worth telling about these wonderful, amazing canine friends.

We know dogs can become police officers and soldiers as well as warm and loving pets. They have been explorers and shown impressive bravery. They have often been heroes.

Swansea Jack was a black retriever who lived with his owner William Thomas near the River Tawe in Swansea, Wales, during the 1930s. One day, Jack saw a small boy drowning in the river and ran in, pulling the boy to shore by the scruff of his neck. There was no one around to see it, and had circumstances been different, the boy would probably have spent the rest of his life telling the story to people who would never believe him. But Jack wasn’t done. Within a few weeks, Jack rescued another swimmer, this time with witnesses in attendance. And then another. And another. And so on. Over the course of the next decade, Jack was reported to have saved at least 27 people from, presumably, the most dangerous river and docks in Wales.

For his efforts over the course of his lifetime, Jack was given a silver collar by Swansea council, the Bravest Dog of the Year Award, a silver cup from the Mayor of London, and his very own statue. That’s more accolades than your average Batman. And he’s still recognized today—he was probably the inspiration for the nickname of Premier League football team Swansea FC, “The Swansea Jacks.”

The above photo yanked at the heart-strings of millions of Americans in August 2011, as images of a grieving Labrador Retriever graced the pages of newspapers across the country.

At the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, attendees could see his faithful companion Hawkeye lying by the casket.

In front of 1,500 mourners at the beginning of the service, Hawkeye ambled up to the front of the room and laid down next to his master — showing his loyalty until the end.

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Bamse was a Saint Bernard that served aboard a Norwegian minesweeper during World War II. Despite his cute and cuddly appearance—Bamse means “cuddly bear” in Norwegian—he was extremely tough. Bamse was originally brought on board by the ship’s captain. When the captain tried to take Bamse with him when leaving for another posting, the crew, who had grown fond of the dog, threatened to leave the ship if he was taken away. They loved the dog so much that they would have mutinied rather than lose him.

Bamse became legendary in Dundee and Montrose, where the ship was stationed during World War II. He rode buses alone with a specially made bus pass tied around his neck, made sure that drunken sailors made it back to their posts, and allegedly put a stop to bar fights. Once, he rescued a crewman who’d fallen overboard by diving in to drag him to safety. He rescued another crewman cornered by a man with a knife by barreling into the attacker and dragging him into the water.

But Bamse was more than just a hero—he was also a peacemaker. It was reported that when sailors got into fights on board, he forced them to stop by standing on his hind legs with his paws on their shoulders as if to say, “Calm down, it’s not worth it.” And Bamse wasn’t just famous in Scotland, where his ship was based—every Christmas, he was dressed in a little sailor’s hat and photographed so that his picture could be put on Christmas cards and sent to the crew-mates’ relatives in Norway. Awwww.

One of the most famous of devoted dogs is…

“Greyfriars Bobby”

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On 15th February 1858, in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, a local man named John Gray died of tuberculosis. Gray was better known as “Auld Jock”, and on his death he was buried in old Greyfriars Churchyard. Bobby, a wee Skye Terrier, belonged to John, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the two of them had been virtually inseparable for approximately two years.

Bobby led his master’s funeral procession to the grave at Greyfriars Cemetery, and later, when he tried to stay at the graveside, he was sent away by the caretaker.

But the little dog returned and refused to leave, whatever the weather conditions.

Despite the combined efforts of the keeper of the Kirkyard, Auld Jock’s family and some of the local people, Bobby refused to be enticed away from the grave for any length of time, and he touched the hearts of the local residents.

Although dogs were not allowed in the graveyard, the people rallied round and built a shelter for Bobby and there he stayed, guarding Auld Jock.


Dog refuses to leave unconscious owner while waiting for paramedics

Jesus Hueche fell six feet from the tree he was pruning outside his home in Bahía Blanca, cracking his head on the pavement below.

Luckily, his neighbors noticed and called an ambulance. But while he waited, Tony never left his side.

Mr Hueche sustained “slight skull trauma”, according to the Defensa Civil – the Argentinian emergency service.

They fitted him with a neck brace, but when they tried to load their patient into an ambulance to take him to the hospital, Tony tried to climb inside with him, the organization said on its Facebook page.

Eventually they managed to keep Tony clear and transport Mr Hueche to hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and discharged on the same day.

“He goes everywhere with me and lies in my bed until my wife kicks him out,” Mr Hueche told Argentinian radio station La Brujula 24.

“One day we saw him on the street and adopted him, gave him love, food and is part of our family. For me he’s like a son.”

Mom is Brought to Tears Over Boy’s Moment of Peace with New Service Dog

 Shanna Niehaus has a 5-year-old son with high-functioning autism, and – to put it simply – he has a hard time making friends because of it.

However, he finally found the buddy who he’s never had – and his mom was totally overwhelmed.

4 Paws For Ability is a nonprofit that pairs service dogs with kids with autism. After two years on the waiting list, Niehaus’s son was finally introduced to his new service canine named Tornado.

“This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can’t hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch freely lay on his new service dog of his own free will, with a purposeful unspoken attachment,” Niehaus wrote on Facebook. “This is the face of a mom who has seen her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend. Any friend.”

“This is truly magic. Words cannot explain it. Some how because of this – because of Tornado – I know everything will be okay.”

The story above as well as other heartwarming stories about the joy this wonderful organization brings can be found here.

Those of us that love animals, and especially dogs, know that there isn’t enough time or space to tell all the stories about these marvelous animals.

Telling about so many incredible animals and admirable people is a welcome change from the world of politics, celebrity fools, media irresponsibility and other things that infest our daily lives.

It’s a reminder that there is good and fun and devotion in the world. That’s another thing we can add in the plus column about dogs.



24 Responses to “🐶 Friends ➖ Weekend Open Thread”

  1. weepingtreeblog Says:

    ❤❤❤ And some ppl think dogs are dumb.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Parents Shocked by Adult Drag Queen Performance – at Grade School Talent Show

    What in the name of Ru Paul is wrong with the New York City Board of Education?

    Parents are furious after children as young as 5-years-old were exposed to a man’s erotic drag show performance at what was supposed to be a school district talent show.

    So, here’s the bottom line – There are several issues that need to be addressed.

    First, who signed off on a school program that featured a kindergarten choir and a gyrating, adult drag queen?

    Second, why is that person still employed by the school district?

    Third, why hasn’t the school district publicly apologized to traumatized parents and their children?


    • piper Says:

      If we had ever put on a performance like this, we would have not lost our jobs but been reported to the police and various local agencies.
      Liberalism has now moved into raging insanity endangering everyone. All the while screaming about islamaphobia and how everyone should love ‘everyone’ – failing to realize that many of the Islam faith abhor our liberal behaviors. Wonder how the liberals would like to live under Sharia Law.

      My long life philosophy – Respect is a 2 way street.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        What I don’t understand are the parents that would let their ideology harm their children. It’s hard to believe.

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  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sticks and Stones…

    Will break my bones but words…well words will hurt me in ways that are deep, hard to heal, and often times invisible.

    My bones will knit together. My bruises will disappear. The blood can be staunched.

    Words can cut much deeper than my skin, deeper than my viscera. Words can drive deep into my soul. Words can change my view of myself, my view of the world, my thinking of what’s possible.

    And words can light up a room, open possibilities, create change, and make a difference.

    Words matter. Words are power. Words aren’t benign. Words can be beneficent or malevolent. Before you spit your words out…maybe you should taste them first. Maybe you should gauge how they are going to land. Once spoken you can’t take them back. Like a rock leaving your hand, once those words leave your lips the course is set.

    You are in charge of what you say. And you know, in your heart of hearts, whether those words will uplift or drive down their recipient. Choose to uplift or choose nothing at all. ~ John Mariotti

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  7. piper Says:

    U.S. Paid $1 Billion To Paris Agreement Green Fund – All Other Nations Combined $0…
    Posted on June 3, 2017 by sundance

    The Paris Treaty was/is always about distribution of economic wealth; and the convenient use of “climate phrases” as branding instruments used to create political policy favorable to multinational corporate interests who control the shifting of economic wealth.

    Listen to the responses from participating EU corporate comptrollers discussing climate and the entire purpose of the Paris Treaty becomes self-evident. Example:

    “The preservation of our competitive position is the precondition for successful climate protection. This correlation is often underestimated.”

    ~ Matthias Wissmann, President of German Auto Industry Group VDA

    The preservation of Germany’s competitive auto manufacturing position is contingent upon the U.S. exporting it’s wealth and handcuffing itself to a faux-climate treaty. Do not take my word for it, read Wissmann’s own interview. The Paris Treaty is nothing about climate, and everything about economics and multinational corporate interests.

    Forbes on Fox had an interesting discussion segment earlier today where some of the panel participants explained and discussed this exact issue. The Paris Climate Treaty was never about “climate” it was fundamentally about “economics”.

    The Paris Climate Treaty has nothing to do with “climate” and everything possible to do with economics, globalism and the controlled redistribution of economic wealth as constructed through decades of advanced policies by multinational financial interests.

    There are factually TRILLIONS of dollars at stake.

    The primary concern for every affiliated entity surrounds economics, not climate. “Climate” issues are the Trojan horse, the false ruse, the talking point, the scheme to get economic systems in place -yes, political systems- to control the distributive flow of larger economic wealth within all nations. Period.

    What ObamaCare was to our loss of healthcare individualism, so too is the Paris Treaty a political tool to deconstruct national economic individualism.

    To understand the larger objectives of the global and financial elite it is important to understand the three-decade global financial construct they now seek to protect. Global financial exploitation of national markets:

    ♦Multinational corporations purchase controlling interests in various national elements of developed industrial western nations.
    ♦The Multinational Corporations making the purchases are underwritten by massive global financial institutions, multinational banks.
    ♦The Multinational Banks and the Multinational Corporations then utilize lobbying interests to manipulate the internal political policy of the targeted nation state(s).
    ♦With control over the targeted national industry or interest, the multinationals then leverage export of the national asset (exfiltration) through trade agreements structured to the benefit of lesser developed nation states – where they have previously established a proactive financial footprint.

    The ‘America First’ Trump-Trade Doctrine upsets the entire construct of this multinational export/control dynamic. Team Trump focuses exclusively on bilateral trade deals with specific policy only looking out for the national interests of the United States.

    Under President Trump’s Trade positions exfiltration of U.S. national wealth is essentially stopped. This puts multinational corporations, globalists who previously took a stake-hold in the U.S. economy with intention to export the wealth, in a position of holding interest of an asset they can no longer exploit.

    Multinational banks have underwritten multinational corporations to own and control U.S. assets and industries. The multinationals then hire K-Street Lobbyists, Tom Donohue (U.S CoC) etc., to create/write the political policy which allows the exploitation and exfiltration of the U.S. asset and U.S. industry. Climate change political policy is part of that legislative tool.

    President Trump has STOPPED the entire system dead in its tracks.

    If you can see the ramifications, understand how much they have already invested in this entire construct, you can begin to understand the severity of the opposition to President Trump – and can grasp reason for the inherent anger we are all witnessing.

    Multinational corporations and billionaire financiers use climate change as a tool toward furtherance of collected global wealth. Their strategy is quite simple, and has been played out for several cycles.

    Create an institutional trade instrument (housing financial bubble example), control it, expand the financial use globally, drive the controlled pricing to an apex and reap the financial rewards. Wash – Rinse – Repeat.

    Their expressed holy grail for ultimate human behavioral control is a global tax on all people more commonly known as a “carbon-trading tax”. Just like ObamaCare, this tax on personage first requires everyone to accept the assumption of why the tax is needed.

    A planetary tax on personage, behavior and activity, through a market-based trade vehicle (Paris Agreement), under U.N. exclusive control; which subverts the national economic interests of sovereign nations.

    The “Carbon Trading” fundamental financial instrument is the foundational block of the financial interests behind modern climate change. The latest exhibition of a decades long series of international construct was the Paris Climate Change agreement.

    REUTERS – Investors with more than $15 trillion of assets under management urged governments led by the United States to implement the Paris climate accord to fight climate change despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to pull out.

    “As long-term institutional investors, we believe that the mitigation of climate change is essential for the safeguarding of our investments,” according to the letter signed by 214 institutional investors and published on Monday.

    “We urge all nations to stand by their commitments to the Agreement,” it said. Signatories of the letter included the California Public Employees Retirement System and other pension funds from Sweden to Australia. (read more)

    Why are multinational banks, and multinational corporations, and multinational investment groups and pension funds so desperate to retain the Paris agreement?

    Simple, those funds have been used by the multinational interests to create the entire system. These funds provided the seed money for the entire financial scheme. Ask yourself….

    … Where exactly in the U.S. budget did this little $1 billion line-item expenditure come from?

    Again, as we have done in the past, we draw attention to the secret meeting in Sea Island Georgia in 2016 when the billionaire vested participants gathered with the political class to discuss how they could stop candidate Donald J Trump.

    2016 -Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering.

    The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. (The meeting was not planned to be a strategy session on how to stop the GOP front-runner, but rather evolved into one, as a subsequently obtained agenda makes clear.)

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended.

    So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”

    Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).

    Philip Anschutz, the billionaire GOP donor whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there, along with Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who represents Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, was there, too, a Times spokeswoman confirmed.

    “A specter was haunting the World Forum—the specter of Donald Trump,” (read more)

    Pay attention to the voices now shouting opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Treaty and you will identify those same oppositional voices who assembled in all economic matters prior to this moment in 2017. Their vested interests center around the economics, not “the climate”.

    At first glance, the scope of this entire scheme seems so all encompassing it may seem like a political conspiracy theory. However, this is a conspiracy reality.

    President Trump is very smart about the long-term ramifications to this ‘treaty’. If the heavily influenced industrialized nations commit themselves to this agreement they will be anchoring their economic manufacturing base within a tiered system of ridiculously burdensome regulations and agreements.

    The strategic benefit to the United States will stem from not participating in the regulatory stranglehold that accompanies the agreement. Obviously all nations that compete with the U.S on international trade agreements would, for once, be at a disadvantage; and our American manufacturing and industrial base would be able to take strategic advantage. This is why those nations will never complete their promises under the Paris Agreement, they can’t and they won’t.

    In larger terms back in the U.S., President Trump’s refocused policy objectives remove the political benefit from Wall Street and places it back with Main Street, reversing a three decade long shift.

    This approach is adverse to the interests of the globalists.

    President Trump’s economic team are well aware of the strategic advantage is walking away from the Paris Climate Treaty. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their entire economic and financial team know what is needed to reverse the decades long construct and defeat the interests of the global elites.

  8. piper Says:

    Oopsie – didn’t mean to post the entire thread.

    Link: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/06/03/u-s-paid-1-billion-to-paris-agreement-green-fund-all-other-nations-combined-0/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Glad you did, it was well worth the read.

      But I can delete some of it if you want me to. Just let me know.

      • piper Says:

        Not really because more and more people need to become aware of what the so called ‘Paris Accord’ was and the real impact on us.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          It’s so much easier to read the whole thing. Just this once shouldn’t be a problem.

          But because of copyright status, which I don’t always understand, I generally just post no more than 1/3 of a piece.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            That’s just it. The Ben Shapiro piece in the Daily Wire the other day said that even Obama acknowledged that our companies are ALREADY doing everything they can, so this accord is meaningless, ESPECIALLY since China need do nothing, Pakistan and a host of other nations refuse to do anything, and WE are shelling out a gazillion dollars while they ALL do nothing. It is ABSURD that Obama even bought into this in the first place.

            Oh, and the Shapiro piece mentioned that an MIT study said that even if the letter of the Accord was carried out in full by all nations, it would result in a decrease in temp. of 0.2 Celsius by – wait for it – 2100.

            Uh, yeah.

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  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great weekend post, Marge! Like you and others here, I am a huge animal lover, and was just thinking a little while ago abt some of the dogs we have lost and how wonderful they were (thanks to something I read in a book – more on that in a moment). The stories you shared are just priceless. Love them! (Oh, and my oldest brother got his PhD at the University of Swansea when my sister-in-law was stationed there as an officer in the Navy.)

    The book I was reading is just incredible. My uncle sent it a few months ago but with all the moving and packing, I am just now getting to it. It is entitled, “Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal.” It is an incredible book, and you can check out more about it here: http://www.ridinghome.com.

    Those of us who have spent time with horses know how special they are. And now the therapeutic community has realized how incredible is the effect of horses on troubled people from at risk teens to just-home-from-the-war veterans with PTSD. Yep – that’s a horse for you!

    Thanks again for the excellent post!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Glad you liked it. I am trying to keep up the great tradition you started here of giving everyone a break from all politics on the weekend. Even a little respite is welcome – at least for me.

      Horses and dogs are wonderful for healing.

      But I wonder how many lonely old ladies were a little less lonely because of the budgie that shared their life. Even a little parakeet can offer solace to lonely heart.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are too kind, Marge! Your post is perfect!

        Oh, I definitely think a bird or other creature could enhance and bring joy into the lives of older people. No doubt abt it! I loved my parakeets when I was a child, heck even into college. I had one we taught to talk in college – how cool is that?

        Birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, fish – whichever one calls to us (or all of them) – no doubt they will bring joy…

  11. creeper00 Says:

    Too late to the party for this to perk up the weekend. But it’s giving me a fine start on Monday.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Never too late Creeper. Maybe the little thought in the back of the mind can help offset some of the ugliness we face everyday. At least I hope so.

      The love of and from animals and friends and family can, and will in time, win out. It’s just waiting for the win that’s so damn hard.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I agree – never too late for the comfort and respite posts like this bring. 🙂

        And nice to *see* you, Creeper!

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