September Is National Pet Memorial Month

Posted in Animals, bereavement, Birds, Children, Family, Grief, Life, Love, Memorialization, Military Dogs, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pet Loss, Pets, Relationships, Remembrance, Soldiers, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR on September 28, 2014 by C S Thompson

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http://www.iccfa.com/national-pet-memorial-day

The link will take pet owners to a special site dedicated to Pet Loss. There is a free memorial page there, too, to insert a tribute to your departed pet, if you wish.

 

 

That banner is needing no explanation.

 

Today, we decided to highlight the working dogs of the military…much like their law enforcement counterparts, these animals are highly specialized and trained to work in combat zones. We hope you enjoy these very short clips honoring the soldier-handlers and their partners.

Did you know that with military dogs, the government does not recognize them as soldiers or valuable members of the force…instead they are “G.I. equipment.’  When a mission has been completed they take the dogs away from the soldier assigned to handle the dog, re-assigning the animal to another mission of duty or retiring the animal to work in civilian duty. I put some links at the end of this post for further information about what happens to these awesome dogs after their duty is done.

Sadly, there is a startling item discussing how Obama administration has euthanized 1200 of these retired animals; the U.K. also does this according to another item I saw. So, there is a movement underway by the soldiers themselves to see about getting adoptions going for a great many of these animals so they might be spared and allowed to live their days out with a family or working with police or fire agencies.

 

The police K-9’s that are recognized as bona fide police officers have a life-partner handler…the officers live and work together and are bonded like family to each other. Each of their lives depends upon each other and it likely rivals any human-to-human bond…there is a special trust that humans do not fully possess with each other that a dog and his handler DO have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2000, Bill Clinton passed a law that required handlers of retired service dogs to rehabilitate and retrain the dogs to make them adoptable.

Each retired dogs goes through a process to make it adoptable. A video of aggression test performed on the dog are sent to Lackland AFB to be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether the dog is adoptable.

Sadly, that is not always the case. If a service dog is determined unadoptable or is not adopted in a certain length of time, the dog may be euthanized. Euthanasia is the act of killing a sick or injured animal for reasons of mercy. Dogs not adopted or euthanized for medical reasons are sent to Lackland AFB for use in training dog handlers.

Dago is reaching the end of the allotted adoption time and having been deemed not medically fit for reassignment, is nearing his time to be euthanized.

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/19462/service-dogs-retiring#.VCgdYvldWSo#ixzz3Ecam9Tyq

 

 

 

 

 

3 Birthdays and A Pain In The Butt

Posted in Animals, Cemetery, Children, Death, Family, Life, Losing A Parent, Love, Remembrance, Sheldon the Tortoise, Tradition on September 25, 2014 by C S Thompson

This past week my beautiful “puppy” Shadow turned 13! He’s so special to me. He ‘belongs’ to his “Mom.” I am so happy to have such a great doggy. We took him to the vet yesterday for his routine vaccines and the vet said thirteen was really good.  Code for: ‘Wow, 13! Very old for a Lab.’

Yes. I know. But he’s still running around and for the most part, healthy. He’s a bit arthritic in the old hips. Eyes are getting a bit dim, too. It’s coming up on the annual hunting season; he doesn’t know he’s going to be staying home with his “Mom” this time. He absolutely lives for this time of year. We decided he’s got to stay back. He can’t jump up into the truck and do all that bird-chasing now.

I think I will take him to the groomer’s the day that “Daddy”  and the pup leave for the  trip. We’ll find stuff to do around here that’s fun for he and I. He’s my angel.

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Happiest 13th Birthday, dear Shadow!

 

September is also the tortoise’s ‘designated’ birthday, haha. I adopted him in mid-September a few years ago, and that’s when I call it his birthday, too. Frankly, we can only guess at his age. Recently, he had a health problem and I took him to the vet — no easy selection of those that handle desert tortoise illness — had to call around and get advice first. Found a local vet and got Sheldon fixed up. I was tasked with administering injections every day for 2 weeks. The vet estimated him to be somewhere between 10 and 15 years old. The vet also cautioned: He might be a SHE! Too soon to be 100% sure. Fella’s got no fixed age and no fixed sex…fella’s got issues!

 

Sheldon is definitely feeling better now and back to being the little cantankerous toddler he’s always been. Caught him straddling a post just the other day, jammed up and high-centered. Typical for the little devil!IMG_1149

Happy Birthday, Shelly…

 

 

The 22nd would have been my Dad’s 77th birthday. I wanted to go to the cemetery, but I have been afflicted with a mean flare up of sciatica. A royal pain in the ass…literally.It’s kept me right here at home, in the bed, mostly this past week. That didn’t prevent me from thinking of him. I didn’t get the overwhelming sadness, either. Perhaps, it is getting a little easier to pass this day…

 

My kids took flowers and visited, instead. I sure would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my Dad. Oh…but miss him…I do.

Here is the obituary I wrote for him, printed four years ago in the local paper:SCAN0103SCAN0104Daddysgrave

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I miss you. I Love You Always.

Mousie’s Call For Help In Understanding

Posted in Thought For Today, Veterans, WAR, American Military, Soldiers, Musing, Heroism, History, American Flag, Patriotism on September 23, 2014 by C S Thompson

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We were driving through a local neighborhood Sunday….and Mousie freaked out when he spotted this foreign flag being flaunted out in front of this home. Mind you, I got pretty excited, too. This IS America, a sovereign nation, whose flag is NOT the Mexican flag.

You see, in front of OUR house, there is a huge flagpole which properly displays the American flag, as well as our state flag for California.

 

 

In Front of Our House

In Front of Our House

 

In case you missed our intro when we began our blog, Morguie was described as not always being ‘politically correct’ in his views. In fact, he was also alleged to be quite opinionated with his views. Up until now, Morguie has been pretty good…kept to himself about tender topics which might be seen as ‘offensive’ to some.

 

Anyone who is a proud citizen of their own country SHOULD be able to speak their piece about patriotism. Mousie posted his views on his FB page only to find disagreement and to be accused of ‘assuming’ too much by this disrespectful flaunting of a non-American flag on American soil.

 

Does this seem wrong to anybody, or is Mousie all wet? We aren’t looking to argue with anyone. We just hope to understand why someone would jump immediately to the defense of such a disrespectful display, instead of seeing this display as what it truly appears to be: un-American. We noted that in this neighborhood there was not one house sporting the American flag, just this one. It made us feel pretty bad, to be honest.

 

Would it be okay if we chose to hang our American flag like this if we were residing in England? In Spain? In Albania? In Canada? In Mexico?

 

We sure hope we can arouse some attention from our American military members, past or present .  If we are wrong to find offense in this act of disrespect, we need to hear it from those who have served in defense of their country, especially.

IF Morguie and CJ are wrong to find a problem with this situation, they will sit down and shut up.

We welcome all views and will not attack anyone if they have a different view. We are hoping to understand this pickle we find ourselves in.

Thanks for any light you can shed here. We hope to learn something out of this.

 

Regards, CJ and Morguie

 

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

The winners of ‘Name the Alien’ competition

Posted in Award, Books, Children, Fiction, Fun and Entertainment, Guest Post, Life on September 20, 2014 by C S Thompson

Morguie:

We just HAD to BRAG! CJ and Morguie entered this cute contest being held for an upcoming book by our friend and fellow blogger, Martina Zeitler, who creates “Just Outside The Box”…. our entry “Quarkle” is going to be the name of her really cute yellow alien. We are so thrilled!

Originally posted on Just Outside the Box Cartoon:

Meet my new alien mascots

blue alien blank

WARP

Moon alien 2

QUARKLE

pink alien blank

FANG

Congratulations to our winners, Teresa, Colleen from MorgueMouse and Shirley

But here are some of the other fantastic entries – all really clever and funny. A big thank you to all who entered!

  • Sky Moos, Lunar Rover, Iron Chicken (Simon)
  • Big Blue, Screaming Pink, Old Gold (Harold)
  • Quasar, Pulsar, Lidar Farkle, Quarkle, Sparkle (Colleen, from http://www.morguemouse.com)
  • Hix, Isboor, Strognor, Galagat, Zobrat, Ecotylyn, Silaspran, Dugae, Ots, Crawog, Teopee, Olaf, Selcuk, Oreo, Erfu, Afana, Layorra, Largik (Ruqhia from http://beadingtutorialsforu.wordpress.com/)
  • Nanu Nanu (Seeker from http://3psbyseeker.com)
  • Tendercles, kudzlefly and Hesnaw (Lovehappynotes from from http://lovehappynotes.com)
  • Scary, Mary, Marti - I suggest your extraterrestrial trio are the Moonbeam sisters. But which one’s which?
I think Marti is the one in the middle (Grumpy old git from http://alanfrancis.wordpress.com)
  • Tiny (blue), Gumball (yellow), Fang (pink) (Shirley)
  • Warp,
 Piranha, Sunshine (Teresa)
  • Ecks, Wye, Zed -…

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Long May YOU Wave

Posted in American Flag, American Military, Celebrities, Death, Heroism, Inspiration, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tragic death, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR, Wisdom with tags , on September 17, 2014 by C S Thompson

We stumbled across this by accident tonight.  A gem of a find — a happy accident, indeed!

Sure didn’t see THIS featured in the flashbacks and highlights of his life’s work….it deserves a standing ovation, even if it’s 32 years later.

Thanks for coming by today to share this with us…hope it is enjoyed by you as much as we enjoyed it.

And…long may YOU wave.

Morguie and CJ

 

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