Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chase & Coal

Seven years young.

Happy birthday babies.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

IO SONO MAS




IO SONO MAS
ALESSANDRO BONGIORNI, FERRUCCIO PILENGA
Mas è un terranova ed è una morbida palla di pelo nero e lucido quando Ferruccio decide di prenderlo con sé. Lo chiama Mas perché «per essere un cucciolo, sei bello massiccio», ed è l'inizio di una fantastica avventura. L'uomo non ha mai avuto un cane, ma coltiva un grande sogno: insegnare al suo nuovo compagno a quattro zampe come salvare chi è in difficoltà in acqua. Dopotutto, il terranova ha un istinto speciale per il salvataggio, o almeno così raccontano i libri di mare. Unico problema: Ferruccio non ha la più pallida idea di come fare. Tra i due nasce da subito una tenerissima amicizia, una sintonia tanto forte che Mas decide di fidarsi di Ferruccio e seguirlo in acqua. Nuotando scopre un irresistibile legame con quell'elemento, e con il suo amico umano inizia a sperimentare i modi in cui sfruttare l'istinto di salvataggio. Impara a buttarsi prima dalla riva, poi dal gommone, infine addirittura dagli elicotteri, affinando sempre più la tecnica che gli consente, una volta in acqua, di portare al sicuro la persona in pericolo. In queste pagine è proprio Mas a raccontarci le sue avventure e quelle di una vera scuola di salvataggio per cani, i pericoli e le prove di coraggio, le peripezie, l'entusiasmo e un'amicizia senza confini. Una voce irresistibile per una storia emozionante dedicata a un vero cane supereroe.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

For Primo on His Birthday

"One day we'll reach a great ocean
At the end of a pale afternoon.
And we'll lay down our heads just like we were sleeping,
And be towed by the drag of the moon."

I love you baby boy.
I think about you everyday.
Peace be still.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nike - She's All That And More



Nike was the winged goddess of victory--victory both in war and in peaceful competition. When Zeus was gathering allies at the start of the Titan War, Styx brought her four children Nike (Victory), Zelos (Rivalry), Kratos (Cratus Strength) and Bia (Force) into the god's service. Nike was appointed his charioteer and together the four became sentinels of Zeus' throne.
Nike was depicted in ancient Greek vase painting with a variety of attributes including a wreath or sash to crown a victor, an oinochoe and phiale (bowl and cup) for libations, a thymiaterion (incense burner), an altar, and a lyre for the celebration of victory in song.
In scenes of the War of the Giants she appears as the charioteer of Zeus. In mosaic art and coins Nike is often shown holding a palm branch as a symbol of victory.
Nike was closely identified with the goddess Athena and at times was little more than an attribute of the goddess. Nike was sometimes multiplied into a host of Nikai (Nicae, Victories).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Andrew - Forever Looking For His Brother

Like all of us.



"If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears."
(Lord Byron)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday, Paige

And to Willy, Wily, Jackson and sister Carrie!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Boatswain's Collar Fetches Quite a Price




"Another item at the Tennants sale that cannot have been an easy lot to estimate came from a separate source – a brass dog collar which had once belonged to the poet Lord Byron’s beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain. The dog died of rabies in 1808 after being bitten by another dog in Mansfield, and the grief-stricken Byron erected a monument at Newstead Abbey and composed his famous Epitaph to a Dog. The link to Byron was strengthened by the fact that a similar collar can be found in the Newstead Abbey Collection and documentation that came with the lot tracing the item back to its original sale certified by Byron's gamekeeper's widow. The auctioneers plumped for a £3000-5000 pitch, but this level was easily surpassed on the day as it was knocked down at £14,000 to a buyer in the room."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Summerford Killing

When Summerford's not beating dogs, they're killing them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/dog-shot-killed-summerford-1.4372612

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saving The Newfoundland

http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/blog/update-on-newfoundlands

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Invaluable

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/lord-byron-s-dog-s-collar-to-be-auctioned-in-north-yorkshire-1-8822387

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Of Dogs and Men, Part XVXVI

Farm dogs leading their cattle out of the flood in Florida and to safety.
All of these animals got out safely.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Star Is Born

King of Helluland Over The Top x Cannon Bears Count To Ten

Friday, July 28, 2017

Jet

If I should meet thee
After long years
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.

(Lord Byron)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy 12th Birthday, Andrew!!!

For my best friend and soul mate: may you have the happiest of birthdays and many more.
I love you dearly.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tug & Paige

Brothers from other mothers.