The Feast of St. Francis

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all”
 
Today I brought my 14-year old Toby dog to church to attend a special mass dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi on his Feast Day. 
 
Toby is a very special dog. He used to be a loyal companion of an elderly lady, living a peaceful and happy life in a beautiful country estate.  There they were, keeping each other company, spending many hours playing catch with a tennis ball, or just strolling along the grounds of their home.  One tragic day and their world was turned up-side-down.  The elderly lady suffered a severe stroke, and as soon as she was taken away, Toby was left alone, and was immediately sentenced to death by her relatives, who had not a care or concern about his welfare, nor the feeling of his loving owner. 

St. Francis was there to watch over Toby… through caring people who spoke on his behalf, actions were taken and Toby was saved from the attempt of being senselessly put down.  He was taken away from the horrible situation.   

I am blessed to have met Toby.  It was love at first sight and I took him home.  It was almost 6 years ago.  Since then, Toby and I located his previous owner in a nursing home, and reassured her that he was safe and happy in his new home.  

Also since then Toby has had some serious medical setback, but now declared a cancer-survivor.  He also has had a series of infection this summer, but every time, slowly and surely, he recovered.  St. Francis watches over him everyday.  

That’s why today is a very special day.  Toby receives a Certificate of Blessing.  It reads… “On October 5th, 2008, Toby, a Bulldog Cross, was blessed on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. James’ Church, Caledon East, by Reverend Wendy Moore.”  

After the blessing, he received a Greenie treat, and he barked the Lord’s prayer.  

  

Toby being blessed 

  

  

(Note: One month after the blessing, Toby started showing symptoms of paralysis, it progressed rapidly and at the end of November, he crossed over the rainbow bridge.  He forever left a void in my heart.)  

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October 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm 2 comments

Salute to Chesty!

The story of Chesty the Marine Mascot was broadcasted on CBS Sunday Morning today.

Chesty

Sergeant Chesty XII officially retired last Friday from the U.S. Marine Corps after 7 years of service.  Despite his disciplinary record with three demerits, including sleeping during parade rehearsal and eating a fellow Marine’s hat, Chesty was given full Marine honor at his retirement ceremony, when he walked down the Marine barracks for the last time.

I wonder how a retired Marine usually spend his time?  Perhaps he would appear occasionally on CNN, giving commentary on war and defence;  or pen a book, an autobiography perhaps, if his paws are not too fat for the computer keys.  Whatever it is, I wish Chesty a well-deserved Happy Retirement!

July 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm 2 comments

Stumble Upon

As I was strolling down the streets of Montreal last week, I saw this in the window of a bookstore.  It was a moment of delight, when I stumbled upon something so witty and profound. 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

July 5, 2008 at 11:53 pm 2 comments

Dog Art Gallery

Artist Moira McLaughlin recently created a beautiful clip showcasing the metamorphosis of dogs in art through the centuries.  The sequence is mesmerizing, compelling and full of delightful surprises.  This video further confirms that dogs are indeed beautiful creatures, both in looks and in spirit.  From a different perspective, this video seems to illustrate the “making of a mutt” by combining dogs of all shapes and sizes together in a three-minute clip!

Well done, Moira!

June 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

A Tribute to War Dogs on Memorial Day

War dogs use their unique abilities to complement the skills of human soldiers in carrying out the difficult tasks involved in places all over the world.  To commemorate their courage and sacrifices, the National War Dogs Monument Organization is in the process of dedicating a national monument in Washington D.C. “to honor the service and sacrifices of all military working dog teams of all U.S. Armed Services of all Wars and Peacekeeping Missions since WWI.”

John Burnam,  Vietnam Veteran War Dog Handler, wrote with regards to War Dogs: “As a free nation, we own them this monument, mandated by Congress, and erected in our nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. for the entire world to know and see that they are NOT America’s forgotten heroes”.

On Memorial Day,  be sure to take a moment to remember our fallen heroes.

Port Neches, Texas

May 23, 2008 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

Back to Back Mutts

Inspired by an ad which I came across recently, that of an image of a dog wagging its tail at the back of a London taxi cab, I proceeded to create my own version.  The result is a life size image of my beloved Tweedy, now rides smartly at the back of my car wherever I go.  However, it causes a bit of jealousy from Toby’s department.

Iams Ad

Hey get off my car

 

 

May 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm 1 comment

The One-of-a-kind Lapdog Computer

Lapdog Laptop

This is the world’s first ever Mutt Nutt Lapdog Computer, designed for doglovers who often find themselves caught in territory dispute between their laptop and their lap dog.  In my case, Zeus the dog always wins as he persistently worms his way up on my lap and proceeds to lie across the keyboard. 

You can say that this laptop skin design is inspired by the red Dell computer and Zeus, my lap dog.  However, it is no remedy for the territory dispute over my lap, that’s why there is always a doggie lint brush nearby to wipe off the dog hair on the keyboard.

One-of-a-kind Lapdog Computer

If you want to convert your laptop to a lapdog, send me an email.

April 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm 4 comments

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