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Pictures with Santa Pawz!

This year Gwen and I went to see Santa Pawz at our local Petsmart.

Picture with Santa-1

Andrew had to work that day so we went with a friend and her Chocolate Lab, Hershey.  Hershey’s mom got the picture where both dogs looked good.  I got the picture where Gwen looked goofy. 🙂

Hershey and Gwen

This past weekend Andrew had Saturday off so we were able to get a family picture with Santa!

Santa blinked, I know, but Gwen kept being naughty so we took what we could get… SHE will most likely be getting coal this year in her stocking….

AEG Santa pic

Merry Christmas

from

Gwyendolyn Rose

and

her Hoomins!

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“At the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month”

Armistice Day.  Remembrance Day.  Poppy Day.  Veteran’s Day.

They make us read in school all about the World Wars and their significance, but I believe that you do not fully understand these things until you are an adult. I was a history major in College and my husband was a history minor (his major was Chemistry…how do you like Chemistry and History?  Beats me!).  I say this because I have an interest in history, historical things, war, and remembering.  I am not going to delve into anything historical, you can google and wikipedia your hearts out later if you’re interested, but I am going to say a couple things about today and what I think needs to be said.

While I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook I came across this picture and it got me to thinking…

We often do not remember the animals.  I know the day is not supposed to be all about them but I believe they should be given a moment too.  This last year, the movie War Horse came out and millions saw it.  It started as a book by Michael Morpurgo and was also adapted into a play.  It is the story of a farm horse who is sold and becomes a horse in the war zone during WWI; it is told through his eyes.  I read the book but have still yet to see the movie.  In the book, Joey, the main character-horse, sees his horse and human friends around him being killed or being worked to death.  The sad fact is that millions of animals have given their lives in the line of duty too but they are not given the recognition of a soldier since most humans viewed them as animals which are solely there for their usefulness.   I think the book and I assume movie have at least given a glimpse of how the animals fared during WWI when horses were still being used to haul wounded soldiers, guns and other equipment and supplies.

The caption of this picture that I saw on Facebook said,  “This Nov. 11th, please don’t forget the 4-legged war heroes who had no choice. 1+million horses lost their lives in WWI.”  The page I got this from was one of the horsey ones I follow, so I shared the picture and gave it my own little comment.  I said that this picture makes a good point.  Don’t forget the 4-legged war heroes!  Horses as well as dogs!

In WWI, the use of horses was really in a transition period in warfare.  Horses were still being used but the evolution of fighting tactics, weapons, and machines were all but making the horse become obsolete.  Horses are not as much of a part of the fighting world now a days but dogs are still being used to this day by the military and police forces.  Think about the bomb sniffing dogs.  Here is a good little photo essay that I found when I was looking for a picture to add.

In looking for the sources of the horse picture above, I stumbled upon a great article that was written in 2007 and published in Britain.  I recommend it to you.  In it is a caption to a picture of a poppy field:  “Lest we forget: Generals list the soldiers that were killed in battle. Few have ever troubled to mention the horses which perished in the service of their victories.

I say these things about the horses and dogs but my intentions are not to detract from the original purpose of this day.  It started as “Armistice Day,” a day to remember the signing of the armistice that ended WWI, but has changed over the years to honor all of the veterans that have fought and served, becoming “Veteran’s Day.”

I have many friends and family members who are currently serving and who have served.  My husband is in the Navy, my dad was in the Air Force, my Grandpa retired from the Navy and was in during WWII, the other grandpa in the Army during WWII, my father-in-law just retired from the Navy, Andrew’s grandpa Buddy was in the Coast Guard, my uncle was in the Army, and my cousin is in the Navy.  As I said, my purpose is not to detract from the day celebrating them and all the other veterans of past wars but to also honor the animals who did their own fighting in the wars.

One last parting link.  I found this and could not figure out where to stick this into my post so here it is.  This person put together a wonderful post about Veteran’s Day and the history with pictures.  Please check it out!

I know today was more of an historical musing than about puppy adventures or entertainment, but I think it was quite fitting.  I am sure Gwen will be okay giving up the spot light for a day in honor of others who have fought for our freedom. 😉

EDIT:  Seems like I missed a couple family members when I made this.  That has been corrected now. 🙂

Happy Howl-o-ween!

Gwen is very festive and really getting into the Halloween spirit!  She ripped open her bat toy yesterday so I destuffed him and gave her back the “skin.”  She also has a bat/purple people eater and  vampire stuffed ball squeeker toys.  I did my best in describing them…  Tonight instead of candy treats (like a little kid would get) she is getting a couple small-ish Halloween squeekers!  If I’m lucky this afternoon, I’ll get her picture with them…we’ll see!  We’ve been hoarding hiding these toys for awhile.  We’d tried with the other toys too except she found one of them and I was a sucker and had gave her the other.

I hope the orange isn’t too difficult to read but I’m feeling festive too!  Though I am not sure if I will be handing out candy this year or not.  I don’t really feel comfortable doing so in this area that we’re living, even though it is an apartment-land.  Last year when I was in college I lived in a neighbor hood that had a lot of families with children and I had so many trick or treaters come to my door!  My favorites had to be the family of Angry Birds, Einstein, and a Scarecrow that came to my door.  I think there was another but it escapes me at the moment.  The scarecrow was done with lots of straw and all painted up.  Someone really did a good job putting that kid’s costume together!  

 

This is what happens when you strap an Acme rocket to a Corgi:

We got some video of it and I’ll have to post the links to the video later once I’ve uploaded them.  They’re cute. 🙂

 

I love the top-middle picture!  It’s so pathetically adorable!  I don’t know why it put “do I gotta” on there twice (and right over her cute little nose, I might add!) but it wouldn’t let me get rid of it and I didn’t want to start over, so here is Gwenie’s Penguin costume “collage.”  When I have more time, I will make a better collage but at the moment I am trying to do a million things, none of which are getting done except this post!

Remember that pumpkin costume that Gwen had on in the picture that got in the Magazine?  I have a bunch that I loved from that “photo shoot” that I’d love to share, but for now I think those will be saved for another entry.  Maybe tomorrow??  But for now, here is what her original costume was going to be before she grew out of it.  Yes, the little chub-a-lubs grew in just a few weeks.

 

From our house to yours, Happy Howl-o-ween!!!