I have a lot going on right now, a large commission piece, training dogs, grandkids out and about for the summer, training dogs, lots of overdue projects, dogs, writing some thoughts and ideas for short stories, dogs, and just taking time to enjoy life for a change. So, I just wanted to let anyone interested know that as you can see the blogging has been suffering and will continue to be slow if not completely void for a few more months. Hopefully by the end of July I will be caught up and can again begin to add content that I am satisfied with. Until then I hope every like minded free thinker that reads "Sons of Savages" has a good go at life this summer. Be safe, trust in the only "God" out there for everything and "Defend the Republic" at all costs.
Keep your dogs fed, love on the kids more than usual, and never sweat the small stuff.
The big stuff, well it can't eat you!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
- Canelo in Cádiz, Spain, used to walk with its owner to the hospital where he was receiving dialysis treatment. In 1990 his owner died at the hospital. Canelo died outside the hospital after 12 years waiting. The town Cadiz put his name to a street and a plaque in his honor.
- Capitán, a German Shepherd Dog, ran away from his home in central Argentina, after the death of his owner Miguel Guzmán in 2006. About a week later, Guzmán's family found Capitán standing guard at Guzmán's grave after finding the cemetery on his own. When brought home, Capitán again ran away back to the grave of his former owner. As of 2012, he continues to stand vigil over his owner's grave and receives provisions from the cemetery staff so he does not need to leave.
- Constantine, German Shepherd Dog aka Kostya or Faithful Kostya, in the mid-1990s in Togliatti, Russia - a family died in a car crash during the summer of 1995, leaving the dog as the only survivor. A German Shepherd Dog, named Constantine by the locals, kept coming to the same spot for the next 7 years braving freezing winters and hot summers. The Monument of Devotion - a bronze statue honouring the dog's loyalty was placed on that spot in 2003 by the city authorities .
- Dżok, the dog. Throughout the entire year (1990-1991) Dżok was seen waiting in vain at the Rondo Grunwaldzkie roundabout in Kraków, Polandto be fetched back by his master, who had died there.
- Fido, a mixed-breed dog, whose master, Carlo Soriani, had died in an air raid over Borgo San Lorenzo (near Florence, in Italy) in 1943, during World War II. Fido waited in vain, for the following 14 years, for Soriani's return, going daily to the bus stop in Luco del Mugello (a frazione of Borgo) where the man used to get off after coming home from work.
- Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh, Scotland, was loyal to his master long after his master's death in 1858. Until Bobby's death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his master's grave. A statue in memorial of Greyfriars Bobby was erected near the graveyard.
- Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive.
- Hawkeye, a Labrador retriever, stayed by the coffin of his owner, Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 6 August 2011 when the CH-47 Chinook he was riding on was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.
- Heidi, a Jack Russell Terrier, made her way down a 500-foot (150 m) drop in Scotland to get to the body of her owner (after he fell to his death while hiking) and stood guard over his body for 2 days in 2001.
- Heihei (黑黑), a black dog gave evidence to police to identify the killer of his old mistress. He was later buried with her.
- Huang Huang ( Chengdu, southwest China)spends ten hours searching every bus that passes, sniffing seats and searching for his owner every day after he was lost without a trace.He repeats the same tragic routine. He waits at the stop, boards the bus and sniffs every seat, trying to find his master.
- Leão, a mix breed who stayed by the side of her owner who died on January 2011 during Brazil's flood. His owner was Cristina Cesário Maria Santana. Her body (along with other 3 bodies of members of the family) was retrieved by the rescuers after looking at the dog digging over some mud.
- Old Shep, a Border Collie, who – after seeing the coffin of his master loaded onto a train in Fort Benton, Montana in 1936 – maintained a vigil at the station for six years.
- Spot: In November 2010, five months after his owner, Wayne Giroux of Lone Oak, Texas, was killed by a drunk driver, a local television station reported that Giroux's Great Dane-mix, Spot, was still traveling daily to wait for Giroux at a spot on a country lane where Giroux used to meet him. The story was quickly picked up and disseminated by international media outlets such as CNN.
- Squeak, a Jack Russell Terrier who would not leave the body of his owner, Zimbabwean farmer Terry Ford, after Ford was murdered in 2002 by a violent mob carrying out Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's land seizure programs. The photo of little Squeak guarding Ford's bloody body raised worldwide awareness of land-related violence in Zimbabwe.
- Theo, an English Springer Spaniel belonging to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of the British Army. Theo was used to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan. In 2010, Theo and Tasker were in a firefight with insurgents, killing Tasker. Theo died later at a British army base from a fatal seizure, although many believe he died from a broken heart. Tasker's body and Theo's ashes were returned to England where Tasker's family was presented with Theo's ashes in a private ceremony. In October 2012, Theo was posthumously honored with the Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals.
- Waghya, Chhatrapati Shivaji's pet dog. Waghya is known as the epitome of loyalty and eternal devotion. After Shivaji's death, the dog mourned and jumped into his master's funeral pyre and immolated himself. A statue was put up on a pedestal next to Shivaji's tomb at Raigad Fort.
- The yellow dog of Lao Pan. After Lao Pan, a poor 68-year-old Shandong villager who lived alone, died in November 2011, his home was cleared, and his unnamed yellow Spitz-type dog disappeared. Villagers later noticed the dog had found Lao Pan's grave and tried to bring it back to the village, but the dog refused to leave. They tried luring the hungry dog back to the village with some buns, but he took the food and ran back to the site again. Villagers felt touched by the dog's behavior, arranged to provision him daily at the grave, and as of a week later when the first reports appeared, had decided to build him a shelter there. The story broke locally, was picked up by national media, and was being run by many international media outlets by mid-December.
- Tommy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd Dog, still goes to church where its owner’s funeral was held. The owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, used to come, with Tommy, to the Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy. After she died, the dog was present at her funeral service and followed after Maria's coffin. The father of the church, Donato Panna, said, "he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out—I've just recently lost my own dog, so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out." Tommy passed away on January 20, 2014 after an illness.
- An unnamed dog drowned itself after its master, aged 77, died after 18 years with it.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ch. Whippoorwill Wild Agin Has Died
BOSTON, GA. — National Champion (2008) and prominent sire Whippoorwill Wild Agin died recently due to the infirmities of advancing age. Wild Agin was bred by Dr. Jack Huffman at Whippoorwill Farm in Michigan City, Miss., where the son of Whippoorwill Wild Jack ex Whippoorwill Girl was born and raised and trained by Larry Huffman for owners Dr. Jack Huffman and Dr. Terry Terlep.
The Huffman family — Piper, Larry, Wyatt and Ty — all had a hand in the raising and training of the pup named Jack.
Wild Agin started his field trial career as a Derby in 2004 with five open Derby wins, including runner-up at the All-America Derby Championship. Jack went on to win nine open all-age events including the National Championship in 2008; the American Quail Classic; twice winner of the Southern Championship and named runner-up of this event on two other occasions; runner-up in the Mississippi Championship and winner of the Benton County twice. He was a competitor with considerable talent, courage and stamina.
Wild Agin’s ability to sire winning offspring was his forte and he passed many of his physical athletic attributes to his offspring. He was an individual with a beautiful stride and his sons and daughters show the easy running style that carry them over a lot of ground with very little effort.
His offspring have exerted a considerable influence on the pointer breed. Recent 2014 accomplishments include champion Dazzling and runner-up Skyfall of the 2014 Georgia Derby Championship, respectively; 2014 Continental Championship runner-up Erin’s Wild Justice; 2014 National Amateur Free-for-All winner The Crowd Pleaser, and the 2014 Texas Championship runner-up Whippoorwill Wild Assault.
Dazzling has won the 2014 Purina All-Age Derby of the Year Award.
Upon his retirement in 2010, Jack moved to Boston, Ga., where he lived out his days enjoying life to the fullest. Always a happy dog, he was a pleasure to be with and he enjoyed human friendship and attention. He was the noble animal he was meant to be and he always did the usual unusually well throughout his life.
Monday, April 28, 2014
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- I’m a Southern Boy, just 56 last November, I get around here and there, Central America, Africa, Red Bay. I’m a Father, Grandfather, Husband, Artist and general flunky of sorts. Live in a little historic town in an old building I remodeled. Just wanted to hear myself think I guess, talk about the need of simplification, show some art, express an interest or two, brag on my dogs and see where it goes. That’s it!, That’s the deal, Thanks