Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ABC Wednesday - D is for Dog


I deliberated for some time over what to do for D this week. In the end I decided to do D for dog.

The dog pictured above, almost hiding in the grass, was discovered by us recently at Stapeley Water Gardens.

The first dog I fell in love with was Mandy, a black poodle who belonged to my sister-in-law Daisy. I used to take her for long walks. At home we had a budgerigar and my mother wouldn't let us have a dog.

Eventually I met and married Christine. At the time of our engagement, her mother's dog Ellie, a Jack Russel terrier, was pregnant. She produced a litter of six but only three survived. I chose my favourite pup, a little blob of brown which tried to bury itself in my waistcoat. I christened him Digger.

The other two pups were found homes and Digger stayed with my mother-in-law until after our honeymoon. One day I may dig out and scan some photographs of Digger and do a post about him.

I wrote all about our last real dog in June on Penny (Midnight Melody).

Now the only dogs we keep are a black mastiff who looks out of the living room window at the world, and a dalmation that sits by the side of the television. Neither of these need any more looking after than the one at Stapeley Water Park.

I mustn't forget though, Tuppence, my faithful whippet who hates squirrels and occupies his virtual life on Facebook.

There are now two ABC Wednesday blogs:The first is open to all ABC bloggers, while the second requires bloggers to first contact Denise or myself for an invitation.

37 comments:

  1. I admit I had to look for your dog, but it was a very clever way of placing a statue. It was "as it should be" and fitted very well with the words.

    PS Mine will be up in a few minutes, but a different one than I indicated...

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  2. Hello Happy ABC wedneseday Gerald,
    a DOG is great to post for D.they are so sweet and faitfull to us!

    Greetings from JoAnn

    Visit my "D" here: www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

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  3. As a dog lover, I applaud your choice today. I don't have one at the moment, but I do have sweet memories of my latest, Star - a boxer. She was the gentlest and most loyal dog ever! :D

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  4. I wondered where the dog was - then saw him. Looks as though he is creeping up on fish.

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  5. At first, I thought it was the dogleg pond, then I saw the real dog.

    Nice "D" today.
    Our "D's" are Done, Click here.
    Troy and Martha

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  6. Ok now I have to go google budgerigar cuz I'm clueless as to what that is. I love the name you chose for your Jack Russel. Have a great week...

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  7. OK so a budgerigar is a parakeet..now I'm up to speed...

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  8. A STILL dog indeed!
    The park is beautiful!
    miss Yves

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  9. A thoughtful D post especially for all us dog-lovers. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Subtly half-hidden like that makes it much more effective.

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  11. That looks like a dog with a sense of mischief. Thanks for the clarification on the sites too. I thought one was abandoned and forgot Denise said it was no comment. So I will got post there too in a bit.

    Mine is up too.

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  12. Very clever post and the first dog I have seen today. Excellent choice.

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  13. I also had to look for the dog. Nice setting for it. I imagine it is a water dog. My post is also for dog, a digger dog named Ranger. Coincidence?

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  14. wonderful! lot of dog lovers onsite!

    Check out the Desilting in Mumbai here

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  15. Delightful D post for ABC Wednesday.
    I Don't think I have ever met anyone who Doesn't like Dogs.
    *Man's best friend.*

    Bear((( )))

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  16. I struggled to see the Staveley Dog and when I found him I thought he was real!!

    Everyone needs a pet!

    Gary
    Bodge's Bulletin

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  17. Yes well spotted G! Dogs eh? Mine is by my feet as I sit here............well she was, now she is downstairs barking at the postman! LOL!

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  18. An absolutely beautiful scene! Good idea to make us look closely for the dog!

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  19. Even though D (dog) is not very original, your post certainly is!

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  20. I could be Discover the Dog because my eyes had focus on the pond.
    Great choice that made me use time and not only comment.

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  21. Oh dgs... I love them but living in a tiny apartment I can't have one... yet! Loved the story of your dogs, they're such incredible company! I had one when I was a kid alled Black, a stray little thing that strong like a bull and sweet like an angel. Lucas needs to have one, all boys should!
    Great post, and the photo of the all-attention-hidden dog is adorable!

    Kisses from Nydia.

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  22. Great D. I love how the dog is hiding.

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  23. Will be looking forward to your post of Digger...   Obviously animals play a huge part in our lives, and personally I enjoy them more than a lot of people...

    Ten or twelve years ago someone gave me a cat and she has become the love of my life and ruler of the roost...

    And please accept my apologies for my confusion this morning with the dual approach to ABC Wednesday.   If that's the way you've decided to do it, then I'll fall in line and sort it out...   It's been a busy morning for me, so I've only now worked my way through the Mr. Linky page, so I'll stop over to the no-comment page and see who I've missed...

    Best regards, Don and Kitty

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  24. That is a lovely photograph, with or without the dog. As you know I love gardens :-)

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  25. That's almost a hidden "D"! :)
    A good one though!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  26. Yes, I noticed that little serendipitous mention of budgies in our pots!

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  27. I almost didn't see the dog in the photo. Enjoyed your story. Digger seemed the perfect name.

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  28. Dog's can always get a smile out of you...even when they are being bad! Great post. Thanks for the read! I'll be back!

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  29. I too had to look before finding the dog..

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  30. Hi Gerald, I almost did dogs as I live with 3 of them but chose the dinosaur with my son if the front of it! I love the way this dog is in the bushes/plants! I am sure Digger was a great dog....

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  31. I tried to figure out an angle where the pond would look like a "D" but didn't quite make it.

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  32. I had to enlarge the picture to se it. Great capture and choice for the letter, Gerald!

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  33. D for Dog and Dog for us who can' live without one.

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