I was very pleased to see that the Weekly Photo Challenge was “Companionable”, this morning.
For those of us who are old enough to remember the television show “The Six Million Dollar Man”…… I give you….
…my Six Million Dollar dog, or pup in this case. He had to earn his name. When I was offered a pup, from a litter of about ten. He ran up to me as I arrived and that was that. He was christened “Brandy” by my wife and from late 1988 until a sad Sunday morning in September 2001….where I went, Brandy went.
About 1996, Brandy suffered an eye infection which necessitated him being locked in the wool shed (the darkest place I could find) and to have his eye medicated at least twice a day. The greatest indignity was the bucket he had to wear so he could not scratch, or irritate, his eye during that time. This was to earn him the nickname, “Buckethead”. What else could it be?
About three weeks before Brandy passed onto a world without sheep to chase, he became a “dad” for the first time. At least the first time I was aware of. Once again in this tribe of six puppies there was one who would always ‘ferret’ her way through her litter mates to be next to my body when they were small enough to nurse all six on my knees.
She was christened “Ginger” and is still with us today. Her eye sight is not as good as it was, but she never fails to bound down the drive and twist herself inside out as she greets me upon arriving home from work.
Ginger’s life has been much easier than her father’s. She has not had the responsibility of working, but she has extended my memories of Brandy and created some of her own for me. Both father and daughter are both of a similar, small, build for their breed and they are/were both ‘my’ dogs. In my sixty plus years I have only had one other canine companion who ran a distant third to Brandy and Ginger.
After being a stressful baby, Number 2, and I often were out and about the farm together as he enjoyed (still does) socialising and ‘helping’ at a very young age.
Sadly, as with many children, he was kidnapped about 10 years ago, by the “Teens”. But if I can pre-book, about a week in advance, and remind him every day of that week, he will still help his dear old dad…….occasionally.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable (dailypost.wordpress.com)
As with us all our pets are not as young as they used to be and they need their morning nap! Particularly after the weather turns a bit chilly.
Looking closer you will see that both dogs being ‘well-trained’, have put themselves to bed without being chained to their kennel.
These are/were farm dogs and have spent their entire life in those kennels along with approximately five other working sheep dogs.
Admittedly the kennels probably need replacing, however, here are two contented dogs with a variety of blankets to keep them warm.
From a photographic point of view, I took the top shot on my Nikon D90 using a 70-300 mm lens. So as not to disturb Maggie and Ginger the photo was taken through the glass in the back door.
Upon leaving farming life dogs were our biggest concern…how would they settle in, etc. A slice bread for fun on the first morning, in their new home, has now become a ritual. No matter how much breakfast they have beforehand, I have to give them their slice of bread before they truly believe the day has begun.
Sometimes I think they are like kids ‘conning’ me into a treat each morning!
Finally, I have seen much larger images posted on WordPress blogs, however, as a newbie to WordPress I still have not worked out how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.