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My best ever four legged friend…Brandy pup, circa Christmas 1988 / January 1989. 

He wasn’t much older before he began to work sheep for me. 

He worked so well that I called him

my Six Million Dollar Dog…after the television show.

Then he took command of the ute and

would sit and wait for hours.

 

Teaching the new chum how to behave on a  truck!

I think this is Zoe…not brandy’s pup.

He only ever sired one litter and died

about two weeks after they were born.

From that litter I kept Ginger who died,

as suddenly as Brandy did, in 2015

Both Brandy and Ginger would ‘sing’ (howl) on cue,

although Ginger was harder to start and keep going.

She was a little princess.

Father and daughter were around for 26 years combined….

so definitely four-legged friends.

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Wits End Weekly Prompt:  Four-Legged-Friends

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My

Animal Companions

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My companions through the years.

Brandy, December 1988.

Around eight or nine years later

Brandy had an off-sider to train.

Her name was Zoe.

Brandy’s daughter, Ginger, was born early September 2001.

Ginger was one of Brandy’s only litter of pups,

that we know of, and she was born

about three weeks before Brandy died.

 

 Ginger would sing with some persuasion,

just like Brandy.

Well…almost!

 

Ginger became a nervous wreck when she had a bone.

She would spend hours trying to find a safe place to bury it.

All the while Labrador, Maggie,

quietly watched from afar,

and then dug it up when a tired Ginger

decided to have a snooze.

Who would have thought Ginger would be dead

only a matter of days after this shot was taken?

 

Then about 18 months ago, early 2016,

along came Candi,

courtesy Number 2 Son and Daughter-in-law.

 

Candi will never work sheep, however,

she has some other talents I have

never seen in a sheep dog.

She runs with the flight of the rope

and still manages to catch it.

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Where’s My Backpack: Animal-Companions

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My

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Below the leaves of…
pig-face_8066our LipStick Maple is a mass of pig-face

enjoying Sunday afternoon sun.
water-lillies_8074Below these Lilly Pads, in the murky depths of our fish pond,

lurks two seldom seen gold-fish.
grevillia_jelly-baby_8062Grevillia Jelly Baby was a plant I purchased yesterday

to mark Ginger’s grave.

For more read RIP Ginger.  

All life long pets are laid to rest in a pet cemetery.

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R.I.P. Ginger

This afternoon, a few weeks past her 14th birthday,

Ginger passed away.

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Ginger – June, 2013

She was born in September 2001, a few weeks before her father (Brandy) died suddenly, just short of 13 years of age.

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Ginger – June, 2013

Between them I have spent 27 years in the company of

the most faithful dogs I have ever owned.

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Ginger – December, 2014

RIP my little friend.

 

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Brandy and me, circa January 1989.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Nostalgia

have been wondering all week where the ‘Nostalgia’ was emanating from.  Penny just dropped an hour or so ago.

So one quick short picture for the

Nostalgia Challenge.

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This picture, while not as old as some of the pictures I have seen during the week still brings back some nostalgic memories for me.

It was taken while I was having some limbs, near my hay shed (bottom left), removed.

After spending fifty-five years on a farm a simple photo like this does bring back the ‘…remember when…’ thoughts.

I clearly remember the year I stacked those rolls of hay near and in the hay shed.  So much easier than handling the small square bales which were common in my teenage years.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable (dailypost.wordpress.com)

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Companionable

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Companionable

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….

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…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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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My favourite.

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable (dailypost.wordpress.com)

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