Z - Zounds! It's Zara
Well I've made it to 'Z' again and still feel astounded that I managed to find dogs to get here from 'A'.
An Alsatian pup name Alfie featured at the start of the Challenge. At the end there's another Alsatian.
|A young Alsatian named Zara|
I used to meet Zara in the village but unfortunately she became very territorial and attacked the postmen. On her lead she was as gentle as could be, but she has had to give way to the Labrador pups that appeared under 'L'
I must pay tribute to all the dogs that I have met personally; not one objected to being photographed. I suspect however that owners in the village will be pleased that only their legs and shoes appeared in the shots.
My special thanks to my daughter's dogs - Sam, Maxie, Gem. Jack, Cody, Scout and Lily, not forgetting Gabby the Golden Labrador who has made up the latest "Gang of Four" in Michigan.
|The Gang of Four (No. 3) - Gem, Gabby, Scout and Lily|
And by the way Gem had her 15th birthday recently.
Sam was my daughter's first dog. He appeared earlier in the Challenge with his sister Maxie.
This is the tribute to Sam written for him after he had been put to sleep in 2010.
Sam Was My Good Boy
"Sam was my first dog. He was such a good boy.
Good? Maybe not—at least not at his first home in Troy.
The words “come” and “no” and the electric fence meant nothing to him.
And he was a lab, yet he couldn’t fetch, retrieve, or even swim.
Sam was my first dog. Okay, maybe he was “kind of” good.
Chasing deer in their new home, he and Moo would escape through the wood
They’d come home with deer parts, possums and the occasional mouse
And traipse their big dirty paws throughout the whole house.
Sam was my first dog. But he really was good.
He never fought for food, chewed up shoes, or rolled in mud.
When the new rescue dog, Jack, tried to eat his food and bite his nose--he didn’t mind.
When Jack was sick, it was always Sam who would lie with him—he was SO kind.
Sam was my first dog. And, YES, he was a good boy.
From the day we chose each other, he brought me so much joy.
Even when he went blind and had to live in the dark,
He still took himself for walks and played, and, boy, did he still love to bark.
Sam was my first dog. He was good and I love him still
He holds a place in my heart that no one will ever fill."