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Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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-mutt-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
July 10th 2004

April 1st 2003

Walks, rides, treats... in his mind, what else is there?

Thunder, Fireworks, "Alien Invaders" (potentially troublesome strangers) - he takes his "guard dog" responsibilities seriously!

Favorite Toy:
Probably our cat, Dusty - his favorite squeaky toy! And he is always walking around with either a stuffie or a mammoth bone in his mouth.

Favorite Food:
He is happy to eat just about anything, and he loves his Greenies after dinner!

Favorite Walk:
He gets so excited about going out! But since a July 4th fireworks trauma two years ago, he was afraid to go anywhere but the sidewalk from the front door to the back. Poor guy! Just recently, he's been able to take his old familiar route again. Yay!

Best Tricks:
Tracking me down when we play hide-and-seek.

Arrival Story:
Ringo was adopted from the Lucky Dog Rescue Foundation of Minnesota, a fantastic local rescue organization (visit -- link removed -- for more info). He was one day away from execution when they rescued him. We are so grateful to Michol and Steven, who were his foster parents before he got his forever home, and Rita, the Fairy Dogmother who rescued him.

Very few people outside of the U.K. even know what a lurcher is. It's a type, not a breed, resulting from the cross of a sighthound (gazehound, windhound) with a working breed. As Ringo grew up (and he kept growing for about 3 yrs.) he filled out to just under 100 lbs., looking more and more like a GSD. But he still has the long body, long legs, and deep chest of a sighthound. When he's not holding his ears fully erect like a Shepherd, they fold back in that peculiar Lurcher way. And those big, deep, bright eyes give away his sighthound heritage. Ringo has two unusual physical features: the "ink spot" on his tongue, and some of the longest canine "fingers" we've ever seen... if he had thumbs, he could play the piano!

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Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)

May 28th 2014 9:22 pm
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I first posted this on Memorial Day a coupla years ago but I wanna run it by ya all again... hope it will give ya sumthin to think about fer the rest of the year.

"Just a Common Soldier (a Soldier Died Today)"
by A. Laurence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country,
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times that our
Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know.

It was not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier,
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
in the paper that might say:


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December 27th 2010 8:01 pm
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Still feelin blue... too much purple... not enough green

September 22nd 2008 8:42 pm
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Last time I wrote about feelin blue, it was just sorta like a fun thing, I just wanted to write a lil song and I din't have any bones, so there ya go.

But now I am really feelin blue, cuz I see some awful sad stuff goin on with some other dogs. There is this thing called IMHA that dogs can get and it is a real bad thing to have... sometimes it just takes a dog's life right out from under em in a real short time. And even the lucky ones live their whole lives bein scared of what will happen that day, or the next day... just think of what that would be like.

I got a friend named Angel Mica, well, ya probly know her already, she is known as "the Wonderpup" and she has about a bazillion pals. If ya go look at her page, go down the right side just under her bio text stuff, and ya see a nice picture of a whole bunch of dogs. And if ya look real close, ya see that some of em got a purple star and a lot of em have a green star. See, what that means is that the dogs with the purple star are livin with IMHA... or else IMHA has already taken them away from their families. And the ones with the green stars are tryin to help stop that from happenin to more dogs, by givin some money to help the dogtors find a cure or a way to keep it from happenin at all.

The thing that has got me feelin blue is that even though I am not as good at math as my brother, I can still figger out that we are gonna need a whole lot more of them green stars to keep them purple stars from multiplyin.

It would be pretty cool if ya could go check this stuff out... go read Mica's diary for September 19th and see if ya can't help out a lil bit. Ya don't have to be some rich dude or dudette, just do what ya can and ask some of yer pals to join ya. Like I said, I'm no math whiz but I do know that a little times a lot is a lot... and there are a whole lot of us dogs here.

Could ya help out... please?

Angel Mica - the Wonderpup (Dogster ID# 504880) (**HQ APPROVED**)

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