Sunday, July 26, 2015


It's Time for Another Nostalgic Sunday

This Nostalgic Sunday post is going to be about my beloved dogs, because I recently heard from my pal, Tracie Hotchner, about this upcoming Dog Film Festival in New York City, which is her project! (Sure wish I lived near there!)

"THE FIRST ANNUAL DOG FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK IS A CELEBRATION OF THE REMARKABLE BOND BETWEEN DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE. The Dog Film Festival is a project of The Radio Pet Lady Network and Tracie Hotchner. - See more at: "

My nostalgia today is about the three dogs I've had in my life...yes, only three, including my current old guy, VERN! We didn't have pets when I was growing up except for an occasional gold fish which is NOT a least in my opinion! (In my memoir sequel, I'm including a story about having a puppy for only a couple of days, until I had to give him back.)

Anyway....My first much-loved dog was Rocky. We got him as a 6 month old puppy when The Ronald and I were newlyweds - (1983 or '84)

This is my oldest son, Scott, holding Rocky soon after we got him.
Awww.....aren't they both adorable?!

We knew nothing about having a puppy, especially living in a small apartment, where nobody was home except in the evenings and on weekends! I wrote about our episodes with Rocky in my memoir, and also for NYMB ...On Dogs 

A few years later, the minute we brought newborn Mark home from the hospital, Rocky was there looking out for him. He didn't want to let people get too close to him in the bassinet! Rocky lived to be almost 14 years old and was always Mark's companion.

Rocky and Mark 1988
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Here is beautiful Tiger Gal. We got her at a shelter when she was 6 months old, just a month after we said goodbye to Rocky. Part of why we chose her was because she resembled Rocky's markings. She, too, lived to be 14 years old. We had to say goodbye to her just a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2010. I wrote about her on my blog here:
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And is Vern. (June 2015)

Those of you who don't know the story about Vern, here's a condensed version: Three months after we had to say goodbye to our beloved Tiger, I was ready to look for another dog. Wanted an "older" dog....a companion, and not a frisky puppy. Found Vern, a lab mix, online at a shelter. His age was listed as eight, but found out he was really nine and a half.....big difference in dog years! But, we brought him home with us (in March 2011) and have been in love with this fabulous dog ever since! He is sweet, loving, smart, funny and just plain perfect. We will celebrate his birthday next month - - he'll be 14 years old, and our hopes and prayers are that he lives to be 20! (as long as he is healthy and happy)



  1. Aw. I've loved so many dogs. Your memories brought a tear to my eye, as I remembered my own dogs. I hope Vernon lives happily for a very long time.

  2. I said good-bye to my sweet Indy boy a few weeks ago. It's so very hard to let them go, even when you know it's time. I'm still not ready to even think about another one yet. In the meantime, Bogey the cat has been channeling his inner dog for me.

    Critter Alley

  3. Dog memories....the best kind! Stay cool, Becky!

  4. Dogs are fur babies, no doubt about it.

  5. We had everything when I was growing up. Dogs, cats, birds, fish (and you are right, they aren't really pets), guinea pigs, chickens, turtles. It was mayhem often, but I am very grateful.
    I learned to walk pulling myself up on a very patient dog's tail, and teethed on his ears. A German Shepherd who would just about cross his legs so he didn't pull me off my feet. Long gone now, and still loved.

  6. BECKY-O! ~
    I'm crazy about dogs!!! I've had several in my life. Mickie was great, and would have been the greatest, had there not been... GEORGE.

    George was the ultimate dog. Wow! So smart! Like Lassie only... smarter! He was a pretty big Collie (and probably German Shepherd mix). We saw him one day running around loose on our Orange County (California) street and kept him. No dog ever loved and was loved more! He couldn't fight worth a damn, but boy, could he love! ...and think!

    ~ Stephen


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