Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Chance came to us last year around the 1st of August via Travis (stepson) who found this little 6 week old puppy in a ditch beside the road. He was covered in Fleas, fire ants were in the process of trying to make a meal out of him. He was so weak from loss of blood that he could barely walk. It took 2 hours to get all of them off him.. his gums were white. The vet said he wouldn't have survived another 24 hours if Travis had not seen him. He was given the name "Chance" as it seemed God had given him a 2nd chance at life.
You have to understand, we already have 6 dogs. It sounds crazy but actually they are all very well behaved. There are 3 Italian Greyhounds (small breed), a Beagle named Missy and two of her pups which are now 2 years old. Those two are Greagles - a mix between (of course) an Italian Greyhound (Dakota) and Missy. Spanky has a bad eye but he's loveable, Belle just loves her Daddy and is bonded to me like you wouldnt believe. Now we have this Yellow Lab (pure bred for sure) puppy thrown into the mix. The other dogs accepted him immediately with no problems. We were planning on getting him healthier and then taking him to a friend who has a local (no kill) rescue shelter. We've taken a liter or two of puppies to her before so they could be adopted out to good homes.
As the weeks went on Chance started to grow a little bigger.. but more importantly he started growing on our hearts. Chance was completely potty trained in about a week to our complete surprise. Sheila and I didn't have to have much of a conversation about Chance not going to the rescue.. without words we both had decided that Chance was already at his new home. His sweet loving personality just showed through this incredible little puppy. He started to show what a very smart dog he was. Compared to the other dogs, his intelligence level was a few bars higher..but that's OK too, we don't just love them for how smart they are. We love our dogs because they are, well, our dogs.
After a few months at our home Chance grew bigger and stronger.. his bark becoming loud and clear. Even though he was growing on the outside, he was still a puppy inside. After all, he was only 5 months old even though he might have weighed about 25 or so pounds. All during Chance's life Sheila and I took pictures.. millions of pictures of him and our life. Nothing was too mundane to snap a picture of, a silly look on his face.. rolling on his back on the carpet with his feet up in the air. Chance got a lot of love, a million mooches. One of my favorite places to give him mooches was on the soft side of his muzzle and the side of his face. He just ate all the attention up like he was a sponge.
The winter came and Chance now about 6 months old loved going out in the snow and running around the backyard with Missy, Spanky & Belle. He seemed like he was in his element. Even when it wasn't snowing he absolutely went crazy when we played Frisbee. He couldn't get hold of it much because Belle is my champion Frisbee catcher.. but he got it once in awhile. Then there was the day I was running in a circle around the backyard with the Frisbee high in my hand.. dogs were running, barking, jumping and barking more. I picked up the pace and thought I'd be tricky and spin and throw it .. I ran fast ahead of the Belle and Chance who had started fussing at each other .. they quickly regrouped and started running full speed for me.. I was in mid turn when Chance who, was running at FULL speed barking sideways at Belle hit me in the back of my legs and took them completely out from under me. All I remember is the massive hit and seeing Blue Sky.. then comes the pain.. the pain of hitting the ground fully prostrate flat on my back.
As I looked skyward I tried to think of what had just happened. The dogs by this time had seen that "Daddy" was on the ground so he MUST want to PLAY! I got a billion licks on my face and head before I could get my wits about me and get up. Chance.. looking at me with the innocence of a little boy. My back hurt, my head hurt.. but I had to laugh at the situation, and my sweet boy.
As more time went on Chance grew to about 45lbs and his bark was that of a full grown Lab. He was still the sweet loveable dog that he'd been since the day he was a puppy sitting on the counter getting the fleas picked off him. Sheila and I would see him try to get comfortable on the couch, which wasnt easy for him being so big now. He didnt realize he wasn't a little puppy like he use to be. Once in awhile I would grab him and pull him completely up on me like he was in my lap.. he'd just lay there and grunt a little.. then give me a lick on the face. Sometimes Sheila or I would just sit down and wrestle with him on the floor.. he loved grabbing shirt sleeves. Chance's favorite thing with daddy when playing was to put my arm, wrist or hand completely in his mouth and just hold it while growing like a bear.. he only scratched when he used his paws. A few times he got too excited and I bled a little, but never anything serious at all.
When we gave treats to the dogs it was a sometimes dangerous thing with snapping jaws of the Blind Greyhound Sweet Pea who always eats like a Velociraptor. But Chance was different, when given a treat he took it gently and easily.. sometimes even loosing his treat to another dog requiring us to get another to replace it for him. His sweet disposition never ceased to surprise me and just allowed Sheila and I to fall in love with him even more each day. To us Chance was "Bubbee or Bubba".. Our sweet boy.
When Chance was about 8 months old he was almost fully grown, but STILL that sweet puppy inside. I did notice that on some warmer days he didnt do well, his tongue would hang out and as soon as he came inside.. would plop down on the AC Vent. I figured he'd get use to it, but I did worry some because his breathing was unusually heavy. The weekend after his 9th month of age I had him and the others out quite a bit on Saturday during the day.. it was a beautiful day, but warm. They came in and he again was breathing heavy, I got him to drink some cool water and he laid down on the vent again. Sunday was the same except I didnt keep them (Chance, Belle, Missy & Spanky) out but for an hour until around Noon.
Monday came and I was off to work. Sheila was starting her day in the house cleaning and doing laundry. Around noon she put all the dogs out except Sienna (Italian Greyhound) in preparation to come out shortly and start mowing. Its another beautiful day, a little warmer than the weekend but not by much. Around 1pm I get an emergency phone call from Sheila.. Chance is down. She found him beside the house with the other dogs laying on his side not appearing to be breathing. They had been out less than an hour in otherwise pleasant weather. It didnt make sense why he would be so over heated. She picks him up and pours the large water container all over him to start cooling him down. While on the phone I had told her to get him inside asap and cool him down more.. I made it home in less than 10 minutes. She got him inside by the time I arrived.. he was clearly in distress. We continued to get him cooled down.. he even walked over to the vent - his favorite place to get cool. I got some gatorade in him via syringe but he threw it up. I walked him to his bed in our room so he could have some quiet time to relax and recouperate. I continually checked on him over the next 20 minutes. I then noticed a foul smell, he had soiled himself. But, what was alarming was the fact that it was mostly blood.
Sheila got on the phone with the vet to tell her we were on the way. As I picked him up he became a rag doll in my arms. We had a fitful trip to get to the Vets office due to terrible traffic and an empty gas tank. FINALLY we got to the Vets office and I grabbed him and got him inside.. He was by this time bleeding out through his mouth and his back end. They quickly got an IV into him and started working on him. We were ushered to the waiting room where we both sat in stunned silence.. crying and knowing that this was bad.. very bad. I begged God to help our boy overcome this. I knew that heatstroke in dogs causes organ failure, I was praying it hadnt got that far with Chance.
I saw the vet walking back in the hallway through a window, her face told the story. My heart sank to the floor as she walked in and explained that Chance was not doing well in fact she had to get his heart beating again twice. We walked back to see him laying on the table, tubes coming out of his mouth, blood showed in the tube as the air went back and forth. Sheila and I both broke down.. Immediately I put my hand under his head and kissed his muzzle.. something I had done a thousand times, but this time it was so different. We both ran our hands down his side and talked to him.. almost begging him to "snap out of it".. but we both knew this was going to end badly. The Vet, the same one who only 9 months before had helped us get him on the road to recovery after being tossed in a ditch was telling us that his odds of recovery were almost zero. We "Could" go to the emergency Vet's hospital in Greenville where they could do transfusions and "try" to get him through it.. but she signalled that this was not really an option.. that he would die on the way up. We had a decision to make. What the Vet told us was that some dogs do not aclamate to weather changes, even small ones that well. She said Chance suffered "Acclamation Heatstroke". The other dogs show no signs of any distress whatsoever. Chance just wasn't able to stand warmer weather and there was no way for us to know it.
Through our tears and our crushing grief we both looked at each other and Sheila said "you know we have to let him go".. I was crying and said "I know".. I continued to hold his head in my hands like I always do. You see Chance seemed to get alot more love than the others since he arrived. God in His infinite wisdom knew he wouldn't be with us as long as we thought.. so he got a lifetime of love in just 9 months. When it was time the Vet used his IV to inject the medication that would end his life. As he died I whispered into his ear, "Chance.. mommy and Daddy love you SO MUCH sweet boy".. I again whispered in his ear "You wait for us Chance.. wait for us there Buddy.. "...and he was gone.
Travis, Sheila's son had come when he heard what had happened. Travis took him in his truck as we drove in almost complete silence except for the sound of our overwhelming grief over the sound of the engine. Travis helped to prepare the place where he would lay for eternity. I took a last chance cast of his paw in joint compound and clipped some of his hair and put into a baggie. I had wrapped him in HIS blanket, Travis and I gently lowered him down and I cradled his head once again. As my tears fell into the dirt, I carefully placed handful after handful of soil over his head and we finished our task.
That night Sheila and I just held each other and cried. We both felt the numbing loss of our beloved little boy. I continued to ask God WHY, why Chance? It didnt seem right, I was so mad at God and asked him what was the reason to take such a beloved pet from us. After I had taken my shower I dressed, still partly sobbing from all the thoughts and images of Chance running through my mind. I pulled one of my Christian shirts over my head and down.. I looked at myself in the mirror, face and eyes swollen from crying for hours. The T-shirt I just happen to grab had these words on it,they said, "His Life was Not Pointless". I realized that God was trying to tell me something, that Chance's life indeed had a purpose.
Going to bed that night was exceptionally hard. Putting the dogs down for "nite nite" is something that is a little ritual with all of the dogs. We have a foam mat a little smaller than a single bed alongside the wall next to my side of the bed. Chance always had to go in the middle to get himself comfortable, the rest of the dogs just filled in around him on both sides. Before getting into bed each night I would either get down with him or lean down and kiss him on the muzzle. I always told him "mommy & daddy love chance!".. I am postive that he KNEW this... even as he took his very last breath of life.. he knew his Mommy & Daddy loved him as much as life itself.
As of now its been 24 hours since we lost Chance. Both of us have cried all day at different times as we've thought about Chance and how terribly we both miss him and literally hurt inside for him. How can a dog have such an effect on two people in such a relatively short amount of time. As it is I'm still grieving over the death of my father on March 15th 2009. That has me down quite often too when I think of all the things he and I shared for over 50 years. Now my father has to look over my dog until I get there.. He never really liked dogs, but something tells me he will fall in love with him just as we did.
Chance.. We will Never forget you buddy... dont forget what Daddy told you.. "Mommy and Daddy love you SO MUCH sweet boy, Wait for us Bubbee, wait for us".
Thursday, April 30, 2009
What has brought on all the nonsense and the people who seem to have lost their minds? What is going on with all these ass clowns killing their families too just because they lost their jobs? Ill say it again - Where the HELL has COMMON SENSE gone? Out the window and down the street that's where.
Most liberals you'll talk to will tell you everything bad we are experiencing is "Dubya's" fault. Well folks ~ that just isn't going to keep working. That magic "W" key you keep using in the Obama lock of convenience is soon going to strip out. What will you do then? What or better yet - WHO will you blame for all this Country's ills? Surely not the current Administration or any of its "Failed" agenda's or any of the bad decisions along the way. The funny part is that it WILL end, Obama's going to learn that Government is not the answer to all of our problems - Especially the Economic problem.
History tells us that Government tried this before and failed, every single time. The thing is, the United States Government isn't BIG enough to do anything about it. To turn the economy around requires "American BUSINESS" - NOT Government to ratchet up. The Federal Government has really only one way of affecting the economy as a whole ....and that's the Interest rate that the FED charges. Ok, Ill give it to you that defense spending and all that plus Government programs create stuff...but its the American Business that makes the Economy move and shake! What Mr. Obama has done is printed up a whole bunch of money we do NOT have and tossed it into a grinder. That's it. Done. The Economy didn't even BURP with the stimulus. There is none of this.. "oh, we have to wait and see how it will affect..." No we don't. The stimulus will have no effect on the depressed economy.
When the economy DOES rebound, which it will.... Mr. Obama better not take the credit for it. That would be an insult to Americans who are working hard to get things back to normal. Remember, the stimulus is gone.. spent... its over. There is no waiting to see. Its like a defibrillator paddle... you shock the patients heart... it either starts beating or it doesn't....the Economy did not start beating after Mr. Obama's "de-fibrillation". Quit standing around with your friggin hands in your pockets with that stupid look on your face waiting for something to happen! Get out there and DO SOMETHING! BUY SOMETHING! This is how Recessions and Depressions END!
I'm sick and tired and pretty much fed up with Liberals as you can tell. Looking at the confirmation hearings on these clowns up in Washington that Mr. Obama is appointing to the highest offices in the land. Five of these BOZO's cant seem to pay their taxes, but say "oh, I didn't know I owed them" (not all said that). Wait, you're telling me you didn't know you owed tens of thousands of dollars to the IRS? No letters in the mail? No Garnishments? No Liens/Levies? Yea - right. Funny, Mr. Bush didn't seem to have this kind of problem at all when he was appointing people, NOT ONCE. Could it be that just maybe the people he wanted to appoint were HONEST with him before he even started? Could it be these people Mr. Obama asked were so greedy and so lustful to get these jobs that they would say or do anything to get them? Huh? Think about it. Barack Obama is not a stupid man. If any one of these Clowns had told him beforehand that they had some tax problems (including the guy hit to be TREASURY SECRETARY!) - would he have insisted they be appointed? NO WAY! He would have said "Next". They lied to him to get what they wanted. Typical Liberal Crap.
I personally think its funny as heck that the Liberals believe Mr. Obama was elected in a Landslide victory. Not so. It was actually a very narrow margin in a large number of states - and HE knows it. He is going to be very, very careful what he does until he knows he's solidified his positions. The only reason he was actually elected is that John McCain was not able to motivate the Conservative base and even lost some of the core voters....which was that SLIM margin that pushed Mr. Obama over. IF - IF the conservative movement can regroup itself and present a TRUE Conservative candidate that will solidify its base and its people... Mr. Obama will not have a snowballs chance in H*** of reelection. That's not just a Conservative Republican rant there folks, that's reality and Mr. Obama knows that too.
Mark my words, he is going to do whatever he can to appeal to as many Conservatives as possible to keep them happy for the next election. If he were to go off on what he truly wanted to do as a Liberal (and that he has always done)... he would seal his fate as a "One Termer". I still think his goose is cooked if the Conservatives put something together. Basically the election is ours to loose, not to win. The Liberals won this one by default because we made the same mistake we did back in the 96 election with Bob Dole. Good man, weak candidate...he didnt stand a chance against Bill Clinton. However, had we put up someone decent... The outcome could have been different.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Back again to my question of this entire Blog - Where's the common sense? I'm Serious! You see guys/gals, life isn't that complicated, now math is complicated.. Life is just, well, Life. But common sense is the bridge that crosses the borders of most of our worlds and links them together. Make no mistake though, there are aliens out there in this universe. We got 'em from one end of the spectrum to the edge of the Andromeda star cluster. I have some friends who are liberals and even some family. That's OK, they aren't that far off from what I call the Common Sense home plate. It's refreshing to hear coherent talk and discussion ~ unlike some I've had on various forums... especially YouTube... I am now a "Big Game Hunter" on there going after some of the flaming, leaning over the cliff liberals and only God knows what else.
I see things in life that I look at and say "What the ...", and again I wonder what happened to common sense. Want a good example of a "What the.."? How about 9-11? Everyone knows what happened that day, or Do we? In the initial days just after 9-11 so many theories were being thrown around it was maddening. Slowly but surely the pieces of the puzzle came into place and helped us understand the attacks on many levels. I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) the other day, a certain disgraced Roman Catholic Bishop was ranting and raving on tape. First he was a holocaust denier. Oh, don't even get me started on that... but the other thing he said in his dissertation to a bunch of college students was that 9-11 was not orchestrated by Arabs. It was orchestrated and conducted by the US Government using carefully placed explosives at both the top and bottom of both buildings. As I was driving home on I-385 I was laughing so hard at the utter stupidity of this mans thought processes.... As I passed a car I happened to look over not realized this lady had been watching me laughing hysterically.. she had a bemused look, a little fear in there too I think.
Do I REALLY have to go into details here? This man "Really" believes this. Sure, I could buy a plane ticket to London, look him up and rail on him about how stupid he is... but that wouldn't change his mind. He has No Common Sense and possibly a mental disorder considering he is an extreme Anti-Semitic. Just the thought of how much explosives it would have taken to get those buildings down is scary, not to mention how would they hide thousands of pounds of it? Then you have some really serious things you would have to overlook ~ the planes on video tape slamming into the buildings. We already know all the men who boarded these airliners. Then they said the first strike wasn't a plane, you see they started grasping at anything to keep the insanity alive. Well, that was blown away when a French film crew who were filming a segment with some police officers heard something overhead...they happen to be a block or so from the North Tower and looked up with the camera. It was a one in a million shot ~ an airliner flying into the building and disappearing completely within. Within a minute or so smoke and some fire could be seen.
Many of the nuts who cried Conspiracy left the tribe when that surfaced. There were just "Too" many point blank explanations for the attacks, the final one was Bin Laden himself admitting to it and then Sheik Mohammed Kalid's laptop had the detailed plans and information.
The Pentagon. One video camera near an entrance gate caught the impact. However, some are saying that a missile was what did the damage not an Airliner. First question I have? Where the hell is the Flight 77 and everyone on board? The conspiracy nuts say that all that's shown is a silver streak and an explosion. Ok, that airliner was traveling at over 300+ miles per hour. You could hardly turn your head that fast to follow it at that distance/vector. The camera at the gate frames per second caught only a flash of the doomed plane as it hit. And, its hard to explain Aircraft parts and materials inside the burned areas of the Pentagon. Besides, the nut jobs believe a fighter jet fired this missile. To even go into the reasons how this is impossible isn't worth it. Plus you throw in all the people who would have had to cover for it.. and attack on their own Military Brothers and sisters!
Now we are left with only the hard core Conspiracy theorist. They pick one little detail in any of those events and try to build a skyscraper on it ~ but its only a house of cards. One little whiff of wind and the whole theory floats away like the smoke from a snuffed out candle. But ~ think about it. There are people who DO believe this horse manure. I ask - where is their common sense? Alarms should be going off with the mountains of evidence against them. Why do they refuse to accept anything except what they have ascribed themselves.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Who are they harming? You want a simple answer? EVERYONE. Their lies and stories can go from innocent conversations in a bar to outright matters of National Security Interest and VA Fraud. Most of the clowns I have helped to bust claiming to be former Navy SEALS usually are in it for the prestige and to get womens attention. The majority of the losers I have "outed" have never, ever worn the uniform of the United States Navy or any other service for that matter. Again the list goes on and on as to the extent of their fraud. Some just "Say" they were Navy SEALS, others go to extravagent measures and actually BUY uniforms, medals and SEAL Tridents. They take pictures of themselves and post on MySpace pages to drawn in unsuspecting women with fantasy stories.
Why spend the time when there's no reward? There IS reward. A good friend of mine named Steve Robinson is United States Navy SEAL. He wrote a book called "No Guts- No Glory". Its about Navy SEAL Posers. If you havent read it, get a copy and read it - it will open your eyes like nothing you can imagine. Contact me for more information or click the link below to go to Steve's Website.
When someone brings me some information on a possible phony SEAL I go to work doing alot of background investigation. In many cases I dont confront these individuals myself but contact friends who are Navy SEALS to talk to them. Then again sometimes I do confront them and alert SEAL's who need to be notified. I look at it this way, its a SEAL Trident, I'm NOT a Navy SEAL. I just work to help keep the community clean along with them and beside them as a brother Sailor and Shipmate.
So, other than be braggarts, what harm are these clowns doing? There are scores of women who have been duped into believing these type of lies and have been defrauded of money, security and other things. A number of times I've seen these individuals wearing uniforms with Medals, Trident, Aircrew Wings and assorted other crazy stuff. Some people who've never been in the Military say its "no big deal" - but to a former Military man, "Its a Big Deal".
That's just the Republicans. Take the Liberal Democrats and how they have treated John McCain and its disgusting. The main point is that they KNOW John has done more, sacrificed MORE, given MORE to the Country than Mr. Obama will EVER be able to give. So ~ how do you counter this life of service? You throw absolute lies and falsehoods out in the public. The rabid leftist will grab it like a Hobo with a Ham Sandwich and not let go...even when they know the truth.
Why is this? We don't have to lie about Obama and what he stands for or represents, he has made that very clear. But are the left SO drastically desperate to have the United States become a Socialist Nation that they will say Anything, do Anything, be Anything to get him elected? YES ~ they are.
Go to YouTube and watch the recently released video of John McCain in a North Vietnamese hospital. Look at the over 5,000+ comments under this video. Note that this video was released by the lady who owns the rights to it in FRANCE. Why? Who knows. I have spent some hours talking with and also harpooning Idiots comments there. Why? Because they were so baseless and stupid I could not in good faith let them stand unopposed.
What am I talking about? When the "Keyboard Commando's". I kid you not, these are actual comments by LIBERALS about this video and about John McCain. These are the copy and pasted comments from "Real Loser's", people who cant seem to get their own head out of their ass long enough to breath and make coherent statements. Instead, they make stupid if not downright idiotic statements which shows their lack of maturity, respect and in most cases a severe and profound lack of functioning brain cells. I'm not making this stuff up:
- He cant even fly a plane
- He sucked as a pilot, he deserved to get shot down
- He is "posing" for that video (how the hell did he do that?)
- God bless you john McCain for bombing children. what a hero.
- There is no such thing as a HERO in an illegal war...what we did to those people and their families was murder and genocide...and all so they could smuggle drugs in and out of that country. SICK MEN!
- Looks like he has it tuff lying in that bed smoking a cig.
- What is trying to encourage kids to smoke!!! I can't vote for him. Screw that!!
- McCain doesn't appear to have been tortured in this video. Where did he receive his injuries?
- songbird traitor!
- Hero's don't get captured
- Hopefully he has a heart attack the very same day Obama is declared President, seriously what a loser! Getting anal raped in Vietnam must've really messed him up.
NOW you see why I call these lame brains "Keyboard Commando's". They get on a computer keyboard and they will literally type ANYTHING. They don't even realize how stupid they look, sound or even act just as long as they can RUN their mouths (Fingers). Where is the respect? Where is the honor that is due Senator McCain? They are commenting on things they have absolutely no business even talking about because 99% of them have ever even been in the Military! I found this out the other night, only ONE person I was arguing with had ever been in the Service. Although, this person said he was a Vietnam Veteran, stationed at Ton Son Nhut working for Air America. There is a problem with this ~ Air America operated out of Laos NOT South Vietnam (some supplies came from there but no continuous flight operations like he claimed). So besides being morons there are people getting on there and just outright LYING. But thats to be expected these days when lying has become rampant and those that continue this are un-repentent.
That evening I was an "Equal Opportuntity Offender". I jumped on both Republican & Liberals that night who strayed over the edges. I saw Republicans calling women posters the "C" word, and others getting on with horrible screen names that showed disrepect toward our African brothers. They got the same if not even worse of my wrath for their stupidity. We cannot sink as low as the ones we are trying to reach and expect a different outcome. My profile on YouTube is very visible ~ I am an Honorably Discharged, disabled Navy Veteran. I was also subjected to the same type of abuse from the majority of posters. The only redeeming thing was 3 or 4 people out of all of those showed me respect and I returned that honor. I thanked them for being civil and for treating me with respect. The next thing some other moron would say the most vile thing to me and it would start all over...
Where is the Common Sense, I have to ask?Jim ~ The Swabbie