Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10 Famous Dogs We Knew and Loved

These famous dogs made us laugh and cry. Not all of them were actors, but they were all exceptional dogs. In their own way, they taught us about life, devotion and loyalty. Each of them left a lasting memory in the hearts of the humans who loved them and the ones we knew and loved are forever in our hearts as well. Ten famous dogs we knew and loved.

Higgins, 1959-1975, was a miniature Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Schnauzer mix breed. He was the famous dog on Petticoat Junction, a popular TV comedy from 1963-1970. We know him best as Benji. Frank Inn, who was a renowned animal trainer found Higgins in an animal shelter in Burbank, California in 1960. Higgins played “Dog” on Petticoat Junction for 6 years and won the Patsy award in 1967. The Patsy award is given to honor animal actors and stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It was the motion picture, “Benji” that made him a household name. Frank Inn said Higgins was the smartest dog he had ever worked with. Higgins could sneeze and yawn on command and had a wide range of expressions we fell in love with. Frank was very fond of Higgins and when he died, Higgins was cremated. His ashes were placed in an urn and Frank kept the urn at his home until his death in 2002. Higgins ashes were placed inside Frank’s coffin at his request and they are buried together.

Spike, You remember that lovable dog from the 1950’s. Spike is best known as Old Yeller which was based on a true story of life in the 1860’s. He had everyone in tears by the end of the movie. Yeller contracts rabies after being bitten by a rabid gray wolf. The scene where Travis is forced to shoot Yeller is one of the highest ranked tear jerker’s in the history of movies. And if anyone tells you they didn’t cry, they’re lying. A yellow lab mix breed, Spike was found at an animal shelter in Van Nuys, California and trained by Frank Weatherwax. Spike went on to another role in the Dog of Flanders. When he died, Spike was buried at sea.

Terry, 1933-1944, was a Cairn terrier better know to us as Toto from the Wizard of Oz. She is buried in the backyard of Carl Spitz’s training center, her owner and trainer. Carl was so distraught when his famous dog died, he wrote an autobiography about Toto and buried it in a metal box near his San Fernando Valley training center. He died in 1976 and it wasn’t until 1993 when the manuscript was discovered during major highway construction in the valley. It was re-edited and published under the title, “I, Toto”. Terry’s favorite actor during the shooting of the Wizard of Oz was the Wicked Witch, Margaret Hamilton, who was just as fond of the little dog. Terry received $125.00 weekly on the movie and was actually paid a higher salary than many of the human actors. Terry opened the door for small dogs proving they could be heroic actors in films.

Jim the Wonder dog, 1925-1937, was a Llewellyn Setter who had a nose for playing the horses. Jim lived with his owner, Sam VanArsdale in Marshall, Missouri. Before each Derby race, Sam would place the names of the horses in front of Jim. For 7 years in a row, Jim was spot on, picking correctly each time. This famous dog could also distinguish cars by their color, make of car and license plate. He could recognize people and understand multiple languages. And there was none better as a hunting dog. In his lifetime, Jim bagged over 5,000 birds. He’s in Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Even after his death, Jim continued to gain fans and in 1998, a statue of him was erected in a small park in downtown Marshall to honor him. Jim is buried in Ridge Park Cemetery.

Greyfriar’s Bobby,1856-January 14, 1872, proved just how loyal a little dog could be. His owner, John Gray passed away in 1858 and was buried in Edinburgh, Scotland in Greyfriar’s churchyard. Bobby, a black Skye Terrier, refused to leave his master’s side, even in death. Back then, stray dogs were put down and Bobby’s life was uncertain until the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stepped forward and paid to renew Bobby’s tags which then made him a ward of the city council. Nothing could move him from the grave of his owner and for 14 years, Bobby lay on John Gray’s grave only leaving the cemetery to eat. It was said people could set their clocks by Bobby. He left the cemetery everyday at 1 P.M. on the dot. People in Edinburgh looked out for the little dog and made sure he was fed and had protection from the worst weather. Bobby is buried just inside Greyfriar’s gate close to the grave of his beloved owner. Written on his headstone is, “Greyfriar’s Bobby-died January 14, 1872-aged 16 years. Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.

Moose, December 24, 1990-June 22, 2006, Literally, barn in a barn in Florida, this famous dog is known to most people know as Eddie, Frazier’s dog. He was a rambunctious Jack Russell Terrier who was given away several times because he was so hard to handle, until he was adopted by Kathy Morrison. Moose made his acting debut in Universal Studios Animal Showcase. Kathy and Moose moved to California shortly after that and the rest is history. He got more fan mail than any of the other actors on Frazier. At the time of his death, Moose was living with his trainer, Mathilde Halberg.

Gidget, 1994-July, 21, 2009, the Taco Bell dog, was only meant to be used in one Taco Bell commercial, but because she became so popular, the commercials starring this famous dog ran for 3 more years. A Chihuahua with big ears who seemed to know she was a star, Gidget made her movie debut in Legally Blonde 2, Red, White and Blonde. She played Bruiser’s mom. Bruiser’s real name is Moondoggie.

Rin Tin Tin, September 10, 1918-August 10, 1932, was one lucky little 5 day old pup when he, his mother and 4 siblings were found in a bombed out dog kennel in France during WW I. The dogs were the only survivors in the bombed out kennel. Corporal Lee Duncan rescued Rin Tin Tin and one of his sisters, but she didn’t survive. His mother, Betty des Flanders and the rest of the litter were adopted by Duncan’s unit, but unfortunately, his mother and 3 other siblings didn’t survive either. This famous dog is considered to be the dog people identify with the German Shepherd dog. Rin Tin Tin has the longest history (107 years) in continuous bloodline in the breeds’ history. Warner Brothers Pictures had Rin Tin Tin to thank for saving them from bankruptcy during the early years of silent pictures. He single handily kept the studio afloat. Rin Tin Tin died unexpectedly on August 10, 1932. Duncan made arrangements to have this famous dog buried in his country of birth and Rin Tin Tin was laid to rest in the famous pet cemetery the Cimetiere des Chiens located in a suburb outside Paris called Asnieres-sur-Seine.

Pal, June 4, 1940-1958, was a male Rough Collie and is the most recognized dog in the world. Think about it for a minute. You know who he is. Timmy’s sidekick, Lassie. Because of Pal, the Collie breed became one of the most loved breeds of all time. All of the Lassie’s were males, not females like we were led to believe. Males were used because they are larger than the females and could be used longer with the child actors. Pal was owned by Rudd Weatherwax, brother to Frank Weatherwax who had trained Toto for the Wizard of Oz. Rudd was devastated when Pal died and never watched another episode of Lassie after Pal’s death. Pal is buried in a special place on Rudd Weatherwax’s ranch.

Marley, 1991-2003, was an adorable Yellow Lab who was described by his owner, John Grogan as the world’s worst dog, but you knew just how special and loved Marley was when you walked out of the theater at the end of the movie, “Marley and Me”. Marley became a famous dog because his human dad needed something to write about for a column he wrote at his newspaper. Marley unknowingly supplied Grogan with all the material he needed. Marley was buried at the edge of the woods on his Pennsylvania country home where the Grogan family lived at the time of his death. He was recently relocated to the current home of John Grogan and his family and now has a special place overlooking a bluff behind the Grogan’s barn.

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10 Fashion Trends for Summer 2012

Make a resolution to follow at least one or two of these summer 2012 fashion fashion trends and you’ll reign supreme as the chicest lady on the block. If you’re looking for new wardrobe staples, consider investing in a high-quality product. If you want to keep it cheap, try incorporating a summer 2012 trend into your outfit creatively. For example, nail polish, statement jewelry, sunglasses, a scarf, purse hat or accessory is less expensive than, say, a designer dress or swimsuit.

Ladies, if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s high time you did: tangerine is the hottest color of the year. This fiery hue makes a bold statement whether worn as a large textile or as a smaller detail incorporated into your ensemble.

Hi-Low Dresses
Whether you call it the mullet dress or it’s more fashion-friendly name, the “hi-low” dress, this style will remain hot until fall. For those unaware, it’s an asymmetrical dress that’s shorter in the front and long in the back (hence: mullet).

Oversized Hats
An oversized hat serves two purposes. First, it can be the finishing touch on a fabulous outfit. Secondly, it protects you from the sun’s damaging rays and keeps you cooler in the heat of summer.

Gold is another hot summer 2012 color, so incorporating it as often as you can. Try wearing it via jewelry, shoes, a handbag or even hair accessory. Bonus: Gold and tangerine go really well together.

Ethnic Prints
Anything afro-centric or tribal is a must-wear for summer 2012. Think large statement necklaces crafted from organic materials, ethnic prints, raffia work and everything in between.

Chunky Bangles
Decorate your arms with stacks of chunky bangles. It’s an easy — and inexpensive — way to pull your outfit together. Try mixing different colors, textures and sizes for extra drama.

Floral Jeans
This is one of those summer 2012 trends that isn’t going to last very long, so don’t feel like you have to spend mega bucks to partake. However, a floral printed jean — especially one that’s vintage-inspired — is a super hip trend that keeps you looking playful. Consider a floral-printed legging instead of a jean, as well.

Bright Blazers
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your office attire this summer, opt for a brightly colored blazer over an otherwise traditional pant/skirt suit. Colors that are hot include neons and primaries and, as mentioned before, tangerine.

Statement Necklaces
An easy way to make your outfit feel more polished is to throw on a statement necklace. You can wear them in all sorts of settings, including casual, formal or even business. Try an edgy metallic piece, a vibrant gemstone necklace or one with a large pendant.

Sheer Blouses
if you’re heading out the door and want to try something a little bold, consider a sheer blouse over a camisole or cropped top. Not only will you keep cooler amidst blazing temps, you’ll look amazing, to boot.

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10 Father's Day Quotes from Famous Figures

I have always been a fan of famous quotes, those poignant one-liners that halt my thoughts for a moment and force me to reconsider my stance on a given subject. Naturally, with Father’s Day approaching, I sought to glean some of that wisdom of the past. First, I must say that as a father myself, I agree with Lydia Maria Child when she says “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”

I adore my brave, young Zachary and bright-eyed Tabitha immensely. So you will understand why I was distressed to read several thinkers who apparently took a disparaging view on fatherhood. Two in particular rang out to me.

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. -Bertrand Russell

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.-Gloria Steinem

Even the esteemed Ernest Hemmingway seems to think little of fatherhood, though I confess I am not completely sure what he is getting at when he says To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”

Now, I will be the first to admit that I never did subscribe to too much of what either of the first two says. On the whole, I tend to lean more toward the conservative philosophies. Nevertheless, I began to wonder. Is this the role to which we fathers have relegated ourselves? Are half of our fathers now replaced by Halo’s “Master Chief” while we milk-sop the rest of our children into submission with mothering kindness? I surely could not let these two have the last word on paternity, though, so onward I pressed and was rewarded. Enjoy a few real Father’s Day quotes.

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. – Abraham Lincoln

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. –Theodore Hesburgh

It is a wise child who knows his own father. –Homer

It is a wise father who knows his own child –William Shakespeare; “The Merchant of Venice”

Dad’s voice was a midnight school, teaching deep fathom hours, and the subject was life. – Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes

Finally, I think the whole thing can be summed up by Umberto Eco, the famed post-WWII Italian philosopher (he’s apparently written a few children books too). He believes that “what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.” Yea, Umberto! Well stated. I think Mr. Eco hits the nail on the head. Our fathers, while we were not (and perhaps while they were not) paying attention, were guiding us. We did not learn strength of conviction from his direct preaching about life so much as how he told of the telemarketers that call during dinner time.

I offer my deepest appreciations to the folks behind The Quotation Page. They harbor a wealth and variety of knowledge, and all my Father’s Day quotes came from them, with the exception of Homer and Hesburgh, which comes from

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10 Favorite Scriptures from the Bible for Christmas Cards

Meaningful Christmas cards are a joy to send and receive. The memories we have of Christmastime are some of our most precious. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with plenty of time to get your cards sent out early. Here are some of my favorite scriptures for Christmas Cards. Merry Christmas!

Old Testament

Isaiah 7:14

A Christmas sign.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6

Sing along as you add this memorable Christmas scripture to your Christmas card.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

New Testament

Matthew 1:23

God is with us.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Matthew 2:1-2

We are come to worship him.

“…Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:10

The Star.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

Luke 2:10

Angels and fear not.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Luke 2:11

A Savior is born.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:14

Glory to God and peace for us.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

John 3:16

God’s great love for the world.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

1 John 4:9

The love of God for us.

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

Bonus: A Favorite Quote

May we rejoice in this season and remember the Savior as we enjoy Christmas.

“At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life.” – Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Son of God.”

Source: “The Scriptures.”

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