I’m a Lusty Sheltie on International Talk (Bark) Like a Pirate Day!

“I be so happy t’ see you all today! It’s Captain Dakota Sparrow and welcome!!! Today I be celebratin’ Bark Like A Pirate Day!! Give me a bark out and let me know what your plans for t’ day are!”

WANT TO KNOW

HOW INTERNATIONAL

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY BEGAN?

READ ABOUT IT HERE!

Thanks to Ann from Zoolatry 

for this great graphic!

Join us over at Speedy’s
for MORE PIRATE DAY FUN!!!
 
 Don’t forget its Speedy’s  Pirate Party on Tuesday 19th September right through to 22nd
 so send in your photos of you in your best costumes either
by Email  to rachel.dejong28 at googlemail.com 
or direct to Speedy’s  Party event on Facebook

“Victorious” Cleveland Indians Historic 22 Game Winning Streak and Second Straight AL Central Title (Picture Me This Photohunt)

I am beyond excited to take Cody’s place in the  Picture Me This Photohunt for this week. When Cody showed me what the word was,  there was NO WAY I was NOT going to participate! (You can participate too! Be sure to tag your entry with #PMTphotohunt so others can find you. and tag @tonkstail on Instagram & Twitter, @atonkstail on Facebook)

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Those that know my Mom and Dad well know they are BIG baseball and football fans. Dad is a Detroit Tigers fan (and so is Cody since he is a feline), but Mom and I are true to Mom’s original team, The Cleveland Indians. (Mom lived in Cleveland for 35 years and was at the World Series twice when the Indians were there and she was at a number of playoff games. The photo below is when Mom was at the 1995 World Series, she is on the right). Why am I an Indians fan? Because I am one of the BIGGEST “Mama’s Boy” Shelties known to man, THAT’S why!! (and because I know who to kiss up to for extra treats!) 

My Mom is on the right, this was from the World Series in 1995

Our post is PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE FOR THE WORD “VICTORIOUS!!” READ ON AND YOU WILL SEE WHY:

Well, this week the Cleveland Indians, (affectionately known as “The Tribe” had TWO HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The first is The Cleveland Indians won 22 CONSECUTIVE GAMES, THE SECOND LONGEST STREAK IN HISTORY AND IT WAS THE LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN AMERICAN LEAGUE HISTORY!!

FACTS FROM CBS SPORTS:

1. It’s the second longest winning streak in history.

Some say it’s the longest winning streak. But, according to MLB, this is the second-longest winning streak ever.

2. Not many of the 22 wins were close.

More than half the 22 wins were decided by at least four runs. Pretty incredible.

3. Their Pythagorean record was 21-1.

Pythagorean record is a fancy term for expected record based on run differential. That plus-105 run differential equals an expected 21-1 record in those 22 games thanks to all those big blowout wins. There is always going to be some element of luck to a 22-game winning streak, but make no mistake, the Indians straight up dominated for 22 games.

4. The Indians had just one walk-off win.

5. The Indians trailed for only eight innings.

6. They swept two doubleheaders.

7. Cleveland won 15 games in 14 days.

8. The Indians had long home and road winning streaks simultaneously.

9. The fans gave the team a big hand after the streak ended.

To read the rest of these amazing stats visit CBS SPORTS (they listed 22 stats in honor of the Indians historic 22 game winning streak.)

THE SECOND HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT?

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS HAVE CLINCHED

THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE AL  CENTRAL TITLE

FROM CBS SPORTS:

What was once a formality is now official: The Cleveland Indians are the 2017 AL Central champions. Saturday’s win over the Royals (CLE 8, KC 4) combined with the Twins losing to the Blue Jays (TOR 7, MIN 2) clinched Cleveland’s second straight division title.

This is the first time the Indians have won back-to-back division titles since winning five straight from 1995-99. Cleveland clinched a postseason berth earlier this week, so their ticket to the playoffs was already punched.

Mom and I are hopeful that the Cleveland Indians will once again make it to the World Series (they lost to the Chicago Cubs in 2016) and that this time, for the FIRST TIME since 1948, they will WIN!! We have our paws crossed!! “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TRIBE!!!”

 

 

 

 

 

We Remember

I took this photo late in 2016. It was hanging on the wall at LaGuardia Airport in NYC

 

The Service Dog Digger, Written and Illustrated by Hope I Saxton

In honor of National Dog Day,  a day that “celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.”  Dakota and I think that today, while we are celebrating ALL dogs, it is also the  perfect time to introduce an important children’s book that honors Service Dogs.

Click to visit the website

Digger the Service Dog: “by evoking an emotional response in my art I can have a conversation with a total stranger, who may or may not speak my language…from anywhere in the world. If I can illustrate a response toward empathy and educate the public to seen and unseen disabilities, I have used my art to encourage a more compassionate society.” Hope Saxton

FROM THE SERVICE DOG DIGGER: “What does a Service Dog do?  A Service Dog helps people function in a normal life by helping disabled people do things that they can not do, like fetch an out of reach phone when it rings. They may also alert a handler to a ringing doorbell that they cannot hear. A Service Dog may also help mobilize a person by helping them stand or walk, or even by transporting them. Service Dogs come in every size and with different tasks that they like to do.”

Written and beautifully illustrated by Hope I Saxton in language that children can understand, The Service Dog Digger “allows the reader to understand the role service dogs play in society. Hope shares her experience that endears pets and children as well as pets and parents.”

Meet Digger:

“Digger” Photo Courtesy of Hope I Saxton

Digger is the dog of author and illustrator Hope I Saxton. “Digger is a soft, attentive, friendly, longhaired Chihuahua that will capture your heart.”

In The Service Dog Digger,  Saxton describes “the many ways in which Digger helps his owner be more aware of her surroundings and to remain calm, so she can speak better.”

She also explains to children (and adults), that “A working animal helps his or her human handler do his or her job better than doing it alone.” She mentions the jobs that police dogs, performance dogs and search and rescue dogs do that is clear, simple and concise for young minds to understand.

This book, while small in pages, stands tall in the important message that it shares. Children AND adults will learn the PROPER way to approach ANY animal, especially a working animal. Hope teaches us the:

5 Finger Rule to Approaching Working Animals…

  1. Stop
  2. Look!
  3. Listen…
  4. Ask….
  5. Follow directions!!!

That is a rule that many adults need to be reminded of as well!  Including myself!

This beautiful hard-cover book is only 18 pages, but it is 18 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT pages. In the back you will find various organizations that will help individuals with disabilities, animals, Veterans and more.

I know many of you who read my blog have service animals of your own. What an incredible gesture it would be to purchase this book (it is available as a hardback 978-1-4808-3707-2,  which is what I received, paperback 978-1-4808-3705-8,  and as an E-Book 978-1-4808-3706-5, Publisher: www.archwaypublishing.com) for the facilities that you visit, as well as to give to some of your more special parents and children that you encounter during your visits. What a wonderful and cherished gift this would make!

 

While Dakota and I give The Service Dog Digger a resounding rating of  “4-PAWS UP!!”, my one and only complaint, (which is actually more of a suggestion),  is that I would have liked to have seen this book be longer. I am suggesting that Hope Saxton turn The Service Dog Digger into a SERIES, that will go into more depth about the myriad of SPECIFIC situations that I am sure Digger helped her with throughout his life.  How educational, interesting and fun that would be for all of us to read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hope Saxton is a U.S. Marine and Army veteran with a service dog for almost a decade. Hope has a BFA in Visual Communications from the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA. She is an avid photographer, motorcyclist and gardener. Hope volunteers her art and her time to veteran and other service organizations.

She is married and has 4 grown children, and 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs, a turkey and a dozen chickens. She and her husband, Franklin, reside on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Thank you to Hope Saxton for this wonderful book and to ALL OF YOU, Dakota and I wish you a

 Happy National Dog Day!!

Friday Funny: “Let Me Take A Sheltie”

Hi! Is anyone out there? My DEEPEST apologies that we have not posted in AGES!!! All is basically ok, but this past week Dakota was ill with “the runs.” He is FINE now thank goodness!

I am a member of a group on Facebook (Sheltie Owners) and was recently “friended” by a Sheltie Mom of a handsome Sheltie-boy named “Nico.” While perusing her photos, I ran across this:

Rather than the current “selfie” craze I would MUCH RATHER see a “Sheltie Craze” take place!! (I would credit the cartoon but I don’t know where it originated), all I know is, I LOVE IT!!

 

 

Lazy Day

Today is my kind of day! It is “Lazy Day!”

FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR:

“Here’s a special day you can celebrate without getting up from the sofa. Lazy Day is an ideal excuse to take a break and enjoy some precious “me” time, without feeling guilty about it.”

“Now’s your chance to stop tearing around doing chores and organising events. Sit down and relax, or go back to bed for a nap. You could even mark the occasion by pampering yourself with a massage treatment or visit to a spa – if getting there doesn’t seem too much like hard work, that is.”

 

“The founders of Lazy Day aren’t known, possibly because they were too busy chilling out to keep a record of their efforts! However, their idea has caught on, with many people enjoying the chance to get away from everyday stress. So lie back on the couch, give your TV remote control some exercise, and enjoy a well-earned rest”

Mom says that for a Sheltie I am one of the LAZIEST dogs that she knows! I have no idea what she is talking about! Just because I don’t love taking walks it doesn’t mean I am lazy! I work security around my den 24/7 and in my opinion that is FAR from being lazy!

Barks and licks and love

Dakota