These beautiful and amazing pictures are from an article inThe Atlantic, titled The Dogs of War. Please take a minute on this Veterans Day and read the article and the descriptions under the pictures. You'll be glad you did.
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In February of 2000, Carl was injured when he fell on the ice which
left him facing surgery to repair his spinal column which collapsed
around the spinal cord, leaving him to be an invalid for over a year.
This injury was only 1/2cm difference less than that of Christopher Reeve.
After cervical spinal plates and screws were applied to his C2, C3 and
C4 vertebrae in surgery, Carl went through 5 years of rehabilitation,
re-learning to do things all over again. Although he has 100% mobility
from his neck up, he currently has only 75% use from his neck down,
working every day to become stronger. Carl stated, “My limitations
are like wearing oven mitts all the time, or like a kid in a candy store
that cannot touch anything because of a plate of glass in front of
him.” Carl suffers from pain, stiffness, and lack of ability to
completely feel while trying to grip things, often dropping items or
inadvertently having items release from his hands.
During his rehab, Carl obtained a RottweilerService Dog, from a friend in 2003. Drago, an older “pass-around” dog
was already set in his ways, a non-retriever type, but was good for
Carl’s depressive mind set. Drago would help him to be stable when
getting up from sitting or laying, and staying at his side as his best
friend. Carl owned the dog for 5 years before Drago passed on from
One month after Drago’s passing, while out doing household shopping,
Carl would watch for bulletin board ads at pet stores for another pup to
train into a service dog. He came across a 14 week old Saint Bernard
in one ad, but the cost was more than he could afford. At this point
Carl was intrigued because of the photo and by the Saint Bernard breed
as they are not usually bred or trained for this type of duty. By chance
at another store that very same day, Carl lucked out with a family that
had posted the same breed of dog but had no time for the 14 week old
Saint Bernard pup, and the price was perfect for Carl’s disability
On the way home, the pup stuck his head out of the car window when he heard a bunch of Harley Motorcycles passing by, thus endearing him to the name of Harlee.
is no ordinary service dog, but a Mobility Service Dog. Carl said, “Having
the type of disability I have is awkward, painful and very tiring. I
have total nerve damage and only true feeling in 20% of my body. Over
time I have learned to grasp things but with the censory and motor
nerves in my hands damaged, it gets awkward. I grip things really hard.
I have my shop table built so Ido not have to bend over very low, and
rubber work matts on areas that I work. My service dog Harlee, is a big
help, he’s always there to pick up anything I drop. If he can get it in
his mouth he picks it up. I won’t let him pick up sharp objects I use a
magnet or my pickup tool for that. If I do have to get down on my
knees, he is there to help me get on my feet.”
He helps Carl get in and out of his bed, chair, car, and stabilizes
him when he needs to get up from a kneeling position or walking up and
down stairs to his woodshop.
Harlee wears a special vest with a built-in handle to assist Carl
when his spine locks up to get mobile again. Carl trained him from a pup
in a non-treat dependent way using the Susquehanna Service Dog Program
to learn how to retrieve small things at first. Then graduating to
larger things as Harlee grew. Carl not only trained him on what to pick
up, but what not to pick up, as in no sharp items or edges allowed.
Now full grown at 4 years old this August 2012, weighing in at 125
lbs, Harlee is quite the woodworking dog in his own right, enabling Carl
to do his woodworking.
Harlee picks up and brings woodworking items inspiring Carl every day to have fun in the woodshop.
All Harlee requires in reward is some scratching behind the ears!
Text and pictures courtesy of Woodworking Adventures.
One of the nurses I work with shares with me stories about her dad's woodshop and the things he's made for her. When she needs something, like a frame for a just finished jigsaw puzzle, he just goes out in to his wood shop and makes her one with whatever he has on hand. I've seen a few and they are wonderful. To me, a man having his own working woodshop is incredibly down-to-earth, humble, soul soothing and, yes, romantic. It's grass roots, old fashioned and real. Glad I stumbled upon this article and just wanted to share.
Now this is a good time! Not sure what tickled me more...the dog going crazy in the leaves or the laughing by the man filming it, especially after whatever amount of time it took to rake all of that! Sweet.
To me, this video is about enjoying the simplest of life's pleasures. Ok, so raking all those leaves is a lot of work, but in a good way. It's take a certain amount of pride to spend hours doing that. It takes a pride in one's home and a pride in hard work. But, then, out of a nowhere, a routine chore turns in to a simple, comedic pleasure and, of course, it's because of a dog. I truly enjoyed hearing the man's laughter as he enjoyed the moment. So glad he decided to share it with the rest of us.
A pooch in Alabama got its owner busted for alleged drug offenses -- all with a gleeful wag of its tail.
Edward Melvin Henderson was arrested in Prattville, Alabama, and faces a variety of charges.
The dog, Bo, was caught
up in the incident when police executed a drug search warrant this week
at the Prattville home of suspect Edward Melvin Henderson.
Henderson took off and
dashed toward a wooded area at the back of his home, the Prattville
Police Department said in a statement.
Bo, a mix of a pit bull and husky, ran after Henderson after investigators told the dog to "go get him."
Authorities briefly lost
sight of them and were close to giving up. But an excited Bo had found
his owner hiding in tall grass, and was wagging his tail. Authorities
saw the tail and arrested Henderson.
"Henderson was taken into
custody without further incident, thanks to his dog Bo," the statement
said. "The search warrant resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine
and components from a meth lab."
Henderson was charged
with failure to obey police, two counts of unlawful manufacture of a
controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As for Bo, he is doing fine after the Tuesday incident.
Relatives are taking care of him and the local animal control has been checking up on him.
Of course, it's good that the criminal was caught, but I feel bad for Bo. He thought he was playing a fun game of Hide and Seek with his daddy. Isn't he a beautiful dog? Hope he is being well taken care of.
OK, so this headband on my head and changing myself to a brunette for the day (I must admit...kinda fun!) is about as Halloween as I get. Halloween is my least favorite day of the year and I'm not sure why. I just don't like it. It's stressful and annoying and too much hype. Halloween also happens to be my best friend, Rachel's birthday, so I always put on a smile for her. But tomorrow? Well, that's another story. November 1, is one of my favorite days of the year because it means October 31 is over! (Sorry, Rach)
I really don't like this picture because I look like Wynonna the country singer, with big hair and chubby cheeks, but it is the only one we could get with Dingo in it. When I tried to pull him close, he just kept licking my face and my husband didn't have the patience to keep trying. I can't believe Dingo let me put that headband on his head. He was just so unsure of what the heck mama was trying to do! Just trying to have a little fun, boy.
And here is the belle of the ball! He looks like one of Santa's reindeer, doesn't he? He's so cute. We've had some major health issues with him the last few months, so I'm so thankful for him feeling better and looking so cute for me this evening.
by LoNine Designs on Etsy.
How fun is this? I love my dogs, but I love gates that keep them out of places, even more! Most gates are ugly and cheap and you hide them away when they aren't in use. Not this one! It adds some serious country style to your place.
Of course, because I'll never have one of my own, the country girl in me is always looking for ways to add a little "barn" in everything.