Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Amazing Dog Stories

     This song by Henry Gross about a Big Red Irish Setter named Shannon.The story goes that Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys fame was suffering with depression.His family and friends could'nt get him out of his bedroom.Then a family friend gave Brian a little Irish Setter Puppy and Brian named him Shannon.
  Shannon's charisma and love got Brian active again. Brian and Shannon would go to the beaches of Southern California daily and play in the surf. Brians life came back on track and he was laughing again and it was all because of Shannon. Until one horrible day when Shannon was carried out to sea and never to be seen again. Brian's heart was broken and he slipped back into depression yet again.This  beautiful song was sung and written by Henry Gross who was a big Beach Boy fan. You can hear that beach boy sound in it.

Dog Photos

Dog Chasey

 Story of Shep

   Shep's owner died in 1936 and Shep followed the man's coffin to the train station in Fort Benton, Montana. Shep hung around the station yard and waited for his owners return for the following six years.Shep checked every train that arrived at the station for his friend and owner.  He was tragically killed in  1942 by a passing train. His story was memorialized in a book titled Forever Faithful.Shep was buried on a bluff, overlooking the train station and railroad track.

Old Shep he has gone
Where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven
There's one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home

Red Foley

Relaxing with a Friend
Greyfriars Bobby 
Died 14th January 1872  aged 16 years .

  John Gray died on February 8, 1858 in Edinburgh, Scotland, leaving behind a little Skye terrier named Bobby. After the burial, the curator noticed Bobby lying on the fresh mound of dirt. He chased the little dog away, but the next day he was back. He chased him away again .On the third day Bobby was back yet again. Finally, the curator allowed him to stay and for the next fourteen years, Bobby kept constant watch over his owner's grave, rarely leaving except to get a feed.After a while, he came to be known as Greyfriars Bobby, after the cemetery.
Bobby lived for another fourteen years. When he died, he was buried just inside the gate at Greyfriars Kirkyard. His headstone reads, "
Greyfriars Bobby may be gone, but he has not been forgotten. . His story has appeared in book's and two movies the last in 2005 starring Christopher Lee.

    This is a beautiful movie and really worth watching but i don't think its really suitable for under 10's as it does deal with some bad issues but they do it in a really good way. Its also a bit of a tear jerker in the end. I have no idea why people have voted this movies so low as it is very good and very entertaining. The dog i thought was the star of the show, very clever and very cute indeed. It makes me want to look more into the story and the history of Edinburgh. All in all go and see this you wont be disappointed, i wasn't!

Dog And Friend

Legendary Dog Peritas

       Alexander the Great, created one of the largest empires in history with his beloved dog Peritas by his side. Alexander got Peritas when he was 11 years old. Peritas was rumored to have battled an elephant and brought it to its knees. Peritas greatest loyalty is in the story of how he saved Alexander the Great. According to legend, Peritas defended Alexander when he was trapped by his enemies and his own soldiers were prevented from rescuing him. Leonnatus, who fought with Alexander heard Peritas barking and told the dog to run to Alexander.  The courageous dog ran through the soldiers and lurched at the enemies who had just wounded Alexander with a javelin. Peritas attacked many of the men, allowing Alexanders soldiers to save him. Peritas, as the story goes was wounded too, and did not survive he died with his head on Alexander’s lap. Peritas name lives on forever in the city of Peritas, in India which Alexander the Great named for his beloved dog. The tomb of his dog and a statue depicting Peritas still exists at the entrance to the city. Alexander had many dogs, but Peritas was his favorite. 

Bear or Dog
Medievel Festival


 Story of Rin Tin Tin

   Rin Tin Tin the luckiest dog in history. When he was found in 1918, Rin Tin Tin was huddled with his mother and four siblings in an abandoned German war trench in France. An American army captain named Lee Duncan found the litter while he was searching an area at the end of World War I. Duncan took two pups and named them both after the dolls French soldiers carried for good luck. Their names were Nanette and Rin Tin Tin. Nanette died not long after, but Rin Tin Tin went on to make movie history.
 His performances in movie after movie kept crowds coming back.

Rin Tin Tin performed most of his own stunts, and starred in pictures from 1922 up until 1931. He was thirteen when he retired from the movie scene. He died in 1932 in the arms of actress Jean Harlow after just playing with his owner Lee Duncan.

Some of his Movies
Man from Hell's River 1922
My Dad 1922
The Lighthouse by the Sea 1925
The Night 1926
Hero of the Big Snow 1926
Hills of Kentucky 1927
The Lone Defender 1930 
and his final movie 
The Lighning Warrior 1931

Rin Tin Tin Theme


Peter Paul and Mary

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