My brother is showing off his new band uniform for the Murray High School band. Our dog Tippy is checking out the smell of his shoes. The shoes had to be painted with a white polish to keep them white. It was opaque enough that it was like whitewashing a picket fence to get it to be clean and white again. Tippy was the first dog that I remember in the family. They had a border collie which they lost the year before I was born. Tippy was get outdoor dog that fathered many of puppies in the farm neighbor hood. I remember his smells as he loved rolling around in about everything. He reminds of a part border collie but he was a mixed breed.
Larry and Dwight holding their killer beasts. The cats were a major way for us to learn how to relate to animals. It was also a bad way to learn about life and death as cats tended to get them selves in trouble and skip the nine lives situation.
My dad's assigned regiment in Washington DC had a mascot German Shepard. The man is covering the dogs eyes so the flash of the camera won't scare him.
My oldest brother Ron is showing off his heifer that he showed in the 4-H county fair. She was a gentle cow and we had her for many years giving us a calf each spring. I suffer emotionally when I think of the day my Dad called up a man to sell off his herd of 27 Herefords. He was selling the farm and they had to go. I was in college at the time, 1970. I know my dad cried and I didn't have to be there to know it. That is the part of raising animals that makes it difficult and they do become like family members and our emotions are so intertwined with them.
My youngest son Aaron and his two dogs. The one is a puppy that he got so the other dog would have company. Aaron was terrified of dogs when young and now carries his babies around the house in his arms. The are great dogs who get to enjoy their home in Maine. We always have to ask how Penny and Hannah are doing as they are the closet thing we have to grandchildren.
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