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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:52 pm

Enjoying her backyard!

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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:53 pm

Resting with Piglet!


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Re: Pray for Jenny

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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Haggis@wk » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:36 pm

TM,
I'm so very, very sorry for you, your wife and your Jenny. Haggis (The REAL Haggis) is sitting at my feet as I write this (he's seven) and I'm reminded of how little time we have these very special friends. Every time I lose a dog I swear I will never get another (we have four) but I always relent. I will certainly pray for your Jenny, I only pray for people and dogs, not much else in this world is worth praying for and even saying I pray for "people" makes me feel I'm maligning dogs.

Modern vet. treatment and foods and medicine now allow our friends to live much longer than in the past, it just that larger dogs (my Haggis, TM's Jenny) are generally going to go sooner than smaller dogs. Shandy, my Border Collie lasted until she was 16 (on Christmas eve while I was out of town...that was a lousy Christmas) Our next to probably go is Pooka our Dacshund she's almost 17. The two Chihuahuas are 4 and 2 and might even outlast me!


Some of you might have heard of, or read the speech (court room summation, actually) from which the phrase "A man's best friend" was derived but I doubt many have the full story of how the summation came about.

I have posted a long post below, but dog lovers will love it.

CAUTION: This is really emotional stuff. I've read it many times since 1975 when I got the first copy of "The People's Almanac” and I still get choked up – dogs do that to me. If you’re at work and you don’t want people in the other cubicles to think you’re nuts, wait till you get home before you read this!!!!!

You have been warned!!!!


”THE BEST TRIBUTE TO MAN'S BEST FRIEND

On that fall day in 1870 when country lawyer George Graham Vest stood up in Judge Foster Wright's courtroom in Warrensburg, Mo., to defend a dog, few present could have imagined that what they were about to hear would become the most memorable tribute in modern history to man's best friend.

But first, the series of events that brought George Graham Vest into the courtroom as counsel on behalf of a dog's good name.

The canine in question was not an unknown mongrel. He was a foxhound named Old Drum, and around Johnson County he was held in high regard for his speed and dependability. Old Drum's proud owner was Charles Burden.

One summer's morning in 1870, Old Drum was found dead from a bullet wound on or near the property of Leonidas Hornsby, who was one of Burden's neighbors. Investigating the untimely death of his hunter, the distressed Burden decided that circumstantial evidence clearly indicated Hornsby had killed the dog.

Seeking some kind of redress for his loss, Burden went to the Justice of Peace Court in Warrensburg to file suit. Informed that $150 was the maximum amount for which he could sue in this kind of case. Burden immediately filed against Hornsby for that sum.

The case of Burden v. Hornsby was tried, and after a verdict was given for Hornsby, it was appealed, and then appealed again, until it reached the State Circuit Court for final judgment.

On the day of the last trial—a jury trial— Judge Wright presided. Considering that the issue was the value of one foxhound, a formidable array of legal talent had been assembled. Appearing upon behalf of the defendant, Hornsby, were 2 attorneys who would one day become national figures. One was Francis Cockrell, who would later be elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, and the other was Thomas Crittenden, who would later become governor of Missouri. Appearing on behalf of Charles Burden and the deceased Old Drum was Col. Wells Blodgett, a well-known local attorney.

As the court convened, Colonel Blodgett felt the odds were against his client and his client's dog. The opposition had more manpower. The opposing lawyers had bigger reputations than his own. Even worse, Cockrell and Crittenden knew every member of the jury personally. The opposition exuded confidence.

Then, quite by accident, Colonel Blodgett learned that the only attorney in the area equal to the opposition in forensic skill happened to be in the courthouse that very afternoon. This was George Graham Vest, a onetime senator in the Confederacy who, 8 years hence, would be elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri and serve in the Senate as one of its leading debaters from 1879 to 1903. Vest, who practiced in nearby Sedalia, happened to be visiting the courthouse on another legal matter. Colonel Blodgett went to Vest at once and implored him to come aboard as special counsel. Apparently because the elements in the case appealed to him, or perhaps because he was a dog fancier. Vest consented to assist in the case.

Judge Wright had a crowded calendar, and he did not get to Burden v. Hornsby until late in the afternoon. Determined to get the case to the jury that very day. Judge Wright recessed the court for supper, and announced that the pleading would begin in the evening.

That night, when the court was called to order, the kerosene lamps revealed a gallery thick with people. Not an empty seat could be found. The word had gone out that George Graham Vest had joined Colonel Blodgett against Cockrell and Crittenden, and a real donnybrook was in the offing.

Judge Wright's gavel rapped, and Burden v. Hornsby, with the ghost of Old Drum in the wings, was under way.

Colonel Blodgett spoke first. No record exists of the effectiveness of his appeal to the jury.

Then it was the turn of the defendant's lawyers. Thomas Crittenden addressed the jury, followed by Francis Cockrell. Both spoke flippantly of the monetary worth of Burden's property loss, and they "said it was ridiculous to make so much ado about a dog of small value."

Confidently, they concluded their pleas, not realizing that they had given George Graham Vest exactly the opening he wanted.

Vest was on his feet for the final argument. The courtroom was hushed as he fixed his attention on the jurors. He was not interested in the evidence previously presented. He was not interested in the legalisms surrounding a $150 property loss. He was interested in only one thing. A man's beloved pet and companion, a dog, had been maligned.

Vest began to speak, addressing himself only to the subject of dogs and to all the Old Drums in history.

Even years after, when he had become governor of Missouri, Crittenden could not forget Vest's speech. Remembering it, he said:

"I have often heard him, but never had I heard from his lips, nor from the lips of any other man, so graceful, so impetuous and so eloquent a speech as this before the jury in that dog case. He seemed to recall from history all the instances where dogs had displayed intelligence and fidelity to man. He quoted more lines of history and poetry about dogs than I had supposed had been written. He capped the monument he had erected by quoting from the Bible about the dog which soothed the sores of the beggar Lazarus as he sat at the rich man's gate, and by giving Motley's graphic description of how the fidelity of a dog kept William of Orange from falling into the hands of the Duke of Alva.

"It was as perfect a piece of oratory as was ever heard from pulpit or bar. Court, jury, lawyers, and audience were entranced. I looked at the jury and saw all were in tears. The foreman wept like one who had just lost his dearest friend. The victory for the other side was complete. I said to Cockrell that we were defeated; that the dog, though dead, had won,and that we had better get out of the court-house with our client or we would be hanged."

When Vest had finished, the jury was so mesmerized that it returned a unanimous judgment of $550 in damages instead of $150 for Charles Burden — actually, for Old Drum. When Judge Wright collected his wits, he reduced the judgment to the Court's legal limit of $150.

While no record was kept of the last half of George Graham Vest's tribute to a dog, the first portion has fortunately been preserved. It was this speech that originated the saying, "A man's best friend is his dog."

George Graham Vest speaking:

"Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us — those whom we trust with our happiness and good name —may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the 1st to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world—the one that never proves un-grateful or treacherous—is his dog.”

"Gentlemen of the jury, a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.”

"If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:51 pm

Haggis,
that was beatiful..
I'm hanging in there. Jenny is the first dog I ever had.... and I am not sure I can go through with this ever again.
All we have to do is look at each other and it is as if we each know what the other is thinking/wants.

I realize she is at least 13... probably 15 and a large dog. (I have heard larger dogs don't live as long)
Feb 6, 2010 we will celebrate 11 years with her. I pray she is still with us to celebrate this occasion!

I was home lunchtime today and she was perky! I am leaving the office soon and can't wait to get home to have her greet me.

Man's Best Friend!!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Haggis@wk » Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:24 pm

After I lost Shandy I didn't want another dog, but the MRHYN forced me to go to the local adoption center and I fell in love with Haggis the moment I saw him. Next to my wife, he's my best friend. I known I'll lose him someday but for now he's living life large! When I work at my desk he sits underneath it. I have to tuck my feet under my chair and I get a few cramps but he's worth it. He hates rain but loves water. When it's raining out and he goes out to do his business, he'll walk around the house under the eves, trying to avoid getting dripped on. But if I throw a ball in a pond he's in like an otter.

I would urge you to get another dog after Jenny. They're just too special not to have around and besides look at the love and joy you have given her. There are other dogs that deserve that kind of life. I just decided that as much as I love border collies I wanted to get a totally different breed from Shandy; Haggis is a lab/German shepard mix.

I've entered him and our baby chihuahua in our local dog photo contest

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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:11 am

They are Beautiful!!!

I love the goggles!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:56 pm

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Jenny is hanging in there!
She is eating, drinking, and alert!
She is following her normal routine.... although a bit slower.

Your prayers have to be working as she has rallied the past few days and appears to be doing better.
Her condition (so says the vet) will not improve, only deteriorate...

This is daddy's mush-ka-pup enjoying her backyard!!!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Haggis@wk » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:44 pm

Cute photo, I hope she's getting better. I normally take Haggis to a nearby dog park but the ground has been wet since Christmas and we can't go; he does not understand!! :rofl:
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Shapley » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:10 pm

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We lost the brown dog in this picture last year. We don't know what happened, but she died quickly. Her tongue became swollen, she had difficulty breathing, and then she died. She used to eat bees, so we thought she may have gotten stung. But she also had been digging in the woods, so we thought perhaps a snake had bit her (we lost a cat that way a couple of years ago). We never figured out exactly what happened.

The Australian Shephard isn't truly ours. It belonged to a neighbor that moved away. It had taken to staying at our house before he moved, because we have a continuous feeder, and female dogs (we had two when he started hanging around). The females dogs are fixed, BTW. Our cats are Catholic, but the dogs are protestants, so birth control measures are not a problem.

We have another, which would have been a puppy when this picture was taken. I'm not sure why it isn't in the photo. It's an Alaskan mix, a pretty white dog, big as a horse now. It showed up over Chirstmas two years ago, when the roof was being installed. We thought the roofers had left it, but they assured us they had not.
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:37 pm

Haggis@wk wrote:Cute photo, I hope she's getting better. I normally take Haggis to a nearby dog park but the ground has been wet since Christmas and we can't go; he does not understand!! :rofl:


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All of your prayers have to be helping!
This afternoon, my wife took her for her walk and she was very energetic, ran in the back yard to look for squirrels.... then stopped, looked at my wife and said
I've had enough... take me inside where she gobbled her dinner down.

Again ... the vet said her condition will not get better.... we are not pushing her... and making sure she knows she is loved, hugged, kissed, cuddled.... all that mushy stuff.

again ... you are all amazing at the support you are providing! Our thanks and blessings to everyone!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:44 pm

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We lost the brown dog in this picture last year. We don't know what happened, but she died quickly. Her tongue became swollen, she had difficulty breathing, and then she died. She used to eat bees, so we thought she may have gotten stung. But she also had been digging in the woods, so we thought perhaps a snake had bit her (we lost a cat that way a couple of years ago). We never figured out exactly what happened.

The Australian Shephard isn't truly ours. It belonged to a neighbor that moved away. It had taken to staying at our house before he moved, because we have a continuous feeder, and female dogs (we had two when he started hanging around). The females dogs are fixed, BTW. Our cats are Catholic, but the dogs are protestants, so birth control measures are not a problem.

We have another, which would have been a puppy when this picture was taken. I'm not sure why it isn't in the photo. It's an Alaskan mix, a pretty white dog, big as a horse now. It showed up over Chirstmas two years ago, when the roof was being installed. We thought the roofers had left it, but they assured us they had not.

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swollen tongue, difficulty breathing... so sorry to hear that.
Eat Bees... Goodness.... Jenny snaps at the bees when they buzz by
however, if a fly came by.... she will tuck her tail between her legs and take off.... way too funny.... :rofl:

If I ever won the lottery.... I would buy a farm, adopt all unwanted animals and have a staff to take care of them. Staff = Me, Myself, & I :mrgreen:

I love all animals but Jenny was the first dog. I cannot believe the love, dedication.. that is there... I'll say this until my last breath.... God put these animals
here to teach us about unconditional love.....
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:47 pm

It is 21 degrees right now here on Long Island.... going down to about 12 in my area tonight.
Way too cold..... but Jenny seems to enjoy this weather. I put her heavy coat on (has a hood) and she is one happy old gal!

Again... I am amazed at how she is doing from last Saturday night when I got back home....

Your prayers are working!!!!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:21 am

Here is Jenny ready for this mornings walk.
I put on her heavy coat with hood. She does not like the hood.
We had a bunny on our front lawn this morning and she wanted to chase it. Spunky pup!
Please keep praying! It's working.
I realize things can change at a moments notice and we look forward to celebrating our 11th year with Jenny this Saturday!
We now think she is about 14-15 not 13 as the shelter told us....


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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Haggis@wk » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:08 pm

We had a lab/huskie bitch we got from the pound when we lived in the high desert. Probably the dumbest animal I have ever owned. She actively and deliberately sought out and ate black widow spiders.(they were everywhere in our yard) We'd know when she got one because she invariably would come in with a puffy lip or cheek.

I used to take her and the border collie out in the high desert to chase jack rabbits. One day the border collie was attacked by a couple of coyotes. She was outclassed and several hundred yards from me. Celty, the lab/huskie waded in and kept them off Shandy until I got close enough to safely engage them with my pistol. I killed one (I later counted 4 wounds I put into him before he died) The other one ran off, although I think I hit that one as well. I was using Hydra shok jacketed hollow points but the coyotes didn't have enough mass to effectively use them. All the shots were through and through. Celty got some steak that night. :rofl:
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:04 am

Haggis@wk wrote: Celty got some steak that night. :rofl:



Of course!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Trumpetmaster » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:11 am

We celebrated Jenny's 11th Anniversary since we adopted her!
She had Chicken Cutlets (loves her chicken!) and afterward Carvel soft Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

We were not sure if she would make it to this date based on how she was 2 weeks ago.

Your prayers and positive thoughts are working. She eats (gobbles down her food)
enjoys her treats. She does sleep a lot but if someone approaches the house....
forget it... she is barking up a storm alerting us that a stranger is coming.

Yesterday, we passed a family walking their Husky. Usually, Jenny wants to say hi to other dogs (we normally don't let her for saftey reasons)
but she did not like the husky and the husky did not like her. Growls back and forth...
Jenny is still strong as an OX! I had to restrain her and the man with the Husky had to hold his dog back.

Thanks again to you all for your support and prayers!
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Haggis@wk » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:00 pm

We lost our dachshund, Pooka, Tuesday morning. She had slept on her bed in the living room and when the MRHYN went to feed her she discovered Pooka had died in her sleep. She's the first dog we've ever had that died naturally, proving to the end she was a lady.

She would have been 17 in May and has been my wife's dog since she brought her home in a cardboard box when Pooka was three months old. As a young puppy she believed that our female lab/husky mix, Celty, was her mother and they were almost inseparable.

When we had to have Celty put down in 2001 Pooka grieved for weeks. This time, Buffy, our Chihuahua, is doing the grieving, refusing to eat for the first day or so. We had to get rid of the bed to get Buffy to move around.

Dogs are marvelous gifts to the human race and I don't think I'd want to go to a heaven that doesn't allow dogs. This Pooka was actually Pooka 3 and I suspect the MRHYN will start thinking about another one if a few months. For now we'll just remember what a marvelous dog she was.

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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby jamiebk » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:13 pm

Haggis....I am so sorry for your loss. We live for our dogs and I hope that the emptiness you feel right now will pass. Seventeen years is a lot of memories. My condolences.
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Re: Pray for Jenny

Postby Shapley » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:15 pm

Sorry to hear that.
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