"On a morning from a Bogart movie, In a country where they turn back time; You go strolling through the crowd like..." Oh, wait, my bad. It's the year of the Dog, not the Year of the Cat! Welcome to this week's theme.
If you've ever been to a Chinese restaurant, you probably have noticed the place mats with the Chinese Zodiac signs. I always make it a point to read it and see what my future holds. I've always believed I was born in the year of the snake, and I loved it. Snakes are a symbol of Wisdom after all. Lo and behold, as I was doing research for this blog, I dug a little deeper into the whole Chinese Zodiac turns out that I would only be a Snake if I had been born after February 20. As it turns out, I was born in the year of the Dragon, but enough about me.
In honor of the Year of the Dog, I had planned to photograph my buddy Silas. The background I was planning to use is a beautiful Chinese scroll I received as a wedding gift, more than 20 years ago. The scroll was brought back from China by the Best Man at our wedding, Gavin, who lived there for a year. So it seemed befitting that I use it as a backdrop to my gorgeous sweet pal, Silas.
However, Silas had other plans. His agent told him he should no longer work for treats and he absolutely refused to cooperate choosing instead to lie down and give me the "innocent" look. So while this blog is supposed to be about the Year of the Dog, fortunately for me, I do have a cat who will do just about anything for food, so she sneaked into this blog. This one is short and sweet, and not much info on the Year of the Dog, but if you work your way down to the bottom you'll see some cute puppies that are available right now. You'll also get to see who the next blogger is and how they have tackled this subject.
Silas giving me the, "I don't know what you want from me, but can I still get that treat?" look.
This is Luna, my three legged wonder cat. We found her at 10 weeks old as a feral kitten who had been hit by a car. We couldn't save her leg, but we did manage to save her life. She is now 10 years old. She has used up three of her 9 lives, but she sure is fearless and the best "guard dog" I've ever had. As I type this she's giving me the evil eye asking me to get off the computer and feed her!
Luna is fearless. Anytime she sees somebody outside she growls and gets ready for battle. My dogs would have welcome the intruders and even showed them in saying, "This way, this is where they keep the valuables." Not Luna. There was once a bear that was getting too close to the house. Luna alerted me. Jumped off the counter, ran to the sliding door, got on her two hind legs, got all fluffed up to 3 times her size, began swaying back and reminiscing of Bruce Lee and got ready to show them a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon move or two. I actually had to remove her from the sliding door so she wouldn't actually call the attention of the bear.
So, really not much in terms of the Year of the dog, but hopefully the next photos will make you forget all about it ;-). Next we have the cutest bunch of Pittie puppies available a CHA, sorry, couldn't help to make a plug for these beauties. Happy Year of the Dog to all you dogs out there. Don't forget that after the last photo is the link to the next photographer in the circle. Check them out to see some great photos. Keep on clicking until you get back here again, then you'll know you've completed the circle.