Saturday, January 6, 2007

Theodorus Gaza


I just love this quote:


"The gift I am sending you is called a dog, and it is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind."

- Theodorus Gaza
btw, That's my Howitzer shell from 1944 next to my canine friends:>)

21 comments:

Russet Shadows said...

You fought in WWII? Hey cool, I didn't know that. :)

Eyes said...

OMGosh that was funny! No RS, I didn't fight in WWII... It was left in a house I owned in Oregon. I found it squirrel away in the basement. I've kept it over the years in honor of the soldier who brought it back, whoever he was.

It was filled with mud, so one I decided to fill it with water and clean it out. As I was digging around in there I came upon a metal tube. I though "Hmmm, I wonder if this thing is still armed. It might be dangerous."

So, I called the police and asked them about it. They said to bring it down and they'd look at it. They wanted to take it from me, but I said I wanted to keep it to honor the soldier. I didn't want it thrown into the trash since some GI cared enough to bring all the way back to the USA in his duffle bag. So, they looked at it with their hi-tech bomb x-ray gismo and faxed the pictures to the nearest army base. They looked at it, and long story short, it was determined to not be armed. The pin was a firing pin, and there were multiple injection ports which when fired would ignite the main charge. All the firing material was gone and it was safe. So, I brought it home, shined it up and it's back in it's place.

I love showing it to people so they can get an idea of what military weapons look like in real life, although this one is obviously very old.

The Merry Widow said...

Very kewl! And your puppies give an idea of size, Jack Russell's aren't THAT big, though they are convinced they really are!
A neighbor has one, and it is bound and determined to tear my Tahoe to shreds, if it could get off it's leash! LOL! I'm not sure who'd win!

tmw

Eyes said...

tmw, We're not Jack Russells!!! We're Rat Terriers... Taller with longer legs and softer hair. Also not quite as hyper as JRs:>) Teddy Roosevelt had RTs, which cleaned the White House of its mouse population...

The Merry Widow said...

Whew! JR's are VERY hyper!
I've never run into RT's. Nice to know there are some terriers that aren't ready to vibrate out of their skins!

tmw

nanc said...

rat terriers are awesome and not named that for no good reason! the owner of a company i worked for a hundred or so years ago had one and i used to love to sit and watch him bead in on a rodent across the property (sometimes a hundred yards away) and he'd be on a rat or small squirrel in nothing flat, grab-shake-drop, and be back to his resting place inside of a minute.

Brooke said...

Rat terrier are cool that way, and you've got two pretty ones there!

How's the foot that got hooked doing?

Wanna see a pic of my baby? LOL!

Eyes said...

Brooke, You baby is gorgeous! He/she has such a gentle face:>) The hooked paw is fine. After extraction by the vet, she was fine, no bandage or limp. Just as good as new. It happened to my Avatar. The one with the brown head is much calmer and careful. Avatar just throws herself at things and trouble results. She's an A-type personality and "brown head" is B-type.

Eyes said...

typo... "Your", not "you"... when will I learn to proof read?

The Merry Widow said...

Brooke, Puppy-Wuppy looks like a big baby! Mine is 77 lbs. of Momma's boy! But let a leaf roll across the yard...very protective.
And ADHD too. LOL!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Eyes said...

Morning tmw:>) Woof woof woof!

Brooke said...

I'm glad that Avatar is doing well! Nothing's worse than when your kid or dog gets hurt!

Mine's a she! Her name is Miss Fortune, (call name Fortune) because her momma sat on her leg before she was whelped and broke it, so the breeder had it set with no problems... But that, coupled with her coloration means she couldn't be a breeding dog, so she sold her to a vet tech who helped with the surgery for very little money.

That tech kept her locked in a crate 23 hrs. per day; only let her out to eat/potty. The breeder found out about it and according to the contract (she's an awesome breeder) took her back. Poor Fortune didn't know any commands, had no social skills, ect, so the breeder started teaching her and put her up for adoption on her website. She'll be two in February.

We saw her and fell in love and drove from Cinci up to Lake Erie to see her, and took her home that day! We've had her for about a year now, and she's the most gentle, loving dog ever. (I'm biased.)

TMW, what kind of puppy do you have? 77 lbs is nothing to sneeze at!

Eyes said...

Wow, Fortune was indeed fortunate to have found your family! She is beautiful and such a regal, yet gentle face. I love big dogs. There's a greyhound at the park I see once in a while. So beautiful. I just stare... It's so graceful. The owner got it from "greyhound rescue":>)

The Merry Widow said...

Brooke-We aren't sure, but a lady who has had Belgian Shephards says he's a twin do a dog she had lost the year before Caleb was born! She about freaked because they could have been twins! So we figure he was probably is, but since we got him from the Humane Society, he had experienced abuse as a puppy. He adores his family, but he is ADHD! LOL!
Caleb plays with my daughter's 9 lb. cat and they are hysterical together! Paca has a fit if Caleb is outside for "too long", she meows and raises a fit until he comes in!

tmw

Eyes said...

Caleb sounds like a nice dog too. I'm always amazed when I see dogs and cats being buddies.

The Merry Widow said...

When Paca was all of 1 lb. she hissed and snarled at him, until she discovered he loved to play gotcha under the coffee table. It was so funny, we almost wet our pants laughing! She would wait until he was settled down, then out would come this eentsy-weentsy paw and go, tap tap, he would get his nose underneath and wrorw-wrorw at her, then the game was on!
ROFLMSS!

tmw

Eyes said...

Now that would be a great picture!

cube said...

That's an awesome photo. What a cool idea. I think I'd like to pose my pets alongside a huge shell I bought from a military surplus store too. I like it because it pisses of the islamofascists on many levels ;-)

Eyes said...

LOL!!! HA, I hadn't thought of that, but you're right! How funny, The only thing that would make it better would be a ham somehow worked into the picture.

cube said...

... or bacon ;-)

Eyes said...

Oink OINK!!