Tuesday, September 28, 2021

DOGS WE SAW IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA

 

We have been away for a few days.  Thank you for every welcome comment.  I will be catching up with you as soon as I can.

We had the opportunity to walk around Williamsburg (in Virginia).  This town is one of my all-time favorite places.  One of the many reasons I enjoy it, is that it is definitely a 'dog' town.  I have never had any cause for concern as they all seem to be much loved, beautifully behaved and well taken care of in every aspect.  

"Everything I know, I learned from dogs."
~Nora Roberts~
The expression on this little one's face gave me such a chuckle. It was if Sweetie was saying...
There were those riding in comfort. At this point in our walk I was thinking of asking if I could share his space!
One of my favorite childhood memories is when Dad used to be picked up by his K-9 colleagues.  These dogs, Alsatians as we always knew them, were police dogs.  They would sit patiently waiting while their handlers drank a cup of tea given by my Mum, with a meal ready for them when needed, and she never forgot a treat and a sip of tea in a bowl for their dogs.  We were young enough to hang around their necks and play with them.  Those dogs were very, very patient and as far as I could tell, enjoyed the attention we gave them.  We used to watch those same dogs on annual sports day in our town.  A volunteer would run across the field in a thick, padded suit, firing a fake pistol at the brave dogs.  The sound was loud enough to clap our hands over our ears.  In our childlike mind we did not see its serious side.  It was all very exciting as we watched 'our' dogs charging after the padded man, as they jumped and grabbed the wrist holding the fake gun.  Padded man toppled over and dog would win the day.  Much applause from all of us and on their very next visit to our house, those same dogs would get an extra hug, told how very brave and good boys they were, while we gave them an extra treat and Mum would fill their bowl with a few sips of luke-warm tea, in their very own bowl.  And of course a cup of tea and a sandwich for their handlers, friends of my Dad.  We used to have great conversations with those dogs.  I love these memories and they get sweeter as the years go by.
"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
~Orhan Pamuk~

On the journey home we saw this lovely dog.

She reminded me of our own sweetie our son grew up with.  There are times we still miss her.

Thanks for looking.  
I hope your days are filled with sunshine.





32 comments:

  1. These dogs all seem so well behaved and loved. So your dad was a policeman?

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    1. They were so well behaved Ginny, always are from my visits over these many years. Yes he was a policeman for 30 years.

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  2. Sweet!! All those faces melt my heart. I liked the Pamuk quote!!

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  3. Aw. so many sweet dogs. I can't say that Gibbs would be so well behaved. He is used to only being around me and tends to get a little crazy even when he sees someone walking down the street.
    Wonderful story about your dad and the dogs

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  4. I hope your time away was wonderful. As you know I have very similar memories of those 'attack dogs'. Those much loved and incredibly gentle attack dogs.

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    1. It was, thank you Sue. Yes I do know and we are kindred spirits it seems :)

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  5. Hello,
    I love all the doggie photos, they are all so cute. I hope you had a great trip! Wonderful memories, I miss my dogs. Take care, enjoy your day.

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    1. Hello Eileen, I grew up with our own dogs also. I remember each and every one and my earliest memories was as I was held in my Mother's arms and introduced to my first, a sweet dog called Skipper that I grew up with. I can certainly understand you missing your dogs. We had a great trip thank you. You take care and enjoy your day also :)

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  6. you already KNOW i am wildly clapping and love love love this post. so glad you showed us all these sweeties. I love them all, the last one reminds me of my Big boy

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    1. I do know Sandra, and glad you enjoyed this post. I know of the dog you speak who reminds you of Big boy :)

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    1. Muito obrigado pelas suas amáveis ​​palavras. Um abraço e uma boa semana contínua.

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  8. Cute dogs.

    I find as time goes along I'm more inclined to be grouchy towards people, but when I see critters, it cheers me up.

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    1. Thanks William, and they are definitely uplifting. I always smile when I saw one of our four-legged friends :)

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  9. Denise, I am sure you have been to Smithfield (across the James from Williamsburg). It is a charming place that I love to visit and it is dog friendly, too. I don't get there as often as I'd like now what with covid and age making a difference in my life. Take care.

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    1. Hi Latane, I have never actually been to Smithfield. We have often said we need to take a look around as have seen some lovely photos. It's on our bucket list :) You take care too.

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  10. Helo Denise,
    We had dogs for years and have none at the moment, this was the main reason we had all the land,a friend still brings her dogs twice a week which helps. It;s wonferful having dogs but heart wrenching when you don't have them any more.
    Best wishes,
    John

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    1. Hello John, that sounds lovely! Yes it is heart wrenching to have to say goodbye. Best wishes to you also :)

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  11. Such sweet darling dogs on DOG (Duke of Gloucester)street! I've missed Williamsburg so much during this pandemic. Thank you for taking us along and recalling your special memories with us, Denise!

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    1. You are so very welcome :) I never connected the dots of Duke of Gloucester to DOG Martha Ellen. How clever! Thank you!

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  12. What a sweet memory! Love the doggies.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, those dogs were the sweetest :)

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  13. Awww! So many adorable dogs!

    Thanks for showing us all these beauties, Denise.

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    1. You are very welcome Veronica :) so glad you enjoyed them.

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  14. Wonderful memories there Denise.
    Everyone well nearly has a dog or two. We used to have 2 but they expired some years ago and we never replaced and probably won't now.
    Take care.

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    1. They certainly were :) we are the same here Margaret though I will always love the dogs I see.

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  15. I love Williamsburg. You saw some wonderful dogs!

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    1. We certainly did Jeanie and there were a lot more :)

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