Nothing But Norman #20

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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Today’s post is about what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend. I am thankful for 13 years with this wonderful dog I call my soulmate. I will start out with a video I labeled “My Soulmate”.

Second is a poem my friend sent me that sums our relationship up nicely.

A TIME TO REMEMBER —————— They come into our lives for such a short time a time we wouldn’t trade not even for a dime Then before you know it the years have flown by and then all of the sudden we’re saying good-bye

It wasn’t that long ago we said our good-byes we held on to you tight as you closed your eyes Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove into God’s loving arm’s; in heaven above

Over the days we’ve shed many tears but the memories we have will live on for years We feel your presence and we know that your near you’re keeping us safe and calming our fear

We think about memories from years past when you were young and strong and ran so fast we remember all the great times that we all had how you always made us happy never made us mad

They were the best and happiest years we had we’ll always look back on them and never be sad We look forward to the time we’ll be together again and we thank the Lord for such a great friend

Now you run and play up in Heaven above cradled in God’s arms covered with his love Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day we come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay

The love that you showed us we’ll never forget because to us you’re one very special pet You’re like a star in the dark of night always watching over us with the Lord’s light

So now we take time to remember our best friend who will always be with us even to the end We’ll always remember you the way you were one big lovable huggable pile of fur

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Now what I am thankful for:

1. I am thankful for our foundation stud HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH. Norman was the one to start Sand Spring Chesapeakes. Without him we would not be where we are today!

2. I am thankful for all the firsts we had with Norman.

He was our first Chesapeake to run AKC & UKC hunt tests. I am thankful for being able to do his first training when he was young and to handle him in all 5 AKC Junior Hunter tests to receive his JH title at 10 months of age.

He was our first Chesapeake that we sent to a trainer for advance hunt test training. Through this training we became friends with a really nice family so we are more than just clients we are like family.

He was our first Chesapeake to go on to receive his AKC Senior Hunter title, his Master Hunter title and his UKC Finished title.

He was our first Chesapeake that taught us how to run hunt tests and how to hunt with the best.

He was our first Chesapeake that we bred and got HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH “Nellie”.

He was the reason for our hobby bird farm.

He is the reason his picture is on the Chesapeake breed profile page on Westminster Kennel Club website.

3. I am thankful for all the friends we have made because of Norman. He had a way about him that made people fall in love with him and strike up a conversation with us which lead to some really nice friendships.

4. I am thankful because of him we have his son Gambler (who has some pretty big paws to fill) and his daughter Nellie who produced Glory who is a part of our family.

5. I am thankful for Norman being a clown and showing us that life isn’t all about being serious.

6. I am thankful for the many things he has taught me about life, living and loving!

7. I am thankful for so many other things that I could go on and on about.

I really have a lot of blessings to count and to be thankful for with this furball I call “My Soulmate”.

The out pour of love still comes in. This week I got a surprise letter from heaven with some warm socks and the most beautiful bracelet ever.

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The bracelet is my favorite colors which are now my new theme colors for Sand Spring Chesapeakes with a beautiful Chesapeake pendent. This bracelet is to remember Norman’s legacy and all that we have created in the Sand Spring line. The socks are a inside joke as I said no one would lay in Norman’s spot in bed which is on my feet because they thought he was hiding in the bathroom and would come out anytime and raaah them so the socks are to keep my feet warm until Norman’s great-grandaughter takes his place.

I can not thank my friend Amy enough for all the thought that went into “my letter from heaven” and for the thoughtful gifts of love. I have the best friends, the best support system and much love to guide me during my difficult times. Thank you all and much love back!

Last but not least on this last day of Movember. Norman want’s to share in the Men’s Health Awareness month along with Prostrate Cancer Awareness…

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Did you know that male intact dogs can get prostrate and testicular cancer? They can! Norman had a enlarged prostrate that was giving him grief so we had to have him neutered when he was 11 yrs old. Luckily we had prior seamen saved on him so his baby making days can still happen even know he is gone. So if you have a male intact dog you should do monthly testicle checks on them to and make sure their isn’t any abnormalities.   If they are having urinary issues when older it might be because of prostatitis, so get them in and have that checked.

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Follow-Up/FitDog Friday

We are joining Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for Follow-Up Friday.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow-Up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
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That bracelet is awesome! What a cool present to remind you of Norman.

Jan K says:
 What a lovely, thoughtful gift from Lydia….so many wonderful ways to remember Norman

It was so kind of Lydia to send you that bracelet…what a thoughtful surprise.

Yes indeed was it a thoughtful surprise, I look at it and instantly think of Norman and smile. 🙂

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That would make a pretty background for a Christmas card!

You are right Jan, it would make a pretty background for a Christmas card. I have no idea what kind of bush/tree this was but it sure stood out with all the red berries on it. 
Glory's very own wood pile.

Glory’s very own wood pile.

Glory is still moving the wood pile. That pile that she is sitting by I moved up onto the deck and now every time she goes outside she grabs one. The lawn if full again and yes the bigger the better!

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MORE ABOUT JORDAN

Pet ID: ADOPTION FEE: $200 • Spayed/Neutered • Shots Current

Marion, IN 46952

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LOL! What silly head-gear! I’ve never seen those before!

Are those reindeer antlers on your heads?

Those would be little turkey drumsticks on their heads that I got at Bartz’s party store. LOL

They’d probably rather be hunting turkeys than modeling headgear! Yes, I know dogs don’t hunt turkey (do they?)

Just a couple years ago the DNR passed a law that we can hunt turkeys with our dogs. We have taken them a couple of times but never got one but when we do get one we throw it for them and they do go get it and bring it back.
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Turkey day photo shoot outtakes.
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Blind puppies.
This is what I think of these feathers!

This is what I think of these feathers!

She won't be able to dress up again if we wreck the feathers!

She won’t be able to dress up again if we wreck the feathers!

What ya got on your head Nellie? You look retarted!

What ya got on your head Nellie? You look retarted!

I think I might be losing my hat!

I think I might be losing my hat!

WTF?

WTF?

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FitDog Friday

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Today’s Slimdoggy FitDog Friday post is about Hill Training to help build hind leg muscles. Here is what SlimDoggy has to day for today: Last week, we discussed the importance of working your dog’s hind legs to keep their strength proportionate to their front legs and prevent atrophy as they age and introduced the Slimdoggy Squat exercise.  Another great exercise that you can do with your dog to build their hind leg strength is called hill repeats.
It just so happens that while we were hunting/exercising with Glory and Nellie yesterday we were doing Hill Training and didn’t even know it was going to be featured on today’s post. So here is Nellie doing Hill Training.
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They were also working on squats as they had to squat under fallen trees.
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They also took a moment to strengthen their neck muscles and stabilize their back legs when they stuck their head in a big hole.
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This week we went hunting on Sunday for a couple of hours, then Wednesday we were invited on pheasant farm hunt so Gambler and Glory got to do some hunting to keep up with their FitDog exercise.
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Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hostsPeggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!

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This ‘N That Thursday~Turkey Day Edition

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Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs & co-host Ruckus the Eskie  for their This ‘N That Thursday’s Thanksgiving Edition blog hop!
This is what they have to say about the hop,

A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

“This ‘N That Thursday is for anything you want!  Maybe you want to post about unrelated topics, or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post, or you have awards to share, or you have one long post…anything goes!  So grab the button and join the hop!”
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Sand Spring Chesapeakes would like to wish each and everyone of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
The members would like to tell everyone what they are thankful this Turkey day.
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MK here, I am thankful that brother Gambler broke my leg. That way I don’t have to live in the marsh and fend for myself. I have a cozy home that I live in now with constant food and pets and I get to sleep on the bed with two humans and 3 dogs. 
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Nellie here, I am thankful for my daddy Norman god rest his soul. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today. I was very blessed to have spent 9 years of my life watching and learning from him. He was my mentor, he had pretty big paws to fill but I think I’ve about filled them. 
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Glory here, I am so thankful for grandpa Norman rest his loving soul, without him I wouldn’t of had my mom Nellie and hence I wouldn’t be here today. I am also thankful that I was the chosen one out of 4 girls. I don’t know what was so special about me but I’m sure glad they kept me. I have been so blessed to have many birds in my life already with many retrieves in Saskatchewan. Can’t beat that!
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Gambler here, last but not least I also am so thankful for my daddy Norman. Even know he cracked my skull when I was a little puppy I am blessed to be alive today (I guess that is why I was so naughty to MK, I hope the cycle stops with her) and able to call him my dad. He was one special chessy and I hope one day I can be just like him. I am also so thankful that my mom and dad still have me. I’ve given them many reasons to send me to doggy jail and they still love me so for that I am ever so thankful and will try to be a good boy in the years to come. 
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Hop on over to the other bloggers and see what they are up to this turkey day!
Thanks to 2 Brown Dawgs & co-host Ruckus the Eskie for this Thanksgiving Edition of TNT!

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Wordless Wednesday~Pre Turkey Day

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Wordless Wednesday is a community linkup of bloggers. Visit our host, BlogPaws, and you can use the icons below the post to hop from site to site. It is a great way to discover new blogs…..or even just a convenient way to find all of your favorites in one place. When you visit each site, be sure to leave a comment and let them know you found them through Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday’s Tails~Jordan

This is the Blog Hop that features shelter animals. Find a cat, dog, rabbit, etc. at your local animal shelter or rescue and feature them on this Blog Hop! Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their doggies, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

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JORDAN

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever • Baby • Female • Large

GRACIES H.E.A.R.T. OF GOLD Marion, IN

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME!10/25/13: HELLO, MY NAME IS JORDAN AND I AM CUTE LITTLE CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER GIRL.

I AM 7 MONTHS OLD AND AM VERY EAGER TO FIND MY NEW FOREVER FAMILY. A FAMILY TOOK ME IN WHEN ANOTHER FAMILY COULD NOT KEEP ME BUT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP ME EITHER. SO I AM LOOKING FOR A HOME WHERE YOU WILL HAVE TIME TO TRAIN ME AND LOVE ME AND KEEP ME!!!

I HAVE LOTS OF ENERGY AND WOULD DO BETTER IN A HOME WITH LARGER DOGS AND OLDER CHILDREN.REMEMBER I AM STILL A PUPPY AND NEED ATTENTION AND STRUCTURE TO BLOSSOM INTO A WONDERFUL ADULT. I AM ALSO DOING VERY WELL WITH MY HOUSETRAINING AND AM CRATE TRAINED.!

PLEASE FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ME AND I HOPE TO MEET YOU SOON!

HERE IS SOME MORE YOU NEED TO KNOW IF INTERESTED IN ADOPTING ME!

Click here to complete our adoption application and please email to Kim at lovemelovemydogs2004@indy.rr.com: GRACIE’S HEART OF GOLD ADOPTION APPLICATION

GRACIE’S HEART OF GOLD REQUIRES ONGOING PROPER VETERINARY CARE FOR ALL ANIMALS ADOPTED TO INCLUDE HEARTWORM MEDICATIONS, FLEA MEDICATIONS, AND YEARLY VACCINATIONS.
GRACIES HEART OF GOLD DOES NOT SHIP OUR DOGS – WE REQUIRE A FACE TO FACE MEETING. WE ALSO DO NOT ADOPT OUR DOGS AS GIFTS UNLESS THE RECIPIENT MEETS WITH THE DOG PRIOR TO ADOPTION.

MY ADOPTION FEE IS: $200. THESE FEES HELP KEEP THE RESCUE GOING. PLEASE READ MORE!

Adoption fees average $150-$400. This fee varies per animal based on additional vet care required to save them. Due to the rising costs of veterinary care, premium holistic dog food, gasoline prices, and boarding fees, which are paid for out of our own pockets, we recently were forced to raise our fees. We are not funded by anyone – adoption fees help to offset only a part of our cost of getting the dog ready for adoption. All dogs > 6 months are vetted, up to date on vaccinations, spayed/neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested, wormed and have a goody starter bag. Puppies

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Monday Mischief~Wood Chuck

How much wood could a Chesapeake chuck if a Chesapeake could chuck wood?

Glory would be happy to answer that question!

I Glory chucked all this wood from the wood pile to the middle of the lawn.

I Glory chucked all this wood from the wood pile to the middle of the lawn.

Gambler and Nellie have nothing to do with Glory's nonsense.

Gambler and Nellie have nothing to do with Glory’s nonsense.

This is the wood pile outside our door. When we let the dogs out to go to the bathroom Glory can’t run past the pile without grabbing a log then carries it out into the lawn. She can haul some pretty big logs around, we say she is building up her neck muscles to carry back a big bird when she needs to.

Glory's very own wood pile.

Glory’s very own wood pile.

I swear Gambler chucked wood too!

I swear Gambler chucked wood too!

Snow and wood what could be better?

Snow and wood what could be better?

We had a little bit of snow last week so besides getting into the wood pile mischief they had some mischief in the snow playing with their sticks.

Mischief in the snow.

Mischief in the snow.

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I chew on this!

I chew on this!

I spend more time carrying Glory’s mischief wood back up to the deck just so she can carry it off again. I guess it’s good exercise for both of us.

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This is a Blog Hop. Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog , Luna, a Dog’s Life , and My Brown Newfies for setting up this hop. Please go to any of the sponsoring blogs to find out who else has been mischievous.

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