Nothing But Norman #44

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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Last Sunday Norman’s son Gambler was featured on Molly The Wally’s Share It Sunday blog post. If you missed it you can see it here. Since Gambler was featured this week I thought I would share when Norman was featured on November 18, 2012. Ironically this day is my Birthday so it was so fitting that Molly featured Norman my soulmate on that day.

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The Old Hunting Dog!

I have a young hunting dog, a adolescent hunting dog, a middle age hunting dog and I have one very special old hunting dog. My old hunting dog gave me my middle age hunting dog and my adolescent hunting dog. Without him I wouldn’t have my young hunting dog. I have a whole circle of hunting dogs that I am very proud of which wouldn’t have been possible without the old hunting dog.

I took the circle of hunting dogs (all 4 of them) pheasant hunting today. It was a bitter-sweet day and very emotional one. I get more and more emotional each time I take that old hunting dog out hunting as I know there won’t be many hunting days in the future. I started out with Norman and Glory. I figured that Grandpa could teach Glory some of his hunting tricks. So we were off the old hunting dog, the young hunting dog and I. Glory was her typical puppy self and ran amuck smelling everything and running through the marsh like she didn’t have a care in the world. I remembered back in the day when Norman was like that and how I wish there was a fountain of youth for that guy. I remember when he used to be the leader and I was the follower, I would follow where ever his nose would take us and it would always take us to a pheasant. Today I was the leader and he was the follower. His legs aren’t what they used to be and he tires very quickly so he follows along in my footsteps as it is easier to let me blaze the trail. If he cuts a track he then will go off on that scent and work it like he did when he was young. I realized that it doesn’t matter who is the leader and who is the follower as long as we are both out in the field doing what we love the most. I would say hunting is what we love the most but I think I enjoy the time we spend together and it is a bonus if we actually get a bird. We didn’t get any birds today but it was still a wonderful day because I was spending it with my furry friends. I could see Norman was getting tired so we walked back to the truck of course I was crying as we walked back to the truck because I was taking my hunting buddy back to the truck because he was getting tired. I put him in the front of the truck and got the adolescent and the middle age dogs out and off we went again in hopes to find a bird. As we were walking off the old hunting dog was barking to go with and it broke my heart to leave him behind. How was I suppose to shoot a bird with tears streaming down my face? Well I didn’t have to worry about that as the gang worked and worked but not a bird to be found. Again it’s not about the hunt but about the time spent with the fur kids. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. So even know it was a sad day it was a good day because that old hunting dog  is still with me ready to go out again one day soon.

You can see the whole post with pictures here.

I am now excited to share with you my Norman and Me song that is sung by Randy Barr. I put his song to a picture video of  Norman and I. I first found out about Randy on Talking-Dog’s blog. She featured her personalized song by Randy and shared with us his wonderful cause. You can see Sue’s girl Lucy’s video and song and read all about Randy’s cause here.

Canine Cancer Awareness:

Randy Barr has generously agreed to donate personalized songs to benefit CCA! Here’s a note from Randy:

Hi guys :) After talking with many friends about the donation process we’ve decided to do digital recordings of your personalized song for a donation of only $10 to thehttp://caninecancerawareness.org/
I will be going in the studio for some recordings so if you would like your own song for your dog please drop me a line :)
Also please specify if it’s a boy or girl dog too :)
Spread the word and let’s help some friends beat Cancer!

 

 

Here is my song with a picture video:

I could just watch and listen to this over and over. Thank you Randy for making this song for me. I absolutely love it!

Now onto my Sepia Saturday picture brought to you by Ruckus The Eskie.

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I am also joining in with The Pet Parade this week.

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Hosted by: Rascal and RoccoJan’s Funny FarmBasil the Bionic CatBarking From The Bayou and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.

Here is what Love Is Being Owned By A Husky (Jenna along with Melissa from Barking From The Bayou are the new co-hosts)  says about the hop: So please feel free to link up and party with us! 
Parade you fav pet photo’s , stories , ANYTHING you want! The only rule is . . . .
There are no rules!
And that’s the way we like it! Who needs rules at a party anyhow?
BUT it is always a good idea to link back to your hosts, and maybe even give them a follow!

Also, this hop consists mostly of kitties , there are a couple doggies that are involved, but the majority are kitties, so one of the reasons Melissa and are now co hosting is to let you all know that this hop is DOG FURIENDLY as well!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on Gamblers Birthday post if you would like a chance to win a homemade paracord collar. You can read all about it here! I will be doing the drawing on Sunday. Good luck all!

Have a great weekend!

8 thoughts on “Nothing But Norman #44

  1. Oh that was touching, but it is such a wonderful song! I love the sound of his voice when he sings “Norman and me” that’s so special and goes straight to the heart. Many thanks for such a great post! (at least my tears washed away the last marks of that darned self tanner)

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  2. You and Norman reminds me of my mom and her Trine. It has been 10 years since pancreatic cancer took her from my mom, but she still thinks about her every day, talks to us dogs about her and we have photos of her around the house. Some dogs are just very special.

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  3. That was such a wonderful story of your old hunting dog, sad but happy at the same time that you had that special day with him and all of them.
    The video and song is so precious and I’m glad you have that now for Norman.

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  4. Well, I have to come back and hear the song. I am crying like a baby and my heart is broken at the thought of you and Norman walking back to the truck. When you said he barked as you took the younger ones to finish hunting, well, I cracked.

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