Nothing But Norman #59

Happy Saturday All!

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September 1st is the start of the Wisconsin early goose season. Back in 2010 I was invited along hunting by my buddy Justin who just happens to own Norman’s granddaughter Riley. Riley’s story is a remarkable one. She was born 12/9/09 by Nellie. This was Nellie’s second litter. When Riley was about three weeks old and starting to walk around outside the whelping box I noticed her back right leg wasn’t moving correctly. I watched and watched her walk and took a video to send to my boss and said “something isn’t right”. I took her to work with me the next day, took a xray and sure enough the right leg was broke. The ball of the femur that is seated in the hip socket was broke right off. I then went back and watch the video’s that I took from day one and on day three I could see her little leg not working right at that time. We came to the conclusion that she must of broke it when she was born, or Nellie stepped on her after she was born. Regardless she had a broken leg. There was nothing we could do at this time since she was only three weeks old. I started physical therapy and as often as I could do it, I did therapy on that leg. I kept her until she was 12 weeks old, re xrayed her and the bone had healed back together. It was amazing! I couldn’t sell her so I gave her to my buddy Justin who has his own guide service All Seasons Adventures in Wisconsin. Riley has retrieved many birds and has’t had a problem with that leg.

Broken leg.

Headed up.

Our hunt 9/15/10.

Watching and waiting.

The retrieve.

Taking a break.

Our limit.

Riley & Norman.

We are joining Rukus The Eskie for Sepia Saturday.


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Here is my favorite picture from that day in color. We are also joining The Pet Parade.


FitDog Friday~Another One Bites The Dust

This weeks Fit Dog Friday is digging into the video archives. Nellie was a FitDog when she was in hunt test training with her trainer. She would get out and train 2 times a day. That kept her in really good shape. Here is a video of her training for hunt tests.


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by 
To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Emma from Mygbgvlife to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.

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Thursday’s Barks And Bytes~Couple Of Thank You’s



I have a long over due thank you that goes out to Sugar The Golden Retriever and Larry Kay the author of Life’s A BARK. I won this book back in June and finally I had time to read it. I don’t know why I didn’t find the time earlier to read it as it is a excellent book about how dogs can teach us about life and love if we just listen to them. This book made me think after a bad hunt test weekend, I would read it and then it would make me smile. It put failing hunt tests with Gambler into perspective. It comes with some really beautiful pictures of dogs.

Gambler I have a book I want to show you.

Larry Kay wrote this book Life’s A BARK, what dogs teach us about life and love.

Before I sit down and read it to you I will stretch.

The book is filled with many ways dogs can teach humans about life and love.

It comes with many beautiful photos, maybe we are in here?

It came with a beautifully hand written note right from Larry himself.

A light easy read that leave you thinking and learning how to deal with life and love.

Thank you Sugar for hosting the giveaway and to Larry for giving away this great book.

Next I would like to thank Sue over at Talking-Dogs for hosting the give away of Jan Dunlap’s book Saved by Gracie. I was much faster at getting started on reading this book. I took it with me to a hunt test last weekend and finished it in one day. It had me tearing up in the beginning, middle and end. I couldn’t put this book down. Dogs truly are amazing creatures that help us out in so many ways.



The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.

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Wordless Wednesday~Big Sloppy Selfie


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 With a Book Review

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!
  Thanks to Dogs N Pawz for hosting and Talking Dog’s Blog for co-hosting this blog hop!
Meet Sancho:
He is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever & Husky mix.
Here is what Pet Finder has to say about Sancho:



Helping an owner rehome his son’s dog-the other half is not a dog person . His name is Sancho and he is a 3 1/2 year old Chessie/Husky mix. Sancho is neutered, leash trained, walks well also off leash. He stops at corners,is a good rider, good listener, and doesn’t need to be crated. Sancho is current on shots and ok with other dogs(plays well in the dog park and is with an older Beagle in the home )

Located in the Waukesha area of WI. The man says they are not active enough to be fair to the dog. They say he is a very nice dog. Contact me at , or call 920-427-4295 and I will put in contact with owner after a vet and background check.

Disclaimer: Sancho is not a foster of CRROW, and we have neither met him or evaluated him.

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Monday Mischief~I Said Sit And Stay

Yesterday Glory had another AKC Senior Hunt Test. We only got to train once this week and it wasn’t pretty so I told John he was going to be running Glory. I’m glad he ran her because the judges set up a couple of meaty tests.

Another test, we’ve got this.

The walk up.

Watching the marks go down.

And I’m off!

The retrieve.

Coming back.

Honor time, I said sit and stay.

Really, I mean it, sit and stay.

This is not a sit and stay.

Good sit stay, you watch the birds go down and listen to that gunner shoot that flyer 3 times.

And the controlled break! Get back here Glory!

Just a bit of mischief during the land series. It was a control break so Glory was called back to run the water series. She ran a good water series which she passed so she got another ribbon and her 3rd leg towards her AKC Senior Hunter title. One more leg to go which we will be trying for this next weekend.

Gambler had all kinds of Mischief himself as he ran another Master test and he made it to the second series where he lost his mind and thought he didn’t need my help and he failed. He will be running the next two weekends so he has time to get the mischief out of his system and pass a test this summer.

monday mischief

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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Nothing But Norman #58

Happy Saturday All!

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Just over a week hunting season will be upon us. This was of course Norman’s favorite time of the year as he was a hunting dog and loved to retrieve.

A little goose hunting.

Those silo’s and this field where we are hunting is my grandma’s land. It made hunting with Norman there even more special.

He was always aware of what was going on.

Always laying right by my side.

My favorite part was when he would put his head on my leg and claimed me as his and how he let me know he would protect me.

When I got home from work yesterday there was a very special package waiting for me. I knew my online friend and Gamblers Auntie sent me something. I had no idea what it could be and how very special it really would be. I opened up the package and all I had to see was the first word Star and I knew right away what it was and then the tears came as I read the rest. On November 6, 2013 Norman became a Star, today that Star has a name, a very special name: HRCH Sand Spring Norm of Caroway MH.

Here is where Norman’s star is. His is the one with the red circle around it.

For those of you who don’t know me, I love stars. I have the stars of the American Flag on my leg right next to Norman and Nellie’s portraits. I love to sit and star gaze and let my mind wonder. My mind was wondering on the way back from Saskatchewan trip, you can read about it here in Nothing But Norman #13.

My favorite Trans Siberian Orchestra song is After The Fall. I could replay this song, over and over and over again.

The Star Certificate found it’s place right next to Norman’s ashes.

Shine bright my love and may your brightness show me the way to you each night the stars are in the sky.

Hugs Jayne for such a thoughtful gift.

You too can do something special for someone or yourself by getting your own star from The Star-Registration.

We are joining Ruckus The Eskie for Sepia Saturday.


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We are also joining The Pet Parade.


FitDog Friday ~ Irondog

This weeks exercise is neck and jaw strengthening brought to you by the one and only Super G.

Look Glory & Nellie, what do we have here? It looks like a 21# scratch grain block for the pheasants.

This block ain’t no match for Super G.

Irondog strong!

Super G is now going to show you his all mighty strength in his jaw and neck as he shows you the Irondog competition.

Super G gets his leg exercises too for the Irondog Competition.

It goes to show you when you put your mind to something the sky’s the limit.


Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts Peggy’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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