Sunday, July 5, 2009

Weekly Winners: For All the Dogs We've Loved Before...


Meet Nelson. He is (was) a Landseer Newfoundland. He was 175# of big, sweet boy.

He had a head like a buffalo, people said.

Everywhere we went, he drew attention. We'd have him on a leash when we'd be walking with the boys in a stroller. People would stop and say "what a beautiful DOG!" instead of "what lovely children!" Before Nelson, people always commented on the kids. Hmmm.
Nelson had hair, that's for sure. So much, that a I collected a big bag full, and a friend spun it into yarn, and knitted a scarf for Uncle Lynn for Christmas!
Nelson was a great dog. He was protective by nature. When I'd push a child in the swing, he'd get up and walk over to the swing, take the child by the foot, and stop the swing. Not on his watch! If the kids were in the driveway on trikes or playing with trucks, he'd lay at the end of the driveway. His nickname became "Nana."

We took Nelson out on a pontoon once. I say "once" because it only happened one time. First of all, he was afraid of the space between the boards on the dock. It took 3 big men to lift him onto the boat. Everything was great until the kids went swimming. Six little boys jumped into the lake at once, splashing and hollering. Nelson jumped in, too. He could not figure out which boy needed saving the most, so he swam from one to another, trying to pull them to shore. All he had to pull with were teeth! It was quite a scene.

Imagine my surprise when recently, a dozen years after his death, we were walking near our home and met people with a Landseer Newfie, like our beloved Nelson. "Oh, what a wonderful DOG!" we exclaimed. Come to think of it, did they have children with them?

Would we have noticed? Probably not.

The little guy sitting next to Nelson is our Springer Spaniel, Trouble. More about him later!

Weekly Winners is Sarcastic Mom's production. I think I shot these snaps with a Canon Rebel of the film variety.

17 comments:

Farmgirl Paints said...

Stopping by from SITS! Happy sunday to you.

Melissa B. said...

Awwwwwwwww...such a poignant post! And these Superior Snaps certainly are amazing. Trouble is such a little guy, compared to Nelson. How far apart in age were they?

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Nelson sounds like a wonderful dog. What a beauty too!

Tarasview said...

that is one big dog! :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

What a cool looking dog!

Smoochiefrog said...

That is one big dog!

Mrs4444 said...

What a wonderful post-I wish I had known your Nelson. Have you ever thought of getting another?

Teresha and Damon said...

Beautiful dogs!

Rebecca Welch said...

I'd love to see the scarf!!!

What beautiful dogs!

freegal1000 said...

Awww!!! I love this post Aunt Julie!

Aunt Julie said...

As much as we loved Nelson, we'd probably not consider another Newfie. Life expectancy for giant breed dogs is only 9-10 years. He was a genetic mess. All 4 legs were operated on at the UW Madison, shoulders & hips. He never did walk well. Our vet said he had the back leg muscles of a cocker spaniel! He was strong in front, and the back end came along because it was attached. We had the option of returning him for a new puppy, but we could not teach our kids that he was disposable. If a pet isn't perfect, you don't just destroy him and get another one! And he WAS perfect in other ways.

Michelle said...

I love the stories you mention about him. He sounds like a great dog... but ummm maybe a little more dog than we could handle. What a love though!

annie kelleher said...

what a wonderful story! its so sad those big dogs don't live longer...

Mrs4444 said...

I see. Our neighbors have a giant breed, too--the Leonburger. These dogs are enormous but also have health issues. They sure add character to our neighborhood, though! :)

Caroline said...

Beautiful doggies! ☺

Amo said...

Beautiful boy!

Rhonda said...

Oh, he's gorgeous!!!