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    LeeC, that dog is amazing! What mix is it? I am woefully uneducated on dog breeds, but I used to have a husky so that much is obvious to me.


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    My glob I can't wait until I can get a dog again.
    "Fantasy is the literature of hope. In fantasy there is a belief that you can make a difference. Today may be bleak, but you can live through today. And tomorrow will be better. And maybe there'll be a different darkness tomorrow, but you can live through that, too, and you can make the light come, and the darkness go away. It doesn't matter how many times the darkness comes. There is always hope for something better." ~Robert Jordan

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    Thanks Gyarachu,


    It's a Malamute, bread originally for pulling freight sleds. I adopted him from a competition kennel when he was 5yo. When he was 3, he was a national champion with a pull of 3028 lbs. We also have a Golden Retriever (wife's dog), and both are fed a natural prey model diet.

    And, as long as you gave me the opportunity, one of my few attempts at poetry involves him.

    Every morning before first light I'm awakened by a giant of a dog.
    His immense face in mine, silently willing my eyes to open.
    I focus on a wolflike Malamute's head larger than my own.
    Then on a body seven hands at the shoulder,
    over six score pounds of muscle and bone.

    Retired to my care from the competition circuit,
    where in pulling over a ton and a half secured his champion status.
    He hadn't the luxury of a family dog rearing,
    bred-in-the-bone a working dog.
    Strong as an ox, with a gentle soul and a heart of gold.

    He and I take life one day at a time, delighting in the natural world.
    Studiously avoiding mankind's avarice manifestations,
    in the pursuit of true well-being.
    We're shooting for natural life cycles,
    allowing for a meteor strike or the like.

    Each day counts so much more in experiencing life's goodness,
    and only time will tell how long we'll share life's journey.
    Apprehensive of others care for him,
    I'm working hard at staying the course
    till after the day his life path reaches its destination.

    Seeing nature's magic mirror of goodness in his eyes,
    is my greatest joy, angst, and gift
    for this magnificent life force
    that so helps me each day
    stay grounded in the natural world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeC View Post
    Thanks Gyarachu,


    It's a Malamute, bread originally for pulling freight sleds. I adopted him from a competition kennel when he was 5yo. When he was 3, he was a national champion with a pull of 3028 lbs. We also have a Golden Retriever (wife's dog), and both are fed a natural prey model diet.
    Gahhh! I don't think anyone knows how badly I want a dog right now. I am now watching dog videos. Great.

    But a national champion? Wow! He is a ferocious looking animal.
    "Fantasy is the literature of hope. In fantasy there is a belief that you can make a difference. Today may be bleak, but you can live through today. And tomorrow will be better. And maybe there'll be a different darkness tomorrow, but you can live through that, too, and you can make the light come, and the darkness go away. It doesn't matter how many times the darkness comes. There is always hope for something better." ~Robert Jordan

    "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ~C.S. Lewis

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    Wow! He is a ferocious looking animal.
    Added a bit above to clear that up.

    Even when walking, when another dog rushed our way snarling, it always stopped short, retreating. He just sat by my side as if to say, "You sure you want to do this dude."

    If there was any mean streak, it was in me. One time when some Brazilian workers were at the house making a template for a stone counter top, I let him in the kitchen to see who was there. One of the workers on his hands and knees, cutting the plastic template, looked up saying "Ave Maria." Another worker asked what I fed him, so I showed them the two freezers where I butchered and put up the last grass fed beef for the dogs. They were incredulous that all that meat, bone, and organ was for the dogs. Anyway, my little mean streak shown through when I told them I didn't feed him when I wasn't home. You should have seen the look on their faces, but shame, shame on me for acting like an ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeC View Post
    And, as long as you gave me the opportunity, one of my few attempts at poetry involves him.

    Every morning before first light I'm awakened by a giant of a dog.
    His immense face in mine, silently willing my eyes to open.
    I focus on a wolflike Malamute's head larger than my own.
    Then on a body seven hands at the shoulder,
    over six score pounds of muscle and bone.

    Retired to my care from the competition circuit,
    where in pulling over a ton and a half secured his champion status.
    He hadn't the luxury of a family dog rearing,
    bred-in-the-bone a working dog.
    Strong as an ox, with a gentle soul and a heart of gold.

    He and I take life one day at a time, delighting in the natural world.
    Studiously avoiding mankind's avarice manifestations,
    in the pursuit of true well-being.
    We're shooting for natural life cycles,
    allowing for a meteor strike or the like.

    Each day counts so much more in experiencing life's goodness,
    and only time will tell how long we'll share life's journey.
    Apprehensive of others care for him,
    I'm working hard at staying the course
    till after the day his life path reaches its destination.

    Seeing nature's magic mirror of goodness in his eyes,
    is my greatest joy, angst, and gift
    for this magnificent life force
    that so helps me each day
    stay grounded in the natural world.
    Lee that was beautiful! He's very lucky to have a human like you.
    "Fantasy is the literature of hope. In fantasy there is a belief that you can make a difference. Today may be bleak, but you can live through today. And tomorrow will be better. And maybe there'll be a different darkness tomorrow, but you can live through that, too, and you can make the light come, and the darkness go away. It doesn't matter how many times the darkness comes. There is always hope for something better." ~Robert Jordan

    "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ~C.S. Lewis

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    So beautiful, Dog and poem, thank you LeeC
    [I]"The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide;
    Above the world is stretched the sky, No higher than the soul is high.
    The heart can push the sea and land Farther away on either hand;
    The soul can split the sky in two, And let the face of God shine through.
    But East and West will pinch the heart That can not keep them pushed apart;
    And he whose soul is flat -- the sky -- Will cave in on him by and by."
    [/I]

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    For a selfie thread, remarkably few pictures...
    A man in possession of a wooden spoon must be in want of a pot to stir.

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    I have only just bought the bike when this picture was taken. First time I've ever ridden since doing my CBT. Didn't stall it once despite having a crowd of gongoozlers watching me drive it off the forecourt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potty View Post
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    I have only just bought the bike when this picture was taken. First time I've ever ridden since doing my CBT. Didn't stall it once despite having a crowd of gongoozlers watching me drive it off the forecourt.
    I think the most amazing part of this is that you managed to take a handsless selfie from ten feet out while riding a motorcycle down the highway.
    "Fantasy is the literature of hope. In fantasy there is a belief that you can make a difference. Today may be bleak, but you can live through today. And tomorrow will be better. And maybe there'll be a different darkness tomorrow, but you can live through that, too, and you can make the light come, and the darkness go away. It doesn't matter how many times the darkness comes. There is always hope for something better." ~Robert Jordan

    "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ~C.S. Lewis

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