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Virtus  (Level: 169.4 - Posts: 2489)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 9:46 PM


chaplin directed and starred as a tipsy hotel guest in caught in the rain

When I was about 8 years old my dad came home with a horse. Talk about the cart before the horse, in this case it was the horse before the barn. He was 18 years old and my dad saved him from a trip to the "glue factory." He drank Nehi orange sodas out of glass bottles and stayed in the yard with a rope around his neck attached to nothing! I chose the clue "Caught in the Rain" since that was probably the scariest day in my whole life. We had gone for a ride in our neighborhood and a twister came up suddenly. Electric wires and trees were coming down everywhere. I just laid my head down on his neck and held on and Charlie saved my life. I fell off near our house and was taken into a car by some out of state tourists who had pulled off the road. The storm only lasted about 15 minutes, but we lost 60 trees on 2 acres of land and the roof to the barn. I had hail stone bruises all over and my parents were very emotional. My only concern, however, was where Charlie was. We found him grazing in a neighbor's yard.

name of the pipers son who stole a pig and away did run

Daddy decided Charlie needed a friend so he brought home a retired police horse. He was magnificent; a beautiful reddish brown and 17 1/2 hands. He had four gaits. I feel really blessed to have had a childhood with horses. Tom developed a bum knee and Daddy sold him.

annual festival and hunt for a hidden horseshoe in savage wisconsin

The next horse Daddy brought home, not sure my mother ever had any say in the matter, was a beautiful black horse with a white blaze. Unfortunately he wasn't broken. The man who was to break him for us had HIS arm broken instead so Dan Patch did not stay with us long.

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The next horse was a very sway back horse with blue eyes, a pink nose, and white with brown patches. He definitely would not have won any prizes for looks, but we had some fun times together.

a nosey parker is a busybody or someone who meddles in others affairs

Nosey was a blonde English Shepherd from Kansas or Nebraska. She was ordered out of a farm magazine. Nosey was a wonderful dog. She used to walk my 90 year old grandmother home to her house and stay until she was in the house before heading home.

jodys orphaned twin who had a doll named mrs beasley on family affair

Buffy was my second childhood English Shepherd. She was also blonde. In addition to being excellent sheep herders, they are very intelligent and make great pets.

murals of a grinning man in asbury park painted in the nineteen fifties

After I was married, I wanted my own dog. Of course, it had to be an English Shepherd. We waited over 9 mo. to finally get her. We had sent a picture of Buffy, a blonde.
Unfortunately, black and white is the usual color. Finally I think they got tired of our calls to check on the availability of a blonde female, and they sent us a red one. We named her Tillie, since we had to wait "til" we got her. We paid more on the airline ticket than we did for the pure breed dog!

barry manilows first billboard number one hit and his first gold single

Our next dog we didn't want to wait 9 mo. for so we switched to a Border Collie. We bought her from the lady who trained the collies for the movie, "Babe." She is fourteen now and we just love her. She is extraordinarily intelligent. Most of the dogs on Pet Star were either Border Collies or Jack Russell Terriers. Highly recommend border collies.

category four hurricane in nineteen sixty four which hit southeast us

Hilda was a rescue guinea pig. She had been in a first grade classroom and ran around in circles all the time. We had her for almost a year before she stopped running. She would squeal whenever we opened a cellophane package of lettuce. I still have fond memories of her, especially when I'm making a salad!

female depicted on virginias flag representing valor against tyranny

For those who are curious about my name, here goes. Virtus is my daughter's cat. My daughter is a Latin teacher, and she named him Virtus (meaning manly in Latin) because of his strutting walk. He was an SPCA rescue, but we later found out he is a Snowshoe. He is pictured on my profile page. I was pleased to learn this tidbit of info for my quiz. I live in VA but didn't know the lady on the seal and flag was Virtus. You learn something new every day!!

Thanks for taking my Word Puzzle and all the kind comments. I enjoyed honoring and remembering my pets. Anne

1mks  (Level: 219.4 - Posts: 5925)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 9:57 PM

What lovely memories and stories. Thanks every so much for sharing.

M48ortal  (Level: 261.6 - Posts: 3826)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 10:03 PM

Wonderful. I enjoyed the WP, but this explanation makes it even so much more meaningful. I wish everyone explained their puzzles like this. You've set a high benchmark here.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 10:18 PM

Thank you so much for sharing these stories, Anne! They're truly wonderful! I also love border collies. Virtus the cat on your profile is cute.

-- Geri

Alvandy  (Level: 240.1 - Posts: 7692)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 10:49 PM

Wonderful stories and a great word puzzle to match!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 14th Oct '09 10:51 PM

Really interesting stories - thanks for sharing them with us (and always did wonder about that name!)

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Thu, 15th Oct '09 3:24 AM

What interesting stories about your pets. I believe I read just recently that border collies are considered to be the smartest dogs, even above German shepherds. I loved the story about your dog walking your grandmother home.

Thanks for making the puzzle even more enjoyable.

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