01 May 2015

National Purebred Dog Day May 1st

Minnow the Chinook mugs it up on the National Purebred Dog Day Facebook page

From Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, to Uggie and Air Bud, from Brian Griffin and Santa’s Little Helper, to Snoopy and Marmaduke, purebred dogs have had a place in American history and culture.
Did you know that about half of all dogs owned in the United States are purebred dogs? Purebred dogs were created to work alongside man as hunters and herders, vermin control and livestock guardians. They are service, military, and Search and Rescue dogs, and have provided companionship while protecting family and home.

On March 10, 2015, Colorado became the first state in America to recognize May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day. State legislators voted on Joint Resolution 15-1015 introduced by Minority Whip, Rep. Polly Lawrence, to celebrate the diversity, heritage, predictability and contributions of the purebred dog. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports National Purebred Dog Day too.

The path to National Purebred Dog Day begins Hungary in 1944. Founder, Susi Szeremy's mother had grown up with a Puli dog and in near the end of World War II, allied aircraft were bombing Budapest on an almost daily basis between 1944 and 1945. Unfortunately her mother's Puli did not survive and Szeremy shares "A broken chain and bits of bloody collar were all that remained of him. This dog became a casualty of a war that had nearly decimated all the Hungarian dog breeds either by bombing or starvation; many more shot or beaten to death by soldiers."

It was thirty years before Szeremy's mother could pet another Puli. It was a Puli puppy that Szeremy had searched for years to find. Seremy shares, "When I first introduced them to each other, my mother buried her face in the puppy's soft black curls and wept for a long time. In that moment, I understood the significance of the human-dog bond."

While every dog should be valued whatever its ancestry, National Purebred Dog Day specifically recognizes the 300+ distinct dog breeds and varieties recognized worldwide, each breed a "bit of history with a pulse," each the legacy of the culture that created it for a reason. Some purebred breeds are in danger of extinction, such as the Skye Terrier that is outnumbered globally by Panda Bears.

For more information about National Purebred Dog Day visit their Facebook and YouTube pages. To join in the fun use these hashtags: #purebreddogs and #NationalPurebredDogDay

25 February 2015

Family Photos - are these your family?

These photos came to me as part of my research I am sharing in hopes that they will find their families. If you can identify anyone please let me know.

Names that I have found:
  • Vickerman
  • Hoskins
  • Micken
  • Daniels
  • Quade
  • Batalden
  • Lake View Church in Hillman, Minnesota
  • South
  • Adel
  • Aret
  • Look
  • Niekem
  • Christensen, Jane 
  • Miller
  • Weiskopf, Richard Oswin 1926-1 Sep 1952