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Thanksgiving Memories: Tom and Shep

For his birthday this year, Tom’s mom made a photo album of his childhood snapshots. Featured prominently on the title page is this gem of Tom (approximately age 8), a few sunflowers, a huge tomato and a border collie (named Shep, who was actually Tom’s brother’s dog).

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As a kid, Tom only knew that Shep went ballistic once in a while. Shep chased cars. Shep also hated anytime the kids got above him … like up on a roof or in a tree. Later the family had sheep in the back pasture, but Tom doesn’t remember Shep herding ever, so they must have come later.

Looking back, with what Tom knows about border collies through Lilly, he understands all those nutty things Shep once did in a better light.

All hail, Shep. I wish I’d known you.

This Thanksgiving let’s be grateful for our canine pals who truly do shepherd us through life.

All of us at Chez Champion of My Heart wish you a happy holiday!


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Scout and Freyja - November 27, 2009

Wishing you and yours the most blessed of days as we break bread with friends and family or spend our time as a volunteer with any one of the numerous charities in need of our time and talents.

Peace, plenty, prosperity – my wish for the United States of America.

Dog-geek - November 27, 2009

What a great picture! It is always intersting to reexamine childhood memories from a new perspective as we age, isn’t it? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Maery - November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Samantha - November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Have you have a wonderful day!

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