Tank, The Dog

I saw this on Facebook and wanted to share it. I’m really not a dog person, but I was in tears reading this story.

Tank, The Dog

They told me the big black Lab’s name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I’d only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street.

But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn’t hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie’s advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn’t look like “Lab people,” whatever that meant. They must’ve thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner.

See, Reggie and I didn’t really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too. Maybe we were too much alike.

I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that. “Okay, Reggie,” I said out loud, “let’s see if your previous owner has any advice.”

To Whomever Gets My Dog:

Well, I can’t say that I’m happy you’re reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie’s new owner. I’m not even happy writing it. He knew something was different.

So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with you.

First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he’s part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in there. Hasn’t done it yet. Doesn’t matter where you throw them, he’ll bound after them, so be careful. Don’t do it by any roads. Next, commands. Reggie knows the obvious ones —“sit,” “stay,” “come,” “heel.”

He knows hand signals, too: He knows “ball” and “food” and “bone” and “treat” like nobody’s business.

Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand.

He’s up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck getting him in the car. I don’t know how he knows when it’s time to go to the vet, but he knows.

Finally, give him some time. It’s only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He’s gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn’t bark or complain. He just loves to be around people, and me most especially.

And that’s why I need to share one more bit of info with you…His name’s not Reggie. He’s a smart dog, he’ll get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn’t bear to give them his real name. But if someone is reading this … well it means that his new owner should know his real name. His real name is “Tank.” Because, that is what I drive.

I told the shelter that they couldn’t make “Reggie” available for adoption until they received word from my company commander. You see, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could’ve left Tank with .. and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter … in the “event” … to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily, my CO is a dog-guy, too, and he knew where my platoon was headed. He said he’d do it personally. And if you’re reading this, then he made good on his word.

Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your family, too, and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he loved me.

If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming to the US I am glad to have done so. He is my example of service and of love. I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that’s enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at the shelter. Maybe I’ll peek in on him and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth.

Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight – every night – from me.

Thank you,

Paul Mallory

I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure, I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags had been at half-mast all summer. I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog.

“Hey, Tank,” I said quietly.

The dog’s head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright.

“C’mere boy.”

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn’t heard in months. “Tank,” I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my
face into his scruff and hugged him.

“It’s me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me.” Tank reached up and licked my cheek.

“So whatdaya say we play some ball?” His ears perked again.

“Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?”

Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room. And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.

Thank you for your service Paul Mallory. Thank you kind soul that took Tank into your home. And Tank, hope you know how much you are loved and enjoy your new home.

R.I.P. Billy Paul

I really had that some of my posts lately have been about entertainers and artist that have passed away.

Well, there was another one over the weekend.

Billy Paul

Me and Mrs. Jones” Singer Billy Paul Dead at Age 80

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday.
Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 80, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said. (from Associated Press, April 24, 2016)

One of My Favorite Songs

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966.

I’m not sure why I love this song so much? Don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard the song? The older I have gotten, the more I appreciate the songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

From Wikipedia, I found out that the instrumentation was by The Funk Brothers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And I am fascinated by The Funk Brothers after watching the Paul Justman’s 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972. They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Funk Brothers played on Motown hits such as “My Girl“, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, “Baby Love“, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, “The Tears of a Clown“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, and “Heat Wave“. (From Wikipedia.com)

If you are anything like me, you had no idea who The Funk Brothers were and who important they were to the Motown sound. Here are some of the songs that they played on:

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops
  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  • “I Can’t Get Next to You” – The Temptations
  • “Someday We’ll Be Together” – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
  • “The Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
  • “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Shop Around” – The Miracles
  • “Shotgun” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “(I’m a) Road Runner” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
  • “It’s the Same Old Song” – The Four Tops
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles
  • “Standing in the Shadows of Love” – The Four Tops
  • “Dancing in the Street” – Martha & the Vandellas
  • “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Cloud Nine” – The Temptations
  • “What’s Goin’ On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Get Ready” – The Temptations
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Bernadette” – The Four Tops
  • “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” – The Isley Brothers
  • “Mickey’s Monkey” – The Miracles

I have the special on my DVR and I have watched it several times. It’s my go to show to watch when the satellite dish is out. Ever time I watch it, I get goose bumps, shed a tear or two and sing to all the songs they play on the show. If you have not seen this documentary and you are a fan of Motown, you really need to watch it.

Here are the lyrics, just in case you don’t know the words to the song.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far; don’t worry baby
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry,

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Some way, some how

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble;
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Don’tcha know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
Ain’t mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough

Read more: Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Side Note:

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The Count:

While I was writing this post, I have listen/watched the video 14 times. My favorite part of the video is at 1:16.

Some Sayings to Live By

I have been seeing some sayings and quotes that really hit the nail on the head for what I’ve been going through lately. 

You know it freaks me out when I read something that fits to what I’m thinking at the moment. 




This kid is pretty smart. 




WTH! 990,000+ Hits

Just noticed that I have over 990,000 hits on my blog!

How did that happen and who are these people who come to my blog?

It all started in August 2007. Hard to believe that it’s almost been nine years since I posted my first post.

So to all of you who read or come to my blog… Thank you very much!

What’s next? One Million Hits!

1000000-hits

You know…. Famous People Die in Three’s

I smell cake!*

WOW! It’s been a crazy past couple of days. There have been three actors and entertainers who have passed away recently. Actors and entertainers we grew up watching/listening to have been passing away.

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Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Joan “Chyna” Lauer (December 27, 1970 – April 17-20, 2016)

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Doris Roberts (November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016)

 

I wanted to share my favorite songs by Prince. I grow up listen to his music.

I have to go with the first song that I ever heard by Prince:

If you want to see/hear what an amazing guitar player Prince was, you need to watch this video of Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and others — “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. What talent that man had.

I saw this quote. If Eric Clapton, who I think is one of the world’s best guitarist says this… WOW!

Eric Clapton was asked about how it felt to be the world’s best guitarist. His response: “I don’t know. Ask Prince.”

R.I.P. and thank you for leaving your legacy for us to always have.

Notes:

* My brother, Joe and I would always say this to each other after someone famous died.

“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

“My Cake” is the sixth episode of Scrubs’ fourth season. J.D.’s father dies and he and his brother Dan have to cope with it.

Duran Duran in Concert

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, I went to see Duran Duran with Chic – Nile Rodgers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas with my friend, Debbie.

She called me a couple of months ago to see if I wanted to go to see Duran Duran with. I said yes, I have always been a Duran Duran fan. So brought the ticket, I sent her the -money for the ticket and I made my travel plans to drive from San Antonio to Dallas for the concert.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Debbie was ale to get floor seating tickets, about 17 rows away from the stage.

Here are my favorite songs from the concert:

  Tribute to David Bowie

Opening act was Chic with Nile Rodgers.

Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Nile Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Tina Arena, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.

Its commercially successful disco songs include “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

Overall, it was a great time with my friend, Debbie and Duran Duran will always be one of my favorite bands.

Check out this picture that was on the Duran Duran Facebook page. Its a picture that Nick Rhodes took of the crowd.

Look at Simon’s left wrist. A guy with a blue shirt, follow that row to the left and back one row. I think that is me sitting there. I made it on a Duran Duran picture!!

What a great adventure to have with a friend that I’ve known since the 2nd grade!

What’s next?

 

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