Sunday 29 May 2011

New crew member

Hello everyone.
Well, its about time I introduced you all to a new member of the crew on board Rosie. Meet "Abbie" who is now my permanent companion to help crew the boat. Abbie is a retired lady aged a whole twelve years. She is very fit and active and like me also loves nothing better that a soft comfortable lap to sleep on.

Abbie -n- Poppy

Abbie joined us on a recent cruise to see if she would settle on the boat OK. She stayed for three weeks over Easter. She proved to be a good sailor in that she never fell overboard. She tended to prefer sitting on the side in the boat cockpit watching the world go by whilst keeping company with whoever was at the tiller. 
I true to form went over the side on our return back to the marina. So I have maintained my record of at least one dunking per trip!
Abbie also has the endearing habit of inviting herself onto any boat moored nearby to carryout a full inspection. So far her list includes Narrow boat, Dutch barge and GRP Cruiser. I think she is working down a tick list of boat types. If nothing else, an inquisitive and slightly over friendly Wire Haired Fox Terrier soon helps you to make a few new acquaintances on other boats moored nearby.
I love the picture taken on the back steps of the boat, as it looks like I am stood next to a mirror.
Yip Yap.
Poppy xx

Sunday 15 May 2011

Celebrity Dogs (7)

Hi.... Everyone.

We have been away on the boat for three weeks but now we are back. Latest news is that Abbie has now permanently joined the boat crew. She is proving to be a good buddy when dealing with that pesky cat Jasper.  So more news on our latest trip with the boat is to follow soon.

Today's celebrity dog is Jet or "Jet of Lada". Jet was a stunning black Alsatian, who assisted in the rescue of 150 people trapped under blitzed buildings. He was a pedigree dog born in Liverpool, and served with the Civil Defence Services of London. He was awarded both the Dickin Medal and the RSPCA's Medallion of Valor for his rescue efforts.

He was loaned to be trained at the War Dogs School in Gloucester from the age of nine months, where he was trained in anti-sabotage work. Following eighteen months work on airfields performing anti-sabotage duties he was returned to the school for further training in search and rescue duties where he was partnered with Corporal Wardle. They were relocated to London where Jet was known for calling out every night until the end of the air attacks. Corporal Wardle and Jet were the first handler and dog to be used in an official capacity in Civil Defence rescue duties.

He was awarded the Dickin Medal on January 12 1945 for saving the lives of over fifty people trapped in bombed buildings.The dedication read "For being responsible for the rescue of persons trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the Civil Defence Services of London." Following the war, he was returned to his owner in Liverpool.

Mrs Babcock Cleaver with Jet of Iada wearing his Dickin Medal.

On 15 August 1947, an explosion occurred in the William Pit near Whitehaven, Cumbria. Dogs trained in body recovery work were unavailable, so two dogs were sent from the RAF Police Dog School at Staverton, and Jet was collected from his owner on the journey north.

After his efforts he was awarded the RSPCA's Medallion of Valor. There is a memorial to Jet in the English flower garden of Calderstones Park, Liverpool near where he is buried.

So today we salute Jet of Lada's memory.

Yip Yap.

Poppy XX