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Happiness Meme (Day 1)

April 8th, 2009 (08:53 pm)

where i am: with Dempsey
how i am: cheerful
accompanied by: Lost's opening scene

The ever-so-lovely katriel1987 tagged me for the "Happiness Meme" and, even though I'm still feeling cold and flu-ey, I decided that looking on the bright side of things might well be what the doctor ordered.

Here are the rules:

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this every day for eight days.
3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Alas, since so many have already participated, I'm going to be a rule-breaker and not tag anyone but, if you haven't tried this meme, do give it a go *g*

Day #1 - Happy endings make me happy

SYDNEY (AFP) - A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said. Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, fell overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November. The dog was believed to have drowned and Griffith said the family was devastated.

But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away, and began the sort of life popularised by the TV reality show "Survivor." She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog that had been living off feral goats on the largely uninhabited island, in the faint hope it might be their long-lost pet. When the Griffiths met the rangers' boat bringing the dog to the mainland they found that it was indeed Sophie Tucker on board.

"We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us," Griffith told the national AAP news agency. "She wriggled around like a mad thing."

Griffith said that when the dog was first spotted on the island she had been in poor condition. "And then all of a sudden she started to look good and it was when the rangers had found baby goat carcasses so she'd started eating baby goats," she said.

Sophie Tucker, a member of the Australian cattle dog breed, had been quick to readjust to the comforts of home, complete with airconditioning, Griffiths said. "She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she's done, she's swum over five nautical miles, she's managed to live off the land all on her own," Griffiths said. "We wish she could talk, we truly do."

A photo of Sophie Tucker

This story would warm my heart under any circumstance but the fact that Sophie reminds me so much of Cody, the first dog I ever got for *me* once I became an adult, well, that's just doubly sweet :) Here's my favorite photo of my boy who crossed over the rainbow bridge at the age of 12 in 2002.

My Dakota Blue


Posted by: phetch (phetch)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)

I read that story about Sophie Tucker as well. Amazing! Sweet picture of your Cody.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Terriers - Cho

Cody was a sweetheart. I keep thinking that someday... when I'm down to no more Russells, I'll get another Cattle Dog. Maybe a female though, so I don't make too many comparisons to Cody.

I'm at work now but don't think I'll put in a full day. I just can't shake this deep cough. Hopefully this 3-day weekend will help me rest up and get over it. Have a happy holiday yourself :)

Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)

Isn't that a wonderful story? In one of the reports it said that the rangers noticed a feral dog looking poorly and not doing well but then when they saw her again, she was fit and well fed. It was then they started noticing baby goat carcasses. I think that is pretty cool (maybe not for the baby goats!) but the resiliency of this girl. She was a pet but she figured it out on her own and made it. Impressive.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: April 9th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Terriers - Kismet Grin

I feel so weirdly proud of Sophie *g* ... that her instincts kicked in and she was able to look after herself. I'm so happy she was reunited with her family though :)

Every time I see a Cattle Dog, I miss my Cody. 10 years from now, when I'm down to no more Russells, I may find myself with another Cattle Dog. Though, maybe a female this time so I don't make too many comparisons to Cody ;)

Have a safe and happy holiday!