2011-05-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Our Swedish vallhund, Joshua, often got second looks when he was out for a walk. Not everyone had seen the breed. His short legs said he was a herder and his thick black, brown, gray and white coat prepared him for harsh weather. He had a heavy body the result of too many snacks and an alert, classic-shaped shepherd head.

Joshua, who would have been 15 years old in August, died recently lying on his favorite spot near the back door. If your feet were bare it was always the warmest spot on the linoleum.

Joshua was born Genesis Joshua/ Troika on August 29, 1996, in Sandusky, Ohio. His sire was Madre Liath Soliloquy and his dam, Maryster Bianca.

But to us, he was just loveable Josh. He did not have an easy early life. He was shipped from Ohio to Florida where he was later found to be suffering from malnutrition and parasites. His voice box was also removed but he communicated well with his little bark. He was rescued to Jamestown and we were fortunate enough to cross paths. He came to live with us on Dec. 14, 1999. His daughter, Ember, moved in with the Wilcox family.

He was the kindest animal I have ever met. I never heard him growl and although the sign on the gate said “Beware of Dog,” Josh would happily welcome everyone and anyone and give them kisses as they bent to pat him. The squirrels, birds and Josh all coexisted on the deck. During the past couple of years Josh and I were both losing our hearing. The old legs weren’t doing very good either. Eye contact communicated our shared handicaps and I would continue the conversation while sharing a slice of cheese.

On the morning he died, I returned home after running an errand and paused in the driveway. Usually I would see Joshua’s tail wagging through the wooden slats on the deck. But not that day. I felt an immense loss of ethereal energy and it became very quiet. This noblest of creatures who had given us 12 wonderful years had left the island. We miss him dearly. R.I.P. Joshua.

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OK, so who had the last duck in the first Great Duck Derby?

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If you hurry, you just might make it!

Today, May 12, is the deadline for Jamestown high school seniors to apply for two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded by the Jamestown Women’s Club.

These are one-time awards for expenses associated with a student’s first year at school.

Seniors who are planning to continue on with their education should apply.

Scholarship forms are available at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. When completed they should be sent to the Jamestown Women’s Club, P.O. Box 412, Jamestown, RI 02835. Questions? Call 423-0383.

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Kudos to the Seals!

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Poser: I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming out loud

I’m searching the missing part of my heart

Uuu, uuu, uuu, you catch me every time I fall

When I look into your eyes

I just know you tell me lies

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Hope Darigan wants to make it absolutely clear that she planned to take her family along on her round-the-world cruise on Mother’s Day.

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You can enjoy classic cars and motorcycles every Friday at 5:30 p.m. and contribute to the construction of Rhode Island’s Education at Sea School’s tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. The Jamestown Cruise and Bike Night is held in the PAC parking lot on Narragansett Avenue. There is a 50/50 raffle, food and donated giveaways as well as the great music of DJ Richard George. Sponsors are the PAC Pub, Hamel Graphics and Kettlebottom Outfitters.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a 207-foot three master under construction on the Newport waterfront where the work will be accessible for public viewing. The ship will go above and beyond standard regulations to accommodate students with physical disabilities.

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I liked the old Narragansett Avenue better.

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Sam Bari and Kath O’Neill have last week’s poser as “I’m Sorry” by Dub Albritton and Ronnie Self, recorded by Brenda Lee.

Kath also says that Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra had “You’re the Top” as a top 10 hit in 1934.

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Mary Frances Doss reports that an article in this column last week regarding carjacking was not researched and is false. She refers us to the Snopes Web site, which is the “definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.” The carjacking alert has been kicked from inbox to inbox since February 2004 and Snopes has been following the script outlined in the widely spread emailed caution, “but we have yet to see evidence of so much as one [incident].”

Our apologies to our readers for not checking it out before adding it to the column.

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The full moon next Tuesday is the Planting Moon, Milk Moon and Full Flower Moon.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtn walrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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