Dog Hallowe’en

This Saturday is Howl-O-Een at the STDOA Kettle Creek Dog Park. Party at the park from 2 to 4 pm. Treats, prizes and no charge to come. But donations for the pet food bank would be greatly
Dog Hallowe'en walkathon Leo 2010appreciated. To put you in the mood to find a costume for Fido, here are photos from the 2010 STDOA-ABCR fund-raising dog Hallowe’en walkathon, Paws in the Park.

Dog Hallowe’en Walkathon 2010 pics

Hallowe'en Charlie 2010Charlie and Leo got new outfits in honour of the event. They liked them. Well, Leo liked his. Charlie? You can judge for yourself.

It was a sunny, windy, bone-chilling day. Dogs had their hats and boas blow off. Still, they pranced and played and asked for treats. A nice day. And money raised for ABCR to keep rescuing dogs and for STDOA to keep the dog parks operating.

Dog Hallowe'en ABCR walkathon 2010

Halloween-Paws-in-the-Park-1 photo Jim Stewart

Hallowe'en walkathon 2010

Halloween-Paws-in-the-Park8 photo Jim Stewart

Hallowe'en walkathon 2010

halloween-paws-in-the-park-12 photo Jim Stewart

Hallowe'en walkathon 2010

Halloween-Paws-in-the-Park-2 photo Jim Stewart

dashing leo as dog of mysteryAfterwards, we went to show off the new  costumes at my mother’s nursing home. The dogs are always welcome visitors there. They sashayed around and greeted everyone. Then Leo sat posing, seeing himself as the dog of mystery perhaps.

Charlie asleep, Elvis has left the buildingCharlie decided it was time for Elvis to leave the building.

Corrie Street Oct. 25/15

Goin’ to the Chapel

chapel of love bistro with rita and sophieIt was the Bistro, not the Chapel of Love, but Sally was gonna get married. No guests, an officiant who had to get off to another wedding in a basketball court, and no sign of a groom. But Sally was undeterred. “Build it and they will come” was her mantra.

She had thought of that while going through her DVDs and finding Tim’s favourite, Field of Dreams. Yes, build it. They will come. So she Sally's wedding faye waitscarried on with the wedding plans. He will come, she assured all doubters.

And he did. Craig and Kevin went to see Tim at Anna’s flat. With Anna’s help they chivvied him into going to his own wedding, the one he had said was off.

Even Sally had given up hope. In they walked, the groom and his best Sally's wedding Tim walks inmen. A few guests, hurriedly gathered up from the pub by Sophie, joined the party.

Craig grabbed some flowers to use as boutonnieres. Tim held his in his hands like a bouquet and walked down the aisle to where Sally waited. Kevin and Craig fell in line behind him like bridesmaids.

Sally's wedding happensHe handed his single flower bouquet to Sally. And they were wed. I think it has to be one of the loveliest and funniest weddings I’ve ever seen on Coronation Street.

Burwells in US & Canada

Lt. Col. Mahlon Burwell (ON)
Lt. Col. Mahlon Burwell (ON)

There is a Burwell family in southwestern Ontario and one in Virginia. No one is sure if they’re related. I wonder if the link might be through Burwells in Connecticut.

The Ontario Burwells are United Empire Loyalists. Fighting for the losing side in the American Revolution, they fled New Jersey north to still-British Canada. The Virginia Burwells fought on the American side. In the War of 1812, the two again fought on opposite sides. In the American Civil War, the Virginia Burwells, plantation owners, fought on the Confederate side.

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Carter Burwell’s VA plantation, Carter’s Grove

An obituary of James Burwell of Fingal says he was grandson to John Burwell “who removed from James Town, Virginia, in the year 1721, a relative of the extensive family of Burwells in that county.” A relativeSpeculation has been that this John Burwell (1695-1763) was the son of Lewis Burwell Jr. and Martha Lear.

Burwell Family Tree chart D Stewart
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I suggest instead that John and Lewis Jr. were 3rd cousins twice removed, related through two cousins in England. One cousin, John’s great-great-grandfather, came to Connecticut. The other died in England but his widow and son Lewis (Sr.) moved to Virginia. Molly’s Burwell Family webpage has Samuel Burwell of Connecticut as John’s father. From this, I found what seems like a feasible line back to England and thus to the Virginia line.

Other Burwells

Lewis Burwell 'Chesty' PullerThe story of the Virginia Burwells is like Gone with the Wind with spin-offs. There are two Burwells I will write more about. They are on the bottom right side of my chart.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell Puller is a descendant of Lewis Burwell V. Nicknamed Chesty, he was the most-decorated Marine in US history. Wikipedia says he is a distant cousin of Gen. George S. Patton. I haven’t looked into that, but it sounds like they were spiritual kin if not actual. A quote mascot_of_the_Marine_Corps,_English_bulldog_Pfc._Chesty_XIV,-Arlington,_VA-wikicommonsattributed to Lt. Gen. Chesty is: “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him.  We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem”. The Marine Corps Bulldog mascot is named after him.

George “William” Kirkland is a descendant of Armistead Burwell, Lewis’ brother. First known as “Garland’s George,” he enlisted as “William Kirkland” in the Union Army during the Civil War. He died in Madam Elizabeth Keckley UNC Librariesthe Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri. He was born into slavery, son of Elizabeth Keckley. Armistead Burwell fathered, and owned, Elizabeth. He later gave her to his legitimate daughter Anne, who married Hugh Garland of North Carolina. Andrew Kirkland, friend of the Garlands, fathered Elizabeth’s son George. Elizabeth bought emancipation for herself and her son. She then set up a dressmaking business in Washington DC and became friends with Mary Todd Lincoln. She wrote a memoir entitled Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in The White House.

Comments, corrections and additional information are welcome.

Corrie Street Oct. 18/15

Live

live episode caddie-by-roversFrom the opening credits right through to the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado tooling down the cobbles, the live episode was fabulous. Quiet drama with Roy and Cathy balanced high drama with the younger Platts and Callum.

My only criticism? I’d have liked to have more time with each of the many events going on. Individual things, like Craig nervous about a first date that, sadly, didn’t happen. And big events, like two lavish parties.

live episode orient-express-cafeA birthday party for Roy at the café had a beautifully done Orient Express theme. And the clothes! Everyone looked absolutely fabulous. And a huge going-away party at the Rovers for Lloyd.

anna-two-glasses-champagneThe two parties merged. Gary decided to go teetotal so passed his drinks to Anna. Her two-handed drinking led to words with Sally and she blabbed what she’d overheard about Sally kissing Kevin. Tim stormed off.

Roy swerved both parties because he had spent the earlier part of the day with Cathy – in Blackpool. She didn’t know its significance. She talked about wanting to dance at the Ballroom. Just like Hayley. Cathy wanted him to go wading. Just like Hayley.

Alone in his flat, he displaced his distress with complaints to the roy-opens-cake-boxWeatherfield bus service. Carla confronted him, talked sense and sent him off with Rita’s rum babas to catch Cathy. The bus schedule was thrown off again, with a well-timed flat, so he and Cathy could sort out their feelings and histories. They started making a history for themselves, with rum cake and a kiss.

Main Event: Callum

kylie-with-wrenchOf course, the main event happened at the Platts’ house. Sarah thought she could outsmart Callum. She tried to record him saying something incriminating. I doubt that Sarah could outsmart a kitchen cabinet. A struggle ensued, Kylie beaned Callum with a wrench, he died.

hole-in-platt-floorPanic until David came home and thought of a plan. Take Callum in his own car and dump him in the canal. Could have worked, except Tony and Todd came up with another plan – steal Callum’s car and torch it. That left the Platts with a body, no car – but a big hole in the garage floor. That’s where Callum went.

CBC’s ad for the episode showed Callum chasing David and Kylie sally-in-bathrobedown the street. I thought, gee, thanks for saving me the trouble of watching! So they got me.

On Friday, there were two sights I would never have thought possible. Both came out of what happened earlier, in the live episode.

Sally crossed roy-in-salon-chairthe street in a bathrobe, and did not care who saw her. And Roy entered Audrey’s salon, and sat as a client in her stylist chair.

 

Corrie Street Oct. 11/15

Eva!

What a difference four years and some excellent acting and writing leanne-sees-eva-in-taximakes! Eva Price came home to Coronation Street Wednesday. I was delighted to see her.

She came back in exactly the same state as she had first arrived: devastated, dumped by “a lying stinking cheating man pig.” In 2011 I thought ‘my god, who is this and, please, when will she be gone?’ This time I was, ‘yes! she’s back!’

Arriving in a black taxi, lying-stinking-cheating-man-pigswearing and crying, she fumbled her way out, spilling her suitcase all over the street. Leanne, passing by, saw her and took her home. She listened as long as she could, but she had things to do – we’ll talk later. Same thing when Eva runs into Kylie – good to see you, gotta go, stuff’s happening.

What else is a returned rover going to do with all her mates busy? eva-impatient-at-barGo to the Rovers Return. She has more than a passing interest in the place and the staff, having worked behind the bar herself and her mother being the previous landlady and her deranged stepfather burning it down and almost killing her mother in the process. She has never met Sarah Louise before. And she doesn’t think much of her. The feeling is mutual.

To top off her perfectly brilliant day and life, the first person she glass-of-wine-over-toddknows who comes in is Todd. The instigator of her break-up with Jason. Todd is happy to see her. She offers him a drink. He’s delighted to accept. And then he finds out she means the drink to be on him – literally.

Oh, Eva, a lot of new people have turned up on the street since you’ve been gone.  None are as welcome as you!

Mi’kmaq Images

Mi'kmaq Images - Ruth Holmes Whitehead
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Ruth Holmes Whitehead’s new book Niniskamijinaqik, Ancestral Images: The Mi’kmaq in art and photography is beautiful. If you are interested in Mi’kmaq history, it is also essential.

It puts faces to names. That is what makes it so valuable to Mi’kmaq genealogy researchers. Even more, Ms. Whitehead’s descriptions set those people and places in a historical and cultural context.

It is a picture book: Mi’kmaq rock carvings and paintings, sketches and photographs from European contact to the 1980s. The photograph on the cover is of Molly Muise of Annapolis Royal NS. A tintype from the mid-19th century, the full image is described in the preface:

“Molly’s photograph may be the earliest surviving photographic Mi'kmaq images Molly Muiseportrait of any of the Mi’kmaq. (Her name was originally French ‘Mius,’ and is now spelled Meuse.) She is wearing a peaked cap with double-curve beadwork, a dark shirt, and a short jacket with darker cuffs, over which she apparently has draped a second short jacket with its sleeves pulled inside, as a short capelet. Her traditional dress with the large fold at the top is held up by suspenders with ornamental tabs. In her hands she may be clutching a white handkerchief.”

Mi’kmaq Images and Information

Descriptions of clothing styles, as in this picture, or surrounding landscape or structures or implements – anything that might contribute to knowledge of who and where people were, and how they lived. Documents that give further insights are quoted in whole or relevant part in the description or endnotes.

Dates of birth and death, family members, name variations, and historical references are given. She also gives conjectures about who someone may be, making the basis for her conjecture clear. If conflicting information is in records or recent research, that is mentioned.

Mi'kmaq Images Mr and Mrs Frank JoeDescriptions of two photographs of Frank Joe and wife and their home in Bay St. George show this preciseness and detail of information. Ms. Whitehead remarks on a sled and the type of cabin construction shown in the photo of their home. On the other photo (shown here), she discusses in detail the family history of Frank Joe and his wife Caroline.

When your eyes are tired from looking at family groups on your computer screen or deciphering old documents, you can take a break with this book. You may also find a new piece of your puzzle or a new avenue to search. Even if you don’t, you’ll see a beautiful record of the past.

 

Corrie Street Oct. 4/15

Messrs. Big

I like the baddie who came to make Callum pay up. I like his tony-denton-and-petehenchman too. And when Tony burst in the door, the triumvirate of tough guys was complete. Poor Callum has been screeching with terror a lot lately. Last week with Tony pounding him. This week with Mr. Big coming to collect what’s owed him one way or the other.

Poor Jason was caught hiding beside the closet, due to an ill-timed phone call from his ‘Mam’. The timing of his pay-back visit to Callum was tony-comes-through-dooroff as well. If he had waited just a bit, Denton and Pete might have taken care of Callum for him.

While Jason’s new bad-boy butchy look and attitude would be enough to give Callum the thumping he is owed, his injuries mean he is not at fighting strength. But Tony is, and Tony is going to save his son from himself or Callum.

jason-tony-callum-goonsSo the five of them end up in the living room of the friend’s flat where Callum is staying. We don’t know who the friend is but I like his place, particularly the painting of the cheetah. I had feared it would be damaged if there was a big fight. But the two senior men – Tony and Mr. Big – had a staredown and reached an understanding. Tony only wants to get his boy out of there and he is not going to make any trouble about Tony Callum Dentonwhatever Mr. Big needs to do with Callum.

Callum is squeezing David and Kylie for money so he can pay Mr. Big what he owes. So I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of Callum-the-heavy. I hope we see Mr. Big and Pete again. They do it so well.

If you liked the horse race game Roy found at Cathy’s as much as I did, here’s what eBay is offering:

Movin’ dogs: An underground railway

dog underground railway Sept 2008 photo D StewartWho can resist this little face! Small, friendly terrier mix desperately needs a home. House-trained, healthy 1 year old male.

That might have been the ad for Charlie placed by the pound near Lexington, Kentucky where he was in September 2008. Maybe he never was advertised. That pound, like many in the US, was overcrowded that summer. It was the height of the subprime mortgage collapse, house foreclosures, abandoned homes, abandoned pets. Charlie might have been one of those pets, or he may have come to the shelter by a different route and got lost in the crowd of dogs. Either way, no adopter and no shelter space meant he was scheduled for euthanasia. It didn’t happen. Charlie is “top dog” in my house, thanks to a reinvented underground railway.

Dog Underground Railway

Open Arms Pound Rescue is a rescue and transport group based in Ohio. They work with US pounds and US and Canadian animal rescue groups, Charlie at the dogpark 2010 photo John Blake moving dogs from pounds to shelters to foster and adoptive homes. Photos and descriptions of dogs on ‘death row’ are posted online by the pounds or Open Arms. Rescue groups and individuals arrange to have dogs brought to them and Open Arms organizes the transport.

Volunteers drive dogs from one town to another, where they meet new drivers and transfer the dogs to their vehicles for the next leg of the journey. Dogs are left in receiving shelters and homes along the way, and dogs are picked up. The relay continues north. When the dogs are safely across the border with their final American drivers, they are met by Canadian volunteers and are driven on to their receiving shelters or foster homes.

Lois, of All Breed Canine Rescue in St. Thomas ON, saw Charlie’s picture while checking for ‘last chance’ dogs scheduled to be put down. She earmarked him and other small dogs for the next transport. She didn’t have adoptive, or even foster, homes but she figured she’d be able to place these little dogs. For big dogs, it’s not so easy to find homes. They aren’t ‘pulled’ from pounds unless someone specifically asks for them.

We wanted a dog, but were still recovering from the deaths of two dogs and a cat. Fostering seemed like a good ‘grieving time’ option – have the company of a dog, but don’t get attached. Charlie was supposed to only stay overnight until his foster home could take him.

Little and Big

“Aaahh,” I thought when I saw him peeking out of the pickup he arrived in, “isn’t he just the cutest ever!” I’m not a small dog person, so I was somewhat immune to his charms. But within five minutes of seeing him, my husband said this dog’s not going anywhere. I made some calls and Charlie stayed with us as a foster.  His picture was posted on ABCR’s website and enquires started.

Charlie 2008 photo Dorothy StewartWe had to decide quickly. Jim was all for keeping him. And Charlie had quickly claimed a spot in my heart. But I still wanted “a real dog” you could take long walks with. Also, if Charlie got a good home, we could foster another, less adoptable, dog. Charlie was happy with us but, that early on in our relationship, he’d be happy with anybody who loved him and kept his belly full. I did a lot of soul-searching and, in the end, decided to be selfish. We adopted him.

A month later, in another Open Arms transport, I got my ‘big dog’. A Standard Poodle, Leo came out of five years as a stud dog in a puppy mill. He started with us as a foster, and there was a lot of interest as soon as his picture was posted.  Again a decision was needed and Leo made it:  frightened, needy and weird, he adopted us.

Adoption Geography

Two highly adoptable dogs – unadoptable in their home Leo-Oct-2008-photo-D-Stewartcommunities. How many cute dogs must there be in pounds for a dog like Charlie to be overlooked long enough that he’s going to be put down? How many purebred and ‘designer’ dogs must there be that rescue groups send Poodles and Labradoodles across the border? Supply and demand of dogs are often out of whack: too many dogs in one area, not enough in others. Too many dogs leads to abandonment and needless euthanasia, too few dogs leads to ‘backyard breeders’ and puppy mills finding ready buyers willing to pay exorbitant prices  for pups. Groups like Open Arms Pound Rescue try to even out the supply and demand problems by sending dogs unwanted in one area to places where there are homes for them.

The internet has made dog rehoming much easier. If you want a particular type of dog, you can just search through petfinder.com or breed rescue groups and find ways of getting together with a dog no matter where he or she is. Breeders of purebred dogs have been doing it for years, sending pups across the country or further to new homes. Now rescue groups are doing it for stray and abandoned animals too. And we’ve got two of them, my Dixie Dogs I call them.

Charlie 2009 photo Dorothy StewartBy the way, I found out little dogs can walk just as far and just as fast as big dogs. Charlie goes like a little steam engine and, the few times he gets too tired to walk, I can carry him home.

It’s seven years since the dogs came to live with us, and five years since I posted this on my St. Thomas Dog Blog (Jul. 15/10)