Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sepia Saturday - Hunting Mutts

Sepia Saturday: Theme - Dogs.




   This is my Smith family at their homestead in Hiawatha, Schoolcraft County in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The photo was given to me by one of AJ's other great grandchildren.  I love this picture!
   I'm guessing the dogs in the picture are sitting by their own owners.  Quite a mixture of mutts for hunting dogs! (If that's what they did indeed use them for.) The first on the left looks like a terrier mix belonging to Ray Allen Smith, a great great uncle. The next pup is at the feet of my great grandfather, A.J. Smith. The last one is sitting between the legs of my great-great grandfather, Adoniram Judson Smith (Aka, A.J.) who was Sheriff of Schoolcraft County about the time this picture was taken.
   All the pups look pretty relaxed for their photo shoot, except maybe Adoniram Judson's dog. It sort of looks like he's trapping him to make him stay in place. lol.      





The next is just a bonus picture of my Dad when he was a boy. I actually think this is the dog that has a pretty tragic boyhood story attached to it, and I believe it was his first dog. 
Don't you think he's raging coolness in his highwaters and skinny turtleneck? :P
      

17 comments:

  1. Yes, that first picture does seem to illustrate one solution to the age-old problem - how to keep your doig still whilst a photograph is taken. Welcome to Sepia Saturday Dani (I have got rid of that first false link on the SS Blog)

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  2. Obviously very well-trained dogs who know how to sit at their masters’ feet. Two great photos.

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  3. I like the idea of a variety of dogs for hunting. They probably all have different strengths. Your Dad is indeed the picture of coolness.

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  4. Nice set of hats too. Your dad looks cool indeed, although his pants are a bit short...

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  5. Hats, guns, and dogs - a good photo.

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  6. Oh yes, my husband and his brothers always wear ties when they go hunting too. Kidding. These guys must have been gentlemen hunters.

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  7. I love the hunting photo. I wonder what they are hunting.

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  8. Hunting/gun dogs know they must behave but it does look as his knees are gripping the dog.

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  9. Great family picture! And a boy with his puppy is always priceless.
    regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

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  10. Hi Dani, what a priceless photo that top one is, but I enjoyed the one of your Dad just as much. Your blog is great, and I am your newest follower.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.
    Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Kathy. And thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. That top photo is a classic. Just wonderful! I love the serious faces of those well-dressed hunters.

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  12. This is the Dad....I am now 6'4".That is why I had the high-waters.
    I was out growing my duds.That cute little dog was Buffy.A few years after that picture was taken,I was out with her during a snow storm throwing a ball.After one long toss she decided to go around the snow drift and into the road.I saw the car coming,but could doing nothing.The car rode right over her back.I ran and grabbed her and brought her inside.She lived in my arms for an hour before dieing. To this day I can hardly think about that night.
    Oh! 3 years after that accident I was bit buy a German Shepherd in the leg. 90 stitches.And what does my sweet daughter Dani do????? Buys a German Shepherd!

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    1. Yeah.... you weren't 6'4" when you were 7 years old. You're trying to cover up your nerd-erific tendencies.... :)

      I thought that was the story about the dog, but I didn't want to get any of it wrong.

      And you left out the part about the German Shepherd where you chronically teased it. Uncle Emeric busted you out. Remember? And you love Aida. I have pictures of you petting her to prove it.

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