THE BRAVO- ZULU AWARD
Radar here with an important announcement and award. I'm the newest "rescue" here at The Bumpass Hounds, so I have been given the honor of posting today and making a very special announcement. As you probably know, our BBBs (best blog buddies) Mogley and Bella are very involved with Golden Retriever rescue out in once again snowy Colorado. As a rescued Golden Retriever myself, I realize how important that rescue and fostering efforts are in helping dogs that would otherwise be homeless and/or in a shelter. We are all looking for the same thing people want, to be a loved family member in a forever home. We Bumpass Hounds have met many wonderful cats and dogs through Dogs With Blogs. We were introduced to DWB by our friend Spencer who is at The Rainbow Bridge. He helped rescue Golden Retrievers in Southern California. We do what we can here in Virginia and Mogley and Bella are helping out in the Rocky Mountain states. Well Spencer's mom (HM) "M" and dad (HD) "S" recently adopted another "rescue" whom they happened to be fostering, a Golden Retriever named Kona. Yep, another failed foster just like me.They have kept Spencer's blog site open as a tribute to him but they now have opened Dog By Nature and they are still rescuing and fostering Golden Retrievers, and doing whatever else they can to assist in the rescue effort for Goldens. Us Bumpasses were inspired by the efforts of Mogley and Bella, and Spencer and HM and HD. We created our own special award to recognize the above and beyond efforts of blogs like Mogley's (and Bella too) and Spencer's and now Dog By Nature. We have dedicated this award to the memory of our friend, Spencer (he could carry THREE, count'em - THREE - tennis balls in his mouth at once). Our dad is an old salt; that means he was in the Navy (like the Village People's song). In the Navy, when someone did something good that was out of the ordinary, something above and beyond the norm, they would often be recognized with a "BZ" message or flag hoist or letter of commendation. In the nautical phonetic alphabet, the letter "B" is pronounced "BRAVO" and the letter "Z" is pronounced "ZULU." Hence the "BZ" message is commonly referred to as a "BRAVO-ZULU" and it means "WELL DONE." There is a signal flag for each letter in the alphabet; the BRAVO flag is solid red with a triangular bite missing from the fly side; the ZULU flag is square with the base of four different colored triangles on each side (yellow, blue, red and black). We have only given this award out twice to date; first to Mogley and Bella, and then a second presentation to Spencer (posthumously) and Dog By Nature (HM & HD). This award is not for having a GReat blog; it is for participating in animal rescue and going "above and beyond" the norm to make a difference. It is not an award to be passed on to others or transferred to another friend. It is for retention and display by the award recipients only. There are no rules or requirements that go with it. Mogley and Bella have already met the requirements, and so have Spencer and HM and HD. It's nothing fancy and no money comes with it, but the recipients have already received their reward, and that reward is NOT a stuffy that squeals or a treat.
Well, we feel that it's now time to make what is only our third presentation of the BRAVO-ZULU AWARD IN MEMORY OF SPENCER. We know of a dog and mom team who have provided transportation both near and far from their home for homeless animals that have been given a second chance at life, if only they can make it to their new forever homes. That is what our latest recipient does; they get up at early hours before the sun is up, in good weather and bad, often on precious weekend days, to help get these fortunate animals closer to their new furever homes. If you follow their blog, and just about everyone seems to, you know how much these guys do to help out. So The Bumpass Hounds now award the BRAVO-ZULU AWARD IN MEMORY OF SPENCER to Khyra and her Mom. They're welcome to copy the award and put it on their blog page if they'd like. We're sorry that there's no endowment or mileage subsidy to go along with it. Let's have a big round of applause for Khyra and her Mom and lets all remember our best friend forever Spencer and smile; he'd like that as he watches down over us. Let's hear it for them all. Kyhra and Mom, stand up and take a bow - WELL DONE. Why not stop over at Khyra's Khorner Blog and leave a congratulatory comment of encouragement for all that they are doing for the homeless animals seeking new homes..
- Radar and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties
MONDAY MYSTERY GUEST:
These are the clues we gave y'all and the connection to this week's Monday Mystery Guest:
1.- The MG is from the Professor Marvel's old stomping ground.
Professor Marvel was a character in The Wizard of Oz movie during the parts that took place in Kansas. The MG lives in Kansas.
2.- Something about the MG makes you think the MG is in the Army, but the MG is not.
The MG's name has a connotation of the Army.
3.- The MG doesn't run on tracks, although you would think otherwise.
The MG's name is tied to an Army tracked vehicle.
4.- Park it: http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/stagelines.html
The site has a picture of an Overland Stage. The MG lives in Overland Park
5.- The MG must be an accomplished horticulturist, claiming to own an arboretum and botanical gardens.
The MG loves to go to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and claims to own them in his blog profile.
6.- The MG is having labor problems with his staff.
The MG foolishly recently fired his administrative assistant.
7.- We don't believe that the MG is a squirrel aficionado.
The MG has frequently expressed contempt for the bushy tailed beasts.
The Monday Mystery Guest from last week is none other than our little buddy TANK of Tank's Two Cents fame.
This week's mystery guest is, like all others, one of our followers listed at the top of our blog. This is the first clue to our MG's identity:
1. The MG is a "rescue" that was within minutes of "termination."
Life Lessons from Boru:
To err is human; to moo is bovine. Isn't that udderly ridiculous?