Thursday, 20 December 2007

A Great Honour

What ho. Well, we had a wonderful evening yesterday. Earlier this week ma had a telephone call from Tracey who runs the training class where oscar used to go to say that it was their Christmas party and awards night on Wednesday (last night) and that all the trainers had agreed that they all wanted ma and Oscar to win "Best dog and handler". Ma was astounded. There are lots of very good dogs that are still attending the class, but Tracey said they were all unanimous that Oscar showed more promise than they'd seen in a long time. Ma was so thrilled. She was obvously upset that oscar wasn't here to receive his award himself, but so proud of what they had achieved together.

Tracey invited all of us along to the party to have some fun and collect Oscar's well deserved award.

Before the award giving, we joined in some of the games. Here ma and Cassidy are playing "pass the parcel". Well, Cassidy was actually trying to get the other dogs to play bitey face. Bear in mind that this is the gorwn up class, not the puppy class. Was she scared of all the big dogs? Not in the slightest! She's one firecracker of a girl I tell you!

Here she is trying to get Jasper to play. He was actually quite accommodating, and he doesn't usually like puppies apparently! Her and ma won the game! We haven't unwrapped the gift yet, but it feels like a toy.

I then had a go at musical chairs.

I think by now some people must have been wondering who these two Airedales were that had turned up and were winning all the games! Some class members knew Ma and Oscar, but quite a few didn't. I won some tasty treats, yum. They are rather delicious, and ma says they may be too rich for Cassidy so I get to eat them all myself. Topper!

We sat out the next game as it was a recall game and, erm, that isn't exactly one of our strong points!

Cassidy was already getting tired! A suppose a party when you're 14 weeks old, all the excitement can take it out of you. Young ones today, no stamina!

Then it was time for ma to receive her and Oscar's award. Lorraine and Tracey told everyone about Oscar and what a star he was, and ma went up to collect the award along with the photo of Oscar. Ma was worried people who still attend would be a bit miffed that ma and Oscar won, but quite the reverse. They were all really pleased for us which was smashing.

We kept watch while the humans had their drinks and food, but none for poor old us. I mean, isn't it a bit silly to serve chocolate yule log at a party for doggies?

As you can see, we wore bandannas in honour of dear Oscar. I hope he would have approved.

After the party, pa took some more photos of ma with Tracey. We can keep the cup for a year, and we also received a glass trophy engraved with ma and Oscar's names to keep forever.

And one where we got in on the action, har har.

When we got home, ma took some photos of the trophies. Her camera hasn't been able to pick up the engraving all that well.

Here's the award which we can keep. We will treasure it.

And here is the cup which we can keep for a year. We will find somewhere to display these with pride so we can look at them every day.

We are all so very happy that Oscar received this award, and it has made Christmas without him a little easier for ma and pa to bear I think. Well done Oscar, we love you!

Toodle pip,

Harry x


Faya said...

J'ai toujours su que mon Oscar chéri était le meilleur. Quel honneur. Nous sommes tous très fiers de lui.
Bisous (plein de beurre de cacahuète....) à tous, Faya

Peanut said...

How very nice for you guys and your parents.

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Katy - I am so pleased and proud for you! What a wonderful honour.

I have been thinking of you, as I know from experience that the first Christmas can be very hard.

Take care sweet girl, you are honouring Oscar so much by caring for Harry and Cassidy.

We have sent you an e-card today, I hope you get it ok. I have got very behind in blogging what with Christmas, family stuff and Marvin being at the Vets etc.

Take care and have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and a much better 2008!

Love and much light, Jeannie in Scotland plus of course, licks from Marvin xxxxxx

Jake of Florida said...

Katy, Martin. Harry, Cassidy,

What a wonderful tribute to Oscar. It must have been a bittersweet moment, but something to treasure and an acknowledgement of what a special boy he was!!

And now you have the joy of Harry and Cassidy: Harry as one of the three "Happiness of Harrys," and Cassidy, busy creating her own sweet being.

Holiday love to you all,

Jake and Just Harry (thanks to the egret cam) and Joan.

Jake of Florida said...

Katy, Martin. Harry, Cassidy,

What a wonderful tribute to Oscar. It must have been a bittersweet moment, but something to treasure and an acknowledgement of what a special boy he was!!

And now you have the joy of Harry and Cassidy: Harry as one of the three "Happiness of Harrys," and Cassidy, busy creating her own sweet being.

Holiday love to you all,

Jake and Just Harry (thanks to the egret cam) and Joan.

Lenny said...

You guys must be so proud. Thanks for your cute holiday card!

Your friend, Lenny

Habca & Miriam said...

That's a great achievement and a niceway to treasure your memory for a very special dog. We hope your first christmas with the new pack will be very exciting and sweet for all of you. A star is looking down and smiling at the fun you will have...

Gus and Louie said...

Congrads on to you and your Mom on that awesome award.. Mom is threatening to send us to obedience training!! She thinks that Louie and I might flunk out since we are so hyper most of the time..

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a great honor and a great tribute and a wonderful memory! You must be so proud!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Randi said...

Hi Harry~!

What a wonderful honor for your mum & Oscar! I dont' think there is a more deserving duo than the two of them! I know Oscar is looking down & knows how special he was to EVERYONE!

Give your mum & dad a big hug from us!

Love & Licks,

4xBs said...

that is very great for Oscar to win those prizes. he was an amazing student. we're also glad that you, Harry & Cassidy could attend the festivities and receive those in Oscar's honor. he would be pleased.


Asta said...

Oh HarryI'm so happy fow youw Mum she must be pwoud of hew Oscaw..see he is still a winnew and must be buwsting with pwide in heaven, smiling down on his Mum and Dad and bruvvew and sissy..the love cawwies on and so does Oscar's legacy in the love they have fow the two of you.
I know you and Cassidy will help youw pawents have a vew happy Chwissmuss
smoochie kisses

Tadpole said...

What a precious moment for your ma! The perfect way to remember and commemorate Oscar and all the ways he touched those he encountered. What an honor! :-)

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Harry,
I am so proud of dear Oscar. His memory certainly lives on and on in our hearts.
PS : It looks like a really FUN pawty!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Harry
We all know Oscar was a great student! Those awards sure are well deserved! Your mom must be very proud!
And you two won the chairs game!
Have a good night

Snowball said...

I am so proud of Oscar. He is indeed a very smart boys. I used to enjoy seeing him getting awards. I miss Oscar so much. He was so full of life all the time.

Oscar, you gonna show off this award to all your pals over there. I am sure they will be happy for you too.


Girl Girl Hamster said...

That sure is a very special award to Oscar, I'm sure he'll be very happy to know that he got it.
THe pawty looks fun for you and Cassidy.

~ Girl girl

Bogart said...

That's really lovely - I'm sure that Oscar is smiling :)


Joe Stains said...

We can't think of any dog more deserving than Oscar! You guys did a great job with that happy guy and you both deserve the award! Looks like the party was FUN FUN FUN!! Except that chocolate log part, yuck.

Gus said...

We second all those nice things everyone has said and honor your Mom in particular for her part in the award. With such a fine handler, you guys will be the winners this time next year.


Arabella said...

You guys had a wonderful night. I'm sure Oscar was happy to see you guys there as your mom received their award.

Amber-Mae said...

Wow, congratulations! What a great award & the cup is very nice! You & Oscar really deserve it. If only he was here to accept the award with you. The Musical Chairs game looks like sooo much fun but I'd be tired too after a looong day of playing games.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Lacy said...

woofies Cassidy and Harry!!! watt a pawsome way to honor Oscar's life...congrats on the awarwd...lookies likes u all had funs...heehee dat little cassidy iz a fire-cracker...yeaaa and u 2 won ur games...

b safe,

Molly and Taffy said...

What a lovely surprise for you all to receive an award. A much deserved award for your Ma and Oscar.

Harry you certainly enjoyed yourself at the party we were watching your tail wagging like mad in the video. It looked great fun.

Molly and Taffy

Noah the Airedale said...

We are so happy that Oscar received this award. He really did deserve it. Oscar was a much loved dog and still is.

Cassidy and Harry, sounds like you had a terrific time at the party and you both look great in your daledanas. Oscar would definitely approve.

Hugs to you all
Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Johann The Dog said...

Oh I know Oscar is smiling down on all of you and very proud of his award! It's absolutely beautiful and well deserved.

Woofs, Johann

Clover said...

Congratulations to your Mom and Oscar for the award - that is so great!
It looks like you had so much fun at the party!
Happy holidays, friends!
Love Clover xo

Patience-please said...


the whippet waggle

Ruby Bleu said...

OMD THAT IS an honour...Oscar must be looking down and be so excitered!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Sir Chance-Lot said...

I just wanted you to know that I stop by all the time..;O))..just little time to leave comments.
"There is faint music in the night,
And pale wings fanned by silver flight
A frosty hill with tender glow
Of countless stars that shine on snow."
I wish you peaceful reflections during this frozen time!
Much Love Always
Sir Chancelot
~Go with Peace~

Lesley Rigby said...

I am so thrilled for you and Oscar to have won this award. It is going to be very hard over Christmas to cope with memories of your little treasure and I am sure this will help a lot. He won't be far away - you can bet he will be enjoying the fun with you! Big hugs.xxxxxxxxx

Huskee Boy said...

I am so thrilled that Oscar's got his Christmas present early this year.. it shows that no one has forgotten about him! I may be biased but I think he and your ma totally deserves the award!! Well done Oscar.. we love you!

Boo said...

good sports gene must be running in your family! lol winning might be a gene too!

from the video, can see that you and ma are having a good time. too bad no food for the doggies! why the human always do that to us dogs?

wet wet licks


Anonymous said...

That is an absolutely wonderful thing your club did and what a great tribute to Oscar as well - another cherised memory for your family.


Amber said...

Oh Congrats!! The awards are very nice. Oscar will be so happy and proud :) the pawty looks really fun! Glad you all enjoyed!

Amber :)

ilovepearly said...

Oscar be smiling at you!

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Katy and gang! That is so sweet. What a lovely gesture from the trainers. I have no doubt that Oscar was absolutely the top of his class, and I bet Cassidy will be too.

Thanks for your kind words about Sophie. She's already doing better.

Merry Christmas!

Sherry & Sophie Brador

Katherine and Pippa, said...

What a great post, and a lovely memory of Oscar.

Pippa, Kate & Adrian

Roy & Gwen's Mom said...

Hello, Harry and Cassidy. It's wonderful to meet some English dogs. Thank you for the Christmas card!

Roy & Gwen

2shibas said...

That is such an honor - and what a wonderful tribute not only to Oscar, but to you, Katy. Oscar blessed your life but you blessed his, too. All dogs have the potential to be great, but it takes a special human owner to bring out the best in them. And you obviously did that for your precious Oscar.

Hats off to you both.

Frannie (Wiley & Fievel's mom)

T-man said...

Congratulations to Mom and Oscar!! He was a very talented boy! That was so thoughtful of his school to honor him like that.

Stanley said...

Harry Boy!

Extra goober smooches for your mama! She has been such a trooper, and so full of love. Our Oscar Boy sure was a great pup, and I'm so pleased to see his old class and trainers honor him & your mama like that.

This Christmas, we are so thankful for you, Harry, and for Cassidy, and the way you keep that love legacy going with your ma & pa.

Goober love & pride,

Pacco de Mongrel said...

congratulation to ma n oscar for winning d best handler n dog award..

cassidy girl, is now ur turn to show ur talent....

Smudge said...

What a lovely tribute to Oscar. Here's wishing you all a merry christmas xxx

Caz said...

What a great end to the year for your family. No one has forgotten oscar and months after him leaving he his still winning awards. No one could have been more happy than the other people in the class they knew how much oscar meant.
Great that Harry and Cassidy could join in the fun you look fantastic in your bandanor.
Harry keep cassidy in his place. Keep up with the hand stripping.
We hope you have a lovely Christmas time.

Caz and Ludo

Anonymous said...

Wow! Way to go Oscar. How awesome that everyone wanted Katy and Oscar to win the award. Very Special!!! Harry and Cassidy, sure looks like you two had a fun time!!!


Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

Hey what a nice tribute to your Oscar. it's good your mom and dad have you and Cassidy to keep his legacy.

Happy holidays
Pippin and pack

Chelsea said...


Chelsea the supermodel

The Airechicks said...

Hey Guys:

What a wonderful way for the this bittersweet year to end for your wonderful family....

Oscar will be touching lifes for a long while...

Harry - Cassidy - Ma - Pa We wish you a very HAPPY first Christmas together...

Harry & Cassidy please give the girls and Leo really big AIREKISSES for both of us.....

Putter said...

OMG! Harry and Cassidy and Ma and Pa ... We are so very happiest ever about Oscar and Ma winning these prizes and that you all gotted to go to the pawty and all! It kind of makes ME and Mom want to cry a little ... Merriest Chrismas to all of you!


Putter ...:)

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Hey Harry & Cassidy

That is so sweet of them. Oscar was really a special pup and all of us loves him.

Boy n Baby

fee said...

that was so lovely of oscar's old classmates! and oscar's award is beautiful!

and merry christmas, dear harry & cassidy! may the day be filled with love, peace and much feasting for you and your family!


Seadra & Zoe said...

What a wonderful honor and well deserved!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Lesley Rigby said...

Dearest Harry,

Have a GREAT Christmas and make sure the rest of your family also have a wonderful Christmas. I know everything will be in your capable hands this year!
Please tell your Ma it is fantastic to hear of her and Oscar's award. It must make her VERY proud and I am sure they deserved it 100%.
Ma and Pa are going to be very sad this Xmas and so you and Cassidy must make them smile lots and lots. I know you can do it. So much Love to All of You. xxxxxxxxxxxx

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

Dear Harry and Cassidy,

That is a beautiful award for Sweet Oscar and your Mom. I'm sure he's very proud of his accomplishment. I am so glad your Mom and Dad have you guys to keep them busy and to lookout for them. Doggies make a house a home. We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and sweet prayers for angel Oscar.


Luna-tic, John, & Joan

Agatha and Archie said...

How wonderfull! Oscar must be beaming down!!!!! We wish you all a joyous holiday! Love A+A

Mojo said...

How great that they have honoured Oscar in this way. And all credit to you for having such great handling skills too - that is really something to be proud of. Both Harry and Cassidy are lucky pups indeed to be in such a wonderful environment.

Hope you all have a marvellous Christmas.

hairy hugs from Mojo and non-hairy hugs from Mojo's mum

Butchy & Snickers said...

Awwwwwh, we think that it so wonderful that Oscar & Mama were given the award. You both certainly deserved it. Glad you had such a great time at the get together.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Rachael said...

What a wonderful honor for you and Sweet Oscar. I have a feeling young Cassidy will be following in Oscars pawprints.

Koobuss said...

Congratulations to Oscar and Katy on the wonderful award they won. How nice!

The games look like fun.

They didn't have any food for the dogs? Wow!!

Love and Koobuss Kisses,