Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meet Bailey a real Sea Dog of the USCG

It is no secret, I really like dogs.  Let me rephrase for accuracy.  A dog obsession.

(Bailey indulges me by posing for the cameraNotice his little lawn box)

Recently, I received permission to board a USCG cutter (another fun work day) and saw a little box with artificial grass on the deck.  I commented it was the smallest putting green I had ever seen.   

No, Ma'am that's for our dog.  
Dog? You mean as in USCG mascot? I exclaimed.  
Affirmative Ma'am.
The crew must have of thought I had few screws loose by my level of excitement. Well, maybe I do but, the U.S. Coast  Guard doesn't really need to know that small detail do they?  Good let's keep that between us.

 USCG mascots hold a special place in my heart.
The most famous I've written about (and everyone else has too) was
Sinbad may have been taken aboard as a mascot but, ended up
with a service record as true as any "Coastie" he served with 
from manning battle stations to standing watch on the bridge.

During his career he caused international disturbances
and was demoted in rank a few times.
Sinbad still managed to earn five theatre ribbons for his time at sea.

Sinbad served eleven years on the "Campbell" before retiring to lifeboat station duty

Bailey was found resting below and commanded on deck.
When I asked if he aspired to "Sinbad's" career
he responded with a big yawn.

I guess, that is a "No".

Wrinkling his nose at hearing "sit and stay"

Bailey was such a gentlemen he escorted us up
the gang plank and saw us off.


Lady Grey said...

Awwwww, he's SO cute! He looks like such a good dog too : )

rjerdee said...

What an adorable dog!!! A Coast Guard dog, who knew?! I'm going to tell my Coast Guard friend, Jim, about your blog. He's no blogger but I know he'd enjoy reading yours.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Charming! Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

Shellbelle said...

I love Bailey's big ears! One of life's greatest pleasures is running on the beach with a dog. My Sheldon passed away last month after sharing his life with me for twelve years. I called him a shore dog, he loved playing in the waves and the sand, but didn't like swimming. Thanks for sharing the stories of both of these "coasties," they had me grinning ear-to-ear!

sealaura said...

OMG!! I am in love, I am a huge animal lover as well and I would have had the same reaction you did. What a sweet dog and I love his attitude, I love the pic with him wrinkling his nose. I had no idea about Sinbad and the life of a sea dog, thanks for sharing.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Bailey seems so content..., loving the sea air!!?

Burlap Luxe said...

Oooooh!! My Rita!
I think he looks soooo! cute taking command of his port!

I do have to tell you dear my daughter found him cute as well but the name!! was hard for her to swallow :) I will tell you why...My daughter Hannnah's middle name is BAILEY! so now you see why she is in awwww! with the name of the other Bailey :)
see you soon girl!
Dore and Hannah "BAILEY" Callaway

Simple Daisy said...

I love dogs!!!! He is such a cute doggie:)
What a lucky dog to live by the sea and to have a job as a mascot!!!

La Dolfina said...

That is the cutest story and dog ever, although Sinbad is a pretty tough act to follow!! Love this post and the history of Sinbad! You always have the most interesting things to write about :)
Missing you my friend and want to wish you and DB a very wonderful 4th of July! I'm off to have a garage sale with my Mom this am and then decorate my bike for the hometown parade... what are you doing for the 4th?
xxoo always :)

Simple Home said...

What a sweet post about that cute sea dog.
Have a wonderful 4th of July.

S and O said...

aaawwwwhhh what adorable pictures! I love the dogs little swirly tail, so cute!
Hahhahaha he got caught yawning in that picture :)
Happy Holiday weekend! I hope you have a lovely 4'th of July!


VS said...

What a GREAT post...your Dad's gift is priceless. A real American Hero, you have sooooo much to be proud of!
Happy 4th & I want to kiss that cute pooch.

Heaven's Walk said...

Bailey looks like a "Puggle". Is he? My god-daughter has one named Emma and she looks just like Bailey!

Great post for the holiday weekend, Rita!

xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

annechovie said...

Very cute, Rita! Hope you have an outstanding 4th! xx

Anne Lorys said...

I loves me a good dog post! :-)

Have a very safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Cashon&Co said...

okay, have i been living under a rock? i had no idea these ship dogs existed! that is the cutest thing i have ever seen! loved this. happy 4th to you and yours!

Jennifer said...

I think you live in my area, where was this cutter? I love dogs as well, love all animals, and am always happy to see them everywhere, and especially in places you don't expect them.

If you like stories about service dogs, here is a great site...

page down a few stories for the story of "Stubby" a pitbull terrier who was a real war hero!

iheartsunnydays said...

Oh he's so cute!! I had no idea the CoastGuard still had dogs :)

Lindsay said...

This lil guy is the cutest! Also, the Lesley Evers dress is lined in cotton. I should have snapped a pic because it's trimmed in adorable yellow ric rac. Such a nice little touch! xx said...

What a lucky little doggy he is!

preppy little dress AKA "PLD" said...

Adorable! I want one!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Everyone, everywhere, should have a dog.
Life is unimaginable without them.

Marie said...

Wow! Bailey fits right in with the coast guards! He is the perfect mascot for sure.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog and cute dog!
Regards and kisses from Croatia.
Zondra Art

Burlap Luxe said...

I received the frame pieces you sent me! :) Oooooh, Ooooooh, oh, oh! I can not tell you how beautiful they are in there state. I am sure I will take a little from there beauty, and add a lttle euro chic beauty to them.

Rita Girl... You are even more beautiful then the gifted frames pieces. You are SOMEONE to LOVE!!

I sooooo! need to do something for you!
you are a true passionate angel.

Privet and Holly said...

I absolutely LOVE this post!
The pictures are marvelous, as is the story,
as told in your words....
What a cutie Bailey is!!!
And Sinbad....WHAT a dog.
Can you tell that I love them, too???
Thanks for your sweet comments on little
Kate! I've got puppy fever!
xx Suzanne

Beach House Living said...

Yes, I am a supporter of US War Dogs and have been for a number of years. Ron was kind enough to help me adopt a handler in Iraq and her k-9 a number of years back. I had been working on writing a book about war dogs and have thousands of pages in research.

La Dolfina said...

Hi Rita,
All I can say is... You must be really busy!!!!!!
I miss you :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Bailey REALLY is a sweet looking dog. So confident. And your comment above is impressive!!!

I've missed it here, all the fresh beach feel. Love it!!!! Going to peruse now...

Unknown said...

What a cutie-patootie!! :) My good friend is also dog obsessed. After 5 inside doggies I threatened to commit her. Is there such a thing as a dog lady? (You know, instead of a crazy cat lady?) LOL

Ticking and Toile said...

oh he is such a handsome pup!! He looks so regal! what fun!


{oc cottage} said...

How cute!!!!

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the old boathouse said...

Wow what a great post! I love this story and admit I know nothing about this tradition but as as a crazed dog lover too I think this is fantastic, would love to know more about how the mascots started etc...Bailey is just wonderful, cheers katherine

Anonymous said...

A sweet post. And a great tribute to sinbad.
Thanks for sharing this fun visit.

Burlap Luxe said...

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So many bloggers would wonder about the blog title of brocante, I thought I would put it in simple terms so all could have an idea about the word and let the word in itself add passion to the art of brocante :)

So my girl you are beach house living brocante style...Those wonderful flea-market style gems :)

You are a French are a gem!!!

Loppe said...

Your blog is paradise !!
I put your blog right on my list, - I simply have to read at bit every dag..

LOVE your pictures ( and since I love Lighthouses, dogs and everything nautical.. well I just love your stuff ) What a treat

Big hug from Denmark

The Four Tides said...

Love that piglet tail! xo

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