Saturday, September 29, 2007

Photo Hunters: Original

PSHunt

Original

This was the original resting place of Canada's Unknown Soldier. He was an unidentified Canadian soldier from the First World War, originally buried at this Commonwealth Grave Site near Canada's National Vimy Memorial, in France. As Wikipedia says:
"The body of the soldier was formerly buried near the memorial at Vimy Ridge, Pas-de-Calais, France, the site of the first major battle where Canadian troops fought as a combined force. More specifically, the soldier was at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez, in Plot 8, Row E, Grave 7, only a couple of kilometres from the Vimy Memorial."

Former grave site of Canada's Unknown Soldier
Former grave site of Canada's Unknown Soldier(Click to view a larger image)

From the Veteran's Affairs Canada web site:
"In May 2000, the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in the First World War were repatriated from France and, with great ceremony, were buried in a special tomb in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created to honour the more than 116,000 Canadians who sacrificed their lives in the cause of peace and freedom. Furthermore, the Unknown Soldier represents all Canadians, whether they be navy, army, air force or merchant marine, who died or may die for their country in all conflicts - past, present, and future."
My humans took these photos during their trip to France in August. As a serving officer in the Canadian Forces, my dad made a point of visiting many of the former battle sites and memorials from the First World War in Northern France, and of course, Canada's National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge.

Update on me: Both yesterday morning and this morning, I was fine when using the litterbox, but last night, my bum was bloody again. My humans successfully gave me my pill, but then I threw it up, so it didn't do much good. We are waiting to hear back from the vet on the test results.

Thank you all for your suggestions. My humans haven't been able to source Pill Pockets in Germany, and ordering from North America is expensive, and things have to go through Customs, so you end up paying a lot and it takes a long time. I do get teeth-cleaning treats daily - both Feline Greenies and some German teeth-cleaning treats, but they don't seem to do much. (Feline Greenies are safe, btw. My vet sells them in her office for cats with dental problems.)

I eat very high quality foods. My wet food consists of 75% meat or fish, 24% cooking water and 1% rice. My dry food is grain-free. Both are 100% organic, and made of hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats and ocean- or wild lake-caught fish. Bad teeth are just something that Sphynx are prone to, so I guess I'll have to live with it. My humans have been searching and searching for a German site that sells cat toothpaste, or the water additive that can help with teeth. My mom finally found a site that sells cat toothpaste, toothbrushes, and gel last night, so she ordered some. She still hasn't found a place offering the water additive.

Thanks for all your thoughts, purrs and prayers. They mean a lot to me and my humans.

99 comments

-E said...

I think this is a great take on "original" and I hope you feel better soon. It makes me sad when furry snuggles are sick.

Happy Photo Hunt.

-E said...

Strange, my comment left you with a weird URL. Sorry about that.

Kimo & Sabi said...

That's furry nice - a beeyooteeful maple leaf.

Amazing Gracie said...

Blessings to all the brave Canadians that have died preserving liberty.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'm sorry Dragonheart has a problem. Not to worry you, but I read something about Greenies causing problems with dogs. I took notice because we give our pooches Greenies on occasion.
Hope the kitty is okay!!!

Lux said...

That's an excellent interpretation of the "original" theme ...

Dragonheart, I do hope everything's okay and I'm sending lots of healing purrs your way ...

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Dearest brother Dragonheart....it would seem that we are both in sick bay for a bit. Mommy wants to give me my 12 hour pill before she goes to bed now....but I am sleeping so soundly she doesn't want to wake me....what to do, what to do?
The lacey maple leaf is so very beautiful...God Bless all who fight for freedom everywhere.
We are watching Ken Burns documentary on 'THE WAR' right now and it is riviting us all sober!
Love peach

Trinity said...

Dear friend Dragonheart, hope everything will be fine soon... my prayer is with you...

Trinity

Bonggamom said...

Very poignant photos....

Get well soon, we hate these nasty bugs!

Zsolt said...

this is a very nice post!

Me and my crazy mind

shiera said...

what an inspiring entry...

hope you'll get well soon.

Che-Cheh said...

Nice takes on the theme...Original :)

michico 小芥 said...

I hope you could be recover soon. I think it won't be very big problem just a little problem with digestive system~! I think it will be fine soon~!!!

Maybe you just too worry about your Miss Peach sister so your body also feel uncomfortable. I hope you 2 could getting better as soon as possible, We will give both of you lots of purrs and faith.

Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,
Purrrrs, Purrrrs, Purrrrs,

Love,
Adan

jams o donnell said...

Great post Dragonheart. So many Canadians gave their life in both world wars. It is fitting there is a memorial to an unknown soldier. It is good to see the man's original resting place.

I hope your teeth can be sorted. Happy weekend

Gattina said...

Very original !

Gattina said...

Oh poor DH I just read that you are sick ! Unfortunately I don't know what pill pockets are, is it a medication ? What does your vet say, can't it be hemoroides ? That happens sometimes with cats. In the UK they have a lot of cat medications, maybe you could look there and there you don't have to pay customs because it's part of the EU.

Patti said...

I hope you feel better soon, and I hope the pilling isn't too traumatic for your Mom.

Daisy said...

That is a very beautiful tribute post you made, and I like your interpretation of the theme.

Dragonheart, I hope you are feeling better soon. If you can't find Pill Pockets, you can try wrapping the pill up in a piece of soft cheese. That's what Pixie uses every day. She does not actually eat the cheesey pill ball, but it holds the pills together and keeps them from tasting bad when my Mommie pushes then down her throat.

Eric and Flynn said...

That's a lovely original tribute post Dragonheart. Hope you are feeling better today.

The Furry Fighter said...

oh my darling dragonheart i am sorry to hear you are having problems. which food do you eat? it sounds like the stuff my mum was about to try me on before I got put on the exclusion diet...is it called Almo Nature or Nature's Menu? Those are bery high quality foods too. Please kep your vet informed of you situation and seek adviuce immediately for anything that isn't 'right' no matter how trivial it may seem.

my mum's mum's cusin (phew!) was a serving occifer in the RAF - he got shot down over Libya in the second world war - his remains were never found, but the family have a litle memorial for him in the local churchyard.

Connie said...

Great take on today's theme. As always it is fun to come visit you some day.

Take care,
Connie

Maggy & Zoey said...

Be well Dragonheart... and special thanks to your Mom for this touching post today...

The Furry Fighter said...

thanks for the confirmation about Almo Nature! My mum has only just discoevered it and once I am off my new diet she is going to switch me onto it...she doesn't know so much about it though cos it is not at all well known here in London...it is a complete food? please feel free to mail us via da blog about your experiences with it! fanks!

Melli said...

Very unique "original".

Dragonheart... I'm sorry you are having troubles... I hope you feel better soon! I really sympathise with your dental problems ... I have bad teeth too! No... my teeth are fine - my gums are bad! I hope your mom finds that water additive for you.

Stine said...

Very good post, original indeed. Hope you get better!

Carver said...

That's a very beautiful post and photographs for the original theme.

I hope you will feel better soon Dragonheart.

Parker said...

How beautiful! That is a lovely tribute!

Team Tabby said...

Your post is thoughtful and original. Dragonheart, we hope you feel better soon, your beans are going a wonderful job taking care of you.

Moe & Mindy

Sue said...

Beautiful choices for this week. Makes me proud to be Canadian! Hope you feel better soonly!

Caesar and Princess said...

Dragonheart, we want you to get better. We are sending you purrrs and healing vibes. We hope the tummy troubles will be just nothing more than a change in diet or routine. Really we just want you to get better!

Our mommie has read many books about WW2 and the brave actions of the Canada and US soldiers that helped all countries to be free again.

WW1 she does not know too much about... she needs to study up
This is a beautiful memorial for this brave unknown soldier.


purrrrs
Caesar and Prinnie

Barbara said...

I do hope you start feeling better Dragonheart

Monty Q. Kat said...

Oh, I'm sorry your bum is still causin' you issues. I hope you're feeling better already. I'm gonna go see how Miss Peach is doin'.

Chen & Ollie said...

Dragonheat, we have pill pockets left over from when our big brother was sick. Want us to send them to you? It didn't take long for you to get your package last time so maybe it would be quick?
Very interesting Photo Hunters, too!
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Linda said...

What a great photo! A very nice idea for the original theme this week.

I sure hope you're feeling better soon and that everything works out for you!

Mickey said...

Those are very nice pics.Every Remembrance Day at the Canadian War Museum ,in the Memorial Hall, the sun falls on the Headstone of the Unknown Soldier at 11:00AM
http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/memorialhall_e.html

I will continue to send purrs and positive thoughts that you feel better and get better!

A. said...

A great post. We often pass the Canadian cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, as well as several others. I always find them moving to see, no matter how often I am there.

Thanks for visiting earlier (and I hope Dragonheart is soon better)

Love Bears All Things said...

This was a very good choice for the theme.
Your page takes a long time to load.
Mama Bear

Dorid said...

Thanks for the wonderful and informative post. I'm learning so much these days!

Dragonheart, I do hope you are feeling better soon. I know how your humans must worry.

Sabine said...

A very interesting post for 'original'. Have a happy weekend - oh, and Simba is sending some bloghugs over!

irel said...

this is a great one paying tribute to someone who did great to your countrymen:)

Mia and Ghost said...

Dragonheart - we hope you are feeling better soon. Purrs to you & your family

JC said...

Great photo... God bless all your, and our, troops. Healing purrs...

PastorMac's Ann said...

Great picks for The Hunt!

Sorry that you're feeling under the weather Dragonheart. Hope the medicine does the trick. Purrs.

Thanks for stopping by.

Caroline said...

Great original photo. And a wonderful tribute.

**"Liza"** said...

That a really good idea for the take this weeks..simply original..

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Superb idea for original, and a good way to tell new things to people.

dianeskie said...

Nice take on the theme! Very original!

ipanema said...

that's a great info, dragonheart and beautiful photos!

sorry to read that haven't been well.

TeacherJulie said...

The photos of the memorial, so peaceful and calm. Thanks for sharing these.

Be well and hope everything is going to be fine with you soon. Have a great weekend :)

Heather said...

This is a beautiful take on "original" great photos and a wonderful story to go with them.

Sarge Charlie said...

What a wonderful idea for this theme, you are a patriot Dragonheart, now if we could just get humans to be the same

pat said...

Great choice for this week.

Happy Weekend.

.:mar said...

Beautiful (and informative) take on the theme, great "original"!
Hope you are well soon, Dragonheart!!

Moe said...

Great choice for the theme. Wonderful photo and great information. Bless all of the soldiers.

tegdirb92 said...

very original--get better soon!

PowersTwinB said...

Very nicely done for this weeks theme! Lovely photo your mommy took in France! I hope you get to feeling better sweet kitty! Thanks for visiting my photo hunt this weekend! I really look forward to your comments!

Cheysuli said...

I am glad you are feeling better at least somewhat Dragonheart. We will continue to think good thoughts for you!

captain lifecruiser said...

Oh, this was a very good choice for the original! How interesting.

I do hope you get better, that does not sound any fun.

*get well pats*

YTSL said...

A very meaningful take on "original". Well done! And Dragonheart, hope you'll feel better soon!

Talk..to..Grams said...

I am so sorry you feel sick today!Our kitty cat is under the weather too!! But much better this morning!! She is eating and drinking again!
Your entry for original was great!! Freedom doesn't come easy!
Thanks for the visit!

Cindy said...

hope you are feeling much better. Good take on the theme, too.

Chairman Mao said...

Awwww, Dragonheart, that's a really great postie, and we Ballicai are sorry to hear you're feelin' kinda yucky -- please know we're purrin' and purrin' and purrin' and purrin' fur you to feel better soon! We all love you, handsum feller!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao.

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Big hugs to you, dear Dragonheart -- I'm purring for you, and I hope you feel better very soon!

And what a wonderful post. *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

jmb said...

Very nice idea for the theme Dragonheart.
Sorry to hear you have been ill. Get well soon

lissa said...

Sad but at least he got a proper burial.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

everydayhealy said...

Hope "all of them" rest in peace! And, I think you really take very good food. Lucky you to be well taken care. :)

I don't get to eat organic food when I was young or even now....
:)

Liz said...

Lovely photos, Dragonheart. We owe a lot to men like that.

Sorry to hear you've been purrly: get well soon!

gwapasila said...

nice post and happy PH



mine is up at My Two Cents Worth and
The Four Seasons Of My Life I hope You can visit me too. TC

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

What an original idea Dragonheart. I enjoyed reading the information with it. I hope you will be feeling much better soon!

Tiger Lily said...

That's a beautiful tribute to the ones who give their lives so we can be free and safe.

I hope you're better soon!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh you poor guy! Is it a bloody butt or blood in yoor poops. Intestinal irritation gives Speedy kinda runny poops wif blood in dem...lots of stuff irritates his tummy. We'll purr and purray dat dis passes quickly.

Nap Warden said...

What a wonderful tribute. This was a great entry for the theme.

Expat Traveler said...

Oh yes - definitely a cool original post and definitely a lot of history..

thanks for stopping by.

Rosie & Cheeto said...

oh d'heart, we are purring BIG time fur yoo to be ok. Weve evum asked owr lady to put yoo in hur prayers! Give yer beans lots of cudduls cause were shure thay are just as wurried as yoo are!

Gotta go...we have purring to do...

Lori V. said...

Oh, I do hope you are feeling better soon... I also encourage your mommy to look everywhere she can for the Pill Pockets... they are a lifesaver for us (my Gilda is on prednisone & Pepcid right now, 'cause she's having tummy problems, too)!

I like your take on this week's theme... very thoughtful.

Mine's up...come visit! :-)

Imma (Alice) at I Was Born2Cree8 said...

Dragonheart, this is a wonderful post on "original". I didn't get one up today due to too many other things to do. I am sorry to hear you are having health challenges and hope you will soon be doing well again. I know I've read about something that helps keep teeth clean, but I just can't think of it right now. If I remember it later I'll come back and let you know. Congratulations on your little brother. That is so very exciting. I look forward to future updates on your health and your brother.

Meanwhile, I tagged you with a simple little meme called My Desktop. Come to my blog to find out about it so you can play along.

claudie said...

Great pic for the theme! And a big thanks to all these young canadian men who lost their life in France for the peace. We have a hard work to do : the memory! Never forget!

Nita said...

It's original indeed! Mine is up too. Hope you can visit me. Have a great week.

Victor Tabbycat said...

That's a great choice for "original" we FINALLY got ours up. It's Caturday, but the beans went out insteada stayin home wif us.
PS WE LOVE YOU!

Samantha & Tigger said...

That is a great 'original' photo of the Memorials. Thanks for telling us about it. We are so sorry you are still having trouble. We will purr and purray until you get better.
Your FL furiends,

Henry Helton said...

That is really a very original photo hunters. I'm sure that no one else will do one like it.

I'm sorry that you have bad teeths. That must be a real pain.

Andrée said...

Your family posted a lovely post, Dragonheart. It is memorable and important. I had no idea you were sick. It must have happened quickly; and I have to read your other posts because I am worried. Please get better soon. Love and the good care your humans give you will cure all.

TT said...

Mommy bean couldn'ts get the pill down my's throats either so she got sneakys and crushed and put it in some stinky goodness. I's couldnt's tell it was there.

I hopes you feel betters soon.

Thank yous for my wishes.

Jake and Bathsheba said...

Dragonheart, please add us to the list of kitties sending healing purrs your way. We hope that whatever is ailing you clears up soon!

~J&B

P.S. Sorry we haven't visited much lately. Blame it on our secretary.

Monica said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are having poop problems Dragonheart. Phoebe and I will send our purrs right over to you. I hope you can keep your next pills down so you can get better.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are purring for you, our dear furiend, Dragonheart. We want you to be all better!!
Mom puts Sara's hyper-T pill in some stinky food, but it is a small pill.

We like your original post, too.

Take care and know we are thinking of you.

~ Anna Sue and The Bunch

Skeeter And LC said...

Impressive PhotoHunter photo, Dragonheart! We dint do nearly so good. Go look...

Skeeter and LC

Paulie said...

Wonderful original bit of history. . . beautiful marker too!

Thanks for visiting mine.

Miz said...

Smudgie had a touch of this many years ago. Colitis was the diagnosis and antibiotics and kyopectate was the cure.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Dragonheart. I'm sorry to hear about your condition and I hope that you'll get well soon. I will pray for your quick recovery.

Thanks for sharing this interesting post about Canada's Unknown Soldier.

Chris said...

Wonderful picture and story, Dragonheart. We should all keep these brave people in our hearts and minds. Thanks for your visit and kind comment. Hope you'll soon be feline better!

CRIZ LAI said...

Hey Dragonheart.. Get well soon. By the way, a great effort in coming out with such a detailed entry. Nice work.

Katney said...

What a very smart, original, and patriotic cat you are!

Siani said...

Oh darling Dragonheart! I hope you feel better soon, and that all your test results are good.

Great choice of pics for this week's theme - and thanks for the interesting history lesson. Get well soon!

Teena said...

As a Canadian, I love your take on this week's theme!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Susan said...

Great photo! Thanks for stopping by mine yesterday. I am sorry I am late getting around.

:-) Susan

Angela said...

Wonderful post for original this week. I hope that you are feeling better.

Have a great day!

Drop by and see mine.

Jodi said...

Great photo! I hope you are feeling better!!

etteY said...

great take! thanks for visiting mine :D

farmingfriends said...

What an interesting and inspiring post. sara from farmingfriends