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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Today, the 25th of April, is ANZACS Day, the day we honor our friends, the fighting men from Australia and New Zealand. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, at Gallipoli. (ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.) We at the Ao4 hope you'll visit the links provided to learn more about these brave men and ANZACS Day. (Remember ... anything in light blue is a hyperlink to take you to more info!)

We also have provided this touching video, in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the ANZACS - from the Boer War in 1899 to present .

Today, we will say a prayer of thanks for these brave friends and allies, will send our mom a mind-meld message to bake some ANZACS Biscuits (not that we'd get any, but you never know what she'll drop!), and (on a lighter note) post this picture of one of our best friends from Australia, Charlie the Big Dog - who left home recently to join the Army. Of 4. Now 5. Ha roooo!

We thank God each day for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces - and for our allies as well. To our readers in Australia and New Zealand - we will never forget your friendship.

The Army of Four


  1. My Jeannie is having a few of those teary things......what a lovely post.

    We have Poppy Day here in November, the Eleventh Month.

    Jeannie says she respects your kind and loving thoughts about the heroic men who fought such brave battles.

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them."

    Jeannie says to tell your Mama, this Lawrence Binyon poem was read at her Papa's funeral in June 2005. A Poem he had the greatest respect for.

    A Salute to the ANZACS!

    ooooh and on a lighter note, can I join in with Charlie the Big Dog and be a member of your pack, pleeeeeeese! I am packing and leaving Scotland right now!

    love and licks and see you soon!

    Marvin xxxxxx

  2. God bless them all! That is the saddest video ever.

    Futility of war but necessary I guess to keep us in the peace.

    So Sad.

    Jeannie x

    My keyboard is now very very damp.

  3. What a nice post. My mom would not let click on the links as anything military related makes her bawl like a baby (I think it is because Dad is in the army you know). She promised we would come back later though when she can cry in peace and we could check them out.

  4. The least your mom could do is make you some ANZACS biscuits--really, what else does she have to do that is more important?

    Like Marvin, we, too, would love to be a part of your pack--maybe Amber and Hamish could consider some kind of nuptial that would result in Siberian Collies or little Border Huskeys...


    p.s. not really, of course, I bet that Amber, like Hamish, has no puppy stuff left inside. But, I can still dream of what lovely red neices and nephews I would have.

  5. Oh it's army of 5 now. :)

    ~ fufu

  6. Hey A04
    Thank you for putting this tribute up for the ANZACs.
    Even though I have never lived in Australia, it is my home oneday because that's where my hoomans Caz and Eve (who spent a good part of her life there) are from.

    This is a very sad but nice song.

    your friend,

  7. well, my kilt is packed, my sporran is polished off ready for wearing to your house.

    I'm booked on the next flight......so I hope I can join the Army of Five now!

    Och Aye The Noo!

    Braveheart Hound Marvin xxxxxxx
    Coming Home to Kansas!

  8. Hi,
    You guys are always thinking of others around the world. That's very kind of you.
    Dave, we listened to your singing from yesterday's post and we also did the head turning from side to side trying to work out where that beautiful sound was coming from. Can all four of you sing like that?
    We don't make much more than a wining sound when we want dinner or to go somewhere but you were great.
    Jazz and Dixie

  9. What a wonderful and moving post. Mom was transfixed by the video. She, too, has the greatest respect for men and women in uniform and the utmost gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom has never come without a cost. All of us would do well to remember this.

    Roxie, Sammy & Andy

  10. Marvin: We honor the 11 of November here with Veterans Day! Very similar to your Poppy Day.
    The poem you sent is really touching; thank roo for sharing it with us.
    We would be honored to have you join our numbers. I'm working on a plan now. Stay tuned!
    Freedom isn't free -
    Tail wags,

  11. Peanut: There were a few Kleenex used here after the posting of that video.

    Pippin: She opted to make Empanadas instead. I don't see the connection myself, but I was RIGHT THERE to help make sure the cheddar was OK. A Sibe's work is never done.
    We are HONORED that you want to join forces with us. Stay tuned for my implementation plan.
    Amber and Hamish puppies would be unimaginably cute! Of course, with both of them being fixed, that's not in the cards - but could you imagine those two together, running around?!!? What a gorgeous sight they would be!

    Fu Fu: It IS! And it shall be more soon!

    Hi Fei! It is a sad video, but we don't ever want to forget what others have sacrificed for our freedoms! Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Jazz & Dixie: You two are so very sweet! We truly value our friends around the world!
    Dave is glad you like the song he and Zim were singing. Mom has been trying to get us four singing together, but we usually stop as soon as she turns the camera on. Maybe the next time we have a tornado siren test - we sometimes sing with that!

    Roxie, Andy and Sammy: Thank you for your thoughtful comment! You pups really have a way with words! And you're so right - as I just said to Marvin, "freedom isn't free!"

    Tail wags to all of you,