Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Hump Day - The Happy Veteran’s Day Edition: My Favorite Veteran

Happy Veteran’s Day! And most importantly, a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who is serving or has served.

My favorite veteran is my grandfather, a.k.a. Dad Dog. I know, I know. That one needs a little bit of explaining:

I’m the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and when I was born I had three sets of grandparents (my mom’s parents were divorced and both re-married), as well as a set of great-grandparents still living. Being the long-awaited first grandchild, I spent a lot of time with grandparents.

The decision was made to come up with different names for all four sets to avoid confusion, and to help me learn who was who. At the time my paternal grandfather was caring for some puppies, and once referred to himself as their Daddy Dog.

The name mostly stuck. It became Dog, then Dad Dog for me, Daddy Dog for my sister, and Daddy Duck for my cousin (he was caring for orphaned ducks when she was little). I know it sounds odd, but it works for our family. 

In addition to caring for a wide variety of animals over the years, Dad Dog also served in the Army and Air Force (once the two became separate) until his retirement. I grew up listening to his war stories.

Once again, Happy Veteran’s Day.


  1. Good tribute to Daddy Dog (or Dad Dog :) Glad you had so many grand parents to "spread the love" and get to know :) Cute story; my son's wife has a child by another relationship, they never married. She is a person of color, she had a baby with a Caucasian, like my son and I am. Her daughter naturally had 2 sets of grandmothers, a white one and a black one. The daughter used to say "I'm going to my black grandmother (or white grandmother); her way to distinguish between the two. Her mom (my DIL) had to correct her terminology, even though she technically was correct between the two colors :)


  2. Hi Danielle - yes so many of our grandparents and parents served in the War, and many continue to serve their countries. Lovely photos ... cheers Hilary

  3. The names with a story are always the best.

  4. There's always that discussion when the first grandchild is born. What will the grandparents be called? Great story.

  5. Great post, Danielle. We're very grateful for Dad Dog and all our vets, today and every day. Happy Veterans Day!


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