2008 Top Ten Dogs from AKC


red stripe

The story of Nipper

mutt mix of Bull Terrier and Fox Terrier, Nipper was raised by Mark Barraud. Nipping on the backs of peoples' legs, the way many puppies do, is how this dog earned his name. When Nipper's owner died in 1887, the dog was taken to Liverpool, England to live with Mark's younger brother, Francis, a struggling painter.

At his new home, Nipper discovered the cylinder phonograph with which Francis liked to record and play back speech. Francis noticed how Nipper would sit, head cocked, and appear quite puzzled wondering where the sounds were coming from.

This scene must have been committed to memory for it wasn't until three years after Nipper's death in September of 1895, that Francis Barraud decided to paint the classic image of Nipper next to the phonograph.

In 1898, Francis completed the painting and called it 'Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph.' Later on he renamed the piece 'His Masters' Voice.'

After several unsuccessful attempts to publish this painting at places such as the Royal Academy and printed magazines, he then went to the next place on his list, The Edison Bell Company. This was the largest manufacturer of the cylinder phonograph that Nipper loved to listen to. Again, Francis Barraud was turned down with the recurring statement, "Dogs don't listen to phonographs". There were even false rumors that the original painting was Nipper sitting on the coffin of his dead master, listening to a recording of his voice.

Francis was determined not to give up. In 1889, with the advice to change the color of the horn from black to gold, Francis asked a newly-formed gramophone company to borrow a brass horn to use as his model.

Right after the painting was modified, the manager of The Strand Magazine, Barry Owen, asked Francis consider re-painting the work for use by a new phonograph company, The Gramophone Company of London, in their sales campaign.

Francis Barraud agreed, sold the piece to Barry Owen and in January 1900, Nipper made his first public appearance on sales literature. Later that year he appeared on some promotional items.

Also that year Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone, bought the rights to have the copyright for his product in America. In 1910 the painting and title His Master's Voice (HMV) was finally trademarked.

This image of Nipper and the gramophone eventually became the official trademark of RCA Records.
The original image of Nipper

In 1916 Nipper became a part of American Architectural history when four 15-foot tall stained glass circular windows featuring a likeness of Nipper were installed into the RCA building in Camden, New Jersey.

For the rest of his life, Francis Barraud spent his time painting 24 replicas of his original as commissioned by The Gramophone Company. Barraud died in 1924, leaving other artists producing the replicated pieces until the end of the decade.

Although both the dog and master were gone, Nipper and Francis' work would live on forever.

'His Master's Voice' trademark is still instantly recognized today and is in the top 10 of 'Famous Brands of the 20th Century'. Nipper is a constant reminder of inquisitiveness and innocence.

Nowadays you can find all sorts of Nipper memorabilia such as ceramic statues of Nipper and his gramophone, cast iron banks and record player holders, salt and pepper shakers, mugs and postcards. There are even price guides for all of the Nipper and RCA memorabilia out there.

Without a doubt Nipper has not only become the famous symbol of RCA, but also an enduring symbol to the world, of the beginnings of sound recording and music.

Not bad for a mutt!


red stripe said:
In 1916 Nipper became a part of American Architectural history when four 15-foot tall stained glass circular windows featuring a likeness of Nipper were installed into the RCA building in Camden, New Jersey.
I grew up 7 miles southeast of Camden and there was also a large statue on the roof of the building.

The Cruiser

Photo's of my German Shepards. I had to take digital photo's of the original photo's

Kelly back in 1976.
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Greta early 1980's
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Heidi mid 1980's Greta's step-sister
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Elike 1990's
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red stripe

There are a lot of beautiful dogs here... thanks to all who have added to it.

and thanks TC for starting this.

The Cruiser

I first saw this on the news last night. Then I looked up the info on the AKC web site. There all good photo's of our furbabies.


Hooked - I think Pucci is a shemale. :dizzy

Here is a more respectable photo of Pucci, taken today after he was groomed. I'm really enjoying all the pics that have been shared.



Darn, I meant to upload some pics of a few of my babies who are over playing at Rainbow Bridge. I do have one here that I can share of April and Pepper. April is the Pom and Pepper the Schnauzer.

Lots of good looking pups!


red stripe

Great pictures everyone.
Mary Ann, you keep shim (she/him) in the puppy cut I see.. (or that is what it used to be called)
I kept "Candy".. aka "Misty Dawn of Hollycourt Kennels" in the Lion show cut for many years, but I think that somewhere around the age of 10, I also started putting her in the puppy cut, it is the prettiest cut for a poodle.

I notice something else.. NO eye stains.. it looks like yours is blessed as Candy was, her eyes never weeped like so many poodles do.


Red, your #4 is a handsome guy! Too bad he's moved on before he met his natural girlfriend, my #4! She's 11...or as they say at the hockey games, "Number 4 on the sweater, but number one in your hearts..."


reggae said:
DS took this picture of Charlie a while back....

Woofers, Charlie.

Dude, how can you let them put human clothes on you? =huh I mean, I can understand it happening to Pucci, after all he's a puddle; but we're Shepherds! We have standards!!!!

- Cody


"Dude, how can you let them put human clothes on you? I mean, I can understand it happening to Pucci, after all he's a puddle; but we're Shepherds! We have standards!!!!

- Cody"

Hey....no human clothes....Just a leetle Sombrero....Hugs from Charlie ;)

red stripe

Randy, the Golden was a very handsome guy...and such a sweet nature.. He is much missed around here. when the snow fell the other day, I thought of how much he would have liked to have played in it.

They all do have a way of getting into your hearts.


=yeah You have the right Red....I've said it time and time again, it isn't "fair" that "Man's (or woman's) Best Friend just doesn't have enough time on this earth with us.

So, here is the rest of "Our Gang"

Our First baby "Buffy" a Welsh Terrier/Fox Terrier mix We adopted her from a MSgt who was going over seas and couldn't take her when we were first married. She was only 9 months old when we got her and she was with us till she was 14.

"Sushi" (Akita mix) who we had when we lived in Okinawa Japan

Our lab Ebony as a "baby"

This is a picture of our lab Ebony at 13 years with Pepper, April (with a full coat) and my parent's cocker Honey....they were hoping that Leatherneck would give them some cheese and crackers

And a pic of Buck as a baby


red stripe

This thread is dying the way all threads do.. but before it goes, I thought I would share this with you.
And denise.. I think it answers the question of why our beloved pets do not live as long as us.

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.



As they say Red....out of the mouths of babes...that was just beautiful.....thanks for that reminder to us all.