I’m going to talk about something today that many people, myself included, find offensive. Have you ever seen a tick? They are about the ugliest thing I can think of. The reason I brought up the subject is because I got one today. It’s the second one I’ve had this season. I got one on me last summer that must have stuck to me for a long time because he got big and fat.
I’d like to get back on to lighter topics. It takes a lot out of a dog to come up with words to say about buddies that have passed away. Today I’d like to talk about a couple of famous dogs, Astro and Scooby Doo. The reason I am going to discuss both of them is because the same guy did their cartoon voices. That links them together forever in doggie lore!
The man’s name was Don Messick who was a veteran voice actor. He did Astro for the cartoon show The Jetsons back in 1962-63. Then he did Scooby in the cartoon Scooby Doo, Where Are You from 1969-75. I had never put it together that it was the same guy.
When you think about it though, they do talk quite a bit alike. Don also did Bamm Bamm from the Flintstones and Dr. Quest from the cartoon adventure Jonny Quest.
This isn’t the best time to be an old dog. I have two more family friends who I didn’t get to meet personally but felt like I knew well. Sadly, both were recently put to sleep just a few days apart from each other. I’d like to share a few thoughts about both of them. Jackson was Heidi’s dog in California. Annie lived in Florida with Grandma and Grandpa.
Scott was a big bulldog who lived here in our apartment complex. He had to be put to sleep recently and we lost a good friend. Whenever you saw Matt you thought of Scott and vice versa. Scott had fortunately lived a long, happy life.
I must confess I tormented Scott. He was a good sport and in his mind he wanted to chase me and give me a run for the money. But Scott was stuck in the body of a big, lumbering bulldog and it didn’t help that he was getting up in years. Still, he was game for action right up until the end. I didn’t really know he was in poor health. I may have gone a bit easier on him if I’d known (but probably not!)