Linda Seccaspina

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Linda Seccaspina

Linda Seccaspina
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Formerly called The Maiden of Death by Derek Raymaker Xpress Magazine
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Linda's column can now be read in The Humm newspaper and online. Also pick up an issue of Screamin Mamas magazine from Florida for a peak at some of my writing.>> My idol is former mentor and OPRAH senior associate producer Elizabeth Coady. Taskmaster extraordinaire but learned so much from her, and if I could be 1/8 as talented as her I 'd be laughing.>>>>> My books "Menopausal Woman From the Corn" "Cowansville High Misremembered" "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities" and "Cancer Calls Collect" now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle >>>>>>>All covers also done by Diana Ani Stokely GRAFIX to go.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Cowansville High School Misremembered" book is now out as a fundraiser for the school._______________________ ___________________ Follow her on Twitter @@Mcpheeeeee. Linda Seccaspina was born in Cowansville Quebec about the same time the wheel was invented. _____________________________________ She used to own clothing stores in Ottawa and Toronto Ontario Canada from 1974-1996 called Flash Cadilac, Savannah Devilles, Nightmares and Flaming Groovies. _____________________________________ Her brain tries to writes stories about her menopausal life and a host of other things she gets annoyed at. _____________________________________ She has two sons, Schuyleur and one that does not want his name mentioned. She has a grandson called Romeo who is a Boston Terrier and a grandaughter Bella who is a french bulldog. _____________________________________ Linda loves people quite plain and simple and loves to hug.. Yes, she is one of "those".


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MARCH 31, 2011 10:45AM

Horses with No Names- Nothing but a Big Old "Yeller" Dog

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This is the fourteenth in a series about the strangers that I meet in my life.




When I was 6 years old my mother brought me to a very old theatre in Montreal to see the Disney film “Old Yeller”. I remember wearing a red wool coat, itchy matching leggings and half way through the movie I peed my pants. The size of the screen and the overpowering volume had scared the droplets right out of me. Because fabric in those days was not made with permanent dye I had scarlet legs for days.



My mother and I cried forever at the end of that movie. She had a delicate whimper with flowing tears while I in turn was screaming my head off. We did not go to an in house movie again for a long time, opting instead for drive ins on the Vermont border.

Tuesday as I was taking the subway to the city this wonderful yellow dog entered the car and his mistress simply said,

“Momma sit!”

Looking at me dead straight in the eyes accompanied by endless tail wagging was the most wonderful yellow dog I had ever seen. The dog had piercing black eyes that had nothing but love in them. We both stared at each other for awhile and I knew I just had to get this dog’s story. I got up and moved next to them and asked owner Shayna if I could do a blog on her dog. She shrugged her shoulders and began to tell me about the life of this big old yeller dog.




The dog’s nickname was “Momma” but her real name was Rossi, named after Carlos Rossi. When Googling the name I have yet to figure out if the dog was named after Carlos Rossi the purveyor of wine or the Venezuelan politician. My money is on the wine.

Rossi was born on the 4th of July from a litter of 11. This dog is so loved by Shayna that I briefly caught a glimpse of Rossi’s head tattooed amongst tiny flowers on her left arm. Now that is devotion as far as I am concerned.

Rossi goes everywhere with Shayna and they both study art, German and archery at a local college. The duo also visit a lot of music venues together and I bet Rossi does not flinch an inch when she hears loud noise like I did as a child. She does not beg for anything and sits quietly beside food until she smells one thing. Once this Rottweiller Mastiff mix eyes fresh cheese you had better produce it quickly or else.





I have never seen a dog so relaxed as Rossi climbed up on the seat to be next to her owner. Shayna in turn casually put her arm down on Rossi who in return just let out one long loving sigh.

As they left Rossi had no idea she was on her way to Monterey to play in the surf which she dearly loves. As they exited she glanced from side to side to make sure all was well for her and her beloved Shayna. Did I also mention that Rossi is a registered service dog? That’s right she is a service dog that specializes in love.


Images and Text: Linda Seccaspina 2011

Dedicated to Catherine Forsythe and to her knowledge and love of the canine world.

yeller    Katie Coates: "If that dont beat all. I never saw such a dog."

 Travis Coates: "And you wont never see another one like him! "

                                       Old  Yeller

"Horses with No Names Series"

Number 13- The Pay it Forward Caveman

Number 12- The People's Father Christmas

Number 11- The Busking Teachers

Number 1o - The Harry Potter Boy

Number 9  The Last  Skull of Savannah Devilles

Number 8  Strippers, Burlesque and a Dream

Number 7 The Ponderings of Priscilla

Number 6 They  called her Lola

Number 5 The Strange Tail that came at Dusk

Number4  The Time Traveler

Number 3  One less Father

Number 2 The Flea Market Professor

Number 1  The Teacup Man




                            " Short Shorts"- by Linda Seccaspina

I know what free trade coffee is, and appreciate how coffee establishments insist on carrying it. I was just being me!


                                                Poetry reading

                 Donnuts 'n a cup o' Joe's



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This was so touching Linda. I wondered if Rossi was a service dog as it seemed they were on public transportation. Service dogs are so awesome. They are almost better than some humans....well, wait, they are! Thanks for sharing this.
I love that look in some animals eyes that is "nothing but love". It can be so pure, it's heartbreaking. Nicely done!
Sheila: they are.. I know for a fact like you..:) Yeah I wondered and she showed me her tags. What a loving dog.

Yserba.. : Hugs my friend..
I have a black lab--originally trained as a service dog, but chosen as a breeder for them instead. That would make her genetically perfect. When she isn't doing that, she is mine to love, and will eventually be mine in fact. So I love any good dog post! Thanks Linda, beautiful story!
I love this series! It's great you dedicated this to Catherine. I miss her posts. I hope she comes back.
I have to go visit my neighbors for quicker downloads. For some reason the caring read,

Rossi and Shanya (worn pants) look so lovable - I thought of Robert Frost's poem`

Two Tramps - In Mud Times

The sun was warm
But the wind was chill
You know how it is with
An April day
When the sun is out and
The wind is still
Your month one month
On in the middle
But if you so much as dare
To speak,
A cloud will come over the
Sunlight arch
And wind comes off the
Frozen peak,
And your two months back
In the middle of March.
I love hobo, tramps etc,
and real muddy people.
You sure entertain OS.
When something hits me it hits me and I have to write about it. As soon as the dog came in I sat there and thought and thought and said go write about this dog hahaha

Eve: I sent it to her. She has great love for humans and animals. I could not think of a better person to dedicate it too.
" . . . and they both study art, German and archery at a local college."

I loved that.
the Love in that train was catching with the two of them. Now if everyone could have love like that.
Linda in Spanish, Shayna in Yiddish--beauty. Fitting names.
Just poignant, friend. r.
Happy Anniversary baby!
What a great story. I love the look of that big yellow dog. What a cool lady pup. Thanks for posting this delightful little tale.
Leon means 'daily words of love" hahah HUGGGGGGGGGG
Hugs Jon.. your blog made me remember today the old school days..:(
Rugrat: same to you..HUGGGGGGGGGG
Rei: I seldom do animal stories but this dog and her owner spoke to me..:)
Linda, you remind of what I've forgotten - we do love our dogs. They've just gotten old and difficult (like people.) It's not their fault.
Mr. Muse: and I am a really old dog now hahaha HUGGGGGGGGG to you and Mrs Muse:)
I started out whimpering delicately as I read this, but now I''m...SCREAMING MY BLEEDIN' HEAD OFF!!! And I don't really know why, either, because Rossi doesn't die at the end of this story...does she???? At least I haven't peed my pants...yet.
Love this, Linda. Rossie is a cultured dog and one big bundle of love.
Matt: no sad tale today.. maybe tomorrow hahaha

Fusun: I seldom do pet stories so this was fun
a tender place
lives in my heart
for all dogs
the look in their eyes
the way of their tails
when they bark
there is a reason
not just because they
are angry or sad
I too, fell in love
with "Momma"
want her sitting
on the seat next to me
studying art and German
shooting arrows into the sky
hanging out
listening to cool music
or riding the BART
gotta love them
and this wonderful post
Rated with love
I watched Old Yeller with my kids a few months ago and when he had to be put down tears trickled down my face and my youngest son gave me big ol' hug. ;)
Romantic Poetess: These two had an aura around them the minute they entered the bart train.

Belinda: Old Yeller and Thomasina are still two of my faves.
You had me at "we both stared at each other for a while"...wonderful story and I am so glad that you met a wonderful canine "stranger on a train."
Most likely it is the wine. But, you never know. I love reading these blogs about people you don't know. Thank-you for sharing this story.
Hey there momma. Gorgeous dog, excellent subject choice. I just love the demeanor of service dogs. It's as if they're trained to be too cool for school.
Sucker for a dog story, and a good addition to your series. But what is amazing is that my cat Sweetie, sits next to me much like Rossi sits, and she sighs with her eyes, and licks my face. She is as much canine as feline, and sometimes I feel we cross the human-animal barrier.
Very nice dog story! I am glad that Rossi has found a loving mistress. I bet he wouldn't let anyone yank on her chain.....
Great dog and human story--and a friend and I were just talking about watching "Old Yeller" as kids today as we walked my dog through the woods...thanks for sharing--and the pictures are great, too.
Dorieann: I connected with that dog the minute I saw her walk in..:)
Kimberley: I am sure it is
Bluestocking.. Rossi was too cool for her school:)
lea: I am sure we do.. I am sure that sigh is nothing but contentment
Susie: I am sure Shayna would never let anything happen to Rossi too
May: Old Yeller should be watch by everyone and Thomasina
Now that's my kinda dog, forget the ankle biters. He kinda reminds me of Sherman, my own big dog companion.
"Rossi goes everywhere with Shayna and they both study art, German and archery at a local college."

Now THAT'S love and devotion!

Wonderful series, Linda. Congratulations on the EP!
but this was one nice dog

Little kate: I cried when I saw it.. today is our anniversary.. made it all the more special
How wonderful that this earned a well-deserved EP, Linda.
Ohhhh, how wonderful! I love this! I love to see posts like this get EP's and put on the cover, Linda....xoxoxox
Sarah: It is our anniversary today so this just made it even happier

Disco Fett: the first one has the American song. We expanded after that..:) I have never tried Dr Rossi hahaha. I am so allergic too so that is why I live through others

Robin.. thanks and huggggggggggggg
Yup.. disco fett it was horse with no name by america..:)
It is? Well ....


YAY!!!! : )
I like this series Linda. Liked the description of your Mum and you crying (and peeing) at the movie. It's a heart breaker. For me it's right up there with "The Yearling." I grew up with a beautiful dog named Velvet but am now allergic to dogs.

Now if I could only go play in the water at Monterey.
Yes little Kate it is... HUGGGGGGGGGG

Scarlet: They just do not make great movies like this anymore with the exception of Marley and Me. As for Monterey I wish hahaha
Goodness! This all looks very complicated! Pictures, videos, and a beautiful banner here.

And I didn't know dogs were allowed on the train either. I can tell I'm going to learn a great deal of new stuff here. Thank you for this story. editor's pick and so well deserved. I just adore this blog - the subjects are fascinating, the writing is from the heart. This has become a part of my day and I know, in some way and in some form, I will be touched.
newbroom.. you just build new things every day here..:)
The dog was a service dog so she was allowed..

Marsha: Just nothing but hugs to you
Yay on the EP! I love, love, love that dog. Best in the great series.

Wow, that was great! I love the pic of him sitting on the chair with her! Whats really awesome is this whole concept (your collection of tales about strangers you meet). What a great book idea!
lezlie: I hope you know how much I love all of you and thank you
Congrats on the EP, Linda.
Shayna and Momma make a nice couple.
Hayley:She just got up there like it was her living room hahahaha
Arlene W: I imagine one does not go anywhere without the other.:) Thanks!
If you're not a dog or wearing a wet suit, you probably don't want to go play in the water at Monterey. That stuff comes straight down the coast from Alaska and doesn't warm up much on the way.

America are an American band, but they initially got together in England, being Air Force brats with Dads stationed there.
I read the book "Old Yeller" several times when I was in elementary school. Since I knew the ending, I could never watch the movie.
Rated Highly
My basset approves. rrr
GeeBee: I always learn cool stuff from you.. Thanks!
Little Willie: Like Marley and Me..sighhhhhh
Peter: Bow wow and good day to you and your boy..:)

Great dog, great story and Major Congratulations on a well deserved EP
I cannot resist the charms of a sweet yellow dog. Especially one who is taking such good care of his person.
"Don't tell me what to think!" I love that. *******
Rossi is a treasure...a beautiful story well told.
Enemy: I know you are partial to cats but thank you..:)

Another steve: What a sweetheart she is.

Zanelle: You betcha
Woo Hoo!! EP!! Way to make the cover!!
Great story and pictures. Congratulations on the EP and cover. R
You know I am such a sucker for dogs. -R-
I don't know how you found me. If you see this maybe you could send me via on comment. I am flattered. Liked your "Look of Love" I loved it back then and still like ABC. It will take me a while to catch up to you because I have lots to do during the day.

again, with love. I am an asshole, but not to you. I am only an asshole because of the place I have been put in.
Ahhh! What a cutie pup!!


Congrats on the EP and Ze Cover!! You well deserve it!!!!!

Rated by Tink, who still, writes ze shit!! :D
Rossi is a great story. Peeing in pants is something I did publicly when I was young too. Old Yeller is something I think I saw when I was younger. I only remember the end of it.

Loved it. Keep cool !
What a fantastic dog story. She looks so natural on that bus, too! And congrats on the EP.
OMG girl! I have been gone all afternoon and what do I see on the cover, but your beautiful post!!!!
This is well deserved!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!
I would rate you again if I could....*); D
Great stuff, Linda; you are in the zone. I enjoyed this much. R
Lovely. And Ole' fave! BTW, it must have been the Venezuelan politician. rated with licks.
Thanks Satori.. It Made my day...
Trudge.. not as happy as I was when you got one this week.:)
Christine: me too!!
Donnuts: Brassawe started all of this..
Tink.. pass the toilet paper:)
Donnuts.. 80's music is the best

Margaret: that dog was such a natural she just dropped and got comfy anywhere.
Thoth: Big hugs to you
Harleeeeeeeeeeeeee: yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :)
Congratulations on a well deserved EP! Only YOU could find a real version of "Old Yeller". Wahhhhhh!
Congrats on the cover & EP! As you know, I love this series. You do it so well. Service dogs fill so many needs-they really are unsung heroes. Thanks for singing Rossi's praises.
Sorry it took me so long to read this - I had a very unexpectedly busy day and night yesterday. But this was so great! I really, really enjoyed it - always do when it's about a person's love for their pet.

I love how you can approach people - I wish I could do the same. Congratulations on the very well-deserved EP!
At last, a heart-warming dog story that doesn't end with the dog dying.
What a sweet looking critter!
Xenon: I love people.. sometimes I am hesitant approaching them but I end up doing it hahah

Schmoopie: There is one person I want to do and we will see if she does it this week.

Alysa: It took a moment to ask but those eyes drove me in for the kill
Paul: marley and me.. old yeller.. get yer Kleenex;s out.:(
greenheron.. she sure was
This was absolutely delightful and what a resilient girl you are to have appreciated the movie in damp leggings.
Congrads Miss Linda.. I loved old yeller too and next door for years I was kissed by a yellow lab, named Lady. She watched my boys grow up, and just died of old age 2 yrs ago, my neighbor,(her Mom) and I still get wet-eyed over her being gone. Hugs!
Such a sweet dog!! When a human is lucky enough to share their days with a loyal friend and guardian like Rossi...well, sometimes life feels just right. Nice post, Linda !
The beach! ...that sounds delightful...