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Friday, September 24, 2021

Final (non) Fiction and Nature Friday

Thanks LLB Gang for hosting Nature Friday

 Today I'd like to share neighborhood story with you.

The story's star is this Sasha Magnolia.  
What you have never heard of a  Sasha Magnolia?  Here is a photo
This is a sub sub sub sub species of the Southern Magnolia.
It has German DNA.  This particular Sasha Magnolia
at least 15+ years old.  It thrives best on a slight hill, with good drainage and morning sun and brings smiles to all who pass by the yard.  It obviously loves living here.  It was about 4' tall when it was planted.

Okay now that you 100% confused.  Well let me tell you the rest of the story.
This home is one block from me. The couple who live there have had German Shepherds for as long as I have known them.  Many years ago while on one of my 'hood walks,  I noticed a couple and their most imposing young German Shepherd walking towards me. We stopped to speak.  Sasha was very well trained...she stopped too.  I commented on her most beautiful lush coat.  They told me she was a Plush German Shepherd and she was 3 years old.  Sasha had such gorgeous brown eyes. I asked permission to pet her...which was granted and friends Sasha was a LOVE BUG x 87.  From that moment on Sasha was ok with a little head pat from me.
She loved sitting in the front yard.  This photo was borrowed from
Google but it could be Sasha's twin.
Her plush fur felt like silk.
I witnessed many games of tug of war and Sasha like to chase a Frisbee there in the front yard.   As she became more mature, she thoroughly enjoyed just sitting and watching her neighbors.  Her favorite spot was right there on the hill.  She lived and loved there for almost 12 years.  Her dad told me they Magnolia was planted in her memory.  Thus I call it a Sasha Magnolia.

This is a photo of Layne from a post
in 2011.  Layne was their 2nd Plush G.S. 

Kokee is the queen of the hill.  She is  almost 3 years old.  She is their 3rd Plush G.S. I recently saw Kokee and her mom on an EMW. I had my camera but Kokee was not quite ready for a stranger to take her photo.   Her Mom said, Kokee is very much still a PUPPY.


  1. Hari OM
    Oh my word, that is a grand offering for FFF and NF day! A magnificent magnolia in honour of a grand German girl (and her successors)... the heart is warmed!!! YAM xx

  2. that is a wonderful story!!! and we love the name sasha magnolia... we planted a tree too for our huskies, but sadly it became sick with procession moths and we had to cut it off... that was like losing them again ;O(

  3. What a lovely story. The magnificent magnolia is such a perfect enduring memorial to Sasha as well as a thing of beauty for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy.

  4. That is a lovely story. A beautiful tree in memory of a beautiful dog.

  5. We love your story and Sasha was a gorgeous girl.

  6. Beautiful dogs. I love German Shepherds. They are so intelligent.
    What a great memorial to Sasha.
    Y'all have a wonderful weekend.

  7. We are not good with names of trees and plants around here, but the magnolia looks quite nice.

  8. my favorite Shepherd ever, was Jerry Lee in the movie K-9 and these Shepherds look a lot like him. he was 3 years old in that movie. these are such beautiful pups. did you know shepherds end up in our shelter where we get our dogs? a year ago one showed up there and I forwarded it to my friend who had a shepherd and they went straight over and adopted him, and just 2 weeks ago another one looking just like this one is there now. breaks my heart. no one planted a tree for them when they were dumped at the shelter. its a beutiful tree, your Sasha Magnolia

  9. What a great way to remember a sweet woofie.

  10. We love how you came to name that magnolia tree after their pup Sasha. Our pawrents first dogs were GSD's and are a much loved breed.

  11. I don't think we have any German Shepard doggies in our neighborhood. (At least I've never seen them out walking.) I bet Sasha was beautiful.

    Our pear tree in the back yard is called Joey's pear tree because angel Joey loved nothing more than to pick a pear every day, and then lay in the grass and eat it.

  12. Sweet, but sad story. That is a beautiful dog. XO

  13. Awww, such a sweet story and Sasha and the Sasha Magnolia Memorial are most beautiful.

  14. Great story about the plush shepherds! Thanks for sharing it with us! Our neighbor down the street is the same, they have their 3rd black lab. Their previous lab (Otis) was great friends with me (and the hairy slobbery sisters Bob and Sam). He passed away when their grandson was 3. They got a new lab puppy and when they brought him home, their grandson was excited that he was Otis too.. And that is his name, Otis Too. Cinnamon LOVES him!

  15. What a wonderful thing to do. So precious.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Cecilia. Big hug. ♥

  16. I love Magnolia trees and I love the Sasha Magnolia even more♥
    A very sweet post today, C. You have a big old soft heart... I love that about you!

  17. I can hear the wind whistling through the leaves. What a sweet looking pup

  18. We have had a Shepherd but never heard of a Plush Shepherd. Good looking doggie

  19. A GSD helped raise our Lexi during her first year. He was young and so, so patient with her, even while she was using her teeth to see how far his lip would stretch. I really enjoyed your story of the three Plush GSD's. Never heard of that branch of the breed before.

  20. I loved the fave of all the trees. I write of them often. I have to say your German Shepherd friend is gorgeous and how nice he made the walk so pleasant. I wish I could pat him too.


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