The above photo montage shows Don, Pat and other members of our  family.  Not shown is our newest grandson, Trevor.  Pat's mom and dad are now deceased.


Don, Pat and grandson Trevor


Don's sister Nancy and her husband Don who live near Mt. Morris, IL.  They both remain active in retirement... Nancy tends to her massive model horse collection and Don raises homing pigeons.


Don's mom (left), his sister Nancy (red coat) and husband Don (blue and white jacket) came for a weekend visit in the spring of 2008.

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Don's nephew Joe and his wife Debbie were here in February, 2011.


Our Golden Retriever "Pfeil".  She is the fifth senior dog that we have adopted.  She is simply the best!  You can learn more about her by clickinghttp://passionforgold.homestead.com/PassionsSpellboundPfeil.html .


"Michael" is an exotic breed Bengal Snow Leopard cat.  In our family, Michael is the one who is truly in charge!

Note:  Regretabbly, Micael and Pfeil died in 2013 and 2014.  We miss them both so very much.


We are now whole once again after recently traveling to Richmond, KY  to bring home our new companion Springer Spaniel "Leah". She is a retired 9 years old show dog and daughter of the 2007 Westminster "Best in Show". You can see Leah in action during her younger years at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylqt7-qBBSk . She is the 7th older dog that we have adopted over the years.  We are so very thankful to Karen Carrico for  trusting us into the care of Leah for the rest of her days.  

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A  PET'S
TEN
COMMANDMENTS.........


1. My life is likely  to
last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is
likely to be painful.

2.. Give
me time to  understand what you want of me

3. Place your trust in
me. It is crucial for my  well-being.

4. Don't be angry with  me for
long and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your
entertainment, but I have only  you.

5. Talk to me. Even if  I don't
understand your words, I do understand
your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that  however
you treat me, I will never forget  it.

7. Before you hit me,  before
you strike me, remember that I could hurt
you, and yet, I choose not to bite
you..

8. Before you scold me
for being lazy or uncooperative, ask
yourself if  something might be bothering
me. Perhaps I'm not  getting the right
food, I have been in the sun  too long, or
my heart might be getting old or  weak.

9. Please take care of  me when
I grow old. You too, will grow  old.

10. On the ultimate  difficult
journey, go with me please. Never say  you
can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this
alone. Everything is easier for me if you
are  there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today  to
thank God for your pets.. Enjoy and take good
care of them.

Life would be a
much  duller, less joyful experience
without God's  critters.

Mark, Trevor, Stephanie and the newest addition to our family, Evan  (March, 2009)
 


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Mark and Evan - April 2009 


"Chicks dig me"  Our newest grandson

 

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Fall, 2010 photo of Don and Pat


Thanksgiving 2011 at Joe and Debbie's home in Rockford, IL.

 

Grandson Evan doing a yoga pose.   

More photos from much earlier days:

Early picture of Don's Grandpa Carl Snodgrass (bottom row, 5th from left) and his many brothers and sisters .
 


Grandpa Carl Snodgrass and his brother Walter Snodgrass on a bucksaw in Eastern Tennessee


Early portrait of Grandpa Carl Snodgrass


Early portraits of Grandma Snodgrass's mother and father.

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Don's father, William Snodgrass, as a young boy


Don's father as a young man

 
Snodgrass farm West of Mount Morris, Illinois where Don, his mom, dad, sister, grandpa and grandma lived.  (the farm was sold in the early 1960's)

 
Snodgrass family reunion group photo taken in the early 1950s

 
Another photo from the same reunion

 
Don's favorite cousin, Merle Snodgrass (son of Thomas Snodgrass) in baseball (favorite pastime) attire.  Note: Merle once rescued Don from a farming accident


Another cousin, Russell Snodgrass (son of Walter Snodgrass)

 
Grandpa Carl Snodgrass and Grandma Snodgrass (taken shortly after he retired from farming in the early 1950s).


Early photo of Don's mom, Lucille and dad, William Snodgrass


Don's dad, sister (Nancy Falzone) and mom

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A photo montage of all the ships Don served on during his
Navy career


 

Pat and Martha Donovan on the Admirals Barge in San Diego Harbor awaiting the arrival of the USS Belleau Wood returning from her deployment in the Western Pacific.

 
Don and Pat Snodgrass (taken just prior to Don's retirement
from the Navy in 1989)

The family name Snodgrass originated in the late 17th century in Scotland.  It has been said that the name means "dweller in the smooth grass".  The first records of the family in America are in the mid 18th century in Pennsylvania.  From there they have spread across the continent and today there is in excess of 6000 Snodgrass families here.  We are all descendents of William Russell and Harriet Jane McGuire Snodgrass.  William & Harriet had 6 sons and 8 daughters (shown in the above picture).  The home place is at Dandridge Tennessee.   People by the name of Cameron live there now.  His parents bought it from Satterfields who bought it from William & Harriet.

Don's sister, Nancy has visited Eastern Tennessee locations where Grandpa Carl Snodgrass and his many brothers and sisters were born and raised.   Nancy has many other pictures and details (dates, places, names, etc) of the Snodgrass family heritage.  Thanks to Nancy' and Jill's organizing  efforts, a Snodgrass family reunion  was held held September 2,  2001 in Leaf River, Illinois.