a July 8th, 2008

  1. Looking Back – The German Shepherds

    July 8, 2008 by MyEye

    It all started with German Shepherd Dogs.  My parents had three when I was born and it took me a long time to figure out there were other breeds.  It was a lot like learning there was a political party other than Democrat.  When I was married in 1967, the next logical step was to get a German Shepherd Dog — and so we did.  She had a lot of health problems with which we lived for many years.  Along the way, we got some better dogs and then bred some even better dogs.  A divorce, a move, law school, traveling and for a long time, I had no dogs.  I bought a townhome.  When I was ready to again have a dog, I opted for a portable German Shepherd — the Cardigan.

    This is a photo of Steamer with me in 1977.  He taught me that the girls live to be loved, but the boys worship you.  He was such a gentleman in the house, always the willing companion, a discriminating guardian.  My sons were his children.  He is buried in the backyard of the old Victorian home near downtown Albuquerque.  Steamer will always epitomize the perfect dog.


  2. Looking Back – Kip Was a Puppy

    July 8, 2008 by MyEye

    Kip ( my first cardi) and Adrienne (my only granddaughter) have grown together.  When she was a year old, I brought her a giant stuffed tiger.  I was in Chicago and went to a Sam’s Club shortly after Christmas.  They’d marked the tigers down to $9.99 and so I bought one.  To get it home, I stuffed it in a suitcase — before the days of being charged for every checked bag.  Since it was after 9/11, one of the security guys at Midway opened the bag to inspect it and the tiger sprang out at him.  The huge line of waiting passengers howled, and I assured him it was not alive.  When Kip was first introduced to the tiger, he was pretty concerned about the newcomer — so did what any red-blooded Cardi would do — he grabbed its tail and hung on.