a October 16th, 2008

  1. Chase at Valencia Valley

    October 16, 2008 by MyEye

    This afternoon, I begged the photographer, Dan Pearson, to dig out Chase’s Best of Breed photo from last weekend’s shows so I could post it on the blog in honor of the boy’s birthday.  By golly, after a full day at the Bouviers National, he went home and found Chase.  Thank you, thank you! 


    And thanks to Wendy Oerlich who showed him so well, to Katie Gammill who gave him the breed, and to Ken Rayner who pulled him out in Group.

  2. SkyWatch Friday 10-17-08

    October 16, 2008 by MyEye


    Cloud Pile over Albuquerque 10-10-08

  3. We Can’t Call Him Puppy Anymore

    October 16, 2008 by MyEye

    birthday-balloons-larger.bmpChase is one year old today (October 17).  How did he come to live with me in New Mexico?  It’s quite a story.



    First there was Kip — such a sweet, willing, happy dog.  but Kip was lonely, being an only dog and all.  So, I promised I’d get him a dog.  I posted a request on the Cardigan Chat list.  Jeri (sometimes known as Stubbydog) told me she had a friend with a wonderful red/white girl that was soon to be retired from showing and breeding.  I spoke with C-Myste and made arrangements to meet Carolyn and the dog in Portland.  We went to a friend’s home and the red/white girl — you know her as Inca — began following me around.  She knew she was destined to come to the high desert southwest to steal hearts.  So, I brought her home.


    Really everything was fine then.  The two dogs loved each other (as long as Kip did not challenge Inca’s status as Empress of the Known Universe).  So, I could have left well enough alone . . .

    . . . but somewhere along the way I got the bug to have a puppy for conformation.  So, I told C-Myste that I really needed a puppy.  Carolyn had decided to breed her Alice one last time.  There was extensive husband-hunting, considering and discarding, weighing virtues.  I fell in love with Hunter, an old guy who lives in Canada  (at the end farthest from Oregon).  Happily Carolyn decided that Hunter was the right choice for Alice.  Alice was driven from Medford to Seattle and then flown to Toronto for the brief, but fruitful, interlude.

    C-Myste wanted a girl puppy, I wanted a boy (a girl would have rocked Inca’s boat).  Alice delivered five puppies of each sex on October 17th, 2007.  For the following weeks, I was glued to the puppy cam and checked every hour to see if new photos were up.  I had memorized the pedigree, looked up every dog on the OFA web site, and combed the CWCCA Register of Merit.

    In November when the puppies were 5-1/2 weeks old, they had their first outdoor adventure in the puppy yard.  One puppy took off on his own to investigate.  Either Tom or Carolyn snapped a photo of him meeting his older brother.  When that photo appeared on the C-Myste blog, I sent an email asking Carolyn to put a yellow sticky note on the inquisitive puppy indicating that he was mine. 


    His litter name was Ikey, he’d been the smallest at birth (6 oz.), it was difficult for them to photograph him because he never stood still, but I just knew he was the right puppy for me.  Two weeks later, this photo made it to the C-Myste blog, and I was positive Ikey was my new puppy.  Look at that little fat face!


    In January, I flew to Medford to fetch the new baby.  Carolyn had decided the theme for this litter would be the US Constitution.  I immediately called dibs on “Pursuit of Happiness”.  Propitiously, the AKC granted more letters in dogs’ registered names so we could spell out his entire name as well as both Carolyn and Mandy’s kennel names.  “Pursuit of Happiness” translated into “Chase”, and it has indeed been a merry chase.

    As Chase grew older, he was looking very handsome.  So we diverted from puppy agility to a conformation entry.  Chase began the journey to his Championship at his very first show in May with five points (two points on Saturday, and then on Sunday his first major and a puppy group I), three weeks later he was royally dumped in Flagstaff, then earned a major reserve in Oklahoma City, but no points.  He went to Houston and won classes, but earned no points.  Then in early August, he went to Corpus Christi and took Best of Breed both days for a total of four points — and a puppy group II.  The next Thursday, he was Best in Sweepstakes at the Manhattan Kennel Club supported entry, the following day he was Best of Breed for a five point major at the Topeka Kennel Club and went on to take a Herding Group IV.  That same evening he was Best of Winners for another five-point major at the Three Trails Cardigan Specialty.  He’s earned four Bests of Breed since then.

    He’s been our “Chase-puppy” for the past nine months, but it’s now time for him to stay home and grow up, to sleep on the bed with us, learn some useful skills, and to make me smile a lot.  He really does all those things when he’s here.  Henceforth he shall be known as “Chase-man”. (Sweetie, your tie is crooked.)


    birthday-balloons-larger.bmpHAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, CHASE-man — and many more.  Best wishes to the rest of the gang: Ace, Bogie, Clem, Eagle (“Flash”), Feather, Golda (“Libby”), Heather (“Molly”), and Jiggers (“Pilot”).

  4. Let’s Build a Bridge

    October 16, 2008 by MyEye

    A friend in the contracting business received documents to prepare a bid to build a bridge.  See the following language from the Request for Bid package.  I’m betting this is how Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere was conceived.

    “Attached are the existing survey files, the existing digital terrain model, and the alignment files.  These files are provided as a courtesy and subject to disclaimer below, as noted in the Notice to Contractors included in the bid documents titled “NMDOT Design Plan Data Electronic File Requirements.”

    ‘Disclaimer:     Although the New Mexico Department of Transportation has made every effort to insure the accuracy of the information contained in the electronic files, the Department cannot guarantee that the information contained therein is error-free.  The Department hereby disclaims responsibility for any loss or damages of whatever nature occasioned by the use of or reliance on information in these electronic files that later is revealed to be inaccurate or obsolete.

    ‘If the Contractor elects to use this electronic information, the Contractor assumes full responsibility and waives any claim for loss or damages of whatever nature occasioned by the use of or reliance on the information contained in these electronic files.  In the event that a Contractor discovers that the electronic files are inconsistent with other information furnished by the Department or are otherwise inaccurate or obsolete, that Contractor shall immediately notify the Department in writing of such discrepancy, inaccuracy, or obsolescence, and shall obtain clarification from the Department before using or relying on these electronic files.  If a Contractor fails to immediately notify the Department of such discrepancy, inaccuracy, or obsolescence, then the Contractor shall be deemed to have waived any claim for loss or damages of whatever nature occasioned by the use of or reliance on the information contained in these electronic files.”