a February 15th, 2009

  1. TP’ed Again

    February 15, 2009 by MyEye

    For a short dog, Chase can stretch to great heights.  In the downstairs half bath, I’ve removed the roll of toilet paper from the wall holder and put it on the counter.  If it’s near the edge of the counter, it is, obviously, within reach.  Chase was proud to bring me the remainder of the roll.  Note that I have added a new blog category “Bad Dog” because I think I need it.


  2. A to Z about Me

    February 15, 2009 by MyEye

    I wandered over to visit DennistheVizsla and found he had tagged me to tell my secrets on my blog. Wow, Dennis — could this lead to identity theft?

    attached or single? Very single, but attached to my Cardis Kip, Inca and Chase
    best friend? The dogs are the least demanding or critical, but humans — hmmm, probably Bonnie
    cake or pie? yes pleez (ditto on this answer)
    day of choice? Sunday because it’s really my day to organize as I wish.  There are no judges or clients interfering with the sunshine or nap.
    essential item? My laptop
    favorite color? turquoise
    gummy bears or worms? How about mini chocolate eclairs?
    hometown? Chicago, Chicago, that bustling town — but my heart really has belonged to Albuquerque for a long time.
    indulgence? mini chocolate eclairs
    january or july? July even though it’s hot — I love to take photographs in the summer
    kids? Marc and Brock
    life isn’t complete without? hugs and face licks
    marriage date? I tried it once and learned my lesson so — none
    number of magazine subscriptions? three for me and another six or seven for my business
    orange or apple? yes pleez
    phobias? Waiting on the ground in a totally full airplane
    quotes? “I’m older and have more insurance” from “Fried Green Tomatoes”
    reasons to smile? I’m healthy, have great dogs, good friends, a profession I still enjoy, and I live in a beautiful place
    season of choice? Spring
    tag 5 people ummm lets see:  Katrina, Amanda, Kathy, Traci (I owe you at least two tags), and Jean R

  3. It’s My Dog and I’ll Test if I Want to

    February 15, 2009 by MyEye

    Recently we’ve seen a theory that breeding should occur in a linear fashion, i.e., increase the gene pool, then breed with selection for type and correctness, and then consider health, using only tests that reliably measure controllable diseases or defects (in someone’s opinion).  I look at this as an incontrovertible way to spread diseases and defects to bloodlines that may not have carried those defects and diseases prior to the linear breeding program.  The ultimate result of this kind of breeding is to force backtracking to eradicate whatever we’ve blindly passed through the generations.

    I hope we all make choices that we believe are the best for our dogs.  I do not breed puppies.  I do not live in a home in which that would be practical, I live in a City that is anti-breeder (and my vocal opposition to AR legislation has made me a target), my profession requires long hours away from home.  However, I do have a handsome young male.  He is structurally quite nice and has a superb temperament.  Due to some early inquiries, I had to decide whether or not he would be available at stud.  Part of my decision-making process included testing him for all diseases and defects (for which there are tests), so I knew what was under that brindle coat.  I made my testing public so that anyone who was even remotely considering him would also know what was under that brindle coat.  They don’t have to call me to ask, and they don’t have to wonder if I’m telling the truth.  They can initially evaluate and eliminate without my input.

    If they decide they might like to use him, it’s my turn to look at the proposed mate.  The question is always: would this mating better the breed?  He’s my dog so I may ask for health test results.  I can say “no” or I can jump for joy over the pairing.  This is America and my opinion counts, at least in respect to my own animals.  I do not want to be part of the problem (I believe there is one).  I do want to be part of the solution.

    Bottom line:  He’s my dog and I’ll test if I want to.  If you choose not to test, or you test and then rationalize bad results, you won’t be breeding to my dog.