March, 2009

  1. Two Dogs Aren’t Many Dogs

    March 30, 2009 by MyEye

    Chase went off to Fort Worth ten days ago to meet up with Sherri.  She needed to undo all the bad training I had done (like sit, stay, drop, come front . . .).  You cannot imagine how quiet my house is without him.  Now, I don’t think Kip and Inca would second this, but I really miss the wild boy.  There is no dog to leap on top of me, there is no dog on my desk or in the client chair, there is no dog on the dining room table, there is no dog in my face talking to me.  Kip and Inca are so companionable, and they wrestle together, run around the yard together.  They flop on the living room floor or in the office to keep an eye on me, but they are not creative in the ways they relate to me.  They both sleep on the bed at night, but not like Chase who would drop down along my body and then flop that big ole head on me with a huge sigh of contentment.  Kip and Inca empty the toy box and chew on their favorites, but they don’t fling them wildly in the air or put them on my hand.  Neither of them attack the tunnel and the weave poles and the jumps.

    No matter how short Chase’s time with Sherri and then in Canada, it will seem like a very long time to me.

     PS — I really appreciate all the offers of “bad dogs” that are available to come to my home while Chase is on holiday.  However, I do see this as a time to complete some vital obedience training with Kip (a much happier dog without Chase) and Inca (who may or may not agree to be trained further).

  2. A Lapse Into the Kitchen

    March 28, 2009 by MyEye

    We had winter again this past week — the high temperature dropped from 75 to 35 in a day, and we even had a dusting of snow here in town.  The ski resorts are still open, however, and Taos had more than a foot of new snow.  That created a “blooper” which is ski-speak for “blue sky powder perfect”.  It isn’t uncommon for skiiers here to wear T-shirts this time of year AND get sunburned — so good for them all!

    There is a Honey Baked Ham shop near the office.  The other day I called to order a sandwich.  When I went in, I spotted this split pea soup mix.  They include a hambone when you buy the mix for $6.29.  So, I did!


    This is my hambone, after simmering for a couple of hours.

    So, it being winter and all (again), I decided split pea soup would be perfect for the weekend.  I added carrots and pearl onions and celery, but — oh, man — where are my bay leaves?  If I could find them, they would probably be about the same age as one of the pharoah’s tombs.  I dashed to the store to get some fresh.  Now my house smells as if Betty Crocker lives here.  Shall I pick up a baguette to serve with the soup?  Did I make you hungry?  Good!

    Addendum:  For those who’ve asked, the Honey Baked Ham Shop is open Monday through Saturday and is on the south side of Menaul east of San Mateo.  There is a shopping center with a FedEx, a Big Lots, an Armed Forces Career Center.  The ham store is on the west end of the shopping area by the Armed Forces Career Center.  Call first to make sure they have a ham bone: 884-7200.

  3. More DM Tests

    March 27, 2009 by MyEye

    I’d been not spending money — so I’d have it for Nationals.  However, I decided I would avoid the vendors in Topeka, and instead spent the fun money to order DM tests for Kip and Inca.  Kip was never bred before I neutered him, but his bloodlines are popular.  The Dink is now spayed, but she had two litters and it might be helpful for people who either have her puppies, or who have her siblings to know how she tests.

    I don’t believe that we should simply never again breed a dog that is a DM carrier, but I do believe the more we know about our dogs’ genetic make-up, the better decisions we can make.  Just as the PRA test gave us the power to eradicate PRA, we now have the power to eventually eradicate DM — and for the moment to control its spread.  We are the responsible adults in this equation. 

  4. Pupsicles

    March 25, 2009 by MyEye

    Shelley Camm’s “Jamie” (Harry P. daughter) has undergone implantation of Chase pupsicles.  Puppies due on May 26th.  Everyone cross fingers, please!

  5. Investigating

    March 24, 2009 by MyEye

    Jay is my regular investigator.  He is also a great fan of the Cardis and has known Kip since I brought him home at eight weeks.  Today Kip was the office dog so Jay had to sit on the couch and rub a tummy.  Sometimes it’s hard to accomplish anything.


    A Splendid Tummy Rub


    This is where a Good Dog Belongs