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  1. The Pedigree

    June 27, 2009 by MyEye

    With help from Mandy, Holly and Kathy, we’ve filled in all the blanks on the Chase/Phoebe puppy pedigree.  See below!  Thanks everyone. For Chase and Phoebe, I am working on a “call name” pedigree. I’m still missing a few call names, but this is what it looks like. It’s full of producers!  Click to make it readable.  If you’d like a copy, leave a comment and I’ll send it to you.  Tell me if you want it in Xcel, .pdf, or .jpeg — or all three.  Since I use the “moderation” option, I’ll have your email address so please do not include it in the comment.


  2. We Need to be Thinking of Names

    June 27, 2009 by MyEye

    I love litter themes and bombarded you all with themes and potential names when you were expecting puppies.  Now it will be your turn.  I have two theme ideas — either Book Awards, e.g. Caldecott, Newbury, Pulitzer, Nobel, Booker, Commonwealth, EMMA, Hammett — or Newspapers, e.g., Clarion, Chronicle, Daily Planet,  Journal, Tribune, Herald, Observer, etc.  I would really like to use the entire name of a paper as in “Wall ST Journal”, “Washington Post”, “Times Picayune”, but with all the kennel names that need to fit, that’s probably out of reach.  I doubt we could pay AKC enough for all the letters we’d need.  Just the kennel names and spaces come out to 22.  36 is permitted and you may pay for up to 40 letters!

    The Shepherd litters were alphabetical, so if I picked up where I left off thirty years ago, this post would be brought to you by the letter “K”.  Themes are more fun, I think.

    So, have at it — with my thanks!

  3. Changes

    June 26, 2009 by MyEye

    Today I bought yet another domain name.  I wanted something that better reflects my life and my attitude about it.  I also wanted a domain that related to my addiction to Cardigans.  For the past couple of months I have been musing over a kennel name — no really good reason since a couple of Cardis do not a kennel make.  I know, however, that the day’s coming when I will want a Chase child.  The kennel name I used for the German Shepherds doesn’t quite fit our funny little friends.  I could not have predicted how quickly (it appears) that I’d need the new name.  Anyway, I looked for a Kennel name by pouring over lists of Welsh words and names.  Today I narrowed it down to five words.  Humor me — I’m getting to it . . .

    Gwawr means Dawn — that’s my Sunday-go-to-meeting name.  However, can you say gwawr (remembering that the wr makes an oo sound (as in door))?  Can you say it with Baledwr, for example?  Okay, I took it off the list.  Then there was a pretty word Cerys (beloved) — the beginning C is a hard C, do you believe anyone will remember that it’s not Ceres or Sirius?  That it is pronounced Ke-ris?   I doubt it, so took it off the list.  Another word I liked has been used in several dogs’ names over the years.  We got down to two words.  The first was Ilar (joyful), and I like it a lot, but it’s perhaps a bit short, a tiny word that will be lost in the dog’s name.  So, I settled on


    It means “a moment in time”.  That feels like life, that feels like the fleeting joy that is our dogs, that feels like my place in the universe.  So, Elyan it is.  It is pronounced el-e-on.  Carolyn is working on my blog (needs it, huh?), so it will be moved to the new domain in good time.  The blog name will be “. . . a Moment in Time”, the eddress will be  The old blog eddresses will still point to the new domain. 

    . . . and when will I need this kennel name?  Pretty soon I think.  Chase will be bred to Carolyn and Mandy’s splendid girl Phoebe.  Phoebe is due in season any time now.  Our plan is that Phoebe will come to Albuquerque to have her puppies.  C-Myste/Baledwr have agreed that my name will also be on the litter — so these babies will be a moment in my time.  They will be the first Elyan puppies.

  4. Friday Fotos

    June 26, 2009 by MyEye

    There are always things to investigate at the office.  Since there are no plumbers at the house, Inca is home and Chase is at work.  First thing — let’s check out the mail (he’s expecting a letter from Phoebe):


    I think we should read this one first


    Best Place to Watch — between the coat tree and the plant stand


    Nifty Flowers and Pods


    Split pods — right where we park the car

  5. SkyWatch Friday 6-26-09

    June 25, 2009 by MyEye

    We are enjoying an early monsoon season.  The afternoon clouds boil up and are so elegant against our blue skies.  Other wonderful skies are waiting for you at Skywatch.