Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
I drove to Greenville to drop off Belle and got to see Barrett too. Rusty thought that Belle looked great and in good coat. He also got to meet Tobias who accompanied me to Greenville. He loved Tobias so I guess once Barrett finishes, he will get Tobias to show for his majors. I am dead tired after driving 8 hours yesterday and the same today. Hopefully, next weekend will be quiet.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Tomorrow I have to drive to Greenville to take Surry's Division Belle to Rusty Howard who will be showing her for her new owner. I will also get to see Barrett up there which will be good.
I got an email from Cathy Green that her Mason x Gabby son Sweeper took a 4 pt. major today under Sally Sasser. That is thrilling and I know that Cathy is very thrilled.
I heard that Izzy's sister Maggie got through her spay surgery just fine. She was in some pain the first night but is doing well and will get her stitches out soon. Izzy is as much fun as ever and everyday reminds me of her mother.
I hate that I have another long drive tomorrow but hopefully, I'll be home for a bit after that.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Clondike continues to do better on the lasix; however, he hasn't been wanting to eat as much as usual which is troubling. It may also relate to one of the girls being in season which is always a disruptor. We've been getting calls about puppies but won't be doing a breeding until fall. I'm glad to finally not have any puppies except for the two girls that we are running on.
Hope that everyone has a good week!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Today I went on a tour of the USCGS Barque Eagle that is docked in Charleston for a few days. It is the largest tall ship flying the US colors and is the only square rigger in US government service. It is 295 ft. long and carries 150 Coast Guard cadets. Five identical ships were built in Germany. Following WWII, it was taken as a war prize by the US and became a training ship for the Coast Guard. It was truly impressive to see the amount of sail area and the rigging on this ship. To maneuver Eagle under sail, the crew must handle more than 22, 000 sq. ft. of sail and five miles of rigging! If the ship comes to a port near you, it is worth seeing.
Friday, July 21, 2006
I also belong to a number of discussion groups about Labradors on E groups. The one thing that I've noticed about discussion groups is that people either demonstrate good or poor manners/behavior. Disparaging remarks, heated (and sometimes nasty) debates are not uncommon. Then there are those who contribute thoughtful comments and actually make an attempt to inform and educate. I stay away from the bashing and hashing discussions. I've found that it is best to post factual comments that provide information and are not totally subjective. One thing about discussion groups is you learn a lot about people and sometimes you learn something about the Labrador.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Today I finally got to sit in a six person gig. This is a type of row boat that was used by the harbor pilots to row supplies to other boats in Charleston Harbor. I don't have a photo of the gig here in Charleston but do have one from the web site http://http://www.knzrv-roeien.nl/gravinnen/images/foto_1.jpg
You can see a gig in action on the top above with a coxswain facing the rowers. The two that are in Charleston Harbor were built by George Riekerk and Rob Dunlap and are really neat. There are no sliding seats, just some stops as foot stretchers. It is a different boat from the single shell that I have which is like the one shown on the bottom. There is a lot more stability and freeboard with the gig! My rowing shell can't go out in really rough water while the gig will do well with a chop. It was great fun to see this interesting craft and hopefully I'll be part of the group that gets to row it every week!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
When I got home, Charlie had let the dogs out and cleaned the kennels which was great. I had time to eat some dinner and then play with the dogs for a bit, read the paper, catch some news and weather before feeding the dogs. Whew! Another whirlwind day.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
We are enjoying having the puppies to train, although the heat has put a damper on doing a lot of things outside. I had hoped to do some rowing over the weekend but on Sunday I was just beat from the trip to deliver Saucy and the heat was discouraging. Hopefully, I'll get out on the water this weekend. I've been to the gym both days this week and it has been great to do aerobic exercise and weight lifting indoors. Working out is one of my passions, and I think that I could easily be at the gym or doing some exercise 2-3 hrs everyday if I had the time. I think it is a real key to keeping both the mind and body young. Dogs are also keen on getting their exercise; however, with them it isn't forced but just doing what comes naturally playing in their paddocks. All of them have good muscle tone and seem to be fit compared to so many Labradors who stay in crates or small kennels. Hopefully, it will keep them young too!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Clondike has been having some coughing related to his congestive heart failure. He does much better inside in the AC when it's hot so he has been enjoying lying about on the cool tiles. I'll take him to the vet this week to see if he needs another shot of lasix.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
According to Steve and Pam, Dusty is being a good puppy and is blessed with lots of smarts. I wish that his two sisters would take a lesson and were a bit cleaner in their kennel habits. This is really gross but the best way that I can describe their behavior is to do a bit of a twist on a Bruce Springsteen song, Dancing in the Dark. Aggy and Amelia specialize in Dancing in the Poop. One of these lovely ladies has decided to poop near the kennel gate. The result is that the misting system mixes with the mess at the gate, and when combined with their dancing in excitement at seeing me come out to the kennel, a real muck of $#&% is created. Although I try to get them out as quickly as possible, their dancing up and down can cause splashes....well, you get the awful picture. Droplets of $#&% splattering everywhere and me trying my best to dodge the spray. Yuck! Thank goodness we are dog people and don't mind discussing fecal deposits by dogs! For all you non dog people, my apologies.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I just read that Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, one of the founders of Pink Floyd, died July 7. Another major icon gone and at the relatively young age of 60. Surry's The Madcap Laughs whose call name is Barrett was my tribute to Syd. He was the true Crazy Diamond and the subject of Wish You Were Here as well as parodied in The Wall as Pink. Hope that he is playing that mirrored Telecaster somewhere in the cosmos. Shine on Syd.
Monday, July 10, 2006
It was a year ago today that my mother, Elizabeth Dutton Lewis, died at age 95. She was quite a unique individual, really one of the liberated women of her time and always a scholar. We shared a lot of things over the years, most of which was wonderful. She taught me at an early age to appreciate books, science and art, to have good manners, to be refined (she worked extra hard at this, may not have totally succeeded but some rubbed off), and to have a love for the written word. Mother was brought up in an age when most women finished high school and become home makers. Yet, she went on to college, took graduate courses, wrote a book, served her county and state on numerous committees and offices, and taught school. She could also set an exquisite table, arrange flowers beautifully, write flowing letters in a beautiful hand, crochet beautifully, and seemingly rise to every occasion when necessary. I wish that I were so accomplished. I miss her a great deal but know that we are connected in spirit. She and my father are side by side at the family cemetery in Virginia. Rest in peace and love.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
This is something that I've been meaning to share for a while. Back in the spring, I received an email from Leslie Hutto about a sculpture of a Labrador that she was working on. She asked me to critique it. I sent some comments back to her about anatomy and made some suggestions on the head and shoulder. I also sent her some photos of some of our dogs. She really liked the photos and decided to come to Wadmalaw to sculpt using one of our dogs, Braz. Ch. Attikonak Get Off My Cloud, as a model. Timmi was a wonderful model as he just sat or laid down while Leslie worked away. After the visit, Leslie sent several other clay models for me to look at. She then took the clay to the foundry to be cast. The result of the whole thing is the beautiful cold cast bronze shown below. Only a limited number of these beautiful bronzes were made. We feel so fortunate to have been a part of Leslie's artistic endeavor.
On another note, the birthday celebration ended up at a salsa social. It's the dance, not the dipping sauce. But wow was it something else. I've never seen so many talented people. Talk about intimidating for someone who has never learned formal dance! So, guess what....yes, I'm going to take salsa lessons. Don't laugh--there is no class for rhythm challenged people but there is a beginner class that starts this Wednesday. I'm psyched for it. Something that looks like a great way to exercise and get some style. What more can one ask for?
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Today is my good friend's birthday. Berta lives just down the road from us. She is a Labrador lover and has four of them. She has Bridget and Sea Smoke that I bred as well as Milly Rose who I co-bred. She often has her hands full with the dogs as she works during the day but has a dog walker come in during the week when she teaches. During the summer, she is either home or as in the case of this summer, has Meg visiting with her from Michigan. Meg is working on an internship with the Charleston Museum and will be going back to Michigan in a couple of weeks.
Tonight Berta, Meg and I will be celebrating Berta's birthday at the Maproom. We always haved an adventure when we get together. Happy Birthday Berta!!!
Friday, July 07, 2006
I had another vet visit tonight. This time I took Abraham for his annual checkup and shots. Abe is our 8 year old cat who just happened to find our house after a major brawl with another black cat. He was torn up with lots of bites, abrasions, and fleas. He also had a major tom cat attitude. After neutering, it took Abe about a year to become totally docile. Now he is a great buddy and loves to follow the dogs and puppies around when we go for walks. Abe loves to work in the yard and is always helping when we are gardening. We also have 2 other adopted cats, Rachael and Rebecca. Rachael was found as a baby kitten whose eyes were glued shut with infection and other end was clogged with maggots. I promised her that if she lived, she would have a forever home with us. She is now a very healthy and happy kitty. Rebecca is a calico who loves to hide under the bed. She also loves me and lets me touch her and stroke her. She isn't so keen on other people but that's okay. She knows who matters.
Lily's OFA radiographs for hips and elbows looked great. We are pleased that all looked good as it is unnerving until one gets the final word from OFA.
Off to walk the dogs.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
There was a huge storm today with a major amount of lightening and torrential rain. Consequently, I didn't get to go rowing. I was excited about being in a six person shell. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out and row my single this weekend.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
It's a back to work day for me after a restful weekend. I was able to play with the dogs, train the puppies, get out on the water each day and row my shell, plus go see some fantastic fireworks from historic Ft. Johnson. I did learn that for photographing fireworks, it is necessary to have a sturdy tripod. I have one but was too lazy to bring it to the fireworks celebration. Hopefully, next year I'll get better shots. I actually enjoyed the time at dusk the most, when the sun was going down, and there were lots of boats on the water twinkling with their lights. The kayakers were out and paddling past the point. It was all really peaceful and beautiful.
Tomorrow Saucy will go in for her spay. I'm always a little nervous about this since it is major surgery. Because our vet is so good, I'm sure that all will go well. It just doesn't hurt to say a little extra prayer.
On Friday, Lilly and Abraham will also be at the vets' office. Lilly will be getting her final hip and elbow OFA radiographs done and Abraham, the black cat, will get his checkup. It looks like a lot of vet work this week.
Will keep you posted on all the outcomes.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Tonight I went to Ft. Johnson where I work to watch the fireworks explode over Charleston Harbor. It was impressive. There was a real festive atmosphere with people grilling on the point and playing frisbee. The fireworks came from Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant. It was really neat.
I'll post some photos of the fireworks tomorrow. Off to bed now. It has been a fun but tiring day.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
I downloaded the photos from last night's Bark Mitzvah. Sea Smoke who is shown wearing her pink birthday collar enjoyed her gifts. She also got a bit tired by the end. Heck, I would be tired too if I were 91 in dog years and had a big party! Just look at Sea Smoke's face. She looks so much like her mother Daisy. Daisy was our first champion and very much adored. Her personality was fantastic. Her father Ch. Dickendall Ruffy was a fantastic Labrador. Her grandfather was Ch. Receiver of Cranspire who is one of the legends in the Labrador breed. Daisy was bred to Ch. Ashlyn's Don Giovanni to produce Sea Smoke. Gio was a gorgeous dog who won some of the top specialties. It seems like just yesterday that I watched Gio being shown at Potomac and was showing Daisy myself. And it seems like just yesterday that Sea Smoke was a baby wearing the pink yarn collar.
Today and yesterday I took my rowing shell out on Leadenwah Creek. It was great! Yesterday's row was harder because of fighting the wind and tide on the way back; however, today's row was out on the last of flood and back on near slack water. What a greatq way to spend a couple of hours.