Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Last day of April

Signs of Spring
Today was cool with clouds and rain moving thru, but off and on the sun came out. Jake loves to take long, brisk walks when it's in the 50's and low 60's but at the same time he hates rain. Today he got lucky and no rain on any of his walks! Can you find the single, long black hair on the face of the yellow pansy? That would be Jake's!
Bright little face

Monday, April 28, 2008

Keep those nails short

Here is a very detailed page on how to keep those nails short and smooth using a Dremel. This was written by Dawn S. Garrett on her DoberDawn dot com website. She takes you step by step so it is possible to start even with an adult dog never exposed to the Dremel grinding method. Obviously, it is much easier to start a puppy very young, almost from birth getting used to having his/her feet and toes touched and then moving on to the shortening process as seen on the page linked here.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Why is it...

you groom the dog and because finally there is a day without rain you go outside, and the dog finds the dirtiest place within reach of the lead to sit down???!!!
Why is it...

Then Jake gives me that innocent look.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


"Muppet" is far and away Jake's favorite toy. It has a loud squeaker, and Jake runs around the house with his "Muppet" squeaking away! When Jake is particularly pleased about something he literally runs laps up and down the hallway with his Muppet sqeaking and squealing and Jake with the happiest look on his face.
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bill Buckley's Most Beautiful Dogs

I thought that perhaps you would enjoy reading a piece which the late William F. Buckley, Jr, wrote about his beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Bill and his wife, Pat, had at least a couple of them continuously since the 1960s. Below is what he wrote, which has been re-published in his memorial edition of his magazine, National Review
(March 24 issue, page 42) :

"I have never understood why, when there are beautiful dogs one can acquire, people should go out of their way to acquire non-beautiful dogs. I know better than to give examples, because nothing arouses owners more than the suggestion that their breed is less than the most desirable in the world. But admit it, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are strikingly attractive. And just as one feels the impulse to stroke them, they feel the impulse to be stroked. Sam and Fred can spend hours being fondled, as you read your book, or talk to your guest. But then they will exhibit their independence. It disappoints me only that they do not like my study. Rowley used to come to my study once every hour or so, to have an extended love-in, during which we would exchange our eternal vows. Sam and Fred will accompany me to my study, and then leave, to play elsewhere or simply to be in the kitchen, or, preferably -- always, if she is there -- with Pat."

As a side note, the Reagan's "Rex" came to them thru the Buckeys. He was, I think, the first and so far only Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the White House. I remember seeing him on the White House lawn, coming and going with President Reagan and the First Lady as they boarded the helicopter. Rex went to Camp David this way and also flew on Air Force One for getaways to the Ranch in California. Rex was such a good ambassador for his breed and looked very much as if he belonged in the White House. Those were happy years!

Above photo was located in "Presidential Pets" on the White House website.