Happy Fourth of July

American Flag

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends (excluding, of course, the social-justice Red Guards).  Whatever its faults, flaws and challenges, still the most dynamic, forward-looking nation on earth.

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A Great Career Comes to a Close

Dutch National 2015

Dutch’s show career came to a close at the 2015 National Specialty.  We would have liked to be the triumph of Lacey’s final show, when she won the 2006 National Specialty, but sadly he didn’t even make a cut.  As the picture shows, his gait is as smooth and flawless as ever.

Madame said he was the hardest dog she ever handled, so it’s a tribute to her skills that he ended 2014 as the #1 Borzoi in Breed, Owner-Handled competition and Grand Champion points.  Dutch’s last all-breed show was the Baytown KC show, where he got a Group 4 under Judy Webb.

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A Keen Couple of Cuties

Stacked

(photo by Kelly Brunarski)

At the 2015 BCOA National Specialty in May, Carmen and Aida were the Best Brace in Show.  They duplicated the feat achieved by their brothers Dutch and Ilya at the 2011 National Specialty.  One litter, two dogs, two bitches, two Best Braces.  Well done, boys!  Well done, girls!  Well done, Madame!

(Note:  I thought at first that Aida’s feet were off, but both are standing very nearly square.  Not too shabby!)

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Big Little Town

Our mailing address is Rosharon, TX, a small crossroads off TX-288 south of Houston and the middle of the Iowa Colony-Rosharon-Bonney microplex.

This unassuming place consists of a smattering of houses, a post office, a gas station and, since this is Texas, more than one Baptist church.

Oddly enough, it also has an airfield for skydiving, a research center for Schlumberger, and the US headquarters of Mammoet, the Dutch heavy lift company.  Quite a little town!

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The Tall and the Short of It

Madame and the Beeg Boy winning a Hound Group 2 at the Kennel Club of Texarkana show.

Dutch Jumping

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The New Deal

When we moved from Cincinnati to outside of Houston in 2009, we lost our fiber-based internet connection and had to move to wireless broadband.  At first, this was through a mobile hotspot and the monthly quota was only 5 GB, which, we rapidly found, didn’t go very far at all.  Needless to say, Verizon didn’t, has not and will never put in high-speed internet at this location.

Madame and I got smartphones earlier this year and she also bought a tablet.  At this point we went onto a new data plan that spread 16 GB over all these devices.  Again, we found out that this didn’t go very far.  Even streaming video for a few minutes eats up more data than I’m comfortable with.

So where has this left this leave this poor little blog?  Not very well situated, I’m afraid.  Doing any posting to my satisfaction takes time and research and if I’m having to dole out miserly every byte of data I’m certainly not going to be spending much time online.

Recently, due to an unfortunate event, the situation has changed.  Madame had her phone stolen at Whole Foods; that’ll teach her to shop there!  She suspects that two clerks worked to snatch it when she laid it down on a counter and was distracted.  When she told me, I immediately had Verizon deactivate it.  It was insured, so a new phone was delivered for the deductable of $99.

I was at Verizon having it activated and they offered something attractive.  I may end up being a fool for accepting, but it helps the data conundrum.  They gave me a 7.5″ tablet free for $10 a month for a two-year contract and will now give us 30 GB of data a month for all our devices.  Since really it’s a zero-sum device game – it’s only Madame and I, after all – we’re effectively getting nearly double the data for just $10 more a month.

I hope this will let me be a little more active in contributing to this poor little blog.  Certainly, if few read it before, even fewer look at it now but that’s not the important thing.  Due to circumstances, my life is somewhat circumscribed:  I go to work, I come home from work.  If Madame is away for the weekend, I stay at home.  If I go with her to a show, I help her out but otherwise have little to do.  Not only do we not go on vacations together, I don’t even go on my own.

Not to complain about this, but things like Facebook help me connect with people even though I may never meet them and this poor little blog provides an outlet with which to express myself.  Between one thing and another, I haven’t been very active with this but I want to be and I’m looking forward to doing more here.

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News from the Show Scene

The Beeg Boy and Carmen went to the Nolan River KC shows this last weekend and Dutch came out on Saturday going Best of Breed under Dana Cline and later Group 1 under Pat Trotter; Carmen was Best of Opposite Sex.

On Sunday both repeated their placements under Charles Trotter.  Dutch didn’t get anything in the Group, but he did get an Owner-Handler Hound Group 1.  He also got 22 breed points each day, so after a single weekend of shows, he has half of what he got in two-plus months of shows last fall.

 

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