January 13, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary

Back in the days before they built the stairs over the hard places

Appreciations: Sir Edmund Hillary
What makes the news of Sir Edmund Hillary’s death so moving was his modesty, the sense of a civilian heroism held in reserve apart from one great moment.

January 11, 2008

A Great Philosophy to Live By

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous 'yes'
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.
'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The golf balls are the important things---God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else---the small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.  The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  'Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children.  Spend time with your parents.  Visit with grandparents.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your spouse out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.  Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand.'
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.  The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'  The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'
Please share this with someone you care about.
January 9, 2008

Dachshund, Pug, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, and Miniature Pinscher

AKC Canine Health Foundation Call for SamplesAllergic reactions continue to be the most common adverse event associated with vaccination in dogs. Recent research has demonstrated that small dogs in general, and several specific breeds, are at higher risk for these reactions. Laboratory studies have shown that normal dogs make antibodies against many vaccine components, even though they may not show an allergic reaction immediately following vaccination. Although the specific cause of allergic reactions in dogs remains unknown, vaccine components residual from the manufacturing process have been incriminated. These specific components need to be identified, so that manufacturers can make safer vaccines for dogs.

Researchers including Dr. George Moore at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine – with funding provided by the AKC Canine Health Foundation – are looking to identify causes of vaccine-induced allergic reactions. Using serum from dogs of high-risk breeds, this study will compare antibody concentrations in dogs demonstrating allergic reactions versus antibody concentrations in dogs of the same breed that don’t have reactions. To complete this study, samples are urgently needed from 5 high-risk breeds including the Dachshund, Pug dog, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, and Miniature Pinscher.

Your dog may participate in this study if they are a member of this group, and have been vaccinated in the past three weeks.

Click here to read more about this study including information about how you can participate.

To support this and other important research at the Canine Health Foundation, give securely online here.


Jeff Sossamon
Director of Development & Communications
AKC Canine Health Foundation
PO Box 37941
Raleigh, NC  27627-7941
(919) 334-4015 (b)
(919) 334-4011 (f)
(888) 682-9696 (toll free)

January 8, 2008

Pets Enjoy Healing Power of Music


At least trying this would be a pleasant experience....

Pets Enjoy Healing Power of Music - Yahoo! News


January 8, 2008

Chicken Liver Brownies

Lee sent his favorite dog treat recipe, maybe he thought Judd needed a tried and true recipe. 

A trainer (old time akc judge) at my club used this for treats the dogs were crazy about it  < ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />

She used chicken livers

Ps I am not a cook but have been given this time to time

Amy will follow anyone that has given this to her for days afterwards

January 4, 2008

Taking a Dive?


Jan 3, 2008 - The Associated Press
Man leaps off bridge, taking police dog with him

CORONADO, Calif. — A man being chased by authorities grabbed a police dog and leaped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, taking the animal with him into the ocean water 200 feet below.

The fugitive survived and was in serious condition Tuesday with a collapsed lung, but the fall killed the dog.

The 27-year-old man will be charged with causing the dog's death, driving under the influence and evading police, authorities said.

The pursuit began Monday evening after an Oceanside officer saw the man driving a GMC pickup erratically. The officer, accompanied by a Belgian Malinois named Stryker, ordered the driver to stop but he refused, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Larry Landeros said.

The man led police on a chase on a section of Interstate 5 and onto the bridge, where he stopped and the officer released Stryker.

"The dog actually took the driver to the ground and then [the driver] ... lifted the dog up and jumped over the side," CHP Sgt. Steven Toth said.

The man had not been identified as of late Tuesday.

December 31, 2007

Dog Star

Just saw Jack Horkheimer's weekly astronomy
bit--Sirius, the Dog Star, will rise in the southeast
on New Year's Eve and hit its high point in the sky at
midnight--happens every year in each time zone

One of the neatest bits in the universe, so if any of
us are still awake at midnight we must remember to
check it out

As Jack always concludes, keep looking up!