Friday, January 26, 2007

My Beautiful Black Lab

My Beautiful Black Lab, Sable continues to amaze me.  I hurt my back 2 weeks ago, and Sable has 'stepped up to the plate'.



Sable helped me , by dragging laundry down to the washer.  If I asked her to 'give' a certain object, she does.


Sable has been helping me with lots of small jobs, too.  I am introducing them to her gradually.  Her desire to please me by doing her best, is amazing.



Tonight, We are going to a Fancy Dinner at 'TERRACE on the PARK'. 

When I was deciding on my outfit, I made a mess.  I accidentally pulled the draw OUT of my jewelry chest.  Everything fell all over the floor. I had to get down on my hands & knees to retrieve what fell...As I WAS PICKING THINGS UP, SUDDENLY THERE WAS A BLACK FURRY FACE! 


Sable was giving me my bracelets, etc.  She picked things up very delicately, and presented them to me!  It was as if she knew to treat things gently...and these 'things' were special to me.


How amazing is she! 



Monday, January 22, 2007

need help

I work with two animal welfare groups here in Middle Tennessee.  Labs are very

popular in this area as can be attested to by the fact that so many of the dogs that

end up in our local shelter are black, chocolate, or yellow.  Some are mixed breed,

others are probably purebred.


I'm searching for a video that describes a popular breed and what a buyer should

look for before purchasing. So I've selected Labs because they are so popular and

because Backyard Breeders (BYBs) are breeding sub-standard examples and ruining

the breed.


I'm looking for a video that can educate buyers (and breeders) on what is the standard

of a breed both physical and temperment.  People here think a dog with "papers" is a

good dog.  I'd like them to understand what those "papers" actually mean.  I realize that

breeding for conformation in some breeds like Labs is somewhat different than breeding

for field work (it can be the same but often is not).  But pedigrees list the field or conformation

classes a dog's ancestors have gained titles in.  People here don't know about titles or what

they mean.


I think that if buyers understood what responsible breeders do to perpetuate and ensure

the health of a breed that they would be less inclined to buy a breed dog from the guy down

the street.  And if the guy down the street realized that he would have to invest more money

into his breeding program in order to attract buyers, maybe he would quit breeding.  Most

BYBs are looking to make a quick buck on some poor schmuck who doesn't have a clue

that there even is such a thing as a breed standard or genetic health problems. So they don't

provide pre-natal care for the dam, shots or worming of the pups, veterinary health checks

on both parents before mating, etc., etc., etc.  They just put 2 "purebred" dogs together, hope

for a large litter, and plan how to spend their proceeds.


Can you help me find such a video that I can present to local civic groups (that are largely

composed of adult males).  I'd love to stop the euthanizing of young healthy animals because

some idiot thought he could make more money breeding dogs than raising cattle.





Sunday, January 21, 2007




I have attached a picture of Cooper taken December 20, 2006. I had him at the vet when he was 16 weeks and all was fine and he weighed 42 lbs. He is growing very fast and is keeping our 6 yr old golden on his toes.


Take care.


Saturday, January 13, 2007

Update on Angus

He's 18 weeks old & near 40lb. I am biased, but I think he's pretty handsome.  :-)



Thursday, January 04, 2007

Kona Pictures

Hi Don and Pierrette.


Here are a couple of pictures of Kona. She has grown so much. What a great puppy!


Happy New Year!

Kimberley and Steven Eddy

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sullivan's progress

Hi Don,

Happy New Year!
I thought I would follow up with you on Sullivan's progress (Roo and Jet's pup).  He's now 10 weeks old and an absolute joy to have. He's completely housetrained, sits, lays down, stays, shakes paw and absolutely loves retrieving tennis balls. Attached are a couple of more photo's of him, his colouring is beautiful and he has a wonderful demeanor. 

He's going to be a big boy, currently at 10 weeks he's 23 pounds and has a huge set of paws on him!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and I wish you all the best in 2007.

Kind regards,


Monday, January 01, 2007


Raven, Marilyn and I send our wishes for a wonderful 2007. Raven is growing like a weed and at 9 1/2 months weighs 70 pounds. He is still somewhat of a 'humper' to his stuffed toys and he has eaten two outside dryer vent covers. He is a normal kid and is coming along wonderfully. He likes to chase crows and is friendly to all.