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Purebred vs Rescue?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sometimes when I'm not talking to good friends or people at dog shows and they ask what kind of dogs I have, I don't indicate in any way that my dogs are all purebred. And really why would I bring that up anyway unless asked? But there are a lot of people who frown on purebreds, thinking that I should have gotten a rescue. Don't get me wrong, I have had rescues in the past. I think getting a dog from a shelter is a wonderful thing (my best friend currently has two) and I've considered getting another as a companion for my current dogs. However, I'm going to stop apologizing for choosing the dogs that I wanted.

Showing dogs is my hobby and it's something I love. And my dogs love it too. Also, I did my research, I looked at what kind of personality I would be getting, what kind of health issues they may have, what kind of care and grooming they would need. I researched breeders and made sure they did all the proper testing and health screening on the parents and had references from other reputable breeders. I knew in my heart that I found the right dogs for me and because of that, my dogs would never end up in the pound. I know, should something ever happen to me, that the people that bred my dogs would take them back. They feel responsible for the dogs they've bred. I know because I asked that question when choosing my breeder and I keep in contact with her even though she's 600 miles away. And really does it need to be either rescue or purebred? Why not just find the dog that you need, the one that makes you happy? How about one of each? And so, when I read this article, I thought it was a good time for a mid-week blog.

Veterinarian Speaks Out on PETA and Westminster

On January 8, 2009; Libbye Miller, DVM posted the following comment on the "L.A. Unleashed" Blog:

"No one ever seems to mention the millions of dollars that AKC and the Canine Health foundation have invested in medical research that benefits ALL dogs as well as humans.

"Adorable mixed breeds" get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually undeserved in many cases.

I am so tired of PETA and their bogus war on the dedicated breeders who strive to breed healthy dogs, place puppies in appropriate homes, and feel responsible for their puppies for life.

I wish someone would do a exposť on PETA but the media seems really afraid of them."

In response, Debz Fiedler posted the following comment:

Thank you Libbye Miller DVM for stating:
"'Adorable mixed breeds' get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually undeserved in many cases."

It is so sad that a lot of folks, including young veterinarians these days, buy into the "hybrid vigor" baloney. The vet schools have been infiltrated by the Animal Rights Extremists, who are teaching them this junk science in order to push their agenda.

All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say there is absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort of another. Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid problems? Weak knees? Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap between their front teeth? These are all genetic imperfections.

No human is genetically "clean." Neither is any individual of any species on earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because they might have a genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow "evil" for breeding them, is ridiculous. Every single individual of every single species has at least a few genetic conditions.

To use PeTA's logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the woman who founded PeTA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that humans should become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This ridiculous scenario is precisely what she would like to see happen.

So folks, if that is what you want...if you agree with Ingrid Newkirk's whacky views, send your hard earned money to PeTA. They will help to ensure you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any other pet in the future. They will see to it that you can't eat meat or fish or eggs or any type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to shut down places like Sea World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe the many wonderful animals on the Earth. Eventually, once they accomplish these things, they may turn their efforts to making it illegal for humans to procreate.

If you don't agree with their extremist views, wise up and start supporting those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with other species here on our little blue planet.

The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious genetic conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every available test. They research pedigrees before breeding into other lines, to check for similar clearances in those animals. They contribute money to research organizations to further the work being done to track down genetic problems. They contribute blood, cell samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA and genome studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue to work hard at it.

Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any group of humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP Elect Joe Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he got his new German Shepherd puppy. I don't know who did his research for him, but they obviously didn't do their homework if they were looking for a responsible breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog from whomever he wishes, but if he was trying to set an example of purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder he went off the track this time. That's too bad, but it was his choice.

Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because of their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice family pet from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need to do due diligence. You won't get that from a pet store. You won't get that from the guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart parking lot. You won't get that support from a high-volume breeder, either. Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to find someone who really cares and does all the work to breed the healthiest, happiest puppies possible and then stands behind those puppies.

This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully, for many years. Isn't it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who will be there for you and that puppy forever?

And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource for finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible practices, as well as for learning more about the various breeds.

Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show all these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing inclusion of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year's show!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/2/2012 2:56PM

    I count you as one of my friends here I have been reading your blogs for a long time.I may not have met Eliot in (I was going to say person LOL but I guess that is not quite right LOL!) but I feel qualified to say he leads a wonderful life and is loved.WHat right does some stranger have to tell you you should not have him just because of his birth parents.For those obnoxious people who feel they can jusdge I had True how was a purebred and a rescue !!! Yes I got another purebred for a present and for a reson,I have had 3 rescues .I loved them all dearly .They did however die sooner because of the abuse they had suffered,I have sever injuries from a car accident and my husband wanted me to have my new puppy as long as possible so he bought her from a reputable breeder. In all honesty those people who judge and comment should get stuffed (an nice British tern=m for you there LOL) You go ahead and show your babies.You even manage to give pleasure from afar I stop by your page just to look at your gorgeous dogs some days.Shhhh! don't tell the others I love all dogs but Elliot with his bow is my favourite !!!!

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HEYBUTT 2/24/2012 3:43PM

    There are so many things wrong with PeTA, ranging from sexist campaigns (they routinely use nude women to get their point across) to borderline anti-semitic campaigns (comparing large scale poultry production to the holocaust).

It all boils down to EDUCATION. Never get all your information from one source. So if PeTA shows you something shocking, LEARN MORE.

And in the case of PeTA you also see the "throw money at it and it will go away" knee jerk reaction a lot of folks have. "Oh, those poor chickens, I'll donate to PeTA and now I don't have to THINK about what goes on in the production of my food or how to live in harmony with nature."

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RONOSOF 2/24/2012 11:14AM

    thanks for the education!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 2/24/2012 7:12AM

    As long as you love them, who cares! Especially if you show them as a hobby.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/23/2012 10:16PM

    I refer you to my blog " funny from a friend" picture four ( I know you read it ).

The one that says " some people suck, avoid them"

This would apply here. I am sorry but why are people always judging our choices & who made them king?

I think Elliot is adorable & rescues are awesome dogs, but people should just back down on the whole finger pointing thing. Thanks for bring the point up :)

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DEC2DEC 2/23/2012 1:06PM

    Oh, I am so with you. I *like* my purebred dogs, and I like that I bought each of them from a responsible breeder. I did a lot of research to find what I want.

Would I love a shelter pet just as much? Of COURSE! Three of my four horses were rescues from the feedlot -- on their way to slaughter. Rescues are fantastic!! But I wanted something very specific when it came to my puppies, and that's exactly what I got.

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GROKGRANNY 2/23/2012 11:44AM

    I grew up with a Golden Retriever, LONG before they became "en vogue!" I was 5 and it was 1958 when my dad brought her home. I was so in love with that dog! Back they, they were Irish Setter colored, none of this "blondish" stuff. Her name was Penny ;) She was a gem of a pet and a great companion/hunting dog for my dad. We ALL loved her.

When Tom and I first married we had a beagle/terrier mix named Tippy (tor the white tip on her tail). SHE was brilliant! She also got into mischief, but that dog? We miss her to this day and still talk about her. She was born in 1975.

After she died we brought home another rescue pup what was part Samoyed/part Brittney Spaniel. SHE was dumber than a bucket of rocks and had bowel and bladder issues her whole life. We kept her for our son's sake. We were good to her, but I got over her demise after 13 years, pretty quickly.

Now we were down to 2 Siamesse cats! One passed about 4 years ago and Zoe is now our last "pet in residence" and she is 15.

So, there ya go! You get what you get. You love and care for what you get. You stay committed even when it's hard (or at least we chose to!) and then carefully consider if you want to go there again!

That's what I say!

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/23/2012 11:06AM

    As a person that loves and shows Cocker Spaniels, I totally understand your point. I've been told by people that I should NEVER have bought my dogs (or bred the one litter I bred 6 years ago) - that rescue is the only acceptable way to obtain a pet. The irony is that I am a HUGE supporter of rescue. I see the value in rescue, and I wish that EVERY dog, cat, etc in the world had a home. But I also believe in preserving the breeds as they were meant to be, and that means having responsible breeders to maintain the characteristics that make a breed a breed. There is room in the world for both GOOD breeders and GOOD shelters/rescues. What I think needs to be eliminated are the BAD breeders and BAD shelters/rescues. I have no idea how that can be done, but that's the area that deserves peoples' focus.

Let me just say that I support you in loving, showing and owning whatever dogs you want. There are awesome rescues out there, there are awesome well-bred dogs and there are even awesome puppy mill dogs, DESPITE their bad beginnings. It is not the birth of a dog that determines how it will end up, it is the owner and the relationship and the training that make a dog awesome.

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MELIVA 2/22/2012 11:44PM

    Great blog! I have experience with all the above and it really is up to what the owner is looking for. I have a shelter dog (mixed breed, we believe), an accidental breed from two pure lines (Aussie/Border Collie) and a purebred...from a puppy mill via rescue. We have been fortunate in that all are very healthy, save for the Border Collie's allergies. The one with the most well adjusted personality actually came from the puppy mill. I should note that he was conceived there, but born in the rescue.
I have also had a purebred Springer who came from a fantastic breeder. We did have her fixed because her seasons were beyond messy. We also later regretted that, wishing that we could have bred her.
Similar to what Becky said...who cares where you got your dog, as long as it was not from a puppy mill or an unethical breeder (let's not keep them in business), it shouldn't matter. These days there are so many breed rescues, nobody would really know where you got your dog unless you tell them or your mutt is very obviously a Heinz 57.
Love your dog, but do your research before buying/adopting. I love it when 90 year old women tell me that because Border Collies are smart they didn't think they'd be so much work. Use your head when adopting/buying. Know your breeder and the breed(s) that you are adopting.
In closing, I'd like to share a phrase from my friend's shirt; it can be taken in a couple of different ways, but all are true:

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STILLFLYIN 2/22/2012 8:37PM

    While we are venting about this subject, I would like to throw in a complaint about those people that think EVERY dog should be fixed. We have a pair of female Vizsla bird dogs. While we don't plan to breed them at this time, they have incredible lineage and the fantastic noses that come from that breeding. That sense of smell and all that it takes to be really great bird dogs is worth passing to another generation. We want to keep our options open to maybe get one of them bred a little later. And we are called horrible people because we haven't had them spayed.

If every dog is fixed, where are the new ones going to come from?

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BECKYB73 2/22/2012 2:40PM

    I just HAD to comment!! I have two purebred, English bulldogs that were adopted from a Purebred rescue group. I adopted them because I had always wanted a bulldog and I did not have the time to raise a puppy in the manner which I am dedicated to. After adopting these beasties I started volunteering with the group I got them from. We take in approximately 100 dogs a year, from shelters, vets, or owner surrenders.

There have been two major reasons for surrenders. a) health problems and unsustainable vet bills, exhausting family resources or b) temperament/wrong fit with the family, because homework wasn't done or they were bought from an irresponsible breeder. Many people have an idea in their minds as to how a bulldog is supposed to behave and unfortunately the public view is not the reality. They are not all couch potatoes and many have serious dog aggressive tendencies. ANYWAY, my point is there are MANY purebred dogs that are in need of saving/adopting, in addition to the Heinz 57 you find at the pound. Additionally, there are so many Designer "breeds" popping up, which are nothing but cash crops for backyard breeders and puppy mills.

I've also finished several AKC champions (Bullmastiffs) and campaigned a top 20 special for two years in the Pac-NW, so I am all too familiar with many of the complaints people may have against the AKC or Hobby Breeders. I prefer to adopt or purchase a pure bred dog, because I like knowing the common breed traits, health concerns, etc. of that particular dog. However, while I agree that dog shows are a great place to find responsible breeders, I don't believe that large benched shows like Westminster are the best environment for human or dogs. At the large indoor shows I've been to on the west coast (Seattle, Portland) the grooming and potty areas are filthy and there are no good places to really walk or exercise your dog.

Honestly, I could care less what kind or where someone got their dog as long as they are committed to providing for that animal's health, well being and have educated themselves on what they're getting into they're all right by me.

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GYMRAT_AT44 2/22/2012 1:53PM

    I love my two dogs. Purebred maltese and a rescue rat terrier... they both have purpose and joy in our life!

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PINKBEANBOO 2/22/2012 1:43PM

    Thank you for posting this, Michelle! There have been times I've felt like people looked down on me for getting Boomer from a breeder. But you know what? It is my right to have what ever dog I want.
10 yrs ago I spent about 6 months checking shelters looking for the right small-medium sized dog for us. When I saw Buster I immediately knew he was the one for us. He was by far NOT small-medium sized but it didn't matter. If I had gotten one of the smaller dogs we had seen it would not have been a good situation. Just because a dog is in a shelter doesn't mean that it will be the right fit for your family.
The problem is the unethical breeders. I don't care if you want to save $$$ DON'T BUY FROM THEM. That is what will put them out of business.

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SHIROIHANA 2/22/2012 1:18PM

    I used to donate to PeTA when I was vegan for two years. I was completely against purebred breeding and frowned upon people who owned purebred dogs. You hear horrible stories about the immense suffering dogs have to go through to breed over and over again (high-volume breeding). My thought was there are enough dogs for adoption, why continue to breed more purebred dogs? (But these activists don't care about adopting orphans and still have children of their own.) I gave up the PeTA bandwagon because I learned about the critical difference between animal rights and animal welfare. It's no secret that there are many horrible breeders, but there is horrible anything. There's animal abuse, child abuse, ------ abuse and extremist groups like PeTA shine light only to the horrible side of breeding to prove their point across to people who don't do the research. I am still for the humane treatment of animals but I don't have to listen to PeTA (People Excusing Terrorist Acts) for my means of thinking. It's all about doing research for what you stand for. There are pathetic people in office because the majority of people don't do their research before voting yet complain who represents them. It's like this with dog breeding... people against breeding most likely read one PeTA article and are firm about being anti-this or anti-that because of reading about the one-sided argument. I am for standing up to what you believe in but please do the full research on both sides before protesting an important issue. I am for you owning purebred dogs as long as it's from ethical breeders. Thanks for setting an example on how it should be done.

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It's a Quiet Life

Monday, February 20, 2012

Big sigh. I ate and ate and ate this week. I don't know how I managed to squeak out only a .2 lb gain. I seem to be having a bit of a motivation problem in the last few weeks. I feel like I'm hanging on by my fingertips. If I let go, my weight will shoot up and I will have lost all this nice progress - so I'm not letting go! I'm going to cling to that desire not to gain everything back until my motivation hits an upswing.
Start: 263.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
In other news, I slept to my heart's content this weekend - which is one of my favorite weekend activities! It was a quiet, lovely weekend. Until next time Sparkers....

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/21/2012 12:27PM

    Sometimes we just need a bit more.Next week you will be back in top form !

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SHIROIHANA 2/21/2012 10:47AM

    We all fluctuate, and it's better to gain 0.2 than 2.0. Our moods also fluctuate and we all have moments of running on E. Glad you got your rest, now it's time to get back on the saddle. Always do better on the present day than how you did the previous day. (Love your background pic.)

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MELIVA 2/20/2012 10:54PM

    I heart sleep!! Glad you got some good stuff this weekend. Don't sweat the eating thing. I noticed that when I am more aware of how much I am eating, I tend to eat more.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/20/2012 8:32PM

    I just had a gigantic salad and banana sundae for my friend's birthday, was to die for. I was so full, I almost fell asleep. We need that every now & then Michelle!

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KURTBAMF 2/20/2012 3:57PM

    Hang in there, lady! Don't let this set back get you down!

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DEC2DEC 2/20/2012 3:18PM

    I truly empathize. Motivation is cyclical, and I find it REALLY hard to make the right choices when my brain isn't plugged in.

If you can figure out a bare minimum to maintain -- what you need to do so you don't backslide -- then the good news is that your motivation will come back around again.

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MYLADY4 2/20/2012 2:50PM

    Sleep is good, to bad it does not like me very much.

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PINKBEANBOO 2/20/2012 2:22PM

    Sleeping is an important part of weight loss! Just wait, your due for a big drop & after all that sleep it could be just around the corner.

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KMIRANDA2000 2/20/2012 2:05PM

    You're doing great!!

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Could be Worse

Monday, February 13, 2012

Alright, I was going to whine about gaining a pound this week ...and then I got to work this morning and read a few of my spark friends blogs who were dealing with stuff way more important. So no whining for me today.

Start: 263.2
Week 2: ?
Week 3: 262.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6

I had a nice quiet weekend. I did my payday errands on Friday, a lot of reading and a little bit of dog grooming. (Eliot still looks like a miniature wooly mammoth) After I've pretty much let him go to pot over the winter with only very occasional grooming, I've decided it's time to start getting him into shape. And instead of doing a marathon session on the grooming table, which makes both of us grumpy, I'll do 20-30 minutes at time maybe once/twice a week. Which reminds me....Westminster is tonight! Looking forward to that.
Speaking of errands - I bought a new kind of steak at the grocery store this weekend. I do enjoy a good steak and usually have one about once a week. Usually I buy New Yorks, but a friend convinced me I should try rib-eyes - which I've never had. So I'm excited to see if I can tell the difference! (I know, I'm easily amused!) Steak and roasted brussel sprouts is one of my favorite meals.
Last night I tried roasting my broccoli the way I do my sprouts (I'm trying to expand my vegetable repetoire) and I think I overdid on the olive oil. It has potential though, so I'm going to try again.
Tomorrow I'm taking the day off work - unfortunately it has nothing to do with a romantic Valentines day....just a desire to be home for something I'm having shipped to the house. But I'm sure I will enjoy the day anyway because I'm a total homebody! I hope you all spend your Valentine's day in whatever way makes you happiest!!

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KURTBAMF 2/17/2012 6:34PM

    Hope you had a lovely Valentine's! I hear the Pekingese won the Westminster this year! Next time it should be Eliot, wooly mammoth or no.

And there's no need to invalidate your feelings. It stinks to work so hard and gain a pound and you have a right to vent about it here on your blog with your friends. So, have it, sister!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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CCHELLEZ 2/15/2012 11:52PM

  t-bone is my all time favorite.
range fed
living in ranching country makes that possible.
corn fed tastes odd to me now.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/15/2012 12:26PM

    I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day at home like me a day with my dog sounds great!Yond got the award for the best Valentine ever when he arrived with a new English Springer Spaniel for me.She is precious !

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SHIROIHANA 2/14/2012 5:34PM

    Happy Valentine's Day Michelle!
What did you think of the steak? My boyfriend is also a rib eye person. I prefer NY because it's softer, though it has less flavor. I did roasted broccoli once, it was really good. Hope you have fun de-woolying Sir Elliot.

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DEC2DEC 2/14/2012 11:53AM

    Tonight is my favorite Westminster night -- sporting and working groups. The girl handling the curly coated retriever in group tonight is a junior handler (and she's in the finals for juniors handling a different dog). Go Grace!

WHOOPS -- I lied. They didn't win. LOL. I misread a post on FB. Oh well, congrats to whoever won!

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MELIVA 2/13/2012 11:46PM

    Mmmm...ribeye! I have some crazy good recipes for cauliflower, too, if you are interested.
I can't offer you much on your gain, as it probably wouldn't mean a whole lot coming from someone who gained over five pounds last week. More that likely it is water weight though, being it only a pounds.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/13/2012 9:41PM

    Michelle, I am hiking for Valentine's Day then coming home to be with my Baby Girl! I hope your day is great, Victoria

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GROKGRANNY 2/13/2012 4:52PM

    Baby steps, baby steps with Sir Eliot and the grooming! lol Just like with us and our weight loss efforts!

I almost forgot about Westminster! Going to wrap up my emailing and get my work done so that I can hopefully dial in.

I slept like crap last night so I'm a little tired tonight. I only got 4 hours sleep, probably because I had slept like a log all weekend!

Hope your steak will be good!!

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PINKBEANBOO 2/13/2012 1:12PM

    With your history of crazy weigh ins, I wouldn't worry about the 1 lb either. Next weigh in could very well be a 3 lb loss.

I tried roasted broccoli once & really liked it. I should make that again sometime.
Strips are my favorite, too, because there is hardly any fat. Rib-eyes are yummy because there is some. emoticon Enjoy that steak!

Good luck with the grooming. That does not sound fun. I trimmed the hair about Boomer's eyes once. Poor thing was having trouble seeing.

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MOMFAN 2/13/2012 12:57PM

    I got to work to find out a co-worker died last night.

Hubby is in Wisconsin over Valentine's day and I am working about a 14 hour day.

So you are right it is all in perspective.

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Allllmost under...

Monday, February 06, 2012

I am officially more happy about this last week than I was the week before. And here's why:

Start: 263.2
Week 2: ?
Week 3: 262.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4 Yay!

Finally a smidge of progress! And almost under 260.

I had a nice quiet weekend - no superbowl parties for me. I'm someone who actually likes to watch the game, and since I would feel rude not socializing and then telling people to hush so I can hear....I don't go to them! My friends and family all know this about me so it's all good! I also watched the Eukanuba Dog Show on Saturday. I love to see who the judges choose -It's so subjective by the time they get to the end. The group winners were the German Shepherd, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Standard Poodle, Harrier, Wire Fox Terrier and the Affenpinscher. The eventual winner was a black standard poodle, however I was rooting for the Cocker of course! Westminster next week! Go Spaniels!

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MELIVA 2/6/2012 10:17PM

    Fantastic job, keep up the good work!
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GROKGRANNY 2/6/2012 9:22PM

    DUH!! And most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS on your weight!! Woo-hoo! it's coming!!

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GROKGRANNY 2/6/2012 9:21PM

    I can't wait for Westminster!! Isn't it coming up in March?? Not sure.

You are too funny with the Super Bowl.

I thought Madonna was great at 1/2 time!

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SHIROIHANA 2/6/2012 5:43PM

    I would've gone for the Cocker Spaniel or the German Shepherd, which is why I wouldn't have been a fair judge either. You are almost there!! Am so excited for you!! If it's only 0.4lbs then you should get to your GW very soon. Keep up the fantastic work!

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STILLFLYIN 2/6/2012 4:27PM

    You are doing great!

I'm a hound person. I'm always cheering for them. We also don't watch the super bowl or attend any parties for the same. Just no interest in it.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/6/2012 2:01PM

    Of course I can't be a judge as I think all spaniels should win LOL!Eliot would be a shoe in!You are doing fabulously well!

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PINKBEANBOO 2/6/2012 1:05PM

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This week you'll be UNDER!

I missed the dog show?! That's ok. I always watch them on re-runs anyways. The dogs I'm always rooting for never win. Of course, I only go by:
1. Cuteness
2. All English Bulldogs should be winners.
Guess that's why I'm not a judge at the Eukanuba Championship, LOL! emoticon

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BL Challenge Wk 4

Monday, January 30, 2012

Naughty, Naughty! And not in a good way! 4 of 7 days last week I ate junk. Actually the 5th day wasnít all that great either. The only reason my weigh in this week isnít horrendous is because I buckled way down over the weekend to try and salvage my week. I canít seem to get past the hump of 260. Iíve been wavering in this area for about a month now. I pretty much wasted the whole month of January and Iím a little annoyed with myself!
Just to remind myself that all is not lost though.....Last week a coworker told me he had really noticed how much weight I have lost. I canít remember what his actual words were Ė but they made me smile! It was a little surprising because heís one of those guys thatís kind of a tough guy that you would never expect to notice Ė let alone say something about it. It was very sweet!

Alrighty, weigh in time:

Start: 263.2
Week 2: ?
Week 3: 262.2
Week 4: 262.4

So considering I ate like a cow last week (and since I love cows with their big brown eyes, I apologize for insulting little heifers everywhere Ö) Iím pretty happy that I didnít gain 5 lbs. Iím really determined to get under that 260 this week! I can do it darn it!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/2/2012 11:08PM

    What is it about you that makes me wanna hug you? Perhaps as I read your blogs it seems to be what I think? Or could be your humorous undertones? But most likely You are a dog lover!! Yes sweetie, you can do this. I was soooo big, seriously big & I did it. The secret is to believe you can!

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SHIROIHANA 1/31/2012 2:38PM

    Are you also measuring yourself? Losing inches also help give you a boost when the scale isn't cooperating. People see inches, not a scale number. Have you seen cows' legs? You see muscle definition. So yes, let's become strong like bull. You can do this!

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STILLFLYIN 1/31/2012 1:08PM

    You are still below your start. Two steps forward, one back and you are still moving forward overall. Keep on keeping on!

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MELIVA 1/30/2012 10:30PM

    Whoa girl, you got this. It's only Monday and it's only 3 dinky pounds! Show 'em who's da boss (not that funny little Italian boxer dude, either). Go girl! Go girl!

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GROKGRANNY 1/30/2012 5:53PM

    Never fun to feel like you've missed the mark and yet be so close! I know you can do it, and I believe you will do it this week!!

Hang in there and reflect on the level of stress you might be feeling right now. What led to the snacking on junk food?

I find dismantling it, helps!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/30/2012 1:45PM

    You are going to do it!
You are!
You are!
You are!

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DEC2DEC 1/30/2012 1:42PM

    You *can* do it. :-)

I can't wait for people to notice that I'm losing weight. Jenny (my trainer) says she can see it, but I think she's trying to encourage me.

My husband made a Thai red curry soup this week that may have done me in! It's addictive, and I can't stop eating it -- and the calories are out of this world. Aaarghhh!

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