Monday, March 19, 2012
My weigh in report is going to be short and sweet....still struggling, still hanging in there....
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Week 9: 261.0
Week 11: 265.6
So because it's my blog and I can...I'm going to move on to funner (aka...more fun, better, happier, things less likely to make me beat my head against my desk....) topics. Such as my dog class on Saturday! Who knew I was going to talk about dogs - raise your hand! Anyway, class almost did not happen because my gps did not like the address of the place. It was in a neighboring town. I had to find it old school by asking a lady at the gas station. One of my favorite things about a new dog class is to see all the other kinds of dogs in the class. Since it was a small class there were only 5 other dogs...a huskie (she was crazy happy! Kept bouncing around trying to jump up and kiss the trainer!) a samoyed (she was kind of shy), a very young black and tan cocker spaniel (So cute!), a dapple mini dachsund (also a little shy) and the most adoralbe little Brussels Griffon. We all practiced running around the ring, standing correctly and standing still for the judge. It was good for Eliot to get out around people and dogs again since I didn't have him out too much over the winter.
The other fun dog thing that happened this weekend is that my friend Celeste and her family got a new puppy! An 8 week old German Shepherd they named Daisy. Here is a pic of Daisy with Celeste's daughter:
And finally...I did it. I'm so ashamed. I broke down and bought a kindle! I always swore I never would! But these times they are a-changin. Some books I wanted weren't available in paperback or sometimes they would be if I wanted to wait a year. Frustrating but I guess that's what I get for being impatient. People say "it'll save you money because e-books are cheaper!" But it won't because I will still by the book when it comes out. Because what if I lose the kindle or it does something completely irrationally electronic like lose all my books? How would I re-read all my favorites? Aggghhhh! I'll let you know what I think of it after I've got it figured out.
That's all for now folks - have a great week!
Monday, March 05, 2012
Another month with no progress. Hmmmph. And now it's March. I'm really trying drum up some motivation to get back on track.
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Week 9: 261.0
I really really hate going back over the 260 mark once I actually made it under. Very annoyed.
I really want March to be the month that I get back to it. I just have to tell myself that I WILL do it! It's spring! Time for new beginnings - or old beginnings - whatever, just get to it!
I start a Conformation training class with Eliot on the 17th. Since we already do conformation we're basically doing it to brush up and get ready for this show season. Can't have him running amok in the ring!! I'm hoping that will get me out of my weekend rut. I haven't left the house on the weekends for most of the winter. Time to venture forth into the world again!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Another week gone by and I'm still hanging in there. I did manage to dip down a little and into the 250's, so I'm pleased about that. But unfortunately, even as I sit here being pleased, I have no confidence that I can stay below the dreaded 260. I know, I know, I'm trying to give myself a pep talk... but the yo-yoing lately has been a little frustrating. Or...I guess you could say irked? 6 weeks til my first dog show of the season and I wanted to lose 20 lbs! I haven't even lost 5 yet! Irked! Here's this weeks weigh in:
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Okay, in other more happy news....the great debate as to whether I prefer rib-eyes vs New york steaks has ended with a win for the rib-eye! I do enjoy the new york and actually bought a couple of both types during my grocery shopping this weekend, however, I think the ribeye just edges out the new york because it's a little fattier. Which I Iike.
In other good news....I wait like a kid for christmas for one event every year.....Campfire Mints!! I love them, I love them, I love them!!! When I saw the little munchkin camped outside my grocery store hawking her candies I wanted to hug her!! However, since her mom was sitting there too and I didn't want to get arrested I refrained! I bought 3 boxes. And I don't worry about what it will do to my diet because I try to make them last as long as possible since it'll be a year til I can get more. Happy, happy, joy, joy!!
Alrighty - happy week sparkers! Be happy and be healthy!
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 exposé 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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