Sympawny #14

Hey, it’s Jet Here.

Since I felt the need to report on the Westminster show in a timely fashion, I fell behind on the last Valentines occurrence this week.  When Mom, JJ and I went for our morning constitutional at 6:15 a.m., on Valentines Day, the sky was still dark.  Mom carries a flashlight in case we need to see something along the way.  Unexpectedly, we encountered the following:

  • Buddy, the Golden Retriever, barking a baritone staccato Valentines greeting.
  • We rounded the corner to catch a sonorous bay from Max, the beagle.
  • Lola and her new schnauzer sister contributed a frantic mid range duet.
  • Dixie, the mini Doxie, performed her rhythmic soprano bursts of barking.
  • Abby, the Border collie, must have had laryngitis or slept in.
  • Cody tried to conduct (small hint of Napoleon complex with this guy, but, he’s too cute, so, we cut him some slack.) and finally agreed to a protracted barking segment.
  • Freddy the poodle, the elder statesman, made sure everyone stayed on key.
  • Pebbles, the Kathleen Turner voiced boxer, gave her whoa, whoa, whoa solo and tried to purloin my attention from Freddy, Cody, JJ, Mom and Mr. Richard. (No luck this time.)
  • Lola the chocolate lab gave a far away bark from the back part of her house.
  • Vance, Vilda, and Rex, (the Westies and … not sure what heritage Rex has) flew out their doggie door and added a percussion component like a washboard from the wire mesh covering their metal gate.  They became so excited as we passed, they created a three-part fast paced harmony in a loud, slightly squeaky tone.
  • Simba slept in as far as we could tell, as did Neve.

By the time we reached our lawn again, I realized we spontaneously created SYMPAWNY #14, an ode to Valentines Day.  I never realized the vast array of musical talent we have on one oblong block.  Now, if we had just recorded the piece for posterity.  Darn.  Guess we’ll have to go for a future jam session.

Another great and symphonic day.

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Good Sports-Dog-Ship Part 2

Hey, it’s Jet Here.

Well, we thought our electrical poltergeists were expunged (vocabulary building word) from our house yesterday, alas… not true!  Mom spent 1.5 hours on the phone with this company called ATT in the afternoon.  They eventually determined that another goofy thing occurred in her computer, causing the internet to shut down intermittently (another vocab builder, look at me!) since Sunday.  Shhhh…. So far, so good since the human gentleman told Mom what to do.

My human sister, Rachel, remained this thing called “under the weather” Tuesday night so, Mom, JJ and I watched Night two without her.  Mom brushed us during our viewing party, so, please note that a small portion of my input occurred via audio only, as I was enjoying my treatment on both sides laying parallel to the television.

Night two completed the remaining three groups and then the Best in Show round.

Sporting Group – As you would expect, we have a bias in this order: golden and flat coat retrievers, remaining retrievers, all the setters.  The commentator, Mr. David Frei, had to admit that he did not understand why a golden never made it out of the Sporting Group.  We have opinions, however, Mom reminded me that if you do not have nice things to say, zip it!  Well,  after we oohed and ahhed, the judge selected the Irish Setter.  Admittedly, she was a beauty and we wished her well in Best in Show.

Working Group – I have a question for Mr. David Frei.  The Herding group works hard, why do they designate the type of work in Herding and then have a group for all working breeds?  Mom impressed me during this group.  She predicted the Doberman win before the judge decided.

Terrier Group – Oh those Westminster folks love terriers.  We rooted for the terrier most similar to our friend, Miss Jennifer’s Madison, as well as the Westies, like our neighbors Vance and Vilda.    Since Mom’s favorite color is blue, we accepted the judge’s selection of the Kerry blue terrier.

Best in Show – We really liked the judge in this group, she had spunk!  The breed winners strutted their stuff like rock stars, soaking up the ferocious applause.  Mrs. Judge presented the big ribbon to Malachy, the Pekingese from the toy group.  We appreciated the good sportsman and sports-dog-ship exhibited throughout the show.  Congratulations Malachy, hope you received extra lovies and treats!

Another great day and great dog show.

Good Sports-Dog-Ship

Hey, It’s Jet Here.

Sorry for the late post, however, the electrical poltergeist visited our house again.  Yup, Mom told us (including my human sister, Rachel) that this thingie called a server fell down, went down… something like that.  So for almost a day, we couldn’t post for you.  Mom went into ESI (Electrical Scene Investigation) mode this morning, and discovered: THREE wires mysteriously were unplugged.  She plugged them in, waited a bit and voila – we’re back!

We want to publicly congratulate Malachy, the Peke, on his Westminster win Tuesday evening.  That little guy entertained us as he trotted around the ring.  We enjoy watching the two night contest (via tivo) and cheering for our favorites.  Mom says it’s sort of like watching the NBA playoffs and finals packed into two nights.  Mom really pays attention to the announcer when he details the heritage and the characteristics of each breed.

Now, if you will permit me to break down the contest from my point of view:

Night One selected the first four group winners:

Hound Group – We like the array of body shapes from sleek to low lying.  Of course we rooted for the three dachshunds in Dixie’s honor and the wire-haired guy won!  We can’t wait to chat with Dixie about this.

Toy Group – Rachel would usually find this group most appealing as she is a “small dog” person, however, she has the flu and stayed under her covers all night.

Non-Sporting Group – First of all, this group needs a much jazzier name, any suggestions?  How about the cool breed name group?  We like this group for their diversity.  The Dalmatian win reminded Mom how popular Dalmatians were when she was a little girl.   Celebrating wrinkles made Mom smile (aka the Sharpei winning 2nd place.)

Herding Group – Since I joined the family, Mom pays much closer attention to this group.  We try to find similarities to my “Mr. Handsome” looks and the breeds in this group.  Mom also listens extra carefully to the breed descriptions to get a better sense of what comes naturally to herders like me!  Who doesn’t love the German Shepherd?  The Garden went nuts.  Our only curiosity, why German Shepherd Dog? We do not call JJ Golden Retriever Dog?  Hmm… will have to investigate.

Night two commentary tomorrow.

Another great day.