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The Bobs’ in My Life…

My brother Bob, an ex-navy man who saw action in Vietnam, and my friend, Bob, also a retired navy man, have much in common. Both are staunch conservatives. Both think I’m an old, tree hugging hippie type who’s just a bit looney tunes.

They both keep me around for comic relief. I supply plenty.

My friend Bob is still trying to bring me into the fold, so to speak. He sends Hillary & Obama cartoons, etc…. just in case I’m thinking of casting my vote for the democrates. My brother has stopped trying except for the odd article he sends once in a while, labeled “A Good Read”, which is always aimed at changing some of my bleeding heart, liberal views.

Note to both: I Haven’t Decided… and no, I won’t tell you who I’m thinking about voting for.

I like both of them a heck of a lot. They keep life interesting. ________________________________________________________________________________ Jeff Jeff’s gone back to work. Vacation over. Dogs are whining and pacing…. where’s daddy?! He gives the good treats! I’m chopped liver.

 Suzie is groaning softly under my chair… just in case I forget that she’s miserable. This phase usually lasts about 24 hours… then they get hungry enough to forgive me for not being daddy.

They also realize that the morning breakfast of scrambled eggs is a thing of the past… at least until their savior returns. ________________________________________________________________________________ The 132nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

What a great way to spend the evening – invite a couple friends and fellow dog lovers over and have some tea (coffee for me, please), or a glass of wine and watch the 132nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The show is Monday and Tuesday, February 11-12, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Individual breed judging will take place each day between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6PM. Of course, it is televised so that you can enjoy it at home.

The Group and Best In Show competition will be televised live on USA Network from 8-9 PM EST and continuing on CNBC from 9-11 PM EST Monday and live on USA Network from 8-11 PM EST Tuesday.

All Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and varieties will be judged on Monday, with Groups judged on Monday evening.

All Sporting, Working, and Toy breeds and varieties will be judged on Tuesday, with Groups judged on Tuesday evening.

Best In Show will also be judged on Tuesday evening. Junior Showmanship preliminaries will be judged each afternoon, with the finals to be held at 7:30PM on Tuesday evening.

169 Breeds and Varieties will be judged in seven different groups during the day Monday and Tuesday*.

There are four new breeds eligible for the first time at Westminster in 2008: the Plott (Hound Group), the Tibetan Mastiff (Working), the Swedish Vallhund (Herding) and the Beauceron (Herding).

It is America’s Dog Show, first held here in 1877, and as has been the case for so very many of those years since, The Westminster Kennel Club reached its entry limit quickly for its 132nd Annual All Breed Dog Show February 11-12 at Madison Square Garden. Westminster’s total entry of 2,627 for its show, America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, comes from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and at least six foreign countries. Leading the way with the most entries are California (287) and New York (244). Rounding out the top ten states are New Jersey (170), Pennsylvania (167), Texas (151), Florida (130), Connecticut (122), Massachusetts (103), Maryland (92) and Virginia (80). Foreign entries came from Canada (75), Germany, Brazil, Columbia, Spain, Thailand, and Uruguay. However, many foreign bred dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will be a number of additional foreign countries represented.

As in recent years, the entry limit of 2,500 dogs was reached quickly after the general entry process began on December 7. The final total entry includes 127 dogs entered in Junior Showmanship. Labrador Retrievers have the highest entry with 51; other large entries include German Shorthaired Pointers 40, Pugs 37, Golden Retrievers 36, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 35, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 35, French Bulldogs 35, and Australian Shepherds 35. All of the 169 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club will be represented at the show. There are 36 entries in four newly-recognized breeds competing for the first time at Westminster in 2008: the Plott (7 entries, Hound Group), the Tibetan Mastiff (13 entries, Working Group), the Beauceron (7 entries, Herding Group) and the Swedish Vallhund (9 entries, Herding Group).

The evening competition will be televised live each night at 8 PM (ET) on USA Network. Westminster, televised since 1948, is and always has been America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show. It is the only dog show televised live in this country.

In addition, streaming video of the individual breed judging highlights is posted on the Westminster Web site for viewing within two hours of the completion of judging.

There are changes in the judging schedule from previous years. Breeds and varieties in the Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be benched and judged during the day on Monday, with Group competition that evening.

On Tuesday, breeds and varieties in the Sporting, Working and Toy Groups will be benched and judged, with judging of those Groups and Best In Show to be held Tuesday evening.

The breed judging schedule will be posted on http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org when finalized. Dr. J. Donald Jones of Marietta, GA will judge Best In Show, heading a judging panel of 32 judges from 19 states and Australia.

Mark it on your calendar! ________________________________________________________________________________ Last, I must mention Andy’s new site. http://www.badgeoflife.com/id13.html

 I was moved and amazed by Andy’s courage and caring. He defines the term “hero”.

Go there. I guarantee you’ll learn something.

Thank you, Andy. ________________________________________________________________________________ ASPCA GUIDE TO A PET-FRIENDLY VALENTINE’S DAY

ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine's DayFebruary 14 is on its way—time to spoil your loved ones with gifts! But did you know that roses, chocolates and other candies can be harmful to your pets?

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