Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The non-migrating Canada geese gather on the water outside my home, for the safety of nights on the waters of Lake Huron I suspect, and then in the morning, they take flight in large but separate bands and move inland to feed. They are far enough away that their almost continuous nocturnal honking doesn't penetrate the house and can only be heard by standing on the porch.

First Light Photos are sometimes more interesting than the actual rising of the sun. I've always appreciated the softer colors of first lights. The next five shots were taken the same morning - two first lights and then three shots of the quasar-like actual sunrise.

On Tuesday I visited the Royal Oak Cemetery graves of my grandparents and found a grave blanket marking their graves. I doubt any grandchildren, who are far-flung all over the US, planted it so one wonders - - - - - Who, why?

It seems that most of the winter storms so far have been much further south of us here. The grass here is still green, perhaps frozen green but, nevertheless, green.

Kria has been sick, upset tummy, the last few days. She has been a healthy dog all her life but she turned fourteen last spring so one can't help but be concerned when she suffers.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vinlands Elisabeth - Vinlands Ulfbehrta Kit

American Kennel Club Icelandic Sheepdogs Vinlands Ulfbehrta Kit ("Kit") and Vinlands Elisabeth were both measured recently using a wicket marked in fractions of inches. Kit measured 15 6/8 inches and Elisabeth measured 15 7/8 inches which put them both very close to the suggested standard.

Here are some photos of Elisabeth and Roni Dowling taken last weekend by Jeff Schmidt. Jeff and Colleen are the owners of Kit's and Elisabeth's sire Kross Gola Kelinn ("Calvin"). Elisabeth finished her American Kennel Club Championship on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Huge congratulations Roni and Elisabeth.

Vinlands Ulfbehrta Kit

Sire: - Kros Gola Kelinn ("Calvin")
Colleen Schmidt

Dame: - Vinlands Totty
Ann Keil

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Vinlands Elisabeth and Veronica in East Lansing

Icelandic Sheepdog Vinlands Elisabeth had almost completed her American Kennel Club Championship but just returned from Donna Staton to live in Michigan with Veronica Dowling. She and Barbara Beers showed dogs in the ring today and Betty (maybe? - they're working on a new call name because "Lizzie" is too close in sound to two dogs Roni has) finished!! Here's the latest photo from Barb. (Clicking on photos enlarges them.)

I was so glad I had a chance to drive over and down to East Lansing to watch her compete. Considering she hasn't been here in Michigan for even a week yet, she did very well. The judge even said she hoped more short coated Icelandics would be shown.

I had forgotten the noise, tension, confusion, and smells of dog shows; it has been many years now since I've felt up to going. I ran into several old friends and had nice chats. I wish I'd had a chance to watch the agility trials but I really had to get back on the road before the rain/sleet/snow started.

I was just about to write "Betty and Veronica in the ring" and that made my mind flash back to the comic book series with Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. I know. I realize that dates me. T.S.

Regardless, Veronica and her new Icelandic today in Ring 7 at the east Lansing dog show. Roni and Barb also showed Cola (Hidow Sweetness Overload) today

I think the bonding has started.