Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

The management and staff of the Bombshell would like to extend the warmest Christmas Wishes to our entire readership..
In all seriousness, I wish all my regulars and those who find their way here by accident a very Merry Christmas... Mat the Peace and Warmth of the Season find it's way to your homes and families...

Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Goodbye Gus

I'm sure that many of our legion of readers will recall my ramblings about Gus, the Jack Russell Terrier, the black and white on the left in the photo, who's adventures I've told of on these pages more than once.
He succumbed to a number of maladies and just general old age, but he never gave up! He suffered in later years from the effects of a dislocated hip, which made him walk like a fiddler crab, and a nasty cough from his bad heart.
Gus served a number of useful functions around the barn and kennels, from keeping vermin in check to being the first to know when a bitch was coming in heat, a very useful friend to have around. He also kept two legged intruders at bay, and anyone who dared jump the fence with bad intentions paid a price for it.
So, here's to Gus... A dog who's heart belied his diminutive size. I'm sure he's in JRT heaven, where rats and vermin abound, and his beloved balogna is always on the menu.
But, as is usually the case, there's a bright side to every sad story. I met the replacement, Millie, a little female to keep Jackie company and carry on Gus' duties. She's a sweet little JRT, and thrives on attention. She'd much rather spend the morning being carried around by me than even getting treats. She's a sponge for attention, and I think she'll get some from me... But, in the meantime...

I'll never forget you, Gussie...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nice dog alert..

Crossposted.. Please do the same.

Due to the untimely passing of Mr. John Yates, his widow, Donna is offering for sale some very nice birddogs. The dogs are located in NW Pennsylvania, and priced to move. Here is an excellent opportunity for some lucky individuals to get a nice little gundog..
Mr. Yates has done alot to help the owners of Sporting Dogs through the The American Sporting Dog Alliance, which he founded and built into a force to be reckoned with.

For more information, please go directly to the website.. Eagle Rock Kennel.

Thanks for looking, and please pass the word.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

True to form, today was the day for the annual Christmas unpleasantries.. The annual hanging of the most hated Christmas lights.
The festivities include much cussin' and swearin', mostly aimed at GE and their Asian partners who produce these lights that never seem to work, or blow fuses in the sleet, or just generally perform poorly. Half a set out? No problem! Buy two new sets, because one will never find the bulb that is causing the outage!
It must cause Chinese factory workers great glee on the weeks leading up to Christmas. They don't have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but enraged Americans tearing lights off from the places they have been hung after checking them three times, only to find them unworkable after being placed upon the tree or home.
Why can't we return to the days of my youth, when a burned out bulb only meant replacing that one errant unit, instead of attacking bthe entire set with a multi-meter... all to no avail..

Unfortunately, the Christmas spirit has only just entered me, and there are more good times to come... The tree has yet to be put up...

To reprise an old tune from The Carpenters... "We've only just begun"...

God, give me strength...