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Carol made me do it!

December 7th, 2007 (01:53 pm)

where i am: work - shhhh
how i am: curious
accompanied by: traffic outside and staff mumblings

[info]ficwriter1966 is responsible for this. I've been tagged – youch! – and apparently it's contagious ;).  

Zee rules:  Each participant of this little exercise must blog about 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about themselves.  Those who get tagged need to write a blog about their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state zee rule clearly. At the end you must choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

  1. I have one husband, no kids, and 8 dogs
  2. My first language was German
  3. I'm an Army brat and lived in 8 different homes by the time I started high-school
  4. I've had corrective laser eye surgery and should be the poster-child for promoting it – yay me for now having better than 20/20 vision for the past 4 years
  5. I've never broken a bone, nor been put under anesthesia
  6. I've worked for the same company for 16+ years
  7. I've never vacationed anywhere warm
  8. I've lived near Toronto all my adult life and have never been to/up the CN Tower
  9. I founded the Rescue organization for a National breed club (for dogs)
  10. I've known my hubby since grade 8 but we didn't start dating until my senior year of University

Okay, my apologies, guys but I'm tagging a few of you. Here we go: 

big_pinkmoondropzpdragon76smilla02jdsgirlbevel1ienonniemoushucknclem, erinrua .
Have fun!


Posted by: jdsgirlbev (jdsgirlbev)
Posted at: December 7th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)

GLEEP! ok-ok... give me a few minutes!

Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)

She tagged me too...that evol girl. I do have a question though, what Breed Rescue did you found?

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)

Trust me, if Carol hadn't tagged you already, you'd've been on my hit list *g*.

I did check out your meme. My overdue library books date back to the late '80s or early '90s. Fortunately, they're in the hubby's name so I can still go in there myself ;).

What type of riding did/do you do? My sister was a jumper and I have a few 3-day eventer friends. One of my closest friends breeds thoroughbreds. Me? Trail rides (LOL). Love horses though... love horsemen and cowboys more *g*!

JRTCC Russell Rescue was my baby until I hit burnout after about 5 years. Eventually the club took it over anyway, as it grew too big for one person. It's changed hands over the 15+ years it's been running but is in excellent hands today.

Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)

I have done all the horsey stuff, hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage. I loved three day eventing but I did the baby version of it with horse trials...everything is scaled down and done on one day. It was a lot of fun. I loved trail rides too. What a wonderful way to connect with nature and your horse. Unfortunately, my last horse related injury almost took me to that great stable in the sky, so I have reluctantly hung up my spurs. Maybe one of these days I will do it again but I have decided that dogs can't hurt me quite as bad so that is where I focus my attention now.

I have Shelties and do Agility. The doggy equivalent of eventing! That is so cool about your Russell Rescue. They are such great little dogs and very horse oriented. I am sure there is a huge need for rescue with them though, not everyone can handle the little balls of energy! I wish people would really research a breed before they opt to own one.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Golden Dean

My thoroughbred breeder friend broke a few vertebrae earlier this year after a riding fall and has done some soul-searching since then about her riding choices. She's completely mobile, thank God, but realizes that at age 52, she doesn't bounce as well as she used to.

My dad has a great little Sheltie he adopted as a 3 yr old 2 years ago. He got her within a year of my mother passing and she's been a god-send, definitely giving him purpose. His first "little" dog, he's never been interested in my terriers but definitely dotes on her. Prior to her, my folks had an over-sized Aussie Shepherd and before that, my first "pure bred", a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog. Before that, we had wonderful garden-variety pound pups.

I used to run agility with the first dog I got when my then future hubby and I moved in together. Cody was an oversized Australian Cattle Dog, an awesome dog, though about the most submissive ACD I've ever known. I did some herding clinics and such with him also. My hubby competed in agility and obedience with our first JRT and I did so with our second. I never could break a bad habit though which was running an entire course on one breath! I couldn't seem to convince/condition myself to breathe and between that and nerves, agility was going to be the death of me LOL.

A litter we had in '96 produced a pup I placed with a very well known Superdogs performer (she had a star Borzoi, so was flown all over the place with him and her other dogs) and that, along with lending my other male JRT to my flyball obsessed best friend (she has Border Collies and Aussies) and having him turn out to be incredibly fast, suddenly turned us into one of the "it" places to go to get performance Jacks. I never bred a lot or produced a lot of pups (only two of my girls ever had litters of more than 3 pups at a time) but a fairly large percentage went to flyball/agility/Superdogs type homes, which is not a bad thing at all. My last litter was in '03 and I just spayed the pup I kept from it, having never bred her. That means the end of my line so it was a huge decision but I'm not doing anything with the dogs anymore, aside from providing this retirement home *g* for my many seniors (4 of my 7 Russells are 10+) and never was inclined to breed for others, so made the unhappy decision and spayed her in October. It still feels kind of like losing a limb... can't quite describe it.

You're definitely preaching to the choir about researching breeds! That was a major factor in my rescue burn-out... losing the ability to have any compassion whatsoever for the complete and utter morons who were calling to give up their Russells. My contempt for them was becoming loud and clear and, after about 5 years, it became time to move on and only do rescue in a supportive capacity and no longer be the point of contact.

You may have noticed that I mentioned 7 Russells above. Our 8th dog is a 70 lb Deutsche Drahthaar (basically a working-only bred German Wirehaired Pointer) who is an awesome goofball. After doing tons of research, we elected to get this breed since my hubby was a novice bird-hunter/bird-dog trainer and wanted a dog he could hunt and field trial with. Coop just turned 5 in November. I swear he's like a mini-Marmaduke on steroids though! And people think Russells are high energy!

It's been great chatting!

Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)

That is so cool that you have bred some wonderful JRTs. I have done well with my shelties too. Some have gone to wonderful pet homes, others are blazing agility trials. I was not trying to breed exclusively for one thing, more like trying for well bred, nicely socialized sweethearts. Luckily they all have turned out. The one goofball I kept because she is soooo athletic and correct is a nutcase so I think that sweet and kind are my best bets. She will be spayed soon too I think, and she will be the last of my line. It is a hard call, but I think it is for the best.

One of the docs I work with has an amazing German Shorthaired. (He has three actually, but his newest girl just tested as the highest dog in a recent hunting trial) She is just a litle over one year old. She is a lovely dog, energetic, and driven to hunt.

I could talk all day about these guys.

I hope your TB breeder makes the right decision for her. I have been riding since I was 8 or so. When I was younger, I would ride anything. I knew no fear. At all. But now...I don't know if there is enought medication in the free world to talk me into riding again.

The killer part of this is I have never been thrown by a horse and been injured. Everytime, I was on the ground. Funny huh.

Anyway, thank for commenting...it is great to know of a new dog/horse and SPN person!! All because of Carol and her goofy 10 things...

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)

Definitely fun to find another dog-person in the fandom.

I like the short-hairs too but the terrier person in me was drawn to the appearance and cockier temperament of the drahthaar. Same with the hubby. Of course that makes them more of a handful too. I'm just waiting for him to grow up. At 5, he's still a spazz... the only time you see him acting like a mature dog is when he's hunting/tracking/pointing and then he's a serious as a heart-attack ;).

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)

Huh, she tagged you too :)
8 dogs
founded the Rescue organization for a National breed club
Wow. Just wow... now i love you even more... *runs to build a shrine*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)

LOL, well please don't sanctify me yet... I did hit burnout big time and am not involved with rescue much anymore in terms of its administration and such. Though we still 'consult', especially with behavioral issues and such. The organization is in great hands now though, has been for a few years, which is a very good thing.

Sadly my 8 will be declining in numbers in the not too distant future. I've got seniors galore... age 16, 13, 11, 10, 9 and the young 'uns are 4, 5 & 6.

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)

Burnout? Any losses?
You know it's not that matter that you're not in charge there now. It's your will to help what's matter.
Sadly my 8 will be declining in numbers in the not too distant future
Oh, please don't go there! I have my Pretty and she's comparatively old and i'm afraid and refuse to think about it and can't imagine how to live... well... after... just let's enjoy their company while they're here.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)

The burnout really came as a result of years of dealing with clueless people who had no business owning Russells. See my comments above to saberivojo above, they'll give you the picture :).

Unfortunately, having a 16 yr old dog in the house makes me think of almost nothing else but "going there" (sniff). He's in comparatively good shape but has declined noticeably even since early October...

I have his 4 yr old daughter and she's a dead-ringer for him in looks so I know I'm lucky that he's going to live on even longer in her. Still, I hate that they age so much more quickly than we do!

Sorry... I try not to dwell!

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)

Yeah, i know, i know... *pets* But his daughter is good thing and you can always make a spam of him, you know, before he's... you know... that we akk can watch him alive and well and remember him that way... if it any helps...

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Eye of Dean

I've been working on an on line (flickr) photo album of all the dogs, past and present and it's a huge undertaking. I've loaded over 300 photos so far, still have more to pull off of CDs and then there are countless photos that need scanning because they pre-date me having a digital camera.

Sometimes I shake my head and wonder what the hell was I thinking! :D

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)

Nonono! It's good idea! Sharing love, you know... cos those pics can't not bring sharing love. Cos dogs are love. Keep doing it. It's really good thing to do.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Pete Yorn

Okay, I have kids AND dogs? And I can tell you, the dogs are just as much work as the kids, LOL. And you have eight? OMG! Your bed must be really crowded. :)

And never vacationed anywhere warm? By coincidence or choice?

And okay, I will stop asking questions before you start regretting the post entirely, LOL. I answered the tag, but it was hard to come up with ten things! :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 8th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)

LOL, they are a lot of work, especially with that many. they're basically why I stayed home from our planned vacation in November and sent the hubby on his own. The dog logistics became too daunting. It was a x-country drive west to Idaho... the hubby had 3 of the dogs in tow, while I stayed home with 5. We did drive to BC back in '04... took all but 1 of our dogs with us ;).

I wrote two SPN fics in that time the hubby was away though, so really am not all that disappointed I didn't go ;)

When I was a kid, we spent every other summer driving from one Army posting to another so the only family vacation I ever really had was a trip with my mom to Germany around age 11. Which was AWFUL, because at that age, I had no interest in the sights, abhorred the idea of visiting with my non-English speaking elderly grandparents and was missing time spent with my friends who I was going to be moving away from within a week of flying home. I was a pretty miserable, ungrateful kid at that time.

I have to laugh now at the irony... my German grandfather totally creeped me out because he was very 'strange' -- actually came to our home one year to deal with whatever 'ghost' problem my mom was convinced we were having there. He was seriously into astrology, wore bizarre necklaces and amulets and was into all these herbs and 'potions' and stuff. He was actually a graphologist and the police consulted with him to analyze hand-writing so undoubtedly a fascinating character but, as a child, all I knew was that the dude would visit and I'd have nightmares for weeks afterward *LOL*.

Now, all I can think of is, if he was alive today (and spoke English!), the Winchesters would be consulting with him for sure!

Back to vacations... on my own I never had the money to take a trip and once the hubby and I got together the dogs followed soon after, restricting our movements. Hell, we spent our honeymoon at the Jack Russell US Nationals and all our traveling related to dog stuff. Fandom has sent me the furthest south... traveling to Memphis to visit my beta and sometime writing partner 3 years ago and this past June Jensen's play sent me to Fort Worth .

Posted by: ErinRua (erinrua)
Posted at: December 24th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)

ACK! I've never been tagged before - getitoffame! LOL!

Okay, okay, it's Christmas so I can play along. *G*
Cheers ~


Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: December 24th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
CloseUp Blue Dean

LOL, it was my first time too. Not too painfull :).
Thanks for playing along but don't feel rushed - this time of year is crazy!

Edited at 2007-12-24 04:21 am (UTC)

Posted by: ErinRua (erinrua)
Posted at: December 24th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
scary things

LOL, I'm on the downside of the Christmas crazy, finally. Just have to bake a pan of gingerbread tomorrow, and then I is done.

Meanwhile, meme is up. LOL, it took some doing to think up 10 things that anyone might find weird/interesting/amusing! *G*
Cheers ~


Edited at 2007-12-24 05:18 am (UTC)

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Blue Dean

Oh holy crap-I didn't see this! I love memes too ;-( I'll do it-very late of course-lmao-but I will! Thanks for tagging ;-P I loved your answers-#9-it just confirms what a sweetheart you are to me ;-P

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Terriers - Tuck Cody Window

Aww, thanks. When I started the Rescue, Russells were just peaking in their "The Mask" , "Wishbone" & "Frasier" popularity so the need was practically a desperate thing. I couldn't have done it without the hubby. He's got the battle scars to prove it too ;)

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 28th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Alec/neck porn

That's awesome ;-P It takes alot of hard work and dedication-it shows through!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 28th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Terriers - Luna

Thank-you! Rescue is awfully hard on the emotions and I had to step down from being the contact person a number of years ago because I'd lost any tolerance or compassion for the people who were giving up the dogs and was getting so rude with them my hubby had to start to step in. 9 times out of 10, they were giving up the dogs because of problems they created - usually aggression - and we had to refuse some dogs because of it due to potential liability. Every one of those refusals haunted me :(.

Oh, the idiots I dealt with!!

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)

It is-and it takes special people to do the work involved. Too many animals are lost, and it bothers me so much. ;-( I have trouble with animal cruelty as wellas human stupidity. My sister's dog Izzy is a rescue. He was cute-and then he got big. Then suddenly they didn't want him anymore. *Burns* So my sister took him in. I am thrilled because he's a wonderful dog-so gentle-despite his size-and sweet. I wish people would stop and think before taking that cute animal home-research people, research! *Rants* I cry seeing those commercials-and the football guy? Who bred dogs to fight? I'm horrified that people can be so cruel. I have a mushy heart I know-but alot of this could be prevented!
*Hugs you*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Terriers - Luna

research people, research!

Amen, sista! Amen!

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Brain freeze!

Now if only they'd hear that!