Monday, March 25, 2013

Ft Worth Texas, Dog shows & Friendship

Welcome Greytlady11 -- glad to have you along! Does your name suggest you have greyhounds?

I've not really had much time to blog the past several days. Have been very busy with friends, this is the first time I've been able to boot up my computer since I left Southeast Texas! 

Now I'm in North Texas, but I plan on returning back to the Southeast Texas area tomorrow. 

I'm at my friend Pam's. 

She has a wonderful place in Euless, Tx on 5 acres of land. It's great here! 

Pam also has & exhibits Saluki dogs, so we have a lot in common. It was years ago when she got her first show dog, a beautiful black & tan colored female Afghan Hound was when we met.

We've been friends since. I'm parked in her driveway while we did errands (including the last post on laundry!). We did 3 days of dog shows, it was a nice time.

My sick friend, Linda that I came to visit with has had it pretty rough. I had a really nice visit with her on Thursday, we took her in for her radiation treatments. While she was getting her treatments, Pam & I had lunch in the hospital cafeteria. I had no idea that they could actually have good food there! Had roasted salmon, mac&cheese & green beans. It was good. 

One of the valet parkers is an artist. He did this amazing painting on the whiteboard. He changes it out each month with a new painting. Seems a shame that it gets erased monthly! 


Linda also has Salukis & also shows them. She hasn't been able to show herself the past few years, but others have been able to show her dogs for her. She used to have a lovely girl from one of my breedings of the past. She's a great home & gave her a wonderful life into Micah's old age.
Linda has cancer, but we're all hoping & praying she can beat this! This is her 4th bout of this dreaded disease. Her's in in her neck. It just doesn't seem fair does it?

She was released from the hospital last Tuesday. I got here on Wednesday & was able to visit with her on Thursday & she came out to the dog show on Friday. Her puppy, Manitou was being exhibited by a handler, he's such a cutie! The puppy that is ;-) 

 This is Manitou, he's in the 9-12 puppy male class. 

Below are typical grooming areas at indoor shows. You can see the show rings on the bottom picture, where the white fencing is. We show the dogs on non-slip mats in the rings. 



 The shows were held in Fort Worth, Texas. What a fascinating city Ft Worth is, but I didn't have my camera in hand when we drove around the city looking for certain places. But I did manage a cell phone pic of the court house as we were driving up the road that actually passes by it. But it looks like you are going to drive directly in it when approaching! 
 Isn't it cool how the camera caught the sky colors?

Birdie was exhibited two of the days. She won her class, which was bred by exhibitor both days, but didn't get the ultimate win for the points! Oh well, at least she won Best Bred By at the specialty! 

Unfortunately, a damper was place upon us on Saturday & Sunday as Linda was admitted back into the hospital. We were really scared, as she was placed in ICU. Fortunately, she is improving & may go home tomorrow! So we plan on visiting her tonight & if she is improving, then I need to head back to Houston. I'm so very glad I made this trip. It's always good to reconnect with good friends. Treasure those you love,  you never know. 

And I got to make a new friend, so that's always good too! 

~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~
 


15 comments:

  1. So glad you got to take a little trip in your RV. Too bad it turned cold but it sounds like you had a great time anyway. Prayers for your friend for a quick and lasting recovery.

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    1. Thank you for the prayers, she sure can use them. Yes, it did get cold, but we still managed to have a good time anyhow.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Linda. I don't know why they can't find a cure for this dreaded disease. People suffer so when they go through treatments. That is one reason Art retired early you never know what each day, week or year will hold. We wanted to get started while we were both healthy. You will be forever happy you got to spend time with your dear friend. Congratulations to Birdie.

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    1. I agree with you Tammy, if it's possible, retire early & enjoy life to it's fullest! Too bad we can't retire at 50 huh?

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  3. Congrats to Birdie!

    I'm so glad you are able to spend this precious time with Linda. Prayers for you and Linda.

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    1. Thanks on Birdie & thanks even more for the prayers!!

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  4. neck cancer ... oh, man. so sad... nasty disease. glad your able to be with her.

    Congratulations to Birdie ;)

    glad to hear you sounding so good... even a little trip does wonders ~

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    1. Thanks CArolyn, I'm itching for another trip already. Just-need-to-win-lotto...

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  5. Way to go Birdie girl. Spending time with friends is so very important. We have no guarantee of tomorrow and we need to make the best of the time we do have. Prayers that Linda will be much better and that she will be given the strength to keep fighting. Her Manitu looks just like a gangly kid - so cute.

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    1. Yes, you are so right. No guarantee on tomorrow - live life for today. Thanks for the thoughts & prayers.

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  6. I wish the best for your friend, Glad you got to visit with her and your other friend.
    The dogs did a great job.

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    1. Thanks Jo, I sure am glad I was able to make the trip.

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  7. Hoping for the best for your friend. Glad you got to visit with her and congrats to Birdie.

    I spent a lot of time in downtown Ft Worth. My employer's regional office was there. It is surprisingly nice and self contained for a hotel dweller there. Saw the biggest rats (or rat like) ever swimming in the river there. Had to be 3' long. They really do grow them bigger in TX. Had cops on bicycles all over so it was quite safe. Getting there from DFW was always a pain but once there it was nice.

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    1. Mary, have you ever seen the cattle drive in downtown Ft Worth? I'd love to see it sometime! They run the longhorn down there. that would be so much fun to see - need to go back just for that! Not sure what that rat like creature could have been?

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    2. No, never saw the cattle drive. Went to the old stockyards once because it was the thing to do. Once was enuf - not really my thing.

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