February 6, 2011


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For all who are wondering where “The Vet Visit” went, I accidentally deleted it.  I’ll give the Cliff’s Notes Version here:

Our vet (Dr. Doolittle, our nickname for him) loves Airedales.

Ruby and Otis are in perfect health.  Ruby weighed in at 70 lbs, Otis at 88 lbs.

They didn’t pick out any toys at the doggie toy store.

We took them home and gave them lots of loving.

February 2, 2011

To Aire is Divine!

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Okay, I know I totally stole that from another Airedale blog, but it fits, I think, for this post.

One of the joys of owning an Airedale is in seeing the gusto with which they embrace life.  Another is seeing the intelligence and thought put into the games they play. Some are with each other, and some are with us “stupid humans”.  So far, they haven’t done much inventive game play with us yet, although I am sure it is soon to come.  As far as playing with each other, I have a modest example here, which I’ll call “Steal the Toy”.  It goes like this:

Ruby and Otis are laying in the living room, Ruby by the piano, Otis on my feet.  Otis JUMPS UP and runs to the front door.  Ruby, not wanting to miss out, also jumps up and follows.  They both look out the sidelight for a few seconds…

Ruby and Otis at the sidelight.

Ruby and Otis at the sidelight.

then Otis comes back into the living room, and proceeds to go into Ruby’s crate and steals her toy.  Ruby hears a slight ruckus here in the living room and comes to see what’s going on.  She sees that Otis has her toy and starts to scold him.  That, in and of itself, doesn’t really do it for Otis, and so she growls a little louder at him.  This starts Otis singing, which he can’t do with a toy in his mouth. As quickly as the toy hits the floor, Ruby snatches it and takes it back into her crate, grumbling the whole way.  She stays in her crate this time, but, again, Otis runs to the front door … And the cycle repeats itself over and over, until Otis decides that it’s better to be rubbed than to play Steal the Toy!

February 1, 2011

Total Ownage

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It has been a little more than 30 hours since we got home with Ruby and Otis, and I must confess that I have been OWNED… They are GREAT!  Here’s a little of what I have learned about them in the past 30 hrs:


Otis out for a walk

Otis out for a walk

Otis is a total goofball.  All he wants to do is play and be rubbed. (given the choice, he’ll take being rubbed over anything else.)

Last night, they picked their preferred spots.  Otis’ preferred spot is on my feet.  Not AT my feet … ON my feet. As I sit on the couch, he’ll sit right in front of me, between my legs, and make me rub him.  (Okay, well, he doesn’t really make me do it, but if I stop, he turns around and looks at me as if to say “Why did you stop?”)  As I rub him, he slowly melts, until he is laying on the floor, totally stretched out, his chest ON my feet.  At one point, while I was rubbing him, he just threw himself backward on me and slid down my leg, until he was a pile of complete relaxation … yes … ON my feet!

This morning after our walk, he went one step further … he started off all stretched out, and then rolled till his back was … ON my feet, and he was belly up so he could get a belly rub.


Ruby Visiting the Neighbors

Ruby Visiting the Neighbors

Ruby is “The Boss”.  She’s a no-nonsense girl and she wants Otis to know it. She’s also very loving and devoted.  She also reminds me of Sam (the Airedale I had growing up) in many ways, right down to the sigh she gives when she lays down sometimes. 

This morning, while I was in the bathroom getting ready for work, I heard someone sniffing at the bottom of the door.  When I came out of the bathroom, there she was, laying right at the door, waiting for me to come out! She jumped up and was so happy to see me, you would have thought I was gone for a week!

She manages to get in her share of attention, in spite of Otis’ constant butting-in. She is such a sweetheart, but she won’t think twice about hogging the toys and telling Otis a thing or two in the process.


Currently, they are sacked out on the floor. Well, Otis is.  Ruby is laying there, resting, but with her eyes open. She’s fighting the urge to fall asleep.  Maybe she feels that this new home is too good to be true, and she worries that it will all come to an end. Hopefully we’ll be able to put away any fears or worries she may have.  She’s almost asleep now.  Otis is snoring away.  I think that pretty much sums up the pair of them.

January 28, 2011

The Transport Plan

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Well, a little over two days before we get to pick up Ruby and Otis.  The waiting seems interminable, but I know that in all reality, this has all happened quite quickly.  The people at ATRA are wonderful, and it’s obvious that they all love what they do.

We were put in contact with the lady who organized the transport.  She is, from what I understand, in Minnesota.  She has coordinated the transport of Ruby and Otis from Arkansas to us.  And she has done so with the precision and attention to detail that would rival any full-scale military operation.  Our hats are off to you Sara!

Meanwhile, we have to just wait.  The i’s are dotted, the t’s are crossed, and soon we’ll be hearing the clicking of Airedale paws on our floors, and making sure that Ruby and Otis have all the comforts that they deserve in their forever home!

We can’t wait!!!

January 25, 2011


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As many of you may know, about 10 1/2 months ago, we lost our beloved Alex to pancreatic cancer.  He was well loved, and had a good life.

As most of you may NOT know, I have always wanted to have an Airedale.  I grew up with them, and I think they are GREAT family members.  Periodically, we would scan the pages of ATRA (Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption) looking for that perfect “sparedale” that we could love and give a forever home to.

Having Alex was not conducive to having an Airedale, since Alex was a one dog family dog.  Additionally, many of the Airedales listed for adoption on the website had issues with cats, or small children, or such.  At any rate, we weren’t holding out much hope that we would find our Airedale anytime soon.

Along comes Sandy Lasey, of the ATRA in Arkansas, who just happened to be scanning facebook, and saw that we were interested in providing a forever home to an Airedale. She sent us an email, saying that she had two surrenders. The owners were transferring out of the country, and their caretaker was no longer able to care for them properly.  They are littermates and are 4 yrs old.  Yes, they come as a package, both of them…all 146 lbs of them! But they sounded ideal for us. They aren’t food aggressive, they aren’t skittish with loud noises, they love EVERYONE and think that EVERYONE loves them, they don’t view cats as food, and, most of all, they’re AIREDALES! It was obvious from talking to her, that splitting the pair up was not an option. 

We talked it over, deciding early on, that two Airedales wouldn’t be significantly more expensive than one Airedale.  Most of our discussion revolved around how best to provide a good, loving home for them, and how best to make sure that our 10 yr old cat didn’t get lost in the shuffle (As I type this, he is sleeping peacefully nested up next to me on the couch…little does he know that his world – and ours – is about to be turned upside down and inside out!)

We called Sandy  back and said that we would LOVE to have Ruby and Otis become a part of our family, and what do we need to do to make it happen.

There was the ATRA application. There was the home visit. There was the Vet reference check.  The groomer check. The WAITING … and more waiting… and more waiting…

Last night we got a call just after 10PM… we have been approved!!!! Today, the transport started gelling … It looks like they will be in St Louis this Saturday evening.  If need be, I’ll drive to St Louis to pick them up.  I can’t wait!!!

This and all future posts regarding our new additions will be filed under the “AireTails” category.

September 22, 2010

Whitewater Rafting 2010

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Once again, we had a FANTASTIC time on the rivers.  This year, we decided to raft the Nantahala (for the noobs) and then we ran the Middle Ocoee.  Given our previous experience, the Nantahala was almost boring, helped, in part, by our boring guide (a high school physics and chemistry teacher by day, and he likely moonlights as an accountant!)

Anyway, the Ocoee was quite a different story. We got to spend some time surfing (whitewater style), and also spent quite a bit of time eating water.  Call it “face time with the Ocoee river” if you will!

We had more people this time, which is always good, and I think we created a new set of whitewater rafting addicts, which is also good.

I’ll post some pictures later, but for now, you can see them on facebook under either my page or my sweetheart’s page, or any of those who went.


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Due to the unbelievable amount of spam I have to deal with on a regular basis, I am herewith removing your ability to post comments on my blog.  I am NOT preventing you from making a comment, however.  If you have a comment on something I have written, just email me and I will review and post for you.  If I ever upgrade to 3.0.1, and it has a decent, intelligent spam filter, I will restore the ablility to post comments.

March 29, 2010


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Well, I’ve taken enough time off of the blog, and of other things, so watch for these pages to slowly come back to life. 

I’ve got a number of things to post about, so keep watching.

September 23, 2009

Whitewater Rafting, 2009

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Well, we did it again. We went back to Bryson City, NC to go rafting again. This time we had a primo cabin, courtesy of Carolina Mountain Vacation Rentals, and we went rafting twice.

The first time was on Saturday. We did a guided raft trip down the Nantahala river. It was POURING down rain, do hard at times, that we could not see because of the water running down our faces. Next time, we’ll wear caps. The river was up a little bit, but still very similar to last year. Our guide this time wasn’t as fun as last year’s guide, but we still got to see the river again.

The second was on Monday. Pam did a guided raft trip again, and Dee and I did ducks. The river was up almost a foot over normal. We were told that the water was flowing at 1800 CFM (cubic feet per minute). Normal flow on the river is about 700 CFM. WOW! Rocks that we saw on Saturday were submerged on Monday.

The ride was freakin awesome! It was also alot of work. 8 or 9 miles of almost continuous paddling. I went for a swim twice. I also learned a couple of things. When you’re going towards a rock, hit it straight on, not sideways. The water will flip your duck if you hit it sideways, and you’re guaranteed to go for a swim. And it does not always fall to reason that if a raft can take a certain line, a duck can also.

Our guide, Reggie, said I was pretty good at paddling. I just need to remember the basics when things get hectic (like when you’re going through the last set of rapids on the Nantahala. He said I could have stabilized myself and kept from flipping. That’s where experience comes in. I’ll try to do better next time.

I’ll write more later and post some pics also.

April 21, 2009

Searches – Strip or Otherwise

Filed under: Political Rants — admin @ 11:18 pm

or Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About My Opinion on Matters Pertaining to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

Well, it’s all over the news that the supreme court is hearing (going to hear?) a case regarding a 13 yr old girl strip searched in her school over “prescription strength ibuprofen”.

In my never to be humble opinion, this case should never have made it to the supreme court. Not, however, because it is without merit, but because it shouldn’t have become a federal case. There is NO WAY IN HELL that this lawsuit should have been granted an appeal, and it illustrates quite clearly what is happening to our society. You can get ANY legislation passed, and get a majority consensus to amend social policy and restrict our freedoms as long as you do it “for the children.” Don’t believe me? Just look at what’s happening in London and New York City regarding their “feel-good” regulations to help stem childhood obesity.

Searches of ANY KIND, by any government official, are a violation of one’s fourth amendment right to be secure in one’s person.

A little background may be in order. This is the text of the fourth amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

* This doesn’t say “with the exception of children, while in school, because the school officials are idiots and blindly follow policy, and think that they have the ultimate control over the students.”
*This doesn’t say “unless there is a ‘war on drugs’ going on”
*This doesn’t say “unless a school has a ‘zero tolerance policy’ about drugs”
*This DOES say that we DO NOT have to submit to a search of our person if the requesting authority has not, or will not, or can not produce a valid search warrant. A search warrant backed by probable cause. Little orphan Annie saying “Jill has some pills” to a school administrator or teacher is NOT probable cause. Annie might be upset because Jill wouldn’t share the pills. Annie might be upset because she thinks Jill stole the pills from her. Annie might be upset because she’s an attention whore. Or, Annie might not be upset at all, but is jealous because Jill gets better grades than she does, or Jill stole Annie’s boyfriend for whatever reason.

Annie is NOT probable cause, and Annie is NOT a search warrant.

Additionally, if a child …(key word … CHILD …) is suspected of having some form of drug, be it aspirin, tylenol, motrin, or phenobarbitol, it is NOT within the school administrations authority to search that child. That is what parents are for. The school upon learning of the suspect possession, should have called Jill’s parents, and told them what they suspected was going on, and request that the parent(s) come to the school to deal with the matter. Their failure to do so was extremely negligent. Their efforts to act as law enforcement officers and conduct an illegal strip search, WITH OR WITHOUT the parents’ consent AUTOMATICALLY opened the school up to a HUMONGOUS lawsuit. If the parent(s) consented to the strip search, they should also be named as defendants in this lawsuit.

All of that notwithstanding, the supreme court should not have heard this case because it deals with a civil matter pursuant to the fourth amendment, and their dealings with this particular amendment should be, and are, criminal in nature. There is nothing indicating that there was ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OCCURRING, merely a violation of the school’s idiotic zero tolerance policy. That is why law enforcement was not involved, and is why this case shouldn’t have made it to the supreme court.

Here’s what should have happened:

Annie tells teach that Jill has a pill. Teach tells the principal. Principal calls mommy/daddy dearest and tells them Jill’s a poppin. Mommy/daddy dearest tells principal to go suck an egg, she sprained her knee at karate last night and has that motrin for when the pain gets too bad. Mommy/daddy dearest additionally tells the principal to tell teach to tell Annie to get a life. Any other scenario IS CRIMINAL.

Given that the school decided to play SVU with Jill (aka Alice, as in “Go Ask Alice), and strip search her, all involved staff should have been IMMEDIATELY canned, and the school should pay for Alice’s shrink bill for the next 40 years, and any and all divorce attorneys she may retain because she is emotionally scarred for life for having to bare all for Mr. Cooper and Nurse Ratchet.

Don’t even get me started on drug testing, locker searches, fast food restaurants, or airports …

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