COUNCIL BLUFFS K.C. OF IOWA.
This big fellow is truly a Mastiff of superior quality. Alane could not ignore.
At the Brazoria Kennel Club Show in Humble, TX
Alane chose this lovely sable Sheltie for Best of Breed and First in the Herding Group.
This outstanding Pomeranian topped the breed at the Greater Houston Specialty.
Alane was impressed with this little fellow's outstanding breed type and character.
A PORTUGAL PILGRIMAGE
THE AMAZING ACTION-FILLED HISTORY COVERS MANY CENTURIES OF RIOTS, REVOLTS, ROYALTY AND TREATIES TO DETERMINE PORTUGAL'S CURRENT TERRITORY.
OUR GOAL WAS TO VISIT THIS FASCINATING COUNTRY AND TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS REVEALED ON THE APPARITIONS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN 1917 TO THE 3 YOUNG SHEPHERDS IN FATIMA.
WE GIVE MUCH CREDIT TO OUR GUIDE JULIO PEREIRA , A NATIVE OF FATIMA, WHOSE FAITH AND DEDICATION TO GOD AND HIS COUNTRY IS INSPIRING.
JULIO PERSONALLY ESCORTED US THROUGH TOWN AFTER TOWN, THROUGH CATHEDRAL AFTER CATHEDRAL. WE WALKED FOR MILES UP AND DOWN HILLS.
AS MODERN DAY SENIORS WE FIND IT INCOMPREHENSIBLE HOW THESE FAITH-FILLED, GOD FEARING FOLKS COULD CREATE SUCH MAGNIFICENT MONUMENTS AND OTHERS QUITE MONSTROUS.
TOMAS & JULIO TAKING ROUTE TO LOCA DE ANJO
THIS TREE HAS A CROSS WHERE APPARITION TOOK PLACE
WE ARE WELCOMED BY THIS 99 YEAR OLD LADY WHO IS A COUSIN TO SHEPHERDESS, LUCIA
JULIO INTRODUCES US TO THE SHEEP LIKE THOSE CARED FOR BY THE 3 SHEPHERDS.
LIKE THE PIETA OF ITALY, THE PORTUGUESE CREATED THIS MONUMENT TO JESUS AND MARY
THE SANCTUARY CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
STATUE OF KING D. JOHN III (1502-1557)
OUR LADY OF GOOD DEATH WITH CHERUBS IN THE BACKGROUND
TOMAS ENCOUNTERS LOCAL MARCHING MUSICIANS THROUGH TOWN INSIDE A CASTLE.
NAZARE BEACH CLAIMS TO HAVE THE WORLD'S HIGHEST OCEAN WAVES.
ALANE CAREFULLY WALKED DOWN TO THE ATLANTIC TO FEEL THE FRESH COOL WATERS ON HER FEET.
WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS SCULPTURE REPRESENTS
THIS FORT WAS BUILT TO DEFEND THE ENTRANCE OF LISBON AT THE TAJO RIVER.
CASTLE WALLS CAN ENDURE FOREVER
NARROW PEBBLED STREETS WERE DIFFICULT TO WALK ON
IN COIMBRA WE ADMIRED THIS PAINTING ON TILES BY THE STREET WALL
THE CATHEDRAL STATUES INCLUDE SOME BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL WHILE OTHERS ARE PAINFULLY REALISTIC.
WE STAND IN AWE ADMIRING THIS STATUE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
STATUES OF THE LITTLE SHEPHERDS, LUCIA, FRANCISCO AND JACINTA AT THE SITE OF ONE OF THE APPARITIONS
FOR SEVEN DAYS WE LOOKED FOR A PUREBRED DOG, THEN ON THE VERY LAST DAY WE SPOTTED THIS BORDER COLLIE.
Linda Patterson shares this picture of Ben-Ben enjoying his beautiful garden.
FUN AT THE HOUSTON DOG SHOWS!
Dog lovers gather every summer to not only watch all breeds compete in various exciting activities, but to show off their own beloved pets that come in all shapes and sizes.
While Tomas was busy stewarding the conformation ring, Alane and Heather and her Chihuahua, "Cash", wandered about taking in the sights and greeting fellow dog fanciers.
Mastiffs are big and lovable and dream about playing with a 4 pound friend.
"You are so cute, can't we be friends?"
"Cash" finally feels safe with the attention of this sweet little girl.
Once in a blue moon Tomas and Alane celebrate their Anniversaries when judging a dog show.
This 58th was in Laramie, Wyoming.
Cheyenne (Classic's Worthy & Wise) poses as a real beauty queen! Does she know how pretty she is or is it just Marla Brandkamp's artristic photography?|
WHAT A PLEASURE TO SEE THE PUPS AT 4 MONTHS OF AGE!
Nicole Mosiman and family are taking great care of "Charlie" (Classic's You Are My Sunshine).
Elisa Graves and daughter Michaela have their hands full with their two "kids". On the left is "Belle" (Classic's You Are My Dreamgirl) sitting pretty next to her brother "Bear" (Classic's You Make Me Happy).
THESE 3 LUCKY SIBLINGS GET TOGETHER TO ROMP AND PLAY.
How convenient that Charlie can visit her brother and sister since all live in the same neighborhood.|
Left to right: "Belle" - Classic's You Are My Dreamgirl, "Bear" - Classic's You Make Me Happy, "Charlie" - Classic's You Are My Sunshine.
Mom is our Classic's Viva Victoria, CD, BN, RN, CGC and dad is our boy Classic's The Perfect Prince.
Thanks to Elisa Sosa Graves for this cute picture.
A visit to the Staffan's on June 10th, gave us a moment to witness their two play. Sandy was eager to have her Shelties "smile pretty" for the camera. The young tri is "Duncan" - Classic's You Are My Dark Knight. The blue girl is "Julie" - MACH6 Classic's Lil' Jingersnap, UD, RE, XF, CGC.
Julie celebrated her 10th birthday on April 22nd. Only 5 days later she completed her 6th Master Agility Championship. It takes great love for Julie and dedication to achieve these successes. Julie's parents are CH Wildwind Turbulence and our blue girl, Classic's Irish Indigo, NAJ, RN.
Thank you Sandy & Craig for giving Julie and Duncan a perfect home.
Pictured left to right at the trial are Judge Michael H. Teh, Sandy, Craig and Dave Milmore.
Dave is the agility instructor at the Euro Dog Training Center and volunteered to run Julie while Craig was recovering from a leg injury.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE PICTURES AND UPDATES OF THE PUPS AS THEY GROW UP.
BEN-BEN (Koenig Classsic's The Gentleman) is now living with Sheltie lovers Linda & Gary Patterson.
BEN-BEN is sired by our Classic's The Perfect Prince. The Weavers have the dam, Classic's Whispering Willow. We miss BEN-BEN, but are confident he is enjoying his new life.
Our GI-GI (CLASSIC'S I'M XCITING) is now enjoying her new home with Carol Lynne Brown and her Sheltie Andy.
CALIFORNIA DOG SHOWS BRING OUT THE BEST!
While the weather was blazing hot, Alane selected this spunky Westie as the top Terrier.
THE BAYTOWN KENNEL CLUB HAD A FINE COLLECTION OF SHOW DOGS.
Here we see Tomas awarding Best In Show to an outstanding English Springer Spaniel.
Florida winters can be harsh!
Only the show dogs seem to enjoy the cold.
(Meyer Dog Show Photography)
At the Tampa Bay K.C. show Alane couldn't pass up this Brittany who beat out all the Top Show Winners.
2018 Starts with very good entries at the Nolan River Dog Shows!
This young lady was thrilled to show off her fine German Shepherd Dog that topped the competition.
"Great Dogs will always run to the head of the pack."
[The Rising Stars]
[The Former Stars]