About Jewt

Born in Maine; Thriving in Alaska

Starting Over…

This was the year the Kerry pack moved to a new domain largely because... In our life we have to make tough decisions.

Dare I Say Sacred…

  Dog fancy has pulled me out of the comfort zone called home to visit several regions of the country to connect for breed competition.  It has been my pleasure, for every place we have gone we have received a warm welcome. From my observation, I have got to say the Kerry community is quite […]

On Competition…

Competitive by nature, I play to win.  But the win is only as sweet as the imposing challenge. This weekend Stirling did well at the specialty hosted by the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Chicago held in St.Charles, Illinois.  This was good.  But what made it great for us was respect for our competition.  I […]

Us & Them…

when we see in terms of us & them; we only see half of it eyes without vision are blind when we are intolerant of them, we are a bigoted us when we hate them, we hate us when we kill them, we kill us there is no us without them our us & them […]

Crowned in Triple Blues…

  Standing on the travel crate that served as our grooming table, Stirling casually yawned as we stood ringside waiting for the Best In Show competition on the last day of the Fairbank’s cluster.  Sasha, a kerry-man and acquaintance we see annually at this show, asked in a hushed tone whether we might ought to work […]

Epiphany…

     10,000+ feet above earth en route from Alaska to Maine; when an epiphany struck. I am a big fan of the a-ha’s of life.     Perhaps I should not have been surprised that Rebecca Brandon came to mind as I was flying over the clouds…  After all, she is now of the […]

Dream-Come-True…

  Being my sister’s birthday, July 25th has always been a memorable date.  But on that date of this particular year one of my dreams came true…   The whole experience is sort-of-a blur to me now, and even at the time it had a surreal feel.  But I still have tiny bruises from pinching myself so many […]

Resilience…

So many qualities to love about our dogs; and, two of my favorites are their in-the-moment consciousness and their resilience.  You can learn a lot from a dog when you quiet your thinker, watch, and take it to heart.  Obviously mental health leads physical health, at least quite a bit of the time.     Aoife […]

The Twists & Turns…

  Just last weekend we were celebrating our Best In Show win.  There has not even been time enough to write about that, and now already we are swallowing the grave reality of losing an unborn litter of puppies… Who pushed me off Cloud-9?  …Life-it’s-own-self, of course.   Again I ask, please do not question […]

Disappointment…

  Our puppies have perished before being born. Please do not ask me why, as I have no answer for you…     This simply was not meant to be…

The Cat Ring…

  Who is responsible for this?     Any guesses?

Dirty Dog Porn…

Please “bare in mind” this is an Action Kerry Website…     Sorry!!!  I just couldn’t resist…

Can You Dig It…

  Jasper found a varmint hole.  Curious about the critter inside, he started to dig deeper…  and deeper…     Until finally he was quite satisfied with what he had done.                     Aoife took a closer look.             Being one sharp smeller, Aoife […]

Blessed by a Scenic Drive…

    The All-Breed Dog Show held in Soldotna was a bit of a disappointment this year, as there seemed to be an inordinate number of professional handlers.  The competition was tough, and it felt grand to be awarded the Terrier Group 4 the first two days.  The third and last day was a total […]

Thunderbird Falls…

    The access trail to Thunderbird Falls is pretty short – perhaps one mile long.  And it is pretty easy with the gain in elevation at perhaps 100 feet.  But the falls are big with a 200 foot drop. There is a collateral trail that leads down to Thunder Bird Stream.  We found some good […]

Catch-Up…

  Now I am kicking myself for not having blogged regularly over the past few months.  But honestly I did not want to sound negative or overwhelmed, which is sometimes how I felt. …So today I will lay out the synopsis.     Months ago I spent weeks – sometimes frustrating weeks – presenting proposals […]

Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California…

Independent Specialties June 19th-21st, 2015 ~~ The Queen Mary Events Park Long Beach, California   Our Show Holiday was really fun!! …From an unexpected upgrade to first class, the perfect venue, unique accommodations on the Queen Mary, and especially the opportunity to meet a whole new group of Kerry fanciers. Yup! Fantastic!!     I […]

Until We Meet Again…

  What strikes me most about the death of our loved ones, is that nothing prepares us for that moment.                       Nothing.   …Not the knowledge that death is pending. …Not watching our loved one’s courageous journey through those later days. …Not even that peaceful resignation […]

Whilst Waiting On Death… We Live.

  life is fragile & robust …a miracle eludes our mind   life’s form separates …do not overlook this our souls entwine   give me your hand …but loosen your hold eternity awaits our sure decline       forever the birds will sing …in time  a tribute to our grand ‘ole lady of dogs […]

Day 1 at Purina Farms…

Quick Report on our first day…                 As tends to be the case, the rumors of yesterday were found to be only partly true today. The players are not exactly as had been thought they might be. So instead of “Bruce”, we have “Stone”.  And today there was a […]

Rumor Has It…

  So we are off to Purina Farms, our first time out as a special with KBT competition. We will be joining Lois Grier of Krisma Kerries, who is a top notch breeder-owner-handler exhibiting two outstanding specials from what I believe to be her best-ever litter; that would be Xcstasy and her brother, the audacious […]

Feeling Greedy…

  Wow!  What a weekend… Today we scored another Terrier Group 1 under Judge Houston Clark, and the Owner Handler Terrier Group 1 & Owner Handler Best In Show under Judge Loraine Boutwell.  This is simply amazing!  We had very worthy competition and I am sure every entry was deserving.     This showing thing is going to […]

Takes My Breath Away…

    My little man is wiped out again!  A tired terrier is a good terrier, so our hotel room is still and peaceful …for now.  For this I am thankful. Stirling is the son of his mother CH Beltane’s Kiss for Luck bred by Jana Deaton, and his sire GCH Krisma’s Plenty of Panache bred […]

Dog Tired…

You won’t see this very often…   Yesterday we got up before… well, I was going to say before the break of dawn.  But this is the land of the midnight sun, so dawn and dusk are largely indistinguishable at this time of year.  That being the case, I will simply say we got up […]

Coveted 1st Blood…

Sticky Snow

New England was the place to be for snow this year. The folks back home in Maine got hammered. Our winter in Anchorage was perhaps the mildest on record. Snow was in scarcity, though we had frozen ground and more than our share of ice. Being a big fan of snow, this was a bit […]

The Kerry Community, My Thoughts On…

In the words of Stephen Covey, "Strengths lie in differences, not in similarities." …But the recognition of an inherent similarity may better prepare us to appreciate our differences.

Winterizing…

  You may recall the story behind this cleverly constructed homeless shelter.  But if not, you can reference back to my post More Questions Than Answers…     This is the time of year when everyone winterizes their humble abode, and obviously this place has been no exception.  It looks quite tight, and the warmer […]

Weekend In Seward…

    The ride to Seward is 127 miles of gorgeous and the final destination is nothing short of divine. My friend has a comfy cabin tucked away on a wooded lot very close to the beach and mountains that border Resurrection Bay.  So together we had a weekend to explore paradise…     The Beach at […]

First Snow…

    The Kerries delighted in the freshly fallen snow, dashing to and fro with noses snooting down to the roots of the brush that poked out through it.                           First real snowfall in Anchorage landed in 33 degrees, so it was a […]

One Is Like None. Two Are Like Ten…

    “One is like none.  Two are like ten…” Many years ago my sister said this of children.  But did I follow her advice?  Absolutely not.  I had the second child, and all was well with the world.  Two felt like little more than two.  Now I cannot speak for others, as all children […]

small”w”, small “p”

  While in an attempt to share some common ground with a friend who aspires to be a published writer; I divulged that though I absolutely love to write, I am not much of a reader.  From there I learned from him there is protocol for such things.  I was informed that all successful writers […]

It’s Coming…

  The mornings are getting colder, so ‘ole Jack threw down a delicate crystal design on my windshield.  It is dark on the way into work now, so the light shining onto the windshield made the frost glisten and dance.  My morning eyes would much rather gaze at the frost pattern than the road beyond…         During […]

Good For The Soul…

     It is amazing how much beauty can be found in the simple little things.        Aoife is loving life on the throne, being queen of all she sees…       Stirling wonders how anyone can live without a daily dog walk. …For him there is no greater joy. …For me […]

Chugach Mountains…

     

Surprises…

      What surprises me most is the change in leaf carriage on the trees in the difference of a single day.  This morning we are waking up to 18 degrees.  …At this rate we will be snow within a week or two at most.        

Seasonal Clearing House…

  My method is to keep a few random-shots on hand for the purpose of adding illustration to random posts if I am so inspired to write. But these photos will soon be out of season…                            

More Questions Than Answers…

  A few weeks back while I was playing with the Kerries in a small high field at the edge of our neighborhood, a disinterested man tore by us on his bicycle.  What made that all the more odd was that he disappeared down over the far hill that led to the marsh.  Knowing the […]

Termination Dust…

  The first snow capped the tops of our higher peaks this afternoon.  From there it will gradually move down the mountains and eventually pile up at our doors & windows, and roof – if we are lucky!   When this swamp freezes over a whole new trail network of adventure will open up to the pack.  We will have […]

These Precious Days Are Numbered…

    …for soon there will be darkness, and then snow.     But no one will ever hear us complain about it.  …Some of our best memories have been made in sub-zero.         As for today, the Kerries enjoy the sun.

Fascinated by Fungi…

  I am not planning to say anything particularly intelligent about Fungi.  I will leave that to the experts:  http://fantasticfungi.com We see a bunch of mushrooms on our daily dog walk, and I have observed that they do not seem to last long once they reach their prime.  In fact within a day of prime they can […]

Photos – Saturday Dog Walk

      I get a kick out of the fungi.  That may be an odd thing to say, but these guys are everywhere.  And they come in so many different shapes and sizes, not to mention textures and colors.  They can be quite remarkable.   The Kerries have gotten pretty good at standing by while […]

One Pack… Two Pack… Red -Dale Pack… Kerry Blue Pack…

  Though Mark & I used to enjoy the daily dog walk together, it seldom pans out anymore.  The Kerry Pack usually makes it home before the -Dales.  And most every evening one of us can be found diligently watching at the window for the -Dales to return.       Life can be tricky, […]

Two Scrumptious Dog Breakfasts…

Two scrumptious dog breakfasts were set down on the floor before I left the room.  Now there are two empty bowls spare the little brown vitamin.  And there was one dog with a wet beard, the other high and dry on my bed.     It seems the one so naturally athletic and lean has […]

Aoife’s Eye…

I was walking along the trail with my two, thinking about how I had probably missed the best shots already.  For within perhaps five minutes we had stepped off the trail for a team of young runners in training, a horse with rider, and a two-dog bike-joring team… So as I was inside-my-head considering what could […]

Courtesy on the Trails…

Anchorage has a leash law that is designed to protect everyone involved from unforeseen mishaps.  And for those who enjoy the free-for-all there are several off leash dog parks and trails.  Now the leash law is not strictly enforced, as it is understood by most everyone that the idea is to have your dog under your […]

Fall Foliage…

    We must be near the peak of our fall foliage season…                              

Two Good Things…

  1st: The Kerry Pack has gotten back into the habit of going out for the daily dog walk.   2nd: I am getting back into the habit of carrying my camera!     …Surely there will be good things to come.

Thigh of the Tiger…

  I placed my hand on the enormous thigh of the tiger who silently appeared out of nowhere; the backs of my fingers brushed up against his heavy sack.  I gently turned him to face off the bear in my dream last night, three times.     Life feels just a little better today.   […]

Moose Ridge Loop…

  …in the rain.     And gorgeous though it may be…     …It is a groomer’s nightmare.