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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Palmer: Show Day 2 of 3…

  The Kerry Show Team jumped out of bed and off to the neighborhood high school track early this morning to wear off some of that EXTRA terrier energy.  20 minutes of gaiting beside the bike took the edge off my boy.  From there we groomed out the fair grounds of yesterday, and easily took Best […]

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I’m Just For Love…

  Our 3-day show in Palmer, Alaska is perhaps our most competitive.  The mountains afar make the fair grounds a breath taking venue.  And the easy commute from our international airport in Anchorage makes the show easily accessible to those in the lower 48.  So there’s no surprise that a good handful of handlers and […]

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Soldotna…

The Kenai Kennel Club hosts an annual all-breed dog show in Soldotna, Alaska.  This is an event we truly look forward to, as the commute between is a worthwhile adventure.  There are 150 miles of gorgeous that first pass by the Turnagain Arm before unwinding through the Chugach National Forest.   From there we pass […]

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Update…

  Stirling O’Hanluan is quite a handful.  He may not look especially big, but you can’t tell him that.  But he thrives on my attention, and at 2 years old he is darn near civilized…     …Dog showing has been going well. Stirling was awarded his Championship at Purina Farms in June, and won […]

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Champion Stirling O’Hanluan

Where does one begin?  We learn so much along the way…       Please allow me to extend heartfelt appreciation for family friends and supporters who have taken witness of the comedy of errors that have unfolded as we’ve learned to play this sport well.  Words seem to fall short compared to the treasured […]

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Embracing Change…

My interest in Stirling had started several years before with a trip to the midwest to pick up my first sweet Kerry, Aoife.  I had decided upon Aoife before realizing there were plans in the make to breed Stirling’s grandfather Brogan.  Now Brogan was a handsome silver stud that melted my heart from the first […]

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Why Test…

I have been impatiently waiting for the results of Stirling’s PennHIP & DNA tests, even though I have anticipated the return of normal results.  Patience has never been my strongest suit, so once I have asked those questions I am dying for the answers.  That is just me being me. Now the results are starting […]

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Learning it for myself…

So I returned from Florida to Alaska full of inspiration.  But I had to return to work; Kill-joy… Okay that being said, I got this big idea to research the foundational breeding lines of Kerries.  It may not surprise you that I only just got started when I got completely sidetracked on another important mission, which […]

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Reflections…

The trip to Florida was worth every penny and minute expended.  I’ve learned to accept defeat with grace.  And I’ve seen how to win with humility; though I may not always choose to strictly abide by that knowledge.  Any little victory screech may be totally unnecessary; …or is it?!?  [wink] …More importantly, I had the […]

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What Are We Do’n?

  “The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.”  -Pierre de Coubertin   Sunday Morning: 6:30AM, January 5th …After hours of near-sleepless travel our Kerry Pack made its way into the Orlando International Airport (MCO).  All things considered, the trip had been uneventful with a bit of rough turbulence at the […]