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Life Offline ~ News from 1988…

Lucky Dog PhotographyI haven’t posted in ages. The reason is simple.

Since March 9, we have had no Internet access at all.

We’ve been living back in the 1980s. With only our landline telephones and my iPhone. Totally cut off from the world. Disconnected.

I was apoplectic, overwrought, frantic …

Marty didn’t suffer, but I was apoplectic. I have no phone book. How do you order things without a computer? Books, for instance. I couldn’t decide what to wear without the online weather report.

It’s amazing how totally dependent we’ve have become on our technology. Since 1984, when the Internet was invented. I’m still adjusting to my bionic life with my hearing aids.

And it’s hard to post on an iPhone…

Intermittent access began last week, but only since yesterday have we been stable and “up.” Though my email is still playing “peek ‘a boo” with me. Here one minute, gone the next.

That said, I am woefully behind in my work ~ especially the online course I teach ~ and particularly my blogging.

I did, however, want to share a picture of one of my Dandie Dinmont Terrier Lucy’s three puppies. This little guy is named “Higgins” ~ don’t you love that name? ~ and he’s exactly four months old, today!

“Higgins” is four months old today!

He was in attendance two weekends ago at the Dandie Dinmont Terrier “Cuddling Parlour,” where he was the hit of the Purina National Dog Show in Toronto.

My breeder, Mike Macbeth, forwarded this photo. We couldn’t attend as Lucy, my bitch, had just been spade and I’m overwhelmed with work.

However, a professional dog photographer, Joann Pearsall of Lucky Dog Photography in Guelph, Ontario was trolling the show for great subjects and found little Higgins, now living south of Toronto. His male sibling is happily living in his new Vancouver home and his female littermate is still nearby, though we’re not sure where she will end up.

I will return to “emotional health”…

So, in lieu of a real post, a promised post that will continue my exploration of emotional health and my insistence that it is a far less toxic term than the other one in common usage, I am posting this picture taken by Joann.

Another  shot is on its way.

You will recall that my male Riley, a Canadian champion, finally “did it” to my bitch Lucy. It wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. She had a split-season.

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are an endangered breed…

So now we have three more precious Dandies, perfect house pets, and much needed to keep the breed alive and well. This is a severely endangered ancient breed ~ only 200 are born worldwide each year ~ and the they one of the first terriers, from which most other terriers have been bred. Their history is fascinating.

They’re not typically terrier-like ~ though they’re fun…

Though Dandie enthusiasts will insist that Dandies are not really terrier-like.

Anyway, Joann happened to take a photo of Riley’s son, Charlie, a Canadian and British champion and top ranking stud. When it arrives, I’ll post that one, too.

Now, back to work.

Cheers and Happy Spring. I spotted some pussy willows the other day and some snow drops on one of our walks. But no tulips yet or daffodils yet.

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Photo Credit: Joann Pearsall of Lucky Dog Photography.

Life Offline ~ News from 1988…

Sandy Naiman

Sandy Naiman is a Toronto freelance journalist.

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