Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wishy-Washy Weasel Words Won't Work When aWarding Wilson's Winner on Wordy Wednesday

The week has whirled past and it is time to announce the winner of my 1500th post giveaway! There's no way I can do that in a wordless manner!

Now, first I want to talk about my title today. I had never heard the phrase "weasel words" before I read it in a Clive Cussler novel I was reading the other night. Of course my Wordless Wednesday radar immediately alerted to something new I could use so I looked up the meaning of the phrase. It certainly wasn't something that would be easy to set to a photograph, but I think it works well in today's contest!

So, last week, I asked you to identify or guess what painting I thought my photograph resembled. Many of you picked up on it right away!

It was, of course, Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World......

Here's mine again for comparison......

So there you have it! Many thanks to all of you that played along with my game and left a comment!

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for......

Wilson's Winner is.....

JAN !!! from the Poodle (and dog) Blog!

Drop me a line at my email address: and give me your current email so I can send the gift certifcate (or you can leave it in the comments if you are comfortable with that).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Thousand Five Hundred Posts!

I know you all come here on Wednesdays to see if I was able to pull off another "W" themed title for Wilson. I am afraid I'll have to disappoint you today. It is something of a milestone here on the blog and I want to address that instead.

This is my 1500th post on the blog! Now I know a lot of bloggers out there are way more prolific than that, but I am still pretty proud of sticking with this little project through so many years and so many posts! June marks eight years running of A Tail of Two Cardis. I've had close to half a million pages views, coming from 116 countries around the world. I've "met" a lot of people and made friends I would never have known without this blog. All in all, a very rewarding experience, even when it is a challenge to keep it going at times.

When I hit my 500th and 1000th posts, I had little contests/giveaways to celebrate. I want to continue that tradition. My giveaways always ask a little something from my readers in the form of captions or a comment, and this one won't be any different. Wilson is taking a break so I have a photo of Jimmy from this week. When I downloaded this photo to my laptop and saw it full size, it immediately brought a painting to mind (years ago, I minored in Art History in college). The painting is very well known so this should not be too difficult of a task. I'll even give a big hint by giving my photo a name.....

Jimmy's World

So to be eligible for my prize, tell me what painting I am thinking of and who the artist is. Of course, more than one person will probably get the answer right, so I will still use to pick my winner. Even a good guess will still get you in the running, so don't be afraid to leave a comment. The prize will be a $20 gift card to The White Dog Bone Company. It has both dog and cat products, even bird products, so there should be something for anyone who reads my blog. Plus, I will be able to just email you the prize so no worries about sharing your home address with me!

 Who is the artist and what is the name of the painting? GO!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Wilson's birthday comes quickly on the heels of Jimmy's!  Today my sweet old man turns 14!
Hard to believe how quickly the years have rolled by! All birthdays are sweet, but as our dogs begin to get old, the birthdays are so precious! They cannot be taken for granted when the teen years hit.

Here is a birthday portrait. He is still a beautiful dog! (Wish I was aging so gracefully!)

Tuesdays are often agility lesson days for Jimmy. I made sure Wilson got to play as well!

And a nice posed photo with a perfect prop!

Fourteen, Schmorteen....Just give me some more treats!

When Wilson got home, the mail arrived. Guess what? He received a birthday card from Anne, just like Jimmy did!

Is it time to eat yet?!

And of course there was cake...well, cupcakes at any rate! What do you think he was wishing for?

Wilson's Wish: I'd like to have a hotdog the size of this balloon!
And a gift!

This better be something edible!

Drat! A rat!  I can't eat a rat!
After a day of many, many, many treats, I can hear Wilson's stomach gurgling away! Hopefully it all settles in and he can get a good night's sleep without an upset belly!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Weekend Report: So Close!

This weekend was a trial given by the Weimaraner club. Just like last week, I only signed up for Friday.

The day started with Premier Standard. Premier is the more challenging version on Standard with less time to get it done and trickier courses.

Here is the map:

It wasn't super difficult. You just needed to be clear on where to go and keep your attention on your dog. I actually walked it incorrectly but it was fairly easy to add in the section I had skipped. Oops!

Jimmy listened very well even if some of his turns were a bit wide. Here is the video:

This run earned him a blue ribbon as the only other dog running in his class did not qualify.

Next came the regular Standard. It was a bit similar to the Premier, but a bit easier. It ran nicely and Jimmy was clean! Another blue ribbon. Good boy!

And finally Jumpers. I had been the leash runner for the big dogs so I had watched lots of runs. I knew right where the most screw-ups happened. If the handler did not properly support the 2nd to last jump (#18), the dogs were pulling off too soon and not taking it. So when it was my turn, I knew I needed to place my rear-cross close to the jump so Jimmy was sure to jump it. To pull off a rear-cross successfully, your dog needs to be ahead of you. Unfortunately, I out ran Jimmy, and couldn't do a rear-cross. So I ran past the jump, hoping to turn Jimmy on the landing side. It worked, but it messed up his stride and he knocked down a bar on the very last jump. Sigh! So close to a double-Q! Completely my fault! I'm not in a hurry to complete my PACH2, but I don't want it to take too long....Jimmy and I aren't getting any younger! LOL!

Sorry, but you will have to use your imagination as I didn't video either STD or JWW. Here are the maps to help visualize!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 56...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 52...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 15(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1582 plus many more! I have lost count!
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