Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lee Klein

Lee Klein was Navy pilot in the War and served in the Pacific Theatre.  He had several brothers and brothers-in-law who also served,  and at one time, eight young men in his family were in the military, directly involved in combat.  Stories like this really bring home the effort and sacrifices made to ensure our freedom and survival as a nation.   Lee and I met on a flight two years ago, when I was a guardian with my friend, Charles Moon. We sat by each other on the flight home and discovered our mutual regard for Lee Bailey, an icon of style, good living, and fine food.  Not only is Lee and American hero, he is a great cook, fine raconteur, and good friend.  It is a privilege to know him.

Colonel Tom Monroe

Colonel Tom Monroe recently celebrated his 95th birthday.  The party held at the historic Eureka Inn,was a festive celebration of an American hero.  Colonel Tom was on our first flight over a year ago, and his daughter, Catherine Mace, was a guardian on the first two flights.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Raleigh's Final Trial

The final day of the Ferndale AKC trial, described below, Raleigh was really disengaged, and simply not his usual exuberant self.  In looking at the videos of his runs all weekend, he just didn't have the speed and enthusiasm that he has always shown while competing.  A visit to the vet yesterday told us why---he has been diagnosed with two calcified discs in his spine, so the little guy has been in quite a bit of pain, but pulling it together to run anyway.  He is now in healing mode----restricted activity, anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks, and odds are he'll be fine.  But, to our great chagrin, his agility career has ended.  These photos are from the last Teacup trials, his joyful smile melts the heart. When he's better, we'll focus on Rally, a gentle sport that he can still enjoy.