adagio and credit 2

I went to Tennessee a few weeks ago to visit with my buddy Margaret Valentine in Memphis.  We had our usual happy, relaxed time together just hanging out and going to her lovely lake house at Greer’s Ferry in Arkansas.  Our top winning Cavalier Ch. Rattlebridge Adagio lives with Margaret and I took “Gio” with me to Clarksville, Tennessee, to take  our Kelly who lived with Margaret to her new home in Clarksville, Tennessee where my brother and his wife live.  I had a great time visiting John and his wife Uni and then went on to visit Brenda Radford who was to give Kelly a new home.  Brenda had already embraced our Trixie and Gio’s mother, Ch. Rattlebridge Master Card, “Credit,” when show careers and maternal duties were over.  It almost killed me to let Credit go to a new home as I loved her dearly, but Al and I have always said to do what was best for the dog and at Brenda’s Credit would get much more attention than at home as we had quite a few other dogs at the time.  Credit and Trixie lead enchanted lives at Brenda’s.  It was wonderful seeing the girls once more. Credit is thirteen and still going strong, but I did so want to see her once more because one never knows when she will go to the rainbow bridge.  To see Credit and Adagio together once more was a very teary thrill. In the picture above, you will see Adagio, me (with my double chin, Credit, and the very elegant Brenda Radford.

credit in her bed

Leading a queen’s life as she should, Credit loves to snooze on Brenda’s bed. Below is our Kelly who immediately made herself at home at Brenda’s by jumping into the rocker in the kitchen and staking her claim.  kelly new home









postheadericon dangerous product–flea and tick


One of my friends has sent out this alert concerning flea and tick products that are dangerous to a pet’s health.  Please check with your vet about what products to use safely. 

The information in this video is IMPORTANT.  PLEASE watch it — using any of these products could kill your pet………..

Please take a minute to watch this video and pass it on – it may save an animal’s life!!

postheadericon More on the HSUS


Sent to me a couple of days ago on my email. Please read and feel free to cross post.

Today the ABC Atlanta news story exposing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) questionable fundraising practices became even more controversial when the station contacted PetPAC demanding we take down the transcript of the story.

The story appeared on Channel 2 in Atlanta over a week ago and soon after HSUS apparently initiated a campaign to cover up the story from being told.

The video of the news story was mysteriously taken down from the station’s archives and You Tube, most likely the result of HSUS demands.

Why the cover up?  The investigative report exposed how HSUS raises hundreds of millions of dollars but contributes virtually nothing to help support local animal shelters as their solicitations often seem to imply. 

Here’s a transcript of the news story sent to us by a member.  We believe the United States Constitution guarantees our freedom of political speech to send this to you.

The power of an organization which raises hundreds of millions of dollars like HSUS is immense.  If they are trying to cover up this story, we simply would like to know why.  We look forward to hearing their side of the story, but to date they have not issued a denial of the investigative report exposing their suspect fundraising practices.

We will continue to keep you informed. 


Bill Hemby

PetPAC Chairman

postheadericon A SITE YOU MUST VIEW!!!!

I am sick of the lies told by HSUS and PETA claiming they are for the welfare of animals when they are mostly for the welfare of their earnings even as non profits.

Take a look at this site if you want to be able to share what the HSUS is really up to.  Has some other great information also.

postheadericon Now for a bit of wee humor . . .

only an Irish Catholic would love this . . .


Sisters  Mary Catherine, Maria Theresa, Katherine Marie, Rose Frances, and Mary  Kathleen left the Convent on a trip to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New
York City and were sight-seeing on a Tuesday in July.  It was hot and  humid
in the city and their traditional garb was making them so uncomfortable,  they
decided to stop in at Patty McGuire’s Pub for a cold soft  drink.

Patty had recently added special legs to his  barstools which were the
talk of the fashionable eastside neighborhood.  All 5 Nuns sat up at the bar
and were enjoying their Cokes when Monsignor Riley and Father McGinty
entered the bar through the front door.

They, too, came for a cold drink when they were shocked  and almost fainted
at what they  saw.

five nuns

postheadericon CATCHING UP 5/20/09

It has been more than a couple of weeks since I have  updated my blog and caught all up on all that is going on at Rattlebridge.  Tonight, I am afraid, will not be the night.  I just used really good two hours of productive time watching A
American Idol and am now too depressed to write much at all.  I did so want Adam Lambert to win; I feel he is a great talent and should have walked away with the title hands down, theatrical or not!  He certainly will not need the title now that he has been “discovered.”  So now it’s on to rooting for Susan Boyle in Britain’s Got Talent. I watch no reality shows but Idol and not that all the time. This year, however has been a real contest!  So now in my next posting, back to our dogs, travels, dog legislation and anything else that strikes me late at night.  Have to go to work tomorrow in my substitute principal hat.  I love being back in the traces although I am exhausted at night hence the no blogging! 

postheadericon So Behind!!! May 8 2009

It is  very unusual for me not to post in such a long time, but my life has been crazy I have so much to say and am sorry I have not written (those of you who read this blog all the time).  I went to Memphis to visit my dear friend Margaret Valentine who co owned our number one and Best in Show and Best in Specialty Show Ch. Marshell Rattlebridge  Renoir and Ch. Rattlebridge Adagio.  We had a great time going to her gorgeous lake house in Arkansas on Greers’s Ferry which is a very large and very tranquil lake.  I learned to jet ski there last summer and while Margaret did a sedate 40 miles an hour or whatever the nautical term is, once I got my balance I was up to over 60 which is about as fast as it will go.  I was in heaven!  I came home and told Al, who used to be Commodore of our local yacht club, that I wanted a jet ski that we could keep at Alum Creek reservoir, a short distance from our home.  Needless to say I an still jet ski less.It was too early to get out the jet skis this time.  I could not get my email to work the whole time I was away; Margaret’s computer was down and I could not get my blackberry to charge so I could not get my email by syncing it to my laptop. I ABHOR technology!

On the way back from Memphis, I stopped to see my youngest brother Master Sargeant John N. Johnson (retired).  He has about twenty acres and a lovely home.  His bride, Uni, and he were busy planting fruit trees and Uni was doing the vegetable gardens.  Uni is the loveliest woman, inside and out, that I have ever met.  She and John met while he was stationed in Korea and dated for several years both going back and forth to Korea and the States.  Uni has to get her family organized before she could think about coming to the States permanently and they had to work through different cultures.  Her adult sons, one a major in the Korean army, and daughters, whose father has not been in the picture for many years, have embraced John as their father with all the respect the Korean culture has for parents.  He is thrilled they all call him Dad as he lost his own daughter several years ago at age 10.  He is thrilled to have a beautiful little granddaughter.  Back and forth to Korea and the States, the family sees each other as often as possible.  Uni has asked me to go to Korea with her the next time she goes without John; she says we will go to China and possibly India! 

I cannot be a world traveler this time of my life; I am needed at home.  Al never complained when I was trotting around the world with dogs.  So I do not complain now and am glad to be here if he needs me.

I am leaving the day after tomorrow, however, for Charleston, SC, where my very close friend Wendy Hilberts Goodman (Royal Companion Cavaliers) from the Netherlands is judging a Cavalier specialty.  Since her husband, Ben, is not  coming with her, I am going to stay with her and talk about old times. Wendy is no longer breeding or showing and I am breeding a bit but not currently showing.  She was the top kennel in the Netherlands for many years producing lovely Cavaliers.