Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Bad Housekeeping Seal of Approval

When the boss watches his TV in the evening, I hide behind a mountain of books, comfy in my corner by the big windows, Peltor ear muffs keeping me safe from politics and John Wayne movies. Last night I was perusing a lengthy young adult story Becky brought home from the library. It was pretty good, but not quite riveting.


There is a little gap between the piles of books and sometimes I glance through it. Last night a quick peep revealed a gorgeous smooth fox terrier parading around the ring at the big dog show.

I tossed the Peltors, closed the book, and watched the whole class. Although devoted to border collies and stuck on herding breeds in general, there is a soft spot in my heart for sparkling terriers too. When I was a kid I used to show smooth fox terriers for a kennel near here, once even getting an unexpected three-point major with a puppy I handled. (She was sold right out of my hands, which wasn't quite as much fun as getting those nice blue ribbons.) 

Fox terriers are courageous, elegant little dogs with hearts like lions. We used to call ours fox terrorists back before the term took on the serious connotations it has today. I was delighted when little Adam won the terrier group, and went to bed remembering Lili, Lark, Kate, and Drummer, the dogs of my short time in the show ring.


Cathy said...

That's not bad Bad Housekeeping.

In my house that elegant web would be a keeper. I actually tried to protect a corner web from the little 80 year-old lady that dusts for me.

Nope. She actually moved the little cage I'd duct-taped around it and took care of matters.

I've a friend (a silent fan of your blog) whose life is very filled by her fox terrier, Hudson. We love the little rascal.

farmlady said...

Not "bad" housekeeping exactly, but with spider webs come spiders... and they are not allowed in our house. Scoop the spider up and outside, and then dust the web away. Unless of course you feel like "Cathy".
The dog shows are so fun to watch. My sister and I actually went to one in San Francisco a few years ago. It was so exciting. I would love to have shown dogs.
Love that you call the fox terrier a "fox terrorist". I think my corgis are the same. Little dogs with "pit bull" attitudes.

threecollie said...

Cathy, I have to say, I hate the spiders and the spider webs, but this one is kind of pretty...and I am too lazy to dust it away. lol Cheers for Hudson! I do love fox terriers..such a compact set of personality, every one of them

Farm Lady, I brush em down quite often, but I am outnumbered. lol Dog shows sure are a beehive of frantic and fascinating activity! I haven't been to one in years, but I used to really enjoy them