Saturday, July 25, 2009
Its amazing how from one day to another an animal decides to come stay with us. Happened with Mojo and Jojo our cats, with Bella our golden and now with Elfin, a French Bulldog.
Her owner could no longer care for her and in a whirlwind with about a millisecond to search for information about this adorable breed and to secure our house for puppyhood we said :::YES:::
And nothing will ever be the same:)
Wikipedia tells that English Laceworkers in the mid 1800's brought miniature bulldogs when they sought work in France, their loyality and talent as a ratter made them very poular.
Photos dating to around this time show the Russian royal family posing alongside their French bulldogs, and they imported several of the little dogs from France. Other famous fanciers included Toulouse-Lautrec, the author Colette and King Edward VII. A French bulldog, insured for the, at that time, astronomical sum of $750, was on board the ill-fated Titanic.
The breed is brachycephalic, squshed in nose, and can neither regulate heat nor swim very well. Bulldogs and Terriers alike, there is no surprise the Frenchie has a strong will of its own and that the energy leels ranges from hyperactive to docile.
Elfin got her name from her elfin features and we think she is quite noble, but short, so hence her full name, Lady Elfin the Short. We have a great vet, Dr. Vic of Roslyn animal hospital, and he made sure that she is up to date on her shots, heart worm medicated and as of now, an it as she got spayed. Interesting, as fate would have it on July 14, yeah, quatorze Juliet, the French National day. If you live on the northwest part of long Island and need an amazing vet, Dr. Vic's contact info is here.
Stithces removed and she has had a month getting used to us, we have now started training her in addition to housebreaking her...yah, that bladder is small..and that head is very thick.
I was using first another Frenchie as my avatar on Etsy, and have just retired Elfin's avatar as I am selling metal artisan designs, not dogs (Godforbid).
Takes special measurements, softest collar or harness for a smaller breed strong as an ox! Agreat site for leashes and collars for all breeds, Allhoundsapparel
The ones we got are padded martingale collars that are as made for walkling both Bella our golden and Elfin. Handmade in California and shiped faster than lightning and very well priced.
We'll I'll keep you updated on our little pup growing up. For now I try to keep my boots vintaged the way they were supposed to be.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Come on, baby, light my fire,
Try to set the night on fire
Inspired by the ring of Fire worn by Gandalf this ring bears a ruby. I choose a beautiful rough ruby, red with a hint of blue, a coloration known as pigeon blood, the mostly valued rubies. Found only in Burmese rubies from Myanmar.
The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe. A symbol of friendship and love, the ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty.
Because of acts of great cruelty committed by the Burmese junta, human right advocates succeeded to influence US legislation to implement severe import restrictions of Burmese rubies. Only rough rubies can enter the US, cutting off a major source of income for the junta, unlike the more affordable rough ruby stone, polished pigeon blood colored rubies command prices of up to $20,000/carat. Despite legislation, illegal trade of polished Burmese rubies into China and Thailand netted almost US $300, 000 for the junta in 2007 (http://www.fleetstreetinvest.co.uk/commodities/precious-stones/blood-rubies-00047.html).
I added an emerald, the stone of the goddess Venus, for faith and hope.