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Tessa & Our Thin Blue Line Flag

September 12th, 2017

           The following post was made on the Palm Springs Police Officers’ Association Facebook page a few days ago.

“In honor of our heroes; Officer Gil Vega and Officer Lesley Zerebny we are asking residents of the Coachella Valley to display a Thin Blue Line Flag on their home and or business until October 8, 2017. We will have 3 x 5 flags for sale at the Police Station for only $10. Thank you for the love you have shown our Officers.”

          After reporting difficulties in obtaining a flag, Officer Joe Cook,  PSPOA president, delivered one to my residence. He mounted it on my pole, asked for permission to take a photo, and thanked me for the donation and my support.

          Later I took several photos of the Thin Blue Line Flag with Tessa seated  (in the shade) at the bottom.


 

           Officer Cook said he would be willing to deliver flags to any who are unable to pick one up from the Police Department lobby window. His email address is: j.Cook@palmspringspoa.com. If more information is needed, I have his card and may be able to respond using that source. View the original PSPOA Facebook post at: https://www.facebook.com/PSPOA/videos/1565250090205336/

Meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag

The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers.

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September 12, 2017
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Tessa’s Changing Hair Color

September 12th, 2017

          Tessa’s registered AKC name is Contessa Le Rouge. She was sired November 28, 2015, by Lepeteet’s Tsai Radient Red and her Dam’s registered name is Vanilla Chip. 

           Tessa’s a Red Toy Poodle whose hair color is definitely taking on a lighter hue. It may be that her mother’s name is a clue to the source of the lighter hair color that’s slowly becoming evident.

           The six photos were taken in the months of January and August, 2016; December 2016 and March 2017; and August and September 2017. The last photo in the series reflects her appearance following today’s earlier visit to the doggy beautification salon (sometimes referred to in less couth circles as the local Bath & Brush).

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September 12, 2017
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Tessa and Spike

September 4th, 2017

          Early Monday morning (5:30 am) in our Silent Valley Club campsite, Tessa and I were about to set out on our morning walk. Suddenly we were surprised by a cute little Yorkie puppy dog wandering into our campsite. It had a collar with small Skull & Crossbones designs on it, but no identification tag. I attached him to our RV with an extra dog leash, for there appeared to be no owner present in the vicinity. Tessa and I then proceeded on our walk with a stop at the Ranger Station to report our newfound friend  as a Lost Dog.

          Upon returning from our walk the new friend wanted to play but Tessa was totally not interested. The way she seemed to ignore him was almost comical. Failing to get Tessa to play he then badgered me into playing with him. He turned down offers of water and food, though Tessa quickly gobbled the food he didn’t touch. I  alerted several passing walkers to  news we had found a lost dog and asked that they share the information with others they may encounter.

          Around 8 am I happened to glance out the RV side window and noticed several people wandering rather aimlessly nearby. I exited the RV and asked if they were looking for something. They responded their little Yorkshire Terrier dog was missing. I said the dog was safe with us, retrieved him from the RV and handed him over to his owners. When asked, they said his name was Spike.

          We enjoyed our time with Spike, though I suspect Tessa was not quite ready to share with another doggy. He was quite friendly, cute and loveable. If the owners had not been found I planned to take him home to Palm Springs with us and have him checked for a possible microchip. That, of course, proved to be a step not needed.

          Was happy to have found Spike’s owners. It turned out they were camping in a tent not far away and he had simply wandered away. Our nighttime RV lighting system may have been what attracted Spike to our campsite.

Bond Shands
September 4, 2017
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Silent Valley Club – The Sunday Dog Show

September 3rd, 2017

       Labor Day weekend festivities in the Silent Valley Club resort included a judged dog show for mostly untitled canines. Her ladyship, The Contessa Le Rouge, lent an air of nobility to the proceedings by agreeing to participate as a contestant.

       Three lady judges, plus a moderator, had selected seven categories to be judged. Contestants were permitted to choose and enter two of the categories. Each contestant received a raffle ticket along with a “Participant” ribbon.

       The judging category list included:
…..Happy Tail Wagging
…..Smallest dog
…..Best Trick
…..Largest dog
…..Couch Potato
…..Most Obedient

       There were no categories recognizing beauty, intelligence, beauty, vocal skills, beauty, agility, beauty, distance walking, beauty, charm, beauty, friendliness, beauty, noble lineage, beauty, pedigree, or beauty. Lacking a category that fit her many fine attributes, Tessa entered the Happy Tail Wagging and Most Obedient categories. She is presumed to have been an undeclared runner-up in her categories for others walked away with First Place honors.

       When the winning raffle ticket was drawn it turned out to be the one issued to Tessa. Her prize was a bag filled with dog treats, two plastic water bowls, waste bags and a food container. So, Tessa was pleased for she came away from the contest a definite winner.

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September 3, 2017
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Top Dog Names – United States

August 23rd, 2017

         Harumph! You won’t find the name Contessa Le Rouge on something as common as a list of top ten names. Nobility, pedigree and finishing school are the measure by which she will always be judged.

          As the list makes clear, genuine Poodle Dogs are neither common nor relegated to naming redundancy. Poodle dog names are unique and confirmation of that fact may be had by simply asking any Poodle or Poodle human companion. I know this to be true because Tessa told me.😉

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August 23, 2017
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