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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.

Bond Shands
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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Tessa’s New Identification Tag

August 22nd, 2017

Acknowledging that we live in a time when verified identification is one of life’s requirements, the Contessa Le Rouge has fulfilled the steps needed to acquire her own evidence of registration. Tessa now has a new identification card which she proudly wears below her neck. It’s easily observable and serves as proof of her identity.

Bond Shands
August 22, 2017
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Tessa’s Morning Playtime

August 14th, 2017

          Morning’s I have my coffee and toast outside under the covered patio. Afterwards little Tessa doggy insistently reminds me that it’s time to play. She doesn’t readily take the word No for an answer.

          Tessa’s playtime favorite is for me to hold and swing a badly torn blue t-shirt for her to grab, chase and tear. We do this as I walk up and down the garden path and it usually doesn’t end until something else captures her attention (a dog or something else on the other side of the block wall fence). The t-shirt used to be longer and in better shape!

                    We’ve been spending long weekends (Thursday-Sunday) in our Roadtrek Zion RV motorhome-on-wheels up in the Silent Valley Club resort. It’s a private membership RV campground on the northwest face of Mt. San Jacinto above Banning, CA. At an altitude of about 3,600 ft the air temperature is a welcome cool contrast to the hot, humid Awful August conditions in Palm Springs. While there we both enjoy being able to walk, exercise and do other things outside without wilting after ten minutes of activity. Tessa is also is fascinated by the many bunny rabbits, squirrels and birds – and appears determined to make one’s acquaintance.

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August 14, 2017
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Another Weekend in Silent Valley

July 12th, 2017

          Late Monday afternoon Tessa and I drove The Rambo home from our weekend stay in the mountainside Silent Valley Club membership RV resort. We had managed to escape the record-setting temperatures Coachella Valley residents experienced during our absence. The 115+ daily temperatures had not seriously abated by the time we returned and the contrast to Silent Valley’s cooler days was significant. Neighbors here in Palm Springs tell me it has cooled a bit but I think they’ve lost touch with the true meaning of the word “cool”. Even the five-mile walk Tessa and I take starting at 5 am through the golf course occurs during temperatures approaching the 90s. Silent Valley’s near 4,000 ft altitude experienced temperatures ranging from the 60s to the warmer 90s. Why did we return to Palm Springs? Well, we’ve proved we can take it so, with nothing else to prove, it’s time for intelligent thinking.

          Tessa and I are leaving tomorrow afternoon – we’ve had enough of the “cooler” Palm Springs daily temperatures. We’re taking The Rambo, our RoadTrek home on wheels, back up to Silent Valley for yet another long weekend. Don’t plan to return before Tuesday. We’ve ready to brave the remotely possible occasional winds, maybe a chilly morning, an abundance of shade trees, a country atmosphere and free entertainment events while contributing to a cooler Palm Springs by removing the source of our body heat from the valley’s floor.

          Tessa is ready to go back to Silent Valley. While there she gets more walks and they occur throughout the day.  She appears to greatly enjoy the additional exercise. Until then she’s managing to conserve her strength and energy in ways similar to those in the attached photos.

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p.s. I’ve grown accustomed to doing without my cell phone connection during these long weekends. My AT&T carrier doesn’t have a tower in that area so no iPhone calls or message checking until we return. There is local Wi-Fi service in the Community Center and I use it twice daily to check email messages and read the online version of the LA Times. 

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July 12, 2017
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