Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Land-O-Lakes Dog Show:

Meet Oliver!

And meet Oliver's human, Debbie!

Oliver is just 19 months old and was thoroughly enjoying himself at the show!

Thanks Oliver, and Debbie!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: The English Mastiff

Meet Hercules!

And his handler:  Skyler!

If you are curious, Hercules is just 3 yrs old and weighs in about 200 lbs.  He is a growing boy!  

Nice job, Skyler!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: Purina

Meet Erika and Joanne!

They are independent consultants hired by Purina to represent Purina's Pro-Plan food line.  If memory serves me correctly, Erika is from Florida.  If you didn't know, Minnesota has been a bit chilly.   She was freezing!

It was lovely meeting you both.   Thank you!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: A Wire Haired Miniature Dachhund.

Meet Gala!

And meet Sue, the person that Gala takes care of!

Gala is just 3 years old and is already a Grand Champion!    They were out having fun, today!

My sincere thanks to you both!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: A Samoyed

Meet Tyrion!

And meet Patrick!

Tyrion keep track of Patrick, I think!  Tyrion was a Grand Champion.   Patrick is his co-owner and, as he described himself, the bucket bitch.  I am not exactly certain what that means.  And, I didn't ask!

My sincere thanks to you both!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: A Blue Merle

Meet Picasso!

And meet Erin!   Erin belongs to Picasso!

Picasso is a Blue Merle.  They are a stunningly beautiful Australian Shepherd.  My daughter has two of them.  They are high energy.  Incredibly smart.  Loyal as can be.  And, the dogs keep trying to herd the grandsons.  It's hilarious.

Thanks Picasso and Erin!

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Land-O-Lakes Dog Show: A Pumi

It's been nearly six months that I've been off my blogging schedule.  This weekend, I finally had the energy to get out and do some photos.  I had a choice:  The Tattoo Convention....or the Land-O-Lakes Dog Show.   Since I've done the tattoo show two or three times, the dog show was the winner!

Meet Cheryl!

And meet Hurka!

Hurka is one of the new breeds at the show.  The Pumi breed is a sheet herding dog from Hungary.   Cheryl was a bit of a celebrity.  I found out she had been interviewed by Channel 11 in the cities and Hurka was able to get some screen time, too.

Cheryl,  thank you for the information about the Pumi breed.  And, Hurka was delightfully friends.

My sincere thanks to you both!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy Birthday Big D

I was there to take the first photo of you, about 4-5 minutes after you were born.  And, I took this one just a month ago.

You are growing up!

Have a wonderful birthday!  And, in the famous words of Red Green, "Keep your stick on the ice."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Job

Almost exactly 6 months ago, I was let go from my position.  It wasn't about performance.  It was all about dollars.  It didn't matter that I was well under my budget YTD.  It didn't matter that I had no adverse performance issues in my file.  It was all about saving the company money so those further upstream could make their bonuses.  We weren't losing money.  We were doing well.   Just someone decided that it wasn't "well enough".

It was the first time in my life that this had happened.  And, I am still not over it.  Learning that hard work, honesty, integrity were less valued was disappointing.

The last 6 months have been fascinating and frustrating.  I have learned that everything is done on LinkedIn now.  I had to update my resume and LinkedIn profile. And, I had been far too busy to do much networking while I was working.  I learned that was a mistake.

I was fortunate enough to meet dozens of people that enjoy networking.  They were fun, creative, insightful, and helpful.

It was through networking support that I found a company that needed someone with my background.  They didn't bat an eye at my age.

Today I accepted the position they offered.   And, I am grateful.  I have one more good run left in me.  And, this looks, at least on the surface, like a good fit.

So, in spite of my Scandinavian heritage, I actually showed some emotion today.

I will, of course, continue to work hard.  I will, of course, continue to be ethical and treat my co-workers with the respect they deserve for no other reason than that they are human beings.  And I will continue to be part of the networking community.   It's people helping people, folks.

Keep safe and warm everyone.  It is a good thing we have global warming.  Think how cold it would be without that!