Happy Holidays!

Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.

Happy holidays from Zenyatta, Zellda, and the Boyz.

Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.
Zellda with Mario. Photo courtesy of John Shirreffs.

A Zenyatta Christmas at Lane’s End Farm. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson.
Zenyatta’s stall, decorated for the holiday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson.
Zenyatta. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson.
Zenyatta. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson.

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  1. My sister and brother in law had two tollers. The first one, Decoy, was really special. The second one was funny because he was not the alpha, the little Boykin spaniel, Zoe was the alpha. He did not dare mess with her toys. My brother in law has another toller named Rio.

    1. Dear Barbara:

      Many years ago I had a Boykin Spaniel named Choco. It was the late 70’s. He was one tough little dog and could retrieve all day, keeping up with the big Labradors and Chesapeakes easily. Never had a Toller. Your post took me down memory lane. Thanks!!

      1. Dear Carolina and Barbara,

        Love those Boykin Spaniels, too!
        Also, really love the Field Spaniel. Heck, I am an incurable dog lover!
        That’s a condition to be proud of, I think.😊

        Hugs and Love

        1. Yes, proud to be an incurable dog lover. And incurable cat lover too. And incurable horse lover. All of them!

          All of our furry friends are so special. I have had mutts, Boxers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Pointers, English Setters, and Rhodesians over the years. Horses too, Quarter Horses, Walking horses, Appaloosas, and Paints.

          Oh my gosh. Another walk down memory lane. Many more thanks to you!

          Puppy kisses and kitty purrs.

  2. I watch Westminster every year, since back in the 60’s. That is how long I have been showing dogs! My sister and I had always dreamed of going back to “The Garden” together. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 97, we decided be had best go! So we did. She took her Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Orville) and I took my vizsla (Bo). Neither of us won, but sure made some memories. My mom and I “watched it together” every year, she at her home, me at mine. We called and compared notes after each group, made predictions. She passed away this July. So needless to say, this was a particularly emotional year for me. Taffe McFadden, who owns and shows the Havanese, is a friend of mine, not close, but a friend. She lost her son this year. I sure wanted her to win! The girl that showed the Boston is a good friend, she shows Pepper for me sometimes. Anyway, a very emotional 2 evenings! And, wasn’t the vizsla spectacular! Took a group 4!
    By the way, Pepper had 7 babies in November, 6 girls and one boy. All are in their new homes and doing well! After losing my mom in July, Rock (boyfriend) had a heart attack and triple bypass 2 weeks later. Not a good summer for me. The puppies are a bright spot for 2019! Rock is doing fine, recovering well.
    Lynn

    1. Dear Lynn:

      So sorry for the loss of your sister and your mom. Glad Rock is recovering well.

      Congrats to Pepper and happy that all the pups have found loving homes. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Lynn,

      Very sorry about your mother and that 2019 was such a rough year for you.
      Glad Pepper had healthy puppies and that they are all in good homes now.

      Hope 2020 will be kind to you and those dear to you.

      Hugs and Love

    3. Dear Lynn:

      Condolences for your loss. Prayers that the wonderful memories will comfort you.

      Peace be with you.

  3. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JB

  4. Dear Z Fans:

    Nice article on Hard Not To Love with video of her win in December. She goes again on Saturday in the Santa Monica Stakes. Godspeed to her and Mikey; safe and sound. Love and Hugs, JB

    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/238502/aptly-named-hard-not-to-love-a-standout-in-santa-monica

  5. Dear Z Fans:

    Here’s another article on beautiful Chromie.

    Get well soon Champ; sending healing prayers. Love and Hugs, JB

    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/238495/california-chrome-recovering-from-enteritis

    1. Thanks for these posts, Judy.

      Best of Luck and safe racing to Hard Not To Love and Mike on Saturday! Glad to know Hard Not To Love is by Hard Spun — I always liked Hard Spun; he always gave it his all.

      Sending get well thoughts and prayers to California Chrome. Power Up beautiful boy!

      Hugs and Love

  6. Dear Judy:

    Thanks for more Chrome information. Loved the video of him munching away. So happy he is feeling better.

    Will be watching for Hard Not to Love and Mike on Saturday at Santa Anita. Be safe to her and all her connections.

    Good evening to all.

  7. Godspeed to Hard Not To Love and Mike tomorrow. She is such a brave girl to race with her handicap. I know “our” Mike and Zenyatta”s John will take good care of her. She could not be in better hands.

    Can’t believe it was in 2017 that I fell madly in love with a long legged skinny horse in the Risen Star. Happy anniversary, Muchie.

  8. Hovey has been dealing with dreadful weather too – even worse, his Mum had a bit of a “miscue” while trimming his forelock :-) I think his hooves must have gotten a bit soggy – you’ll see some typos.

    https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/blog/hovis-friday-diary-fearing-for-my-bum-hairs-707006

    Best wishes and safe trip to Hard Not to Love tomorrow (and all of our favs, of course).

    1. Dear Sandy,

      Thank you again for keeping us in the Hovis loop. This is one of his most descriptive efforts and truly hilarious! Loved the four seasons reference — that was some monster storm. Glad everyone is okay, and don’t worry, Hovis, the forelock hair will grow back soon. That was a sneaky move by Bob though!

      Hugs and Love

    2. In stitches here. So funny.
      Poor Hovey!
      Thanks Sandy.

      Go Hard Not To Love.
      Get well CC.

  9. https://twitter.com/clementstable/status/963767649489604608

    Happy Valentines Day!
    Luv ya Zenny, Zell and Boyz.
    Have a nice day Zfriends!

    1. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, Neighbor Ann❣️

      Hope you had a lovely day!

      Hugs and Love

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