Today would have been Roxie’s 7th birthday. Happy Birthday Roxie.
Roxie was our Saint Bernard Labrador Mix aka Labranard and she was born with severe hip dysplasia. When she was 6 months old, the vet told us to put her down because she would never walk. Well, she walked and ran and did everything she wanted for almost 7 years.
Earlier this month we had to euthanize her as she was to the point where you could see that every movement was causing her pain.
We miss you Roxie but we know you are no longer in pain.
Here are pictures of Roxie our Saint Bernard/Labrador Mix breed dog. She just turned 4 years old on March 23, 2009 and it’s hard to believe she has been with us this long.
I hope you enjoy them!
Today I read about a new search engine called Cuil (apparently pronounced Cool) that is from some ex-Googlers. The “magazine-style” search results are interesting to look at and I’m sure that people searching for their favorite celebrity will be very happy with the presentation.
One problem I’ve found with Cuil’s results page is that it appears they insert random images in with the results. These random images aren’t necessarily associated with the actual page they are lining to. For example, I searched for labranard on Cuil to see if it picked up some of my pages. The image below shows two of my pages (Apparently a Saint Bernard Labrador Mix is a Big Dog and Articles tagged Labranard) from the results generated.
If you notice, both results have an image associated with them. The part that concerns me (as the owner of the link at the other end of those results) is that I don’t know where those images came from. They are not from my site and I don’t think they should be associated with my content. The last thing I want is from the copyright owner to come knocking on my door telling me I can’t use their image, even though I am not using it.
The other interesting part is that each additional page of Cuil’s results seems to duplicate links. On subsequent results pages for labranard, I see the same link/image combination in a different place. It’s rather redundant to have multiple instances of the same link on subsequent pages.
Anyways, I’m sure I’ll try out Cuil from time to time to see how it’s progressing. I’m always curious to see where my pages show up in the search engines. Call it vanity. :)
Update: Well, it appears that Cuil is now gone.
Here’s a little Roxie Update.
We’ve had Roxie (our Saint Bernard – Labrador mix) on a bit of a diet since she was spayed because the vet told us she had a pretty decent layer of fat on her already. That was a couple months ago. We weighed her last night (differential weighing is getting difficult!) and she came in at a whoping 92lbs. 9 months and 92lbs. Not bad! She’s about half my weight now.
She looks really good right now – leaner and taller than before she was spayed. She hasn’t actually lost any weight but we think she’s lost fat. Her belly isn’t rounded as much and we can sort of feel ribs again. That’s a good thing because with her grade 4 hip dysplasia, we don’t want her to have too much extra weight to carry. She’s been quite active recently too. Maybe part of it is due to losing some extra fat and gaining some new muscle. What ever it was, she’s bouncing around in the snow and even running for short distances when we are outside.