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"Be tolerant of THE SKIPPER who disagrees with you... The Schipperke has a right to his Ridiculous Opinion."

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Schipperke Roundup in Roundup, Montana; summer 2000

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Monday, April 26, 2010
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Though we fear change, change is the only constant in the skippertown/schipperke world.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Fashionable Belgian

Fashion model Holly displays the grass chapeau, scarf, and mini-skirt of the Spring 2009 season:

And here's Holly on the runway in last summer's fashion of dirt cape with grass accents:

Of course, a fine patina of porch dirt can make a fine, minimalist statement:

Which leads to this spring's fashion of a few carefully placed grass accents:

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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Recently we posted this at an Albuquerque based group blog called, the Duke City Fix...It was suggested that the column was more about Your Dog than about Albuquerque...So we are re-publishing it here which is our Website about our D-O-G-S...And among the Four Schippeteers, The DUKE Abides.

No, not the actual Duke of Albuquerque. And not THE DUDE who abides over at the Duke City Fix's Little Lebowskis Urban Achievers group. No, we're talking here about THIS DUKE:

DUKE, our Schipperke, now an Albuquerque resident for one full year.

Albuquerque is literally a crossroads town with two of our nation's largest east/west-:-north/south Interstates crossing at The Big I. Historically, airplanes have landed here for fuel on their cross-country journeys. My father, a USMC pilot in WWII, once told me, "Son, I landed in Albuquerque many a time, why do I need to go there again?" Thanks, Dad. Many folks tell me, "Yeah I drove through Albuquerque once." Two AMTRAK trains stop here daily with gaping passengers eyeballing the Sandias from their windows.

Many folks pass through; many move here; some folks hate the place; many love it and stay, even thrive here in the high desert. When my wife and I moved here from the Pacific Northwest in 1985, we weren't sure what to expect. When we first drove into the high desert, we noticed that the trees were a lot smaller than those in the northwest, but there wasn't any mold or rust. We love it here. And so does DUKE.

In March of 2009 when Duke and Holly came to join us, from a Dallas area couple who had to give up their pets, we weren't sure how they'd react to New Mexico. Also, it was not at all clear how they would deal with our elder Schips and our rabbits. All four of our Schipperkes are rescues. DUKE was born in Dallas; HOLLY was born in Mansfield, Missouri and lived in Charlottesville, Virginia before moving to Dallas. AIR JORDAN was born in Pollock, South Dakota, lived on Minot AFB, North Dakota, and was fostered in Montana and Colorado before coming here. MISS MELANIE was rescued from Hell, aka Yankton, South Dakota in spring of 2000. Each has adopted Albuquerque in his or her own way.

The Four Schippeteers at the gate in Albuquerque

None of the four seem to have taken to 'Burque as much as DUKE has done. By definition, The Duke truly abides ... accepts ... conforms ... is in accordance with ... is harmonious with ... melts into what is offered here in the high desert.

We set up a 'pond' for Duke on his arrival.

You can watch Duke blowing bubbles on YOUTUBE. YES, Duke blows bubbles underwater. Not since reading THE DOG WHO WOULDN'T BE by Farley Mowat as a child have I ever heard of a dog who would dunk his head under water, let alone blow bubbles. His first month here we had fun with goldfish, but the N.M. sunshine turned the 'pond' into an algae heaven and we gave it up for other amusements like DUKE ACROBATICS-DUKEROBATICS that is.

Duke's window on the world...


INSIGHTS ON The Duke ...he opens doors--opens windows--looks out blinds--has attacks of adorability--gazes at bunnies--chases chickens and pidgeons. he does every little thing with a full speed ahead attitude. He likes the altitude and attitude here apparently moreso than his Dallas home.

The Duke abides into people and chairs...

flying dog floors.

...and a favorite couch.

The Schipperke is a Belgian breed origanlly bred to chase rats/vermin on river-going barges. They are 'full of personality' and take a bit of owner patience. They are in my opinion as a life-long educator, the Gifted and Talented of dog breeds. If you place them in a well-lighted spot and can get them to hold still, they are a fun challenge to photograph. Schipperkes have a thick rough (coat) and love water...Duke thinks that having an aquarium in the high desert is a great concept.

Oh Boy, Oh Boy; Fish!

So calming:the ions, the bubbles, THE FISH.

There are RABBITS in there!

Let's Go!

Enjoying the outdoors at Tunnel Canyon.

Duke votes for his favorite at the Dog Show.

The TV (in HD with surround sound, of course) for the Dukester is an interactive experience: doorbells, strange knocks, the occasional creepy guy on screen who just has to be growled at, and, the creme de la creme, the dog show!

He's is always ready for a ride--enjoys a good pillow--drinks from fountains whenever possible--blows bubbles--jumps into Mom's arms--breaks kibble with friends--and loves the snow, the spring, the grass, everything in Albuquerque a-b-i-d-e-s, even balloons hissing gas...ooh, fun stuff to bark at. And spring winds: love 'em. More garbage to chase.

Not enough DUKE? Check out THE DUKE ABIDES Picasa gallery.

In other Satiddy Snewz:

We really got a taste of the Spring Winds this week with tumbleweeds tumbling and already a grassfire south of town. Latest chaos is that APS and every district in the state is up to their armpits in fear and debt for next year. In personal snews, someone pointed out to me that those basketball brackets I was filling out last Satiddy, should have been filled out BEFORE the NCAA tournament began, not as each game was played. Gosh, I felt so manly and with-it for a second.

Last night, Albuquerque scrapper, Holly Holm, knotched another win over Chevelle Hallback.

And today at The Pit...Albuquerque hosts the Rose Bowl of Bullishness-the Ty Murray PBR bull-riding event.

Filmed all over 'burque, Breaking Bad (AMC Sunday nights), makes a page in this month's Rolling Stone Magazine in an article called, Working Man's Dread (April 1, 2010 issue--Jimi Henrdrix on cover).

When the Albuquerque canyon winds blow, hang onto someone you love; hold tight.

[photography courtesy Aquila Arts LLC]

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
One Year, 4 Schipperkes

10 days ago we celebrated our one-year anniversary with The Four Schippeteers. That's when the young, daring, devilish Duo from Dallas, aka The Personal Trainers, aka Holly and Duke, came to enliven the aging two survivors of the original Three Schippeteers. Living with four schipperkes is delightfully insane. While it is not impossible to get down in the dumps with this quartet of furry, high-energy Belgians running around, it is quite difficult to stay there for any length of time. Here are highlights from the last year:

- On our first anniversary day, Holly, apparently knowing that the first anniversary is paper, celebrated by shredding a cough drop wrapper and then napping amidst the wreckage.

- Duke, the young, the goofy, the handsome, has learned how to open car windows!

- Holly knows that "get a toy" means to make a selection from the toy box and bring it to the human slave so that playing may commence.

- Duke thinks Bunnytown USA is the best entertainment he's ever seen. Of course, he likes a little TV now and again, especially if there is a dog show on.

- We are working on a recording contract for the yowling trio of Mellie, Holly, and Duke. (Not Jordan's thing.)

- Apparently every day is a good day for a little menage a trois among Jordan, Holly, and Duke. (Not Miss Mellie's thing.)

- Every night is a three-dog night on the bed with alpha Mel on floor guard duty. (Yes, Holly, Mel is alpha; deal with it.)

- Despite any rumors to the contrary, we have not been completely overrun by dog fur. We are in daily danger of being overcome by adorability.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

schipperke,Air Jordan

Air Jordan
11 years old

Our Schipperke, AIR JORDAN was born 1/7/1999 in Pollock, South Dakota...He lived on Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota for a year or so...He was was rescued by Sandy Church and lived at her the Oleo Ranch in Montana as well as in Colorado before coming to the high desert of New Mexico. We adopted him 9/7/2001.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
It's not a costume...It's a BEAR on iceskates...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Turkey Lurkey from AlbUturkey

JUST-in from>DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT: Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) this morning at 4:53 am EST. Their separation sets the stage for double flybys of many towns and cities on Wednesday evening, Nov. 25th, when Atlantis and the ISS will soar through the night sky side by side--a fantastic sight. Atlantis is not scheduled to land until Friday morning, Nov. 27th, so the double apparitions will continue on Thursday, Nov. 26th, Thanksgiving in the United States. Check the Simple .Satellite Tracker for flybys.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
So many pictures...So little time.

Here are New Photographs of the members of the SKIPPERTOWN Crew

More Schippeteers

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

plus 8 years

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Things have been even more exciting the last six months at Skippertown with the addition of two newly adopted Schips:DUKE and HOLLY from Dallas,Texas...Here's a Picasa picture gallery of our FOUR SCHIPPETEERS....

The Four Schippeteers

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Friday, July 03, 2009

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Finally...The Postcard from BunnytownUSA featured on KRQE tv by Bill Wood has made it to You Tube...Whoo Hoo.

Visit BunnytownUSA

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Friday, May 08, 2009
The latest pictures from BunnytownUSA.

Bunnytown USA

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And truth be told, EVERYDAY is EARTH DAY...Although a Moon Day would be cool.

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Friday, April 03, 2009
One month ago today, our lives changed at Skippertown with the arrival of Duke and Holly who were brought to our door by two intrepid travelers who are soon leaving the United States on a major life journey. Before they could embark however, they knew they had to find a special home for their two Schipperkes. Duke and Holly have lively up-ped our lives here at Skippertown full tilt and we continue to be grateful to share our days with them. They have become 'personal trainers' to Miss Melanie and Air Jordan who have both trimmed up and are feeling much sprier these days.

We received a letter this week from a woman who lost her Schip recently and who is in search of a new life companion. As we have never actually 'purchased' a Schipperke, we can not personally recommend a breeder to this women in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. If you know of a kind (and not just in it for the money "breeder"), we would happily pass along the information and keep it on hand. There are several links on this page to try at your own risk. does not sell or breed Schipperkes; we do love them and try to share that love and respect for the breed.

Schipperkes are a bit like owning a beautiful old classic car (bimmers anyone?). They are the ultimate drivning machine of the dog world. The "Gifted and Talented". They ar enot for everyone and we have noticed that there are many Schipperkes out there who are in need of a home. We notice though that 'adoption fees' for many organizations are now almost as much as what it costs to buy a new puppy.

Try this link to GOOGLE SCHIPPERKES...You'll hit some 48,800 links for them.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Viva Schipperkes:
Here are our two new Schipperkes, Duke and Holly, with some FRESH vacuum CHAOS...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

The Four Schippeteers: Day One
Duke and Holly on your left/Jordan and Melanie on your right
all enjoying finishing off cheese enchiladas
in round one of dish-washing Skippertown Style.

On March 6th, 2009, our lives at SKIPPERTOWN were dramatically changed forever by the arrival of two new and very young Schipperkes in what we have come to call THE SCHIPPERKE INVASION.

Miss Melanie and Air Jordan could not be more delighted and invigorated by the antics and open-loving-ness of their two new buddies from Dallas, Duke and Holly (Jalapeņo-to be exact-Ms. "Holly" was born on New Year's Eve 2006 and is most certainly one little hot chile pepper). We Happily Welcome Duke and Holly to Skippertown (which is located IN the DUKE CITY-aka Albuquerque).

We are all so very glad and thankful that Duke and Holly have come to us. We know that they will be missed by their Dallas Parentals, who very soon will be leaving the country to Save the Coral Reefs in a huge life adventure that sadly must go 'dogless' for a time...When we aren't so overwhelmed with 24/7 ADORABLE CUTENESS, we will be putting up more pix...


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Friday, February 20, 2009
They're not schipperkes, but the puppies of the puppy photo booth in the following are pretty adorable ... and pretty sleepy!

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Friday, February 13, 2009
Here's a link for AKC breed popularity...Schips are at 89. Sussex Spaniel (this year's Westminster winner) is down at the bottom at 145.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
JUSTin: A video link to see the 2009 Schipperkes at the Westminster Dog Show.

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Schips on You Tube...there are a lot of zany Schipperke videos on You Tube...Here's one that caught our eye...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Miss Melanie : Caught in the Act

We set out this week to catch a feral cat that has been causing chaos at BunnytownUSA. Our efforts have gone for naught with the cat getting most of the food and escaping unscathed. Today however, we caught a curiously hungry Schipperke instead. She was released immediately and no animals were harmed in the making of this photograph, in fact, Miss Melanie rather enjoyed eating an entire can of catfood while under momentary duress and embarrassment.

Miss Melanie : Slightly Guilty?

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Last week, we celebrated Air Jordan's TENTH birthday. We also reviewed our expenses for helping the poor fellow through FOUR knee surgeries last year...Pretty damn pricey but worth every penny for the young-at- heart-dude who used to jump higher than Michael Jordan. Viva Schipperkes!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Why do so many people feel the need to share their unasked for opinions at a pet store?

Today I was practially accosted by a big enormously red-necked guy who followed me down the aisles telling me the horrors of RAWHIDE chew toys. I did not ask for his opinion nor could I make him stop giving me his opinion (very negatory on the subject). I did not feel like defending my right or interest in buying a chew toy.

Last week, the same thing happened when I went to purchase a variety of platties. This woman went on forwever about how they reproduced and how I was buying too many of them and how they mated no matter the color and on and on and on. Did I need to tell her that I knew all of this? Did I ask for her opinion?

Let it go folks. You don't need to share your pet pet opinions (be ye a clerk or a customer), unless your advice is asked for...

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Miss Melanie brings home the bird.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Once again the oh-so-generous ways of our housesitter has enabled our two Schips to eat more than their share of treats in our absence. Jordan and Miss Melanie are ready to do their darnedness to scare trick or treaters this weekend.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Wispy, the fearless
Search and Rescue Schipperkes of Arkansas

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008

The Mellie Belly is solar powered!

Private Buns of 

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Monday, June 09, 2008
Last week was a first at our sister site BunnytownUSA, a nest of bunnies was exposed briefly.

Maximum adorability!

Meanwhile ...

Mellie works to keep us safe from little lizards!

Guarding the backyard is exhausting!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This just in for Earth Day:

Schipperke Working the Tractor

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started.
And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot in The Four Quartets

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Monday, March 03, 2008
Got rabbits? Not in Yellowstone, no mo' ... Jack rabbit Gone Baby, Gone The Schippeteers are very sad at all the great bunny chasing not happening in our national park!

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Here's a re-cap of the saga of Air Jordan's kneecap:

Oct 17, we all said goodbye to 15-year-old Skipper.
Oct 18, Jordan dislocated his kneecap medially (inside knee). Had surgery.
Nov 1, confirmed that Jordan's kneecap dislocated laterally (outside
knee). Had surgery.
Nov 27, Jordan's kneecap again outside knee. Had third surgery Dec. 18.
Dec 24, Jordan's patellar tendon ruptured; kneecap crawled up thigh. Had
emergency surgery with best orthopedic vet in NM. Merry Xmas.

What followed was 6 weeks in a "hard splint" (and e-collar) and sleeping
in a crate (we've never crated him before) after being sedated. (Yes, we
drugged our dog regularly. He's apparently a Ramones fan. Hmm, anybody get

OK, Thursday went from "hard splint" to "soft splint." Think layers of
full-leg length, multi-layered ace bandages. Our vet gave us more
sedatives and officially labeled Jordo "headstrong." (No, really?) Despite
this, vet remains optimistic about J's overall recovery. Jordan was
overwhelmed by all the new sensations, including stiffness, and seemed to
regress this weekend. BUT today he's feeling a little too good. We have
snow here and the boy sho' do like his snow! (No drug reference intended.)

Meanwhile, Mellie is doing very well, as, of course, is her right and

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Thursday, January 17, 2008
We have missed some fresh chaos lately, as we have been dealing with a freshly chaotic Schip, who continues to recover from his fourth knee surgery...

Air Jordan


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Thursday, January 03, 2008
Here's the LONG story short: Jordan had a third surgery on his left knee on the 18th and then a FOURTH emergency surgery with a specialist on the 24th. He is splinted, coned, and crated for another 4 weeks or so. He's also sedated, but seems a little better every day. We are broke, nervous wrecks, BUT we have been assured that we are not the world's worst dog parents; it's just one of those crazy-ass things. Meanwhile, Mellie has fallen in love with a rabbit. Oh, and if you need to take your dog to the ER on Xmas Eve, may I suggest 3 a.m. No waiting!

Details: On the 23rd Jordan's patellar ligament ruptured and his kneecap crawled up his thigh. (His is a very well-travelled kneecap, having now seen all the sights!) Best veterinary orthopedist in the state performed a tibial tubercle transposition. Clinic folks thought (briefly) that Jordan might not need to wear an e-collar ("cone"). I'll pause here while you stop laughing.
Jordan just had his first checkup today and did very well, other than trying to eat a cat. As for the rectal exam, well ... Let's move on, shall we?

During all this, one of our bunnies, Ziggy, has taken to jumping out of BUNNYTOWN to hang out in the backyard. Miss Mellie
loves to chase him. Ziggy has figured out that little Miss Short Legs can't catch him, so he waits until the last second before leading her on a long, circuitous route. (I'm looking forward to telling our vet the secret behind Mellie's weight loss.) Mel can't wait to see her bunny friend and will sometimes sit and watch him graze before stalking him. Keep in mind that the Divine Miss M is a killer, with a fair amount of blood on her paws. Yup, Gangsta Mel has gone soft.

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JORDAN passes week one after surgery four with a good report from the surgeon.

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Monday, December 24, 2007


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Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Saga of Our Patellar Fella

It began on October 18th, just one day after our beloved Skipper died. Air Jordan was running around on three legs, while holding his left hind leg at the very oddest of angles. The next day our vet announced that Jordan had dislocated his kneecap. Turns out he has a congenital condition (in both knees) known as luxating patella.

Surgery involving pins went well, but then he dislocated the same kneecap, this time in the other direction. Our trusted vet was thoroughly mystified. 10 days after his first surgery, Jordan came through his second surgery A-OK. Ten days later his sutures came out and all seemed to be well. Except that he didn't get any better. Finally, we got the news from our vet that Jordan's kneecap was out again. Because more healing time is needed, followed by THE holidays and our vet's travel plans, Jordan's third surgery won't be until January 8th (2008).

As the Sopranos and friends would say, "Whaddaya gonna do?" Better get Rudolph, 'cause J-dog ain't gonna fly this Christmastime!

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Monday, December 03, 2007

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

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