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The Math Pups ...

 

Steve and I are the proud "parents" of 4 beautiful Shetland Sheepdogs: 

Bonferroni (Froni) is the baby. 

We brought Froni home on Saturday, April 6, 2013 when he was exactly 3 months old.  He is by far the largest of our shelties and he will chew/destroy anything (including shoes, iPad cables, umbrellas, yarn, magazines, cardboard, books, leashes, etc.)!  He also likes to howl - just like a coyote.  He is very much a mama's boy and doesn't want to leave his yard/home.

Bonferroni was named by Allan Rossman, for Carlos Emilio Bonferroni, a 20th century Italian mathematican whose name is attached to the Bonferroni correction and the Bonferroni inequalities.  He started out as a musician (he studied both conducting and piano) at the conservatory in Tuin.  His works include publications in acturial mathematics, probability and statistics, analysis, geometry, and rational mechanics.

More Froni pictures.

 


We've just adopted Merkle (formerly known as Merlin):  

He is a beautiful blue merle sheltie born July 21, 2006.  Merkle is a little overweight right now -we're working on that.  He just had his teeth cleaned and two teeth removed, and we're currently treating him for Lyme disease.  He is the sweetest sheltie you could ever meet - and is quite a couch potato.  We've yet to hear him bark - but he does snore.  :-) 

 

Tukey is still the "baby" as he is tiny and still looks like a puppy at 8-years-old.

Tukey joined the family March 20th, 2005. He was born January 16th and was the tiniest in a litter of seven.  He is absolutely the best puppy in the world!!! He is so well behaved and loves everyone including his older brothers Trig and Thagy.  At seven months he weighed only 10.2 lbs and full grown he's about 15 lbs.  Tukey has turned into a "retriever" sheltie as his favorite pasttime is to chase his plush toy - continuously.  If it were up to him, he'd never stop.

Tukey was also named by Allan Rossman, for John Tukey, a 20th century statistician who is credited with (among other things) my favorite plot - the stem-and-leaf plot, as well as fast Fourier transforms, and the terms "bit" and "software".

More Tukey pictures

 

And Trig (Trigonometry),  an adorable Sheltie puppy, born April 21, who joined the pack July 8th, 2000. 

 He is less energetic than Tukey, and is just a little larger (17 lbs), but he's awfully cute and cuddly.  Trig does have dermatomyositis, but he is doing well.  Trig's tail never stops, and he generally demands to be petted by any available hand - continuously!

More Trig pictures

 

Thagy (a.k.a. Pythagoras) was our alpha dog.  

He was a beautiful male sheltie born on Christmas Eve, 1999, who joined our family March 18th, 2000.  Steve called him our "hard-working sheltie dog" because Thagy was always busy!  He was extremely clever, and loved people, shoes, paper, and other animals.  He showed us many times that there was nothing he couldn't destroy by chewing.  In November of 2008, Thagy had surgery to remove his spleen because he developed a large lymphoma there.  He then had about 6 months of chemotherapy, but recovered nicely.  Two years later, the lymphoma returned and Thagy went through chemotherapy again - successfully!  In October 2010, he was given a second clean bill of health, and on Dec. 24, he turned 13!  The vets were all stunned as most dogs do not survive a first occurrence of lymphoma for two years, and it is extremely rare to complete a second round of chemotherapy.

Thagy began showing his age and lost a lot of muscle mass in his hind quarters, but he remained top dog and ran the house until the end.  We had to let him go April 1, 2013, but he will always be our previous miracle dog.

More Thagy pictures

 


Our Collies

 

Blaze and Shep were our collie twins who blessed our lives for almost 12 years.   They were born January 28, 1992.

     We called Shep our |"obnoxious dog" because he had no fear, thought he owned the house, and generally demanded our time and attention whenever he wanted it.  There is nothing quite like having a 90 lb dog sit on your lap!   He suffered from fairly severe arthritis and eventually became unable to stand or walk.  We lost Shep November 3, 2003.

     Blaze was our 'small' collie -- he weighed a mere 70 lbs.  He was scared of his own shadow and consequently barked at everything that moved.  He was a sharp-looking collie and who was very sweet.  We lost Blaze only 2 weeks before Shep, on October 18, 2003.

 

We very much miss JB -- our first dog.  

 

JB was a collie with an amazingly sweet personality.  He was with us for 9 years (1991-2000).  Though he was ill most of his life with various auto-immune diseases and nerve disorders caused by dermatomyositis, he was wonderfully tolerant and patient, and he loved all creatures -- especially other dogs and children.

 


More Pictures of My boys          

 

Collies in Action          

 


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