I am not really sure if many dog owners watch the Westminster dog show with their pets, but I do. It has become a regular event that everyone enjoys. I am convinced that my dog Monkey Lee is taking style tips from the regal looking bichons, Chinese shar pei and poodles. Monkey can't take her eyes off the TV and I must concede she needs the help, she is a bit rough around the edges. Miss Monkey Lee is the most wonderful blonde, yet butch, sweetheart. I have attended the show many times and last years winner the Scottie belongs to a close family friend who got me my first west highland terrier. There are 6 new breeds this year, a rather new and welcome addition to this great event. However, as a counter point to these new breed conscripts, is the age old fashion disasters that lead these beautiful animals. I wish I was a bigger person, and had enough benevolence or compassion to overlook the outfits on the contestants, but I can't, at least not yet. I took a couple of verbal beatings from some particularly neurotic handlers backstage a few years back, and need to get over it. For the record, the movie best in show is totally real. I love the herding group and terriers. Lately I have been very sensitive to the weather, the effects of hard southern rains will do that to you I guess. The colors of sky change more noticeably, and subtle nuances of color pre curse the spring. Earlier today there was the most beautiful lavender cloud that sat motionless against the purest blue sky. I get challenged by looking at natures little treasures. I always look for those stones that have unusual color. I find it easier to see new combinations when a stone in hand has distinctive and unexpected color. It will take a very specific blue spinel to get close to the lavender cloud color. It exists, and most likely will come from Ceylon where some color will be shared with light blue sapphires that have been being mined there for a very long time.