To the Nines with Kathy Hairston

A native of California, Kathy grew up in the Pomona Valley. In the 60’s her parents began halter showing Quarter Horses. This hobby led them to purchase a small ranch in Ontario where they began raising and racing Quarter Horses and eventually moved on to Thoroughbreds. Although she never became a rider, their enthusiasm for horses was instilled in Kathy; she attended the Equestrian events at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Kathy purchased her first “show” quality English Bulldog in 1971. She has been actively showing and breeding dogs for 29 years. She has raised and finished champions in two breeds, Bulldogs and American Staffordshire Terriers.

Kathy is a member of the Bulldog Club of America and the Pacific Coast Bulldog Club. She has served on the PCBC Board of Directors and has been their show secretary, public relations and fundraising chair. She currently is their AKC reporter.

When not at a dog show, Kathy is at the drag strip watching her son, Clint, drive a 2007 Pontiac GTO at 251 mph. The GTO is tuned by her younger son, Jake, and the team is managed by Jim, her husband of 38 years.

Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Love

To the whole world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.  -Unknown 1.       Give blood: Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. Contact the American Red Cross(1-800 733-2767) or your local hospital to donate. 2.       Save materials: Donate old towels, blankets and sheets to a local animal shelter. 3.       […]

Not Buying It

In 2007, Judith Levine chronicled “Not Buying It, A Year Without Shopping.” For the last few years my cyber friend, Deb B., has challenged other cyber friends to “Not Buying It” during January.

Bowled Over

Did you know there are 35 college bowl games? For those of you who haven’t had your fill of college football which started in August, you can enjoy the bowl games starting December 21st.

Holiday Tipping Guidelines

It seems every service establishment has “tip jars’ 24/7: the yogurt, pizza, coffee, juice bar and sandwich shop. Just call me Humbug Hairston, however I find “tipping jars” and suggested holiday tipping guidelines offensive.

5 Tips for Regifting this Holiday Season

What’s the hottest trend in gift giving these days? It’s regifting – taking a gift someone gave you, re-wrapping it, and handing it to someone else.

5 Tips for Regifting this Holiday Season

What’s the hottest trend in gift giving these days? It’s regifting – taking a gift someone gave you, re-wrapping it, and handing it to someone else.

The Gifts of Christmas Past

My earliest memories of Christmas and gifts are probably when I was seven or eight years old, which would have been 1960 or 1961.

A Day at the Races

Drag racing—the straight dash over a quarter mile from a standing start for the shortest elapsed time—is a form of racing unique to the US. My husband, Jim, and I spent a recent weekend at the National Hot Rod Association’s 49th Annual World Finals Drag Races in Pomona.

Here Comes the Sun

It doesn’t seem 45 years ago that I was basking – I mean baking – in the sun, coated with a concoction made of baby oil and iodine. The “uncool” people coated their noses and ears with zinc oxide


For the past six months I’ve been perusing our local community services fitness classes. Many of them aren’t offered at a convenient time or day.

Everything Old is New Again

Years before frugality and thriftiness were vogue, my parents, born during the Great Depression, embraced the “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” philosophy.

Finding Your Pet After a Natural Disaster

The natural disaster in Moore, Oklahoma has separated hundreds of pets from their owners and homes.

Healing Power of Dogs for Children on the Spectrum

I found this article online and it moved me so much that I decided to post it on my blog. I hope all Boomers who love pets will read the whole article and comment about it. Thank you!

What’s On Your Shelf?

Like many Boomers, one of the first books I read featured Spot from the Dick and Jane books. Some of my favorite “dog books” growing up were the classics: Lad a Dog, Lassie Come Home,

Boys and Their Toys

“The only thing different between men and boys is the price of their toys.”