Jan and I are former high school English teachers. In 1975 we met during our student teaching at Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, fell in love, and married soon after in August 1976. Actually, we eloped (much to the displeasure of Jan’s father) and were married by a judge in McHenry county, Illinois.
Out first teaching jobs were many miles apart. Mine was in Stockbridge, WI. This town of 500 or so was known as the “Sturgeon Capital of the World” because of all the ice fishing on nearby Lake Winnebago.
Jan’s first (and only) teaching position was in Germantown Wisconsin.
We lived in Fond du Lac and Jan’s commute to school was almost an hour while mine was half that. After two years we moved to a Milwaukee apartment near 57th & North Avenue and left teaching soon after that — Jan became a lawyer and I became a technical writer.
We have a pair of dogs — Jack and Ellie — who travel with us.
Jack is an 11-year-old Golden Retriever and Ellie, a rescue, is a 10-year-old Golden.
On May 22, 2012 we had to put Jack down. He had developed bone cancer, apparently common in Golden Retrievers. We have lost pets before, but it it always devastating as I’m sure many of you know.
Jack and our previous golden, Wrigley, came from similar bloodlines and the same Grand Dame Amberac’s Asterling Aruba. We were fortunate enough to know Amberac’s breeder, Ellen Manke. I can’t say enough for Ellen and her magnificent goldens. But when we contacted her after Jack’s death to see if she might have any golden puppies, we discovered that she had stopped breeding Golden Retrievers. However, Ellen recommended Dichi Goldens in Portage, WI.
We contacted Dick and Chris Reents, the owners of Dichi, and after visiting their kennel we were put on a waiting list for the next litter.
On November 14, 2012, we picked up our new Golden Retriever Flirt.