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    My Dog Kelly
    (Look at the surprise at the bottom of this page)


    My name is Udi Rubin. In 1994 I was a sixth grader, 11 years old, in Dimona, a little desert town in Israel. At the end of this year I found Kelly, a female German Shepherd puppy in an old abandoned storehouse near our home. In this page I'd like to tell you about Kelly in short and more.

    The images could be enlarged by right clicking on them.

    That's me Udi with Kelly our new pet in our home garden.
    German Shepherd Puppy
    The new coming Kelly is sniffing her way in our garden to the food pot.

    German Shepherd (Alsatian) Dog
    Kelly with my brother an sister, the Twins Ron and Nilly.

    German Shepherd Dog on Kennel
    Kelly resting on her kennel.

    German Shepherd Dog
    A closer look at Kelly on her kennel.

    German Shepherd (Alsatian) Dog
    That's me Udi again playing with Kelly.

    German Shepherd Dog
    Kelly is enjoying her new leash.

    German Shepherd Dog with a Miniature Pinscher
    Kelly with a new friend Jojo - a Miniature Pinscher held by my brother Ron.

    Female German Shepherd Dog With Puppies
    Kelly with her five puppies.

    German Shepherd Dog With Puppies
    Kelly with puppies again.

    German Shepherd Dog
    Ron and Nilly with Kelly's puppies

    German Shepherd puppy
    One of Kelly's puppies

    German Shepherd Dog
    Kelly behind the fence

    German Shepherd Dog
    Kelly is playful

    German Shepherd Dog
    Kelly is a protagonist of a juvenile science adventure novel wrote by my father Julian - The Orchid Grower, which plot takes place in Dimona, Israel

    My dog's grave
    Kelly died on Thursday, March 29, 2007, 7:35 PM in Dimona, Israel at the age of 13.
    This day (I was 24), regretfully, I was far away from home and my father Julian and brother Ron buried her not far from our home in a vast field (by the railway fence) on a wonderful spring night and that's the way we are going to remember her.
    GPS readings retrieved on 28.04.2007: Coordinates 31 05719 N, 35 02834 E, Height 563m.

    After we buried Kelly grieving, we were sure that that's it with our beloved pet. But a great surprise awaited for us. One month after Kelly's death my sister, Nilly, came home for a few days off from her pre-army service with a friend accompanied with a female dog trying to find her a new home. There is nothing unique about this besides the interesting and striking fact that this dog was also called Kelly. At first I was sure that my sister, Nilly, is kidding in an effort to persuade my father to adopt her, but her name was really Kelly. The coincidence is remarkable since the name Kelly for a dog is quite rare.

    A few pictures of our "new" Kelly (probably an interesting mixture of a Basset Hound with a German Shepherd) follow:

    Mixed Basset Hound
    Our "new" Kelly

    Mixed Basset Hound with a Miniature Pinscher
    Kelly with the old friend Jojo.

    Mixed Basset Hound
    Kelly is playing "dead".

    Mixed Basset Hound is barking
    Kelly is barking

    Miniature Pinscher
    Jojo died on Sunday, July 27, 2015, 6:00 AM in Dimona, Israel at the age of 17 (at least 15). That day (I was 32), regretfully again I was far away from home (I was a graduate student at Columbia University in New York) and my father Julian and brother Ron buried her next Kelly's grave (see above).
    GPS readings retrieved on 27.07.2015: Coordinates N 31 04413 E 35 02174.

    My dog's grave
    Jojo's grave. Regretfully Kelly's grave was trampled by a tractor and destroyed. Therefore we buried Jojo (the same day at 11:00 AM) closer to the railway fence hopefully this will prevent any other tractor from crushing the grave.

    The distance between the two graves was no more than 20 m (as far as we remember) but when we tried to find out the distance as recorded by the different GPS devices, at the two occasions, using an online Coordinate Distance Calculator, the result was a disappointing 1580 m far from any reasonable excuse. And no wonder, the first reading was taken in 2007 probably with a simple device whereas the second reading was taken in 2015 using a modern application. But we could not be sure that the newer means also the better. To solve the mystery it is recommended, in similar cases, to use a third certified professional device in order to come to conclusions which one, of the two, is the more accurate.

    This experience gave me an idea for an interesting science fair project to compare the coordinate readings of different Smartphone GPS applications for finding out the most accurate. The comparison could be done relatively to some known monument like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty, etc., whose official coordinate information could be easily obtained from Wikipedia.

    On the way, elementary students can exercise methods of coordinate representation - the conversion of (DD) Decimal Degrees to (DMS) degrees, minutes, and seconds and vice versa. Middle or high school students can try to calculate the distances themselves without using an online coordinate distance calculator.

    The opportunity presented itself when we visited the East Coast (August 2015) and took coordinate readings at two tempting sites by two different GPS applications Ground Zero (World Trade Center) and Statue of Liberty and calculated the distance for each application, using online software, from the official coordinate point and compared.

    Our Little Experiment
    Location Official Coordinates App A Distance App B Distance
    World Trade Center N 40.7117
    W -74.0125
    N 40.711986
    W -74.013526
    92 m N 40.711998611
    W -74.013593888
    98 m
    Statue of Liberty N 40.6892
    W -74.0444
    N 40.68981
    W -74.046232
    170 m N 40.689805
    W -74.046297222
    170 m

    To sum it up. Both applications have the same accuracy since 6 m of difference falls between the limits of civilian GPS accuracy standards.

    The discrepancy between the official readings and our applications is only normal since the two sets were not taken from the same place, of course.

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    My Dog Kelly

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