Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
she who still has no name...
(she's squished in the middle)
Juno, Isis, Pixel...............
Some suggested naming her after something Halloween-ish- Jamie was one suggestion..I couldn't find anything else that I really liked at all with that theme.
I also looked up Florida type things- environment, rivers, lakes, mountains...nothin' jumped out at me...
I think part of the problem is that iI know so many dogs- I associate all the good names with dogs I already know!
Why is naming so hard!!!!
Names I liked, now I don't.....
I really liked the name Jinx- but there's so many of them
I like the name Quinna but I know dogs named Quinn, and Quinna!
Brew is too manly...
I like Macy but it just doesn't suit...
Some of my friends have said it will be easier when I meet her...I disagree. I think it will be harder! She has a name already that she knows so I am going to end up calling her that until I figure one out which is just going to confuse her...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
So this fuzzy bundle of cuteness will be mine.
I can hardly believe it. She is coming all the way from Florida! On a plane. Hopefully Thursday.
Her name right now is Pixi, and she is 13 weeks old. She was born on the 24th of August.
This is her mom- CH Cornerstone's At A Glance ROM Bronze "Peekers"
he is a herding dog extraordinaire! (which is what all those titles are for)
Wow. I still can't really believe it. What plans I have for this little dog.
Thank you Rita, so, so, very much!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Naming is hard, and when it comes to my own dogs it is much harder. With a rescue it seems easier as I won't have to live with the name for more than a few weeks so it doesn't matter.
Wicca's name was picked out before I brought her home. I wanted a "Magical" name and after searching I came across Wicca. It is perfect, and suits her to a T- she is very witchy :o)
Sam was named when I got him and I couldn't think of anything to call him! I had thought of Spencer as I really like the name but he was Sam through and through.
Vito was Jack when I first got him, and stayed Jack for a while until I realised just how many dogs, and people there are named Jack. So Jack had to go. Vito is the perfect name for him.
Boone was Blair- and well, that had to go for a few reasons- reason #1: I didn't like the name. It was weird. (no offence if you know someone with that name, or like the name)
reason #2: he needed a new start, what better way than a new name! I like the name Boone and had it on my list from way back when
and now I want to get names ready so that when I see my puppy I will just know her name. I want it to be an unusual name, one that is easy to say and pronounce. I have been looking up names by searching meanings, and I have been looking for names that are still with the "magical" type theme.
Here is my list so far:
Notes: Roman version of Greek goddess Hera, goddess of marriage, retribution, fairplay, fiery and temperamental
Notes: Replaced Gaea, later adopted the characteristics of Cybele.
Female, color - gold, Animal - none
Notes: Goddess of Fire, keeper of the sacred flame.
and other magical names...
Nissa- friendly elf or fairy
Brew- (as in witches)
and other non-witchy names I like:
Micah (can't use with Wicca as I think it sounds too similar)
Bryna "strength with virtue"
Cita (Latin) [mf] "happy" " the fast one"
Anyway, those are on my list so far, it seems I find a new one every few days that i like and add to my list so it grows and changes a lot...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I mean what kind of person walks into a business and steals. Slime, that's who. Lethbridge is slowly but surely becoming the kind of place where you don't dare walk after dark (without dogs) or leave your door unlocked- even when you're home. It's kind of scary.
At work we have a light and buzzer that tells us when someone comes in- I saw the light and headed for the front right away- I saw a man in a plaid blue coat leaving. Weird. So I followed him out and was just in time to see him hop on his bike- my bag hanging from his arm.
I called the cops, and reported it- I was told that his fellow had done something similar previously in the morning. Great.
I then called my boss, arranged to have the locks replaced at work (my keys were in the purse), and then called the bank to cancel cheques, etc. What fun.
The police call me shortly after- they have found the man but my purse was not with him- however the video camera was. Great.
Remember all this is happening at work- Wendy has hurt her back and was off for the day so it was me and Jolene all afternoon.
The police call again and say they will be by with the man as he wants to apolagise. Uh Huh.
Apparently he is a total crack head (maybe Natalie's neighbor??!!) and was looking for quick cash. Oh, and he remembered where he left the purse.
So they come by half hour later with the creepy man and my purse- sans wallet. The cheque book, debit card and other assorted purse crap is returned, as well as the keys.
Of course the lock guy has already changed the locks. Swell.
And then the police are at the daycare for 45 minutes during the busiest time of the day- dogs leaving, people asking (of course) if everthing was okay, trafffic was stopped. Great.
All because some slime ball of a person thought it would be a good idea to steal a freakin' purse.
I went home last night and washed the purse, and was going to throw it out but couldn't do it as I reallllly like that purse. But I might put it away for a while before using it again.
The dogs and I had a good night in- I didn't leave the house after 8pm and just hung out and played fetch.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A dog with an edge- I want the bad puppy, the one that gets into everything, and is trouble from the start (Wicca was that dog as a baby...oh who am I kidding she is that dog now!)
Blue, Black, or Red- I am not a brindle person, and from the photos I have seen it seems that the brindles are bigger...There are always exceptions though and color is on the bottom of my list. Blue is my preference.
A Small Dog- I really don't want a big boned Cardi- lots, and lots, and lots of those out there, mostly those seem to be the ones that are bred purely for the conformation ring, I want an agile corgi. So a small female is high on my list of priorities.
A Multipurpose dog- although above I said I don't want a big boned dog I would like a dog that I can do anything I want with and if the fancy strikes me to put her in the show ring then so be it. I showed Wicca briefly- no competition and I gave up. It was kind of fun...
A dog that is sound- here is the catch 22- I want a dog that is built well. Wicca has a bad top line, and although as of yet it hasn't hurt her performance or athleticism I would like a dog with a nice topline, a good front, and of course one that is a good mover...
A dog that will fetch- toy drive is very, very important and I need to have that in a puppy right from the start, it will make training that much better.
And most of all I need a good work ethic- I need a puppy who loves to learn, and wants to play.
That shouldn't be too hard to find....right?
To hold back the puppy fever I have started the process of searching for the right breeder. It is going to take a while to find the "right" breeder, and then the "right" puppy. I am looking for another Cardigan. I had considered getting a baby Pyr Shep but my heart really is pushing for a Cardi.
I have contacted and spoke with many breeders, and have been looking at website after website. I don't think I have ever researched a breeder so much but I am looking for a very specific type of dog so I want to make sure I make the right choice! I have found that most Cardigan breeders I have talked to are great- they get back to you right away, they answer questions, and all in all it has been a really great experience so far. There are a few who haven't returned emails, or not bothered to call back but that is okay as at least it helps to weed out the breeders I don't want to deal with!
Here are the links to some of the ones I have taken more than a "second look" at.
There are others of course- I am sure that I have looked at everything on the internet that is Cardigan Corgi related- BUT these people/dogs stick out in my mind.
That of course could change, but I thought I would admit finally that yes, I am in the market for a puppy in the next year.
I will continue to update you on the progress of my Puppy Fever :o)
Last night we met a little later and it was darkish and cold. While I was waiting for my student I saw TWO off leash dogs...I knew this did not bode well for our walk. My student comes just as the second off leash dog goes by. We get her dog out of the car and warm up with some obedience- and then we see a little dog running as fast as his little legs would carry him- right towards us. Yikes! The owner is walking casually about 20 feet behind him. I step towards the dog to grab the dragging leash and the woman rushes up and says something about him being friendly- I tell her that this dog is not- and she takes her dogs leash from my hand walks a few feet away and drops it again- the dog trots on ahead.
And then coming right behind is a baseball team from the neighboring ball diamond- out for a warm up run or something. We start walking and then one of them veers off the path and takes a piss- IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK! Who does that?????!!! As he ran to catch up to his team mates he looked around to see if anyone had saw. Of course I am sure the whole freakin' park saw him. Geesh.
We move to a big open area and put the dog on a long line- to practice recalls and such. We are almost finished up when we spot not one, but two off leash dogs- the owner walking behind them, leash in hand....we move farther from the path and hope they are either well behaved or don't notice us. Well they didn't notice us- thankfully!
Back at the car we put reactive dog away, and she brings out her other dog to take for a walk- we turn around and see the same man with the two off leash labs heading in our direction. So of course they head on over to check us out. One dog heads back to his owner when he rounds a corner but the other goes into stalk mode- hackles up, intense staring...the works. Great. So does the guy come back and get his dog. No. For five minutes we waited and the dog stood and stared. I finally took a step towards the dog and it spooked and ran around the corner. My god why are people so dumb.
People really annoy me and I find myself have less and less patience for stupidity.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So last week Wendy booked the hotel room for the weekend and said that we have two dogs. Uh Huh. We actually had five. So we get there Saturday night and realise that it is "hotel style" and not "motel style" meaning that we have to walk the dogs through the lobby to get to the room. (which is conveniently located on the main floor right next to the lobby) And then upon checking in it is mentioned that they have a STRICT two dog/room policy. Uh Huh.
So....I shoved all three of mine in a large crate and we dragged them in through a side door- we were almost busted but thankfully my dogs kept their mouthes shut just this once! It was pretty nerve racking. Wendy just walked her two in, no problemo.
Her dogs haven't stayed at a hotel much before. Mine have, and although Wicca reallllllly had to pee by the morning they were pretty good. (minus Boone hacking up all the dust and dirt he'd ingested all day!) Wendy's dogs not so much. First off Lacey pooped under the table. Nice. :o) and secondly Coulee thought it was her job to "protect" us from the evils outside the room.
We all slept great.... :o)
The trial itself was great- Training Troop does a good job- more than 350 runs and we were done by 6:15 on Saturday! Woohoo!
Because it was the Howl-oween trial there was a costume contest. Sarah and her dogs won. It was the best costume- ever. I thought people were going to pee their pants. Sarah will be dressed up again this weekend at our own party so I won't spoil the surprise. I promise to take pictures next weekend!
The actual agility portion of the trial was great. Boone was only entered in four things- 2 per day and did great. He weaved. 12 poles. at a trial!
His first run was Advanced Gamblers and he did it! He got both mini gambles and the main one! I was so excited for him. He got 74 points which is pretty awesome for Boone.
His second run was Starters Standard. I can't remember what we did but we had faults. Oh- I know for sure I made him redo is a-frame contact so that might have been it....
Sunday he ran a Starters Standard and Q'd!!! Go Boonie Go! It was a great run- 12 poles, great table, good contacts. His tail was going the whole time. What a good boy!
He finished off running team with his Pyr Shep friend Cheetah. Chee was having an "off" weekend (he has tunnel vortex syndrome, and a serious case of the zoomies) but Boone ran his half great- he did a great job with the poles but I pushed him a little too hard and he missed the last two. I didn't make him go back as I wanted to make sure to end on a positive note.
Overall I am very, very impressed with him.
Wicca and Vito both came to hang out- Wicca was pretty ticked, she sat at the gate of the x-pen waiting for her turn. It was sad. I had her looked at by another canine rehab person and I got the same diagnosis- some different exercises but basically the same advice- keep her off agility equipment one more week- and than slowly rebuild- start with just jumps, keep her away from weaves and the a-frame for a few weeks longer and she should be good to go.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
you can read about Bosley and his sister Maggie on their own blog- life with berners
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We started out good- he even tugged a bit on a new toy, a few jumps, and then all of a sudden he melted. Just like that. Shaking, trying to get away, running away to the crates, wouldn't even give me a nose touch. Ugh.
So I put him away in the xpen for a few minutes and read through an old clean run- watched Sarah run her dogs, and then brought him out again- on leash.
No thanks, I'm too scared.
Happiest Place? I think not.
So we sat and watched the scary traffic for ten minutes. I rewarded him for looking away from the scary traffic and at me. It only happened twice. Ugh.
Some days it is really easy to get frustrated. Which I know gets you no where.
I made him follow me around while I taught the first half of the class- treating him when he paid any attention to me. Near the middle of the class I put him in a crate- and he barked, and barked, and barked. At pretty much anything that went by- he's pretty brave when he's in a box!
At the end of the class while we were packing up I brought him out one last time. Hotdog in hand I asked him to weave- and he did. I jackpotted and asked again- and he did. 12 poles- at the scary field. Who knew such a Chicken could be so brave. :o)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Vito smearing some of the cow poop off his face :o) Gross, I know.
And now I am ready for turkey dinner! The dogs will all get a bath after dinner sometime- there is no way they are sleeping on my bed smelling the way they do!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Last year the arena we used was beautiful, but a little chilly...okay, a lot chilly. Most nights we froze our fingers, and it was not very fun for the shorthaired Weims and Vizsla that train with us! This year we'll have heat :o)
I like winter training- the temperature and weather is always predictable, there is no wind to blow the jumps all down and you don't have to worry about the weeds and grass being too long. Oh, and there is no traffic.
Boone still is a little weird out at the training field, and sometimes it is a struggle to keep him focused and having fun out there. Indoors I won't have that issue. Which is just fine for both of us!
I have put together a basic training plan for each of my dogs for the winter. The barn is a great opportunity to focus on those little things, and hopefully improve some bad habits.
We'll start with Wicca,
Handling- I need to go back and do some basic handling drills- threadles, serps, 270's, 180's, and of course pin wheels. I need to feel more comfortable with a threadle. I also want to work on her go on's up a straight line.
Weavepoles- we are going to avoid repetative weave training for a while due to her shoulder injury but there are some things I need to work on. wicca is a strong weaver but I need to proof open entries, front cross after poles, and independence.
Jumping- jumping, jumping, and more jumping :o)
Contacts- I won't be running Wicca alot on contacts for a while as I am sure that is what caused her shoulder injury initially. But I do want to work on curling, and proper position- I am going to go back and do backchaining of just the end behavior and insist on a nose touch. We'll see.
Startline- Wicca is becoming more and more sassy on the start line. Barking, hunching over, just being a jerk. I am going to work on this- alot.
Handling- he needs to better understand me. Lots of cookies and repetitions for him! Pinwheels, 180's, 270's and serpentines are all on his list. He needs to do lots of coming in to me- as he tends to drift a little :o)
Weaves- work up to 12 poles. he is at 8-10 now and doing well. He still will pop at pole 4 on the off side so more work on off side is needed. He also needs to work harder entries, and I would like for him to drive through a bit faster. I might go back and work some three and five poles for speed.
Contacts- backchain, backchain, backchain. I am not entirely happy that he still isn't understanding what I want. We need to work on driving into position and then add the rest of the obstacle. His dogwalk is better than his a-frame typically. I am going to go back and work on some happiest place games with him too.
Jumping- he is a good jumper for the most part but I'd like to do some grids with him, and work on "finding the line"
Warm up games- I need to make a longer warm up so have been teaching him some tricks and incorporating some front and rear crosses on the flat. Now I need to put it all together.
Weave Poles- learn them.
Contacts- happiest place, run. fast. :o)
Jumping- grids, drills, and small sequences
Equipment discrimination- at this point he doesn't have a clue :o)
and I'd like to build up his stamina a bit- he only likes agility in small doses and I'd like to change that.
As always nothing is written in stone and this is just my guideline for each of them. There are always little things that pop up- but I find it is important to know what you need to work on, and where you could use improvement. The sport of agility is a complicated thing- and it takes lots, and lots of training to keep you and your dogs "in the game" so to speak. But mostly, it is fun, and what else would we do in the evenings and on weekends besides train?! Oh, and it's fun too.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
a few memorable comments from a 15 minute conversation this afternoon
"I have to stop at Safeways" - instead of Safeway
"So today when I was picking up Tate's poop I thought of you....."
"I think I do have some compulsive habits...."
and the kicker- she has a kids coloring book that she got in 1960something...I kid you not. She even had the thing rebound a few years ago. Uh Huh. You can see it on her blog
I can't even find the book I finished reading a week ago- let alone something from 40 years ago!
I do keep some things- like I have my High School Diploma thingy, and a short story I wrote about "The Easter Pig" in grade 6. And that's about it.
I also have kept things of my dogs- things that I will hopefully always have to bring back memories- Tinas' old chewed up dumbbell. (ask Wicca why it's chewed up) her first ribbon from an Obedience funmatch (It's paper!) and a picture fom the first Paw-Z-Tracks/Calgary Agility Association Challenge. It's all in a little box with her name on it. I re-found the box when I had to pack up my bedroom this week for the new stupid carpets.
I also have Kate's Canine Good Citizen Certificate- something that I laugh about everytime I see it. You see, Kate is most definitely NOT a Canine Good Citizen- going into the CGC ring she lunged and growled at a dog walking by, and was constantly a pain in my butt. I still love her :o) though, but really, we did not deserve that certificate. I also have Kate's puppy kindergarten certificate. I mean, how cute is that?
But isn't it a little weird to have something that dates back to your early, early childhood? Who keeps those things, and how do you not lose something like that? Oh, and she also has her Brownies outfit...uh huh.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Last year they were bugs- Vito was a Ladybug, and Wicca was Bee, or Wasp :o)
This year I have to think of something new as I don't think they should wear the same thing twice....
Any ideas? I will have Boone aswell, but I am not sure how he feels about dressing up. I was thinking a theme would be cool...maybe food. I could dress Vito up as a hotdog! :o) Anyway, I am open to suggestions!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
The boys had a good day though, and it was really nice to get home at a decent time last night.
The first class was Gamblers- Boone is in Advanced and did a really good job. He had good contacts- his a-frame was much better this time around, and he had very good jump commitment. He didn't get the gamble- you had to turn them off the dogwalk (from a few feet away) into a straight tunnel about 15 feet or so. He wasn't having any of that :o)
And then little Vito got to play in Starters Gamblers. He did pretty good- and kept doing the dogwalk over, and over, and over again :o) He realllly wanted a cookie! But he didn't get nervous about the judge, or anything like that and I think had lots of fun- even though he was freakin' slow!
The next class was a Standard- Boone was entered and did well. He had a few moments of no focus, which led to an off course, and he jumped off the table, but overall he was a good boy. We really have to work on our table.
The last class was another Gamble. Boone did great and I was very, very proud of him. The gamble had a set of 6 weaves and I wasn't very optimistic about it but he got the entry! I was so excited for him. Of course he didn't weave the other four but he finished the "hard" part of the gamble with no problems.
Vito was one of the last dogs of the day and he was sooooo cute! We had to wait on the line so I flipped him over and rubbed his belly- which he hates, but it totally got him pumped up. He was super fast (for Vito) and we had a great start. He got spooked by a pole setter who peered around a corner at him, but recovered enough to do a mini gamble- and then he promptly ran out of steam. The end. I couldn't get him to even take a jump... :o) But he was still cute, and we ended on a tunnel and lots of pets and cookies so I think he had a good experience.
The worst part of the day was measuring Vito- he had a pretty bad experience and was very scared. He even pee'd poor guy. And, he measured over 12 inches- so I ran him at 6" FEO but he'll have to eventually run 10".
The best part of the day was Boonie's warm up. He did a whole warm up with just a tug- no cookies. I was thrilled. He was a tugging machine, and was super excited. What a good boy!!!
Friday, October 03, 2008
getting ready for the attack- you can see the Boone is oblivious
and the tell off!
I love how sassy Boone gets when he plays. It is super cute...
Wicca gets to tag along but she won't be running. She is not tolerating her exercises well, I have to really force the issue and it ends up being a huge battle. She hates to be manhandled but tough luck for her. She is going to be pretty upset going to agility, and not playing. I may have to keep her in the car for most of the day- I am sure that everyone in the building doesn't need to hear her near hysterical shrieks when I run the boys. Poor Girl.
I have Boone entered in all three events. He is in Advanced Gamblers now so I don't have much hope for a Q for him in two of the classes. The other class is a Standard. He has been weaving very well at home, and even out at the field. He is up to 8 poles, which is not 12. So we'll see. I really don't expect him to weave at a trial yet so if he does I will be thrilled. I do expect good contacts though- we have been doing lots of reinforcing on the contacts, and lots, and lots of fun backchaining games. I have been teaching a "go on" at home with my two jumps so hopefully I am able to put that to use tomorrow as well.
And Vito, my goD, I can hardly believe I have him entered. It is just so weird. Anyway, I expect him to stay in the ring with me and have fun. The nice thing about Gamblers is that I can pick his path- so we can avoid weaves, do lots of contacts, and maybe even a mini gamble or two. It should be fun. Worst case senario is that he runs up the judge barking, or he gets the zoomies and runs laps around the ring. Either way, I will have to work hard to get him "back in the zone" so lets home he doesn't do either!
I will be sure to post Sunday about how they did. Maybe I'll even have some video. :o)