Sunday, July 24, 2011
We NQed. A real honest NQ. Not an NQ from me pulling her from the course. Not an NQ from her fowling the ring. It was a straight up bad performance that was deserving of what we got. And I really should have just pulled her.
We again had a lovely warm up. Actually better than lovely. It got my hope up. But that was all that I got. Once we stepped into the ring, it flipped the miserable dog switch. Getting her to sit was next to impossible. After about the third station I was ready to pull her, but then I figured screw it, we'll just zip through the course and do what we can. I knew the run was done after the first station when I had to redo it because I couldn't get her to sit. She had more forward momentum than she's had because I didn't even care if she was anywhere in heel position. I just wanted to get through the course. So, that was pretty craptastic, but I guess it was the final slap in the face that I needed to get me to STOP entering her in anything. She will not be entered in any obedience related events until we get this problem fixed and have tested it in a few matches.
After having a bit of a downer of a weekend show wise, I did a little retail therapy and bough myself a necklace!
It wasn't until after I bought the necklace that I thought maybe I should have been on the lookout for a frenchie necklace. After all, I don't have any french bulldog jewelry and I'll NEED some to wear at the national specialty next year.;0)
In happier news, our kickball teamed kicked some a** last night!! We are currently undefeated and ousted the #1 team in the first game of our double header. Woot!! Adam wants to bring Ruthie to one of the games to be our little mascot. Which I'm totally down for, except for the fact that our team goes out for pizza and beer after the game and I don't know what we would do with her since it's way too warm to even think of leaving her in the car.
And speaking of the midget, I've got a couple more pictures. She is disgustingly cute. I pretty much find everything that she does adorable.
I also need to figure out how to put together a new blog header that includes Ruthie in it as well as a new blog name. I'm really liking the ring of "Life With Big Dogs And a French Midget.":0)
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Not much otherwise to report from the show. Bess took second out of two in her class. That was a bit disappointing. Bess' half sister, Mia (formerly known as Violet), had her debut as a special after finishing two weekends ago in Centralia and took Select Bitch. Very excited for her! We did get to meet up with a newcomer to the dane ring! Shanda will be showing her mantle boy, Doolin, once he's of age. Tomorrow she's entering him in the puppy match and I'm excited to watch the two of them together. She has the right attitude going into it and a great group of people to support her already, so I think she's off to a great start.
I did follow through with my plan to pull Bess from Obedience. We are still entered in Rally tomorrow and we'll see how that goes. I am very excited that it looks like I will be without ring conflicts tomorrow!! Danes are in the ring right at 8am and Rally doesn't start until after 10am. Yay!!!
In other happy news, my friend Shana put another point on her Tibetan Mastiff boy, Wally! Yay for them!! And I also saw my friend Andrea waiting to go into the obedience ring with her bullmastiff, Brody. I haven't heard yet how they did, but my fingers are crossed that they qualified!!
And now I'm off to get ready for our kickball team's double header today. Woot! We're 2-0 so far and it would be awesome if we could continue with this streak.
I hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend!!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Unfortunately we were planning on going camping up on Mt. Hood next weekend and doing some serious lounging and swimming in one of the lakes up there. When I pulled up the extended forecast as of right now, we're slated to have highs around 60 and lows into the 40s. I can handle cold over night and was totally prepared to bring dog blankets and do what we've done in the past. But if the high is only going to be around 60, that's a tid bit chilly for my swimming taste. I prefer not to bring my wet suit along to get some swimming in!
There are, of course, many other things to do while we're up there. It just wasn't entirely what I was hoping for. And extended hiking is out of the question unless Adam and I trade off carrying Ruthie. Which essentially means that I would be the one carrying her when needed since I tend to be the pack mule by dint of being in a lot better shape. Bleck!
So now we are faced with trying to figure out what to do. Adams exact reaction when I told him the forecast was "f*ck that!" I think you get the drift of his opinion on camping then and there.;0) I would be fine rescheduling for a different weekend if we didn't already have our weekends booked until October. So now I'm all out of sorts and not exactly sure what to do other than obsessively recheck the forecast to see if it starts to change in the direction that I'm hoping for.
In the mean time, it's a dog show weekend!! Sadly there are a bunch of people up in Canada this weekend at the big BC specialty so I will not see the entire regular crowd. I've got Bess entered in conformation both days and rally on Sunday. I'm going to scratch her from our Novice run on Saturday. While I'm getting a totally different and awesome dog right now, this attitude is not a habit yet and I haven't tested it under higher stress environments. Wish us luck!!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
And not only was there one large bull elk, there were two! Loooooooooooovely! Thankfully at that point the dogs hadn't noticed the elk yet, because they were off to the side of the trail investigating what was most likely the area that the elk had just been. In my oh so suave manner I tried to shoo the elk on their way without drawing the attention of the dogs. Things like hucking rocks and trying to make loud noises that wouldn't immediately alert the dogs. Meanwhile, the elk just stood there and stared at me. Finally they meandered off the road and headed on up the sparsely treed hill. Right when I thought the elk were going to get far enough away, the dogs apparently realized what was going on. After a failed mad grab for collars the dogs were off and running after the elk meandering up the hill.
There was a fair amount of underbrush on the way up and the dogs were not quiet on their ascent after the elk. Bess very definitely was blinded by blood lust. Meanwhile, the elk would check over their shoulders at the crazed dogs behind them only to continue on their ambling way. Elk most definitely are not like deer that would have otherwise been up and over the hill before the dogs caught on to what was going down.
I called Heffner back and he came when called. Probably due in part to the fact that he's not a fan of wading endlessly through thick underbrush, especially going up hill. Bess continued on her merry way, closing the gap between her and the elk. Before actually reaching the elk she did end up turning around and careened back down the hillside. Both dogs were on high alert for the rest of the hike, certain that there was more game for them to "hunt down." Thankfully we didn't see any more along the way. I really wish I had brought my camera with me to snap a picture of the elk. They were quite impressive from a distance, where I happily stayed.
It wasn't until we got all the way back to the truck that I realized at some point on the hike, my truck keys had popped out of my pocket. Awesome sauce! Aaaaaaaaaand I had left my cell phone in my locked truck. Not that it would have mattered a whole lot any way since we didn't get reception in the area that we were. I thought I'd give the window between the cab and the canopy a go to see if I could manage to squeeze myself through. Before I wedged myself in there so tight that I wouldn't be able to get out, I gave up. My options were to either try to grab someone's attention back on the highway and get them to drive me somewhere with a phone or cell phone reception (an option that was a little unnerving), or I could turn right back around with the dogs and go hunting for my keys. I think it goes without question that the dogs were game for the latter option.
I was pretty sure that the keys had popped out of my pocket during my mad scramble for collars, but I couldn't be entirely certain, so I had to keep my eyes glued to the ground the whole way. Naturally, the keys had popped out at the location of the elk sighting, which was also our half way mark. I was incredibly relieved to find the keys and we started running back to the truck. We were losing light, I had doubled my intended hike time, and I was freaking hungry, so hence the reason for running. Heffner fell right into step next to me, not letting me out of his sight while Bess ranged ahead thinking that it was awesome that I was finally trying to keep up.
We made it home in one piece, albeit a little more exorcised than I had originally intended. I'll use that as part of my excuse for not going quite as long on our run tonight.;0)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I still needed to get back to work and Bora was starting to act like she was a little tired, so I just decided to bring her back to work with me (after calling my office mate to make sure that she was okay with it). Thankfully I've got the office, so having her there in her crate negated the need for me to make another trip home and back to let her out to pee. She was an incredibly well behaved little girl in her crate and most people didn't even know she was there until they saw the crate. She spent the majority of her time sleeping like this:
I took that Friday off for multiple reasons. It just happened to work out perfectly to soak up some puppy time! I have to admit that I didn't actually take very many pictures. It's amazing how much time can pass just watching a puppy play! Ruthie was quite amusing. While there were people around, she didn't really interact much with Bora. Once the people were out of sight, and as long as you snuck up to a window without her realizing you were watching, you could actually catch her playing with Bora. As soon as she realized someone was there she would totally stop what she was doing. Unfortunately this made it really difficult to actually catch video of them playing.
It was really fun having a dane puppy in the house for a weekend! And get this, she totally slept through the night all the nights! Even the first night she was here, she didn't make a peep until I made my way downstairs to start the process of letting the dogs out for their morning pee! She was a very well behaved puppy during her stay and we were quite happy to have her!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Now on to the actual reason for this blog, my wonderful, sanity maintaining dogs!! We've had a lot of fun stuff going on over the past couple of weeks and I'm going to try and more adequately catch people up on that. This post could be lengthy, or I might actually pull off a relatively brief update. We'll see what happens at the bottom of the post.;0)
As I mentioned previously, two Tuesdays ago, Adam and I headed up to the lake with the big dogs for some swimming. Since I have some favorite more out of the way beaches that I like to frequent, we left Ruthie at home because I didn't want her over heating on the way down to the water. Heffner had a BLAST going swimming! Bess did her usual and only went in up to her chest. Then, because she's going through a false pregnancy right now, she spent most of the rest of the time that we were there making nests around the largeish bushes around the beach. All I can say is that I am thankful that's the only weird personality quirk that crops up around these false pregnancies. Since I was actually swimming in the water part of the time with Heffner, I left Adam up on the shore with the camera and he had a good time taking pictures. Because Heffner has a habit of pawing me while I'm in the water, I always make sure that I'm wearing a suit that is Heffner appropriate and cannot get easily dislodged. Trust me, a two piece bathing suit does NOT hold up to the "loving" swipe of a great dane paw! What I didn't realize at the time was that the suit that I chose is a little old and the fabric was getting a little thin. This is something that my darling husband very obviously realized, judging by the pictures that he took that I feature in.;0) Therefore, there are not a ton of pictures for me to share without feeling like I should be charging by the minute!LOL Here are the pictures that have made it through the filter:
And since I just realized that I could save the rest of my updating for a couple different posts and keeping the posting ball rolling, I will talk about Bora's visit tomorrow!:) Happy weekend everyone!!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Our other excitement is that we have a 12 week old great dane puppy staying with us until Sunday!! Her name is Bora and she's from the litter that Stacie bred that I got to go up and visit in May. She is terribly cute! And really well behaved, especially considering that she's a puppy! I'll have pictures and video to post, I just need to sit down and do that eventually. I'm taking the day off today to enjoy it all and just to "relax." So most likely you won't get anything from me until tomorrow.
And I never did post anything about the 4th. It was a pleasantly mellow day. We went up to my sister in law's in Washington to watch the fireworks and took Ruthie with us. Ruthie was good and tolerated a lot of kids swarming her. Which I only really allowed a little bit of and then started doing my schpeal about how it's not a good idea to go up to a dog that's not yours and get all up in their face, no matter how nice they are. It also worked to give her some space by putting her in her carrier out on the deck with us. It was a nice relaxing day!
Happy Friday everyone!!