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Getting to know me

Monday, June 30, 2014

Your go to chewing gum flavor … Wintermint

Best time of the year ... Spring

If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be….purple glitter

Favorite pie... banana cream pie

First record you ever bought… MC Hammer

Current perfume you use... None

Do you have any trophies or awards… I have a few - I got awards in school every year during high school, as well as earning some music festival trophies for my trumpet playing. My dogs have MANY awards, that we have earned together.

Worst day of your life… It hasn't come yet

Do you cuss and swear... Yes, I have the vocabulary of an educated sailor

Celebrity crush you would get a hall pass for… I don't need a hall pass, but I do love Michael Buble

What is the new reward if it isn’t food anymore ... Books

What makes you the Zodiac sign you are... Capricorn - stubborn, smart, organized

What is your goal weight.... 140 lbs

Do you think you are a giver or a taker… definitely a giver

Beach house or Mountain cabin ... Mountain cabin

If you monogrammed your towels... KLL but I'd rather have KLAD

Someone offers you free plastic surgery, what do you do … I'd have a breast reduction

I might be tempted to time travel back to …. the Big Band era, to see some of the musical greats in person

Nick name in high school.... I didn't have one.

Now cut and paste this but I want to see your answers...or feel free to post your own blog.

  
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SPLASHDOG1 7/2/2014 8:01PM

    I think we must be sisters from another mister! Potty mouth - check, capricorn - check, dogs - check, Michael Buble.....EEEEEEEEEE....(that's my girlee scream) Love him!! I like fall though and I think you're on your own with purple glitter - I'm definitely an olive greenie. That was fun - thanks for sharing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/1/2014 1:00AM

    I loved "I have the vocabulary of an educated sailor "

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GEORGE815 6/30/2014 10:07AM

    Glad you answered these questions. For not knowing you, I know you better.

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The KLAD Kids

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Since we've had some nice weather lately, I've been out in the yard snapping photos of my kids. Also, I should officially announce my visitor.

My visitor is a cute black and white girl named Sophia. She belongs to a friend of mine, and she's here to earn her Canadian championship, as well as to maybe learn some obedience skills. The neat thing is that she's black and white, not blonde like the rest of my crew. She turns three in just over a week.





Here's Farley, enjoying a romp in the yard at 14.5 years old. Cheri, this picture is for you and Al!



I'm cheating, but this photo of Jack Jack was taken at the dog show, by a photographer friend of mine. He looks awesome for 6 years old. I just love this dog!



And I'm not sure I ever shared this photo of Jack Jack balancing a VERY impressive 10 cookies on his nose!



Here's Kermit, looking as handsome as ever. He's a sweet, loving dog that is SOOOO fun to play with. His obedience training is coming along and he did awesome at his last scent hurdle race.



No pics of Grace, as all she would do is eat grass and that's not exciting to take pictures of. She's VERY happy being retired from showing and focusing on her pet therapy work. She takes that very, very seriously.

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 6/20/2014 6:14PM

    I love the 1st picture of Sophia!

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SPLASHDOG1 6/20/2014 5:13PM

    Such a beautiful bunch you have! Your reason for having no pictures of Grace made me laugh. Mine will do that too - just love it when they come in and hork it up all over my floor!!
I must say the balancing of all those cookies is verrry impressive!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/12/2014 12:15AM

    Oh Farley is looking awesome ! I was delighted to see that.In fact it made my day! Jack Jack has earned my undying admiration that is one impressive pile of biscuits ! Kermit looks wonderful and Gracie can come do a pet therapy visit with me any time .

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NYKIMMIE 6/11/2014 10:59AM

    Very cute!

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Dog Show Brags

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I was at a dog show last weekend (May 30 through June 1).

I have a dog visiting from a friend, to try to earn her Canadian championship. She won 3 points on Saturday morning (each dog needs 10 points to be a champion). So that's a good start to her show career. Her name is Sophia and she's got spots!



My boy Jack Jack shows in a special class called Altered (for spayed or neutered dogs) - dogs can earn an Altered championship, they need 10 points, just like a regular championship. Anyhow, he came into the weekend having 3 points from previous shows. He won Best in Specialty Show Altered twice (a specialty show is one breed only - in this case, Cocker Spaniels). He also won Best in Sporting Group Altered at the regular (all-breed) dog show. This means that we got to compete in Best in Show Altered, which was fun. He is now up to 7 points towards his Altered championship. It's not a class that gets offered very often, so he may not show until next year now. We'll see. He loves to be shown, so it's nice to be able to continue doing it, even though he's neutered.



Farley (my Old Dog) competed in Veteran Sweeps, for all dogs aged 7 and over. He won a ribbon and a prize for being the oldest veteran in the show, and he won Best of Opposite Sex to Best Veteran in Sweeps. Not bad for a 14.5 year old dog! When we went around the ring I think it gave him a chance to re-live his youth.

Kermit made his scent hurdle racing debut, but it didn't go well. It was pouring rain when we raced and he wasn't too happy about that. He didn't do the jumps or even look for his dumbbell. But he was HAPPY, and that's the most important thing to me. He's a young dog with lots of time to figure it all out - but having fun has to be the number one thing, otherwise why do it? Fortunately my teammates feel the same way, so we just laughed about it.

Grace had the weekend off - no more competitions for her. She was only too happy to hang out in the trailer and just take it easy.

Unfortunately I came home with a wicked cold, so I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself, but nothing could dampen the fun and great outcome of the weekend.

  
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SPLASHDOG1 6/20/2014 5:07PM

    What a great weekend! Sophie is gorgeous, I can't imagine her having trouble finishing. And way to go Jack and Farley! I wish we had some shows here where I could show Eliot altered. I'm sure Kermit will have his day - I'm not sure I would be excited about doing my thing in the rain either, lol! Congrats all around!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/7/2014 12:02AM

    Kelly Farley will always be number One ! He is such a cute dog ! Klad's Cockers are gorgeous ! Sorry about the cold !

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/6/2014 11:53PM

    Adogable!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/6/2014 11:51PM

    The black and white dog is pretty. No match for your dogs though hehe...Hooray for Jack Jack and Farley. I had to giggle at Kermit. I could just see him having fun, and no time to be serious lol. Sorry you came back with a cold, but sounds like you had a great time!

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Nosework Brags!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I'm so VERY proud of my boy Jack Jack (Ch Calla's All Bets On KLAD PCD, RA, ITD, SD-S SP). This weekend we competed in the very first nosework trial in Western Canada (through the Canadian association - Sporting Detection Dog Association). On Saturday he qualified in all three elements (Containers, Interior and Exterior) to become the first Cocker in Canada to earn a nosework title. This title is Sporting Detection - Started (Special designation because he earned his title in one day, rather than over a few days). He even placed 3rd out of 27 dogs competing in the Interior search, which is pretty awesome, considering he competed against German Shepherds, Beagles, etc.

The Container search consists of 14-16 opaque containers (max 30cm tall), one with odor (Wintergreen) in it. The dog has 3 minutes to locate the "hot" box and alert the handler, who must call alert.

The Interior search is a room (min 100sq feet, max 800 sq feet) with 15-20 objects that would be suitable to hide odor on. Odor can also be hidden in baseboards, vents, etc. The dog has 5 minutes to locate the source of the odor and alert the handler.

The Exterior search is either an exterior space (same size guidelines as the Interior space) or 3 vehicles. There is one hide, it can be up to a height of 3 feet off the ground and up to 6" under the vehicle, on the frame. The dog has 5 minutes to locate the source of the odor and alert the handler.

On Sunday he had to compete in the Working stream (rather than Amateur, as on Saturday). I was nervous, as this is where the pros compete with their drug dogs, etc. He did nicely, and earned his SD-S SP title in the Working stream as well. This is huge, because so far only two or three dogs have titled in the Working stream in Canada. On Sunday he placed 2nd out of 26 dogs in the Interior search and he got some really nice comments from the judge and her shadow judges.

The next level is Advanced, and thankfully we get to go back to the Amateur stream for that. He'll have to find two odors in Advanced, and the searches will be more challenging. The cool thing is that I know he's up for it!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 5/28/2014 10:24AM

    What a beautiful dog! That is so awesome what he accomplished! Well done you two! Jack is fantastic!!! Good luck for the future competition...he definitely does sound like he's up for it!! Whoohoo!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/30/2014 10:59PM

    Jack Jack looks so noble. He did great. I know you are proud! emoticon
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SPLASHDOG1 4/30/2014 4:11PM

    Way to go Jack! That is just sooo impressive - not only getting his title but placing so high! And first cocker in Canada? Wow! Dogs that work hard to please their people like that make me choke up a little when I hear about it or see a video. Had to grab myself a tissue!! You must be so proud. I may have to look into something like that for my Springer. He needs a job - lol!

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The KLAD Kids - April 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Per request, here are some updated photos of the KLAD kids . . . most are from April, but a select one or two are from March.


Farley, enjoying some souvenirs from my trip to Cuba. I keep telling him that smoking is bad for him, but as you can see, he refuses to listen.


Love. Hope. Dream. So says the World's Cutest Dog, AKA Farley


Grace and I at a PALS reading session at a local library


Grace was quite happy to have her mom back, even though grandma spoiled them immensely


Jack Jack enjoying the donut bed (from Costo). Those beds are very popular at my house!


Back off, she's MY mom!


Kermit after being bathed, dried and trimmed. I'm pretty sure he's rolling his eyes at me in this photo . . .


Kermit on the picnic table - he loves to bird and people watch from there


Kermit doing a beautiful down stay at scent hurdle. He's such a good boy!

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 4/24/2014 1:17AM

    The Klad kids are adorable. Kermit lost his baby face, but poses well for a young dog.
Farley cracks me up. He looks so cool. Grace looks so sweet as usual. Jack looks like he dares anyone to take that bed lol. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/18/2014 3:47PM

    What a treat for us. They are adorable. I was hoping for a blog on your Cuba trip. Victoria

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/14/2014 11:51PM

    Farley is like those old actors who say "At my age I can do whatever I like" The Klad kids are always poster children for beautiful no matter what they are doing even giving Mom stink eye LOL!

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SPLASHDOG1 4/14/2014 7:52PM

    Such beautiful babies! And I do think that maybe Kermit was giving you the stink eye after his grooming! Lol!

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MOM2ACAT 4/14/2014 10:53AM

    They are so beautiful! Adorable pictures!

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