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.
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.
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.
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!
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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