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Pics from the Portland trip

Monday, August 29, 2011

I don't have the ability to load pics directly onto my computer. Which means I have to take the memory card to the store and use one of those machines to make a disc and then bring it to work. That's my excuse for not having my July trip pics til now. So here we go...I was driving from Spokane to Portland OR, which is just under a 6 hour drive for a really big dog show. The first part is boring but once you get past the Pasco/Kennewick area it starts to get really pretty. You spend the almost the whole last half of the trip driving along the columbia. I took this first picture from a rest stop along there:

When we got to Portland we met with Eliot's breeder (Heather) who said she was pleased with the way he had grown up. And she also said she could see that he really loved me. Which almost made me cry - what can I say?! I'm a big sap!
Then we checked into our hotel for the night. In the morning was grooming and then the drive to the expo center (bless the person who invented the GPS!!) We went in the ring twice, however, did not win anything. It was a good experience though and we had fun watching all the other dogs. Eliot spent the time in my lap napping. I don't have any pics of us in the ring because I didn't have anyone to take pictures for us, but here are a couple from the show:

In the first one, the 4th dog from the front of the line (with the lady in the black & white dress) is Eliot's 1/2 brother Tristan)

In this one the 3rd dog back (with the gentleman in the suit) is Zelda, the #1 springer spaniel in the nation and the first dog in line is the one that won that day, his name is Finn:

And now some various closeups:

Hope you enjoyed the show!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/12/2011 6:19PM

    Loved it! They r all gorgeous!

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PINKBEANBOO 8/31/2011 5:16PM

    When you went on that trip I was hoping to see some pictures. You know I love me some cute doggies!
Way to go, Elliot!

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MELIVA 8/29/2011 9:16PM

    Oh...thanks for sharing! What sweet pics of E!

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GROKGRANNY 8/29/2011 2:23PM

    What wonderful pictures!!! Both "inside" the ring and "outside!" Gorgeous area. Sounds like you had a fun time emoticon

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Upside Down(side)

Monday, August 15, 2011

What a weekend! I’m going to start with Sunday because it was the worst day of the weekend. That way I can end my blog on a good note instead of what Sunday was – oy. What can you say about a dog fight. I have two Australian shepherds that occasionally do not like each other and get into a knock down-drag out fight. Nothing I’ve tried breaks them up so I wade in, grab each by the collar and literally try and pull them apart. (this usually takes a few minutes) By the time I’m done there’s blood everywhere, I’ve been accidently bit on the hand and my tummy is in knots. It is not a fun experience. Of course the downside is obvious and there’s not too much upside…but no one needed a vet (all the blood was from superficial wounds, including mine) and everyone seemed happy and back to themselves this morning. Since this is not first time this has happened I’m working out how to keep them apart. No more outside time together. Which is not easy when you have a little house and a little yard, but it must be done. Okay that was the bad weekend day – now on to the good!
Friday I took my car in to have the brakes done. While they were working on the car, I decided to do some geocaching! There are ups and downs to caching in the city. The downs…traffic and traffic noise – no peaceful walks in the forest! And another down…you feel very conspicuous when you are poking around in front of someone’s car looking for a cache just off a busy street. I kept wondering when someone was going to ask me what the heck I thought I was doing!! The upsides of city caching? There are lot’s of caches within walking distance pretty much no matter where you are, and the biggie?.....if you forget to bring water you can swing into the local 7-11! Boy was that a lifesaver! But a great walk (including a climb up to a water tower for a cache) and back to my newly brake happy car!
Saturday I went hiking with friends over at Cougar Bay in north Idaho. It’s at the western end of Lake Coeur D’Alene. The downside…the gazillion mosquitos on a mission to eat us alive! By the time we were done we looked like we had some dreaded disease! I am COVERED in mosquito bites (and did I mention itchy?!) Oh yeah – and one of my hiking partners got stung by a bee…on the hiney! She was not a happy camper about that! The upsides…there are so many! It was a beautiful day, the hike was shady so I didn’t get too hot, the dogs all had a great time, the hike was the perfect difficulty level for me – not to hard, not to easy and it was only a 30 minute drive from my house! Woohoo! Can’t wait to go back there….with bugspray!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/17/2011 4:01AM

    I hate mosquitoes. Dog fights terrify me my dogs have all had sociability training LOL!There is a dog down the street that is not friendly and the man lets him roam I have phoned animal control on him three times last time he got a 250 dollar fine so hopefully we won't have to worry about my sweethearts being harrassed by his bully.

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/16/2011 12:34AM

    I have a friend I grew up with that lives in Coeur D’Alene area. It sounds pretty. Sorry to hear about the bites, but at least you were out there getting exercise. emoticon

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MELIVA 8/15/2011 10:18PM

    Sounds like an almost perfect weekend. I'm jealous of your hike! WOW!

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PINKBEANBOO 8/15/2011 3:54PM

    What is geocaching? I have another Sparkfriend who does this & I've wondered what it is. Is it like a treasure hunt?

Sorry your dogs aren't getting along. It would have my tummy in knots, too.

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    Mostly emoticon weekend!

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/15/2011 12:27PM

    I feel your pain about the dog fights . . . my two boys (12 and 3) dislike each other strongly, and that results in fights from time to time. Last time they fought I ended up getting bit on the hand. Boy was I mad at them!

Sounds like your hike was awesome, skeeters notwithstanding. I sure hope the itchiness goes away soon! Try a bath in Aveeno Medicated bath soak. It's amazing.

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BREEVES3 8/15/2011 12:05PM

    The hike sounds great, but not with the bugs!!

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The Trip, the Goal, & the List

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One of the items on my list of long term goals, is to be able to run around the show ring with Eliot (my springer spaniel). I guess I should say something like “run better and/or faster”, because I currently do run around with him….but I don’t think I run fast enough and it feels like a struggle when I do it. Plus I have guilt that I hold up the people behind me.
So it was my goal to lose 50 lbs by my Portland trip this weekend. This trip is the Springer Spaniel specialty show, where there will by only Springers instead of all kinds of dogs. It will be the biggest show I’ve ever been to with probably 60-70 springers attending, and I’ve been planning this trip all year.
Well, unfortunately, I didn’t make my goal and I’m fighting the disappointment. So I decided to list all the good changes in my life so I could be positive! So here are my Woohoos!

Trip woohoos: emoticon

a. I get to go on a fun road trip with Eliot
b. I get to see lot’s and lot’s of springers and take lot’s of pictures
c. I get to see Eliot’s breeder and show her what a wonderful boy he has turned into, and also see Eliot’s sister, Juliet, and his brother, Erik.
d. I get almost a week off from work

Lifestyle woohoos: emoticon

a. I lost 25lbs (Yay!)
b. I discovered Sparkpeople and spark friends to keep me interested in and motivated for a new healthy lifestyle
c. I’ve stuck with my new eating plan longer than any other I’ve ever tried in my life….I think this is the one!! (Go Paleo!)
d. I’ve been gradually upping my exercising.

When I read over these two lists, it’s kind of hard to feel down. And now it’s time to set a new weight goal…honestly, I don’t know what it’s going to be. I want it to be realistic and I want it to have some meaning like this last one did. I want to have a specific event to shoot for, so it’s going to require some more thought.
So here’s hoping the trip goes well, I’m getting nervous and excited all at once! One thing is for sure though – I’ll miss sparking and all my spark buddies when I’m away from my computer for 5 days!

And now here is the little man and a picture that makes me laugh -

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CASCADE21 7/21/2011 12:37PM

    Yah! Have fun and stay positive!

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GROKGRANNY 7/20/2011 5:37PM

    Oh, my GOSH!!! I am so proud of BOTH you and Elliot!! You have done really well. Good luck at the show and let us all know how the road trip went!!

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TPELL21 7/20/2011 10:18AM

    Great list of accomplishments! Consistency is the key.

Enjoy your trip! Have a great time.


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CCHELLEZ 7/20/2011 2:26AM

  There's a slowest loser Spark Team. The leader's goal was to lose a half pound a week.
Someone once told me that if it took me three years to put on the weight, that taking three years to lose it was reasonable.


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CHERIRIDDELL 7/19/2011 11:15PM

    @5 pounds lost is awesome.Eliot is an absolutely gorgeous Springer Spaniel.I personally think he is one of the cutest springer spaniels ever. I am sure you will come home dripping with prizes!

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MELIVA 7/19/2011 10:44PM

    Awesome job on the 25! And like you and everyone else said, those lists are really something to celebrate.

Ands I LOVE Eliot's picture. He looks like he's laughing. In case I forget to tell ya later, GOOD LUCK this weekend!


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SARAHARTIST 7/19/2011 5:46PM

Keep your positive attitude and have fun with that adorable little guy and his friends in Portland!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

25 pound loss rocks! emoticon

Enjoy your trip, take lots of pictures!

Love the photo, yes it made me laugh!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/19/2011 5:37PM

    Love the picture & the lists. What a great blog!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/19/2011 5:04PM

    25 pds. is good. You should feel proud of that. emoticon You can start working on the other 25 pds. with this trip. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I'm excited for you. and you know I am voting for Eliot!!! emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 7/19/2011 4:40PM

    He is SO DARN CUTE!!

But I agree, how can you look at those lists & not feel a great sense of accomplishment?

I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Best of luck to the 2 of you!

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KURTBAMF 7/19/2011 4:27PM

    Congratulations on your 25lb weight loss! That's amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time at the dog show. Can't wait for pictures!

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ANNFAUSNIGHT 7/19/2011 3:58PM

    Wow! You've lost 25 pounds and have kept at it longer than ever before! You have much to celebrate! emoticon
Enjoy every moment of your trip. Have lots of fun! Take lots of pictures!

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Exercise & Shawshank

Monday, July 11, 2011

So on the recommendation of my boss, who also lent me the movie, I watched Shawshank Redemption last weekend....wow, depressing much?! He said it was his all time favorite movie and I remember it was a big deal when it first came out. Guess I'm not really a big fan of that genre. I like the ending...yep, that's pretty much it.
On the subject of exercise, I walked the stairs twice at lunch time . Its a 7 floor building and the first time I made it to the 4th floor before I had to stop and catch my breath. That's the furthest yet! Yay! Second time...not quite so far, but I'm going to focus on the happy right now! Plus, I plan to go for a walk during my late break. I work next to a lovely park on the Spokane river where I can do about a 1.5 mile loop with my alotted time. I brought my camera with me today so I can take some pictures and share the beautiful Riverfront Park with my spark buddies! And lastly, upcoming dog show weekend! Saturday only in Coeur D'Alene. Should be fun!

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    Great job on the stairs! I love to walk in a park not far from where we live with Katie.


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CXNLITTLE 7/12/2011 4:37PM

    Great job on the stairs! It is a nice walk through the park!

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CASCADE21 7/12/2011 1:02PM

    Love the park.. you are lucky to be so close! Good luck!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/12/2011 11:53AM

    I've never seen Shawshank - just not into dark movies.

7 floors! That's a lot of steps. Between that & the walks at the park - your getting good fitness time in.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/12/2011 2:30AM

    I love the photo of Eliot enjoying a dip.I am not much for the Shawshank redemption I am more of a Marley and Me type girl LOL!

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MELIVA 7/11/2011 9:48PM

    My DH also loves that movie and watches it whenever it is on (a lot lately), but really not my style. Love the new picture of Eliot!

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    Awesome walking!!


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/11/2011 6:25PM

    I love that movie too, great acting. Love your pictures, especially Elliot. Dog show sounds like great fun.

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Bear Lake & Dog walk pics

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It was a fun and busy 4th which included niece’s softball games and a trip to Bear Lake with Eliot and friends. And I finally got pictures developed not only from the lake but the dog walk I did a couple weeks ago. So here we go….

First the dog walk. It was a 2 mile walk to benefit a local animal shelter. There were booths and lots of dogs. I'd say probably 300-400 people altogether.

My walking partners:

There were pools and people with hoses all around the course. I think it's a neighborhood highlight!

Bear Lake is a tiny lake just north of Spokane that lots of people take their dogs to. There is a "people-swim" side and a "dog-swim" side. There is also a path that runs around the lake. It's about a mile all the way around.

This is Ellie May. She is a new friend we met that day.

Eliot likes to wade but doesn't really swim

Walking around the end of the lake

How cute is this Corgi?! Her name is Shortie.

Lots of fun was had by all!

And one more pic just because I don't want the aussies to feel left out...this is in my backyard this weekend:

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ONESPOTLEFT 7/19/2011 6:47PM

    I love the doggie pictures

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/19/2011 6:23PM

    What a pretty area for a walk. Looks like it was a lot of fun. And a real nice way to raise money for a good cause. That lake looked divine. Bet most of the dogs thought so. We have a Big Bear Lake about 2 hours from us.

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CXNLITTLE 7/11/2011 7:35PM

    Looks like great fun, thanks for sharing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/8/2011 5:58PM

    I used to have a corgi ,I loved seeing SHortie ! Eliot is my all time favourite though.Like you I always walk with True and neither one of us is fast on our feet wehave never seen a bear or a cougar though we did see a badger and I was scared as I thought they were mean but this one must have been elderly as he let us sail on by without moving !

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MOMFAN 7/7/2011 4:01AM

    Looks like you had a blast!

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    Beautiful pics! Great looking dogs! Shortie reminds me of my sweet Sissy girl (corgi) same coloring.


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KLAD_COCKERS 7/6/2011 10:02AM

    Awesome photos! Funny that Eliot doesn't like to swim, given that he's a Springer Spaniel! Ha ha ha!

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    How fun!! I am so jealous; my Digger just can't keep up with those kind of activities...

Looks like a good time for all for sure.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/5/2011 10:03PM

    I am with Bo, I like the last shot too. I s that Corgi a tiny bit chubby? Looks like her belly is almost to the ground. 3-400 people, great turnout hopefully they got plenty of money, emoticon

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DOTSLADY 7/5/2011 9:18PM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Your dogs are so nice and all in a row. Good dogs. :)

My sis takes hers to a place in the Sound, "Dog Island" which sounds like a fun place to let loose. Thanks for sharing your pics/days with us.

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    Great pictures! Especially the last one! Aussies rock emoticon

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TPELL21 7/5/2011 3:52PM

    Looks great!
Love the pics!

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MELIVA 7/5/2011 1:40PM

    So cute...and it all looks like beautiful weather!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/5/2011 12:24PM

    Looks like lots of fun! I'm glad you mentioned that cutie was a Corgi because I was wondering that in the picture above of your walking partners. And that's a perfect name for her. Don't tell her I said this but her short legs are very noticeable, LOL.

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