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OMG ITS TIME!

So I know a lot of you celebrated New Years on that boring January 1 date...and I know some celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Snake...but my new Year and new chapter should be starting on Monday February 11, 2013!!!!! I have some fun surprises that should be overtaking my life in the next few months! I am pretty excited to get the next few days over with and get n with it! Lots of exclamation points, but it is that type of period in my life.

Last May during agility camp I somehow really did a number on my knee. Of course it was too messed up for any easy fixes :-(.....sigh... The other problem has been that because I have a screw in my knee from a prior surgery...most of the specialists won't touch my knee, so I had to go to a reconstruction specialist...and he is way more conservative about what I can do after surgery...but I will be showing him! Lol!

I've been gimping along and trying to move through the kaiser system, first with rest and ice, then injections, then more injections I to the knee and finally it was proclaimed that even though they usually don't do total knee replacements this young...they would because I could barely walk much less run or even walk in the park with my doggies!

After what feels like forever, after jumping through hoops, trying everything else, hundreds of blood tests, lots of appointments, it seems like months of getting ready SURGERY IS BRIGHT AND EARLY IN THE MORNING!

I'm a little, or maybe very nervous, but I just keep remembering what I want to do and how much I miss playing with my dogs and moving around- it has been way too long. I have no idea really what this will be like, but hopefully I will be reporting back on Wednesday ;-).

My brother was laughing that I post my dogs hip X-rays on line but I have no pictures of my own X-rays, so I have a mission to get a before X-ray to post, hahaha. I might have to wait for the follow up appointment and maybe I can get a before and after.

Any good thoughts and well wishes would be appreciated sometime Round 10 am tomorrow if anyone things of it then....or maybe the next morning is when I will REALLY need those when I get up the first time!
The puppies turned 4 weeks old yesterday and boy are they getting to be full of it. I got a tug game yesterday with Fig and Peanut during our little one on one play sessions and Raisin is a little imp....she just dotes on me, she just acts like it is the best thing in the world just to hang with me-I hate that she does that and love it at the same time. MUST STAY STRONG!!!! A puppy is not in the plan yet.


Today I woke up to a very sweet, happy, bouncy proud of herself little Raisin prancing around the living room with the big dogs. WHAT?????? HOW COULD THAT BE?


I scooped up the little princess and put her in her pen. The pen is fairly tall and does not have good footholds. I had rigged up a PVC doorway for Cherry that is 16 inches tall so she could go in and out and doesn't get stuck with the pups when they get to be too much but I want her to be with them when she wants. I lined the inside of my door with vinyl pet screen thinking the little darlings would not be able to use it like a ladder that way and thought between the screening and the height we would get no first out of the box puppies.


I love the naughty, CHEEKY puppy and the first out of the box is generally my pick. ;-). Hummm, I knew when I saw Raisin dancing around so happy with herself we had had a first out of the box puppy, LOL, but hoped it was not true! I put Raisin back in the box and she was SOOOOOOO MAD! She had a screaming fit but then was happy to repeat her performance. She has not yet learned that you should wait until everyone is gone so you can go undetected!


IF YOU LOOK REALLY CAREFULLY THROUGH THE BLACK NETTING YOU CAN SEE HOW RAISIN ACCOMPLISHES HER GREAT NEW TRICK, I'M SO PROUD OF HER, HAHAHA!


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she obviously knows how this is done.....







Hoisting up....



CRICKET CANT BELIEVE HOW NAUGHTY THIS ONE IS! EXCEPT SHE RELATES;-)



WHEW! SHE MAKES IT OVER!



RAISIN WAS READY TO GO OUTSIDE WITH THE BIG DOGS, PRETTY BOLD CONSIDERING THEY HAVE NOT BEEN OUTSIDE YET-I DID HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE AT THAT, ONE ADVENTURE PER DAY PLEASE-NO GOING OUTSIDE WITH THE ADULTS FOR A LONG WHILE YET!
A PRIVATE VISIT TO THE MILKBAR IS A PRETTY COOL REWARD FOR SUCH A BUSY PUP!  THAT TYPE OF INITIATIVE MUST BE REWARDED ;-)

A STOP AT THE MILK BAR, -A PRIVATE SITTING IS PRETTY COOL WHEN YOU ARE A LITTLE PUPPY. 


Once out Raisin had a hiddey ho time running with her mom and Cricket. She liked being one of the big dogs and sure did not seem to mind being in the big house by herself. What a nut.  Of course the rest of the morning Raisin has screamed bloody murder because I shut the big gate and she can not get out....she has had the taste of freedom.  I let all the puppies run while I was cleaning but when I put them back I noticed Raisin looking around, plotting, she is eyeing the crate I put into the pen...I know what she has on  her mind to do with that crate ;-). 

Guess we all know my day now includes another trip to the hardware store for some more PVC parts to improve my little gate.....sigh....I knew I bought extra pipe last time for some reason!













an unexpected suprise.....


So one of the oddest things ever happened to me today while I was home minding my own business.....

The UPS guy shows up-a rare occasion for us-but he has to back into the driveway to deliver our delivery.

He has to get out the dolly, and is really joking about what did we order??? We were all laughing, what could it be??? Humm, thinking it is surely a surprise because I ordered a DVD but they don't usually need a dolly for delivery.....My hubby promised me a long jump for my bday in November, but a-sure he will wait for a few more holidays before he gets that...and long jumps don't weigh that much or come in that many boxes. One of the boxes is SEVENTY POUNDS.

Well, after the UPS guy leaves we rip open a box and guess what is inside......wait for it.....

KITTIE LITTER. More then 50 bags of Kittie litter. WHAT????

I finally notice a phone number on one box, but of course as luck would have it-it is from a different time zone and the office must be closed for the night.

On the plus side the box says it is the WORLDS BEST CAT LITTER, so if I can not find the rightful owner...we will have the best ;-).

BUT SERIOUSLY NOT EVERY DAY YOU GET OVER FIFTY BAGS OF KITTIE LITTER DELIVERED BY UPS. Hopefully I did not order that in my sleep or something? I think I would have remembered, ...I hope I would have remembered.
Just a couple of photos from Crickets first trial ;-). Dynamic Dogs Photo did a great job. I trialed with Breeze about a year before there was a photographer at one of her trials, so it was really lucky that at Crickets debut there was a photographer and they got some good pictures.

I LOVE this picture because sticking the table has never been a strong skill for the Crickster, but she was working hard and stuck this table,she had a lot of speed going up to it and a lot of dogs were skidding off.




Check out that tongue on the dog walk, LOL.



So we decided doing a trial and seeing what we have would be a good way to start the new years.  It seems like forever that  I have had a hurt foot after breaking a bone in my foot ;-(, so I am so out of shape--I am slow to start out with, but guess that is on my list of resolutions ;-).  We had to race to the trial to make it through the Rose Parade traffic which I had forgot about being a factor, and it was in the mid 80's so I felt like it was sooo hot.  Cricket jumped on the sign in table, she jumped on the judge, she jumped on the food table, she jumped on the ring table, she felt like jumping I think.  She lunged into the ring netting and got her head stuck and took part of it down, yep, she was a little hyped so I thought it was really impressive how good she snapped into working mode once that GO sounded.  Walking into the ring the first time after she was so over the top....I really was not sure how it was going to go down. Have I said lately how much I just LOVE this little doggie???   The best part was there was a photographer so I got a ton of pictures, yippie.  We did get one Q in Standard on Sunday with a second place, and a Q in JumperWW on Monday with a first place. 
I went to the CP ranch to help with Nels delivery this weekend thinking delivery was going to be any second, but there were no pups by the time I left to take the kids trick or treating on Monday.  Tuesday morning I woke up and could not believe poor Nel had not delivered her puppies.  When I was there this weekend Nel was bigger then any dog I have ever seen--her abdomen measured THIRTY  THREE inches.  WOWZER.  She could not step over the railing into the whelping box and was so tired you could see what an effort it was to even pick up her head.  Karen decided to have a csection done which turned out to be a really good call. 

Luckily I got to be on the puppy team to meet and greet the new pups and welcome them into the world aka rub and irritate them so they got dried and breathing well after their birth.  I love the little black girl that Karen is holding in the video and says she is a tri, she has hardly any white but has a pie shape dot on the back of her neck, and she is a little girl.  The other favorite so far is the little boy that is almost all white with a huge white spot on the top of his head. 

I got to go home with the new family help with weights and getting people to nurse, and settled in.  The Final count was 9 pups, most around 9 ounches, so not huge babies, 5 girls and 4 boys. . 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE PUPPERS!!!

Sep. 25th, 2011


I do have to say that I get a lot of kidding because I do not post or do a lot of videos, or even take a lot of pictures of my kids.  I think a lot of parents of teenagers will understand that the fastest way to have your teens disappear from your view is to take out a camera.  If there is no means of escape for them .....well, that is when you can get as many of the  precious hand over the face pictures as you can snap.
 
So I just do a ton more pictures and videos of the dogs because the dogs are better sports about the camera, LOL.  Emmas FIRST ever swim meet gave me an opportunity to get some video because her defenses were down and she was not watching for the camera!

I was so proud of her she handled herself really well, and seemed to have a great time.  Just like agility trials the first time you have to figure out how to check in, find out which races you are in, which lanes and which heats you wll swim and what time to be where.   None of it seemed to throw her.

Em has just been swimming on  a team for a year now, and she has just done so well, it is cool to see your kid find something they want to work hard at, do well at, and have a lot of fun doing. 

Breezie turns FIVE!!!!!


Can you believe Breeze turned five today.  Of course I am late getting her video posted, but I do still have ten minutes until the end of her birthday!  LOL. 

This last year for us has been a rough one, Breezes poor body is starting to show the signs of her physical problems,  we keep trying different things but it has been over a year since she could do a set of weaves without limping and looking really sore and she is starting to get stiff in the morning.  I work harder and harder to keep her in shape but boy if we skip even a few days she seems to lose so much and that is so hard to see because I lover her to death. 

ON the plus side because we are not able to do a lot of agility I have done tons of tricks with her to keep her in shape and keep her happy.  She was never a great dog for shaping but that has changed.  I think she was always so good at agility and just so easy that I did not concentrate on shaping and doing tricks, but we are working so well together now and she is still a blast to be with, and there is no one more cuddly in the morning and when I watch tv in the evening-so it was all in all a great year. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BREEZE, Hope we have many more together!!! 

Not just your moms duct tape anymore!!!





My tire needs to be re-taped because it is very sad looking ;-(, so I went out to buy some duct tape.  I have known there are lots more choices in duct tape, but check out all the colors I found  at Target, and there were even more choices that I did not get a picture of at Walmart.  Gone are the days of grey, utilitarian duct tape.  Now I got to choose from Camouflage, paint splotched, turquoise polka dots, zebra striped, just about any solid color of the rainbow, florescent colors, cheetah print, or HELLO KITTIE duct tape.  How lucky are we to live in such a day!

It is a Good Life....

I was supposed to go play agility with friends but missed a vital turn on the way there ;-( . I ended up close to Sacramento, quite a way from my original destination, I would not have even thought it was possible I could have got that lost, LOL. I did not get to play agility with everyone else after driving for about 4 hours, it was looking like a real bummer day ;-).

This is SO CA so one can usually find something to do... luckily Karen let me do some agility at the CPBC ranch, we got access to yet another aframe, and as a special bonus I had a really great visit with Karen who was very nice after having someone drop in with five min. notice ;-). After our visit the dogs and I made a trip to the beach-it was beautiful, peaceful and deserted so it ended up being a great day, not the day I had set out for, or had planned, but truly a very nice day that was topped off by a nice dinner at one of my favorite places by the beach-what more could I ask for?


This is the first running aframe I have taught....I am learning a lot...we have had some learning opportunities (mistakes)along the way but we are finally have the aframe at full height and are doing some sequencing after the aframe. I was even able to do the aframe to the weaves the other day.

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