Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Fancy is also coming. The agility trial is open to all breeds and she is entered there. Bloom is staying home. Kate will be taking care of him.
In addition to the dog activities, I printed out directions from my motel to the State Capitol building, the Governor's Mansion and the RiverWalk. I will be seeing these exciting sights/ sites on Wednesday, before the dog activites start on Thursday.
The dogs and I will have a busy five days. We will have fun, and maybe we will come home with some qualifying scores!
Pie has her Utility Dog (UD) title, which means I'm trying for her Utility Dog Excellent (UDX.) This means she must do everything correctly in not one, but two times in the ring, completing the open level and utility level exercises. If she qualifies in open and utility in the same day she gets one "leg" towards her UDX. You need 10 legs. If she does even one thing wrong, such as moving too much when the judge pets her during the "stand for exam" exercise, you will not get a UDX leg that day, even though you do the other 10 or so exercises correctly. This means not only is it a lot of work and hard, but I have to practice the open and utility exercises. That also puts me out of the obedience mood.
Maybe after Pie is old I will be back in the obedience mood. For now, I think agility is more fun for both of us.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Good boy, Bosco!
Monday, April 13, 2009
It was already embedding itself into the skin on the inside of her eye socket. I was able to pull the skin away from the eyeball using her long hair, and then push the foxtrail within grabbing distance by pushing on the outside (furry part) of the skin. It still took several grabs, but I got it.
I couldn't decide which picture I liked better, so I've put both up. I used the timer on my camera to get us all in one picture.
The family members who reside in CA.
I took one of mom taking one of me!
Mom and Dad.
The dogs and I. My dress looks bunchy and Bloom looks... strange.
Thanks to Dad for cooking a yummy breakfast and to Mom for coming on the walk with me and the dogs. We captured some tadpoles (out of a stream that was drying up) for her class. Sadly, there were several hundred tadpoles who had already died due to the stream running dry.
Friday, April 10, 2009
On the road. Pie had her water pack but didn't need it due to all the water along the trail.
Neither of these pictures are in focus, but both of them show how green the plants are along the creek. I even saw some ferns! To me it did not look like Southern CA at all. The first one does a little because you can see an oak tree. But there were plenty of non-oaks to be seen also.
Pie tucking along the trail, wondering what is taking us so long, no doubt.
Transitioning to the sagebrush.
A gardener snake that... um... surprised Kate. There were actually two but the other one slithered away. This one politely posed for his picture.
Over the side to play in the water. Come back!
Swimming in a deep spot.
A pretty flower.
Fancy poses on an odd rock.
Pie comes back to check on me. Notice her wet paw prints.
More scenery. Fancy jumps from a bank as Pie waits just long enough in order to land right on top of Fancy for maximum badness.
Pie pulls a big stick up out of the ground to play with. Fancy helped pull it up.
Then Pie abandoned the big stick and picked up this smaller one. Fancy quickly discarded her twig and attempted to take over Pie's prize.
The dogs had fun jumping off the rocks into the water in this spot.
This creature was sneaky. I think it is a skink. But I don't know what kind. If you look very closely, you can see legs in the picture, but at the time, neither Kate or I could spot any legs. My first glance of him made me think rattlesnake due to the coloring, but upon closer inspection (from a safe distance) we could see it was some kind of lizard thing. Obviously, there are many clues he is not a rattlesnake. Not only does he not have rattle, and has a body and a tail, but his head is also not nearly wide enough.
You can clearly see his front leg, but this is with the zoom, and I couldn't see it at the time. I am sorry to say I do not find this creature to be very attractive. The snake was much more elegant and beautiful.
Bye for now!
I am sure I will be back. Someday I will make it further!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Pie's big show is just over a week away so I am quickly trying to get her back into shape.