Our Christmas tree arrived, which was a surprise. I just wasn't thinking I would go out and get one this year and low and behold, anti-Christmas Rosie brought one home! It is cute and sweet, and round, and brought home by Rosie! I think her heart grew three sizes yesterday. I love having the tree and the lights and the candles and the smell of homemade goodness. Yes, every winter needs a Christmas. We need the lights and the festivities, and the celebration, we need something to remind us that the days will get lighter, that the sun will not go down at 4:30 forever, that the mornings will have light again. Yup, so excited that we are almost halfway through this darkness. Oh January though, truly the hardest month of the year for me. Such a hard time. I am better prepared for it the older I get though. I have lots of activity planned in the month that usually tries to swallow me, lots planned.
No one is smiling, and no one has lost their marbles. Why do our dogs not like posed shots, sigh. Not one of them is sitting next to freddie, it should make them all smile.
Daddy Felice and brother Kuzya. Kuyza reminds me of Freddie, look at that build and smile.
He does not sit on his tail though.
Already kicking butt and taking names! He had his first obedience competition recently. I like watching him in moving pictures. He looks fun and sweet and happy. Such a nice litter this was. So happy to have my Russian puppy.
Rosie tried to surprise me with a tree, but I came home, ruined it, then took over artistic control. I tried not to, I really did, but the Martha Stewart inside of me could not be kept quiet. The tree was moved from the dining room to the living room where it will be more prominent. We only have a tree in the house once a year, I say let our Christmas freak flag fly.
Always about Fred.
This though put me in a better mood, wow, look at that dogwalk, look at that turn, look at the control, the understanding the dog has. So lovely.
Most running dogwalks have the dog coming straight off the board, fighting to make the turn on the flat, but damn, look at that turn on the board. So pretty and independent. This, this is what I want on my dog. Look how easy that was for both of them. very inspiring.
Now that the ice has gone and the ground has thawed, there is nothing but mud in our yard. Way too slippery for any type of training. Finally have a yard I can train in and yet, I most likely will not be able to use it all winter long. I am going to have to find a place to train that is not muddy and easily accessible if I want to start contacts, I can't even train a board on the flat back there. Sigh. Maybe in the hallway.....
Same spot 18 hours later. Good thing the dogs are good and Rosie is home.
I have been craving peppermint. Lots of peppermint. So I look it up and sure enough it helps with stomach and intestinal issues. Go cravings. Which it is weird to have any because it sounds like a demolition derby is taking place inside my gut.
I hope I'm feeling better tomorrow, what a wasted day. I owe the dogs some fun. It is rare for me to be home and not do anything with them. Maybe we can train weaves.
And so it goes, waffle, waffle, waffle.
Here is the gist of it, or maybe more.
Running contacts, yes I want them..
I want independent running contacts, haven't seen many.
I want those turns, independent turns, I want Hi-Fi to have full understanding without compromising speed.
Right now Hi-Fi has a LOVELY rear foot 20/20 on the ground. I think I shall name it.
I think I will take the board to the ground and start our running. oh my, will Hi-Fi finally see a contact?
Heather has some ideas, I have some ideas, we shall plan, then move forward.
Yes, this is the best I have felt about the whole running contact thing since I have started.
All I'm saying is we better at least get a frame out of this;)
The reason I want running contacts is because I think if Hi-Fi had a say in the matter he would would want them over stopped. I think they will suit him well.
This dog has game. I was talking to Heather last night about a 75 year old man who slipped on ice wile hiking a pretty tough trail in the gorge. He is fine, rescue went well, but damn, 75 and hiking the gorge, I want that to be me and Freddie. Age is just age. Maybe I'm sensitive due to the fact that I was considered and "older" woman by one of my co-workers yesterday. Sigh. I guess wearing sneakers and Tee's doesn't change the fact that I am older than all of those born after me.
I have entered a trial. yes it is true. I am hoping all goes well and we will get to run it. Then the next trial will be Hi-Fi's debut! In February I am going to enter Hi-Fi in jumpers. I am thinking if the ground ever thaws I can get those weaves trained. I can't believe little Russian puppy will be old enough to enter a competition. Maybe someday we will also enter standard;)
Hi-Fi has turned into a great dog, but that is what great puppies usually do.
It is still cold, but darn it, it is not going to stop me from my normal day. Well, okay, maybe I did cancel classes today, but I am trying to carry on like usual. I cleaned, I trained, I took the dogs for a walk. At first I was feeling a tad bit guilty for cancelling classes, I mean it wasn't so bad out. But then, uh yes, my fingers were freezing, even with gloves, and my nose was tingling, and I all of a sudden felt good about my choice. I held class last week and it was fine, but I think it was a lot warmer last week than today. No reason I need to stand out in the cold for 7 hours, hopefully next week will be warmer.
I LOVE this Freddie. Happy, playful, funny, good time guy. I love all of Fred, but this side of him kills me.
Why does Freddie have five feet?
He looks like a bobble head, or a caricature of himself. I know it is perspective, yes, but his head really has gotten bigger lately.
Best boys ever.
I am signing up just because she is so easy to communicate with. Three e-mails sent, all three answered in less than 24 hours. I know there are time differences, but she seems easy to reach. From what I can tell, it isn't too unlike Dawn's method, but with lots of support. I never did progress past module one with Dawn, it could be because I'm new to the method and not quite sure how to progress without support. Although I do think I am going to purchase the second module, having the information can only be helpful I think. Why not work through both programs if compatible? Time will tell.
Of course it is too cold to do much right now, but just feeling excited is enough for me. It is sooooo cold outside, so cold.
I may not be motivated to train in this weather, but I have been motivated to finish up all Christmas gifts. Just need to deliver them now.
Hot Cocoa and Bourbon Balls. The Gingerbread men are really cute too.
How cute are all my co-workers, gawd, I do love them all. Rosie was forwarded this photo from someone who is on FB. This photo was taken by one of our clients who is a prominent Portland figure so he has lots of FB followers, Funny, small world.
Speaking of Rosie.....
10 layers, one layer for every degree it is. Plus the reflective vest i insist she wear while she walks the blackened streets to her bus stop every morning. The vest isn't just for laughs, but it is funny;)