Sunday, June 28, 2009

Golfing & Agility Shelties

Jack just got back from a week of golfing in Myrtle Beach. In a golf super store he found a club cover that is a Sheltie head. He kept telling me on the phone that it looked so much like Cosi, I was eager to see this thing! Here Jack shows off his latest purchase:

Okay...but does it really look like Cosi? To check we put the two together. This was a tough picture to take as Cosi kept looking at it as though asking, "Can I play with this thing? It looks like fun!"

What do you think?

In order to preserve this cover Jack didn't want to put it in his bag as it may get wet and ruined. We decided to display it--where else!--with Cosi's agility ribbons. Now the Sheltie golf club is next to the Sheltie agility ribbons. See? Golf and agility Shelties *can* go together.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Brisco joined the Young Executives Club today as he participated in the annual Take Your Dog To Work Day. Here he is preparing for a hard day at work. Every good dog needs a backback containing treats and poop bags, a bucket of ice water, and his leash. Being the most social of dogs, Brisco wowed everyone at work with his gentle nature, calm demeanor, and sweet expression.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Open Jumpers With Weaves (JWW)

Cosi and I snagged Leg #2 in our quest for an Open JWW title. On Saturday we ran at Westminster and found a wonderful, flowing course. It did have a tunnel as obstacle #4, and that concerned me. Cosi goes *into* tunnels at 20 mph and comes *out* at 50 mph. He gets so cranked!

However, this was a good day and all the bars stayed up. I was not in place for a front cross I needed to make so we got a refusal. But we had spectacular weaves and a good time: 27 seconds on a 41 second course.

On to Excellent A Standard--again, a GREAT, flowing course. What fun! He nutzed around on the table (ugh!) but had a decent time of 62 on a 71 second course. One brilliant aspect of the run that I liked was his tunnel to dog walk approach. Most dogs come out of the tunnel, turn their bodies and go up the dog walk. Cos came out of the tunnel, stopped, hopped his butt around as the front feet stayed put, and bolted up the dog walk. Then we did a serpentine of dog walk, jump, chute (How about that, Marilyn!?). The chute was under the A-frame; have you ever seen that? I never have. Not that it was difficult or anything, just odd.

Cosi's breeder was there to see our Standard run and gave me some great feedback. I'm pleased to report that she checked him out (she's a vet) and pronounced him 100 percent well. In honor of Mary, here's a Cosi picture from the many she gave me when he came to live with me. This is one of my favorites. Hugs, Mary.

Cosi at the beach when he was 4 months old. This photo makes me eager for summer.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day & Agility

Now how do you think I'm going to connect those two things together? Easy!

When I was growing up, my Dad could make or fix anything. He always seemed like such a wiz to me. Any toy broken, any home repair project--Dad always knew what tools were needed and how to go about the project. I was his ready helper. From an early age I learned the names of tools so I could pass them to him, how to hold the nuts until he got the bolts in place, and where things were located on his tool bench (organized to the max!).

Last winter I asked Dad to make Cosi a ribbon holder. He took some leftover wood from his last project and came up with the most wonderful design.

He made two rectangular pieces and strung wire across. I can hang the ribbons on the wire, eventually covering up the wire. Here's the photo of Cosi's agility ribbon collection so far:

Happy Father's Day to the Best Dad EVER!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary

My parents celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this week. How awesome is that?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Killer Poodle

Yesterday I let the dogs into the yard. Jenny was nutsing around, pawing at something on the ground. I called her to me, she came back with a "prize." She had a chunk of bunny fur in her mouth. And she wasn't about to give it up.

Of all my dogs, I think Jenny would be the killer dog if she ever got to wildlife (squirrels, rabbits). She's got an awesome nose and often tracks scent as we walk. You can always tell when she's on the trail as she zig-zags over the grass.

I let her keep her prize as she was very proud of it, shifting her eyes left and right, saying "Are you going to try and take this? Cuz I really want to keep it."

My Killer Poodle--perhaps I should put a sign on the fence that reads, "My poodle can make it to the fence in five seconds. Can you?" Do you think that would deter would-be thieves? =:O)

Jenny has always enjoyed lap dog status! Even as a puppy she showed that poodly Attitude (with a capital A).

I was trying to take a picture of Brisco. Look very carefully in the background, and you'll see him. I call this photo, "Jenny hogs the camera" She's always been a hoot!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Sign Of The Times

I got three phone calls this weekend from the school where I work. The seniors graduated today (Sunday) but only family members could attend the commencement--no faculty, no staff members. There are confirmed cases of the flu on campus, and to prevent spreading, the school is cutting back on "socializing."

Do you remember a few years back that there was an outbreak of dog flu? I can't help but wonder if this flue strain jumped from pigs to humans, could it then jump to other species?

Let's just say I'm hoping for call #4 saying STAY HOME. I work in the cubicle farm, and it would be easy for a virus to spread in that environment.

Stay well. Take care.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


My mother always told me it's rude to listen to other people's conversations. But as I walked the dogs through the town park tonight, I overhead the following:

"That's her! The one with the miniature collies! I seen her make them dogs sit and they stay while she walks to put trash in the barrel. It's amazing!"

Poor grammar aside--being a teacher, I am always attuned to those things--I was laughing that he thought a sit-stay was amazing.

I wrote in a previous blog article how we sometimes focus so much on dog sports, we forget the every day wonderful things our dogs can do. Things like good manners when greeting someone, able to sit and stay in a busy park while Mom puts the poop bag in the trash can, or able to be still while getting their nails clipped. A question I often get is, "How do you get them to walk so nicely?" It stops me in my tracks--how did I do that? I guess it was just a gradual thing that as I added dogs into the pack, they learned from me and the others, this is what you do on a walk.

I'm asking you: What wonderful things can YOUR dogs do?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day Lilies

There's nothing more beautiful than the day lilies in the garden in the early morning...

...unless it's a Sheltie and the day lilies in the early morning.

Cosi's Visit

Cosi and I stayed with my good friend Janice this past weekend. Here Cosi demonstrates how to share your toys with your host. He loved the open layout of the living room/dining room. Perfect for throwing the Milk Thingy.

Off we went to the trial. Cosi enjoys relaxing at the setup. He hangs out and watches all the activity.

After a tough day of running, jumping, and harfing, a fellow needs to rest--preferably on a lovely guest bed, right in the middle, with your head on a pillow. Ahhh....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Flashes of Brilliance

Cosi and I had two good runs at the Williamsport trial this weekend. Thanks to Janice for videotaping on Saturday, I have them to share with you.

The Excellent A Standard run showed flashes of brillance. We were together, focused, and rockin'. The "flash" begins after the teeter. Before that there are some bumps.

The Open JWW run was f-u-n. I was actually able to RUN with him on this course, and except for a dropped bar, we were spot on. His course time was 23 seconds. Standard course time was 46. When I checked the standings, the next time on a dog was 30 seconds. If we could just hold it together long enough on a course, we could be good.

YouTube Link for the Excellent A Standard Run.

YouTube Link for the Open JWW Run.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Going Well

I went to PT (physical therapy) tonight and--good news!--I am still in alignment. I even ran in agility class last night, but I was careful. I didn't run full out. I felt good today at work. I'm able to sit for longer periods of time.

Yadda...yadda...yadda...I think I'm on the road to recovery. Such a relief. There's light at the end of this painful tunnel. The therapist worked my left IT band tonight. O.M.G. painful does not begin to describe it. Sharon, you know what I'm talking about!

I'm off to an indoor AKC agility trial this weekend. I'll get to stay with Janice as her house is only 20 minutes from the site. Bonus!

Cos and I will be running FAST classes (my favorite) as well as standard and JWW. Wish us luck. I'm hopeful that this weekend I can run and handle him well.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

We have an answer...

I thought I've been dealing with a bad back, perhaps a disc problem. Last evening I saw a physical therapist and finally got an answer. It's not my back; it's my pelvis.

During the HOT Agility trial in April, I heard a pop as I was running a course with Cosi. That pop, the therapist said, was my pelvis going out of alignment. My right leg was shorter than my left because my right side of the pelvis was raised. The therapist put me back into alignment, gave me exercises to do, and set up three more sessions.

The key to physical therapy is to *DO* the exercises they give you. I'm on it! This morning as I lay on my back doing my stretches, three shelties came over to "assist." Jenny, of course, was in bed with Daddy, probably saying, "Let me know when you're done and we're getting breakfast." =:O)

I hadn't had time to put together my videos from last weekend. I finally had time last evening. Here's our P1 Standard run from Sunday. Obviously, this week we're working on the table. Other than that I was very pleased with the run.