Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trial Season

Will this year's trial season ever start? The weather forecast is for snow Thursday into Friday with "blizzard conditions" because of high winds. *sigh*

Cosi and I are supposed to go to NJ this weekend. Keep your paws crossed for us...

Monday, February 22, 2010

A True Icon

Cesar Millan's beloved dog, Daddy, died on February 19. I am saddened by this loss even though I never met the dog. But like Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin, certain dogs on TV influence our thinking about dogs. The aspect of Cesar's show I like the most is his emphasis on positive, calm, assertive energy. And what dog can't benefit from an owner in that state of mind? Sorry for your loss, Cesar. Bless you for the good work you do.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Snow Melt

The snow is finally melting. We can actually see grass and the possibility of a good sniff is here. Ahhh....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Pursuits

Just thought I'd share some of the fun indoor activities we're having this snowy winter.

Jenny loves her chew sticks. I don't cut them down for her. Having to manipulate this large object is part of the exercise. I took this photo of Jenny and her "cigar."

Almost every evening I get out my knitting. The dogs know that this activity means "snooze time"! When we were having the blizzard last week, I worked on my sweater and Jack caught us all snuggled on the love seat "helping" me with my knitting. There is always dog hair incorporated into everything I make. I make no attempt to pick it off as I encounter it. I just work it right into the garment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

#31

Today is our 31st wedding anniversary. Poor Jack. Just when he's recovered from Valentine's Day, he's hit with our anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, TBNZF!

Jack and I at AKC Nationals in Tampa, Florida, with Brisco.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Back to Life...

back to reality! As the song says, it's time to get back to a "normal" routine. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed my six days off (!!), it's time to go back to work.

Yesterday I finished the body of a sweater that I'm making. I got another Kitting Pure and Simple pattern. This time it's a long sleeved tunic. These patterns are so easy to follow and work up beautifully. That's the advantage of winter--I get a lot of knitting done.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Making Lemonade

Mother Nature sure sent us a bunch of lemons. We can't get to the trial in Delaware. We can't get out of our town! The blowing snow still has roads blocked both here and at the southern end of the county. It's too dangerous to try and drive to Delaware, knowing that we could be stranded along the way.

The dogs have been awesome for the past four days. But four days with no walks equals cabin fever. So I decided to "make some lemonade" today. I got out the shovel and made a speed circle. Then I got out the toys and played with the dogs, using a "Go!" command with Cosi to have him drive the rest of the circle without me. The best part of this play was Mike. He was actually driving after a tug toy and then brought it to me to tug! That's HUGE. He never did that before. My big man.

Here are some photos courtesy of Jack:

Here's a birds-eye-view from the second story window. I made the circle around the A-frame. That A-frame sure is coming in handy!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

It's official. We had a blizzard yesterday. Today we begin the digging out process. Well, not "we"; to be specific, it will be Jack.

The dogs have been marvelous through it all. Have you ever gone potty in a 40 mph wind with 37" of snow on the ground?

Here is my favorite photo of the day from the Blizzard of '10. I think snow is pretty. I like how it makes the trees decorated and like someone shook the snow globe:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Not Now!

We're due for another storm tonight into tomorrow with possible accumulations of up to 18 inches. That's on top of the 20 inches we got last weekend.

I'm supposed to go to a trial in Delaware on Saturday, about 2.5 hours away. I am so looking forward to this trial. It's the first trial of the year for us, and it's a one-ring, very small trial. I love the feel of these smaller trials. Everyone pitches in, the atmosphere is friendly, and the days go quickly.

All paws are crossed here that the roads are cleared in time for us to go.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snowstorm Feb 6, 2010

For once the weather forecasters were right. We ended up with a wallop of a snowstorm--22 inches! Jack spent the day shoveling and clearing a spot for the pups to get outside, Anna dug her car out, and I made the beef noodle soup (see yesterday's post). The driveway is clear, the dogs are good to go, Anna's car is ready for church tomorrow, and the soup was a huge hit.

Here are some photos of the storm:


Anna's car before she cleaned it off. Somewhere under that snow is her ride to church tomorrow.

A shot of our street and house.

The A-frame does double duty. In the winter it's shelter for the dogs so they have a place to potty. I tried to clean it off, but couldn't get to all of it.

Cosi poses next to the A-frame. It's as close to a 2-on, 2-off contact performance as we could get today.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Super Bowl Weekend

We're supposed to get 8-14" of snow this weekend. Since we'll be housebound, my husband has put in a request for me to make "noodle soup." I use beef stock and boil off short ribs for the base of the soup. Then I get out flour and eggs and make noodles. I got the recipe for noodles from my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook that I got as a bridal shower gift some 31+ years ago. I have found that using a pizza cutter to cut the dough into noodles works best. I line the entire dining room table with newspaper and let the noodles dry there. When the stock is boiling, I take the newspaper sections and made a funnel to drop the noodles into the soup pot. When the noodles are tender, the soup is on. No vegatables; no meat; just noodle soup. Thus, the name. It's a family tradition his grandmother created, and at least twice a year he puts in a request. I can't resist because he enjoys it so.

Enjoy your weekend! I'll be covered with flour. GO COLTS!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Left Pawed or Right Pawed?

Mike and Cosi are going to be part of a 6th grader's science fair experiment! His hypothesis is are dogs more right pawed or left pawed? On Saturday Cosi and Mike will take part in the experiment where they must paw at an object (I think it will be a treat in a wire box). The boy will count how many times they use which paw. Should be interesting.

In agility I think it will have implications on learning the side they favor for turning. I know that when Cosi is rushed to the right, he more often than not drops a bar.

I think the next step would be if you're right handed and your dog is right pawed, is that a better combination than his being left pawed? Hmmmm...