Saturday, July 30, 2011

Life Goes On

I find I miss Brisco the most in the mornings. We have our little routine to start the day. The dogs share my breakfast. When I break off that extra piece of fruit then remember he's not there, I smile. I look for him in his favorite spots where he would take naps. Then I remember he's in the best spot in Heaven.

Brisco and I competed in agility when the trials were all outdoors. No matter what the weather--pouring rain, heat, wind--we were there. He actually got blown sideways off a teeter one time! When I got my Lasik surgery done on my eyes, I couldn't wait for the next trial in the rain. I'd be able to see. One time Jack and I were in the van on the way to a trial, and it was pouring buckets of rain. Jack looked over at me and said, "You know this makes you hard core." We laughed. It was true. I had a partner that would go anywhere with me. Brisco was "hard core."

One time in Williamsport, the heat was unbearable. It was 80+ degrees in the morning when we ran jumpers, and I remember thinking we may not run standard. But when I walked the standard course, it was a good one. Brisco and I were among only a few 12" teams left. Others scratched because of the heat. We ran and Q'd then waited for results. Brisco took first place! We usually came in anywhere from 10th to 15th in a trial. A first place ribbon was a HUGE event for us. And that was Brisco--in it all the way. No matter what the issue--courses that ran uphill, wind, rain, heat--he was with me all the way. It was only one of the many reasons I loved him.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MACH Bonnie's Brisco - January 11, 1999 to July 27, 2011

Brisco had not been well for about two weeks. He was eating only off and on, and I knew something was wrong. Today my suspicions were confirmed. An ultrasound showed an inoperable cancerous tumor on his liver. I was with him at the end, holding him on my lap, telling him how wonderful he truly is. I know he is pain free now and running and jumping and barking in heaven.

Brisco was my first agility dog, and I think they are always so special. I had never participated in sports before, so he lead me into a whole new chapter in my life. Here is our run at Nationals. Listen to the emcee as she reads the information I sent in about us. They asked us on the form, "What is something funny your dog does?" I wrote that Brisco likes to "talk trash" by barking and bouncing on the way to the ring. It was true. He was as mild mannered, as easy going as any Sheltie. But put a leash on him and take him to an agility ring, and he was ready to rumble!

Goodbye, my sweet prince.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Jack and Cosi and I went to Cheswick for a trial this weekend. Cosi did well in FAST and standard on Friday, Q'ing in both. Then we had a fun time watching our friend Scott run his new dog, Devon. Scott and I became friends when Brisco and his sheltie Trev were in the 12" class together. Gotta love a man who loves a sheltie, and Scott is a good man. He loves his dogs, and he runs with the joy of the game. Here is the video of Devon's first Novice jumpers with weaves run. He took first place.

I asked Scott after the run if he still gets nervous before a run. He said yes, and I'm glad to hear that. I do, too! I guess that keeps it all from "getting old." Each run is potential. Here's Cosi's FAST Q from the trial:

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Farewell, Susie

Mom and Dad had to say goodbye to their 10-year-old dog, Susie, on Friday. She is pictured here in her favorite place, with my Mom, on her lap. Susie's heart was stressed due to Cushings disease. She fought a good fight, and lived to give my parents joy for 10 years.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pet Peeve #2

Or is it Pet Peeve #1?

I cannot stand people who have an out-of-control dog on a flexi leash. I just want to scream, "Get a REAL leash, people!"

*sigh* Thanks. I'm better now.

I just took Mike to the vet to get the rest of his vaccinations when in walks a woman with a 12-week-old lab puppy...on a flexi. Needless to say, the pup was all over the place. Amid, "Oh! Isn't she cute?" and "Look at the pup-py!" I was gagging. Mike was sitting on the bench next to me, and when he looked up at me, I could clearly read the bubble over his head. "Is this thing nuts or what?"

I was tempted to ask the woman her email address and send her the Puppy Peaks webinar links that Susan Garrett has posted. I heard her say, "This is my first puppy."

Live and Learn, sister. Live and Learn.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Carzy Week

It's been one of those weeks where there seems to be something going on every minute! I feel like I've been in constant motion all week.

Monday Mike went to the vet's for his annual checkup. Aced it! He's still my handsome boy, and that's why he's at the top of this blog.

Tuesday I went to the dentist...and I'm still recovering. Such a mental block for me!

Moving on...Wednesday was dog class night (always a highlight for me and Cosi) and the break in the heat and humidity. We took an extra-long walk Wednesday night after class because it was such a beautiful evening.

Thursday we practiced in the yard, and even Brisco did a set of 6 weave poles, proving that even a 12-year-old can "weave it up"! I was working entries with Cosi, moving the jump around the clock on the set of six. Then off for another long walk on a lovely summer evening.

Friday is "date night," so we're going out to dinner with friends who are in town visiting family. That means no time for practice and no walkies for the pups. Bummer. However, Janice will be here on Saturday, which promises that the weekend will be glorious. We two shopping buddies will be hitting the outlets for bargains. Then I'll work with the pups in the evening and go walking as long as this summer weather holds.

What did you do this week?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Berks Video

Here is the video of our standard run on July 1 (Happy Canada Day!). As you can see, his Wahoo! on course had him taking off-course obstacles before the table. However, from the table to the end is glorious! That ending with the tight turns and yet all the bars stayed up. *sigh* I love this dog!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Cosi and I braved heat (101 degrees!), neighborhood fireworks (idiots with matches), and difficult courses to qualify at the Berks trial this holiday weekend. While smart people were poolside, Cosi and I were in a building with no air conditioning, running and jumping and barking. In the end, we had 4 great runs with two qulifying scores. We Q'd in FAST and in jumpers on Sunday. No video; I was down to bare bones on Sunday and didn't bring the camera. There is no hotter temperature on earth than when it's time to pack up on Sunday, so I try to keep clean up to a minimum.