Friday, December 30, 2011

Grooming Tip

A fellow agility competitor recommended using marigold spray on dogs to repel ticks. I found a bottle of EQyss Marigold at the local farm store (this is a product made for horses). I don't know about the repelling tick part, but it is dynamite on Sheltie frizzies. Shelties have these pantaloons in the back. In the dry, cold weather of winter this fur frizzes and gets so much static electricity, they stand out instead of lying flat. I've been using a small spray of the marigold in my hands, rub it between my palms, then work it into the pantaloons then all over the dog. It cures the fly-away fuzz and makes their fur feel so soft. I really like the product, so I thought I would pass the tip along to my fellow Sheltie buddies. :-)

Mystery Solved

When we got home on Wednesday, the side gate to the yard where we hung the Brisco's Yard sign was askew. It was open, bent, as though wind or some other force had slammed it into the garden rocks. After talking to our neighbor, the mystery was solved. A buck--probably scared by hunters--ran into the gate, through the yard, and leaped over the back fence. I'm glad I was not here and that the dogs were not in the yard!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Travels

We got back from our Christmas travels to family. The greatest gift at holidays is having the whole family together. We had an opportunity to go through some boxes of old photographs, pictures from my childhood. What fun! Me at 3 in Florida with my grandparents, my sister and I dressed for Easter with fancy dresses, and Mom and Dad as young parents. I also learned that my ever-so-proper grandmother was not only an actress but even rode a horse! Through all the family pictures were all the dogs. My Mom has had a dog ever since she was five. There are the wire-haired terriers, a cocker spaniel, a Scotty, and the mixed breeds we rescued. Anna, there was even a Boston--named Noodles--who lived next door when we lived in Lancaster!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas

As Cosi waits for Santa Paws to come and bring him toys and treats, we pause to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the Best in the New Year.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kitty Litter Trial

Cosi and I enjoyed our time at the last trial of the year--dubbed the Kitty Litter Trial because of the footing. It's a mixture of gravel and sand, and it looks just like litter. It's excellent footing for the dogs, making for great turns.

Heather and Trax were there. So awesome to see them run. What a great team they are. In standard on Sunday Cosi and Trax dropped the same bar on course. How funny is that? Must be genetic, Heather. It couldn't be our handling. LOL

Cosi and I Q'd in standard on Saturday, our only ribbon for the weekend. I was hoping for that first elusive QQ, but 2011 was not our year for it. We're done trialing now until February. In our down time we will relax, work on foundation pieces, play on the balance ball and peanut, and enjoy the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you, and wishing you all the best in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Fitting Tribute

Brisco (1999-2011) loved his yard.  He wanted nothing more than to be in his yard--in any weather--watching all that was going on.  He hated motorcycles.  When one would go by the house, he would run from one side of the yard to the other at top speed.  When he got to the gate where he could see the street, he was so agitated that he would spin in place.  The louder the bike, the more spinning.  It was his "thing," the job he made up for himself.

At the last agility trial Jack found a vendor who made custom signs.  He commissioned a license plate sized sign showing Brisco as a year-old pup, smiling up at the camera, in his yard.  We hung the sign on the gate where Brisco would keep watch, spin when a motorcycle went past, where anyone entering would know...this is Brisco's Yard.