Thursday, December 31, 2009
2009 was a great year for us in most respects. Lots of changes and lots of things conquered. January 2009 started with a dog fight and some amazing shopping and hubby finally hanging my light fixture. Then came puppies. I started running in January and even completed my resolution of running a 5K marathon. I celebrated my one year anniversary of being fit and keeping the weight off. We saw our beloved rock band not once but twice this year. My baby started kindergarten and is now reading. My oldest is doing multpication and passing her state exams with flying colors. We added my daughter's new beagle to the family. We survived not one but two lengthy hospital stays with family members. My aunt came to visit. We had a beautiful new baby goat born on the farm. My son started basketball and baseball and my daughter did cheerleading and gymnastics. Stryker passed all of his breeding clearances. There were big staffing changes at work. We had an awesome holiday celebration with both families. There really is just too many good things to mention. 2009 was very good to us. I hope 2010 will be the same. However we are starting the year off again with an ill dog, that seems to be a trend for us. It has happened the last 3 years. Hopefully this one will turn out ok like last year.
So last year I shared my resolution of my 5K with you all, and I completed it thanks to all of you, since you all knew about it, you would also know if I didn't hold up my end of the bargain. So thanks for the incentive. This year it was tough to came up with a good resolution. I actually made several this year, and some of them are going to be tough for me to carry out so I need you all to push me to make sure I'm getting the job done.
First off is to get back on track with my exercising. I have been off and on lately due to being sick off and on. So I need to get back on it and get committed. I actually started today with a short 1.6 mile run. I felt slow however and fear I'll feel it tomorrow, cause I've been off of it for a couple weeks. I definitely would love to do another race, but not sure my new work schedule will allow it, so we'll just have to see. My races may have to be ran here at home with just me and hubby, but that's ok miles are miles. Secondly I want to spend more time training my dogs. I would love to show my pup this year if I can get her ready and maybe get a CGC title on her and my other male. I would love love love to do some therapy work with Quackers, but time is an issue. I had her certified once, but time didn't allow us to visit much and I let the certificate go. I would love to re certify her and maybe do a reading program with her. These goals with my dogs will be the hardest of all to conquer cause it takes a huge time commitment. I know I need to do it, but its hard to fit it in. So guys help me stay up late, get up early, brave the cold etc. to get these doggies trained up for their prospective jobs. Thirdly I have one other resolution that is a huge secret till it is finished, but it's a good one trust me. I hope I can pull it off. Wish I could tell you all, but I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet. Just wish me luck in getting it completed, cause again it is another huge time commitment.
Happy New Years to all and I can't wait to read about your resolutions.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Last night was hubby's work Christmas party. It was a really great time with amazing food. I didn't want to go cause I felt awful and they all usually get so drunk and stupid I can't stand them. But they weren't too bad last night. However It was insanely hard for this country girl to make conversation with some of these city folk. My belief systems are different and I just don't get their jokes and they don't get mine, sometimes it seems a bit awkward. There were some new staff this year whom I hadn't met yet. Upon walking to our table a quite large lady about ran my hubby over, heaven forbid she had to share the walkway. I made a comment like watch out she'll run you over babe. He politely told me she was the girlfriend of the new driver standing behind us. Oops. Then when we were leaving there were hugs all around to the powers that be for a great year. Somehow I wound up accidentally hitting the general manager in the face with my hand, knocking his glasses almost off his face. I was mortified. Guess there won't be a raise this year cause he'll need the money to buy new glasses. I am truly socially inept and need to stay home on the farm were I belong.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This year Santa brought the kids kid sized versions of dad's guitar, complete with amps, picks, stands, and everything needed to be a rock star.
(Me and Mom making Christmas dinner)
Getting ready for Santa Claus. After reading The Night Before Christmas and other holiday classics we poured Santa a glass of chocolate milk, left some chocolate chip cookies, and some carrots for the reindeer and left them by the fireplace with our stockings. They we got tucked into bed until 3 am when I found both kids up playing their DS games in their rooms. After tucking them back in they slept till 7 am. That is a new record for them. usually we are lucky if they make it til 6 am.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Being the dog lover I am I love to let the dogs ride along with me, though with kids the trips are less frequent than they used to be. Our before kids dogs went absolutely everywhere with me. I have left them in the car while I ran into the store or post office for a second. I am fully aware of how fast a car can heat up, but with our chilly winters here it's not much of a problem and I don't take them with me in the summer time. My doggies also always travel in a crate or seat belt for safety. My biggest pet peeve is dogs loose in the back of pick up trucks, but that's another story. I love taking my dogs with me and they like going, and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I do try my best to keep them safe with microchips and locking my doors. The problem with microchips is most owners don't register them so it is impossible to track down the owner. Sometimes the chips are hard for scanners to pick up and it takes multiple passes to detect them, will busy vets and shelter workers take that much time. And do vets risk offending new dog owners by scanning their newly adopted pets? Really most thieves aren't going to admit it's a stray or stolen, they'll say they adopted or bought it. Even if it is chipped and we scan it do we call the companies to see if it's legit. Most people would be highly offended and find a new vet. Also chips can be cut out by the really nasty thieves.
Some people stated dogs should be allowed in all public places so owners didn't have to leave them. Though I think it would be cool to take my dogs shopping with me it really isn't practical. What about those who dislike dogs or are allergic, they have the right to shop pet free. Also dogs and food places could turn into very unsanitary places quickly. Really your golden is cute, but I don't want to find his hair on my food. Also it is great to socialize the dogs, but I think there would be many more bad situations than good ones. Last year I had an owner whose beloved little dog died in her arms. We tried to revive it, but were unsuccessful. She had been walking on a nature trail approved for leashed dogs. She met a man with an unruly larger dog. He couldn't control him and a deadly attack ensued. I see many more of these nightmare situations occurring. Or worse yet innocent kids wandering up to pet the puppy getting bit.
Really I don't believe there is a right answer. I think all we can do is educate ourselves and use common sense to protect our pooches.
What happens to these stolen doggies. Most go into bad situations, like breeding rings, or bait for dog fights, or simply just being resold for cash. It is sad to have to worry about our dogs being stolen, but it is a harsh truth, and we just have to protect them like we do our kids. I don't think it is fair to lock them up in our homes and never let them out, but I don't think they should be allowed access to all that human life has to offer. There are boundaries but we can still enjoy a full life with our pooches with some safety precautions. Being aware, tags, microchips, and tattoos are a good place to start.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here is my laundry room after
My daughters new curtains. I still need to sew them I just hung the fabric to get the feel of how it'll look. Also painted all of her walls which I must say were gross., and stenciled the lady bugs on. I hand drew the stencil on transparency paper and cut it out, then painted away.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here is Bumpers all decked out for the foul weather. Complete with reflective stripping that caught the camera's flash.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The dewormer is dosed based on weight and given slowly by the mouth through a syringe. Puppies generally like the taste. We follow the deworming protocol put forth by the centers for disease control. We deworm at 2,4,6,8,and 10 weeks old then place the pups on a heartworm prevention that also deworms them monthly from then on. Some of these worms can be transmissible to humans, and cause things like blindness etc., so it is important to keep our pets dewormed not only for their health but for ours.
Here is momma watching me closely to make sure I do it all right.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Most folks and groomers just use a regular over the counter dog shampoo and some even use conditioners. Most dogs don't require a conditioner unless they have a skin problem. The regular shampoos strip the oils making the dogs feel soft, which most pet owners prefer. I how ever like to keep the coat as true to form as possible. It also needs this hardness to be competitive in the show ring. There for I use a texturizing shampoo like the one pictured above. I never use conditioners!
This is what I use after the soap is on to get down deep into the coat and work the shampoo in to get the dogs really clean. You can sometimes find these rubber scrubbers in pet catalogs, or you can find them at horse supply stores like TSC.
This is a product a salesman gave me to try and I generally like it, but probably won't spend money to buy it. It is a spray that is sprayed on the wet coat. It binds with the water molecules and helps them be removed easier with towels or blow dryers. I think it does help some.
Also let it be known as I'm sure you can tell from Bumpers expression my dogs prefer the pond and creek to the tub any day.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
On the news there were school delays from schools further west than us. We couldn't imagine why they would be delaying school for this sorry amount of snow.
We got our kids on the bus on time. The snow had stopped falling at this point but the roads still had a covering on them. Of course no salt trucks were out yet.
Hubby and I left for work at the same time with me taking the lead and him following behind me in his truck. I absolutely hate driving on slick roads, and do not consider myself a good driver at all, but with front wheel drive and sporting a new set of tires I felt confident this tiny bit of snow would cause no harm, I have driven in much worse. Hubby is in my mind an excellent driver, so I wasn't worried with him at all.
We made it down the first section of snow covered road and came to an intersection. I had the choice of going straight down another back road, which is how I normally go, or turning and taking the state road to the highway. I chose the state road figuring it to be less slick and more well traveled. I turned then hubby turned. All was going well, then I for some reason I looked back in my rear view mirror just in time to see hubby going sideways toward the ditch. He over corrected and the truck (his two wheel drive work truck with no weight in the rear end, not our 4 wheel drive personal truck) spun a 360 away from the ditch, and headed in to the other lane (thank god for no oncoming traffic) and ended up part way in the opposing ditch. I was horrified watching the scene, helpless and sure he was going to crash. I turned into the nearest driveway and took off running to him, good thing I work out right. He was fine, just slightly rattled. The truck was fine. It hit nothing so not even a scratch. However with the wet snow on the grass combined with the steep grade of the ditch he could not get traction to pull out. A call to AAA was in order for a tow truck to pull him the 5 feet he needed to get back on the road. After I was sure he was squared away with help and a salt truck passed by I headed off to work, being a bit more careful and much less confident now. Before I pulled out I grabbed the camera and shot a far off fuzzy shot of him in the ditch, knowing we would laugh later.
Friday, December 4, 2009
(CH. Hightide Bonaventure Capt'n Jack X Kirkland's Quack Attack CGC)
D.O.B. April 19, 2007
OFA Good/Elbows clear
CH Glengary Lubberline Schooner (b)(great grandsire)
CH Bonaventure' Clipper (b) (grandsire)
Breezewoods Glengary Windfall (b) (great granddam)
CH Hightide Bona Venture Capt'n Jack (b) (sire)
Epochs Edward of Bonaventure (c) (great grandsire)
Gregoires Hightide Josie (c) (granddam)
Gregoires Nugget Delight (c)(great grand dam)
Kirkland's The Duck Strikes Back (b)
Epochs Edward of Bonaventure (c) (great grandsire)
Idlebrooke treasure Gem Cutter (grandsire)
Idlebrook Steal Magnolia (b) (great granddam)
Kirkland's Quack Attack CGC (c) (dam)
Apple Blossom TS Gem Stone CGC TDI WC (b) (great grandsire)
Treasursite Gemstome Emerald (c) (granddam)
Treasuresite Masters Jewel (great grandsire)