April 10, 2008 by MyEye
We just returned from a certification attempt to make Kip eligible to enter a Tracking Test and, I hope, earn his Tracking Dog title. We track in the high desert with cactus and prickly pear and tumbleweed — lots of dry sand. Last night we had rain (first in a month and a half). In town this morning, it looked like the storm was gone, but as I drove north, I saw a big black cloud that I just knew was hanging over the tracking area on the Forest Service land. The certifying judge was right ahead of me as we pulled onto the forest road.
The wind was gusting up to 30 mph, there was an intermittent dry snow, and the temperature was in the low 40’s. The judge loaned me gloves, all I had for warmth was a sweatshirt because it’s been in the 70’s here, and the weather change was unexpected.
Kip took his sweet time negotiating the 450-yard, four-turn track. Perhaps the bushes and grass smelled extra good because of the rain. The judge has an awful cold and I know she wanted my little guy to JUST follow the track — and so he did — but in his own way. He found the glove! All the advice on the tracking lists about being patient — well they haven’t covered the half of it.
But we got our certification forms and will try to get into the Indian Nations Tracking Test on May 4th, otherwise we’ll be looking in Colorado in the fall. I’m so relieved to get this under our belts — though I knew all along that the little guy could do it!
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April 8, 2008 by MyEye
Some days I need help at the office. Today, Chase is my assistant. He looks out the window, barks at passers-by, cleans my toes — I’m wearing sandals — and is generally good company. At five and a half months, he takes his responsibilities quite seriously.
I think he’s a mighty handsome boy. He’ll be six months old on the 17th. Over Mothers’ Day weekend he’s entered at the Rio Grande Kennel Club Shows — it’s a debut! We’ll find out if judges think he’s as nice as I think he is.
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April 8, 2008 by MyEye
The Land of Enchantment has turned into the land of watery eyes, stuffy/runny noses, hoarse voices, sneezing, itchy throat/ears. Everything is blooming — and we are suffering. The dogs can’t understand the sneezing jags each morning. They push in against my knees and jump with each achoooo. Except for Chase who barks at me — thanks a lot, little man! I think we should expect another month of this. On the bright side, the lilacs are blooming, the wisteria are hanging heavy. This is a photo of a weeping cherry tree in my neighborhood that should be the model for a famous painting. I would love this time of year if I didn’t have to breathe.
When my family first moved to Albuquerque in 1952, we were fleeing the allergens in the mid-west. As Albuquerque developed, people planted grass and trees (especially non-native trees like Russian Olive), and the City now hires people to count the pollen all spring long.
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