August, 2008

  1. More Rally

    August 31, 2008 by MyEye

    Kip wasn’t limping this morning so he went to the Obedience-Rally trial with Inca and me.  Chase had to stay at home alone.  Inca earned a second Rally Novice leg with a 90.  She just looks so sweet while she’s doing the exercises.  Outside the ring, I caught our Trial chair feeding her potato chips under the table.  Kip made an extremely creative Rally Advanced appearance.  The judge (who has just received her AKC provisional license for Cardis) gave him a generous 77, so he now has a Rally Advanced leg. I think he was rewarded for being happy and clever (and me for keeping my balance despite shaking my head while he ran through my legs and nipped my left calf).

    The judge asked me to bring the Chase puppy tomorrow so she could go over him  She said, “Cardis are a really difficult breed to learn.  They are not put together like other breeds.”  I am always happy to try to help someone learn about our breed, so Chase will join us tomorrow at the Trial.

    It poured today, but under the steel roof over the Posse Grounds we stayed dry.  No thunder, so we did not have any freaked out dogs.  The Coronado Kennel Club’s show on the 13th and 14th is completely outside — I so hope the weather is temperate.  A rain like we had today would truly put a damper on the occasion.  Even though the CKC’s entry was limited, there is a 4-point major in Cardi bitches.  I entered Chase in Best of Breed on Sunday only.

  2. Inca’s First Rally Novice Leg

    August 30, 2008 by MyEye

    Please, Please, Judge Anthes, give me that green ribbon.


    Today Inca went to Los Alamos for her first try at Rally Novice B.  She earned her first leg, and a third place ribbon with a score of 95 out of 100.  She lost all five of those points on the first three stations which were set up nearest the obedience ring.  Apparently obedience is of great interest to her (at least as a spectator).  Tomorrow and Monday we will be attending trials in Albuquerque.  Hopefully by the end of the weekend the pretty red girl will have sailed through Rally Novice and be ready for something more challenging.

    Kip was entered in Rally Advanced B, but was limping when I got home from work last night — still limping this morning.  Somehow when the Chase-Puppy is home our “skinned-knee percentage” goes way up.

  3. It’s Official!!!

    August 28, 2008 by MyEye

    From the AKC website . . . As you might imagine, I’ve been checking every day:


    Soon we should receive a pretty certificate to keep in Chase’s file.

  4. I Choose Peace and Prosperity

    August 27, 2008 by MyEye

    I can’t help myself.  I’m spending part of my evening parked in front of the tube watching (not so much), but really listening to the Democratic National Convention.  Michelle Obama was warm and touching.  She felt real to me and made me happy that I plan to vote for her husband in November.  Hillary — what can I say — she’s a serious campaigner, she’s serious about the need for change.  She’s so dynamic, and she is so right.

    My heart aches for our country.  We lag behind in the basics for too many of our residents.  With the greatest percentage of our resources flowing to Iraq (and I truly believe this was all about oil), we cannot meet bottom-rung human needs.  Shame on us for the past years.  So, it’s time to make up for losing sight of the dream.  I believe there’s a place for each of us in making it come true.

  5. Best Seat in the House

    August 25, 2008 by MyEye

    Really good dogs (like Kip and Chase) got to watch the Olympics — or snooze — hanging over the arm of a leather club chair.  Further down the arm of that same chair is a blob of white duct tape covering the hole that Inca chewed (right through the leather) when Chase came to live with us last January.  To say she was annoyed is an understatement.  She’d rather be boiled in oil than join “the boys” for a snooze on the chair.