February, 2009

  1. Before His Trip

    February 27, 2009 by MyEye

    There are so many things I want to do with Chase, but am accepting the reality that he won’t be earning any back-end titles before he goes to Fort Worth to be with Sherri and then on to Nationals and then to Shelley’s to swill Molson — Eh?  But we are completing our Beginning Novice class tomorrow morning — he’s such a good boy!  Sunday, we are heading up the mountain to see what Chase thinks about sheep.  If he shows real interest, we’ll add herding to his activities when he returns to the sunny southwest later in the summer.

    Long ago I learned that when you let a dog leave, you must accept that you might never see him/her again.  Things happen even when you entrust them to the very best people.  So, I’m sad that the funny boy is going off on these adventures, and hoping with all my heart that everything proceeds according to plan, and he’s back home after breeding Jaime and earning his Canadian Championship.

    Kip and Inca mght not feel that way (about him returning safe and sound).  However, Kip went to the Obedience Club meeting this evening (it was the night to brag about earning his TD).  He had a wonderful time greeting all his dog and people friends.  It revved me up to get him back in Open work so we can earn his CDX in May and also finish his RA.  Kip is such fun to work with.  He’s so effervescent and loves to do what I ask.  He has probably, single-pawedly, interested more people in Cardigans than any other person, dog, or event in our area.  From the instructors, to the judges, to the other competitors, to the spectators, Kip is a great ambassador.  Many new people now understand there are corgis with tails — and they are cool dogs!

    The Dink is just sweet and happy, but doesn’t have much work ethic.  She has no desire to “perform” though a “Will Work for Treats” shirt would be appropriate.  I’m still planning for her to earn a CD, but it takes a lot of fun out of it when she rolls her eyes at me.  Her sit (up) on the recall makes folks laugh — so I guess it’s okay.  It’s just hard to put the time in with a dog whose higher calling is lying on the couch.

    I have to go clean now — I don’t want Carolyn and Tom to get the right impression of me!

  2. Boring Day at the Office (if you’re a dog)

    February 26, 2009 by MyEye


    We went outside and look what we saw — it’s one of the neighboring office dogs. She is in her teens and will say hi to Chase, but isn’t up to rolling on the grass with him. Still it was better than lying under the chair inside.

    Kip was here yesterday, so once again it’s Chase’s turn to be office dog.  We’ll have visitors later today, but Chase doesn’t know that because he can’t call up my Outlook calendar (no thumbs, you know), and he may NEVER again touch my TREO phone.  So, he is bored . . . this is how a bored Cardi looks



    This cannot be comfortable!



  3. Hotel Door Cards for Bloggers

    February 24, 2009 by MyEye

    capitol-plaza-hotel.jpgAs most of you know (I hope), Katrina over at PartiCardis suggested we make door knob hangers for our hotel rooms at Nationals so we have the opportunity to meet one another in person.  I always worry about identity theft and security (must be due to my line of work), so I’d suggest you omit your last names.  Only include your first name and blog (or web) address on the card.  Carolyn, Shelley and I are making a second set of our cards to hang in our grooming area as well.

    There will be other people in the hotel (though I do not know why they would even want to be there), so a little caution is probably a good thing.

    Isn’t this logo great? I had no idea it would continue to change when I copied it for my blog! What great art work — probably by Sandi Hutchins — ah, the mysteries of the computer!

  4. Packing it up

    February 24, 2009 by MyEye

    It’s a bit early to get excited about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialty Show, but hotel reservations should be solidified by March 1st which is Sunday, and entries close the following Saturday.  If you want shirts or embroidered bags or to go to one of the dinners, that all must be ordered by the 7th as well, so . . . it IS time to get excited.  My “in-between gots-to-do-something” is to keep a large manilla envelope on the bookcase by my desk.  It contains a copy of my Consolidated Order Form, my flight confirmation, my hotel confirmation, my shuttle confirmation.  It will contain the “door hangers” (we’re making duplicates for our reserved grooming area), information on what Chase eats, his supplements, all his registration and shot information, and anything else I think of that should go to Topeka.  Each time I put something in my envelope, I check the number of days left until I leave — it’s a reverse advent calendar.  I still must ship items for the Rescue Silent Auction and Raffle.

    I have a row of outfits in the end of the closet.  It’s stuff that matches (how about that?), is comfortable, and has pockets.  I’ll only be in the ring for stud dog and brood bitch classes, but I still want to look respectable with Chase.  . . . and the pockets — well, you never know when you might need to hand out a treat or two.

    This is my first Cardigan National.  I’ve attended many a German Shepherd National, but this is the first time I’ll make it to the Cardis’ Really Big Shew (and may be the last for a while — Pennsylvania is a very long way from Albuquerque).  Having Chase shown is a huge plus because it makes me feel a part of the festivities.

    It IS time to get excited!

  5. Candid Shots of Chase’s Betrothed

    February 22, 2009 by MyEye

    jaime-head-shot-2-22-09.jpgStill a little damp from her bath, just standing on the grooming table — but oh my goodness she’s cute!  This is Jaime.  She is a Harry Potter daughter who will go to a show tomorrow to earn (we hope) the last point needed for her Canadian Championship.  After the CWCCA National Specialty, Chase will summer with Shelley at Yasashiikuma.  One of his responsibilities (which I know he’ll find most pleasant) is to breed this darling girl.  She is OFA GOOD with a platinum temperament and pedigree.  Please contact Shelley if you are interested in this litter.  You may link to Shelley’s blog from my side bar blogroll.