a September 4th, 2010

  1. Herding Ducks – a Chase Report

    September 4, 2010 by myeye

    Actually, it’s a Susan report, but Chase has implanted his imprimatur:

    “Just got done with herding ducks. Chase did a better job than yesterday. I think he prefers driving to fetching, at least with ducks. Probably because he isn’t my dog, but it may actually be a preference. That will make Advanced MUCH easier. He is yielding to me, but doesn’t ‘get’ it yet. That is fine. I had LOTS of opportunity to praise him today. He was grinning when we quit.

    I figured he would have an easier time of it today and he did.”

    That’s what we like to hear — our boy is grinning, having fun, and making progress.  Tomorrow and Monday he’s back on sheep.  So, more later.

  2. Moving Mode

    September 4, 2010 by myeye

    It’s going to be a while before I move, but since I won’t have a garage initially, and given that the garage at the townhouse is full of “stuff”, I’ve taken an interim step.  There is a secured storage facility on the road to the house.  I have rented a 10′ x 15′ space and will take “garage stuff” down each time I make a trip.   Tomorrow and Monday teenaged boys will be here to take everything out of the garage and I will sort into keep, throw away, and yard sale piles.  I still have a storage unit in Albuquerque to which the yard sale stuff will go.  The keep stuff will make its way to Los Lunas storage, and the throw-away will go to the dump.

    My glimmering dream is that we will find all my tools and get them together in the tool chest.  Somehow tools walk away and hide in the chaos.  Second glimmering hope is that I will find all my dog stuff and also find a way to keep it together.  You may ask how much dog stuff one can have — well, not counting the crates which breed in the garage when I’m not looking — there are training bags, aluminet shade cloths, an easy-up and an umbrella shelter, grooming equipment, all the breeding and whelping supplies (I’ll keep those handy because I really hope to need them in mid-October).  I have leashes, collars — I could open my own pet supply store.

    I think if I can clear out of the garage all the “stuff” I can live without for a month, I will feel so much more in control.  I also brought home a bunch of empty boxes and am going to begin packing up books, the good china — things that are only used on occasion.  I don’t think I’ll take them to storage — just stack them in a corner and move them with the furniture.  However, I might move some of the kitchen stuff that has been in storage into the house and put it in the cabinets and drawers.  The new house has at least double the cupboard space I have here.  That all depends on what kind of messy stuff I have done at the new house before the move.

    It’s a plan — and I will feel far more in control.