a January 7th, 2011

  1. Herding at Nationals – Hotel

    January 7, 2011 by myeye

    Well, those Houston Texas folks don’t really want us dog people in their hotels.  The herding site is in Hempstead TX.  The nearest hotel that will accept dogs is in Brenham — about 18 miles from the herding site.  There used to be a Super 8 three miles from the herding venue, and it accepted dogs.  It was sold this winter and the new manager told me “No Dogs, no exceptions.”  So, we will be paying way too much to stay in a Rodeway Inn.  The Herding Committee, and the overall event committee, made no arrangements other than to stay at the host hotel which is a 90 minute drive from the herding location.  Let’s see . . . herding starts at 8:00 AM and you need to be there by 7:30, so you would have to leave the hotel by 5:00 AM to be on time for the trial.  That’s cruel and unusual — don’t you think?

  2. Last Weekend For Two

    January 7, 2011 by myeye

    I love the puppies.  This morning after they had breakfast, they all wanted a turn to cuddle and I realized that feeding and cuddling time is about to be reduced by 50%.  Smooch and Udi are leaving this weekend — tomorrow.  Carolyn and I will co-own Smoochie with DeAnn Nelson.  DeAnn lives in the Tri-Cities area in Washington State.  DeAnn and her husband Rich have a horse boarding facility.  DeAnn has a Cardi girl that is working on a MACH and will soon be in Open Obedience.  The Smooch will be a killer agility dog.  She is light on her feet and athletic.  She is so well put together that DeAnn will venture into the conformation ring with her.

    Udi is going to live with Sondra Grumbein — also in the Tri-cities area (only about 20 minutes from DeAnn and Rich).  Sondra has two daughters who are 11 and 13, and recently retired from her position as a veterinary pathologist.  Sondra showed sight hounds and still has some older dogs (and alpaca and geese, and  . . .).  The girls wanted a dog they could train — sight hounds are not it — so Udi will be a juniors dog.  DeAnn will work at getting him into a puppy class at her club so that he and Smooch can continue to see one another.  Happy Udi — he will be in heaven with his own little girls.

    . . . and I’ll have Victor here for another week before he is off to Minneapolis.  Victor’s owners, George and Connie Tessmer, lost their Cardi girl (and part of their hearts) in the fall.  They had earned her CD and mid-level agility titles, but more important to all of us, is that she was their companion and house dog.  They plan to train Victor, but first on the agenda is loving the stuffing out of him.  He is bright and responsive — not quite as wild as the other three puppies.  It is a good match.  My friends in Minnesota have already welcomed George and Connie to the Cardi community and have promised to be available to answer questions and give support.

    All three new owners are reorganizing their thinking to feed raw.  That’s all the puppies have ever known and I am so grateful that these people are open to a new way of keeping their dogs healthy.  They already know how to keep their dogs happy.  Great matches!

    Then there is Nola (she says to add “The Adorable”).  This is a princess — may be taking after her Aunt Molly.  She’ll be lonely until mid-February when the Scout/Chase daughter (who will be called  “Kissy”) comes home.  So, Nola will have to be the frequent office dog, and now I am pretty well set up to work at home a couple of days a week.  Grandma Inca, who will give a sigh of relief when the three puppies have gone, will just have to suck it up.  Holmes, needless to say, will be absolutely delighted to have two little sisters with which to play.

    We have ears!

    Well, we have ear.