August, 2011

  1. A Little of This. A Little of That

    August 27, 2011 by myeye

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY ELDEST SON, MARC.  Have a great day — play golf!

    This has been an exhausting week.  I’m finding that I need my weekends.  They are pretty full of dog stuff and house stuff, but when I am away as I was last weekend, the next week seems interminable.  Of course, I’m coming down to the end of preparing the Fall issue of the Bulletin, so am tweaking ads already completed and finishing up the last few.  Since I pushed the deadline a few days to get in the Western Reserve win photos, the time-line is more compressed.  This issue will be the same size as the Summer (Nationals) issue.  I don’t know how that happened, but I’m thinking there were lots of performance people bursting at the seams to let the world know how great are their dogs.  In any case, we again have 64 pages of color and great, informative  articles.  I think I like this one the best so far.

    Little Riley will be here for three more weeks.  She is too cute for words (I LOVE PUPPIES).  I will try to get some video of her today though I don’t know if my little camera is capable of recording “warp speed puppy”.  We did toenails yesterday whilst my floor was being adjusted.  The floor floats, but had been installed so tightly that when we finally had rain — yes, we did — there was no room for it to expand.  A run of planks bowed slightly in response.  The floor guy lifted the run nearest the wall, trimmed off 1/4″, put it back and it’s perfect.  I wish everything in this house was that easy to repair.  Oh yeah, I was talking about toenails . . . she didn’t like it, but tolerated it very well and gave me liberal kisses whenever I was too near her face.  Darling puppy!  Yesterday I sent the Sherpa Bag to Lisa so she can bring Vance here and (sniff) take Riley back to Dallas.  Two of the siblings are flying to Portland, one is going to Las Vegas, one will be in Maine, Vance will be wherever there is a show home that fits him, and the rest will be in Texas.  That’s a very cosmopolitan group.

    Holmes is leaving for boot camp on September 8th.  He’s very much a mama’s boy, so the first day of every show he is distracted and doesn’t want to be a show dog.  Wendy will take him (unentered) to some shows so he can just hang out, get treats, and see that life on the road is not a bad thing.  The end of September through the middle of October he will be entered.  Little Nola is scheduled for eight shows during the second and third weeks of October.

    After Holmes’ whirlwind tour, I will get serious about finding the right place for him to live.  Chase will be coming home after the Ohio National Specialty in April, and only one boy can live in this house.  That will be Chase.  For Holmes — the right place will be with someone that does obedience and/or agility and/or tracking.  They can show him if they want to play in the Breed ring.  I only require access to him for breeding.  After the October shows, I’ll do his permanent OFA x-rays for hips and elbows and CERF him.  We already know he is fluff free, DM clear, and tested clear for PRA.  This is his pedigree.  I love this goofy dog, but I won’t live in an armed camp — which is what it would be with Chase and Holmes in the same space.  If you know someone that would enjoy an athletic, graceful, finished dog to work in companion or performance events, please suggest they talk with me.

    With the rain have come the weeds.  My teenage football player and John-from-across-the-street are going to attack the overgrowth and undergrowth tomorrow.  New roof is scheduled for the end of September, new front porch shortly after that.  Never fear, I won’t be running out of projects.

    Time to bring out Bruno and grind up a batch of dog food.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Offer up some good thoughts for those on the east coast who will have Irene visiting.

  2. Scout’s Boy Show Puppy

    August 26, 2011 by myeye

    I’ve talked a lot about the Chase/Scout girls:  Sally, Lowri, Ginger, and Alli.  We’ve not talked much about Tommy — mostly because I had no photos of him.  His owner Betty Moore Smith posts lots of Facebook photos of him watching cartoons and playing in the yard.  He also goes to dog shows.  He’s in Atlanta this weekend and here’s how he looked after Cheryl Mika got her brush into him.  Handsome little devil, isn’t he.  His name is Mockingbird It’s The Magic In Me.

  3. Boy Show Puppy Available

    August 24, 2011 by myeye

    The puppy that Lisa calls Vance is available to a show home.  He is all about attitude (and has a nice body).  Lovely pedigree blending Chase’s old line with Carbon.  Vance’s mom CH Coedwig’s Dejavu is Carbon’s Champion #???.  She finished just over a year ago.

    His attitude makes me think of his dad.  His outline and coloring remind me of Holmes.  He’s happy-go-lucky and is always in the middle of things.  If you’ve been wanting a show boy, please fill out the application (link at top of blog) and I will forward it to Lisa.

    On another note, Riley is returning to Dallas.  Lisa has decided she wants to raise her and manage her show career.  I’m going to enjoy her company until the weekend of September 10th.  She has been a whiz with housebreaking (probably because she is so enamored of the dog door).  She goes outside to potty — or for a quick stop hops in the litter box to piddle.  The dog door is actually her hobby — she’s in and out a half a dozen times an hour — because she can.  I gave her a cinder block and she likes to perch on it and watch the daily drama unfold.  I may anoint her office dog tomorrow.  I think she’ll like the opportunity.

  4. Awww! Here’s Udi

    August 23, 2011 by myeye

    We haven’t heard much from Sondra who is very busy with her girls and all the critters at her place.  However, she managed to snap this photo of sweet Udi.  He’s such a cute boy.

  5. The morning after a new puppy

    August 22, 2011 by myeye

    I am so tired — being a wannabe yuppie means I have Gucci bags under my eyes.

    Holmes and Nola got home at midnight.  I drove 45 minutes to pick them up.  So by the time we got home and they expressed their interest, concern, delight that there was a new dog here, it was 1:30.  Little Ms. Riley is on Texas time (or maybe she’s just ornery), but at 4:45 she started to yell for food.  I told her I was dead and to call Dr. Lisa, but she persisted.  So, I’m staggering around, hoping to find matching shoes to wear to the office.

    A little while ago, she came into the family room to meet the big dogs nose to nose.   Nola isn’t sure how to play with her because Riley is so little.  Holmes sez, “A girl, cool!”  Inca says, “I thought I was your only, but they keep on coming.”  Riley figured out the dog door as soon as we got home yesterday.  She thinks she’s really smart and is in and out a half dozen times an hour.  Now I’m waiting for her to figure out that the purpose of the dog door is so she can potty OUTSIDE.  I hope she gets that step soon.

    I’m going to put the puppy cam back up so you can watch her grow (and let me know if she’s in trouble).

    No more dog shows until the second and third weeks of October (thank goodness).  We are about 2/3 through putting together the Fall Bulletin.  I have a few more color pages to fill to make up the last Signature (set of 16 pages).  Bonnie $ has been putting all the articles into the InDesign format — that is such a huge load off.

    New metal roof is going to happen the end of September — that will be a great relief.