August, 2012

  1. Putting the Pressure On

    August 31, 2012 by myeye

    Last night Chase and I went to agility class.  My right knee is still purple and sore, but I worked around the lack of speed pretty well.  Chase was on — and so happy to be there.  Our instructor used him as the demo dog and though she has never worked with him before, he did everything she wanted him to do.  What a good boy.  He chained 10 obstacles last night: dogwalk, tunnel, jump, jump, table, tunnel, A-Frame, jump, 180 degrees to jump, and a final jump.  I was proud of his effort (and the fact that he did it while I was hobbling along).  So, we are upping the ante.  I mailed entries for Saturday and Sunday of our local agility trial — September 22 and 23, and for our Novice/Open only trial on October 20 and 21.  I’m dragging out the weave poles and setting up some jumps at home.  Chase and I now have a time frame and a goal.  This effort certainly should lead to heavy rain so that the yard is just mud.

    Crazy dog woman!

  2. Avoiding West Nile Virus

    August 30, 2012 by myeye

    There have been a number of cases of West Nile Virus in humans this year.  Although there is a very effective vaccine for horses, there is no immunization for people.  Our County Environmental Office released these measures to protect against contracting the virus.  So many of us spend much of our time outdoors with our animals that I thought this might be helpful.

     —– Subject: A Message from Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office
    Aug. 30, 2012

    Good afternoon community leaders,

    Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office would like to remind the community about some simple precautions to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

    West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes. Most cases appear during August and September, state officials report.

    Detailed information about this issue can be accessed via the New Mexico Department of Health

    The state Department of Health has also issued the following precautions:

    To protect against West Nile:
    • Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents.
    • When weather permits, wear protective clothing such as loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.
    • The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing or avoid outdoor activities during these times.
    • Eliminate water-holding containers where mosquitoes lay their eggs, such as old tires. Regularly change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are tightly screened.
    • Keep windows and doors closed if not screened. If you leave your house doors or windows open, make sure they have screens that fit tightly and have no holes.

    Thank you. Please call Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office at 505.314.0310 for more information.

  3. The Nola Has Landed

    August 28, 2012 by myeye

    Miss Nola and I were back at the house by 10:30 last night.  The shipping charge was $50 less than United/Continental had quoted me.  What a nice surprise!  When I took Nola out of the crate, I learned the reason for it.  Angie sent no hair with my little red girl.  So the crate and dog weighed substantially less that we predicted.  She is nekked.  I assume that means she is planning to be in season earlier than mid-October which is when she is due.  It really doesn’t make any difference — whenever she decides, we will have a week of Chase calling my attention to the fact that I am preventing him from impregnating her.  He spent so much time in Tennessee that he does not care that she is his daughter.  So — woe will be Chase!

    Nola, Chase and Inca had a noisy, roiling reunion through the house and out into the yard.  I’m glad the whole pack is back.  I needed more dog hair to vacuum up.

  4. Quick Weekend Summary

    August 27, 2012 by myeye

    So I don’t get too far behind . . .

    The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club Bulletin was mailed out on Wednesday and began appearing in mail boxes on Thursday.  Giant sigh of relief — as always . . .

    Lowri, with Susan and Cheryl, went to Atlanta for the dog shows on Saturday and Sunday.  Lowri was Best of Opposite Sex on Saturday and Best of Breed on Sunday.  She didn’t place in the regular group, but was 4th in the Owner/Handler Group.  Dinah was along for the ride and had a great time visiting vendors and meeting families that had come out to the shows.

    Nola was in Santa Rosa where she did nothing to cheer about.  She’s flying home tonight (YAY!!!) needing one 3-point major to finish her Championship.  I’m sure it will come — we just have other things to do.  She’ll be starting basic obedience within the next few weeks, will continue herding with Ellen, and, now that it is cooling down, will go tracking with me and Chase.

    In Vacaville, Chase/Phoebe son Watson earned his HT (Herding Tested) title this weekend.  I’m very proud of him and of his mom Alden for sticking in there while he caught on.  With Watson’s title, his dog mom Phoebe needs only one more title earned by one of her children to be awarded her Register of Merit Bronze.  Holmes is working on that.

    Chase, Inca and I have been watching the weather channel and worrying about all of our friends and family near the Gulf Coast.  Unfortunately it does not appear that the Republican National Convention will be washed away.

  5. The Red Line

    August 21, 2012 by myeye

    Chase has produced some very pretty red dogs.  The red is deep and rich with dark nose and eye pigment.  Love the red dogs!  These photos were take by Kevin McCombs.  The dogs are Killian (Chase/Ditto) and Kelli (Chase/Keina).  Reds must stick together!  Other pretty red kids: Owen (Chase/Ditto) and Nola (Chase/Leidy)

    Killian loves his little sister

    He even keeps her ears clean for her