‘Chores’ Category

  1. What a Great Weekend!

    April 14, 2014 by myeye

    This post will be short, but I’ll embellish it with photos and video later on.

    We had a most splendiferous weekend.


    CHASE:  Although Chase and the geese did not bond (at all) at the PWCCSC All-Corgi Herding Trial, the sheep were to his liking.  On Saturday, he was second to “Rocky” in Advanced Sheep and earned 2 Championship Points.  Ellen Gerwin is his pilot.  Here is a link to the video:


    ADDIE:  This Chase/Dory daughter is owned and handled by Celena Slaton.  Addie was Best of Winners at the Terry-All Show for another point.

    MEA:  This is a Holmes/Rhiannon baby girl.  She earned her first point owner-handled by Arlene Irby.

    NOLA:  Our funny red girl and her owner Elfie Payne earned a second place in Novice Obedience.  She scored 192.5 and completed her CD.  All three of her legs were 192 (or higher) in huge classes.  She was awarded a first place and two second places.  Nola is a Chase/Leidy daughter.


    CHASE:  Even better than Saturday.  Chase won the Advanced Sheep class and earned his first herding major.  It has taken more than a year for Ellen and Chase to become comfortable with one another on the course (remember there is livestock running around out there).  It’s been worth the wait.

    ADDIE: Ms. Addie and Celena took Best of Breed over two Champions.  This yearling just keeps getting better and better.  She will be at the National Specialty next week — I hope the judge loves her as much as we do.

    SMOOCH:  Earned another RAE leg with her owner DeAnn Nelson.  Smoochie and Nola are littermates.

    It was a crazed weekend here while I searched unsuccessfully for the Title to the little trailer.  I know it is here — somewhere.  Then I discovered, with the help of my neighbor that we could not discover the towing wiring on the Element (affectionately called “Hi-O”).  It has the travel package (roof rack, trailer hitch), but no receptacle for the trailer’s brake lights/running lights — not that it matters because I can’t transfer the trailer to my name and register it without the title.

    The wind BLEW.  The mountains were not visible, the tumbleweeds are piling up, and everything has a thin coating of dust.


    Have the wiring harness installed on the car, make arrangements to rent a small trailer, try to make some clients happy, and have lunch with Jean.  See, I am clinging to sanity!

  2. Putting the Puppy To Work

    June 3, 2013 by myeye

    Kevin and Tricia thought they would mop the tile at their home.  “Working hard” has new meaning now that the little red puppy is in residence.  Here’s Copper’s (Hillary) reaction to mopping.

  3. Another Wednesday Gone By

    October 25, 2012 by myeye

    Yesterday morning — before I even got to the office — I voted and I changed my mailing address with the County Assessor and with the County Treasurer.  It felt as if I had completed enough important chores that I would be excused for the balance of the day.  Sigh!  However, I have a client whose identity has been stolen.  We have good reason to believe the personal information cane out of a Court file.  I spent an hour in the Clerk’s office reviewing the public records log.  Each time someone views a Court file, he/she must show id and the user’s name, the date, and the File Number for the case are logged.  The only person to check out either of my client’s files was a newspaper reporter.  On September 6th he wrote a story about the case.  Within two days, 50 applications for credit were made to various banks and credit organizations.  The applicant(s) had the client’s social security number, date of birth, home address, telephone number.  One card was approved before my client put the stop on the applications and a local veterinary hospital was tagged for nearly $2000.  Of course, the news article did not include all the personal identifiers, but apparently the article spurred someone to obtain the information.  The vet clinic has identified the woman using the card and made a police report yesterday.  It is a mess!

    Last night Nola and I drove into Albuquerque to our dog club.  Nola reacts as do all the dogs when we turn onto San Pedro.  She was bouncing and yelping with glee because our dog club is the social place.  They are so funny!  Nola worked through her first night of Basic Novice obedience training.  Cute red girl had a good class!  She is happy working (and scarfing up treats).  I was pleased with her since she has had no obedience training since she was a STAR puppy at 5 months old — unless you count standing very still and smiling at her handler.

    Today I’m driving over the mountains to see clients at the Estancia jail.  Tonight Chase and I will go to the Club for Agility class.  Tomorrow I will drive north to see clients at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.  This weekend we will clean house — and practice agility because Chase is entered in trials on November 2, 3, and 4 right here in Valencia County.  If all goes well, he will be sporting new letters after that weekend.

  4. A week or so to report

    August 3, 2012 by myeye

    The big news is that I am finding my new office very serviceable and have lost only a couple of items (that I know of).  Clients came to the office yesterday — that was fun because it made the move real.  I am very far behind, but working on catching up.

    Last night was agility night.  The instructor said (as she does every week) Chase is awfully fast.  Yep.  That is true.  I am getting faster and doing better with my body language which seems to be the real key to agility.  Last week’s class had as a high point the moment when Chase was completing a sequence, I said “Go Tunnel!” and he paused in mid-air to look at me.  “GO TIRE!,”  I yelled and he completed the course.  Chase’s handler is a ditz.  We’re having a great time overall.  Last night we raced off the agility field trying to get to our cars before the rain and lightning hit.  Unfortunately, out here in the sticks, we received no rain — just enjoyed the light show.

    Inca has been very naughty for the past month.  She has decided to pull up the tiles in the laundry room, which is something I had planned to complete some year.  Each evening she also looks at me, squats, and pees at the spot where she has uprooted the tile.  She has the run of the house and is not doing damage anywhere but in the laundry room.  Her favorite pee spot is ten feet from her dog door.  Sunday I am going to disinfect the laundry room — maybe that will make a difference.  I think, however, she will continue to be bad until Nola gets home.  She and Nola are side-by-side best friends.  Inca thinks Chase is a big dumb guy and no substitute for her happy granddaughter.

    Speaking of Nola, she is entered in three more show weekends and then she is coming home — finished or not.  She is at the end of the show budget for the summer.

    Last weekend, Anne (Holmes’ mom) put the finishing points on her girl Dory.  It was a fast finish — I think Dory has been with Anne for about 10 weeks.  I’m so proud of them.  This week, she and Holmes earned his Canine Good Citizen award.  They begin Competitive Obedience Class next week as they work toward Holmes’ CD.  Anne also has a website up and running.  She has lots to add, but it’s fun to browse.  Visit Anne and Bella Cardis at http://BellaCardis.com

    I’m very tired because I have been staying up to watch the Olympics when I get home from wherever.  I loved the women’s gymnastics.  Little Gabby Douglas is such a cutie — and so very talented.  Since I used to swim competitively, I must cheer for the swimmers and enjoy Missy Franklin’s 500 Watt smile.

    This weekend is the Three Pines Classic (ASCA).  Amy Hill will be here from Florida and Ellen is running a couple of her dogs.  I’m going to the ranch tomorrow to cheer them on.  So, another short weekend.   I hope yours is longer.

  5. Overdue Post

    May 16, 2012 by myeye

    It has been very busy out AND my laptop at home (which I keep docked when it’s not traveling with me) installed an automatic update.  That update made the machine not recognize the wireless mouse/keyboard that I use with it.  The itsy bitsy laptop keyboard is not comfortable for my fingers so I put off updating until today when I am back in the office.

    First, I mentioned on Facebook that Chase has a dryer coat in gold lame’.  We used it to control his butt curls and it works wonderfully.  We were at the High Desert Show Cluster Saturday through yesterday.  On Saturday, he wore the coat from the car into the building.  As we came into the grooming room someone shouted, “Oh look, Elvis is alive and he just entered the building!”  Now why would they say that?

    Unfortunately, the photo is a little yellow because of the florescent overhead lights.  This drying coat is the best thing since puffed wheat!  I think he looks more like a short-legged character from the Avengers than he looks like Elvis — or maybe Liberace.  I need to sew a big C on it.

    So, the wrap-up for the show:  Chase was Best of Breed Saturday and Monday for two 5-point Grand Champion majors.  On Sunday and yesterday he was Select for 1 point each day (the girls had the big entry).  That leaves us needing one Grand Champion point for his title.  Chase’s son Rango took the cross-over BOW on Monday for a 4-point major.  He was in the 9-12 puppy class.  I actually handled him in Best of Breed to earn his cross-over while Jessica Viera was doing a lovely job presenting Chase.  Although Chase has been shown only a handful of times in the last 19 months (while he was herding), he stepped right up to the plate.  He moved beautifully, tried to give the judges kisses (wily boy, isn’t he?), and did everything Jess asked of him — well, except on Sunday.  Nola has been in season and Sunday, Chase’s hormones got the better of him.  He looked like a tuning fork on the table.  From some distance you could see even his ears quivering.  The judge (who had given him his first major, at the same show, on Mothers Day four years ago) told me she still loved him, but couldn’t reward him when he wouldn’t act like a Special.  That’s just a boy thing, but an expensive one.

    No decision on the well issue at the house.  My neighbors are hiding from me, the man who owned the vacant lot next door said he let it revert to the prior owners — so now I need to contact them to pay their share of the necessary well maintenance.  The actual well is located on their acre so I suppose there could be a lien against the property.  However, the well drilling people are going to want money — they just don’t operate on promises.

    I’m going to do work now.  I have clients in need.  Have a great rest of the week.