‘Dog Equipment’ 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. The Hurrier I Go, The Behinder I Get

    September 24, 2013 by myeye

    I owe a long report.

    Holmes/Rhiannon Puppies are growing like crazy.  Kathy McCombs regularly posts their photos on Facebook.  Very very cute!  I will be going to the puppy evaluation party in Waco on November 9th.  The plan is to bring home a girl puppy to be all mine.  We will call her “Salsa”.

    Newman went to his new home on Saturday morning.  He is in Albuquerque and will be called “Harry” (or is that “Hairy”).  He has his very own 7 year old little girl.  He loves Jordan already.  He seems to think the adults are fine as well.  I miss Newmie (a lot).  Lily is the last puppy at the house and she also misses her brother — except when she is out of the puppy pen and playing with Chase and Riley.  The little stinker is fast and fearless.  She is again wearing a fashionable bonnet.  Newmie’s ears came up and stayed with one taping, but Lily’s ears are more stubborn.  She will be flying to Salt Lake City on October 4th.  Mark Roundtree will take her home to Wyoming for a week or so and then Jenn Roundtree will fetch her and take her to Elko Nevada.  I swear this litter has more frequent flyer miles . . .

    Riley is a baddog through and through.  She tore open a bag of charcoal and strewed it across the patio.  She shoves the puppy’s x-pen into itself until she can wiggle a toy, antler, piece of puppy poop to the outside.  Baddog!  She is, however, a great playmate for both Chase and baby Lily.  She’s one of those cheerful dogs that believes there is joy to be found in every minute of the day.  She and Banjo are going to make wonderful puppies — looks like there will be a percentage of fluffs in their litter:-)

    Chase had a great agility weekend.  He didn’t qualify on every run — earned one Open Standard leg — a clean run, 26 seconds under Standard Course Time for a blue ribbon, and earned one Open Jumpers leg with a clean run, 20 seconds under Standard Course Time for another blue ribbon.  While he was having a blast, his son Stout and Merinda Tiffany were running agility in Cincinnati.  Stout earned his Novice Jumpers title.  That title qualified him as a Register of Merit progeny for Chase — the 15th progeny — and completed the requirements for Chase’s Register of Merit Silver designation.  So many of Chase’s kids have gone to great homes where they’ve earned herding, obedience, agility and conformation titles which makes earning the Register of Merit award relatively easy.

    Elfie sent me an email letting me know that Naughty Sweet Nola saved the day for their obedience trial.  When they arrived at the trial site, the grounds were covered with ducks.  Elfie sent Nola who herded them back down to the lake.  By 6:00 AM the grounds crew was able to set the rings.  The ducks did not return.

    We are gearing up for our local shows the middle of October.  Little Copper will be 6 months old tomorrow so she is entered all four show days in conformation and three days in obedience (Novice B).  It will be fun to compare our redhead with other dogs.

    I hope to add some agility video to this post — the link to the video is fighting with me.  As soon as it’s figured out, you’ll be able to watch the Chaseman running his fool head off.

    I am finishing off the Bulletin and plan to have it to proofreading tomorrow night.  What a relief that will be!  Now I need to do some income-producing work for a change.

  3. Copper Is Four Months Old

    July 27, 2013 by myeye

    Copper (and the rest of the College Kids) turned four months old on July 25th.  They are such an outgoing, active group of puppies.  Last night Copper (via Kevin) send me this short video with a note: “Gramma, I need a new swimming pool.”  If I can get out to the main road, I will go to Walmart to find my red grandchild a baby pool.  Note the ears seem to be up.  We’ve struggled with the little red girl’s big ears.

    Shortly after receipt of this video, torrential rains hit in the north valley of Albuquerque, and Copper’s front yard became a swimming pool.

  4. The New Whelping Box

    March 18, 2013 by myeye

    All the pieces are together and once the thermostat and wires are hung out of reach, Dory may take up residence.  The box was made by John Welby (Grayfoot Agility LLC).  He used expanded PVC and (because this is for me) marked the places where A screws to B, etc.  In the photos, the panel on the right will become the back end of the puppy potty/play area when the baby baddogs are ready.  There are two 40″ long sides that attach to the box (right hand side in the first photo).  There is a drop-in door which I’ve removed for now.  There is a drop-in door on the opposite side as well so I can orient the box (with play area) differently.  The brackets that make up the sliders for insertion of the doors are covered with clear shipping tape to prevent possible scrapes.  The entire operation breaks down and fits in a 39″ flat screen television box (which I scored from one of my office mates).  Of course, if you need to go purchase one to obtain the box, I would understand.  The heat source is a Hydrofarm 20″ x 20″ seedling heat mat.  It lays flat on the floor of the whelping box and has an adjustable thermostat (sold separately).  The cotton pads are recycled hospital pads.  I have a dozen or so and wash every day when I have puppies.  The box can be disassembled and completely sprayed down and disinfected between litters.  When we add the play/potty area, I’ll post more photos.  All the whelping supplies (in a wide wheeled three drawer plastic drawer unit), extra pads, scale, puppy cam are behind where I was standing to take photos.

    Looking at the SW Corner of the Box.  The panel that is removed to become the back of the puppy play/potty area is on the right

    To the SE corner (tan at edge of door is shadow)

    The Hydrofarm thermostat

    The Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mat

    Wrong dog, but he had to approve it before Dory could move in

  5. Chase Is Agile, But I Am Not

    June 29, 2012 by myeye

    Last night Chase and I attended our first Agility class since he was a puppy.  He played agility with Cheryl while he was in Tennessee and he loved the game.  To make this work (until I move the office the end of the month), Chase has to spend the day in Albuquerque with me.  That’s not a hardship for him — he loves visiting all the folks in our courtyard and helping me work.  Yesterday we had special guests as well.  Ratigan and David are thinking about getting a corgi and trying to decide which brand they want.  They came to visit at the end of the day.  Chase was delighted to meet them and while we sat and talked in the courtyard, other people took Chase for walks and played with him.

    Class begins at 7:30.  That means we don’t get home until after 10:00.  I think it was worth it — at least for Chase.  The instructor had us back up a little because we are teaching Chase to work at a distance.  That is the only way I can possibly play agility with him (short of a whole-body transplant).  He had to learn to stop at the bottom of the contacts because that is the place/time during which I move into position for the next series of obstacles.  It certainly doesn’t mean I s-t-r-o-l-l into position, but it gives me a second more time.  The instructor also wants him to only jump 4″ in practice.  He can easily jump 16″, but I will trial him in Preferred so he will be jumping 8″.  Her theory is that a dog has only so many jumps in it, it’s clear Chase jumps high and clean, so she wants to save his front as much as possible. Chase is a deep-chested boy and the last thing either of us wants is to injure him or to contribute to breaking down his front.

    We will have a great time!  I’m going to visit my storage units this weekend and pull out my jumps and the weave poles so we can get in some practice at home.  With the weather, Chase gets hosed down before he begins practice or class — he loves that too.  Shaking water on bystanders is among his favorite activities.