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Friday, August 29, 2008
dogs
I Am Cute

Meet Riot, our golden retriever puppy. I was lucky enough to get one of the Comedians from Gaylan's Comedy Litter. Our little comedian was Mr. Green and he is a doll. When Riot grows up he'll do agility and obedience with Kelly, hopefully some pet therapy, and who knows what else. Chris is hoping he'll have a buddy to watch TV with too.

I drove to New York last weekend to pick him up. Everyone is settling in nicely, it was a rough couple of days but every day we're all getting a little more adjusted.

The weekend before Riot came home, Cisco had a fun filled weekend of agility and probably the most consistent he's been at a trial in a long time. We qualified in 5 of 7 runs for the weekend, and the other two we missed qualifying for by two weave poles and my handling mistake causing a refusal.

Cisco's Ribbons
Kelly • 10:57 PM • (0) Comments
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
dogsagility
Cisco's OA

This weekend Cisco, Berkley and spent at the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club's Agility trial. Cisco qualified in Jumpers on Friday getting his first leg towards his MXJ title and his first three MACH points. Saturday he Q'd in Open Standard finally getting that third leg and getting his OA title. Sunday his very first Excellent Standard run was met with the first time we've seen the zoomies in about 3 years and blowing all of our contacts. Sunday afternoon jumpers was a bit better, but we missed our weave poles and took a off-course jump. But I'm not complaining.

This weekend marked a few significant events for Cisco. As mentioned above there was a bit of zoomies taking place that hasn't been seen in years. He had six runs in three days and not one of them would I describe as pokey -- for the last year or so typically at least one run a day could be described as pokey. I also had a bunch of people come up to me and tell me how good he looked. All of this on the heels of a week that he practically drove us nuts nightly with his wanting to play with toys or be outside.

I think he's feeling better. And we didn't even know he wasn't feeling well. I really thought that my 6½ year old retriever was finally starting to slow down. Apparently not.

We kind of came to the conclusion this past April that maybe he was allergic to something in the food he had been on since September (he had been having hot spot after hot spot -- which even for my allergic dog was not that common). We switched his food and went to the vet where we got medicine to treat the ear infections. A month later, the ears still looked bad and the doses were upped on the medication for the ears. A month after that the ears still looked bad. At this point I decided to call the allergist and see if we could go see him again or we needed another referral from the vet. So off we went to the allergist who put us on different medication and had us restrict his diet (including treats -- no rawhides or even chicken flavored nylabones (the dogs are really missing those I think)). A month later the ears are looking tons better (not quite perfect yet) and we have a different dog.

Kelly • 07:50 PM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
dogs

I realized a few people (mainly my mom) may be worried about a gold dog I twittered about taking to the vet this morning. So I figured I'd write a quick update.

Some of you may remember 2 years ago, Cisco was not quite himself for a month or two over the summer. We ran all sorts of test on him. I think the vet might have been more worried about him than I was -- kept him for an entire day, did an ekg, x-rays, blood work, blood work, and more blood work. We never did find out the cause, but he did eventually get better.

Well, it started happening again. I started seeing the same signs and was wavering between, I'm over-reacting/he's probably just finally settling down and he's getting sick again. Chris said if I was worried I should go ahead and take him in.

Yup, pretty much the same symptoms as two years ago (just not as bad) -- it happened about the same time of year too. After lots of poking and prodding, and questions, blood drawn, chest x-rays, etc. We have a possible diagnosis: his allergies may be causing some exercise induced asthma. And his chest x-rays show a bronchial infection. Based on his x-rays, the vet said if he wasn't in as good of shape as he is, he would appear a lot sicker instead of just tired and mopey.

Good news, Cisco doesn't have to stop running, but he'll probably never be an olympian either.

Kelly • 12:45 PM • (3) Comments
Sunday, May 20, 2007
dogsfriendswork
Birthday Dinner

Earlier this month I had yet another birthday. Yup, that must mean I'm older. A few friends were able to join me to celebrate the day before at Lebanese Taverna. Chris got me one of the lenses I had sitting on my wish list (there are a few). It's a macro lens. I've been having fun playing with close up shots.

Pink close up

I also changed jobs this month. I know you're thinking "again?" I didn't go far this time. I'm now working for the development team that I've been supporting since I joined AOL back in October. My boss changed, the location of my desk changed, but other than that I'm still working with most of the same people and doing basically the same thing (fixing bugs for now). Does this make me wiser? Probably not. But I am fortunate to be working with some very talented and very smart people. One can always hope some of that smartness might rub off on me.

Keeping Watch

Now what about this more mature? Yeah, that ain't happening.

And for the other random updates: Cisco's first trial of the year resulted in on Q. We'll be doing a few more in June and July. Hopefully we can get some more Q's and maybe a title or two this year.

Kelly • 02:25 PM • (0) Comments
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
dogs

I was adding some of older pictures to Flickr today. Here are pics of the dogs when we fist got 'em.

These were taken with my Canon S20. My first "real" digital camera. (I have an Apple Quicktake 150, but the picture quality wasn't good enough for me to take digital seriously.)

Fuzz Ball Berkley-Brio
Kelly • 10:11 PM • (1) Comments
Sunday, March 11, 2007
dogsplay

Cisco walked into the middle of a Wii Tennis game and got smacked in the face with the Wii remote. I think he's going to forgive me for a banana. I think it was the initial shock of what did I do wrong that really bothered him. But he seems to have forgiven me and is happily playing with his toys.

Hopefully we learned to be more observant of the position of the dogs and they dogs will have learned to stay out of the way (usually they stay at a distance and look at us like we're nuts).

In completely unrelated news, we finished painting the family room orange (yay) -- pics hopefully coming soon. Yesterday we went out to dinner with friends and the over to another friends surprise birthday party. Yes she was surprised (as her birthday was back in December).

Kelly • 09:06 PM • (1) Comments
Friday, January 05, 2007
dogslife
Does my ear look funny?

I get home from work late and say hi to everyone. The next thing we know, Chris' pants are covered in blood. Apparently the dogs got into a fight shortly before I got home and Berkley managed to pierce Cisco's ear -- he had blood running down from the same place on both sides of his ear. We figure out the source, I apply pressure, and the bleeding slows. I decide to call the vet since they're only open for another 20 minutes to find out how I should clean this so it doesn't get infected. They suggest we come in and have them do it and take a look.

Cisco and I head out to the vet leaving Chris behind to clean the drops of blood we're now finding on the linoleum, carpet and couch. Turns out Berkley managed to nick a vein and the ear is still bleeding. An hour later we leave with 4 stitches (2 on each side) and 14 days worth of antibiotics.

Something had been brewing between the two of them for the last week. We've had a few very tense meal times (they only ever fight over food). I don't know what has gotten into them, but hopefully it's now out of their system.

Kelly • 10:43 PM • (4) Comments
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
dogsagility

From back in September. (click on the pictures for larger views)

Going Up Up and Over ...and exhale
Kelly • 06:49 AM • (1) Comments
Saturday, November 11, 2006
dogs
Finished

Deb and I took Cisco and Windsor to GRREAT's 3K walk this morning.

I think whoever designed the t-shirts had a inkling about how beautiful it was going to be today! I left my house at 9:00 wearing only a short sleeved t-shirt. How weird is that for November?

The weather was gorgeous (it's in the 70s), the walk was nice and the boys were pretty well behaved.

Kelly • 12:27 PM • (1) Comments
Sunday, October 22, 2006
dogsagility
OAJ!

Cisco got his Open Jumpers with Weaves title today!

He had a great run today in jumpers and an almost flawless run yesterday in jumpers.

We're still plagued by teeter issues in standard. Yesterdays run was flawless with the exception of the teeter. Today, the teeter was the second obstacle and threw everything off. We won't be entering any more standard classes until we get this teeter issue taken care of. In order to facilitate this, we're putting a teeter down in the basement. Cisco will be eating every meal on the teeter. Wish him luck.

Kelly • 07:49 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, October 07, 2006
dogswork
I Can Make Change

... Cisco decided to unwrap the rest of the quarters.

I left this morning to get my hair cut. I figured Cisco would go back up stairs to bed with Chris so I didn't worry about the new routine of closing all the doors and making sure there is no paper anywhere.

Cisco ate the paper off $140. I guess that's better than him eating $140.

In other news... we got a new mattress! It was time. We needed one. The old one had been bothering my back.

I start my new job on Monday. I'm so excited. A little nervous, but mostly excited. I can't believe I'm finally done with the last place! I walked out of there yesterday with the biggest grin on my face.

Kelly • 04:49 PM • (3) Comments
Monday, October 02, 2006
dogsagility
2nd Open Leg!!

Cisco got his second Open JWW Leg this weekend at the Greater Fredricksburg Kennel Club's agility trial. Cisco had a clean run well under course time.

Berkley also came with us to this trial and had a great Standard run knocking only one bar. His jumpers run, we knocked a few more bars. But it wasn't bad.

Kelly • 09:07 PM • (2) Comments
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
dogs

I recently uploaded some pictures of Dakota to Flickr for safe keeping. Looking at the pictures has brought back lots of memories including that of one of his favorite toys. Mr. bear.

Chris said the bear wouldn't last. The material it was made of was pretty weak. I was convinced it would and with it's first wound decided it was too soon for Mr. Bear to leave and patched him up. One patch turned into many more patches.

No My Bear

Dakota used to sit patiently and wait for his toys to be sewn up. Mr. Bear was the toy hospital's most frequent patient. But probably one of the best loved too.

Flying with the Bear

After we lost Dakota and got another dog, most of the toys were given to the new puppy. But not the Bear.

Dakota's bear lives in the closet in the mud room. He may just stay there forever. He's well loved with all his patches and threads hanging. He will never be given to another dog. I don't think I could ever throw him out. Everytime I see him, he brings a smile to my face and a sadness to my eyes for a dog whose time with us was way too short. Dakota taught us a lot in that short time. He was dog who loved life despite the challenges and obstacles thrown his way. He never met anyone he didn't like... well, except the dentist.

Kelly • 11:11 AM • (1) Comments
Sunday, August 20, 2006
dogsagility
August 19 & 20, 2006 Ribbons

Cisco had a busy weekend. He ran 8 agility courses and received 6 ribbons. He could have had one more, but he was too slow. A couple of times he placed but did qualify, it was again because he was too slow, or he ran around like a wild man and wasted too much time. The good news is every time he went wild, he did come back to me when called eventually and much quicker than he used to. He's getting better. Now we just need to speed up the weave poles, and sometimes the dog walk. We may get out of Starters yet.

Kelly • 08:55 PM • (1) Comments
Sunday, August 06, 2006
dogsvacation

I think we might have done the same thing yesterday. Cisco begs to go swimming. We spend an hour throwing the flying squirrel. We come back. Cisco dries off. Cisco begs to go swimming. We spend an hour throwing a flying squirrel.

Only differece, we went swimming today too.

IMG_0958.JPG IMG_0963.JPG IMG_0962.JPG IMG_0995.JPG IMG_1058.JPG Shake!
Kelly • 07:31 PM • (0) Comments

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