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Friday, August 04, 2006
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The sun came out and Cisco got to go swimming. Berkley gets very close to the end of the dock. One of these days he may end up going in. It would be so nice if he would figure out swimming isn't all that bad. Until then, one goes in and one wait on the dock for the other to bring it back.

Kelly • 09:00 PM • (1) Comments
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When we arrived on Wednesday it was HOT. It was in the 90s and the no AC had us spending a lot of time in the water. Yesterday it was considerably cooler (we're talking 70) and Cisco was the only one to go swimming. Today, it's raining and Cisco is the one complaining the loudest about getting wet. Oh the irony. We may go somewhere today, maybe up to Auburn and to Freeport. We'll see when Chris gets up. It's supposed to rain all day. Hopefully this will be the last rainy day.

I posted just a few photos to flickr yesterday (they can be seen in the thumbnails to the right). And here's some video from yesterday. (At least I'm gonna try and post it.) Cisco is going, going, gone:


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Oh, the video was taken with my new camera. A couple of people have asked me about it. It's the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30. It's the first non-Canon I've had since the Apple Quicktake 150 and I'm totally loving the size. I haven't taken all that many pictures with it yet, so the verdict is still out, but so far, so good.

Kelly • 09:06 AM • (1) Comments
Monday, July 31, 2006
dogs

The hounds went home yesterday. I think they knew they were going home. Hunter sat by the door most of the day. Jade would join him on occasion. They hadn't sat there for most of their visit.

There are a few extra tumble weeds to pick up. Other than more hair, having the four wasn't all that bad.

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Next up Cisco and Berkley are looking forward to spending some time in Maine. Well, they would be if they understood what we were saying.

Kelly • 04:17 PM • (5) Comments
Monday, July 24, 2006
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They're all sitting. I was highly amused yesterday when I got them all to sit. Now sitting and having them all look cute for the camera wasn't as easy.

I'm on hold with Cingular. Trying to get $28.83 credited back to my account from when I transferred from them back in November or so. I should be heading to work oh 20 minutes ago or so. I've tried calling Cingular on multiple other occasions, but they always ended up eventually sending me to some department that was closed at the time. So needless to say, I don't want to hang up now. I've only been on the phone for 40 minutes.

Kelly • 09:23 AM • (3) Comments
Friday, July 21, 2006
dogshouse

Since this past Friday we've been taking care of our friends' two dogs. That's right, we've got FOUR dogs running around.

Within the first few minutes Chris was like four dogs is WAY too many. All four were running around trying to check each other out. Since then things have calmed down considerably. It takes a little longer to feed four and to take four out and make sure four have done their business, but for the most part all four just lay around.

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Chris laughs at me as I call "ciscoberkleyhunterjade" when it's time to go out, or get fed, or go to bed. Cisco and Jade are our barkers. They bark at just about everything, sometimes the other two start, but not always. Hunter is the whiner of the bunch, he whines. A lot. According to Chris he whines a lot more when I'm not around. Last night when I took Cisco to agility, Chris said Hunter whined a lot.

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Berkley, Hunter, and Jade are all part of the Crate Brigade and crated in our living room. Cisco has free run of the house, but usually that involves getting him out of someone's house to put them in. I think Cisco would love a crate of his own. I tell him when I leave for work to keep them all in line.

We have Hunter and Jade through July 30th. Then we'll be back down to two.

BTW, these pictures were taken with my new camera. Not bad, huh?

Kelly • 09:53 AM • (2) Comments
Monday, June 26, 2006
dogsagility

One weekend, 6 agility runs, 1 ribbon.

Saturday morning started with Cisco's open jumpers run at the PVGRC's Agility Trial in Westminster, MD. Cisco was pokey going through the weave polls but ran clean at .05 seconds over course time. They round it down, so we ended up with a clean run and second place ribbon.

Next came Berkley's novice preferred jumpers run. My little speed demon ran beautifully knocking down two bars towards the end of the run. People said they could see him tiring. Not bad for a bulky dog. He ran the course in 10 seconds under course time and was the fastest in his class.

Saturday afternoon's first run was Cisco's open standard run. There's not a whole lot to write about it. Three obstacles and he lost focus. The judge whistled us off before he had left the ring. I could have gotten him back. Really.

The last runs of the day were the novice runs. It had also started raining (and thundering and lightening) and a lot of competitors were pulling their dogs because of fear issues. Good thing the trial was inside. Berkley again had a great run only knocking one bar off the double and missing the entrance to a tunnel (but that was totally my fault).

Chris parents came on Saturday. They ended up staying the whole day -- something Chris has never done. They seemed to enjoy themselves. I hope they did. It was really nice of them to come and watch.

Sunday only Cisco was going since Berkley is usually tired by the second day. Sunday morning started out with Cisco and I in a battle of whether or not he was going to go potty before we left. I think I lost. Because of this, we were about 20 minutes late leaving. We got their just in time to walk the course of couple of time and play 5 minutes of fetch to try and get some energy out before his open jumpers run. I don't know if it was too much energy or that he really had to go to the bathroom, but he was unfocused, he went around a few jumps before he went over them. It was a slow run (so slow we were over max course time), but we crossed the finish line. And after Saturday afternoon's performace that was something.

It was a LONG wait between our 8:40 jumpers run and when we got to walk the standard course around 2:30. Our only goal going into standard was to cross the finish line -- a big improvement over the day before. Well other than going to visit the scribe and timer and me screwing up the approach to the tire it was a good run. We crossed the finish line! ne of my instructors was there and saw the run. She said it was a good run.

We may not having gotten a lot of ribbons this weekend, but overall it was a good weekend and I'm happy with our performance.

Kelly • 12:45 PM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
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How cute is he? Cooling off after a run on Saturday.

The action shots are from Kerry and Russll of K & R Photography

Kelly • 10:19 AM • (2) Comments
Sunday, May 14, 2006
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Cisco and I spent Saturday and Sunday at TAG's USDAA Agility Trial. Cisco qualified but did not place in pairs coming home with his third pairs leg. He also qualified in Snooker for his first leg coming in 3rd.

These successful runs were Saturday afternoon. We had two wild runs Saturday morning, and three some what wild runs today. We would have qualified in jumpers today, but since Cisco insisted on running around a few jumps before going over them, we were a few seconds over time. Oh well, next time.

Kerry and Russell of K & R Photography took pictures of today's runs. Hopefully they got some good shots.

Kelly • 10:34 PM • (2) Comments
Friday, May 05, 2006
dogsfamily

My cousin Chris and her husband John had to send Rascal to the Rainbow Bridge the other night.

Guys, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Kelly • 10:06 AM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
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Berkley-Brio (Santera Always Brio v. Crest, CGC) turned 4 on the 13th. Happy Birthday Squiggles!

Kelly • 10:02 PM • (2) Comments
Friday, April 14, 2006
dogsrandom

I awoke this morning at 4 am to heavy panting and lots of pacing. Yup, it was Berkley. Yup, it was about the same time Cisco started his I have to go out dance on Monday. But unlike Cisco who we know will hold it, with Berkley, if he's a dancin' you better be a movin.' At least it's not freezing outside anymore.

So Berkley might be getting what Cisco had. I thought he was based on his performance in agility on Wednesday night. But then yesterday he seemed okay, so I thought maybe we were in the clear. Maybe not. Well, for Chris' sake, let's hope he's not getting sick.

In other news, I left Cisco's agility class early yesterday too. We had a less than spectacular first run. I know bad runs are par for the course with Cisco, but something just was way off yesterday. The whole situation was just more frustration that I wanted to deal with. We got nothing constructive out of it and well, if I wasn't getting anything out of other than frustration, it's not going to do me any good to stay.

Enough about the dogs, this weekend we're hosting dinner at our house on Sunday. Mom and Dad brought over the ham yesterday when they came over to wait for furniture to be delivered. Speaking of furniture, it came unassembled. It only took practically the whole evening to assemble. I'll post pics eventually.

Kelly • 07:57 AM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
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It must suck to be a golden retriever and be sick. Not only do you not feel well, but you just can't stop being happy. Cisco is sick. Sick enough we took 'em to the vet last night. Sick enough to throw-up in my car right as we were pulling in the driveway. Not sick enough to not dance around and ask for dinner. Dinner? Ha! Yeah right like I'm going to give you any food now.

He's also been fairly lethargic the last probably two weeks. But that hasn't stopped him from wanting an occasional game of fetch, doing laps around the back yard. Or even running an agility course or two.

So we're hoping some chicken and rice will help things out and the lethargy isn't a pre-cursor to what was going on last year.

Kelly • 10:20 AM • (1) Comments
Friday, April 07, 2006
dogsliferandom

For some reason it's been a LONG week. Maybe it's that most of last weekend was spent at the Super Pet Expo. Maybe it's the time change and I haven't fully adjusted. Who knows.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Sleeping in (well only a little since I have a 9:30 meeting tomorrow), spending some time working on the projects I want to work on, I'm supposed to see my friend Kelly (guess I should probably e-mail her and figure out a time), and maybe I can find time for a nap on Sunday....

Tonight Cisco and Berkley have their first private agility lesson. I've never done this so I don't know what to expect. I'm hoping to get some ideas for what exactly we should be working on at home. Now that the time change has happened, it's light when I get home and I have time to work them out in the yard. I'm just at a loss for what to do with them.

Have I mentioned my obsession with Flat Coats? Dawn and Eagle are in Berkley's class. She just had a litter of puppies about 2 weeks ago.

Kelly • 10:58 AM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
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Here's a brief re-cap of my weekend at the super pet expo:
Kelly • 03:57 PM • (2) Comments
Thursday, March 23, 2006
dogsagility

And we're missing out. It's that time of year where the weekly chatter in class turns into are you going to X trial this weekend. Were you at Y trial last weekend. And our answer is no.

Why? Well it's called having a very enthusiastic golden that thinks agility is so much fun that we're going to continue to run around the ring like a wild man a few times before focusing. Actually we're starting to see some improvements, so I'm planning on entering Cisco in a trial in May, and both of them in a trial in June. Berkley doesn't do USDAA trials because he would have to jump basically as high as his shoulders and for a big boned breed, I'd rather he didn't. Depending on how those trials go, we'll go from there.

Kelly • 02:18 PM • (1) Comments

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