Saturday, December 5, 2009

Why Do I Own A Female Dog?

I have been trying to figure that out for a couple of days. We have to fore go another trial because of Miss Belle. This time she is in heat. I never had a problem when I was running Trey. I see now why people have more that one dog going at a time. At least you have something for a back-up plan. Oh well such is life. Next year is around the corner.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

We Will Be Back!!!!!


I just realized that it has been quite awhile since I wrote anything about the dogs. We have been victim to the current state of things in the world, no money. But we will be back doing what Belle and I love doing and the sheep better be ready. Right now she things she needs to help me with the horses so I'm having to put her up when I take them out. Even though she had listened to me when I told her to get back and lay down. So like Diane told me recently she won't have forgot what she knows. May even try to get out Sunday at Janies to work with Derek.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Where Does Time Go



I am doing my bestest deed ever. My girlfriend has been going through a extreme roughpatch the last year. Won't bore you with details. She has pets. Among them are 3 horses. They needed to find a better place for them so I just happen to mention something to my family. Next thing I know they are offering to take one of the horses. And I have taken in the other two horses. Well with having the horses here I realize it has been 34 years since I last owned a horse. My sons dad and I use to have a couple for riding. He wound up with the horses when we divorced. And for some reason I never got another horse. Thought about it. But didn't do it. I am reaaly enjoying looking out my window and seeing these 2 beautiful creatures. And my grandaughter is thrilled having Sport with her. Eariler this year I was chastised for giving her a dog without my son knowing. Here it is 10 months later and they are now living on a farm. They have 2 dogs, 2 goats, chickens, a duck and a goose. My son even lets the goose into the house when it was cold. I guess underestimated my son. I see now that I can get some sheep and it will work out. So after the horses move on some day than it will be time for the little ones.
Top Left: Sport, Spotted Saddle Horse
Middle: Bud Saddlebred
Bottom: Savannah Missouri Fox Trotter

Friday, August 14, 2009

What month is this?

Man, I just came in from taking the dogs out and is it ever chilly. Feels like Sept. or Oct. Well haven't written for awhile, where does the time go. Had to make the decision not to run Belle at the Boise Fair because she injured her pad. So I have decided I will wait until after Finals and start back with Diane.

At the beginning of the year I made the decision to breed my small dog and give my granddaughter a pup.(and I got grieve for that) There was concern about my son but in the end it all worked out. In fact the dog sleeps with mom and dad. Well a couple of months ago my grandson told me one day that he would like a friend. AS in a dog. Well he got into a little trouble with mom as teens do and so I never brought it up to my DIL. Well come to find out she had been thinking of getting him a dog. They are moving to a farm in Nampa and have the room for two dogs. So my grandson and I talked to her about a lab mix I know is looking for a home. But she wanted a small dog. The next day Kory brought up the lab again and than told her that he wished I would let him have the pup I kept out of the litter. Well I was thinking of doing that before I heard what he said. So I did the only thing a grandmother could do and gave him Kolt. I know he will have a good home I would trust this kid with my other dogs in a heart beat. I will get to see him all the time. I still have his mom and she is very special to me so I will be all right letting my little boy go.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Snowmobiles on Water







Yep that's what I said. Yesterday a friend told me that they had heard a guy was going to ride his snowmobile across the Snake River in Marsing. So about (11:00 am ) which is when he had been told it would happen we went into Marsing. Didn't see anything coming across the bridge so thought it was just someone blowing smoke. So I went to the store and decided to drive down into he park by the river. Went to the north side and sure enough there sat two machines. So called my friend and he came down. Well it was more like 1:30 before it went off. I think half the town was there and some of Homedale. I had the two small dogs with because I didn't think I'd be gone long. At least we had shade to hang out in. Got some good video of the run and the recovery of the one that didn't make it. They will up on You Tube and Facebook in a short. Was something to see and waste a Saturday on.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Rookie Rumble

Well I guess I best do an update. I have been a little preoccupied and not in the writing mood. And it was just brought to my attention I hadn't updated since the trial. Well It was a beautiful day for working with dogs and seeing people you haven't seen for a while. Took my pup out for some socializing. He wasn't quite sure about all of it. Did think the sheep were interesting. I think I am going to have to train him to come by saying that will do. I use it with Belle and Trey and have caught myself trying to get Kolt to come to me that way. Well Belle did good at the trial. In fact she took a first with her first run. I need to ask Don how we managed that because It was not the nicest run she could have done but not bad for not being worked for 2 months except a couple of days before the trial. In myopinion her second run was a lot nicer and we got more accomplished. I'm beginning to think penning is going to be her strong point. At the two trials the penning was pretty nice. Or else I just got lucky. Belle is so easy to work with compared to Trey. She is so calm in her own way. If I could just get myself in a position to really work with her. My situation can't last forever.

Have spend the last week trying to help a friend move, plus still keep up with my place. I overdid it Friday night and I'm still paying for it. I wish there was someway Social Security could evaluate me after I did something or as I was doing it. Maybe they could see that I could do something for two seconds but to do a job from start to finish is what does me in. Well I guess I better try and get moving. I have to get my Van to the shop before my tire goes completely flat again. All of you heading to Utah have a great 4th of July and good luck at the trial.

Friday, June 5, 2009

No Title Post


Can't think of a title for this so I won't use one. Well the yard is really coming together. I think I am almost to where I want it to be at least for this year. Of course the flower bed will be a work in progress but after 9 years I finally have a flower bed. I love flowers. Really I just enjoy color of any sort as long as it is bright. Was taking pictures the other day and wound up with this picture. It was not suppose to look this way. I had been messing with the settings and I think I forgot to change back to a normal shot. The picture is of my Lab/BC. I think she was trying to hide in the pile of branches because just before that, I tried to get her picture and she barked at me and ran off. We are going to start back with Dianne after Sue Wessels trial. Belle was in heat so we decided to wait until she was out. Well I guess I better get back to my dishes. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Planting Time


Well This year I have decided I have gone long enough with no garden or flowers. So earlier I was doing some planting and just wanted to share one of the new flowers I found. I think it is just the best.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Would You Do?

Ok I need some advise, moral support, input something. For you that don't know me I started in this great venue of herding about 5 yrs ago. A year in I bought a 2yr old dog that got me into herding. We trialed for a few years until this year. He is now 7 yrs old. Never could get past the novice class with him. Having no sheep didn't help either. I now have a 3 yr old that I have spent a lot of time with and who has more potential then he does. I was just going to retire him and keep him. But lately I have been thinking alot about the fact he still has several good working years left. He would make a good farm dog. The biggest drawback is he has a a lot of quirks. He eats crates, licks walls, attacks my other dog not viciously but if something sets him off he runs and grabs her muzzle to the point she cowers from him. Here lays the problem, should I try to find someone that can work him (for which he would be happy with) or just keep him for my own selfish reasons. He is a very loving dog and I know he is totally connected to me but is that reason to keep him and not let him do what he knows. I have asked the person I got him from to let me know if he comes upon someone that might work and I will see where I am at that time. I just don't know.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Bit of Triva for My East Coast Family

Have you ever wondered what good cute little black sheep are. Well out here in the west the commercial sheep operations use them as counters. For every 1000 sheep there is one black one. When your running 1000 to 30,000 or more sheep you have to have some way to know about how many sheep you have. Just something I picked up at my last job. Where I learned more about sheep than what I wanted to at the time. So I will leave you on this Monday with that bit of trivia.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm Bummed

I am so bummed because I couldn't make the clinic today. One of these days things will get better. At least that is what I keep telling myself.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Sad Day in Homedale ID

It is nice sometimes to live in a small town where you get to know everybody and watch their kids grow. I am originally from Chicago and have been here 37 years. The last 11 of those were spent working in Homedale. I met so many neat people and got to watch their kids become teens and adults. Yesterday one of those kids had his life cut short. And now his brother will have to live with killing his brother. My heart aches for his mom and dad. So much to deal with. The town is in shock. My ex boss was related to these people and his son was friends with Conner. My heart aches for him having to experience something like this at such a young age. And than you go down the road 4 miles to Wilder and another family is grieving the loss of their young son to alcoholic poisoning. Yesterday and everyday is a day to remember to give your loved ones a hug and tell them you love them. You just never know.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So Long Little Ones




Well two of my little guys went to their new home tonite. I gave my granddaughter hers.(see the picture above), His name will be Snoopy and that is what is on his shirt. The other one is going to her Aunt's. His name is Rowdy. They will be spending a lot of time together which will be good. The other two, one is going to my friend's and I am keeping one. Even though I know they are going to good homes I still felt like I was letting my kid go. But I will see them often. So a happy ending for my little guys. Oh and my son is thrilled with the pup and drove me nuts until I said they could go home. Worse than my granddaughter. Have a good evening everyone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yuck!!

Will this winter ever go away. It's going to be next winter before i ever get my yard cleaned up. Than to top things off I guess one of my bushes don't like me. Had to go to the Dr yesterday because for the last week my arms and legs have felt on fire and itch, They seem to think it is one of the bushes I was trimming. And I know exactly which one to. Now I just need to find someone to come finish pruning it. Since I only got it part way done.

Well Easter was a good one. My son just fell in love with their pup they are getting, He spent most of the afternoon with the pups. I knew he would be alright once it was said and done. My son can be out in left field sometimes with his beliefs and I just did not want to hear excuses why they couldn't have the dog. I almost didn't get out of their with it. They had company on Easter so all the pups got a good dose of socialization. It was hard to keep up with 4 puppies. Just 2 1/2 more weeks and than they get to go home. Where has the time gone.

Well Belle and I have a couple of weeks off. Dianne is going to be gone. So guess I will busy myself around here. Still have clean up and to finish getting the new irrigation lines done.

Have a good rest of the week.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Well today is family time. Go in and have dinner with my family, have a easter egg hunt, and try to snag some candy from the kids. My grandkids are past the beleiving in the Easter Bunny but they still get a basket and get to hunt for eggs. I know of a family that their kids are grown and the mom still does Easter Baskets for the kids. I have always said why stop beleiving when there will always be a little one around to beleive for.

Well we went out to Diane's on Thrusday. Worked in the arena. If i must say so myself things went pretty good. Worked on driving with Belle. Finally starting to get it. Not her, she does good, but me.

Well the cat is out of the bag finally. My daughter in-law finally let my son know they are getting a pup. She was showing him a video that I put on You Tube. He asked where the dog was and she told him at my house. Than he said why isn't here and she told him it was to young. So tomorrow I will take all of them with me and do some socializing. Living alone makes that hard to do when there is no one around. The big dogs are doing there part in helping. Trey is so funny he just lets them gnaw on his paw, nose, tail. What ever they can find. Last night he was sitting there and had one that was chewing on him, he finally took his paw and very gently moved the pup around to the front of him and than set his paw on top of the pup. Belle tries to play but doesn't relize her size scares the pups. They are getting use to it. Mom is starting to work with the pups.

Well it is bedtime. Everyone have a Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Weather

It seems like the weather is totally against what I'm trying to do. But I think I figured out it is not hard to predict Idaho weather. Lets see, Nice day, day with wind, followed by day with rain and than repeat. So according to that I can work in the yard this weekend.

Was out at Dianne's yesterday. Beautiful day, just a tad cool but workable. Dianne worked Belle in the sheep pen for a bit making her do a full lay down, not a sit or half a lay down but a lay down. She finally got the idea. Than she took her out in the field and worked her a bit out there. She had a short brain fart but came out of it. Was looking good. Took a break while Ann unloaded Levi. She is off to Hawaii for a week. Wish I was her. Than I took Belle out. We started rough did a little stick throwing but ended good. I was happy with our time. Than when I got home I had the dogs out in the front yard with me and Trey was eating stuff he shouldn't so I told him to lie down. Got him to do it, turned around and there was Belle over in the driveway laying down. Now why can't she listen when there are sheep involved. Overall it was a good day got a lot accomplished. Now I am going to start the pups on food for the first time. This should be fun.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Want Spring to Last Longer


It would be really nice if the nice weather here in Idaho would last more than a couple of days. I have so many plans for my yard and keep getting stopped. I mean how about a couple of bad days than a week of good.

Well had a message from Dianne when I woke up, we were suppose to go out there today. She sounded so bad on the phone. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Spring colds are no fun. Besides if you can't talk how can we learn. :)

Well the kids are getting big all eyes are open and this morning I was watching them start to play with each other. And they are only 2 1/2 weeks old. What is it going to be like in a couple of weeks. I think letting mom have these pups sure has changed her. She is getting more trusting of me. Not has growly as she was when I got her. When she had these pups I couldn't even get in the room unless she was outside. Now she is seeing that I plan on doing no harm and finally let me pick all of them up and set them on the floor so I could change bedding. Of course I have been doing this when she was out but this was a first that she let me take more than one. I have had small dogs in the past and I think this terrier breed is just fun to have for a companion. I have fallen so in love with her.

Well since It is to windy and cold to go out I guess I will clean up the inside. Hope everyone has a good day.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Time for Spring Time Baths

It is all Belle's fault. She started it all. Yesterday we were out in the front yard and my darling little girl found something to roll in. So at 8:00 at night she got a bath. Than I took her outside today and brushed her with my furmentator. I think I left another dog outside. Well today I thought well Brandi (the Lab/BC) really needs a bath so in she went. Well right now she looks like she stuck her tail in a light socket. Tomorrow is Trey's turn. I can just imagine what the water is going to look like with all the digging he does. And than it will be Missy's turn. She is the easiest one to do. I am so lucky that all my dogs including the little one all jump in the tub willing. I am also glad I changed my shower to a handheld. It sure save time using it to bath the dogs. And my back. Well have a good first weekend of spring!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring

Well in just 3 hours it will officially be Spring. Yea!!!! Now come the fun part which by about August I will be wishing for the end of irrigation season. My ground out here isn't really great to do a garden in, plus it is hard for me to do the weeding and planting. So the last few years I have tried growing Tomato's in Buckets. Hasn't worked. So this year I'm going to try a different place in the yard. I am going to go get some horse manure of my girlfriends and work a small area and see what happens. All I want is some fresh tomato's. I can live without everything else. This will be the first year I will really have the time to mess with my yard besides mowing and watering.
Well I got another great deal from good old CL. Ever since Trey ate his crate and than tried to eat the metal crate I have been short one good crate. I had a very old metal one that I had used for my lab and brought that back into use for Belle so I could give Trey the crate with the metal sides. Well I was cruzin through CL and so a ad for large dog kennel. So I opened it and there was this large crate and all she wanted was $20.00. Called and she still had it. Tried to reach a friend who I knew was going to Boise but couldn't so I just took myself over there. This is a brand new crate, she said she thought it never had had a dog. She did use it for her cat for a bit. I knew if I waited I would find another one. Belle has not been happy with her temporary housing. She is tonight though. Last I looked she was sprawled out on her back. Hope everyone has a good day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'm Sorry my descions don't mesh with the rest of the world


It came to my attention yesterday that there are people that don't agree on me letting my small dog have pups. Well I'm sorry if what I did went against what other people think and do. But I won't apologise for it. And if you don't agree with it I would hope you would ask my reason for doing it. But know this dog will be spoiled rotten and well taken care of it. And the other pups already have homes so nobody will be on CL or in the shelter. I am still a little upset with the one email I got but I will get over it and go on. I'm sure I will get grieve the day I breed Belle because my selfish reasons for that will be to acquire my next trial dog. Hope everyone has a good nite.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sheep , dogs, people & pizza

OK I talked to Dianne on Wednesday. She said that she would be for us taping our lessons and than grabbing a pizza and going over the tape. I believe Joe will man the camera (is that right Ellie?). Than we can just plug into Diannes TV and go from there. We just need to find a date that will work for all. For me anytime will be good. I know some of you have lives and jobs so what ever works for you. By the way what is a life? Since I'm not working I'm forgetting what that is. Of course I think the dogs really like this arrangement. Alot less crate time. The other day I had to just go into town to hear something other than birds chirrping and dogs barking. And of course little toenails on the floor. Now I need to decide do I drive a extra 10 miles to go buy groceries or do I buy in the big town of Marsing and pay a higher price. That is it for my big decision of the day. Everybody give me some dates and I'll see if we all have one day in common.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Midnight Thought

I was just reading Diane Pagel's blog and watching her video. And noticed how easy it was to see what she was doing. I have a suggestion and I am going to email it to Dianne now. What about us, Me, Jodi, Katie, Ellie, and Ann finding someone that will video our runs, also of Dianne doing a perfect run and than having a pizza party and all of us critiquing the videos. Dianne can point out to us where we are wrong or right. Who's In?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Our Family Has Increased Temporary


Well at 4:30 Sunday morning my little JRT started giving birth to the beginning of 4 male puppies. The dad was a American Hairless (Hairless Rat Terrier). All pups came out with hair, thank god. The only kicker is they are black and white. I mean don't I have enough black and white dogs. I believe all pups will be spoken for shortly. At least two are right now.

This litter was planned as a way to finally give something to my granddaughter that would be truly hers. Of course I couldn't believe that until today she did not realize that this dog was going to be her full responsibility. She thought they were getting it for her mom or brother. I had told her from the beginning that is was hers. That she had to have her grades up and listen to her mom and dad. Kendra has always felt her brother is better liked than her even though that isn't the case. Her and I have had a little problem bonding but this has given us something in common. This 11 yr old has not said one word to her dad about the pups and he won't know until it is to late. You would have to know my son to understand. Once the pup is in the home he will be fine with it. But until than he will come up with all these petty excuses. And if I have to I will use the grandma card. That worked before she came into the world and I bought all new stuff for her. He felt like I was saying he couldn't do for his family. And if I have to support the little bugger so my grandkids can have another dog I will find a way to do that. After their dog ran off last year all of them have missed him pretty bad. Well I'm sure there will people who won't agree with what I did but well I have my reasons. Just ask and I will explain. So that is what my weekend consisted of.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Have You Ever.............

Have yo ever had those days when you wake up and you know your going to be in a bad mood? I mean you can really feel it deep inside. Everything pisses you off. Well today is my day. And guess what it really sucks when you have no one you can bitch at. Sometimes being single sucks!

Monday, February 23, 2009

We Did It. Or Should I Say Belle Did It.

Well the trial is over and it is time to look back and see where we need to go from here. I know definitely we need to go back to the driving but also lifting off other people and the big one listening to me. Even though I did do better with my voice and I think she responded to that. On Sat. all I wanted was to get a outrun, lift,and fetch from her. I knew if we accomplished that it would be a big step. And she did great with it. Took off a little early but I got her stopped and restarted. Drive didn't happen and we timed out at the pen. But I was very happy with the run. Than Sunday I kept telling her just one more piece of the puzzle. Again the drive didn't happen, but we got our pen. That was the first time she had ever done a pen. And she did good. I am now mentally back in the game. Before the trial it was like will I ever get this dog to do a complete run. It just took some time and it will take more time down the road. But that is why we do this. You put so much time in that you can't quit on your dog. All you can do is go back to the drawing board and revamp a new plan. Hope everyone has a great week.

Friday, February 20, 2009

IT'S TRIAL TIME AGAIN

Well tomorrow is Patricks and Dianne's trial. Worked Belle both yesterday and today. Yesterday was not to bad. We spend alot of time by the sheep pen but that was a good lesson for her. Than today I went out and Dianne was gone but Deb and Colleen from SLC was there. Deb tried to hold sheep for me and Belle just lost her brain. Finally got her back in the game eventually. Than Colleen came out and held and I finally got a decent run. Called it quits was not going to push my luck. I always like to leave on a positive note. We are also trying to work on our voice. Maybe Dianne should be giving voice lessons before we start working the dogs. :) . I do know what I need to do tomorrow. Talk softly, get close to the sheep and hope for the best. See you all this weekend.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Its Time

Have you ever got in those moods where its time to clean house? I mean really clean. Like throwing everything out the door clean. That is what I spend my day doing. We hauled stuff and loaded the pickup until there was no more. I had 2 couches, both of them gave to me. One I had let the dogs have and it was wore out when I got it. They finished it off. Then I had a sectional gave to me, at first I like it but it was to big for my front room. It was very well used to. So it went out the door. There was a bunch of other junk and it was no use or shape to give away so out it went. I think the dogs were thinking they might be next. This little housecleaning all started Friday when I got a new bed (new to me). So than I had to get into the spare room to get the bed that was there out so I could put the bed I was replacing in there. But first I had to get the bed that was there out so onto craiglist it went. I was giving it away. A single mom who was just going out her own contacted me. She came out and got it. So I did a good deed for someone. Well one thing let to another until it all went bye bye today. And now I am going to find some drugs to kill the pain in my back from all this furniture moving. Have a good nite.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Belle Is Wondering Where Her Real Mom Is

Well we just spend the last two days at Diane's. We went back to Diane setting sheep for me. Yesterday we worked on getting her to stop at the top. Finally got that, than we tried some other stuff. Belle finally had enough and decided she was just going to run great big laps around the field and not acknowledge me at all. My fault because of the way I way talking to her. So today we started again, Better at the top but kept trying to go all the way around, when I said here, she would do a lap around the field. Diane took over and talked to Belle in a tone alot calmer than me. We worked for over an hour with her, finally at the end she and I were both doing better. We will have at least one more practice before the trial. Which reminds me I better get my entry in. See you all a week from this weekend. And lets all wish the best for Diane and Patrick at Zamora.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Let The Games Begin

Spend the afternoon watching the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Winter Games. It wasn't to bad of a program. Idaho does itself proud I think when we have to put ourselves out their for the world to see. I have 2 cousins that have Downs syndrome. One of them participated in Special Olympics. The last thing I can remember about my Dad before he died was him making a trophy case for her to put her trophies in.
Went to Diane's on Thursday, Belle did pretty good after Diane finally got her and the sheep out onto the field. Minor malfunction on my part so Diane stepped in. Other than that she did pretty good. I think she is finally maturing (I mean she is only 3 yrs old). I noticed a couple of things that she hasn't done before. Now if I can just figure out how to have a bottle of rocks on me at the trial things will be good. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is It Spring Yet?????

I am so bored with this weather. It is nice to finally see sunshine, but come on some warm days would be nice. Even the dogs agree. At least tomorrow we are going to Dianes. That will be a welcome break. I also get to go help my grandson send his first assignment or quiz, I'm not sure which in. He is doing the virtual high school that is online. He had a hard time adjusting to the mass of kids at Caldwell High. So his parents got him enrolled in the virtual high school. He seems happier now. Well he isn't totally computer savvy yet so we are going o try to help him send it in. It is all done online.

Today I had the most rudest Idaho Power guy (sorry Don) show up. They wanted to turn my meter so they can read it from the side instead of the back. Well it took me a bit to realize someone was here and when I did as I went to answer the door I through the big dogs out the other back door. He was standing at the edge of the trailer and tried to say something but with 3 dogs barking well you know what that is like. So I met him on the front side of the trailer and the first words out of his mouth was did you let the dogs out because you thought I was shutting the power off. I informed him know I wasn't that I did it so I could answer the door. Now I do have a bunch of limbs that need to be pulled out front and my ex keeps saying he will come do it. Than this guy insinuates that the inside is as bad as the mess in the back. Tells me that he needs a clean path to the other door. I informed him the dogs were crate broke and that I would go put them up for him. Than the final step he turns my power off and doesn't tell me. Here I have the computer on and he just kills the power. I go back and say something to him and he pops off again. So I asked for his name and called Idaho Power. I have never had any problems with Idaho Power the bill is always paid. This guy was the biggest jerk next to the next door neighbor that I have ever had show up. It would be nice to see him lose his job. My son does work that he goes in to customers homes. I hope he is more polite that that little twit. Ok I'm done. Going to go fix supper.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Follow-up

Well we went and spent some time with Diane today. Her and I were on the same page as what to work on. We decided that we would back up a bit and work on her lying down and staying back at the top. Well we had a few rocky starts but than her and I, mainly me finally figured out what we should be doing. Took a break for a bit, watched the pups gnaw on a bone bigger than them. They are getting to look like little tiny BCs. Than it was back out to the field. That go round went so much better. She finally started listening to me and I started making her understand what I was asking her for. We will prevail.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A New Day


Well it is back to the grindstone tomorrow. We have a lesson with Diane, the first since the Brr Bones. We will take a step back and do some up close work. See if we can get her back to listening and lying done (or just change pace) when she lifts. It is so hard to see her not listen when we are out there but listens at home. So until tomorrow.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thank You! A Note of Thanks to My Son

My son does disater clean-up and other construction type work. The other day he was at a job laying carpet and the homeowner had a big u-shaped desk. She was going to be getting rid of it and offered it to the guys working or she was just going to throw it away. So my son called and asked If I wanted it. Of course I said yes. I trust his judgement and knew it wouldn't be junk. How right I was. He only took half of it and it's a good think because all of it would never have fit in this room. It is Gray and black, with a top that has cubbyholes and enclosed storage area. Also has 2 drawers. A small one and a filing folder drawer. It really looks good. And the best part is he delivered it and put it together. What more can a mom ask for. Now I need to get a flat screen monitor because mine is the old type and just doesn't work with this desk. So son if you see this know how much I appreciate what you have done and I love you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Think I finally Got it

I have been trying to get this blog tweaked the way I want it. I had been stuck on a few things and was going to have Jodi help me. Well last nite and again today I think I finally figured it out. Just a couple of things more to do.

Well was hoping to go outside today and work with Belle on her down but haven't been able to find the yard. So I stayed in and cleaned up my kitchen instead. Just worked with her on some downs, the dogs just came in and are excited so I thought now was as good as any to make her listen. So we just spend a few minutes on that of course the other dogs couldn't figure what was happening. Well I'm off to find something for dinner. Really need to go grocery shopping for me one of these days instead of just for the dogs and cat.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Brrr Bones

Well we now have our first official trial done and boy do we still have things to work on. We DQ'd both days but Sunday did go a little better. I'm going to spend this week not working sheep but I'm going to try to set up situations to work on Belle's down. Than when we start back in next week it will be getting her to listen to me and acknowledging me when we are out there. She responds well at home so I can't recreate that here. It doesn't matter what she is doing at home she always comes to me. It's just being with the sheep that she things she is in control. Yes Diane I know you have told me to really get on her. The light bulb finally came on. I paid for that this weekend. Her faults were my fault. So we pick up our self's and look to the next trial. I know her and I can do it and we will eventually.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Good Day AT Dianes

Well we're back from Dianes. It went pretty well if I must say so. We might even get through a run tomorrow. I even got her to drive them from me and the last drive she took them all the way to Diane. Woo Hoo. Now if she will only remember her name tomorrow.

Big Day Tomorrow

Well This weekend is Belle's first official trial after months of working with Diane. We are headed to her place later this morning for one more practice. I have trialed another dog for 2 yrs but I feel like I am getting ready for my first trial all over again. I just keep telling myself that I (well we) can do this. Think I can convince myself of that by tomorrow? Well I will be back tomorrow and let you know what happened.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009

Here's to all my fellow BC owners, May you have a joyous and fun filled year with your BC's. Hope to see you at future trials and that you BC does you proud.
Well we survived New Years Eve. I have girlfriend who's birthday is Dec. 31 so I cooked her dinner and her brother and husband was here also. Watched a DVD, made some Kahlua Shakes, drank some wine coolers so the new year come in and was not one of the 41 people in the valley who got DUIs. Tomorrow we start back working Belle and getting ready for Brr Bones. I fell like this is going to be my first time at the post, which it isn't. Its just Belles first real trial. Hopefully all of Diane's and my hard work will pay off. I wish Helsleys could be there to watch her run. Well until next time have a good day.