Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Best Birthday Gifts!

So yesterday was my birthday. It was a pretty low key day. It was super hot and humid outdoors so A/C was a must! I just pretty much hung around the house and enjoyed the fact that I had all three boys there to share the day. That is a pretty awesome birthday gift given that Wilson has been battling his chronic kidney failure for a full year now. We were initially told to expect maybe 6 months with him at diagnosis and here he is, still plugging along. Such a blessing!

The next birthday gift is a bit more tangible. I still go to agility trials with Jimmy occasionally. That means lugging along gobs of gear. I had been making tons of trips back and forth to the car to get it all set up while I watched smarter folks wheel their loaded wagons in one trip. So this is my other birthday gift....a collapsible wagon. It can hold up to 150 pounds or in this case about 115 pounds of Cardi!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Cedar's Big Adventure

Long time readers of this blog (if there are any left at this point! LOL!), will remember that we have a jetski and that the dogs like to ride along! So it was only natural that at some point, Cedar would learn all about it.

It has been a very rainy summer here in the Mid-Atlantic and that has kept the Potomac River near us deep enough to take the jetski out. Usually by July or even sooner, the water level has fallen too low and we can't take a chance on hitting rocks just under the surface. But not this year! So with some very hot weather this week, we decided it was TIME! We took Cedar by himself for the first time so we could focus on making him comfortable and safe. He is a bold little guy with most new things and this didn't scare him either! He took to his life vest just fine and rode the jetski with only a mild bit of caution. He sniffed the air that was blowing in his face across the water and reveled in new smells.

Of course I took a million photos, but alas with my cheap point/shoot water proof camera. It doesn't have the sharp focus of my good DSLR but I still got some photos I like!

Since Jimmy loves to swim A LOT, he missed out on a good day!  That's not fair, so the next day, we took Cedar and Jimmy! Wilson is just way too old at this point. I once again took a million photos, but didn't get much I liked. The boys had a good time playing in the water, happy to be active on a very hot day.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Doing What Comes Naturally

This past weekend, the regional Cardigan Club I am a member of held an AKC sanctioned Herding Instinct Test. It is just what it sounds like....You bring your herding dog with no prior herding experience and see what he/she does when placed in a pen with three sheep. The dog has a long line attached to his collar to keep things from getting too out of hand. It starts with the dog going into the pen with the judge but not the owner, but if the dogs needs extra encouragement, the owner can go in as well.

At pretty much nine months old, I figured Cedar was old enough to give it a try, plus I wanted to support the club. This event was less than an hour from home which is rare for their events.

I clipped the long line onto Cedar's harness and handed him over to the judge. I was pretty sure he wouldn't need me to come along. He's a confidant little bugger.

Right off Cedar digs into some sheep poop for a snack.
Uh-oh, that's not good!

Movement in the corner catches Cedar's eye. He's like "what the....?!"
Poop is forgotten!

And they're OFF!

Now back the other way!

A couple of close up crops....Cedar looks VERY pleased to be doing this!

Cedar did a very good job! The judge's words were....He passed with flying colors!

Cedar's very first qualifying ribbon!
Since this was Cedar's first ribbon he ever earned, even this camera shy gal had to have a picture with the judge, Susan Rhoades.

And last but not least, Cedar's score sheet..........

Very keen dog!

And finally, today is the 20th of the month, so I also want to capture Cedar's 9 month mark on the exact day. This little guy as photographed today! Time sure has flown by......

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hello, yeah, it's been a while. Not much, how 'bout you?

Hello there! Yes, we are still out here! I just haven't felt like blogging and the longer I let it go, the less I feel like doing it! I do stay active over on FaceBook. Looking at my blog roll widget, it seems we've lost several bloggers over the past year or so. I guess I am not the only one who is letting it slide.

But, at any rate, here's an update.......

Wilson.....he is still going strong! His kidney failure is of course still an issue but with medicines and fluids, he seems to be holding his own! I know that can change at any time, so I make sure to enjoy each day with him! They are all gifts!

We actually took him for a short ride on our jetski (on a very rare sunny day! It's been a very wet summer here!) to an island in the Potomac. He did great for an old boy!

Wilson's mini-me isn't so mini anymore, but he is definitely Wilson's constant shadow!

Jimmy.....We've still been going to a few agility trials this summer, but with limited success. I think age is catching up with Jim just a bit, and keeping the bars up is not so easy anymore. We are taking a break until October and will do a few of our favorite fall trials. This is very likely our last season before he retires so each trial is a tad bittersweet knowing it is the last time.

Little by little, Jimmy has learned to tolerate and maybe even like Cedar.  They are free together in the house, and sometimes play chase games outside. I have even caught them in close proximity!

Cedar....Well of course, he's been going to training classes ever since I brought him home. At the tender age of just 7 months (back in June), he passed his Canine Good Citizen test! What a good boy!
He is a smart little guy and loves to work. We are making great progress on his beginner agility training. He is going to be FAST!

He has learned the joys of water and will even swim now. He isn't as crazy about it as Jimmy and Wilson, but loves to cool off!

So, all in all, things are good here in the House of Cardigans!  Not much happens that isn't dog related, oh, and LOTS of vacuuming! LOL! I can't promise I'll get back on track with my blogging but at least you know we are still here.....

I'll leave you with all three of my wonderful boys!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Almost Famous!

I know! I know! I've been MIA for ages now and for that I feel very guilty! This was too cool not to share! I posted a video to my YouTube channel a while back and it was picked up by Right This Minute for a short segment. Cedar's zoomies actually went on for way more loops of the kitchen, but in the interest of time and attention span, it was edited just a bit. Check it out....

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Wilson's 15th birthday fell on a Wednesday so I didn't want to disrupt the Wordless Wednesday with anything but a photo. But of course, there was a lot to that day worthy of pictures!

The weirdest thing about the day was that I got called for jury duty. You never know if you will actually sit for a trial or not. You still have to go, wait it out, and see how it goes. Being the chronically on time person I am, I arrived at about 7:20 for an 8 o'clock schedule. Some other folks mosied in as late as 8:30. My half of the alphabet all waited around until 11:30 when we were told we would not be needed. I was SO thankful as that meant I would not miss the full day at home with Wilson!

It was lunch time when I got home. It was a very nice day so we grilled hot dogs for lunch. What dog doesn't want hot dogs for their special day?!

And of course there was cake!

And even a picture of me that I actually almost like! It was a must to be photographed with the birthday boy!

I am so grateful Wilson was still here for his 15th birthday. His kidney failure diagnosis last September really cast doubt on that!  But Cardigans are fighters, and Wilson wasn't ready to go just yet. Yay for that!

We will finish up with the birthday hat shot....this exact little cardboard hat goes all the way back to my very first Cardigan Dylan. We can't skip this tradition! Obviously, Wilson wishes we did!

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