Thursday, March 26, 2015

Guess Where We Were Last Weekend?


It's that time of year again. We always head to the beach in March to check on our condo and (sigh) hand it over to the rental management company. We had some pretty nice weather as well as some rain, but all in all it was an enjoyable, albeit short, visit. I didn't take lots of photos. Believe it or not, the town was quite busy and the beach was full of people! I can't let the boys run free when it's like that so the photo-ops are less.

These two pictures are very similar, probably one right after the other on the camera. Which one do you like better?




Here's one taken at the "golden hour" as the sun began to set. No corgis, but still a pretty setting and great colors. Be sure to click to enlarge it for more detail.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Adorable Little Bookmarks!

Lots of you have probably followed the antics of Kat, DK, and their furry friends Beamer and Audi over at Us on Cloud Nine. DK happens to be a talented graphic artist and has designed some really cute magnetized books marks. As soon as Kat posted about a Corgi version being available in their Etsy shop , I was all over it! I ordered both corgis and these bookmarks are as cute as can be! I love the magnets as the bookmark really stays put. No worries of losing your spot in the book!

Here's a close-up......Yes, these are Pembroke Welsh Corgis, but that's OK, I'm an equal opportunity corgi lover! Maybe DK can be talked into doing a Cardigan Corgi series...Hint. Hint.


Corgi butts drive me nuts!
These cuties made it to me quickly after ordering and passing through the rigors of the Canadian / USA postal inspections! I was even gifted with some bonus bookmarks, a Doxie, a Schnauzer....


and even a German Shepherd! Coincidentally, on the day the bookmarks arrived, so did the book I won over on Something Wagging This way Comes . It was about a German Shepherd so how perfect was this bookmark??!!

Bark and Lunge was an enjoyable and well written book.
If this was Christmas time, I'd tell you to head on over to their Etsy Shop and grab a bunch as stocking stuffers. Since it is not, don't wait that long, just grab a few for yourself and friends!


I wasn't asked to do this review, I just thought their product was cute and fun, and I want to share the cuteness!


Have a great weekend, Everyone! 
I hope you find the time to read a good book!

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Weekend Report: Nice Weather at Last!

This past weekend was an agility trial at my favorite location, the farm in Reva, Va. Saturday dawned wet and rainy which didn't bode well for a trial in a large barn. But as I made the long drive to the southwest, the rains tapered and then pretty much ended by the time I arrived. It remained a cloudy day but with a pleasant temperature. Walking around the grounds was very doable and I didn't even need the mud shoes I had brought. Sunday was a clear blue sky day, rather windy, but just gorgeous! After the nasty February/early March weather, it was a delight to be out in the mountainous countryside. Nothing has started to green up yet, but the sunlight was so uplifting and warm!

The judge for this trial is a Cardigan Corgi person who has been very successful with her Cardi. She's been to the big Invitational event several times. This was the first time I had run at a trial she was judging and I think it made me a bit more nervous. I wanted my Cardi boy to shine for her. And I think he did! We were successful in three out of four of our runs, with a first and a second place on Saturday (so, yes, a much needed double-Q!) and then on Sunday a first place on a tricky Jumpers run. Unfortunately, Jimmy's handler (moi!) botched the last run and pushed him to an off-course jump. Totally my fault and I felt so bad for robbing Jimmy of another double-Q!

Here is the tricky course from Sunday morning. It was the only video I got so I am glad it was a good one!





Maps:






Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 12...MJP Title 01/25/15
Masters STD legs: 15...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 8
PACH Points: 639

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 1 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 111 (out of 600 needed)....
Masters Legs: 5 (out of 20 needed)

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Weekend Report: TWO Degrees in Winchester!

Last Thursday was another huge snowstorm followed by an arctic blast of cold air. Everything pretty much shut down around my area for the day. Fortunately Friday was a sunny, albeit cold, day. This helped melt the roads ahead of the weekend agility trial. Saturday was also sunny but dawned (because, yes, I had to be up before dawn to get to the trial!) at about 8 degrees at my house. BRRRR!!!! I needed to head west over the mountains to be in Winchester by 7ish. By the time I got there, the temperature had dropped to 2 degrees! Egads that is cold, especially for March! Not the weather for a leisurely dog walk before going indoors but Jimmy needed to poop. Heaven forbid he ever did it in the ring. That disqualifies you for sure! So we wandered around the snow covered area until finally he could find one tiny square of grass to set a foot on and pooped. Hallelujah!

We've had snow on the ground and walking trails for at least the past couple of weeks. It's made for treacherous dog walks or none at all depending on the day. Jimmy and I have also had agility practice cancelled thanks to the weather as well. All of this meant Jimmy was under-exercised and a tad wilder than usual going into the trial. It really showed up in our first run of the day, which was Jumpers. It was quite a tricky course and we couldn't make it through. It was one of those runs I would love to have a "do-over" for so I could try out a different plan. Oh, well, if it was always easy, and we always Q'd, where would be the challenge in that?

Here's the map. It was numbers 4/5/6 to the #7 tunnel that took us out!


A bit later on came our Standard run. It was really quite easy and Jimmy was also calmed down by then. He did a great job and earned us a nice blue ribbon for first place, and 29 points. Good boy!

The map:



So none of the coveted "double-Qs" that we need, but still a good start to the season. And I am back once again to my blogging break. I just didn't want to miss getting my agility write-up out here while it was fresh!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 10...MJP Title 01/25/15
Masters STD legs: 14...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 7
PACH Points: 564

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 0 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 46 (out of 600 needed)....
Masters Legs: 2 (out of 20 needed)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Mischief: Blogging Break!

I'm fresh out of photos! The  wintry weather has taken its toll on my photo adventures. I had a really fun event planned for yesterday and we woke to an ice storm. Risking life, limb and car fenders for a bit of doggy fun isn't a good idea so we cancelled. SIGH!

So this leaves me at a good spot to take a few days off and not worry about coming up with any posts.

I thought I would leave you with a little brain teaser....How does this photo relate to my blog?


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