Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here's a scene you don't see to often, dogs riding on a jetski. Our boys happily ride along on our jetski, especially since they know it means it will be a day of swimming. This is the Potomac River, north of Washington, DC and Great Falls. This part of the river is wide and pretty shallow. It has lots of islands where we can beach the jetski and let the boys run wild. It is located close to home, so it's a convenient place to play in the water. The jetski is a big three-seater, so Jimmy rides in between us on the seat and Wilson prefers to ride in the footwell with his face pushed out into the wind. Of course, we are very careful, and hold on tightly to their vest handles, and drive slowly......
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here's another lovely start to a day....sans dogs however.
And a final shot of a sunrise from our condo balcony....great way to enjoy that first cup of coffee!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wilson is a very reserved boy. He really prefers that no one other than John, me, or our neighbor's young daughter even touches him. Most strangers get a "stand back" bark if they insist on getting too close. While Wilson does love his morning walk, he is definitely not a high energy dog. After his walk, he is content to nap the day away. In agility, he is the steady and careful type. I am always ahead of him on course. Also, Wilson has no fear of thunderstorms, the lawnmower, the vacuum, or John's noisy Harley.
Jimmy, on the other hand, loves people. If he's in a room full of strangers, he makes his rounds, trying to get each and every one to pet him. He particularly likes men. You can walk him five miles and he's still raring to go. In agility, he gets totally amped up! It is a challenge to keep up, and very difficult to get in a front cross without getting in Jimmy's way. He weaves like a border collie. Loud noises are a problem for Jimmy, esp. thunderstorms, which cause him to pant and shake. The vacuum, the lawnmower, and the Harley are all very scary.
For the most part, the boys get along well. There are never any food fights and they can share a bowl with no issues. Jimmy adores Wilson, but also has a bit of jealousy over toys and training. They play chase in the yard most days and wrestle alot.
What they have in common is the ability to learn new things quickly, both have a great sense of humor and love to make their humans laugh! They definitely keep life interesting and fun.
I have tons of photos of the two together as they love to pose, and both have a great stay. Here are just a few:
This was shortly after Jimmy got home on his very first day with us.
Jimmy is a smart little guy and breezed through PuppyKindergarten and CGC Obedience. We posed him in cap and gown to celebrate passing his CGC exam at just 9 months old. I am not sure he was too pleased with his outfit.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We drove to Lexington, Kentucky to pick Wilson up at a large all-breed show. This was my first time at a big dog show, well, any dog show. It was very interesting. I started Wilson into obedience lessons as soon as possible, thinking maybe I would try to compete with him somewhere down the road. Wilson was a quick learner, but was oh-so-bored with the repetition. At the other end of the large barn we were training in was an agility class. It looked like so much fun! Wilson trained in obedience as far as his CGC and we made the switch to agility. I am so lucky that there is a fantastic agility school just 15 minutes from my house! After about a year of lessons, Wilson and I gave it a go at our first AKC agility trial. Little did I know just how addicting agility is!
Wilson is now Caduceus Castaway Wilson AJP OAP NFP CGC. He is pictured below displaying the proud result of that first trial:
We spend a good bit of time in Myrtle Beach, SC. It's a dog friendly beach town and we really enjoy it there. I have many, many beach theme dog photos. This one is from when Wilson was about a year old. If you go to the Dogster website and use their favorite breed search on Cardigan Welsh Corgi, it brings up a description of our breed, and it uses this photo as their example of what a Cardi looks like. I guess that counts as Wilson's 15 minutes of fame!
In case anyone is curious, Wilson's parents are:
CH Sisterwood's Winsome Will X CH Aberdovey Kee Bear Ms Marcus
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is the long driveway headed in to the fields where the agility trail was held. It is such a lovely setting. On the left is my young boy, Fine Creek's Sharp Dressed Man CGC, aka Jimmy. On the right, my seasoned competitor, Caduceus Castaway Wilson AJP OAP NFP CGC, aka Wilson.
The first llama evidently showed enough interest in Wilson that his buddies became curious. While Wilson was able to take the llamas in calm stride, young Jimmy found them much too stimulating to be in close proximity, thus no photos of him in this scenario!
And finally, here's Jimmy enjoying a good roll in some dried fish guts. Tongue out and happily grunting!
So, you are left wondering how the agility trial went......Wilson did great in Novice FAST-P, taking first place to complete his NFP title. In Excellent Std and JWW, his weaving troubles persisted so we NQ'd in both those runs, although other than the weaves, he did a nice job.