Saturday, July 25, 2009

Doing my part........

....to help get our economy back on track. Today, I bought myself an early birthday present. I've been wanting a digital SLR for awhile, especially after seeing some of the great photos some of the bloggers take. I have a nice little point/shoot Canon that I've been using for the past six months, but it just wasn't catching everything. The slow shutter response drives me nuts. Invariably, I get the side of the dog's face as he's looking away, and not the portrait I was trying for. So today I went to a real camera store, not Best Buy or the like, and let the salesman give me a lesson on the latest models. I've had good luck with my little Canons, and in the past I've had Nikon 35mm SLRs. After spending lots of time going over the Nikon D90 (too expensive!), the new Nikon D5000, and this Canon Rebel T1i, I decided I liked the Canon best. I've had a blast learning to use it this afternoon! We have a vacation coming up in a couple of weeks and I didn't want to wait for my real birthday (Sept) to make the purchase or I would be missing out on an awesome photo op! I do feel a bit quilty splurging like this.....I hope I can entertain everyone soon with some great photos......once the learning curve is over that is!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Brother Bobby


Tonight we had a nice visit from Claire and Bobby. Bobby is Jimmy's littermate. He's a very striking blue merle and as sweet as can be. He'd just come from a herding lesson, and he was still bursting with energy! I do believe he is even higher energy than even Jimmy. And that's saying alot! I had hoped to get lots of photos of the boys together but there was not alot of brotherly love going around. Jimmy was being a tad territorial to put it in polite terms, so sitting in close proximity for a photo shoot didn't seem like the best idea.

It was a very nice way to end the work week, just hanging out and talking about our dogs........

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ribbon Quilts and Wall Hangings

The other night at agility class, one of the students, a woman I see at almost every trial who runs PWDs, came in to show the quilt she had made from all the ribbons one of her PWDs had earned. The dog had died much too young and she had the quilt made as a memorial. It was simply amazing and gorgeous! The quality of the work combined with a very artistic sense of color made for a beautiful quilt.

I know lots of us have ribbons tucked away in boxes and bags. This could be something to look into. The website is called the Quilting Cove. She makes all sorts of stuff, but the page for things made from dog/horse ribbons is http://www.quiltingcove.com/Ribbons.html . The quilt I saw in person is the very last one on this page: http://www.quiltingcove.com/Store/products/RibbonHangings9.html , the one for Kurkjian. Just like we always say on Corgi-L, I am not affiliated with this person, or know her, etc., but I thought her work was very worthy of reporting on. At any rate, give it a look......


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Cooling Tank......

...a necessity for all those nuclear powered corgis.....




Notice the dreamy-eyed expression on both boys' faces....AAAHHHHHH!!!! So refreshing!

(Hot Tub steps optional........)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Shoebox Full of Good Days and Great Memories




I was straightening up around the house, and picked up Wilson's ribbon from that last precious AXP leg. I keep his ribbons stored in a shoebox in the guest room closet. Putzing being one of my favorite activities, I dumped them all out on the bed and started to go through them. I think my most prized ribbons are from the 2006 Cardigan Nat'l Specialty. I came hoping for just one Q, and Wilson thrilled me with 2 placements and a new title! By the time of the 2008 Nat'l, his weaving problems kept all Qs away! At any rate, I thought all these mementos deserved a photo. They represent lots of good times spent training and then testing our teamwork.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wilson's Agility News


Wilson has been training in agility since he was about 18 months old. We started trialing about 10 months after we started classes. Wilson was never speedy but he was always very accurate. He has great running contacts and we have never been NQ’d for missing a contact. We made it through Novice pretty quickly, with only a few knocked bars to slow us down. Open was even better, and Wilson even earned a Front and Finish Agility Gold award (FFX-AG) for completing his OJP in just 3 tries. When we got to Excellent, Wilson’s weaving started to deteriorate. He would either blow past the entry or pop out before finishing all 12 poles. He’d often sass me. Usually, on a second attempt, he would do the poles just fine, but of course by then it’s too late. Occasionally, we had success and Wilson earned his AJP, and 2 legs for his AXP. Then a huge Q drought hit! Two years went by trying to get that last leg. We took weaving classes, went to see the chiro vet, Wilson got super high value treats for weaving in class and at home. He would zip through just fine, but at a trial it was like he had never seen poles before. I guess the trial stress was just too much for him to push past. He did agility for me, not because it was his thing. Well, this past weekend, on July 5th, at the Blue Ridge Dog Training Club Agility Trial in Winchester, VA, he did his weaves! They were slow as a snail, but they were completed on the first try! And, as is usually the case, the rest of the run was clean! He did it! He did it! He did it! Wilson finally earned his AXP! It might as well be a MACH because I am that happy! And this is where he gets to stop. I am not going to keep pushing him. He can proudly rest on his laurels! I am so proud of him! He is officially Caduceus Castaway Wilson AXP AJP NF CGC (with an FFX-AG thrown in there for good measure!) If he seems bored, or a bit jealous that Jimmy gets to keep training, maybe I’ll try some Rally. But for now, he gets to go swimming, and fetching, and hiking….all the things that make a shy Cardi happy. Thanks for playing my game Wilson!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

When in Rome......

It seems time has gotten away from me and I am a bit behind on my postings, so pardon this slightly out-of-date post....

Living as close as we do to our nation's capital, we try to take advantage of all the city has to offer. For the July 4th holiday, we decided to brave the hoardes, and go downtown. We arrived just as the National Independence Day Parade was grouping to head down Constitution Avenue.
Here are a few of the floats, etc., we saw pass by.......














Now, during the July 4th period each year, the Smithsonian Museum hosts a Folklife Festival on the Nat'l Mall. They pick various cultures from around the world and showcase their crafts and foods, etc. We didn't know ahead of time what cultures they would be, but I was tickled when I saw one was Wales! There were exhibit tents set up with textiles, story-telling, music, and other cultural details. I was very surprised and disappointed when nowhere in the exhibit was there even a mention of Welsh Corgis! When you think of Wales, what else could possibly come to mind??!! At any rate, here is a photo of John under the Wales sign, and below that, me next to a large Welsh Dragon emblem.





Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Fourth Everyone!


Here's a cardigan of a different sort! This is a handmade sculpture by my favorite corgi artist, Barbie Sonnett. She has an amazing talent and makes many wonderful sculptures.
Jimmy and Wilson really don't like this holiday. All around the neighborhood, the kids have started lighting off fireworks at night. Both boys are petrified and won't even consider a bedtime walk if they hear even one pop. It will be a long couple of weeks til the kids get bored with this nightly entertainment.
Now, on the other hand, my first Cardi Dylan loved fireworks with a passion! LOVED THEM! We could take him to big displays and he would watch as the firework flew into the sky and exploded. Then he would drop his head and watch the next one go up. He would bark and wag, thrilled to pieces. He would get excited if you just imitated the whistle they make as they shoot into the air.
I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

hot....Hot....HOT!!!!!

The Boys of Summer these guys are NOT! If the outdoor play does not involve water, they are both quickly vying for the kitchen vent. Many times Jimmy will test the outdoor air with the tip of his nose, and if he deems it too hot, then he won't even go out for a second.


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