Friday, April 30, 2010

Also! I brought home a new Cardigan from the Nat'l !!!

Now that I have your attention, here's my newest addition. A very low maintenance, low shedding variety.... I just couldn't resist getting one of these wonderful garden sculptures. I unfortunately can't find the artist's business card to give her credit for this lovely little dog.

We placed it out in the yard soon after I got home. The next time Jimmy was released into the backyard, he ran over to chase off the trespasser and bumped right into it as he expected it to run off! Jimmy only made that mistake once. I am sure he was embarrassed!

**UPDATE** The artist is Martha Cawley. Click here for her website .





Wednesday, April 28, 2010

OH! I almost forgot! More news....


Before heading home last night, I had a chance to look over the photos entered in the Photo Contest. Pam Brand and a helper were busily hanging the entries in the ballroom. It was a lot of work and they deserve a big thank you! Not everything was up on the walls yet, but I got to see the list of winners in each category. Lo and behold, and extremely thrilling, my entry for the "General" category earned first place! Needless to say, I am very, very happy.

My News from the National

Here's my report from the National......

First, I am SO very proud of Wilson! All these pretty ribbons are thanks to him! He double-Q'd on Tuesday with a first and a second place showing! That netted me the extra pretty Double Q ribbon in the middle. It also put us in contention for High in Trial for Preferred but alas Wilson was a tad slow for that honor. Still pretty cool to be in the running!

This double-Q was also Wilson's first toward his PAC title...Gee only 19 more to go. Just kidding really, as he is back into agility retirement.


Jimmy, alas, could not pull off a Q at all. In STD both days, his table antics ended the runs. I walked out after the table both days. **SIGH**. In JWW, he took just one bar each run. I had hoped to bring home a Q for him as well, but it was just not to be....

As for conditions....Monday, cold and rainy! The soccer field had been COVERED , wall to wall, in goose poop. Club members scowered the field endlessly trying to remove as much as possible. It was in pretty good shape by start time and there wasn't too much sniffing by the Cardis.

Tuesday dawned clear, sunny, and very breezy. A much prettier day, for sure. There were a couple of wind related incidents such as shade umbrellas taking flight, and the timer's/scribe's tent flew onto the field during a one of Susan Stephon's runs. She had a good run going, stopped for the UFO, and restarted from the beginning, luckily Qing on the second try.

I drove to the herding site on Sunday before heading to Gettysburg. It was also a very cold and damp day. The parking area was very muddy, and lucky me, my car got mired. Amanda, owner of the site (and what a gorgeous place it is!), kindly pulled me out with a tractor.

Both boys were signed up for the Instinct Test. Here is a slightly blurry photo of Jimmy doing his thing. I don't have a pictuure of Wilson unfortunately because he needed me in the ring with him. It was so cool to see them "turn on" to the sheep! Both boys passed the test with flying colors! Wilson was in heaven, I could see it in his eyes.


This is just a silly miscellaneous shot. Jimmy was really freaked out by that dog statue when he first saw it, so much so that he didn't even notice the cow!



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Roll Call Please!!!

We are down to just a couple of days until the festivities of the Cardigan National begin....

Jimmy and Wilson have one more agility lesson tomorrow and then it is what it is....I sure hope to come home with at least one Q between them!

So, who is going?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vendor at my last Trial


At my last agility trial, there was a vendor called Critter Craft . They had a large display case of pins and earrings in many breeds made out of (I believe) polymer clay. The items were not for sale, just examples. What they do is get photos of your dog while at the trial, and customize each piece to be exactly your dog. If you don't order from the trial, you can email them photos and place an order that way. The item above is an example of one of their Cardigans, not something I ordered, but it almost could be Wilson. You just go to their site, pick out the design you want (it doesn't matter if you see the design on a different breed), and supply photos, and you get a pin that looks just like your dog! That's especially nice for dogs with more individualized markings. They offer styles for most dog sports, so there are plenty of options. Also, after looking at the website, and having seen the real items, I think they look much nicer in person!

Anyway, I just wanted to point out this artist, since cute Cardigan items are often hard to find.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Murphy's Law Trying It's Darnedest!!!

Now, weather forecasts are always just an educated guess, often wrong, especially this far in advance, BUT.....

Wouldn't you know, this area has been having dry, sunny weather for a good while, and quess when it is set to break? That's right, just in time for herding and agility. Sheesh!

Apr 24 Saturday
Chance of showers. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.
Apr 25 Sunday
Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.
Apr 26 Monday
Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.
Apr 27 Tuesday
Showers possible. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Telling Secrets

I thought this looked like Jimmy was sharing a juicy secret with Wilson. They both have rather conspiratorial looks in their eyes, so maybe they are plotting something....

Well, we are really counting down the days until the National! Next Saturday will be my "get ready" day. Sunday I hope to leave the house bright and early, so I can make it to Birdsboro early enough to watch at least some of the Cardigan-only herding. Jimmy and Wilson are both signed up for the Instinct test that follows. That should be interesting! I hope I won't be paying to replace any sheep!

Everyone pray for sunny weather for the outdoor events!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On the Mend

We picked up Wilson from the vet at about 6pm last night. The vet said it was a difficult extraction and it took a long time to to get the whole molar out. Poor Wilson was extremely out of it and groggy, with some swelling. We plopped him down on his bed and he went straight into a dead sleep. He didn't even notice when we had a snack while watching TV. That is so NOT Wilson! He did manage to rouse himself around 9 for a few bites of canned food, filled with pills.
We tried a bathroom break, but he was still staggering around and wouldn't go. So back to sleep until this morning. He was much brighter and, of course, hungry! A short walk, and he was back to sleep.

Jimmy, who is usually a vocal, bossy, in-your-face busybody, was an emotional wreck all day yesterday! He has spent very little time away from Wilson, just agility classes where he is happily distracted. But yesterday, the poor boy sulked and sulked. Not barking, no playing, just curled up in odd corners, worried about where Wilson had gone. I almost felt sorry for him. He gave Wilson a thorough inspection, determined he hadn't been off having fun based on all the awful veterninary smells, and curled up near him. Mystery solved.

In addition to the tooth, Wilson has one of those fatty tumors I associate with old Labs, that we will need to keep an eye on. And, really gross, he had picked up some nasty parasite from eating bunny poop. This was not his best physical, that's for sure, but at least we could resolve a few issues. I am sure he will be back to his old self by tonight.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Well, another trial is behind us. This one was not our best. No Q's to boast about....

The Good: The first run of the day was Open FAST. This was our first time in Open FAST and I really wasn't expecting too much. Jimmy may be quick, but he still likes to work close to me. But he surprised me by heading out 10 feet to take a panel jump, left turn to the AFrame, and had just to take one more easy jump. Alas, he felt the need to come in and herd me instead of take the jump. He did go back in and take it when I asked, but by then, he had faulted for crossing out of the Send tape line. Still, I was very pleased with him.

The Bad: Next Open JWW....We got off to a bit of a rocky start as I directed him rather poorly into the weaves, so it took a second try. Totally, totally my fault. Somewhere along the way, he dropped just one bar, the Corgi Curse as it is called.... dang.....

The Ugly: And so all that was left was Open STD. We had waited a couple of hours, the building had heated up (something this location is notorious for!) and I guess Jimmy was no longer in the mood...We were going strong until, you guessed it, The TABLE! Grrrrr! He just would NOT sit, hopped off to sniff, and I walked out. No play if you don't do the table. He herded me in loud ferocious circles the whole way out, and of course the table was as far from the exit as possible.
I had practiced every single day at home with the table. Not just the table, but small sequences, and lots of good treats. He would fly out the door and plop down on the table. So, why won't he do it at a trial??!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

OUCH!!!!

Wilson had his annual physical today. Very unfortunately, the vet found a broken molar. So, Monday morning, poor Mr. Wilson is getting a tooth pulled. He hadn't been chewing funny or acting oddly, so I don't think he's been in pain, but you never know with a corgi.

We're still waiting on bloodwork to finalize the physical so hopefully all of that looks good.

Please send some healing vibes.

Friday, April 9, 2010

TGIF

Happy Friday Everyone! I am glad the weekend is almost here! Not really much to post about....

Here we have a picture I call "Cardelion" as Jimmy sits, quite reluctantly, amid a dandelion patch. He was so not in the mood for pictures, and I think his expression says it all!

Wilson, on the other hand, is always more than happy to pose. He's seated on a high bank above the upper Potomac River, in a park near my house.

Later that same evening, we visited another part of the Potomac, this time on a friend's boat. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a huge tourist attraction in DC and they do a fireworks display as part of the week long gala. We never actually ventured into DC by car as it was overrun with tourists, but caught a ride from our friend who keeps his boat at a marina near the Pentagon. Here's a photo of the fireworks. Most of my shots didn't turn out too well as all the rocking of the boat made for a blurry mess.


This next one looks like a picture of a supernova, at least to me!


And finally, a shot of the Maine Avenue waterfront, with the Washington Monument in the background.



Jimmy and I have an agility trial on Sunday. It's our last one before the National. I hope to get at least a JWW leg so I'll have a better shot of finishing a title at the Nat'l. I would love to get one of the New Title ribbons from the CWCCA!
Have a great weekend!


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