Monday, November 29, 2010

Here came Cardi Claus.....

...Here came Cardi Claus
...Right down Fowler's Mill!
...Jimmy and Wilson were sniffing and smelling!
...As you can see, Jimmy even was yelling!

...Here came Cardi Claus...Here came Cardi Claus...
...Right down Fowlers Mill...
...Wilson thought a Greenie sure fit the bill!

...Here came Cardi Claus...Here came Cardi Claus...
...Right down Fowlers Mill...
...A Trio of Trouble , our stockings they did fill!

My lovely Christmas surprise arrived on Saturday. Many thanks to Lani and her Cardi-elves for the holiday cheer. Jimmy could barely contain himself when I let him sniff the box. He snagged a treat just as fast as he could. Wilson was a bit calmer about it, but quickly opted for a Greenie. I enjoyed some delicious Lindt chocolate, the white chocolate ones are AMAZING! And, lucky me, my name landed in the hands of a world-traveler, so I was treated to a gorgeous cloisonne ball from Beijing, China!

Thank you, Lani, for my wonderful box of Christmas goodies!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Here are the boys, plopped down on the kitchen floor, where they will probably stay all day, anxiously awaiting what's in the nearby oven!

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Itty Bitty Jim

I've really been enjoying the puppy pictures over at Penni's blog . I never met either of my boys at the very tender age her little babies are right now, but I do have a photo (thanks to Claire) of little Jim at just a wee bit older. They are just SO cute before the real troublemaking sets in :-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Final Agility Trial of 2010

Yesterday was Jimmy's and my final agility trial of the year. This was another trial that should have been at the now-closed equestrian center just 45 minutes from home. Originally I was signed up for both days, but their new location was way too far away. I don't do motels when it comes to agility, as that just completely blows the budget, and would consume all my training funds. So I dropped one day, and kept just Saturday. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive one way down to the Richmond International Raceway. The trial was held in an open-air, but roofed arena with a dirt floor. Oh, the DUST! Yuck! I now know what the folks who went to the USDAA Nat'ls in KY were talking about! I am sure this wasn't as bad, but still yuck! And the surface was very hard with a layer of dirt over top that made it quite slick. The club that holds this trial does a wonderful job and go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time, so I will be sad if this turns out to be their new regular spot as I won't come back.

Anyway, on to our runs. First was Jimmy's first try at Excellent A STD. You get one quess at where we went wrong......yep, the Table. Jimmy did hop right on, but didn't stay for the count :-(
I shifted slightly to start my front cross to the next obstacle and I am sure he read my movement as a release cue. Bummer. But he did get on, so hopefully this was just a blip. The rest of his run was nice, he nailed his running DW contact even with a U-turn to a tunnel. And he had great fast time, so all in all a pretty good job.

Shortly thereafter came Excellent B JWW. It was a very tricky course with lots of side changes and a tough weave entry. Jimmy did it all in style! He was fast and clean. We had 49 seconds to get it done and Jimmy finished in 33.46. This still wasn't quick enough to place but we did come in 8th place which is still pretty darn good in the 12 inch class. We beat all the corgis and quite a few shelties! This run gave us another 15 MACH points as well. Woohoo!

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:
Excellent B JWW legs: 4 (out of 10 needed for his MXJ)
Excellent B STD legs: 0 (out of 10 needed for his MX)
Double Q's: 0 (out of 20 double-Q's needed for a MACH)
MACH Points: 52 (out of 750 speed points needed for a MACH)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot

You may remember this view from my Woodsy Wilson post back in September. See the log with its interesting twisty trunk where Wilson so nicely posed? Well, that tree was felled because it was dead and my neighborhood HOA deemed it a hazard. Unfortunately, this week, several hundred of its closest friends have been bulldozed, with many hundreds more awaiting the same sad fate. This little woods is no more than a ONE minute walk from my house. It was a tiny oasis filled with squirrels galore, deer, and fox. It is a mere 12 acres, soon to contain 27 single family homes, roads, street lights, and the accompanying noise. **Sigh** To be honest, we knew it was coming, the county had mailed us an "adjacent property notice" two or three years ago. The recession took it's toll and the project happily went on a back burner. Alas, it has once again become active. And even with my logical brain knowing this was coming some day, the first day I walked past, the smell of chain-sawed wood and freshly broken soil brought tears to my eyes and a very tight throat. I know this is also a case of NIMBY (not in my backyard!), but I am just so sad for this little patch of heaven.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What Joint Supplement Do You Use?

I've just used up the last of the joint supplement I've been using for the boys. It's Longevity, by a company called Springtime . I've been pleased with the company and their products so I won't necessarily switch. I just thought now was a good time to hear opinions on other products. Having an achondroplastic breed, I start supplementing early on in hopes of keeping their joints and connective tissues healthier.

So what supplement do you use? What results did you notice?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Photos from Saturday

The trial this past weekend was at the farm I have posted about a couple of other times. It is a wonderful place for a trial, especially if you enjoy doing more than just watching runs. There are acres of land and farm roads to walk the dogs on, swimming in warm weather, the ambiance of a real farm, and the list goes on and on.

Here is a small section of what greets you as you arrive...their driveway is probably a 1/4 mile long!

Once you clear the woods, it opens up to the alpaca pasture.

Wandering around, here and there, are the most charming little touches. This very small Buddha was sitting on a tree stump. He's evidently been there awhile based on the mossy patina.

Here are the boys posing on one of the outbuilding's steps. This is another example of their good sit/stay as there was an alpaca behind me about 20 feet away in a small pen. That's what they are focusing on.

And as you can see, this lovely farm has all its ducks in a row! Wilson was quite mystified by this pile of Canada goose decoys. He definitely did a double take as we walked past.

Stepping across one of the outbuilding thresholds, I noticed this delightful footprint. Now I know why this particular agility trial is often lucky for me. It has a permanent good luck charm stamped on the property.

Just past the horseshoe print, was an old boat filled with end-of-season zinnias.

And last but certainly not least, another reason I love this trial is all the Cardigans! It is the only trial where Cardis sometimes outnumber the Pems or where I am not the sole Cardi person. This striking boy was just one of eight other Cardis enjoying the day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In Triplicate.....

....that's how we like our Q's!

Saturday, Jimmy and I had an agility trial over on Eastern Shore Maryland, held by the Talbot Kennel Club. We had a VERY successful day!

The day got off to a very chilly start in the upper 30's. This trial offered FAST and our Open class was the first of the day. The "Send" was a teeter slanted out toward the tape line and then either end of a tunnel the was at the back of the taped area. Last time we ran FAST it was a teeter and Jimmy couldn't do it with me so far away, so I wasn't expecting much. I gathered as many points as possible saving an AFrame to a jump and then into the Send so I could use all that momentum. And it worked! Jimmy flew up the teeter, and even went deeper in to get the tunnel! The buzzer sounded before we crossed the finish line so I wasn't sure I had collected enough points, but lo and behold, we had the fastest time and the most points to get 1st place! We were off to a great start!

Next came Open Standard and our arch nemesis, the Table. Jimmy jumped up with no complaint what so ever! It was only the 6th obstacle so we had to keep it clean the rest of the way. And again my good little man pulled it off! With 73 seconds to get it done, he did it in 43.91, once again earning us 1st place! And, drumroll please, our Open Standard title! It only took 16 tries thanks to our table issues!

Finally a couple of hours later, came Excellent B JWW. It was an interesting course with a tricky weave pole entry. Jimmy really had his game on, as we Q'd in this run too! We were a full 10 seconds under time, but not nearly fast enough to earn a placement. The first place dog beat us by 6 or 7 seconds!

Needless to say, this was a very satisfying weekend! It was also held at a gorgeous farm with wonderful places to walk, sunny weather, and nice photo ops. I'll post some pictures later when I get everything off my camera.

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:
Excellent B JWW legs: 3
Excellent B STD legs: 0
Double Q's: 0
MACH Points: 37

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wilson's Wide-Eyed Wonder Wordless Wednesday

Shameless Plug - Vote for Wilson or Jimmy

Laurie over at The Daily Corgi is holding her Halloween Costume Contest. Of course, I had to send in pictures of Wilson and Jimmy! So, please, if you have the time, send in a vote for either Jimmy T. or Wilson T.

Here's how, using Laurie's instructions:

E-mail your choice (just one photo please) to no later than 5 PM EST this Friday, November 5th. PLEASE PUT "costume" in the SUBJECT LINE of your e-mail!
One vote per person/e-mail.

Thanks alot!
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