Sunday, November 27, 2011

You Get One Guess.......

We have had absolutely the prettiest weather for our four day weekend! It's been 65 to 70 degrees and sunny everyday. Today, it was so nice we BBQ'd hamburgers on the grill for a mid-afternoon early bird dinner. This left me with just enough time to take the boys for a walk before dark. We headed out to the linear park/trail behind my house. My guys are pretty reliable off-leash so we were all chugging along at a good pace, me in the lead.  I keep a close eye on them, so I turned around to check where they were. All I see is all four of Wilson's legs pointing up to the sky, his back snaking back and forth, rolling for all he is worth in "something". "Something" is never something good. You get one guess what you think this is.....

Scratch and Sniff for more details......
Wilson had speckled a lovely substance throughout his coat. This is quite out of character for him. Jimmy, on the other hand, I would not have been surprised. I really had not been planning on bathing Wilson at the very end of the weekend. Sigh.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturdays Steps

The past couple of days have been gorgeous, warm, late fall days. We took the boys out to a winery for a picnic yesterday, that's how nice it's been. The place had lots of tables overlooking what just a couple of weeks ago must have been a fabulous leafy and colorful view. The trees are empty now, but the location is still lovely. There were some railroad tie steps leading down to the table and with the sun just right, it made a good photo-op. I post this picture in honor of George the Lad's upcoming birthday (Happy B-day to a fellow Welshie!). If you follow the link, you can see that Jimmy and Wilson made the trip across the pond to help him celebrate.

The boys were quite focused on all of our snacks.........

We want NOMS!

We finished the day with a walk through the woods, burning off some of the holiday surplus of calories.

There was a huge rock wall near the end of the trail. The boys are posed by the small end, it kept getting bigger/taller as we walked along. The chocolate Lab is their best buddy, Mousse.

Now the focus of my weekend needs to turn to acquiring/packing up a Cardi-Claus packet! The deadline is looming :-)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Living the T-Shirt Life - Volume Two

If you remember this post from back in July, then today's photo will make perfect sense!

Jimmy even cooperated to the point of giving a nice pissy face! Click to enlarge.

I have to thank Dina from Life with the Horde for the inspiration for this post. A while back, she told me about this brand of Black (how appropriate!) Rum called Kraken. They used the whole sea monster theme as their advertising gimmick. And lucky for me, they had a perfect T-shirt! I had a blast wearing it to agility class!

I Am Often Asked........

......But do they shed?

This came off of Wilson after his bath today. There was easily this much again clinging around the drain, plastered up and down the bathroom walls from the post-bath shake, and the hall carpet was a whole new color due to a layer of fur. And it's still coming out as Wilson's coat finishes drying!  I guess he was a tad overdue for a bit of grooming!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Every Picture Tells a Story.......

.....some just do it better than others!

I have to admit, yesterday's Wordless Wednesday was a bit weak. The photo was less than stellar as Wilson just would not cooperate and give me the pose I was looking for! Also, this was a case where a picture "needs" a thousand words, instead of a picture being worth a thousand words.

There really is a story behind Wilson posing by a storm drain. Way back in the fall of '03, when Wilson was still a young pup, I would take him for bedtime walks around the big block in my neighborhood. On the corner as you leave my little cul-de-sac, the family there had an outgoing gray cat named George. He was often left outside to wander. He'd see us coming and dart down into one of the storm drains. He really wasn't afraid of Wilson as his owners also had a big yellow lab that they also let wander (and poop) all over the neighborhood (....but that's another story!). So George would enter the storm drain and next thing I'd know, I would spot him up the street ahead of us. He had used the sewer piping as his own private little metro system. So one night we are doing our usual circuit, trotting along, minding our own business, when George flies up out of the drain we had just passed and attacks Wilson! Claws out and accompanied by loud hissing, he hit from behind. I guess this was the cat-equivalent of shooting someone in the back. Needless to say, this scared the everliving crap out of mild-mannered Wilson. It got my heart rate on the moon as well! It was a hit and run attack, and before I could react, George was back down the storm drain and gone. I am sure he was very pleased with himself for finally telling this canine newcomer to his neighborhood the way it was going to be. Wilson is a very sensitive boy. He takes things to heart, and this unprovoked attack scared and scarred him badly. The next time we walked around the block, he gave each and every storm drain the hairy-eyeball and a wide berth, and there are ALOT of drains on my block. It developed into a bit of an obsession for him. Every drain needed an inspection to ensure that George was not lurking below. And he certainly could not get up onto the sidewalk by stepping over a drain! The sewer monster would get him for sure! George has since moved away, but Wilson's behavior has continued all these years. When Jimmy came along and had no knowledge of sewer monsters and thus no fear of drains, it did seem to ease Wilson's phobia a bit. As a result, I could not get the exact "Wary Wilson" photo I was looking for. Usually he pokes his head all the way into the crack for a good long look and sniff.

While not George, this gives you the general idea. Oh! The horror!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Weekend Report - Whew! A Double-Q!

So this weekend was my final trial weekend of the year. It was at a new location, an equestrian center in Fredericksburg, Va. We were in one of the large indoor horse arenas. It was a tad dusty, mainly along the edges, the rings being pretty welled watered down. Of course, this meant many good smells to distract the more nasal-based dogs.

The first class of the day was Standard. It was a nice course. The judge spread out across the space provided. There really weren't too many traps although I almost botched getting Jimmy over the Aframe. Jimmy gave me a nice table and all the bars stayed up! Woohoo! We started our day off with a Q! And when the results were posted, I couldn't believe my eyes! Jimmy earned a 2nd place!

The day was running Tall to Small, so we had a bit of a wait for Jumpers. Once again, it wasn't too tricky. There was one spot heading to the tunnel where Jimmy could decide he wanted the wrong end of the tunnel, but luck was on my side.  Again the bars stayed up, and we had a Q! We weren't speedy enough to place in the ribbons but Jimmy came in a very respectable 6th place. When you consider the competition we are up against, Jimmy always does very well in the speed department.

I am sure my smile could have been seen from the moon when we qualified in Jumpers! This broke the long drought on double-q-ing! I won't say I've conquered my ring nerves yet, but I have been working hard on the mental side of the game.

I hung around for another hour in order to play Time to Beat. It was a fun course similar to the JWW run with a teeter and a serpentine thrown in. Unfortunately, when my turn started, the dog just in front of me pooped on his way out of the ring. So, even though I was already three obstacles into my run, the judge made me stop. Jimmy was very confused at this. Once the mess was cleaned up, I got to start again, but my mojo was gone. Jimmy dropped the very first bar as we started again. The judge took pity on me, and let me try to start again. But karma would have none of it, and Jimmy took out one of the bars in the serpentine. So I just cheered him on through the weaves, and in the home stretch, encouraged him to run the line as fast as possible, again cheering him on. In a run where I was Qing, I would never risk talking/cheering while we were running!

I actually signed up for both trial days of the weekend.  However, in dog training, you are always supposed to stop a training session on a positive, successful note, quitting with the dog still wanting more. I took this to heart and decided not to drive back for Sunday. This way my year ends with the positive, happy feeling of a double-Q.

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:
Excellent B JWW legs: 14 (out of 10 needed for his MXJ) Now he's working on his MXJ2!
Excellent B STD legs: 5 (out of 10 needed for his MX) Halfway to our MX!
Double Q's: 3 (out of 20 double-Q's needed for a MACH)
MACH Points: 270 (out of 750 speed points needed for a MACH)

Time 2 Beat legs: 3 (out of 15 needed for his T2B) 24 points (out of 100 needed)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Catching Up on 11-11-11

I couldn't let the unique date of today go by without including it in a post, unfortunately I couldn't come up with anything clever! At any rate, Jimmy had fallen behind on the walk, and is rushing to catch up!

Oh! Crap! They moved on without me!

Wait up! I'm coming!

Whew! Caught ya!
One final picture, just because I like it.....

Sending out a huge THANK YOU! to all the Veterans out there.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Weekend Report - Two Out of Three.......But....

.....unfortunately not the two out of three I needed for a double-Q. Sigh.

This trial was out on Eastern Shore, Maryland at the beautiful farm I've reported on before. It was a very chilly morning, overcast until midday. Our first fun of the day was Standard and although it looked like it could be tricky, many dogs qualified. Jimmy gave me a beautiful table, nailed his dogwalk contact, and was nice and speedy. When the results were posted, Jimmy had earned a third place ribbon. Good Boy!

Next up, JWW. It really wasn't too bad of a course, just a couple areas of concern. If Jimmy is going to drop a bar, it's usually on a double jump or a triple jump because not only does he have to jump up but he has to jump wider than usual. Unfortunately, there was a double at the back corner of the course, in a spot that made getting a straight on path over it rather difficult. I didn't work the turn quite hard enough to give Jimmy a better angle, and down it went, taking our double-Q with it. I think I see the purchase of a double jump in my future as this needs more practice than a once-a-week class can provide.

At the very end of the day came the Time 2 Beat class. Only one dog earns a ribbon (and 10 points) in this class and the rest earn points based on how close they come to the winner's time. Jimmy gave a nice speedy run and earned another 9 points toward his title. He's now got 24 points/3 legs out of the 100 points/15 legs it takes to title.

I didn't take any photos of the farm this time. I have lots already and just didn't get around to it. I did take one shot as I headed out for home. How's this for an agility trial in the middle of nowhere......?

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:
Excellent B JWW legs: 13 (out of 10 needed for his MXJ) Now he's working on his MXJ2!
Excellent B STD legs: 4 (out of 10 needed for his MX) But at least we are now in B class!
Double Q's: 2 (out of 20 double-Q's needed for a MACH)
MACH Points: 244 (out of 750 speed points needed for a MACH)

Time 2 Beat legs: 3 (out of 15 needed for his T2B) 24 points (out of 100 needed)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

An Odd Angle

We were cleaning out junk the other day, and came across an old mirror. Before it could go in the give-away pile, I thought it looked like a good photo prop. Here's Jimmy's first attempt at posing on it....

I need to experiment some more as I did this without any food rewards. Jimmy wasn't completely thrilled about it and, besides, Wilson is much better at the whole super-model thing anyway. When I have more time, I'll have to try for more reflective shots.

But, now you know what Jimmy's white "lightening bolt" markings look like underneath his chin. You know you were curious!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Lake.....but NCC

With sunrise so late these days, it's easy to be out and about for an "early light" walk. The past couple of mornings I've walked down by our neighborhood's large lake. With the cool morning temps, the lake gives off a pretty mist. The water is very still and the reflections are lovely.  Here are a couple of views of the lake and surrounding vegetation in the final throes of fall color. No corgi content today but still worthy of a post!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vote for Witchy Wilson over at the Daily Corgi!

Please vote for me!
Wilson has a request so he is putting on his best campaign face. He would like you to vote for his Halloween photo over at The Daily Corgi . All you need to do is email Laurie (thedailycorgi AT and tell her you are voting for Witchy Wilson. That's it. Wilson will be eternally grateful! And so will I!
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