Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Couldn't Think of a Title for This Post!

I couldn't come up with anything clever, not-so-clever, whatever.....as a title for this photo. Do you have any ideas?

This fence was along the walk we took yesterday morning. The backyard it outlined was fully wooded, so this fence never sees the sun. As a result, the slats are permanently green with moss or maybe algae. It made a neat photo background. Other than the rounded edges that I got from PicMonkey, this is pretty much what the scene looked like. It was an overcast morning so the colors were muted and monochromatic and Wilson contrasted with the fence nicely.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Had His Cake and Ate It, Too!

Lest you were worried that Wilson didn't have any birthday festivities, here are a few shots from the end of his big day. I was just a bit slow getting them off the camera.


Oh, yes! Please! Yes! Hurry! Yes! Yes!

Wilson is all about the food gifts!

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend, Everyone!  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Of Course Jimmy Got In On The Act, Too!

We've been having a rainy few days. That's what gave me the big puddle for yesterday's picture of Wilson. The day started out with everything wet, but the sun shining. It made a perfect setup for the reflection shots. Of course, I took a bunch of shots, not just Wilson. Jimmy by himself didn't turn out so well as he hates to look at the camera if he's alone. But coupled with Wilson, he will.

Here's the same puddle with both boys...or would that be all four?

A few bonus shots from the morning walk.....

The pine trees were sparkling with  a million water droplets but the camera didn't catch what my eyes could see.

Patiently waiting for me to catch up.

Side effect of a good long walk

Monday, May 21, 2012

Green is the Word, Green is the Word....

...Is the word that is Seen! (a bit of paraphrasing from Grease lyrics)

I love this time of year when all the trees, grass, and plants are still vibrant, lush, and green. The summer heat and sun have yet to scorch the colors to browns.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Weekend Report - A Double Q....Sort Of

Well, today was a good day! Wilson, Jimmy and I went to the Mattaponi Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience/Rally Trial. We were trying for our 3rd legs on the Rally Novice titles. It was a large Novice A class with 15 dogs, held in a grassy field. I find it interesting that with Rally you get a course map, and then have plenty of time to go off and practice. There wasn't too much I was worried about other than keeping noses out of the grass. There were plenty of direction changes, and I almost went the wrong way with Jimmy's 360 to the left. Wilson went first in the class, and Jim went near the end, so it was easy to keep them from worrying about each other. And as it turned out both boys scored a 95! This score was good enough to tie them for 2nd place. Jimmy was a second or two faster so he earned the 2nd place ribbon, Wilson the 3rd. Having each earned two legs at the National Specialty last month, the legs today finished off our Rally Novice titles. Yay! So, see, it was sort of a double-Q today, right?

Wilson is now Caduceus Castaway Wilson RN HT AXP AJP NF....plus his CGC.
Jimmy is now Fine Creek's Sharp Dressed Man RN HT MXJ AX OF....plus his CGC.

Here are the guys posing with all the ribbons they earned...one for placing, one for qualifying and one for our new title.

I am proud of my boys!
One of the great things about these large all-breed conformation shows is all the vendors! There are many more than you would ever see at an agility trial. Jimmy and Wilson each got a well-deserved knuckle bone.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Living the T-Shirt Life - Volume Four.....but NCC*

* No Corgi Content

Today is National Bike to Work Day!

Today is  National Bike to Work Day. Living, as I do,  right on the W and OD Bike Trail/Park , which is a major bicycle commuter route, I thought I would participate in today's event. It was a well-coordinated effort and if you pre-registered for the event, you got a t-shirt. Who doesn't love a free t-shirt?! I often walk the dogs along the horse trail that runs parallel with the paved bike trail so I know the usual volume of bikes going to work in the morning. There was very definitely a big uptick in the amount of riders out there today! As part of the event, there are pit-stops scattered throughout the region. There was one about three miles from my house, so that's where we headed to pick up our t-shirts, etc. They were providing fruit, snacks, drinks, etc.

Pit Stop in Sterling, Virginia

Now, I work for a great company that allows us to work from home at least one day a week. Friday is my usual day, so I can't really say I biked to my office (a 17 mile ride!), but I did bike to "work" since I rode home after checking out the pit-stop.

Did anyone else ride a bike to work today?

Previous entries in my Living the T-shirt Life series:


Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Teacup Shepherd

As many of you have probably experienced, when you take your Cardigan Welsh Corgis out in public, you will often be asked what kind of dogs they are. Well, to be more accurate, you are usually asked what kind of mix or mutt they are. (Although, I have to say, more and more people do seem to be able to identify Cardigans for who they are.) Of course, this brings out the prankster in me. In this day and age of designer dogs, it can be pretty easy to pull the wool (or would that be dog hair) over someone's eyes......

Let me provide an example.......

An all-black German Shepherd Dog

My Teacup Shepherd
You would be surprised how many people will ask where they can get one! Oops! 

While writing this post I googled "Teacup Shepherd". And, lo and behold, there really is such a creature! It's the tiniest version of an Australian Shepherd. Under 10 inches and weighing between 4 and 9 pounds....so I guess Jimmy doesn't qualify!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Cardigan Pushmi-Pullyu?

If you remember the original Doctor Dolittle movie, there was a character called the Pushmi-Pullyu (pronounced "push-me—pull-you") , a double-headed llama....

Well, I think I spotted the Cardigan version in Ashburn this week, and was lucky enough to capture it on camera!

A Cardigan Pushmi-Pullyu

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jimmy's Job

Shoo! Skedaddle!

Get back where you belong!

Job complete! What were those pesky geese thinking anyway?!

Jimmy enjoying his " Just Deserts*": Goose Poop! 

* In this case though, the expression might just be his Just Desserts!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Barnabus Collins?

Here's Wilson, playing with his Chuck-it Squirrel.......Click to enlarge (if needed) so the blog title makes sense and cue the music from Dark Shadows.....

Look deep into my eyes...Deeper......Deeper......

Friday, May 11, 2012

Just Jimmy

Here's a look at Jimmy's day yesterday. We kept him busy on his birthday!

We took a nice walk down by the neighborhood lake. Jimmy did a bit of posing for the camera. He's not the super-model Wilson is, but I got a few shots I like.

My favorite from the walk!

Back at the house, Jimmy and Wilson were playing fetch. Wilson's flying squirrel toy got stuck up in a tree. I got the broom so I could knock it down. Brooms are one of those things that send Jim into a huge tizzy! He grabbed it from my hands and ran! He wanted a good game of tug but this broom wasn't going to hold up to his jaws of steel!

And finally, at the end of the day, a birthday cake! Jimmy was tired and grouchy after such a long day, and had had it with me and my camera! Isn't it funny how huge Cardigans look when you hold them close for a picture?

Jimmy taking a BIG breath to blow out his candle!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Birthday Boy's Breakfast

Today is Jimmy's fifth birthday! That's half of a decade! Where has the time gone?!

Here is the Birthday Boy posing with his special breakfast of raw venison. Mmmmmm!

OK, Already! I posed all cute and such.....Now open the darn thing!

Sending out a birthday shout to Jimmy's littermate, Bobby,  in Washington, DC, as well!

Monday, May 7, 2012

What I Saw as I Walked in the Back Door

So, I came into the house via the back door....and this is what I saw. Jimmy sacked out on his bed. Nothing unusual about that except he didn't bother to get up. I was able to walk to the kitchen island, grab my camera, walk back to the door, and the silly expression hadn't changed a bit. I guess he must have had a moose antler hangover...that's what's poking out from under his lower leg.

A face only his mother could love!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Well, there was very little interest in my Specialty item giveaways.....it just made the odds that much better!

Finn is the lucky winner of the leash and Merinda, being the #2 commenter about the car (using Random.org), you have won the training bag!

Now Fay, if you are interested....I have a very cute little consolation prize I can send you......

At any rate, thanks to all of you for playing my game. Next time I'll have to come up with more exciting prizes.

Please email me at taryn(dot)tipton(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing addresses, and I'll pop these items in the mail sometime next week.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Butter Boys

I live in the thick of Northern Virginia suburbs, filled with countless cookie-cutter homes, small yards, and endless pavement. However, there are a few holdouts who have kept the feel of old Ashburn alive. A short walk from my house, via the W&OD trail, is a small farm complete with chickens, several horses, and even bee hives! The mild winter was really a boon for the flowering plants this year. Their horse pasture is covered in buttercups right now. I got as close as I could without risking Jimmy seeing the horses. He gets pretty amped up about them and I certainly couldn't risk him going for the chase! So here are the boys posed just outside the fence. The horses were not far away but the tall weeds, flowers, and grass kept them out of sight. Good thing they weren't curious about what I was doing and came for a visit.


And don't forget about my GIVEAWAY.
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