Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wild Ride

This week has been a bit crazy.  Monday was normal, the dogs had their swim and all was well. Tuesday and Wednesday Legend didn't feel that well and intermittently ran a fever, at one point she wouldn't even eat treats or a peanut butter stuffed kong.  So Thursday I ran bloodwork and she had an elevated white cell count, maybe some pancreatitis and progression of her renal disease.  For the last 18 months we have been managing non-clinical (other than drinking a lot) renal disease and it's been very stable.  I knew it would eventually progress but it's still hard to accept.  So we put here on 2 days of IV fluids and some new meds.  While she's not eating what I would like (renal diet food), she is eating at least something and does seem to be feeling better.  In fact I took her to the nose work trial this weekend as she felt good enough to sniff.  I figure you never know how much time you have and we were going to get out and do what she loves no matter the outcome.

Well the outcome was mind-blowing.  She's not always as fast as she used to be but she still had a great time and banged out a 6/8 weekend, picking up several new advanced titles (AKC) and some placements to boot.  She even got a first place in advanced buried today at the end of a long and warm weekend.  I was so proud of her and so happy we got to share another weekend as teammates.
And here is the video
Epic decided he would not be outdone and nailed a perfect 7/7 weekend picking up some new novice titles and a novice High in Trial today!  He also got some placements and worked like a little champ all weekend long.  I couldn't not be more proud of how he's coming along.  Especially considering the lack of training he's had lately.  Between getting ready for the agility trial and then Legend getting sick, nose work practice had taken a back seat but it sure didn't show!
After the trial we took them out for ice cream, a walk and a swim at the jogging path and then a fun evening in the yard with the other dogs.

In non dog related news, Jerry and I enjoyed a nice evening out on Friday and yesterday attended a co-workers wedding.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Regularly scheduled programming

Now that the kids are gone this blog will pretty much go back to dogs, dogs, horses, dogs and some vet stuff. Yesterday we celebrated our agility weekend by swimming. Taking both of them at the same time was not a total success but we still had fun. And I promised Legend we would go alone next time. Now it’s time to shift gears for a weekend of AKC scentwork. We have a big summer full of dog events planned. And some other fun stuff too!










A star is born

Epic made his agility debut this weekend and did not disappoint! I couldn’t be more proud of him. He pulled together everything that he knows and then some. He ended up with 6/12 Qs and great start lines, no knocked bars, only one missed contact and even did a few rear crosses. And yes, I have video!







And here’s all his winnings!


Not wanting to be left out them girls got to play too. Lyric went 4/4 in elite tunnelers and jumpers. Legend joined the other teens in intro jumpers and tunnelers and picked up a few tunnelers legs.  

Autumn and Candy got to socialize and meet new friends. No takers yet but it was nice to get them out and about. 





Thursday, June 6, 2019

The big goodbye

Yesterday was the day. We had to say goodbye, or see you later, to the girls. It was certainly a day of mixed emotions. While we look forward to “normal” life we will definitely miss them and shed some tears as they headed off through security. I hope they had fun here and hope they come back to visit. And hopefully someday we make it to their counties as well. 

Packing


The last family photo


Reminders of all our girls




The room waits for visitors and future exchangers 


And just in case we seemed to sad, this goofball kept us amused. 


 


Monday, June 3, 2019

Farm fun

We visited my friend Barbie last weekend as well to see all the baby sheep and goats. And they did not disappoint!





















Top of the Rock. Again.

I’m way behind in posting but we went to top of the rock with the girls to do the lost canyon nature trail. I definitely recommend this. So beautiful and relaxing. 


















After the tour we took in the rest of the lovely views followed by a great dinner at a place we had not been to before 







Monday, May 20, 2019

The beginning of the end

The girls have now completed all of their exchange requirements and school obligations.  All that remains of our time together are a few weeks to do some last minute activities, packing, and saying "see you later" to all of the friends and family that have become in important part of their lives this year.  

Umama will return home and study for college entrance exams and then apply for colleges.  Mariyam will return to two more years of high school.  She will pursue a medical degree after that and Umama wants to go into engineering.  They are both considering college in their homelands as well as abroad.  

We hope that they, along with Nadin, always feel welcome here, and someday are able to visit.  And someday we home to get to their side of the world and see all the things the three of them have told u about.  Until then, there is always the internet!



Graduation

And just like that we have two more high school graduates! They look so beautiful and grown up.  After the ceremony Mariyam went to project graduation and had a great time.  The rest of went to dinner and then back home or to hotels.  The next day Umama's family headed back to CA for more time with family there.





Family time

Umama's family is spending a few weeks in the US and came to Missouri for her graduation.  Who would have ever thought that we we started the host family journey a few years ago that we would end up hosting an entire family from Bangladesh in our home for an evening.








 We were so lucky to have my parents and our local coordinator join us for dinner and visiting.  What a unique event for everyone!
Earlier in  the month (because I'm behind again) we got some new flowers and the girls got to try their hand at gardening for the first time.  They did a great job and I look forward to enjoying their creations long after they leave.

And in the midst of all this chaos Wyatt got adopted!  Just two more to go!