Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Zodiac's halo

Back when we lived in Columbia we were members of a dog training group that put on a performance once a year.  Each dog was painted on the set and after they pass away a halo gets painted on the set as well.

Marcia sent me this photo of Zodiac with his halo after the set was updated this year.  I didn't realize his name was spelled wrong on set!  But now he and Oreo both have their halos and watch us from heaven.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lake Powell Half Marathon

Saturday was the big race that inspired this whole trip.  It certainly wasn't our fastest-for a number of reasons, but it was very scenic.  We stopped to take some pictures-one of the reasons it was not fast. There was a lot of lakefront running and even 2 miles of actual trail running along the lake-another reason it was not so fast!

The food afterwards wasn't very good but the medals were nice.  After some better food at the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at and a shower it was time to hit the road. We spent the rest of the weekend driving and finally made it back home Sunday night.  Today was back to work and back to laundry!  And in just a little while back to running.  When you have  1000 miles to do you only get one day off after a big race!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Antelope Canyon

We also did this yesterday.  It was really one of the coolest things we have seen.  These are considered "slot" canyons because they are so narrow.  It was very surreal looking, you can't really believe something like this was naturally created.  It looks like an abstract work of art or another planet.

See that crack in the ground?  That's the canyon.  We came out right near where this picture was taken.  Hard to believe all that was underground!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend

Yesterday we took a brief trip to the Grand Canyon.  Lodging and logistics led us to try out the North Rim.  It was ok, but we didn't have great lighting and overall I thought the views from the South Rim were better.  But now we have seen both.  The lodge we stayed at did have excellent cookies though.

Then we headed on in to Lake Powell where the resort is apparently home to dozens of wild rabbits that hang out on the manicured grass.  You can even get married here-I did not know when I was planning my wedding that getting married in a field of bunnies was an option!

The resort was nice and we had nice views of the lake and Marina.

 Today we also took the short hike to Horseshoe bend-which was cool but I forgot to put the memory card back in the camera so this is a cell phone picture.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Parks Day 2

Yesterday we hit Zion National Park.  I think the books underrated this one as well.  Unfortunately because of the size and expanse of the rock formations it's hard to really appreciate in photos.  But it was really nice.  You have all the cool rocks and canyons of the rest of Utah, but with more greenery and vegetation.  We didn't get to see all the park but did hit a few trials and enjoyed the canyon area.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bryce Canyon National Park

Yes, we are on vacation again.  This year was Cheri's pick for the half-marathon trip and she chose Lake Powell so we are all spending another week out west.  After two days of driving we met Steve and Cheri in Utah and our first day of fun stuff was at Bryce canyon.  The pictures in the guide books, and these as well don't really do it justice.  This park was a welcome suprise and we enjoyed our day of light hiking and sight-seeing.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

More model stuff

Earlier this week I saw this article in one of my veterinary magazines. 

 And these boxes are going out to veterinary clinics all over the the place.

 All of this stuff was inside.

 At the video shoot on wednesday they gave us this bag sample.

 And these are a few more internet images.

Friday, October 7, 2016

UKC Nosework trial

Last weekend we went to the local UKC nosework trial.  Saturday they had two vehicle trials.  Legend placed first in both classes to earn her Novice Vehicle title and came close to getting high in trial both rounds with times of 16 seconds and 8 seconds.

Sunday was two rounds of exteriors.  She places second in round one-crazy,  I know!  But round two netted her first place and high in trial with a time of 14 seconds for her Novice Exterior title.

Overall we had a good time and it was a nice confidence boost.  We plan on doing a container trial here in November as well.  We got a chance to watch the upper levels of the exterior classes on sunday and it's quite different from NACSW.  First of all they usually tell you how many hides but even if they don't you know it will be 3 or 4.  They also give a huge amount of time-10 minutes at the highest level!  They do use food distractors in searches besides the containers though, although they basically use "containers" in the exterior area that hides or food may be in, in addition to the natural environment.  There are also 2 additional scents your dog needs to know for the two highest levels.

We also got in an NW3 in Iowa (I was hoping for texas) so hopefully that will go just as well!

Friday, September 30, 2016

The new face of Diamond Care Renal

Between being busy, sick, working and who knows what else I have not gotten around to sharing this exciting news! Remember back in April when I took Legend for the photo shoot for the dog food bag?  They shot two dogs for each bag and then later picked one they liked best.  Well, not only did they like Legend, they are also shooting an informational video to promote the food so next week we got to go do that!

I'm not sure if the bags are in stores yet but here is the link that shows it on the website.  And a few screen shots in case you don't want to follow the link.

Not only did she make the bag, Legend and this cat (who did not pose together this is photo-shopped) are the headliners on the webpage!

And here she is with her bag.  I think it looks fabulous!

I am obviously stupid excited over this but I underestimated how excited my coworkers would be-since the girls go to work with me a lot all my techs know her really well and are basically treating this like they now know a celebrity.  For her part, Legend doesn't seem to know what the big deal is but gladly accepts the extra attention.