Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Parenting Day 2

Yesterday I forgot to mention we went to the high school to sign up for classes and the girls got to meet the counselor They have a great mix of fun and challenging classes. 

They also gave us some gifts of native clothing from their countries.  

Today they helped us continue our remodeling by doing some painting and other odd jobs. 

Then, since it was Pakistan’s Independence Day we put on our native clothing and took some photos. 

Then we went to new student orientation and open house at the high school, met several teachers, and made a final schedule adjustment. I was really pleased with some of the teachers’ enthusiasm for having them in class and at school. Especially the JROTC teacher who really went out of his way to express his excitement to and make sure Mariyam got into a class that would be the best experience. This really has been a bright spot in our school district struggles. 

Finally, the princess and her new admirers

Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome home-delayed a bit

Our new exchange students arrived Friday!  We arrived Sunday.  While not what we had hoped it all worked out ok.  Our coordinator Joyce picked them up at the airport and brought them to the house-after in ice cream stop.  Then our very accommodating house-sitter watched over them for a few days and got them settled in. 

Here is a picture from Dubai-where they first met in the airport
They get along like two peas in a pod.  Which is great, since they share a room!
They had orientation in DC for a few days before coming here.
First family photo-at the local Mexican restaurant!

First trip to Wal-mart


We had a relaxing time on our trip.  We didn't leave the resort and we didn't do anything strenuous.  One morning we walked along the beach.  We had a nice time visiting with the happy couple.  The wedding was lovely, in a great setting and during a perfect weather.  I didn't get a lot of photos on this trip but here are a few.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Random pics

I was doing a relief shift at a clinic and saw this pet fox. 

The boys chillin. 

Handsome Gus is still here. 

Sleepy Legend

Epic being naughty at work 

Legend and Gretel 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Still alive

I would not suggest remodeling your house, leaving the country and preparing for two teenagers all at once. But it is what it is. 

So here’s what we have been doing. We finished the girls room! Obviously that needed to be a priority. 

We got the kitchen cabinets finished! And stated painting the walls. It’s not done but at least we are getting a sense of the final look. I’ll wait to post pics. 

I’ve been making some progress with Riesling. It’s slow and painstaking and time consuming but as long as we are making progress I’ll keep working on it. 

Getting ready for vacation! I have a friend getting married in Jamaica this weekend so we are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning. 

My sister visited. She got to meet the goats!

What we have not been doing. No running. I got a summer cold and that shut down the running. By the time I got better we were pushing to work on the house and get ready for our trip. 

No dog training. Too busy with all the other things. So the dogs are on a summer vacation. 

I’m sure I’ll be blogging more when the girls get here. Here is their first photo together at the Dubai airport!

Thursday, July 19, 2018


I’ve been slacking on this again. But to be fair, we’ve been busy. 

Over the weekend we had our local NADAC trial. No chances Qs but both girls had some other nice runs and we enjoyed seeing friends. 

Gus is doing great on his house training and is patiently waiting for a home. 

Riesling, who has been working out so well, apparently came with more issues than we knew. Not sure what the future holds for him. He can stay here as anlet for sure but riding is questionable currently. But he did help with the fence. 

We’ve been working hard to finish our home remodel before the girls get here. Current project kitchen cabinets. 

Stay tuned for updates! Hopefully!

And then there is this goober being naughty at work. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The unusual: Part 14

1. Owner presented dog with a skin condition. She had treated it with bleach water and coconut oil and couldn’t imagine what it could be when that didn’t work. It was a hot spot. 

2. Dog ate rat poison. They called their vet to ask advise and were given very specific advise on how to give peroxide. Instead they gave chewing tobacco. They must had second thoughts about this and called our clinic to ask what to do. 

3.  Owner gave a lengthy story about how there were 40-50 lb feral cats living near his home because someone released “miniature” bengal tigers into the wild and they were breeding with the normal sized feral cats. 

4.  Client asked if they could get diarrhea from their dog. I’m not sure if this was in general or in regards to zoonotic diseases. 

5.  Thanks to my colleague for getting this one. Dog had a shoulder wound and owner wanted to know why blood from the heart wasn’t spurting out of it.  Same owner poured water on the wound and when confronted denied it despite the yowling dog and puddle of bloody water on the floor. 

6.  Clinic got an email asking the best food for a “chorkie”

7.  Owner presented dog for licking her “privates” and then noted it was mainly when the husband was around and could she be “pleasuring herself” because she read that on google. I’m not sure what she actually googled because “dog licking vulva” will NOT get you those results!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

More UKC

Last weekend we were sniffing again. Back to Tulsa for more UKC. Legend wrapped up her  aster interior and her master nosework with a second place. And then she got a keg of her elite vehicles. Three hides, seven vehicles, 1:51 for first place. Just three more Qs to get her EN!

Epic finished up both his advanced vehicles (in the intense heat) and his advanced interiors (first place). We played in superior vehicles on Sunday but he’s just really not ready. Time to buckle down on so,w training before moving on to big dog classes!

Legend’s fancy master Nosework ribbon

The rest. Since we are painting (again, still, you choose) I don’t have a good photo spot cleared out. So this is a chair. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018