Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cozy Critters

Here is Barney using a part of the kitty tower that the inside cats never use. I actually was looking all over the house for him because he came in and then I hadn't seen him in awhile which was unusual. It's a little hard to lose a 15 pound cat but not impossible given that I have accidentally shut dogs in the walk-in closet and then gone looking for them! Anyway, I found him curled up comfortably in the tower.
And here is Zodiac looking cute in our new chair. We would rather he not lay there but honestly we don't use the chair that much since it is in the computer room and someone may as well get use out of it. Plus, isn't he adorable?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

New Titles

The dogs had a great weekend at the GAC trial this weekend. Legend qualified on all four of her runs again and finished both her NA and NAJ. She placed 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd. She ran the standard course today clean and an impressive 30 seconds under course time. She did however get beat by 3 seconds by another talented BC. She will be giving Open a shot next weekend in Columbia.

Zodiac finally got that elusive final MX leg on Saturday-way to go Zodiac! He also had 2 great runs today where he qualified in Jumpers and just missed qualifying in standard-apparently he was just outside the down contact of the A-frame. He will continue showing in excellent indefinitely.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

We let Barney in to hang out the other night and found him curled up in the basket of cat toys. I'm not sure if he just wanted to lay in the basket or if he wanted all the toys to himself. Or maybe he just wanted to play with the toys without taking them out of the basket.

And I wasn't going to post another picture of ribbons but the blue and purple looked so pretty together I couldn't help it. So here is the what the kids earned at the NADAC trial this weekend.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Zodiac and Legend ran in the local NADAC trial today. Zodiac earned enough points today to finish his Open Regular title and just missed getting some points on his Open Jumpers (apparently he still feels a need to occasionally visit a ring steward-must be the therapy dog in him). Legend had a lot of fun as well. She got 10 points on her Novice Jumpers and 20 points on her Novice Regular. Plus all the runs for both of them were first places. Legend dabbled in Tunnelers and Chances yesterday (I got there late because I had to work and couldn't do anything else) and she had a little too much fun to qualify-she found the tunnelers course to be very exciting!

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Jerry's childhood friend and the best man in our wedding-Blaine Barry- passed away earlier today. For those of you who don't know he had been battling a brain tumor that returned in a much more aggressive form earlier this year. His original tumor was removed seven years ago and despite additional surgery, chemotherapy, and other treatment modalities he lost his fight today. He was a great friend and a wonderful and caring person who loved every minute of his last seven years and his passing brings great pain and sorrow to all who knew him.

We'll miss you Blaine...

Lots more pictures

Here are a lot more pictures a friend took at the specialty. First off is Legend having a great time with the sheep at the instinct test. Yes-she did cause the sheep to pant by the time she was done!

And here is Zodiac showing off his Rally-O prowess with another perfect score and first place!

And finally more pictures of Legend showing off her agility skills!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Today was a good mail day-we got Legend's first title certificate for her Rally Novice title

And Zodiac's t-shirt!

And here is a cute picture of Oreo so he doesn't feel left out.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I went to the barn last night to get something and found a possum curled up in an old laundry basket we gave the barn cats to sleep in. I ran back to the house to get my camera and was able to get this one picture before he disappeared. Apparently the cats don't hunt possum because one was sleeping in the hay on the other side of the barn like this was totally normal. This gives me the distinct idea that I am feeding a certain possum an unknown quantity of Science Diet cat food-good thing I get a discount!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Fall pictures

These pictures are from this afternoon. I caught Squirt in an unusually photogenic mood, however most of the really good pictures turned out a little blurry so this is what I have. Not bad.

And here are the dogs posing with the agility tunnel.
It turned out good except for whatever
weird thing Oreo is doing with his mouth. Zodiac looked really good so I cropped him out and gave him his own picture. He's been surprisingly photogenic lately-usually he won't put his ears up when I get the camera out.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

At last, at last!

Our long awaited sectional has arrived. For those of you who don't know we have been waiting for this since we ordered it in May-apparently there were several delays in the special order fabric. We did have to remove our front door to get in the house but other than that we have enjoyed it very much.

And for anyone who didn't get an email already today-Zodiac's picture was chosen for a t-shirt marketed at Helping Udders. So click on the link in the links section to the right and set yourself up with a great BC t-shirt. If you don't know which border collie is mine he's on the "Fall in love with a Border Collie" shirt.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Tulsa Cluster Results

This weekend Legend and Zodiac competed at the Tulsa Cluster Dog Shows. Legend decided that the obedience ring is a great place to burn off excess energy and tug on her leash so traditional obedience was a wash this weekend-although very entertaining. I think it will be awhile before we try for any CD legs again-clearly we still need to work on some self-control. Rally, however was a big success. Legend showed in Novice on Saturday even though she already has her title because I wanted to avoid having 2 dogs in one class. And clearly she can use the ring experience. She didn't place but scored a very respectable 97/100. Zodiac did his usual super job and scored a 99/100 in Advanced to finish his RA and placed 2nd of twenty-something qualifiers. Both dogs moved up a level for Sunday and Zodiac was great-on his first day of Excellent he scored a perfect 100 yet again and took first place for his first RE leg (again, I think there were like twenty-something qualifiers!) Legend made her first attempt at Advanced which is all off lead and I was fairly nervous about this since by now she had been confined to a hotel and leash walks all weekend! She was pretty concerned at first that the steward took her leash but was OK once we got started. She did however get the "zoomies" halfway through and took a short tour of the ring and checked out the judge. I was able to get her back and working again which was a good training experience for her-I hope. Other than stopping to look at a very large dog outside the ring she finished the course without incident and still managed to score an 87 and get an RA leg. So I'm assuming that without the momentary loss of control she would have had a pretty decent score and I was happy with how the weekend went. The picture is of their ribbons and the prizes Zodiac won for his placements. We have several agility trials coming up so I am sure Legend will be much happier to do that rather than this serious obedience stuff!