Saturday, August 29, 2009
Legend is doing well. She had a great agility practice today. We are also working on more Control Unleashed stuff. There are lots of good ideas in that book. I'm also hoping she finishes her CD this fall. I'd love to start doing more CDX stuff with her-she loves to retrieve. I know I could do that stuff now I have so much to work on with both dogs I really want to focus on the titles we are trying to finish first!
Zodiac seems to really like tracking. We have been about 4 times and he's picking it up nicely. Last night he even did a turn! It's pretty cool to watch him work. I'm excited to see him progress.
We are getting a handle on the bee problem. Apparently an exterminator will not come look for a hive/nest. You have to actually know where it is or else they just fog your barn. Not helpful. But Leslie's dad keeps honey bees so she had him go out to our house with his bee suit and look for the nest-he found it and killed a lot of the bees. We have only seen a few since then and have killed them as well.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Oreo was my first puppy of my own and I spent a lot of time picking out a name. The perfect idea came to me while I was sitting in World History class. I would call him Oreo-it was perfect, he had a lot of black on his head and his body and a white strip in the middle around his neck-just like an Oreo cookie. Later on I found out a lot of people name their black and white pets Oreo, but at the time I thought it was unique. I'm also very disappointed when people use the name Oreo and their pet is not even black and white-what a waste! Oreo did not have any actual nicknames, but I often called him buddy. However I call a lot of animals buddy so it wasn't unique to him.
Legend was also a name I had picked in advance because I thought it would be a great performance dog name. I had actually picked it for a male but that's not what came along and it seemed to fit her too. The boys were registered with the AKC (for ILP numbers, none of my dogs have papers) with their call names but for Legend I finally decided to come up with something else for the registration and so she is officially known as "Living In Fast Forward" which is cute for a border collie and also a Kenny Chesney song title. Her nicknames are Ledge, Ledgie, and Baby Girl.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1. Phone call stating that their neighbor's puppy died of parvo and they wanted to know if they should get their daughter vaccinated.
2. An appointment with a one year old sick cat where the owners asked if he had reached his natural life span since his mother was a feral cat.
3. Appointment for checking a bump on the skin which turned out to be the rectum
4. Someone asked if their pet was too old to get fleas
5. A potential client called to ask how pregnant his bulldog had to be to hear the puppy heartbeats. Seems he had been using human home pregnancy tests (in what I can only assume is an unusual puppy mill situation) with reliable results for years but this dog had tested negative and he wanted to double check. I don't even have anything to say about this but just FYI listening for heartbeats is not a usual way we check for pregnancy in dogs.
6. A client informed us that if ants get into hummingbird food (which is essentially sugar water) they will turn it to acid. Interesting.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Jerry went out eventually and sprayed the bees he saw but apparently there were more because a few days later I was out feeding and there was a bee crawling around. I didn't bother him, all I did was open the door and he came flying at me-essentially unprovoked! I ran off but still managed to get stung once in the arm. So all of Sunday, in between setting fence posts Jerry was in the barn spraying bees. We got about a dozen killed total but there are still more so now every time I go to the barn I'm like sneaking in and looking for bees so I can hurry up, get my hay, and leave. If the bees are close to the door I just take my hay out the other way and throw it over the fence.
I'm not sure if this new fear of bees in unreasonable or not but lately I've pretty much been freaking out if I think a bee might be near by! I've been bit/stung by other stuff before but none hurt as much as these dudes!
And here is Barney-just for fun. I don't think he is afraid of bees.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday night we had agility class and Thursday I came home and fell asleep and then went out and worked the dogs. Zodiac has started tracking-and for only trying it for two days he seems to be catching on well. Interestingly enough when I then took him into the back yard to work on Utility he seemed totally unable to do scent articles. The rest of the practice seemed decent. I'll spare you all the rest of the details!
Lat night we went to Branson as it was an area appreciation night for one of the shows and we got cheap tickets. It's not one I would have chosen to pay full price for but it's hard to complain about $10. Today I worked and then we set about starting to replace the 5 rotted off fence posts in our pasture. After digging one hole, breaking the shovel and only getting one post set in 2 hours we decided to try and rent an auger tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
That is one wet puppy!
Zodiac says "you want me to do what?" I knew he wouldn't swim but he did have a good time running the shoreline and getting in to lay down when he got hot.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Foxy has heartworms. Foxy's family was going to opt to put her to sleep rather than treat her. Needless to say we did not think this was cool. So now I'm fostering her and treating her and then sending her to a good home. So if you know a good home or are a good home and you are interested let me know. She's spayed, current on vaccines, almost three years old and very sweet. Zodiac thinks she's great.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My blog book came today! I feel like a real author-it's so official looking. I looked throught it a little and it seems to have turned out well. I sort of wish I had ordered a larger size but I guess I had to make that decision when I started because i didn't see the option to choose a different size later on. Plus that would have cost more. So is it weird that I can't wait to sit down and read it all?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We arrived and set up our tent and all our stuff and then headed off with the dogs for a 4 mile hike. Legend thought this was great, especially getting to play in all the creeks we crossed-she loved sprinting around and flopping and playing in the water. Zodiac was slightly less impressed but did seem to have a good time and cooled off by laying down in all the creeks. Legend actually seemed a little tired when we got back to the campsite.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Without Oreo I would not have a room that looked like this
I wouldn't have all of this stuff
Monday, August 3, 2009
Yes, it is a hard copy of your blog posts. I have used 2 programs that do this. Last Christmas I made my Grandma some books using Blog2Print. This program was fast and easy but did not allow much editing or customization, picture resizing, etc. They may have changed it now, I'm not sure. Also I think there was a 400 (?) picture limit per book. I made my recent book with Blurb. This was a more labor intensive project as you have to go through page by page and choose they layout you want for that particular post. I guess you could not do that but then you might not get a very efficient use of page space or a very attractive look. You can also choose background colors, etc. Also Blurb allows you to choose various sized of books, I'm not sure I had a choice when using Blog2Print.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
My dad also printed and framed this picture for me. It's from Christmas a few years ago.