No dog news lately…just waiting for one last show or two before the end of the year. Nash has gone full monty for the most part so I’m not feeling too hopeful LOL! But it will be nice to get away and visit with friends, and isn’t that half the fun anyway?
Since I haven’t been busy with dog shows, we’ve taken the opportunity this fall to take a couple of family trips to enjoy our new home state. Most recently, we went to Durango this past weekend when the kids had a couple of days off school for teacher work days…what a lovely area. I had been there many years ago but didn’t remember much about it. The San Juan mountains are incredibly beautiful! We were blessed with mostly good weather and took as much advantage of it as we could. Saturday we rode the narrow gauge railway from Durango to Silverton (historic mining town).
It’s about a 3 hour ride each way and really takes you through some amazing scenery in the San Juan National Forest. It was raining when we got to Silverton, but the clouds broke up right as we were leaving for the return trip and blessed us with some pretty awesome views:
On Sunday the weather was perfect…about 73 degrees and sunny. We had hoped to go horseback riding but the trails were too muddy, so we decided to take a hike instead. Our destination:
Overall, a most perfect weekend really. Yes, we did hit a deer on Saturday night while driving back to our rental cabin. Dinged up the car pretty well but thankfully it’s still drivable, and doubly thankful that it didn’t cause a larger wreck and/or injuries. Deer basically ran headlong into the side of our car near the passenger-side front wheel. Big dent in the fender, scratches and dents on the bar going up the windshield and on both passenger-side doors. C’est la vie.
Happy Holidays to everyone! We’ve been VERY busy here…I went back to work more full-time in October and with Christmas shopping etc, it’s been a little crazy! I love Christmas though, and it’s been fun this year trying to come up with great gifts for the kids and family. Probably the best idea we’ve had came from Dave, for our 3 year old Jack:
I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a HUGE HIT with Jack LOL. He loves cars AND planes, and I can so see him zooming around with it. Can’t wait!
In dog news, I haven’t posted an official congratulations yet to Leslie Reed! I keep meaning to. Miss Junie B finished her AKC Championship in November at our local shows…and I was there to see it! The delight on Leslie’s face was just so good to see. That makes Junebug the first champion to be bred here at Allegro, formally known as AKC/UKC Ch Allegro Celestial Charm. I think they’re out working on trying to grab a few more Grand Ch points this weekend in Jackson MS…good luck girls.
Leslie also got DNA results back that June is fluff-free. Nash is also fluff-free, and Piper is a carrier. I plan to have Nash’s hips x-rayed soon for Penn-Hip…I’d like to start him in agility next year and would like a baseline x-ray for that anyway.
And Lizard is due in season any day now! I guess I should go ahead and revisit and finalize that stud choice, huh. 😀
Last week, after checking the weather forecasts, we decided to take a somewhat last-minute trip to Cincinnati OH for some family fun over Labor Day weekend. I know some people are probably saying, “Cincinnati? Really?” but the truth is that there is a WONDERFUL smaller kid area in King’s Island amusement park, and the Cincinnati Zoo is very, very good. There are other things to do there as well but since we only had two days to fill with activities, those were it…and that was plenty. We kept the trip a surprise from the kids, and Charlie was nearly bursting with anticipation by the time we got to King’s Island.
Let me just start out and say…the weather was so great. I honestly hate living in the South in the summer. It’s too hot to do many things outside if they don’t involve swimming, and the heat lasts FOREVER. We had 2 straight months in a row of days with temperature highs over 95….Two. Months. It’s always bad, but this year has been horrible. Little rain, lots of heat and humidity. So we were almost giddy when looking at the forecast for Cinci over the weekend. The high on Saturday was around 72 degrees. PANTS WEATHER, PEOPLE! It was breezy, mostly sunny, occasionally chilly, and wonderful. I can’t express what a joy it was to be outside all day long doing stuff and not sweating LOL.
We hit King’s Island on Saturday, and the zoo on Sunday. King’s Island has a large children’s area called Planet Snoopy. They have rides for just about every age of kid, including roller coasters for various heights. Charlie is a roller coaster fiend, she rode two of them even though one of them was “kind of scary” LOL. I wouldn’t classify her as a particularly brave kid, so it’s been fun to discover how much she likes rides. We had hoped to carve out some time for Dave and I to occasionally ride a big coaster or two, but there was so much for the kids to do that we never really left Planet Snoopy. The lone exception was as we were walking over there as the park opened, and Dave hopped onto The Vortex while there was no line. I posted this photo on Facebook but I thought it was cute…Jack having a snack and “watching the roller coaster for Daddy”.
On Sunday we went to the zoo (with half of Cincinnati). They have an awesome exhibit called the “Cheetah Encounter” where they actually lure course cheetahs during a show…talk about amazing. They bring out the male cheetah first so you can say “oh wow yeah, he’s fast”, and then they bring out the female cheetah and she totally puts him to shame LOL. My sister and her family came down from Columbus to meet us for the day! Especially nice as the cousins don’t get to see each other that often so it was fun for them to have a day together. Charlie has 7 cousins total on both sides of the family, but only ONE girl cousin…my niece Ashley (9).
Also, I was thrilled to get an update from Wall-E’s (litter name Miles) owners this weekend! He went home with them on Labor Day weekend last year with their other cardi Cosmo. No photos, but got this nice note:
Just want to let you know he’s (still) doing great, and a very happy pup! He still acts very much like a puppy… I think the boys of this litter may take a while to grow up… LOL. We love him very much and we’re so happy he’s part of our little family. His happiness and zest for life are infectious! For example, his ‘brother’ Cosmo (our other Cardi) is content to hang out in the back seat during a car ride and just relax—oh, not Wall-E. He likes to be up looking out the window, letting the wind run through his (giant) ears, and making all the other drivers smile and laugh at him! It makes me so happy when I see children in the cars next to us point and smile at our little guy… he is such a happy dog, you can’t help but smile when he’s around.
Little Jack turned 3 on Friday! I can hardly believe my little boy is getting so big. We had a small party for him yesterday and despite some disagreements with him about WHEN we would open presents, I think he had a pretty good time. I KNOW he has enjoyed his gifts, because he and Charlie have been Very Busy playing with them all day yesterday and today LOL.
This morning I was making a grocery list and Nash brought me a really beat up, sad looking toy to play with. I looked around and realized that just about all of the dog toys were chewed up, ragged, or otherwise rather yucky LOL. So I went on a bit of a shopping spree at Petsmart today and brought home new bones for everyone and several brand new toys. I think Nash is in heaven! On a somewhat related note, I DID put together my fabulous new whelping box, and took pictures….but unfortunately, they are stuck on my camera. *cry* My DSLR’s USB connection has been broken for some time, meaning that I have to take the flash card out and use a reader to get photos off the camera. No big deal, but my card reader has bitten the dust and the new one I bought to replace it doesn’t seem to be working. Grrrr. So until I get these technical difficulties worked out, there shall be no whelping box photos. 😛
We are having GORGEOUS weather this weekend and have been taking full advantage. Most of yesterday was spent outside, tending to the backyard and playing with the kiddos…we had a flood in December which “relocated” all of our woodchips from the flower beds to various piles around our yard, so finally getting some of those raked up and tossed out. I spent a disgusting amount of time doing the disgusting job of picking up dog poop so that we could freely play. I always tend to neglect that job in the winter, plus we’ve had so much rain this season it’s been hard to find a day to do it. I will spare you all a photo of the giant bag full of poop that I ended up with, but suffice to say that it was impressive.
Today was bath day since the yard is actually somewhat dried out and less muddy than it has been for weeks. I know you all probably hate Cardi photos in the grass as much as I do, but this part of the yard is by far the best light for taking photos and I wanted to try him on the ground instead of the table. I think he looks MUCH better when he free stacks than when I hand stack him, for some reason he has a tendency to lock his back legs oddly when I hand stack him, so we’re working on that. (I’m speaking in general, not about these pictures. I hand stacked him for these) He’s starting to look like a grown up all of a sudden, is high in the rear OFTEN although these photos turned out ok I threw away a bunch that were really bad LOL. Ah, the fun growing stages of puppies! They turned 8 months old a few days ago.
Today I promised Charlie that we would make pink heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. I didn’t have a mold really, so just poured them into heart-ish shapes…not bad, really! They were prettier before they browned but that’s ok, she was tickled. It may have been helped by the chocolate chips inside, too.
And the extra special part of today…..SNOW!!!! After hoping to get some yesterday morning and being pretty disappointed with just a dusting, it starting snowing here early this morning and gave us a good ground cover. The snowman didn’t last long as it was warming up quickly, but the kids had fun! Nash wants to spend the whole day outside. We are supposed to get some rain later (eww), and maybe more snow overnight.
It’s always interesting when you add a new dog to the household. Even more interesting to me this time because it’s the first time it’s one that was BORN here and now has to live with his mama. 😉 I know over the years I’ve talked about Brady, who has always been the dominant personality in our house by far. He’s alpha and opinionated, a bit of the fun police, and everyone has to play by his rules. As he’s gotten older he’s gotten less and less tolerant of dogs that disobey him LOL. But at his base, he’s never a mean or aggressive dog…his goal in life is always to play, and play hard. Just as long as everydog knows that All The Toys Are Brady’s.
So, Brady and Nash get along just fine. Nash, at least for now, crawls on his belly and sucks up to Brady, who will then decide to play with The Boy. And they do fine together. What has surprised me is how much Lizzie likes her son. (granted, I can understand, as I’m a bit smitten with him myself…) They spend most of the day together, chewing on sticks and bones in the backyard, wrestling, barking at the neighbors, coming inside to crash on the floor. I still think that Nash would really prefer a more playful playmate…he loves his mama and they do great together, but at her core she still just doesn’t like to RUN that much, so most of their time together is fairly low-key. I try to pick up the slack in exercise because otherwise in the evening, Nash is So. Bored. he is forced to chase his own tail for entertainment, because the older dogs turn into pumpkins at about 8 pm.
After a very soggy fall, we’ve had gorgeous weather this week. I’ve been taking advantage as much as I can with walks with the kids and dogs! Jack, naturally, believes that he’s too big to ride in a stroller so each walk starts with a wrestling session before we can begin. I sadly usually leave the old man home…I can’t manage 3 dogs PLUS the stroller, and well…Brady is a pain. I either have to have him in a strict “heel” at all times, which is hard work because let’s just say his focus leaves something to be desired…or if I DON’T have him in heel, he’s straining against the end of the leash, barking at the dogs/construction workers/other walkers etc that we run across, and generally making an ass of himself. It’s a wee bit hard to manage him while I’m trying to steer the stroller also, without running us all into a ditch. Yes, this is despite the fact that Brady has had more obedience training than any of my other dogs, ever. I admit I am a total failure when it comes to training that dog! And now that he’s 11.5 I will officially say that I’ve given up for the most part. LOL
Lizzie, however, is a lovely walker because she Just Doesn’t Care as much as Brady does. And I have always only taken Nash out with her, hoping that he would learn her lovely leash manners, and so far he’s doing great! I can pretty easily have both of them on leash, trotting next to the stroller, and no one even gets run over. Much.
Today I took my camera with us and took only Nash, and of course Jack. There’s a big area of as-yet-undeveloped property that’s connected to my neighborhood…it’s just starting to be built in as “Phase 4” of my neighborhood, but for now is just acres of grasses and open field. It’s a GREAT place for cricket hunting (Piper, you would swoon!) and generally just being a dog and a 2-year old boy. Later, Nash gets to be a show dog and get a bath/blow dry for tomorrow’s show.