Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

The girls hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! They enjoyed spending time with my parents and my Aunt. And of course they enjoyed the tiny bits of turkey and sweet potato that we gave them. 

Here are the girls waiting for the turkey to finish cooking:

They stole a mouse from their kitty brothers. While they were having a standoff to see who got custody of the mouse, they were all falling asleep! 

Nari finally won the mouse standoff. 

Alpha spent a lot of time hogging the nice, fluffy dog bed that Starbuck and Nari won at their last trial. 

And Starbuck spent an hour guarding the left over turkey from her kitty brothers. The girls were super tired after all of the Thanksgiving craziness so we left them at home while we all went to the Cumberland Gap park (it's where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet). Here are a couple of pictures from the trip: 

Yeah, I'm pretty fabulous at my action poses! 

That's me, in Virginia and Kentucky AT THE SAME TIME!! Whoa!!! Did that just blow you're mind?? 

And above is proof that I can actually take a normal picture (with the husband). 

And this is how I feel at home - I talk, the husband just stands there and smiles, you know, and doesn't really listen :) 

And there we are in the IRON FURNACE!! AHHHHH, IT BURNS!!! 

And of course I have to end with a doggie picture. Here are Nari and Starbuck after their last trial of the year. The girls won 3 raffle baskets and of course Alpha has stolen all of the toys from her older sisters! Starbuck earned her Advanced P. Gamblers and Advanced P. Snooker titles. Both girls ended up with lots of qualifying scores but the coolest part was that they both took 1st place in P3/Masters Jumpers and it was Starbuck's first time running in P3. (In USDAA, P3/Masters run the same course, P3 is just one jump height lower. I run Starbuck in P3 because she is insane and doesn't always think about what she is doing. Plus it gives me a little bit more time between dogs.) 

Hope everyone had a great time with their family!! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you to all of the veterans!

Thank you so much to all of the veterans out there for all that they have sacrificed for our country!! And thank you to both of my grandfathers for all that they did for our country. 

Here are some pictures of the girls at the Veterans' Park in Cullman, AL that we visited last weekend:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tell Me Thursday - #15 (only a week late.... oooops!)

Okay, so I've been pretty busy lately. You know, the usual stuff - cramming in the last agility trials before the holidays, putting together a presentation for a conference next week, celebrating my birthday!!.... dealing with laser-eyed doggies...

You know, the usual stuff. So I'm only a little over a week late on this TMT brought to you by Laura over at Crooks and Crazies. This one is the Thankfulness Edition #1.

Last week's questions:

1. What are you thankful for this week?

I'm thankful for my awesome husband! He actually went along with me to an agility trial and was a great ASS (agility assistant spouse) :) He even had to bring his work with him but we got our very own horse stall to hang out in so he was able to get some work done and play with the doggies. I'm also thankful for my job, my friends and my family. Oh, and of course my super awesome doggies! 

2. How do you deal with a squeaker/shrieker/noisy dog?

Well... since there is some husky in our dogs, they are talkers and I love it! So, when they start talking, I talk back. The best is Nari, you can have a whole conversation with this girl and it cracks me up. She loves telling us that she wants a walk and she wants it now! And when we go into the agility ring, she'll walk in calmly on her leash. Then the moment I take off her harness, she starts yelling and bouncing around because she wants to go. That might annoy some people, but I love it. I love seeing how excited she gets. You can see a little bit of what I'm talking about in this video:

Starbuck is usually pretty quiet. But Alpha loves to find the loudest toy and repeatedly squeak/activate it:

So - to answer the question, I just don't worry about it too much. Stop them if they get carried away but I really don't mind them expressing themselves - I love it! 

3. Barbara wants to know: what would you say is ONE skill or attribute needed to be successful?

Being able to laugh at yourself and being okay with making mistakes. Also learning to love your dog no matter what happens and loving them and yourself despite all the flaws and imperfections we all have. 

4. Pippin wants to know: what are your favorite games?

I have a short attention span, so I like the short little Wii party games. Also the Kinect games, those are so much fun! 

5. What are some of your strategies for dealign with winter?

Lots and lots of blankets. Hot chocolate and heated car seats. Hell, I even use heated car seats in the summer when I have the AC cranked up! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The sisters take on another trial!

This time the whole family - including the husband! - went to an agility trial in North Carolina this weekend. The weather was really cold and rainy outside so I was super happy that it was an indoor trial. It was put on by the Carolina Piedmont Agility peeps and they always put on amazing trials. They find the best locations, have the best footing and have really excellent equipment. 

The goal for the whole weekend was just to have fun and we did! After my agility trainer took a look at my videos from Cynosports he asked me why I was running Nari so slow and not like I do in practice. I had no idea what he was talking about so he set up the course for the Grand Prix finals from Cynosports this year and had me run it with Nari:

When I saw the video I could totally tell the difference between how I was running at trials and at practice. So I've been trying to not over handle and make sure that Nari has fun. And we had a blast this weekend! Starbuck had some crazy runs - including one where a dog ran in the ring during her run so she decided to chase it, the only reason the chase ended was because someone bent down to try to stop her so Starbuck started to make out with them. Crazy girl! 

The highlight was that Nari was getting faster times and both of the sisters got Steeplechase Qs!! Here are their Steeplechase runs including Starbuck's 'fabulous' finals run:

The girls each picked up a title as well. Starbuck got her Advance Performance Jumpers and Nari got her Tournament Master - SILVER title!