Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Rainbow Bridge

After burying Jet in his quilt with his two weave poles, the first rainbow I have seen from my house appeared.  It was spectacular and stayed for about 20 minutes.

The Rainbow Bridge.  I took it as a sign.

Jet, be at peace.  I know you will be waiting for me when it is my time.

I'm already missing him so much.  A piece of my heart died with him.

Godspeed Jet

Monday, April 20, 2015


God looked around His garden, and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered, “Peace be thine.” It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

He let me know it was his time.  What a great last run we had, our one month road trip.  It is okay my friends, Jet will be waiting for me when it is my time.  A piece of my heart is being buried with him this morning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Old dogs

On Novice and Beyond they have been discussing a thread about when to quit trialing OLD dogs on stock.  I would think that would be rather obvious, but maybe it isn't to some.  The thread made me a bit nauseous.  Why?  Because egos were glaring.  I wouldn't do that to my grand old dog and so forth.  But, at the same time, I'm guessing a few of these people have done unspeakable things in the past, and maybe, in the present for that fact.  And, what about the people that sell off their old dogs in order to make room for the new and younger trial dogs?
Ugh....I suspect that some of these old dogs got nicer homes the second time around.  In that sense, good.  Honestly, if your dog can't cover, is limping with arthritis, or has to be medicated to trial, I would hope that it might ring a little bell in one's head that maybe they shouldn't be trialing this particular dog.   Oh hell, what do I know....Anyway, the thread kind of spoke to "My shit doesn't stink." You know what I mean.

Everyone is OLD around here, me included, except Champ.  LOL  Yoko has been a bit sore up front. Most likely from falling in a pothole on our hillside before I left on my trip.  She comes up sore only after running around like a lunatic.  So the trip, did her good, because she had a lot of down time in a crate.  Jet did fabulously on the trip.  That really made the whole month special.  In fact, I think he is a bit pissed off at being home now.  He wants to get back on the road.  He liked to see where he would get out of the van next.  Sometimes he would love to go for a walk, other times he would say, "I'd like to get back in the van."  I respected his wishes.

Thank goodness for YOKO
When I got home is was a bit anti-climatic since no one was here to greet me.  
But, YOKO saved the day.  She gave me a super hug and grin!

I made some great memories this trip and got to see many of my favorite people.  Getting to be a part of the Dodge Truck commercial while I was at home in California made the trip even more special and certainly, helped with my finances. Being able to attend the Easter Sunrise service on Spunky Plantation with Wayne and Jet was very special. Plus, the RV van ran great.  That made the trip special.  No emergency calls out to triple A.  Yea.  Now, that I am home, I want to explore around the PNW.  Hopefully, I will take in a few more trials this spring and summer.  Champ has 16 points towards the finals, but he will never be ready for the Big time this year at 3 yrs. of age.  I'm aware of that.  Plus, I don't work him that often.  But, when I do, we have lots of fun.  That's what it is all about to me.  I'm competitive, but only to a point.  There is way more to my life than sheep dog trailing.  It is just one great aspect of my life and theirs.

Well, actually I do have a bucket list.  Numero Uno.  Get UP in the morning!

This weekend I am missing a large USBCHA trial at Fidos, but I have a previous commitment to judge an AKC trial in Arlington.  I haven't been to an AKC trial in quite awhile, so I have dug out my rule book and will do a little studying this week :0)  I'm looking forward to it.  My dogs won't be since they are going and will be spending lots of "down" time while I am judging.  Oh well, every day can't be a party for them. 

Sorry, this is kind of a stupid post, but next week I might have more to say. I think I have said everything I can about my trip on FaceBook.  It's easier to post about the present than the past :0) 
Next week I am going up the coast to Neah Bay to camp for the night and take some photos.  Plus, it's a great place to pick up some smoked salmon and steelhead. Hopefully, I'll have some stories to tell and pictures to post. 

Thanks for stopping by.......

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Starting to organize

Three days of work (instructing nursing students) and one day of traveling to Olympia to work dogs.  Today is a day of rest....clean house, wash clothes, maybe, a bit of gardening, start to clean the RV AGAIN, AND take a look at my travel plans which start NEXT week.  Whoa.  Time really has flown by quickly.

Tomorrow night I am having dinner with Bonnie Block and she is going to share her slide show of Africa.  I am just so excited.  Bonnie is the most awesome photographer and friend.  Plus, she has printed up this most awesome photo of Champ that she took randomly on a cloudy, muddy day while we were working dogs together.  She also, just came back from Montana where she took another batch of brilliant photos.  One in particular I loved of a Timber wolf.

Friday is yard, garden day, and give the two house keys I made to my neighbors above and the handyman who will be keeping an eye on the place while I am gone for a month.  Thankfully, the handyman used to watch the house for the previous owners while they traveled and lives less than a mile away!  

Sat/Sun/Mon I am back in the nursing facility instructing a new set of students.  Oh yeah...time change on Saturday.  I'm so ready for that!  I will have earned just enough money for all of my travels.  This job came exactly at the right moment!  Funny how that happened.  Well, I made it happen, but the dates worked out perfectly.  Love it when a plan comes together.

Tuesday I will have no wifi or cable until April 10th when I return.  I just chose the 10th to the 10th for ease of remembering.  I may not leave until later in the week, but that will give me much free time  to get stuff done (HAHAHA) without a TV or iMac to view.

As far as working dogs, it's a wrap I believe.  I think I was trying too hard.  I have designated all of us for a vacation :)  Maybe a little balance work and shushing for a little exercise...that's it.  I think I was pushing him too much.  Maybe, because I was worried about the Calif. trials.  It's very different to me,  trialing in the PNW versus California.  Everyone in the PNW is so supportive regardless of how you perform.  It truly has been a wonderful experience for me.  I love it here.  Great camaraderie.

Heppner, Oregon to Sonoma and Rio Vista Calif. and then back to SoCal, Green Valley, Ca.  That's a lot of MILES!  I'm guessing about 2,500 miles of traveling.  A week of rest when I get home, then I am judging an AKC trial in Arlington, Wa. and the week after, going to a Don Helsley handling clinic.

No rest for the weary, eh?