Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Biker Dog

I have always loved this picture of Tate posing beside Brad's motorcycle!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Bye Paden

Working with dogs has it's ups & downs....today was a down day. One of my favourite daycare dogs is moving, & today was his last day. Paden is a big goofy brown lab that just became attached to me. From the very first day I started he would follow me around, mopping, vacuuming, whatever. If I was in the small dog area he would bark to be let in with me...if I left the room he would bark for me to come back. He would hear me come to work everyday & bark with excitement. On days when he didn't come to daycare I always would say, it's not the same without Paden here....It sure will be alot quieter without him. I really really liked Paden, & I will miss him alot. I hope someday he will come back to visit with us!
Wendy took this picture of us today........

Good Bye Paden

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Perks

One of the cool perks to my new scanner is that I can make a colour picture into a black & white. I was clearing out one of Brad's drawers today & found some of his old pictures he had taken but never put into albums! Here are 2 I found of my Drake, they must be from around 1997 -1998.....as they are in the apartment that we lived in before we moved to our house in 99.....I think they make Drake look even more handsome......

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It Doesn't Take Much!!

To make me happy that is!!!.....for the past few months I have been using Wendy's scanner...thanks Wendy!!!!.....it was time to return it, so Brad & I decided that we needed our own..... today I went & purchased this lovely piece of machinery!!! It is a scanner, copier & printer all in one....soooooo cool...I am having alot of fun playing with my new toy!......
Isn't it pretty??!!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Relaxation

How does the average collie like to relax??? In a tub with bubbles of course!!
This is Ch. Entais Seabiscuit doing a photo shoot, yes, he actually was in the tub.....he's quite a star!......

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Visual Association

Thanks Sarah.......this is all I see now when I look at Kort !!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's Finished!!!

Here it is, Tate's portrait, also done by Christine in Germany. She has really managed to capture Tate, it made me cry when I first saw it...the eyes are perfect.....I LOVE it sooo much!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nothing Changes......

They just get bigger & badder !! ......

A Very Special Day

Today there are 2 birthdays to celebrate in my family.
My dad turns 80!!! Happy Birthday Dad, I miss you......
And, my lovely niece Adrienne becomes a teenager! Happy 13th Birthday Adrienne!!......

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Little Lip Tuck!

I had Christine "tuck" Kort's lip a little......here's the result!
She is now working on Tate's portrait....I can't wait!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kort's Portrait

I am beyond thrilled how this portrait of Kort turned out....There still will be some minor tweaking on his lip line then it will be ready.....
The artist is Christine Fulgieri of Tier Portraits in Lubeck Germany! I joined a European collie forum & sent in 2 pictures that Wendy took of my boys, thanks Wendy!! Christine wrote me saying she loved Kort & would I mind if she painted his portrait...mind??, are you kidding!! This is the result....I have asked to buy it & she is giving it to me for the cost of supplies & shipping, that's it! I may also have her do one of Tate depending on the cost.....eventually I will do one of all 4 of my collies together, but I have someone in mind for that one, you know who you are, LOL!!
Here's Kort at 6 months......

Two Clean Collies

I bathed Tate yesterday & Kort today. I love when my collies are sparkling clean! They smell & look so good. I thought I'd do some short video to show you how nice they looked, but they just stood around in the yard doing nothing!! However I did manage to get a cute exchange between them, Tate was sniffing at Kort's head, checking out the shampoo....& then 1 video is when a bag blew into Kort's vision & he was so excited to have something to shred!
Enjoy......
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Squishy

This is Ty, Entais Rendevous, but I call him Squishy! Diana is worried I might steal him...I don't know why she would think that! LOL!!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tate's Show Days

Tate was a lot of fun to show. Once for fun I hired a junior handler to show him all weekend. I groomed him up but then off he would go with Sarah to be shown....they looked super together....I love watching juniors with dogs, they have so much courage & usually show the dogs better then me!!
Here's Sarah with Tate......
Here's me & Tate winning a 4th in Group......
On April 11th he will officially become a Veteran, I am going to find a show that has a veterans class & take him in for fun! He enjoys getting all purdy!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Winter Fun In Thunder Bay

I was scanning my albums again this morning & came across some pictures of me out on my Arctic Cat. Yes, it was my own machine....Brad had a Polaris...mine had a bigger engine & was faster..hee hee!....Sadly we had to sell them before we moved to Lethbridge....we heard you didn't get much snow here.....hmmmmm......
Me & my Arctic Cat......
A little sippy sip ( cherry whisky ! ) to warm me up!!......

Monday, March 9, 2009

Slowly But Surely

This morning I walked into the living room & found Tate & Kort in there......together!! I had to take a picture! Tate usually leaves the room when Kort walks in, lately he has been more & more accepting of Kort's presence, I think because he is bigger now. I want them to be good friends, & I think it will happen.....I also want you to take note of Tate refusing, yet again, to look at me with the camera!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Peanuts!

Last night Wendy, Amanda & I ventured out to see the bull riders.....we had a blast! There were 35 competitors in all & they were awesome! Some of the bulls had some pretty weird names.....Cavity Search LOL!!....Meatball, Uni-bomber, & Blizzard Lips to name a few!
There was a cowboy on his horse to help rope in the bulls should they decide not to go back to their stalls....he needed a few more roping lessons!!
Do you remember how Charlie Brown's teacher would talk?? Wa WaWa Wa Wa?? Well that's how the bull riders sounded when they got to the microphone, we couldn't understand a thing they were saying which lead to a lot of laughter on our parts, & a lot of misunderstanding of words on my part.....such as, there were the Bucking Chutes....I had to ask Wendy what the heck he was saying as I kept hearing *ucking Chutes!!
It really was a good time, a lot of whooping & yelling & yee hawing!! & that was just from us 3 !!!
I thought the bulls were gorgeous, & I was so happy to know that they had little girls that took care of them at home, tied ribbons in their hair & sprinkled them with Pixie Dust to make them pretty......& I don't want anyone out there to tell me otherwise!
Anyone who wants to join us next year is most welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Yee Haw !!

Tonight Wendy, Amanda & I will be watching the professional bull riders at the Enmax Center!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

When Pigs Fly

Amanda e-mailed me to suggest this book ....after I laughed my butt off as it describes Kort to a T.....I asked her to order it for me!......hope it helps!

When Pigs Fly
Subtitle: Training Success with Impossible Dogs
Are you having trouble getting your dog to do even the most basic things, like sit, come when called, or walk next to you without pulling like a sled dog? Does he seem to ask "Why?" whenever you try to get him to do something? Have you been to an agility or obedience class and been humiliated by how inattentive and wild your dog was? Does your dog have a mind of his own and it seems like you have no way to get him to pay attention to you? Even dogs that sometimes seem impossible to deal with can be brilliantly trainable. It's time to start working with your dog's nature, not against it. Rather than worrying about training a particular behavior, focus on shaping your dog's mindset. Once you have him in the correct frame of mind, you can teach him anything in short order. Figure out what your dog finds rewarding and then use those rewards to get the behavior you want. You'll be amazed at what your "impossible" dog will do when you know how he thinks and what turns him on! You and your dog can be a successful team and live in harmony together. As improbable as this may seem to you now, this book is where the impossible becomes possible—Pigs can fly!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Boys Will Be Boys !

It all started the day we picked Kort up at the breeders.....Kort took one look at his big brother Tate & knew he wanted to be just like him when he grew up.Above is Kort watching & learning the art of leg lifting & proper aim....he has studied a long time, perfecting his craft. Many times over the months he has fallen victim to being peed upon....Tate would lure him in by pretending to sniff at a wonderful smell, Kort would dash in , hoping to find out what the smell was, only to be peed on by Tate. Poor Kort....

However this morning Kort's patience paid off, he found a smell!!, sniffed it eagerly, Tate couldn't resist & ran over to smell it too...and then it happened...in a flash Kort lifted his leg, & peed on Tate's head.....oh the horror of it all!! Poor Tate standing there dumbfounded as the pee rolled down his head & muzzle, total disgust & humiliation in his eyes.....

Off Kort walked his head held a little higher, today I became a man!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday

Tate says Have a Good Day......