Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crazy Sunday Afternoon :) or A Tragically Long Video :)

Here is another of my wonderful crazy home videos :)
In some sections you can't even hear me talking the wind is so strong!!!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Is there Anything Better :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

3 Words That Change Everything :(

You Have Cancer.....

That is what my sister heard yesterday while sitting in a Dr's office.
In Joanne's case it is cervical cancer which has now spread to the lymph nodes in her stomach, as well as around the aorta in her stomach.
How does this happen when you do everything you are supposed to do? She has gone for pap tests every year, as a matter of fact she had a discharge last year, (sorry if this grosses you out), & when she went to the Dr. he said, "well you just had a pap test & it was normal" ,so he didn't do another, REALLY ??????
Then Joanne started to gain weight, she was always a thin girl, so back she went, the Dr. then says, well I guess we can do an ultrasound, surprise there is something showing , so maybe we will have a cat scan done. Another big surprise, yup, you have some kind of tumours surrounding your stomach aorta & something showing in your swollen uterus.
Let's do a biopsy shall we....gee, these are squamous cells, cancer cells that have started as skin cancer, broken off from somewhere, travelled around in Joanne's blood stream until they settled in her uterus, then as the cancer progressed they broke off again & settled in her stomach :(
Could all this have been prevented? I think so, Joanne has also been complaining of a full feeling in her stomach after just eating a few bites of food, she has been saying this for years. I used to joke that I wish I had her problem.
Joanne's oncologist wants all of her past pap tests to review, interesting huh ?
So now we go through the normal things of fear & anger & overwhelming sadness. Joanne will be starting radiation shortly, we don't know yet whether they will remove her uterus, she is 49 yrs old.
This year the entire family will be going home for Christmas, we will rally around Joanne for support & love, that's all we can do.
Ladies, go for a pap test....5 minutes of embarrassment is worth it, trust me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scenthurdle Video

Here it is...our team No Nonscents in action this past weekend
Go Team !!!!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dog Show

On Saturday I hung out at the local dog show all day. I took Kort with me as we were doing Scenthurdle later that night.
It was fun to go to the show with no pressure of competing, but sad too. I sooo want to be competing :(
I have a goal, that is compete in Rally only next May in Medicine Hat, Kort needs just 1 leg for his Rally Excellent title. I may play around & go for Kort's RAE as well, we'll see.
I will probably not trial in Open until 2013, Kort will be 5 then & hopefully more mentally mature.
I also got to watch collies & flatcoats in the conformation ring, I videoed too :)
I took the opportunity to walk Kort around the building while heeling him , I used treats, but had him watching me. He did sooooo well with all the dogs, kids & people walking about, his eyes were fixed only on me !!
I was there to watch & support my friends who were trialing.
Princess Pixel was such a cute bundle of fluffy corgi :) but she decided that the drop on recall was too much effort & sat wagging at Amanda instead :)
Sarah & Gyp competed in Novice & rocked it, going High In Class at her first trial !! She also picked up an Advanced Rally leg with a High in class as well!
Kim entered Maggie her Bernese Mt. Dog, who has not trialed in at least 2 yrs & guess what? she went High In Trial !!!!! Way to go Kim !!!
Tina & her Sheltie Jethro are amazing, that dog loves her so much he never takes his eyes off of her, he finished his Rally Advanced title with 2 High in class!
Donna & her Belgian Epic did very well in their first Open trial. After his drop on recall he didn't return to Donna when she called, Donna said after, I never even thought about that !! She had trained him to down & stay put, but forgot the return to handler part LOL!!
Scenthurdle was awesome, we are improving everytime, Kort LOVES it so much! We came in 5th out of 6, but we had tons of clean heats for more points toward Kort's Scenthurdle Champion title!
I even watched Junior Handling , Gyp, Sarah's border collie played show dog ! Lupine & Tinbie Liz's flatcoats were also in the ring ! So cute to watch the little kids!
I also took the opportunity to officially tell Liz that if she breeds Cava next year I want a puppy. I want a show male, but if the males are not show quality, or Cava has all girls, I will take a girl :) It probably won't be until the end of 2012 but still, so exciting !!!
I have stolen the following pictures of my friend & their dogs to post here :)
Congratulations to you all !!!!!

Kim & Maggie......

Sarah & Gyp......

Tina & Jethro......

Pixel doing Scenthurdle this summer, isn't she the cutest :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Week

Oh my am I having a week !

Monday I worked until 6, on Monday night was our Kennel Club meeting, got home at 9.

Tuesday, had to lug all my winter tires from the basement upstairs & into my van, picked up Perkins, drove to Can. Tire to have my winter tires put on, worked until 6, Agility from 7:30-9 then lugged my summer tires out of my van & into the basement.

Wed, worked the early shift, 6:45am-10 , dropped Perkins off, went home, changed, drove to Calgary for a Dr appt, drove home , got back at 6 pm, Scenthurdle Practice, 7:30- 8:30

Today, Thurs, work till 6, going to help set up for the dog show directly from work.

Tomorrow, Fri, work 10-6, going to Fun Match with Kort for 7pm

Sat, going to the dog show to support my friends entered, Sat night Scenthurdle Competition with Kort whoo hoo !!

Sunday, going to dog show to support friends again, home to do laundry & house work

I haven't seen Brad all week, he is on the 4-12 shift, he is gone when I get home & I am asleep when he gets home .

Just realized I haven't had supper in 2 days :) why am I not skinny !

Last night I bought myself this book:

I have always had the need to write things down, I had kept diaries since I was 11, I ended up throwing them all away about 10 yrs ago :(
I have no children, so when I saw this book it struck a chord, it is an easy way for me to document my life, to tell others what my life was like. Perhaps one of my relatives, years from now, will be interested. Maybe one of my nieces, or my nephews children, or grandchildren, will want to know what their great Auntie Jolene was like :)
So every night I will fill in a few of the pages . I started last night & it is hard. It is personal & they ask very personal questions, things like, how did you feel about yourself as a teenager?, or how many friends did you have?, or were you well liked?
One question I found interesting was decribing myself so someone could pick me out in a crowd :)
I said I'd be the loudest one & laughing :)
Anyway, I will give the book to someone, not sure who, probably my sister, or her daughter, we'll see.

Well, I gotta run, work is waiting & the rest of my crazy week :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Limited Entries

I had never heard of them until I moved to Alberta & started trialing in AAC agility events.
The trials fill up so fast here that the clubs have no choice but to put a limit on them. I know that almost all the clubs are fair in doing their trials this way, however I also know that some clubs play favourites, this is very hard to swallow for me. When I enter a trial I enter with the hope of getting in, I may have budgeted money , or made arrangements at work, or to travel with someone to share expenses. I enter with the hopes that the club will be fair when receiving entries & actually put the people into the trial as the entries come in the mail. I don't like to think that the entries are opened first & their friends are put in before people they don't know.
The other day I got the dreaded email telling me that due to overwhelming response to a particular trial, I did not get in & was on a waiting list. Am I bothered by this, you bet. It won't get me anywhere however, I just have to hope that I am not too far down on the list so I can get in if someone changes their mind & can't go. I wasn't the only one from my group to not get in , I know of 3 others, but the majority did get in.
I think also that it bothered me more as it is my last trial of the year, also I know there are people that entered after the opening day and I am curious to know if they got in.
I don't want comments debating whether my feelings are wrong, they are my feelings & I needed to voice them rather then let them brew inside :)
Fingers crossed I do get in.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Barn Night

Last night we had our first agility class at the barn. We move there for the winter so we can still train. I wasn't going to go, I really dislike working in the barn in all that dirt :) Amanda convinced me otherwise. She said how am I expecting my dogs to go into a trial if I didn't continue to train them. She was right of course, which she often thinks she is, but I know better LOL! kidding :)
I didn't bring Tate as I had just spent 3 hrs bathing & grooming him on Sunday & I wanted him to look nice for a bit longer :)
Kort however, was amazing ! We did alot of work in that hour & a half & Kort never tired ! His weaves were fantastic . He got his entry every time. We did front crosses, rear crosses, distance, 270's, all into the weaves, & Kort was spot on. I can't tell you how proud I am of him! I did not teach Tate the same way & what a difference. We also did lots of table work which has become a problem for Kort in the last 2 trials. Last night Sarah had me make it a game, jump on, jump off, praise, Kort, not me, that is :) :) Then after a few of those I asked for a sit on the table, only twice did I ask him for a down & he was really good. Hopefully I can change his mind about the table into thinking it is a wonderful place to be.
We also did serpentines & my handling sucks with those. I'm either not fast enough to get where I should be, or too slow giving my signals :) I am a work in progress, Kort is doing just fine :)
I think the reason I enjoyed myself so much last night, & had so much energy, was that it was a small class. We only had 5 of us working, so that meant I didn't have to stand around & wait at all, there was always a piece of equipment to work on .
I am actually looking forward to next week in the barn, dirt, sheep poop, & all :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Herding !!!

It was soooo hard to pick just a few pictures from the 100 or so that Wendy took yesterday while we were out Alta-Pete farm.
Jenny was kind enough to work Kort for me as I know nothing !! I am also very nervous of the sheep speeding toward me :) Kort just loves the sheep & I will probably continue on with him because he does.
Here are some of the pictures, the entire album is on my Facebook page if you want to see them all.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Retraining My Training :)

so I am now in the process of retraining Tate & Kort in 2 different dog sports.
I am retraining Tate to find his entry in the weave poles. In Thunder Bay when I started Tate's training it wasn't as advanced as it is today. It is very noticeable now that Tate is running in AAC agility & is in Advanced. In every run in our Training Troop trials he missed his weave entry, everytime!!! So, I am starting him back to 2 poles, just teaching him to find his entry from either side, & from every angle, it is interesting to say the least, & even though he knows how to weave once he get into the poles, he is having lots of trouble finding the entry, we have one more trial in December & I want to at least give him a chance to get a Standard leg in Advanced. This morning I took down my regular poles & put up 6 electric fence poles. I am going to leave them out all winter so I can train, this way they will freeze into the ground & I can just shovel out around them when it snows, no excuses now that I can't train weaves in the winter :)

Kort is retraining on his obedience ring set up. I am right now just having him sit beside me & give me his attention, we haven't even taken a step forward to heel in a month or so, once I have his attention for at least a minute I will take a step. There is a fun match at our show on the Fri. night, I am just going to enter the ring, set him up, & leave when he gives me attention, I will do this a few times & end the night by going into the ring with the Open set up, throw his dumbbell which he loves, & just informally ask him to retrieve it & bring it back for lots of praise, no sit in front. I am hoping I can bring the joy of Obedience back to Kort :)