What a blur...
Lots of new jewlery on the front of the winter dog bus.
C. JoyBell C.:
Life is a bowl of cherries.
Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good!
There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones,
and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.
Not cherries, Blueberries and Saskatoons...in the ice cream I had at MacKays in Cochrane on Saturday
Took a trip to Calgary with the girls on Saturday...way way too much FUN!
Had to have the girls pick out new dog chew toys for the living room...kinda sorta ATE their old ones...old ones from when my previous dogs were pups...so recycled ones I suppose.
The ladies both had a blast at Pisces pet store...and both chose the above toys
On Sunday, bought two rubberized rugs for the wire crates to set on.
Excellent traction for the crates so the girls don't slip around back thar!
Yesterday, first Bluebird of the year here.
Twitter pated birds every where here...
Canada Goosey Pair
Last of the snow here...
Rick tilled the ram pasture...
and the potato plot rototilled by tractor...
Got all of Rick's trucks stowed away for the immanent hail storms that spring and summer bring.
Sounds like my six ewe lambs are a go...and not have to wait three MONTHS but more like three WEEKS...good gack...hurry hurry...eek.
Girls being pretty cute!
Yesterday, put up half the dirt in my pots for the greenhouse...
Used my riddle (a sieve of sorts) to put nice dirt in pots
Course anything I do requires inspections...
Don't want me embarrassing the dogs...with sub quality work, eh.
Lotsa trips back and forth...digging holes and filling things in
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass:
Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE.
Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.
I am tired and sore today, but way too happy inside...lol
Originally Posted by hbeam21
I loved your photos of the swans.
Then you may like this thread on BYC I posted.
I posted the girls admiring the latest swan egg contribution...on the OFH thread...hee hee...
Girls want latest swanny egg
Fur a rather LARGE omelette...
So I have photos of my son and Lacy on the Sunday (April 3, 2016). Now I may finish posting about the rest of the dog show...
Note how Lacy has firmly planted a paw on my son's shoe...he ain't goin' nowhere's, eh!
On the Saturday, my son and Lacy took Best Opposite. I was SO thrilled to get our butts whooped by him and Lacy. Emmy and I are fine that Lacy now has a CKC major, jest like Emmy does.
What a GREAT SHOW WEEKEND! Every owner won Best of Breed one day and all dogs entered (four) go the CKC major they need for a CKC Championship title...boo yah!
Lacy with my son holding her ribbons for Saturday...Best of Opposite Sex...they were on FIRE!
The Senior Puppy male took both Best of Breed and Best Puppy in Breed and well deserved on the Saturday. He was shown by a hired handled. Alexander and Lacy took "second" to this entry and Emmy and I came last. After our win on Friday...I was thrilled to see another judge's opinion. Lacy was a love bug and the judge that day adored that! Perfection.
This judge encompasses the term "chivalry!" That smile just makes you smile on back!
On the Sunday, the judge we showed under was Dr. Francisco Chapa Guajardo of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. This was the judge that judged the Australian Cattle Dog Club of Canada National Specialty on August 29, 2015. I asked the ring steward for comments from this Specialty judge AFTER group judging. He spoke with all three of us ACD owners ring side after Herding Group was judged...ever so glad I asked for his comments.
This judge was exceptionally charming and pleasant man...very enjoyable showing under him as he thanks each person in the ring after showing and he started with a cheerful smiling "Good Morning," and then telling my son and I that the girls were "beautiful dogs." He even bids each exhibitor and dog a fine farewell...he is so wonderful you come out of the ring not caring how you placed because you simply had FUN! I had been up since 2:30 that morning in order to have us all ringside for 7 a.m. and in the ring for 8 a.m. and to be treated like this was just wonderful.
The judge told us in regards to the four ACDs entered...it was very hard to decide on the three females as all were very even in standings so he chose the ***** that showed the best (which was Kathy showing Parker). Course Kathy got emotional when the final decision was made. It was TOO perfect her win with Parker. She SO deserved the win as they were the best ACD and owner combo that day hands and paws down EASYILY! I am so proud of them and so thrilled with their win--Parker is an Australian import like the girls are. It was an immense pleasure just losing against that team. What joy...
Sunday's Best of Breed - Beauty Parker
The judge said he wanted to see ACDs that looked "male" or "female." Wanted dogs with good skeletons (English is not his first language), so he showed us his index finger for not enough bone (thin) and took his thumb and index finger to make round shape to show more "bone." He feels that even puppy ACDs need a certain amount of bone in each gender.
I would show again under this judge again in an instant. Immensely enjoyable and love his honesty and explanation on his opinions expressed in his judging.
And that is why the show weekend was so splendid...everyone there did well, and every dog got to have their "day" and the owners too. If every show weekend could be like this one last...well that would be too grand a scale to think worldly possible. AWESOME time...just perfection!
So for me, the show this time was one of great fun. Lots of effort to get to do it but lots of rewards. I am still floating about high as a kite on remembering the wonderful time it was. Should easily tide me over till November. Has me thinking about working towards goals and seeing the task on thru...biting the day like the dogs do every single day.
Our dirt Dogs...April 10
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind:
Trusting yourself means you dare walk alone.
Go do what needs doing...you won't always have company along the way. The lil' red hen would know that best. Besides, the dangerous paths are not crowded, now are they!
Henry Van Dyke, The Poems of Henry Van Dyke:
Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul,
Not hastening to, nor turning from the goal;
Nor mourning things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
From what the future veils; but with a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
To youth and age, and travels on with cheer.
So let the way wind up the hill or down,
Through rough or smooth, the journey will be joy,
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy --
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest,
Because the road's last turn will be the best.
If anything you try and seem to fail at means you outright quit...if it was easy, everyone would do it, eh! Something worth doing requires effort.
Godwin Elendu Ph.D:
Work with whatever tool you may have at your disposal, and you shall find better tools as you go ahead.
Never let someone say to you, "it cannot be done," simply because they CAN'T do it themselves! Do not let others short comings nip your progress to the pinnacle.
Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone's day.
Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.
Live life to the fullest...even if it means falling flat on your face, in front of everyone and expect laughter...people can be so unkind at times, but shrug it off, for to be great means you have to try and to try, means you may fail. Failure is the expected outcome, nine times outta ten...but live for that success...the once in a lifetime celebration of the goodness of success. Live for that, strive for it, DO IT!
In all my imperfections, be kind to yourself...you have flaws and that is what makes us who we are. Friends are the ones that appreciate out flaws and yet, still love us for being...NOT perfect!
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall:
The details that are life's special pattern, like how in handwoven rugs what really makes them unique are the tiny flaws in the stitching, little gaps and jumps and stutters that can never be reproduced. so many things become beautiful when you really look.
Love yourself and the skin you are in. There will never be another, just like YOU!
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada