Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Red Dogs!

We head out to the show in Knoxville show in the wee hours tomorrow, so I'm posting a wee bit early.  Happy Halloween Birthday to Honey and Brodie's kids:  Grace, Fanny, River, Moira and my special little pumpkin, Scout. 

Thanks to Taryn for catching and sharing a sweet picture! Click on the picture to enlarge and get a good look at that tongue!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What I'll be doing while the rest of you are having fun at the Specialty - or How to break into an Element

I couldn't decide what to title this post, so I used both thoughts which are about as disjointed as I am right now.

Did you know that this is the last week of the first month of a quarter?  Why would you?  I do because it is the busiest week of the quarter for me.  I won't go into the gory details as I don't want to be dooced, but suffice it to say that these are the times that make the rest of the year seem like a walk in the park.  (On the other hand, Dooce makes a living by posting silly pictures of her dog on the internet . . . . . . , but as usual, I digress.)  Anyhow - six months from now many of you will be having fun at the Specialty and I'll be doing this again.

The last two weeks have been a string of 10 - 12 hour workdays.  Scout's in season, so no doggie daycare, and the two of them have had a lot home alone time.  We're showing in Knoxville this weekend, so I decided to go ahead and take Scout to Cheryl's - she can take care of the bath and nails, and I can let Spencer go to day care and not feel so guilty about being gone from home so much.

So last night I left work about 7:00, went home and loaded up the dogs and headed to Cheryl's, about an hour and a half away.  Laura lives in the same town, so I stopped by and picked her to before going to Cheryl's.  We got to her house and went inside to visit, leaving the dogs in the car.  Usually, I will open the hatch door for the dogs, but it was a cool evening so I wasn't concerned.  After we chatted a bit, I said that I needed to get going because I had another long day ahead. 

We went out to get Scout, and when I tried to open the hatch, it was locked - so were the other doors.  Ok - guess where the keys were - yep - in the console. Now I have been driving that car 3 years, and I had come to believe that Hondas were idiot-proof as far the door locks went.  I have no idea how the doors locked. 

There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth on my part.  I asked Laura for the name of a parolee who knew how to break in a car, but she couldn't come up with one - but she did save the day with a coat hanger, two bamboo sticks and a roll of duct tape.  An hour later we got away and I got the chance to play with Laura's puppies for a few minutes before heading back over the mountain to home.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breakfast cleanup

Scout helps out.  Notice how she pins her ears back to make it easier to get her entire head into the cup.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

How about some Cardi Blogger Holiday Fun?

It's a chilly Saturday morning and I am looking out at the autumn color out my front window - and that made me think about how the year is coming to an end.  Next week is Halloween, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and then we will be rushing right into Christmas and New Years.

I have really enjoyed our little Cardi blogging community that has sprung up.  It was so much fun meeting up with several of our fellow bloggers at the Specialty this year.  So - it got me to thinking - is anyone interested in having a virtual holiday party?  How about a Cardi Blogger Holiday Ornament Exchange?  Anyone who cardi blogs, or just likes reading cardi blogs, is welcome to participate.

Ornaments are fun, inexpensive, lightweight (low shipping cost!) and something you get to enjoy year after year.  Of course, if you want to include other goodies in your exchange, that's entirely up to you.  (Spencer sez "ornaments, schmornaments - I want cookies!")

I set up a new address -  If you would like to partipate, send your name and address by November 15.  Include any other information that might be interesting to your partner who might not know you.  I'll play matchmaker and send you your partner's information by November 18.  Let's try to have packages delivered by December 1st for maximum holiday enjoyment!

I hope you will also consider sharing the word via your blog as well - the more the merrier!  Feel free to grab the little logo I made and put it on your blog, or design your own.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I doubt she found what she was looking for . . .

I was just looking at the feedjit gadget on my blog.  I like to see where folks are visiting from, and sometimes I will check to see what they were searching for when I see that they got to my little blog from google.

I've had several hits from folks googling "butterfly tattoos" from the post I wrote about Avery's birthday party.  I also got several hits after I wrote about an email thread between me and Dina about what if Scout and her sisters had been high school girls.  The post was titled "Honey's High School Girls" (Honey is the girls' dam) and you can imagine how disappointed the boys were when they googled and landed here.

I laughed out loud when I saw that today someone ended up here because they wanted to find "simple things to cheer up a man."  Nothing to see here - move along!  (I think Carlton would agree with that!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hormones are raging at my house

Of the canine variety, that is.  Scout is, ummm, how to say this delicately.  In college, we just shortened it to "h".  That's it - Scout is h.  Actually she is capital H.  She wants a boyfriend soooo badly. 

And poor Spencer, who was neutered at 6 months, has absolutely no idea why his adopted sister will not leave him alone. 

I just whispered to her - "baby girl - just get through this one.  Next time this rolls around, we will find you a boyfriend."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back in the saddle again

This was one of those Mondays when you look forward to getting back to work so you can recover from the weekend.

Not that I am complaining!  (Except for the normally 50 minute trip to Mom's which took 3 hours yesterday.  Why?  Because TDOT shut the interstate down to one lane in an area that has been under construction FOREVER for no apparent reason.  No workers working, just a bunch of orange barrels blocking a lane that had been perfectly fine for travel earlier in the week.  It looked like by the time I came back through last night they had reopened the lane.  But as usual, I digress.)

I would have liked to have been able to be in two places at once this weekend.  Spencer and I had fun at our club's obedience trials.  It did my heart good to be around performance people.  Conformation shows by their nature have a way to bring you down sometimes.  I just so enjoyed the camaraderie - folks cheering and supporting one another.  This was especially true around the rally ring - say what you will about rally - no, it's not as hard as regular obedience, yes - an experienced handler can lead a green dog to a title in a couple of weekends - but folks just have so much fun with it!

And then 120 miles away, Miss Scout and Cheryl were pulling off back to back Group Ones.    I was just pleased as punch for both of them - happy that we had judges who appreciated Scout and happy Cheryl got to take her in the BIS ring before her hometown crowd.  It was really a thrill getting to be there Saturday to see it.

Thanks to everyone who have sent along congratulations.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

G1 again!!!

Can't go to Nashville today - headed the other direction to see Mom.
Been sitting on I75 for nearly two hours.

Sent from my iPhone

Spencer happier with today's handler

Handler happy with red rosette. Also just heard Scout went BOB again.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Showing in BIS wears a girl out!!! UPDATED with the rest of the story . . .

Scout won Group 1 today in Nashville. More later - but video of her in Best in Show ring is on CardiTube - click at right.

UPDATE: Ok - I can type more now. That keyboard on the iPhone wears me out. As I posted earlier, I was working at our club's obedience trial this weekend, so I couldn't go to the Nashville show with Scout. About 3:00 this afternoon, Cheryl's friend Geri calls me and says, "Scout won the group." My immediate response was to laugh and say, "You're lying. How did she really do?" She said that she wasn't kidding, she really won. I was shocked, because the group judge had dumped her in breed just a few weeks ago.

So, the Obedience trial was winding down - we were just waiting for Open B to finish so that we could award HIT. I was sitting there with my jaw hanging open when my friend Nancy walked up. I must have looked up at her with a strange look on my face, because she suddenly looked concerned and asked what was wrong. I told her the news and she started squealing.

Suddenly it hit me that the herding group was the first group in. If I jumped in my car and headed out, I might just make it to Nashville (2 hours away) before BIS. Nancy said, "What are you waiting for? GO!!"

Well, I left, but I really didn't think I would go. I had told my mom I would come see her this afternoon. But then I called Laura to tell her the news and she said, "Let's go! I'll meet you at the interstate." So I called Mom and begged off until tomorrow and hit the road.

Reality set in, and as I started counting the minutes, I knew that chances were slim that we would make it. I was just about to call Geri to see what group they were on when she texted me and said there was a long delay because one of the group judges was still judging breeds. That gave me some hope.

We made it - the last group was almost finished when we got there but we got to see her in the BIS ring. She showed so pretty today - it was worth every minute of the drive.

As a bonus, Laura and I treated ourselves to a wonderful Greek dinner at a really cool little place near the showsite that we had found a few years ago. Usually we eat breakfast there - the best Eggs Bene evuh - which I thought I would get tonight but I went for the stuffed cabbage and zucchini and greek meatballs instead.

Spencer working it at the Obedience Trial

I am trophy chair at our trial this weekend, and Mr Opportunity is
trying to charm everyone who walks by my table out of some treats.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Doing the Doggie Daycare Dance

I was just sitting here at my desk waiting for traffic to let up a bit before I went home and found a couple of pics on our doggie daycare website. These were shot last month when Scout was the hairless wonder. Not sure what dance steps they are practicing but the look like they are having fun.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Family Reunion

Wilson, Spencer, Scout and Moira.

Another Look at Dog Show Frapping

Another installment in our continuing series. Love it when Scout fixes
her hair at the end and then Spences sez "hey showgirl, I can fix mine

Sent from my iPhone

Friday, October 9, 2009

The view from where I sit

Stretched out in a lounge chair with a cool breeze. The pic does not
do justice, but the leaves are turning here in MD.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Element is Lazy (and/or Crazy)

A few months ago, we went down to Orlando for a few days. We left after work, and by the time we were well south of Atlanta, it was getting dark enough to turn on the Element's headlights. When I did, all the lighting on the instrument panel went out.

Couldn't see the speedometer or how much gas I had. Couldn't see the trip odometer so that I could guesstimate how much gas I had. I couldn't even see what station the radio was set to. As my dad would have said, "dark as the inside of a black cow." Luckily, I did have Gail Garmin on the dash, and she could tell me how fast I was driving.

When we got to the showsite, I was very happy to see that there was a Honda dealership just down the road. Sarah (of Hurrikane Cardis) followed me over to the dealership when I went to drop it off. I called back a few hours later and they said, ummmmmm, your car is fine. Everything is working just as it should.

Sure enough, when I went back later, we took the car to a dark bay, and sure enough, everything worked fine. They looked at me like I was some kind of crazy woman and let me go on my way. Everything has worked just fine since then. Until last Saturday.

We are getting ready to head up to the Chesapeake Specialty this weekend in Maryland. Saturday evening we were out enjoying the perfect fall evening, and when it started to get dark, I turned on the headlights and guess what - instrument panel goes black.

I think my Element is just lazy and doesn't want to make another long trip. Maybe it's just a homebody.

So we go to our local Honda dealer, and this time I made sure the service people saw it misbehaving before I left. They were befuddled. All day long they were befuddled. Finally late this afternoon, they found some techie guru who told them to grab some part and twist it thataway, and sure enough, it showed them where the problem was or something - anyway, I need some part and they hope it comes in time to get it installed before I leave Thursday for Maryland. The good news is that this happened just 6000 miles before my extended warranty runs out and is covered.

When I left the dealership, the panel was dark. I made a stop on the way home, and when I got back in the car, everything worked perfectly. Crazy car.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I voted for Jordan!

Jordan Thomas is a young man from here in Chattanooga. A few years ago he lost both legs just below the knees in a boating accident - his story is here.

I have never met Jordan, but I have seen him around town. I ran into him at a sandwich shop one day. He is about 6'5" and a handsome fellow. He was wearing shorts - it was a bit of a shock to see him wearing prosthetics because he moves with such grace and confidence. He is just so full of life - I am sure that he is going to great things for amputees in his lifetime.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

You are Great!!

Watch this when you have 16 minutes to spare and need a smile:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bark in the Park Event

It's a perfect fall day in southeast Tennessee today. Dogs love the cool morning. Scout loves that it's Saturday and she is not on a grooming table, although she was on a table ably representing Cardigandom in the "Meet the Breeds" presentation.

Spencer showed off a bit in agility. I had not planned to run him but most of the real agility people are sick with the flu. He did great considering he has not done it in over a year - a perfect run and even hit an offside weave entrance, which he has rarely ever done.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who, me?

Really, lady. I was just lying here and it exploded.