I’m Baaackkk

It’s been a while…so where to start…

I don’t know if I became bored or overwhelmed with my blog or just at a loss as to what to write. Lately I have been going over and over in my head what I want from this blog and I think I just want a place to write down things going on in my life, adventures with the dogs and maybe a little educational info as I go. I am not going to set my expectations to high so I am planning on trying to get a post up at least once a week.

So let me start with some recent things that have gone on.

Last October was the National Specialty Show for Chesapeake’s and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend.

So on October 7th with my van loaded I headed out for a long awaited road trip with Maia and Titan in tow to Wisconsin for the next 6 days. As much as I was dreading the long drive I was excited at the same time.

The trip took us about 8 hours because we had to make a pit stop along the way to meet up with someone and of course pit stops for the dogs but the biggest hold up was driving around in a circle in Wisconsin just miles from our motel due to construction. Once I figured it out we arrived at the motel with me being a bit frazzled the dogs none the wiser but we were safe.

I checked in and unloaded the van…amazing how much stuff one needs to bring when they have dogs! With dogs aired we headed over to the show site to meet up with friends.

This show is sponsored by the American Chesapeake Club every year and the Chair and all the committees did an amazing job on the Specialty. It takes a tremendous amount of time, commitment, team work and money to bring a show like this together. The show was held at the Olympia Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Oconomowoc WI The site was very nice, plenty of places to air the dogs and walk them. The hotel did a great job accommodating the show and exhibitors.

I participated in this show as the State Basket coordinator. I was able to coordinate more than 25 basket donations from all over the US and Canada. People were so generous which made for great baskets for auction.

Each day something different goes on at the National Show, Agility, Dog classes, Puppy classes, Sweepstakes, Obedience, Bitch classes (not necessarily in this order). Maia was entered in the Bred By Bitch class on Saturday. We didn’t make the cut but we had fun and I received some very nice compliments on her from long time breeders. We had a lot of fun and she did show well and I think we worked as a team. You can learn more about Conformation here.

In addition to the specialty there was a Working Dog Stake scheduled for Sunday October 11th and I entered Titan. This would be the first time I would handle him. In the past he has always been handled by my friend and trainer David Keehn but after talking it over we decided I would handle him at the WD since Titan had a little brain fart at the last hunt test, but that’s a story for another time.

We could not have asked for better weather, the sun was shining it was warm but not to hot. The WD committee did an outstanding job on putting this event together. The grounds were fabulous!

I was a little nervous, not that Titan would mess up but that I would but it went great! He ran beautiful for me. For the land portion the judges even complimented him on his marking ability as one of the birds landed a bit hidden but he nailed it! So a big thank you to my friend David Keehn for all the training you did with my boy so I could do this.

So we came home with a new WD dog!

One of the biggest highlights of the trip was finally meeting JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes. I also met the cute little Preacher, her beautiful momma Glory and the infamous Gambler.

I met many other Facebook friends and was able to talk with some of them. It is nice to meet people in person that you have only known on social media.

All in all the trip went great! I am looking forward to the next time we can attend a Specialty.

Here are just a few photos…

Misty Shores Maia and Titan

                                            Tired Dogs in our motel room after a long trip

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                    Look close…what is wrong with this photo?

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                                          Handsome Boy!

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                                            Proud of his ribbon (notice his Elvis grin)

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 And a few candid’s from the show, I kept it small because I have almost 500 photos from this show Winking smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Standing Pretty

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Thanks to Michelle for sharing this photo with me.

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This ‘N That Thursday

Today we are joining 2BrownDawgs for their This ‘N That Thursday blog hop!

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It’s a little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

Well we didn’t do to much at the dog show last weekend, the entry was small and we placed in our classes. Hailee and Riva were the only ones in their class so they received first place, she was very excited about this. I know how she felt, I remember the first time I showed a dog and won a ribbon, it is very exciting.

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It was very hot and humid that day and the girls were not on their best behavior. Riva wanted me and Maia wanted Riva, but we had fun anyway. Since it is a two hour drive we decided we would go out the day before and stay in a motel, we took advantage of having nothing to do and did a lot of laying around the whole day, ordered food in, and watched TV all day. We only went out when we needed to air the dogs wlEmoticon-smile.png  The room was nice except for the Boeing 747 air conditioner wlEmoticon-winkingsmile.png

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As you can see Maia takes “laying around” literally.

While we were waiting for ring time I noticed the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s were in the ring across from us so I thought our friends Will and Eko from Marking Our Territory would like these. If you haven’t checked out Will and Eko’s blog hop over and say HI.

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I guess he was all tuckered out from the show wlEmoticon-smile.png

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Follow-up Friday ~ July 12, 2013

Today we are joining our friends Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostess Donna from Donna and the Dogs, for Follow-up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.

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Black and White Sunday

Heart Like A Dog (@HeartLikeADog) said…

Oh wow! I love your B&W photos and can’t wait to see this one in color!

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Miss Harper Lee said…

Very beautiful. Happy day after Black and White Sunday (we’re more like the tortoise than the hare this week!).

Oh Miss Harper Lee I am right far behind you Winking smile

Gizmo said…

Beautiful! I’ve tried shooting rabbits but I’m just not quick enough (or maybe not quiet enough)

2browndawgs said…

Great picture. We have bunnies in our yard but I never catch a picture of them.

I don’t think I was as quick as I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. We just happened to stop to look at a house and when I pulled in I saw these guys fly across the yard, running and playing, they were bouncing all over the place. So you see I missed some great shots by time I got the camera out and jumped out of the van but I finally did get a few like this one.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Orange Moon

easyweimaraner said…

That’s great – I had no clue that an orange moon exists. I’ll bet this moon is magic :o )

Heart Like A Dog (@HeartLikeADog) said…

Awesomeness. My pictures of the moon never come out nice.

This was taken on June 23 very early in the morning, we were staying at my friends for the weekend for the Judges Education Seminar and I had gotten up to let the dogs out. I was doing one dog at a time so I didn’t  wake anyone, so I had walked outside with the first one and looked up and saw this beauty so of course when I swapped out dogs I grabbed my camera. I have never seen the moon so orange, I found some interesting things about it here and also here.

Jodi I honestly take at least a dozen photos before I get one that is somewhat usable. I was told it has something to do with camera shake when you zoom as much as I do to try to get a good close up shot. I have the setting on my camera set to help with that but I haven’t noticed where it has made much difference. If I had a tripod it might help, for this one I finally rested my elbows on the banister of the deck to try and stabilize myself. Here are a few of my failed attempts…

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Thank you all for the lovely comments and compliments. The Ridgeback’s were so beautiful and such a majestic breed. I think the heat and humidity was getting to everyone and yes Jodi it really does suck the life right out you Winking smile

 

Now last but certainly not least I have a confession to make…I am a bad doggie mom! I forget to put up a post about a very special day that occurred on Sunday, a birthday.

Cheyenne turned 10 years old, at least I didn’t forget her that day. She had a very yummy birthday cake. I can’t believe she is already 10, I look at her and think it just can’t be possible that all those years have passed. She is a very special girl who has given me such joy and unconditional love. She is my shadow!

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She shared some with Riva and Maia but as you can see she was looking to see if they might have left some more for herSmile

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This ‘N That Thursday

Today we are joining our friends over at 2 Brown Dawgs for This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!

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“A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

 

What a busy week…again!

I am slowly catching up on reading everyone’s blogs and responding to mine, so please bear with me Smile 

The show went very well last weekend. I have been working with Maia to get her past her show jitters for a little while now and it has paid off…she was awesome this past weekend. She was very calm and relaxed, she was even going up to people. I have been slowly introducing her to hard stacking and usually when I pick up her back foot to place it she holds it in the air and won’t put it down, but this time we were very successful with foot placement. She stood awesome for exam and seemed happy with some tail wags and ears up. Saturday we didn’t get a placement, disappointing but there are a lot of very nice Chessie’s here in Michigan so competition is tough. Sunday was a MUCH better day, she received Reserve Winners, (Reserve Winners The award given to the second place dog or bitch in the Winners class), this is the first time she has gotten this placement. I will try to post some photos tomorrow.

So this weekend we are going to the Kalamazoo KC show held on Sunday. Since I was only showing the one day I had intended on driving out that day and then home after we showed, however ring time is 8am which means I would have to be up and out the door by 5am. The more I thought about this the less appealing it sounded, so at the last minute I booked a cheap motel room. I figured I would use it as some Maia and Me time Winking smile Shhhh don’t tell Cheyenne and Riva, they aren’t going to be happy to find out they are staying home.

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