Follow-up Friday

Today we are joining our friends Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostess Jodi Chick  from Kol’s Notes, 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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Thanks Jodi!

I want to thank GizmoGeodog for telling me what a crape myrtle tree is. I googled them so I could see for my self what they look like and Gizmo was not kidding about their beauty, I bet even more so in real life!

This is a big weekend for us, not only because it is the 4th of July but we have a dog show on Saturday, not just any dog show but Hailee’s first show with Riva. She has been practicing and in the beginning she was getting frustrated which in turn caused Riva to get nervous. My friend Michelle and I talked to her and explained that when you have that lead on your dog it is a lifeline that connects the both of you and what you feel your dog feels because it travels right down the lead. So she has been trying to relax and just have fun, really praising Riva while they practice and it is paying off because they are moving much better as a team Smile  I have tried to tell her all the things the judge might say or have the handlers and dogs do. I’m sure I will have a great follow-up for you next week on our weekend and hopefully some photos too.

Black and White Sunday

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Dove Nesting

I loved that I was able to get this shot, my brother and I had stopped to look at an old farm house and as I was walking around the back yard I looked up and saw this beauty sitting on her nest. I was very careful not to get to close to spook her and used my zoom, which at times makes my pictures fuzzy because I over do it so I was pleased when I saw most of them were pretty clear.

Robin asked…

So, I’m curious if the dogs tracked that dove down or if you found it?

No dogs with me on this outing Robin, good thing, they probably would have scared her away Winking smile

easyweimaraner said…

It reminds me a little bit about christmas, I know that sounds crazy :o

Not crazy at all Easy, I can see how that would remind you of Christmas, all she needs is a little holly in her beak Smile

Well that wraps up our Friday, thanks to Jodi at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostess Jodi Chick  from Kol’s Notes for hosting this hop. Why don’t you grab the badge and join in.

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This ‘N That Thursday

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

She says…

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

I really need a way to slow time down, or stop it all together for a week or two so I can catch my breath and get caught up on everything I am behind on Thinking smile

Well I missed the maiden flight of the little robins, these are the last photos I was able to shoot. I saw them Saturday morning and could tell it would probably be the next day they would fly but I didn’t get home in time and sure enough the nest was empty; I am happy they all made it though.

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I shot this with my phone so the quality is pretty poor, but you can still see how big they are. There is a fourth one in there somewhere and it amazed me how they all fit in that little nest.

Last week while at training we were fortunate enough to see a little group of baby wood ducks swimming around in the pond. They were very small and kept to one end of the pond so were able to still run dogs on water retrieves.

These shots are from the end of the pond we were working in, so then I walked down to see if I could get a closer look…

We never saw an adult with the babies but if you don’t know what a full grown wood duck looks like you can see one here These are my favorite duck!

Loving this weather we have had today here in Michigan, hoping it lasts through the weekend so we can get a good training day in on Saturday. We will be doing retriever training and I hope we will get to do a little conformation training, which had  been put on hold due to an injury…let me back up a bit on that. Last week Hailee was walking Riva around the block and they passed a house with a dog in a fenced in yard, a 2-1/2 – 3 foot fence, on their second trip around the dog leaped the fence and went after them. I think the dog was probably going more for Riva but I wasn’t with them so I can’t say for sure. Anyway it scared Hailee and she started to run, she tripped and fell letting go of Riva’s leash and Riva kept going until she realized Hailee didn’t have a hold on her leash anymore and my sweet girl came back and sat next to her until she could pull herself together and get up. She injured both her knees pretty bad and sprained her wrist. Now the part of this scenario that really bothers me is that after the owners came and retrieved their dog they never came back out to see if she was okay or offer any kind of assistance to her…what kind of people do this? I would have been so apologetic if my dog did something like that and I certainly wouldn’t just walk away and leave the person laying on the side walk. I just hope they take care in correcting the problem and keep their dog better contained.

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Follow-up Friday June 7, 2013

Today we are joining our friends Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostesses Jackie and Rita from Pooch Smooches 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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Thanks Jodi!

It has been so nice having the kids here, we have been busy! I am trying hard to get caught up with reading everyone’s blogs so please bear with me. I really appreciate all of you and enjoy your blogs immensely and love the comments you leave for me here.

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Long Life Cats and Dogs said…

“Such a nice idea, answering peoples questions in the follow up.”

I can’t take the credit for this idea, the credit goes to  2BrownDawgs. I saw her doing it on her posts and thought great idea!

Sue at Talking Dogs said…

“I’m sorry, but looking at those (beautiful) photos of Maia and Titan, all I could think was: ticks! (I have ticks on the brain these days… lol)”

Funny she should mention ticks… I found one on the side of my temple area the other day when I pulled my hair back, and I hadn’t even been out in the woods or out of my own back yard for that matter. FREAKED ME OUT!!!!! It was small and must have just got on me because he wasn’t really attached yet, been feeling like bugs are crawling on me since. I have preventative on the dogs, maybe I should put some on too ;)

Black and White Sunday

I had a good time playing with the editing on this one, I used befunky again, this editor seems to work the best for me so far and it is free. On this one I used the b&w edit and then used an edit called charcoal. These were some photos I took back in 2010 at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad.

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Jodi at Heart Like A Dog said…

“Pop the color on this one.;-)

so here you go Jodi…

Flowers

Wordless Wednesday ~ New Life

I really feel so fortunate to have been able to see these little guys grow.

Jodi at Heart Like A Dog  asked…

“Wow, how did you get that close?”

These guys built their nest right in the crook of the downspout in the corner of my porch, so all I have to do is climb up on the railing which is about a foot wide so I have a good footing. The adult birds let me get very close and snap away.

Well that’s a wrap, looking forward to training and hanging with friends tomorrow. What do you all have planned for the weekend?

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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…

 

Yesterday I posted a picture of the little robins, so today I thought I would share some more. It isn’t going to be long now and they will be leaving the nest. There are four little babies and I was surprised to find out that both the male and female take turns feeding them.

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This is mom and dad, sorry a little blurry.

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These next four are from today.

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I have enjoyed watching these fascinating birds and their babies. Last year I found another nest and started to take pictures but then a big crow came along and well… I won’t go into the gruesome details but needless to say after loosing one baby I think the adults moved the others to a new location. I hope I am around the day they start to leave the nest so I can get more photos.

Well looking at the weather for the weekend looks like we might get some training in on Saturday. Hopefully we will be able to get some more water training in, I have been trying to get a great photo of one of the dogs launching themselves. I did get this one last week…

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This is Dandy

And this one I took several years ago of Remington, sadly he passed away last year. Remmy was a wonderful boy!

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And here is one of Cheyenne…

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