Friday, May 30, 2014

She didn't make it to 15

She came from a puppymill in MIssouri and was sold to a college kid from a pet store in RI. She had too much energy and was too busy for him once he got back to school and he learned he made a bad decision and gave her to rescue. I asked for a large Min Pin and I guess she was, but she sure seemed tiny to me!!! she was a good age, 5 1/2 months and was a precious little spit fire!

She ran and ran and ran and hunted everything. Recalls were a challenge, but she was very smart and learned quickly. We would take her hiking in the white mountains, but occasionally she had to be leashed. She was fabulously athletic and fast.

She loved to train obedience and was a great agility dog. My first MACH dog. In fact, she was the first MACH dog my instructors students had ever had. even before any of her dogs had a MACH. 

She LOVED to hunt and eat grasshoppers and could do that in late summer all day long, even nearly blind. 

She had a presence about her that was strong and intense. She ruled the house, but never fought with the boys.

Hiking was one of her favorite things to do and she could go for miles!!!!

Baby Colby 5 months.....

With both eyes!! I hit her in the eye with a ball and that eye ended up removed. THAT sucked!!! She was going blind anyway. What a horrible fate for an busy,malt hectic dog. Her health was always a struggle,she had allergies, a bad knee, mast cell tumor, horrible Lyme. she struggled with health issues her whole life, but it never slowed her down much.

She continued to hike and hunt with limited vision

I can't believe how empty the house is now. She was small, but she was a powerful presence. Rich insisted we get a stone or plaque for her.None of the others, except Gabe, had more than a stone. we had a white marble plaque made. she is buried with Gabe and Trudle on the edge of the agility yard. I forgot to bury her precious ball with her, so yesterday I tucked it in under the sod above her. It was the only ball she liked and outlived her, amazingly!!!! It was gross and cracked and worn, but STILL squeaked!!!!

She was the hardest ever to let go, but we did not let her linger long. She had stopped eating much last week and was obviously not comfortable.

It sucks.........she should have lived a lot longer..........

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Some runs from the weekend trial

Tough weekend, for sure. Colby had a terrible week and we decided it was time for her to go. Friday night we visited the vets for the last time. Sucked. TOTALLY sucked. She was the BEST dog. I will write a blog obituary/tribute later as I am exhausted by it all. Posted on facebook and got over 100 comments. Wow, I didn't realize I had so many friends, LOL!!! SHE had so many friends. Although, she wasn't outwardly friendly, just perfectly friendly. :D She was very self assured and our house is SO empty without her. Amazing the presence she exuded. Huge!

Spur ended up giving me a SUPER weekend at the trial. He didn't seem fazed by my emotions, good little Monkey Pants!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Trial report!

Hah, it's been a while!  Our first outdoor trial of the year and the weather was awesome!!!Perfect, relaly!! Some light mist Saturday morning, but after that it was nice!!! Not too hot, not too cold. Perfect!!! It was a very small trial and I thought that wouldn't be good for Spur, but he did great!!! I don't have much video, which is a bummer because he had some really awesome runs. I do have two runs he did really well. We missed a PGP qualifier by one refusal at the teeter. Damn. But, I was very happy how he ran  all weekend. He never runs as well outside, but he has always liked this place for some reason.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Is weekly OK?????

I just can't seem to find the time to post any more!!!!! time management, not easy as I get into my menopausal years. Having SO much fun with that!! NOT!!!!! But, at least now I can TRULY blame everything on hormones, right????? Hmmmmm, that seems like a cop out, but seriously WTH????? What a cruel joke it is!!! Enter the "prime" of your life and your body goes wacky!!!! NOT fair!!!!!!

OK, enough about about some bird photos! sorry to those of you who already have seen theses on Facebook.

So, this weekend is our first outdoor trial. Guess what???? FUCKING crappy weather forecast!!!! Damn IT!!!!! we just can't win in the weather department!!! Not even a chance of rain, but 100% chance!!!! Cold rain, yeah, that sounds good!!! >:/ 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

So much going on!!!!

First and foremost GOOD weather finally!!!!!
So many birds around now!!!!

and a turtle! 

Waiting to see the male Baltimore oriole. 

Been wicked busy here. last weekend my friend and I did a running contacts seminar. It was awesome 
!!!! Five participants running their dogs and we helped them analyse their running and helped give them a plan. I don't think I am a great teacher, but maybe I am underestimating myself. Everyone seemed pretty pleased!!! and we have been asked to do it again!!! I don't know, it didn't make us much money and took a day away from doing other things. 

No trials lately. Taking a wee break. spur needed a break. We have been doing some practice at home and he seems pretty happy with that. Lots of hiking in the woods. Lovely weather, no bugs, just cute little minks!!! How cute is this little thing?????