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March Lamb

March came in like a lamb as has gotten even nicer!  I hope that does not mean it will leave like a lion.

We’ve been continuing our Saturday morning vet visits to get everyone in for a checkup.  Our first visit of the month was with Fringe, Rally and Cyrus.  Fringe and Rally did ok.  They were both kind of scared.  Karl left the room for Rally to see if it helped him settle down.  Fringe was good except she test positive for anaplasmosis – a tick disease.  We’re going to let her body try to fight it unless she starts showing symptoms.  Rally has a bit of soreness in his right rear leg.  I think it was his hip.  If not, than his knee.  He’s on glucosemine supplements now – along with Vada and Narc.  Cyrus is the cat that showed up last summer.  He’s had a runny nose all winter.  I thought he was feral so I was scared to pet him.  I finally did a few weeks ago and he’s a love.  So I was able to load him up to take him to the vet.  First I had loaded up Logan as I could not find Cyrus.  As I was putting Logan in the van, Cyrus came walking up the driveway.  Logan went back in the house and I was able to put Cyrus in a carrier.  Thank goodness!  He was a mess.  He has frostbite on one of his ears.  That part of the ear will fall off.  It’s hard as a rock now.  That ear is infected.  Probably due to the frost bite and the flesh dying.  He has an upper respiratory infection which is why his nose has been runny all winter.  He has worms bad.  Both of his upper canines are broken off.  They were broken at different times.  One is fairly recent.  One is at the gum line and one is sticking out a bit.  They tested him for feline leukemia.  I was so worried he had it and we’d have to put him to sleep.  I was even crying on the way to the vet at the thought of it.  But he was negative!  While he was at the vet they gave him 2 wormer pills and a dose of antibiotics.  He got a 10 day round of antibiotics which he just finished today.  We brought a stool sample in on Saturday and he still has some worms as well as body mites.  So we got a dose of liquid wormer as well as a 10 day supply of a powdered wormer for his food.  When we first brought him in, he looked very pregnant.  He still had a pretty big belly.  But once we did the liquid wormer it seems like his belly has gone down quite a bit.  So we’ll do another stool sample this Saturday and then if it’s good we can schedule an appointment to get his roots extracted and get neutered.  Then he can go back outside again.  He’ll love that.  He’s been living in a giant dog crate in the garage.  He’s starting to get restless as he gets healthier.  He’s becoming a different cat.  Even a few days after we started treating him, he started looking around more and making eye contact with us and he doesn’t hold his ears sideways.  We’re all anxious for him to get healthy and get back outside.  I’m so grateful that we are able to help him out.  I was torn on what our responsibility was to him but since he’s been around for months now and didn’t seem to be going anywhere, he had been sick for a long time and I petted him and he was sweet – I figured we should take responsibility for him and get him healthy.  Hopefully he continues to stick around once he’s feeling better.  If not, than he was just meant to find us to get healthy.

This Saturday we brought Vada, Prozac, Logan and Quest in.  Vada was good.  She does not like vets examining her eyes.  She gave some lip to the vet.  So I held her head/muzzle.  She was fine for everything else.  Logan and Quest were good too.  They both had tarter on their teeth.  I thought they’d need a dental.  But she just used her nail and flicked the tarter off and told us to give them more bones!  Saved us tons of money on dentals!  Prozac loved the vet and tech of course.  They said her lick granulomas are not super bad but they do seem to be on joints which are also acupressure points.  She also had a sore right knee.  We’re keeping her on cosequin.  Dr. Jina showed me acupressure points to work for her joints and anxiety.  We also got some Bach flowers for her.  Karl picked a few different flowers to put in it.  Hopefully it works and she has less anxiety.  We were there for 2 hours!  We have gotten quite comfortable there!

Karl went to Ribs N Blues at church with Joe.  He had a great time again.

I’ve been working on AMBOR end of year awards.  I’m close to being done!  I’ve just got a bit more research to do on the trophy winners and then I have to order the plaques.  I’ve been getting things ready for the CPE trial too.  I’m feeling good about being caught up on the paperwork.  I’m going to send out final confirmations tonight and the confirmation letter in a few days – after closing.

Saturday was jam packed.  After the vet we went to Leatherdale to pickup the last of the Zukes that we got for check in gifts for the CPE trial.  It was fun to just stop in and say hi to people.  Then we went to the MMBC storage locker to meet Denise and Al there to load up the trailer for the CPE trial.  It went very smoothly.  The 4 of us work well together.  So now next Friday we can just hook up the trailer and go.  On the way home we stopped at Run 4 Fun and got me a pair of running shoes.  I was nervous but they were really nice and helpful and the shoes were not super expensive.  Then we ate pizza at Latuffs on the way home.

Karl started installing the wood flooring in the bedroom 2 Saturdays ago.  I helped him the first Saturday after he had been working on it awhile and we were able to make good progress.  This Sunday we finished the bedroom.  I lined up the boards and stepped on them while Karl pounded them in.  He did all the measuring and cutting.  Once we got to the wall there was alot of cutting.  So we just have the closet left to do and the quarter round and we are done with the bedroom and closet!  Once the quarter round is installed in the bedroom than we can put the headboard back in place.  It’s going to look so nice!

It was so nice to be home yesterday.  We did not leave the house once!  We had a nice dinner of chicken, red potatoes  and salad. And it was a gorgeous day out!  The sun was out bright and strong.  There was a nice gentle breeze.  I did some of my computer work out on the porch stairs.  I took a walk around the pond too.  Friday most of the property was in standing water.  Yesterday most of it had dried and there were just a few puddles.  I put out some jumps and weave poles yesterday too.

Tonight is cardio salsa!  I could not go last week as I had sore ankles from being dragged by Copper and Vada on the sidewalks for an hour on Sunday.  I’m excited to get back to it.  And to start running again.   Time to get in shape for the spring clothes that will be coming out soon.


End of February

Karl and I went to a Soups and Stews class.  It was fun.  The class made 4 soups and a stew.  Karl and I made Split Pea Soup and a Beef Stew.  Our stew took a long time to make so we were there quite late.  But we got to take lots of samples home.

I had to turn in my first TSQL project.  I had started on it but didn’t finish it so I was at class til the end getting it done.  But I got a 98 so it worked out well.  Hopefully I’ll get my second project done earlier and not wait til the last minute!

Narc graduated from Super Puppy class.  I felt Narc was ready to move on to a more advanced class.  Since Seven is in the next level class and NOT ready to move up – I asked Sue if I could move him to the next higher class that is at the same time as Super Puppy.  Narc had his first Polishing class this week and did a great job.  I was a little nervous and he was too.  He got a bit brain overloaded by the end of class.  That part will get better.  He’s got the skills for the class so he’s in a good one.

Seven started agility classes last week.  He was a bit brain fried by the end of class.  I was worried that he would be out of his league in the class but he is not.  We have things to work on, of course, but he fits right in.  We just skip contacts and weaves and work them off to the side.  He is making progress on his contacts.  I had him going down about a foot on the aframe to no target last  night and he was doing nose touches beautifully.  Last night he held up the whole class and I worked him on the side pretty hard and long.  I think he loves being in class and wonders why it took me so long to sign him up.

Last Saturday we took Seven, Narc and Bessie into the vet.  All passed with only Bessie being overweight and getting some holistic drops to try to help regulate her weight.  But Karl might have to just put her on a diet or figure out how to exercise her more.  Then we did Feed My Starving Children at Eagle Brook in White Bear Lake.  Karl and I kicked butt.  He scooped chicken powder and dehydrated veggies.  I scooped soy and rice.  It was the perfect amount of time as we were just about ready for a break when they stopped us.  Then we went to the 4:05pm service.  That worked out very nicely with the timing.

Sunday we had the MMBC meeting.  A few of us were worried it would be a big brawl like in the olden days as stuff was getting chaotic on the yahoogroup list.  But the meeting went very well.  And a group of us went bowling afterwards and had alot of fun.

Monday Fringe turned 5 years old!  She is our youngest.  Karl got her while we were dating.  My how time flies!  I also went to cardio salsa again after a long break.  It was alot of fun.  Glenda joined me too.  I’m looking forward to being able to go weekly now.

Met my Dad for lunch today to celebrate his birthday.  I can’t believe it’s March already!  Bring on spring!!!!

MAC Winter USDAA Trial

We got up super bright and early to make the drive down to Cannon Falls.  Had to pack up all the dogs too.  It ended up being a really good weekend.  Saturday Vada got a Super Q in Snooker.  We had an oops at a spot where I thought we might but I just modified our plan a little bit.  It was only 1 point less.  That is our first Super Q and our second Snooker Q in a row.  Grand Prix was not as scary as I thought it was going to be.  Terry answered a few questions for me on proper handling which was nice.  During the run Vada pulled off of a jump in a pinwheel.  I thought it was very odd.  We argued a bit there and we got an off course as she was certain I did not want the jump so she almost went to a tunnel.  We got a bit off and she crashed a jump later too.  She just wrapped it too tight and knocked the wing over.  The rest was awesome.  Luckily Karl was there and video taped the run.  I stuck to my plan and kept my feet moving in the pin wheel but apparently I had time to move my too long bangs out of my face with my OTHER hand.  Vada, being a good girl, took it as an arm change and pulled off the jump.  The Gamble in Masters Gamble was really hard.  We did the opening nice but did not make the gamble.  In Advanced Standard she just had 1 bar down.  The first bar.  Not sure why.  The rest was very very nice.  I can’t remember the Advanced Jumpers run but I think it might have been ugly.  The one on Sunday was SUPER ugly and I ended up walking off the course with her.  We were both a mess.  Sunday we got another Q in Snooker.  She dropped a bar on the 5 color so we have the minimal points to Q.  So now we have 2 Qs and just need 2 more Super Qs.  She also got an Advanced Standard Q.  We had a little bobble on the weave entry but it was not enough to be a fault.  Masters Gamblers was a nice gamble and we got it but we had a goof in the opening and were late getting to the gamble and ran out of time.  So we need one more each for Advanced Jumpers and Standard and we’ll be in all Masters classes.  I did not have to pull her from any classes for breaking her start line.  She stood up in one and I told her a stern “SIT” and she plopped her butt back down real quick.  She was solid after that.

Seven had a tough time in Starters Jumpers on Saturday.  I think he was not use to the footing and crashed a few jumps including the triple.  At which point he said “this is dumb”.  Sunday I was all ready to baby him but he was off like a rocket and blasting faster than I could keep up.  We had a bobble or two but we were clean.  I didn’t check the sheet so I don’t know if he Q’d or not.  If he did, it finishes his Starters Jumpers title.  I’m thinking I’m going to put him in Performance for the next trial and enter him in Gamblers and Snooker.  He’s 16″ in CPE and he’ll be 16″ in AKC and UKI.  Plus, he’s 7 years old now.  And we’re making progress on his contacts so we can do more classes soon.

Karl and Fringe had a good day on Saturday.  They entered Snooker, Gamblers and Jumpers.  They almost Qd in Gamblers if Karl had gone back and did the last jump that she went around.  But he was not happy with her teeter performance and was still thinking about that.  She Qd in a very nice Jumpers run.  I can’t remember their Snooker run.  They had some good parts and some parts for improvement.  Trialing shows you want you need to work on in training.

We both were course builders on Saturday and ring crew here and there.  Sunday I was ring crew for a few classes and I helped load up the truck and unload at the locker.  Makes for a long weekend but someone’s got to do it.  🙂  Plus, Bonnie got us super cool miner headlamps to wear in the locker after dark.

Looking forward to trialing outside again!

Much of February

Whew – I’m almost caught up!  I wonder if my postings on Facebook help me forget about posting to my blog.

February started out with a private agility lesson with Terry.  Karl and Fringe worked on the sit stay.  And then some handling.  I worked on a few different handling things and had a few questions cleared up from recent courses.  I think I forgot to write down my list of things to work on though.  I wonder if I can still remember.  Bad handler!

Copper started having pain problems.  I would let him out of the bedroom when I got home and twice he yelped when I petted his shoulder area.  Then a 3rd time he came out of the bedroom and was whining and then fell back into a sit and his back legs were out wide and shaking.  I made a vet appointment for a few days later.  We also started crating him during feeding and dog rotation times.  He gets so crazy and barks and jumps around – on and off the bed.  He’s jumping off a high bed onto a particle board floor so it is not good on his shoulders.   And he’s wound up so he’s not thinking of taking care of his body.  That has helped alot and we have not had any episodes of yelping since then.  The vet did not find anything.  She said his spine felt good and there was no heat.  He was overdue for his 6 month checkup so it was good timing.  He also has a new lump on is butt that I just discovered.  His butt bones are not the same size since one has the lump on it.  That’s how I noticed it.  LOL  She aspirated it and found some abnormal cells so she sent it off to the lab.  It came back perfectly normal.  Whew!  We talked about increasing his cosequin and what our next pain management steps would be.  I also got an osteoarthritis DVD by Debbie Gross Sanders.  One thing in there that hit home with me was that arthritis has flare ups.  So maybe he was having a flare up at the time and maybe he is when his body is hotter.  He cooled down after we first switched him to rabbit but then got hot again.  Because of the pain that he was experiencing, I was worried about him doing agility.  So I scratched him from the ACTS trial.  By the time the trial came, he would have been ok but I’m kind of glad I did scratch him.  It was a very hard decision but that usually means that it’s the right one.  It just feels like it is time to retire him from agility.  I think it would be easier on his body and will hopefully reduce flare ups and stress on his joints.  And if he gets hurt by misjudging the tire or the dog walk or something, he could get seriously hurt.  I’ve been worried about his jumping for awhile and judge each trial on a per trial basis and that’s probably not the best thing to be doing.  We’ve got stuff we can do at home and he can do obedience.  He didn’t mind not playing at the CPE trial.  He got to go with and hang out and go for a few long walks.  The more I talked to people about him being retired the more it sank in and I was ok with it.

I entered Copper and Vada in our first ever St. Hubert’s CDSP obedience trial.  It went really well.  I was most worried about the moving stand for exam.  Vada knew the moving stand where I kept walking and she stopped.  Not the me stopping and her staying in a stand.  Both dogs should sit when I stop.  So I practiced with both of them to find out what cues each of them needed.  They both did the standing part great all weekend.  However, I forgot the exam part!  Copper did fine.  Vada has not been examined except for a few times when I was cramming for her UKC and ASCA CDs.  She was not paying attention in the first ring and suddenly the judge was there and spooked her and she moved.  So I worked on proofing her stand and not moving no matter what outside the ring.  It worked as she held her stay for the other 3 trials.  Both dogs earned their CD-H.  Vada had 2 run offs.  One she finished in the middle and got 2nd place.  The other she won for 2nd place.  Copper also got a 4th leg to boot.  His sits got less and less with each trial and his heeling got slower.  In this venue you can use food in the ring but he gets so crazy that I did not use it.  I did in the last trial and it seemed to help a little bit to perk him up.  But really, for a 12 year old dog, he did awesome!  However, I am on the fence about trialing him for his AKC CD after that weekend.  But there’s lots of time to decide.

It was weird only running one dog at the ACTS CPE trial last weekend.  I did not enter Seven as I wanted to be training him and not reinforce bad habits.  I scratched Copper.  So that just left Vada.  Saturday we did awesome!  4 Qs out of 4 runs!  Sunday I could not get it together for the life of me.  I was just off all day.  Karl and Fringe trialed on Sunday too.  They had some good moments in their runs.  Karl learns alot each time he runs her in a trial.  But no start line is really killing them I think.  It was fun to spend Valentine’s Day together at an agility trial.  Saturday night we exchanged gifts.  He did a great job as usual.  I came home to flowers (a beautiful colorful assortment) and candy (dark chocolate turtles!)  and a cute animal daily calendar and a beautiful garnet heart shaped ring.  The band is gold and silver.  I gave him a dog tag necklace that had a dog tag on it with a bible verse engraved into it and another tag that was a cross.  I heard the bible verse when we were at that church in Elk River.  The pastor has it engraved in his wedding band.  I liked how they explained what it meant.  It was a good one for Valentine’s Day.

I think I forgot to mention in my last post that Seven turned 7 yeas old on January 19th!  This month Rally turned 9 years old on the 15th!  They sure don’t act like they are getting older.

This weekend is the MAC USDAA trial.  Karl and Fringe are entered on Saturday.  Vada is entered both days in everything but Pairs.  We are entered in Grand Prix for our first time ever.  Seven is entered in Starters Jumpers both days.  I think he only needs 1 more Q to move up to Advanced.  But we’re in no rush.  Saturday is going to be SUCH a long day with tons of Masters entries that we have to bring all of the dogs with.  They can be naughty in their crates (Prozac and Rally!) but it’ll take alot of stress and worry off of us that we have to get home to potty them by x time.  It’s a long drive down to Cannon Falls too.  And they are starting even earlier due to the high Masters entries.  So we will be getting up CRAZY early!  Tonight we have Open Gym at On The Run.  I am going to pack the van before we go there so we can just go home and go to bed after our open ring time.  Sunday Karl is staying home with the dogs so I can go to the storage locker after the trial and help put equipment away.

A little over a week til March!  We’re having a stretch of warm sunny days and the snow is melting.  I’ve got spring fever BAD.  I’m so excited for the snow to melt so we can put equipment out in the yard and train more often again.


I can not believe how quickly time is flying by.  I have not posted in over a month.  Almost a month and a half!  Guess it’s good that winter is going by quickly.  Hopefully it’ll keep going fast and then slow down once spring comes back.

Narc started Super Puppy obedience classes at the beginning of January.  I debated between he and Prozac.  He is no longer doing SchH since I am taking a break and he could use the opportunity to get out and about around lots of people and dogs so he’s not so nervous.  Prozac is naughty in her crate in the van.  Narc is not.  So I signed him up.  Maybe I’ll do the next class with her if I can find a class for Seven on a different night.  She would love the class but traveling with her is an exercise in patience or yelling.  Narc is really enjoying the class.  Seven is in the class before his.  Last week I realized how much easier Narc is to train than Seven.  He’s much calmer.  Seven is frantic and always in motion and always offering behaviors.  They’re all going to make me a great dog trainer one day!  🙂

Vada had agility class twice a week for a few weeks.  I had decided to not sign up for winter session 2 agility classes.  I needed a break from the driving and I was having some other issues with the class.  Plus, the class was really late and I got home really really late on a week night.  Then I started doing a bunch of open ring time at On the Run.  I went back and forth on signing up for an agility class there since the instructors do not follow the Greg Derrett handling system.  But no group class instructors really do around here at the moment.  A friend of mine who does follow the GD system was going to sign up for a class so I figured I would give it a try.  She ended up moving to another class but she gave me the push to get into the class.  The instructor respects my choice for handling and I can tell her if something conflicts with the handling system.  She is upbeat and a lot of fun.  The class laughs a lot and we are encouraged to try different things – did a front cross last time?  try a rear cross this time.  I need some fun in my classes or I get way too serious.  I’ve really enjoyed this class.  Plus the facility is beautiful with pretty spongy blue mats and nice lighting and it’s heated.  I signed up for another set of classes.  I was going to take the summer off from classes and just train at home.  The classes fill and are hard to get into so I’ll have to decide soon, before the next session opens for registration, if I want to risk losing my spot in the class.  This class has a lot of big high drive barky dogs in it too.  Vada is a perfect fit!

On most Fridays we’ve been doing open ring time at On the Run.  I work Seven and Vada.  Karl works Fringe.  It is helping a lot.  We usually get a lot of time to work the dogs too.

We had a USDAA trial in January at Leatherdale.  I had Seven entered in Starters Jumpers at 22″.  I was scared that I should not have entered him at such a high jump height and thought about scratching him since he is only 17″.  He did really well and the more I work him at 20″ or 22″ I’m seeing that he really seems to like it.   Karl also ran Fringe on Sunday in Jumpers and Snooker.  Vada ran in all classes but Pairs – in case I needed to pull her off the start line.  We also ran in Steeplechase for our first time ever.  We did not Q but we got into Round 2 so we got to play again on Sunday.  We did pretty well on Saturday but I had a question on one part and got a dropped bar as I was late.  Sunday I had a melt down at the beginning of the course and that made the rest of our run really fall apart.  Vada popped out of the weaves and I think we had a bar down too.  We earned our first Masters Snooker Q and our first Advanced Standard Q.  I had to pull her off the 2nd Standard run for breaking her sit.  She held her stay in all of the other runs.

Luci and Sonic went in for checkups at the vet.  Luci was dehydrated and had lost weight so we did labs on her to check kidneys and thyroid.  Labs came back fine.  So Karl is feeding her more canned food.  Sonic looked fine too and his heartworm/tick labs came back good.  He got a good brushing and a bath the day before his visit.  We’re going to bring in a few animals at a time to get them checkups and heartworm/tick tests before spring.

I started a Transact SQL class at HTC in Eden Prairie.  I really enjoy the class.  And he lectures for 2 hours and then has lab for 2 hours so I can start the long drive home and work on my projects on my time.   He just teaches us what we’ll need in the real world.

We finally decided to give UKC Rally a try at a MMBC show.  It was nice since it was 1 rally trial each day and it started at 11am.  I was out of there by noon one day and 1pm the other day.  I had not practiced with the dogs at all but I read the rulebook and felt I understood the signs and the rules.  Apparently not well enough.  Saturday I was the last one  walking the course and, unknown to me, the first one in the ring with Copper.  Since I was not ready they moved Copper to the end.  So I had to get Vada ready to go in.  I totally missed a sign with her so we did not Q.  It was a sign that should could have done perfectly too.  I did NOT miss that sign when it was Copper’s turn.  He Q’d with a 91.  Sunday I was ready to go when it was my time.  Copper went in the ring first this time.  On a sign that involved a finish with no sit I let him sit.  That NQ’d us.  Poor dogs!  I did NOT make that same mistake with Vada.  So she Q’d with a perfect score of 100!  I think we got High in Trial but no HIT nor High Scoring Mixed Breed awards were offered in Rally that weekend it seemed.  So I have to wait for the results to be published in Bloodlines.  The dogs had alot of fun.  Vada did not bark in the ring during the exercises at all.  Karl video taped for us on Sunday with our camera so that was neat.  We will definitely do more UKC rally.  I think Narc isn’t far from being able to do it either.  Just have to get him UKC registered.  Need a vet to sign the form that he’s neutered though.  He’s close to being ready to show for his UCD too.

Karl and I went to the Animal Inn Annual Awards Banquet.  It’s a very nice event.  We had fun and laughed alot and ate alot of food.  I was SUPER lucky this year.  Normally I don’t win stuff in raffles.  This year I won *3* of the prizes.  I was just going for the braided leather leashes.  We got some neat stuff.

We also went to a day long seminar called Song of Solomon.  It was really good.  Talked about biblical views of marriage and  relationships and sex.  It was blunt and had tons of information along with some humor to lighten the mood.  I think we both took alot away from it.

The next day we went to the Guthrie to see the play of Romeo and Juliet.  I have to pay really close attention as I have to decipher the language.  It was set more in a ’50’s time frame but it was fun to see.  We got a really good deal on the tickets too.  I’ve never really gone to plays before Karl and I started dating.  Maybe 2 and 1 was with my coworkers.

That closed out January!  It was a busy month but it was very nice to get back into a weekly schedule of things and have the holiday craziness behind us.  And it puts us 1 month closer to spring!

Christmas 2009

We got tons of snow over the Christmas holiday this year.  Karl and I both worked from home on Christmas Eve.  We were suppose to go out to Mom’s to celebrate Christmas.  We had not gone out there in a few years as there were some undiscussed family issues that I was choosing to not be around.  We decided the roads were too bad to make that trip.  It would have been ok going out there but once the sun set and the roads froze then it would be very unsafe.  We also did not make the drive to church.  We were very bummed to miss Christmas Eve at EBC.  We had ordered 2 pies from Baker’s Square (online) to bring out there and they were closed the next day so we had to go get them.  We decided to have dinner while we were there.  It was fun to watch everyone coming in to get their pies.  A few others had holiday plans change and came in to eat too.  We ate too much and I was feeling miserable.  My dish was very delicious though!  I laid down for a bit til I felt better and then we opened our gifts from each other.  We both did a good job again this year and enjoyed each others gifts.  I’m pretty sure Karl liked what I got him.  I can never think of a big gift – just smaller gifts.  We both got each other a magazine subscription – the gift of reading.  That’s pretty neat.  He gave me a sheepskin steering wheel cover which makes it so much easier to get into the cold van and a heated seat pad with a sheepskin pad cover.  I love that pad.  It works very well and has made this sub-zero temp string of days much more bearable.

Karl’s parents had forbid us from making the drive to Holmen on Christmas Day like we were planning.   So we drove out to mom’s that day instead.  Everyone was still at Mom’s.  They had opened the gifts they had and had dinner the night before but we brought new gifts and Mom heated up the leftovers.  When we were almost there my mom called and the issue that had prevented me from going out there the last few years reappeared.  I was extremely angry and probably would have went home if we weren’t already there.  So we made plans to not stay long and to go see a movie on the way home.  I even told Mom that we would not stay long because of the situation.  The situation was modified to appease me which helped a little.  We were having a good time and ended up staying really late and missing any opportunity of seeing a movie that night.  And my sister made a comment to me that leads me to believe that my mom is not being honest and is causing alot of the problems with me and my sister.  What she is doing is very hurtful and I think she is totally oblivious to that fact.  And I’m not sure what her motivation is.  Things worked out this year but I am not sure what our plans will be for next year.  Each year there seems to be actions that say that Mom does not want us out there but then when we don’t go she whines about it.  Course, we weren’t even invited to Thanksgiving this year so maybe that is the answer.  Actions do speak louder then words.  The drive home again was slow as the roads were icy but we took our time and made it home safely.

Saturday we went to Joe and Julie’s for our New Year’s Eve Fondue tradition.  We were a week early but Joe had to work on NYE this year.  And originally we were planning on going to the MMBC NYE NADAC trial.  We ate SOOO much food!  We had beef tenderloin that we cooked in peanut oil.  We had a swiss cheese mix and a spicy cheese mix and 4 varieties of bread for dipping into the cheese.  We stuffed ourselves on that.  Then awhile later we had caramels, bananas, strawberries, angel food cake and marshmallows for dipping into a delicious chocolate sauce.   We were there til 2am.  So much for going home earlier since it wasn’t New Year’s Eve.  We had a great time.  The roads were not good going home though and we took our time.

We decided to not participate in the MMBC NYE NADAC trial this year.  It was at Leatherdale and only 1 ring.  It filled early and had plenty of workers.  We are on the fence about doing NADAC trials anyways and things just leaned towards not going this year.  This is the first time in the existence of that trial that I have missed it.  It was kind of sad but we had a full weekend without the trial.

On New Year’s Day we drove down to Karl’s parents to celebrate Christmas with them.   We leave the dogs home as it’s a much more pleasurable drive without them.  But that does limit out time to visit.  We had another good visit with them.  And the roads were MUCH better then the week before.

Saturday we drove down to my cousin, Brenda’s, apartment party room for the Tauer Christmas Party.  Again there was LOTS of good food!   Potluck style.  I brought grape salad.  Others brought grapes and fruit salads but people still made a good dent in ours and we didn’t bring too much home.  We have LOTS of leftovers.  We had some interesting conversations with relatives too.  It was fun.  On the way home we stopped and checked out a church in Elk River.  It is kind of similar to EBC but much courser and more in your face.  It would be nice to find a closer church but we are pretty spoiled with how great EBC is.

Other than these events, the last 2 weeks of the year are pretty quiet.  All of our dog classes get canceled and my database design class is done.  It’s nice to be getting back into the routine of things again.

2010 Goals

Once the holidays are over and life can resume a normal schedule again I would like to concentrate on goal setting.  I have never been good at it.  I work on this and work towards general goals of moving up or doing better and practicing what we are not good at.  But I’m terrible about setting small goals and being disciplined on working on things consistently.  So my goal is to set goals each week for training and daily for other things like health and exercise.  I’m hoping that these will lead to habits of better eating and exercising and consistent dog training.  To start my goals with diet and exercise will be simple – drink 1 glass of water every day and exercise at least 4 times a week.  And I’d like to have one skill in obedience and one skill in agility to focus on for each dog each week.

I am also taking the year off from Schutzhund to focus on agility and do some obedience and maybe some rally on the side.   That will also give me my Saturdays back so I can be at home to train more and to work on the house to get it in order physically as well as get the dogs managed better.  They are better but we still have a ways to go.  I’m also going to take a break from agility classes over the summer so I can train more dogs at home.  We’ll do privates here and there with Terry to help me and Karl out.  I’ll keep the dogs in obedience classes at Total Recall as it’s good for them to work on the skills with the other dogs around.  I enjoy the calmness of obedience.  It’s a nice break and it’s nice to see the dogs thinking and being calmer.

Merry Christmas!  I’m looking forward to the new year already!

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