Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy, Happy!

We had a nice, quiet Christmas with family and the dogs. They all got bully sticks to chew on, Mr. Darcy enjoyed his in a sunny spot in the yard. Not as cold today as it has been, no frost on the surrounding rooftops this morning.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's Snow Time for Fiona!

Here's a pic of Fiona, (Hermione's daughter, Mr. Darcy's sis) who lives in Connecticut. According to her owner, Barb, she loves the snow. That's a good thing since the weather report is saying they are going to have lots of it for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A New Start for Tina

On Saturday, Mom and I took RJ, Meg and Tina Sparkle to Long Beach to the AKC/Eukanuba show. Tina Sparkle went to meet a couple who were interested in her. RJ and Meg went to work in the Cardigan Meet the Breeds booth. Tina met the new people, (Roula and Hugh) and left midday for her new home in Irvine. It's always hard to let them go, especially when they've been family members for years, (4 in Tina's case) but now she'll get to be the one and only, and I'm sure she'll love having all the attention focused solely on her!
Meg and RJ had fun in the Cardi booth, mostly Meg, who sat for countless photos of her "huge ears". RJ enjoys it to a certain extent, but is easily over excited by all the noise, dogs, people and all that is associated with a huge show. It rained most of Saturday, and all the way home, too, coming down very hard in some areas. Our friend, Diane, and her smooth Dachshund, Francis, accompanied us to the show. Francis worked the Dachsie booth which was conveniently just across the aisle from the Cardi booth.
On Sunday we headed down again, (Mom, me, RJ, Meg, Mr. Darcy and Oliver) for the second day of the show. RJ and Meg showed on Sunday. RJ was WD, no competition so no point, and Meg was Reserve. Both showed well so that was good. I had great fun watching our friend Liisa show her Pem, Shelley to Best of Breed (and best of winners and best bred by) from the classes. She looked very pretty, and showed very well. She's only 17 months old, but deserved her win over quite a few specials. Shelley and Mr. Darcy have the same father, Chance. (Ch. Twinan Another Chance for Salvenik). I also got to show a Parson Russell Terrier, Sailor and was very proud of how well he showed for me. He's just a baby, too, only 19 months or so, but we made the cut in a big class of specials so I was quite pleased. His sister, Poppit, was awarded Best Opposite and Best Bred by, which was a real thrill for Debra and Kathy. Sunday's weather was much nicer, so the drive down and back was not nearly as stressful as on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Bad Hair Day!

I hadn't combed Tina Sparkle out for awhile, and noticed today that she had a tuft on her flank. So, I got out the comb and started combing. This is what I got off of her in 10 or so minutes!
It was quite incredible! Amazing how much hair one little dog can have. Maybe tomorrow she'll get a bath, as I have to bathe Meg for the Thursday show. I have some new shampoo samples to try from Isle of Dogs.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, Gryffin!

It's Mr. Gryffin's 5th birthday today! He and the silly puppies were out in the yard, watching our neighbors put up their Christmas lights. I was resetting six of the pavers as I noticed they were a bit lower and we've got rain forecast for tomorrow. I don't want a big puddle to form, so I raised six of them up a bit to see if it helps. RJ sat still long enough for a picture, as did his Grandpa Gryffin, but Meg was her usual busy self and wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get a decent shot. Oh well. It's getting quite gray here, looks like the weather man may actually be correct in his prediction of rain. Might even rain on and off all week long, which could mean heading down to Long Beach in less than stellar weather for the AKC/Eukanuba show.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Group 4!

Here's Mr. Darcy, posing after his group 4 at the Antelope Valley KC show on Nov. 1st. I don't love Meg's pic, and haven't received RJ's yet, so nothing else to post picture-wise.
I'll try and take some of the silly puppies later today. Meg continues to exasperate, she's now managed to get two pairs of my reading glasses off the dining room table and chew them to uselessness. Both RJ and Meg are entered at the big AKC/Eukanuba show in mid-December, in Long Beach. We'll go down on Sat. and work in the Cardigan Meet the Breeds booth, then show on Sunday. Should be fun.