Sunday, 28 August 2016

Backpacking Meet up

Five of us enjoyed the Saturday morning back pack meet up.  We hiked a trail between  trees , up the Mt Pleasant hill on the west side, back down the hill,  across the top of the parking lot and then wove our way  through the trees to the finish.  The trail was 810metres long, some of the dogs were carrying a sixth of their weight which is what is required for the DDX test, some carried less and others just wore empty packs.  A couple of dogs came along for the hike without a pack.  We went in 2 separate groups  so those with 2 dogs could take  each separately.    

Reese went in the 1st group  and  Nugg and Toscane went in the second group.  Nugg was trying out her new low profile backpack and Toscane did not have a pack yet so walked along with Bonnie. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Picking up Toscane

On Monday August 1st, we drove to Winnipeg to pick up Toscane.  She came to us from Nordais Chesapeakes in Quebec.  She is 4 years old and is registered as Nordais Unique Toscane MH.  

We had room for another dog and after much consideration we decided that all though puppies are fun,  an older dog would fit into our home better. 

Toscane has already accomplished a lot in retriever games, so she can teach me all about that.  But she hopes to try her paw at therapy work, obedience, agility and lots of other fun stuff. 

Here are some pictures from our return trip to Regina.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Ardi's Rose

 Today we planted this rose for Ardi along with some of her ashes. It is kind of our memorial corner.The corner also has the  St Francis bird bath that was my Dad's  and Kitt's rose bush .  
The rose is a Morden Fireglow bush rose.
St. Francis watches over Ardi and Kitt's roses and all the birds who come to drink and bath.

Monday, 23 May 2016

SK MB NUN AAC Regional Qualifier

On Sunday after running a fast, fun and clean Jumpers round, Reese and I qualified to represent our Region at the 2016 AAC National Championship in Montreal, PQ.  Yes indeed it was a squeaker as we earned 353 pts while needing 350 to qualify. Although I won't be making the trek to Montreal , I am very proud to have Qualified along side those who will be representing Team Saskatchewan.

Here is Reese's final Jumper round; video,  map and scribe sheet.  As someone pointed out....she talked me all the way through it. :)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Good-bye Ardi

Ardis~Nov. 26 2000 – Feb. 5 2016 This morning we said goodbye to Ardi. " Oakenpride's Ardwinna CDX, JH, WCI, RN, Onyx, MAD, SGDC, SMGDC, CRXMCL, CRA-T SJAT “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.” ― Irving Townsend

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Reese ATChC

ATChC Del Brave Flying Colours, CD, JH, WCI , DD , RE , CRXCL On Nov. 1/2015 at the Moose Jaw Dog Club Halloween Howl, Reese earned her 3rd and 4th Master Snooker legs to complete the requirement for Agility Trial Champion of Canada ATChC. The final leg came on judge Bridgette Hunters course. It was a great weekend 2 other dogs and handlers earned their ATChC the day before. They were Dr. Ann and her Cairn Terrier Tigger and Darla Montgomery and her Retriever mix Bailey. The Moose Jaw dog club presents the handlers that earn an ATChC title at their trial with an embroidered patch to commemorate the occasion. Love the idea.
On Sunday morning we started off needing 2 Master Snooker rounds to complete the ATChC requirements. My plan was to attempt all 4 reds then go into the closing, if I did this I would only need to complete the 5 obstacle which was 6 weave ploles and I would have 41 points, one more than the 40 needed to qualify. Reese and I stuck to our plan despite being the 2nd last dog to run and watching plenty of successful runs that provided lots of pressure to change the plan. Number 6 was a serpentine that provided lots of opportunity for wide turns and the ever tempting teeter

Sunday, 25 October 2015

2015 Training Group Boat Picture


                                                                       Ship jumpers.