These pics were taken on Tues. night while at the Nationals. We had a full day of doggie goings on and we were just hanging out watch the Megan. This is a special event that only happens at Nationals. The cardis are broken into their different color groups and then the best from each color goes on to compete for Best Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It's kind of like the Westminster for the Cardi world is the way i look at it! The handlers get pretty dressed up, more than at just a basic show. As you can tell, Charlie goes all out....word has it that this is a new kilt this year. I do have this pic as my desktop at work, it makes me smile! He looks quite dapper if you ask me. :)
Well, Higgins had a lot more down time than he thought he was going to have. Since Ella was the only one of the group to compete at Nationals, Higgins was a little on the disgusted and bored side. By Tues. night, he was showing us exactly how he felt about things. He wanted his OWN chair, and as you can see, the expression on his face tells his side of the story!
Enjoy the pics!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
, I took Ella in the ring for Rally Novice A. Our very first time ever in an AKC event. I had about 5 squirts of Rescue Remedy in me and I am not sure that they ever took effect! I was completely and utterly terrified beyond belief. And we had to wait a really long time to go in the ring, which didn't help.
Well, in we went and off we went. First of all, one word...astroturf! Ella was like what the heck is this stuff, I am a princess and this is hurting my feet! We started out and got to about the fifth sign, at this point I was thinking of excusing myself and Ella from the ring. In my mind there was NO WAY we were going to get thru the course, let alone qualify. So the little leprechaun in my head talked me out of leaving, thank goodness! We made it thru and as soon as I got out of the ring, I gave Ella to Carleen to hold and off to the bathroom I went.
YES, I will admit I was in tears! I think it was mostly just all the stress buildup and then the relief of getting out of the ring. I came back out and made up with Ella, because she couldn't figure out what was going on. **This is a mistake I will NEVER make again, I know it's MY FAULT what happens in the ring, not hers!**
When they finished the class they were calling out numbers (scores were not posted on Monday, someone had forgotten the boards!), I really wasn't paying attention. Carleen said..."They called your number" I was like WHAT??? So, I went back in the ring, not knowing for sure what that meant.
Low and behold we QUALIFIED!!!!! We got an 82 (not bad, considering I thought about leaving!) and took second! Our first leg! The girl that was first finished her title with that run and her score was an 88!! Whoo hoo, we did GREAT!
Tuesday, well...lets just say I forgot the Rescue Remedy because I was busy visiting and got a little nervous because Ella's breeder was watching. I BLEW by a sign and had no idea until the judge told me when I finished the course. WAHHH, but I wasn't even that upset, because Ella did great and she and I were HAPPY during the run. And up until that sign, we only had 4 points off and we only had 4 signs to go...so we probably would have scored higher.
Our plan is to try to finish our title here in Spfld. at our club trial. Hey, I will have 3 tries!
So, my motto is NEVER EXCUSE YOURSELF FROM THE RING! Unless the judge tells you to leave!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Well, it's Tuesday and I am trying to recover from a fun filled weekend. I had a great time for my bday and thanks for all the bday wishes.
Sunday we had a pet therapy workshop for new members. Luckily we took all the cardis, since we ended up being short a dog for the "meet and greet" station. Higgins usually works these, but this was Ella's first time. She did great...except when the corgi came thru! Our station evaluator laughed and commented that "Ella knew that was one of her kind!" and she behaved with every other dog after that! The Pem was a cutie and reminded me of how much we miss Fannie.
Last night was Rally class. We did pretty good...well, I need some work. I know the signs pretty well, but I have trouble getting my commands out fast enough. Something I need to work on and I know this. And I give Ella hand/finger signals and I need to keep my hand closer into me. I eventually have it to far out and Ella follows like she is supposed to, but it is also too far out.
I am working on ideas for the door banner for Nationals.....So far I know of 3 people that are making one, please join in, I think it will be great fun. There are dishes calling and I need to get them done. Here is one of my fav. pics of Higgins. Car took and and you can just tell he is a fun dog!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Ok, here's an idea for Nationals...that was spurred by Penni and my boss.
On Disney cruises..people that are "parts" of groups make little hanger type things for their doors on the ship. What about all us bloggers making little "blog" identifiers for our rooms???
If this is a good idea or a bad idea, please email me or leave a comment! It came to me out of nowhere after Penni had sent me an email.
Yeah...and I am trying to find something else to scrap obviously! Thinking of creating another blog about scrapping possibly!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Well, today the new couch and loveseat came. Looks like we are going to have to get (or make) a ramp/step up for Miss Ella boo. The furniture is taller than we remember! And since we do try to limit her jumping, this is going to be a priority. Higgins has taken over the main couch....I think he likes it! Jetson, well, he just has springs in his legs and likes to bounce off them!
Everyone got a bath today and at least we smell and look better. Especially since we are going to be hanging out at the pet therapy workshop while the humans are helping! Well, Higgins gets to work doing a station, but Ella and Jetson will just hang out in a crate with me at the table!
Since this post was about Ella at the beginning, I thought I would throw in one of my favorite pics of her. She LOVES to dig...just in certain areas. Ok, so I just realized that I have posted this pic before, but I scrapbooked it up some, so I am using it again! Plus it's in the older posts...so if I had not of said anything, no one probably would have noticed.
Whhheeee....on vacation tomorrow and I think we are going to IHop for breakfast. It's the big 40 for me tomorrow, so I didn't want to work!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, here it is Wednesday night and I am blogging again! WOW! Not that there is much going on right now. Well, the tornado's path apparently went over the house last night while I was working on my background and didn't even know it until this afternoon! All we heard was alot of wind, rain, etc. and I didn't look out the windows. It hit about 3-4 blocks away. An EF1, but hey that's enough to do some damage.
Our new couch and loveseat come tomorrow. Hopefully it will be ok with the dogs. It's microfiber and they say that is supposed to be good with dogs and dog hair. This house will put it to the test! It's a mocha color....we are going to be pretty "brown" around here, but we hope to get a fun colorful accent chair to go with them eventually.
The dogs haven't been up to much, just hanging out and not liking the rain. Since I found a bunch of stuff to make my background, I thought I would make a scrapbook page for each of the dogs. Here's my first attempt. I am not a scrapbooker in real life, just digital! I have more patience with Photoshop....easier to correct errors! This pic is of Jetson last year, around the time he turned a year old. I love the "go get 'em" look on his face.
BTW, if you are going to Nationals, let me know! We are going for the first part of the week. We are staying at the host hotel also.