Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Good, The Distracted and The Quite Ugly...

Well... here's the good - the last of our wonderful Christmas day with family from big to small, young to old(er) heheh, and what a great day it was for all!
Then we pulled out all the stops again, starting with steak. Some of you might remember what this is supposed to mean. Hmmmmmmnnnnnn.

Today I face the San Mateo County Fairgrounds gate as I try for my second leg of Novice A. Mom feels pretty confident that I will qualify.

We pass lots of doggies getting groomed for conformation classes. I barked at these. Not very polite.

I wanted to play with this cute young golden I saw! We finally found our ring, where the Open B classes were still going on. Here is "Dream" handled by Deedee Anderson. Dream won just about everything in 2008 that an obedience dog can get. Check out her heel position!


Here we are listening to our judge's instructions before we get a walk-through of the heeling pattern. It was very easy. Because my dad was taking movies, there are no stills of my (er... ahem, cough, cough) performance. Suffice it to say, it was furry distracted, although I tried my best. I did the heel-on-leash, the figure-8 and the stand for examination just fine. But my off-leash heeling went south when I was asked to halt and I didn't sit. Weird. And then on the recall, I kinda rolled my head around like I was looking for dad, so I didn't hear mom call me - I really didn't - I was looking somewhere else. On Mom's second call, I was disqualified.

Sorry Ma, but I was worried about where Dad was (she seemed to be saying as she later nom nom-ed on steak...) Next Sunday, I'll be headed for the Cow Palace for a Fun Match to "straighten" things out a bit. (And mom says ditto for her heheh!)


Scout and Freyja said...

Sammie, you are a winner in our book each and everyday you wake up!

Our momma is lovin' that baby - is that Hannah? Too cute!

Samantha said...

No! Baby Emma! Have 3 grandkids - the older two were not in the pix with me heheh!
Hugs xo

Tabatha,Oscar, and Eclipse said...

Good Try Samantha!!Maybe next time! I can understand you being worried about where your dad was, I like to know where both of my parents are at all times as well.

Lots of Love and Licks,

Eclipse and Oscar

Elizabeth said...

We think you did a great job!!!! Keep it going, you will only get better with practice.... speaking of, I need to practice with Luna!

Elizabeth & Luna

Kari in WeHo said...

It was the holidays. With so much going on who wouldn't be distracted?

Life With Dogs said...

I know you meant well - you were just being sweet and keeping an eye on your peeps. :)
Now might we revisit that steak? For any dog, that is the highlight of your post! All sexy and tempting...

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Sammie! We know you did your bestest, and your momma too! We've seen you do awesome! And, will again, we know it. Loved seeing cute little Emma!
Levy walk later today, hmmm?

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Deborah said...

You should have won first prize just for being the cutest one there!!
Happy New Year Samantha!

Sam said...

The fact that you are in the ring and competing in AKC in a busy facility like that is a big accomplishment in itself. The Q's will come soon!!

Martha and Bailey said...

Oh Sammie, don't feel bad you are a star as far as we are concerned!
We loved the pic with the very cute human baby - she was nearly as cute as you!
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Huffle Mawson said...

Oh well, as long as you're having fun, that's the important thing.

Tanuki Maxx said...

You're a winner to me!
Sure looks like you've had fun, that's great!!


KB said...

I love the first photo! You are a gorgeous girl and obviously great with the babies!

Don't worry about your 'performance'. Of course you were worried about where Dad was. You'll nail it next time - just practice a little with Dad doing weird stuff off to the side. Then, you'll be ready for his crazy antics!

The Army of Four said...

You're aces in our book, Sam! And you did WAY better than any of us would do. Really. I mean BIG TIME. Woo.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sammie!
I know your tried hard!
I am sure next time you will win!
Kisses and hugs

Farley said...

Sammie, you are a star and we are proud of you. I would be looking for my Daddy too. I hope you had some of that steak. Love, Farley

Emma Rose said...

My dear, beautiful Samantha,

You must not worry about what was -Next time may very well be your time to shine! We believe in you (and your Mom too). You are a star in our book!

Emma Rose

Ms. ~K said...

Did you and Mom have fun???
That's all that really matters!

caboval said...

Sammie, you are a superstar in our book!!! And its good to know you love your daddy!!! And we love you!!! HUgs JOey and Kealani

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo got way way way farther than I would!

So many doggies to say hi to...I don't blame woo one bit!

Woo ARE a winner to us!


Stella said...

Hi Sammie: You look a little nervous in the first picture with that darling baby. Did you think she might go for your ears???

I think you did fine at the competition and shouldn't be worried about what you did right or wrong. Just enjoy the moment!



Hey Sam
Anything that ends with you getting a steak means your a winner to me. There's always another day!

Bruce said...

Looks like a jolly good time Sammie! Happy New Year to you & your whole family!
Bruce the cat:)

Mango said...

Can't wait for the movie! I am sure you did fine. I mean you didn't run off or go cracker dog, right?


The OP Pack said...

What an adorable little kiddo you have there!!! Bet you all had lots of fun. Too bad about the show, but everyone has an off day now and then - you are a winner with us all the time, Sammie.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Kasha said...

What a fun Christmas you have had! Happy New Year!
Kasha and Africa

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Love the last picture of you, Sammie, you look so sweet. We are sure you will do better this week. Do you want to share that steak?

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Tucker and Daisy

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Oh, what a cute baby with a happy face!
May it be the start to a pawsome new year.
Love ya lots!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Samantha - I think they should give you (and your human) bonus points for even showing up to a competition during Christmas holidays!! Don't worry - I doubt you have much "straightening out" to do at all - we all have "distracted" days sometimes (with me, they are the norm rather than the exception...my general state of mind is distracted - hee! hee!).

Hope you got to nibble some of that steak!

Honey the Great Dane

Sam said...

I used to show my first golden, Daisy, when she was younger. I found that I did better when I went to the shows alone - she was so worried what had happened to her family members! Good luck at the next show!

Sam and Cisco

Ben said...

Your my hero- just the fact that you tried and keep trying is outstanding. Me I can't get out of basic obedience - something about being a flirt.