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!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Do You Know the Way to San Jose Obedience Trial?

Dear Friends: I've been "out of the office" for a large part of this week, but please take some time to visit http://howsamseesit.blogspot.com/. Sam's beautiful sister, Cisco, crossed the Rainbow Bridge today and I know they would appreciate some support. xo
Mom and Dad furry rudely awakened me at 4 a.m. today. Sheesh! O'dark hundred! Luckily, they had my breakfast ready, cause I was tired from barking all night at some bold intruders occupying our backyard. Mom and Dad didn't look so hot, but they loaded me into the Jeepmobile and off we charged into the night.

One and a half hours later, I found myself looking at this from my crate. A Novice A Obedience Ring... argggghhhhhh! You can see the judge there, doing something at the edge of the table.

Mom took a stroll around the ring to check out the footing and the heeling pattern I'd have to do.

Mom always gives me a quick brush - love this! Then we practice things for a short time. I get lots of my favorite treats. I didn't get steak this time, but I do love my string cheese!

Uh oh. Here we go. The last time I did this a few weeks ago, mom came unglued and I was simply clueless.

Today, even though Ma was so tired, she seemed to step confidently. I just did my thang. Still, there were lots of distractions with so many pups in the ring for "sits and downs." But we've been practicing heheh! And I had a worried look on my face later when Mom made this furry weird look on her face. First number called for winner.... was...

Oh my Dogness! Moi! I didn't know how to deal with Mom's surprised expression, but she looked pretty happy. On the way home, I slept. And once home...

...continued purusing the pawsome dreams so rudely interrupted this morning...


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

How khool!


That is SOOOO worth STEAK fur your Sunday treat!

We had visited Sam's Blog just after it posted - how sad fur all -


Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Great job, Sammie. Your peeps must be so proud of you. We knew that the bad trial a couple of weeks ago was a fluke. Hope you have sweet dreams.

Tucker and Daisy

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Sammie! You and mom are such a great team!!!!! Goodness..up all night barking at the racoons and then doing amazingly at the comp.!?!??!?! Bravo.
And, we miss that sweet Cisco face, what a BIG LOVE! Thank you for including her to your post.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Congratulations on your blue ribbon!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sammie!
Your were awaken very early but worth it, right?
I am so sorry to know about Cisco.
Our thoughts are with her and her family.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Stella said...

Hi Sammie!

I was sorry to hear about your beautiful sister Cisco, and I visited her website.

Good for you, Sammie, to win a blue ribbon. You and your Mom will go on to even greater glory, I am sure!


Ms. ~K said...

Wrooo wrooo Sammie!!!
You Rock Girl!!!

We visited Sam earlier...very sad about Sweet Cisco!
She had a wonderful family who loved her dearly.

Kari in WeHo said...

woo hoo congrats!

Emma Rose said...

Congrats Sammie! Wow! You are so smart :)

Emma Rose

Sam said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you guys, you work so hard and obedience is tough!

Maggie and Mitch said...

whoooohoooooooo - congratulations, Sammie! Getting up at 4AM paid off!
Your blue ribbon is just gorgeous!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Martin Hooper said...

Congrats Sammie!!! :)

Well done.

Sorry to hear about your friend too. She looked a lovely Golden just like you!

Bruce said...

Wow! Congratulations Sammy! I think you did this one for Cisco!
your cat pal,


Sammie.. my blue ribbon pal! I'm not surprised and mom should not be either! Who hoo way to go! Heading over to pay respect to Cisco!

The OP Pack said...

Hooray for Sammie!!!! Hooray for Mom!!! Hooray for blue ribbons and string cheese!!! Way to go, Sammie and Mom. We are so proud of you. Hope you had some great dreams there.

Tail wags, Phantom and Thunder

KB said...

Woo hoo! A big blue ribbon! I knew that you could do it, Samantha!

I love the first photo of you. Feeling a little tense?? Ha.

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

How exciting! I hope we'll get to see you compete one day!

Sue said...
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Lexi said...

Hi Sammie,
Congrats on your win. I can't imagine getting up at 4am. I like to sleep as long and as much as possible. Your bed looks really comfy. Have a fun day.

PS....sorry for the deleted comment, my mom left our 1st comment from her blog.

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Sammie. A Big Golden Congrats on your Blue Ribbon. Woof! Woof! Let me just say ... that they way you sleep on the couch is exactly how I sleep too. Must be a Golden Thing. We did visit Sam's blog - Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Clive said...

Well done Sammie!

Congrats to both you and your Mom!

lots of woofs
Clive and the NSLM

The Army of Four said...

Wooooo, SAMMIE!!!!!! Wooooooo!
Way to go! We're so proud of you!

Wild Dingo said...

O M DAWG How Pawesome! Congratulations. Hey we live in NorCal too (Santa Cruz mountains!)

but we'll be moving to europe for 2 years... still, we'll be back..

glad to meet a pretty golden like you!
wild dingo

pee ess: we totally get the betwix and between. Pop spoils the 2 while mom does the obedience... sigh. mom's always have to be bad cop! ;)

Mr Koda MD said...


You look very pretty, groomed and dangerous!

MMM Naps


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh CONGRATULATIONS Sammie!!!! That's a wonderful, wonderful achievement!!

Gosh, your human is really taken to this Obedience thing seriously, huh? I think if my human had to get up at 4am to take me to dancing competitions, we wouldn't be doing it - ha! ha!

Honey the Gerat Dane

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Sammie, we were really sorry to read about Cisco - we will get over and visit.
Congratulations on your success - a Blue Ribbon!
You look lovely and we are so very proud of you.
Our mum saw your title post yesterday and keeps singing a very annoying song...........
As ever we are trying to keep up with the blogs!
Well done again!!!
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Augie and Ti's mom said...

Holy cow! Congrats! That is so awesome! Hope you got lots of treats for your big win :)

Sam said...

Hi, Sammie. Thank you so much for mentioning our sweet girl Cisco on your site. It has really helped to read the comments that everyone has left. This has been very hard on all of us...

Sam, Aaron and Christine

SEDONA said...

Sammie! I'm baaaaack! Just now getting caught up on all my furiends' goings-on.
CONGRATS on your big win! I knew you could do it! You are my hero(ine) and I hope to follow in your footsteps sometime.
Those were great pics & clip of you & Sierra having fun together...just my style of play, too! She's pretty quick for a whippersnapper but I saw you barrel-rolled her :-)
Your pal,

tula said...

wootie woot! your first place finish gave you the googlies:) bet your momma had them too.

ok, back to sleepytimes!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Congrats Sammie! That calls for a pawty to celebrate!

Sam & June

Sally said...

Hi Samantha,
you have made a great job. Congratulation.

Nice woooh

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh we are so proud of you Samantha.. You are one awesome pooch.. Keep up the good work...
We understand that nap after all the excitement..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Huffle Mawson said...

Excellent work Sammie! Congratulations!

Farley's Mom said...

Love your sleepy pictures Sammie :) Very sorry about Cisco too...

Sonic said...


Even if you weren't the most obedient, you would've gotten a prize for being the prettiest!


Cocorue said...

hey golden golden
do visit as we have an award for you

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Congrats to you - we knew you could do it!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Scout 'n Freyja said...

WOWZA! WOWZA! WOWZA! Sammie, we hope your momma and dadda took you home and slapped a steak on the grill - not for them - FOR YOU! That is so cool!

caboval said...

Four in the morning?????!!!!!???? Congrats on doing such a great job Sammie!! We love you and youre such a good girl!!!! Hugs Joey and Kealani

LouPeb said...

O.o Wow!!! Look at the blue ribbon! Congrats Sammie! woohooooo!
*happy tail wags*
So proud of you! *woof*

Ben said...

way to go. you look smashing in your ribbon. Did Dad take you and Mom out to a steak dinner? Did you at least get a burger from the drivethru?

Niamh said...

Congratulations on your ribbon! Thanks for stopping by our blog. We are happy that you will enter our contest. Just send one photo of you and your mom training that best shows your relationship. Can't wait to see it.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Anonymous said...

Congrats Samantha! What a pawsome job! You are so well trained. :-)

Sniffs and licks,


Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Congrats! That is a super big deal! Look at all the comPETition you had. You must have done amazing. Two paws up for you!
Two paws for mom too!

Cristie said...

Congratulations, Samantha! Last fall I went to puppy kindergarten with my mom and human litter mates. I think they still have lots to learn. I'm hoping they remember to bring those yummy treats to this Saturday's puppy agility class. I'll pretend I'm clueless about how to walk up the ramp until I see the bacon bits come out of their pockets. Signed, your new friend, Tao. Here's a link to pics of me at puppy school. http://ow.ly/Z3yS

The Thundering Herd said...

Congratulations - that is so awesome! And we LOVE your sleepy pose.

Homer said...

Samantha CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is excellent! Well done!!!