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!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Technology SNAFU With a Side of CD

This week's charming menu. When it rains it pours, at least lately... over here. Not only did Mom's 'puter take a super poo again, but the peeps' router went out too. We've spent the better part of three days 'puterless, but finally, my peeps do believe the problems are over and done with... for the moment. We are tremendously sorry not to have visited anyone lately and vow to catch up today and throughout the weekend.

We've had a pretty exciting week, with great weather for even more hikes, some obedience practices and yesterday... an obedience trial. I've garnered two legs in the hunt for my CD (Companion Dog title) and hoped that I'd be able to get that third and final leg yesterday. My dear pal, Sierra and her mom made an amazingly wonderful post here about their adventure yesterday, but I want to tell you all that they played huge roles as chief cooks and bottle washers in helping me get set up. Sierra's mom acted as paparazzae extraordinaire. She also has majorly outstanding skills setting up and organizing camp. An hour before my class, we were ready-to-go.

The top picture shows Sierra and me looking for the building where my ring will be. I'm pretty tired.

In Novice A, the judges always do a "run through" of the heeling pattern which is nice. That way, if Mom messes up, you know that she's seriously bereft of RAM and any misteaks have nothing whatsoever to do with me. (Hah! Nothing is ever my fault anyway.)

And here are the peeps following our judge to learn the pattern.

Here, I've just completed my exercises and am so befuddled, cause I couldn't figure out where to do my "front" sit on the recall exercise, which made me even more confused when Mom gave me the hand signal to finish. You can go here if you want to see the movie . But. We aren't nearly done yet.

We still have "sits and downs." Which are my fave, cause I'm kind of pokey. Mom felt terribly about her own performance, especially on the "figure 8" and, of course, the recall exercise. And she'd watched the other dogs who'd all done better than any Novice A class duos she'd ever seen! Imagine her surprise when I qualified with a second place! Here we are congratulating the winners, who were really amazing!

So, with that nice ending, I actually got my CD... whoopeee! Here we are in a traditional pose with the judge after finishing a title.

Mom had heard that she was a tough scorer, but I was happy, even with those major markdowns. Don't know if it will biggify or if it even matters!

And here's Mom and Sue (the Norcal Golden Retriever Rescue lady who put me and my peeps together!) blabbing again about "how it went."

More treats please.

The celebration and a nice pressie and card from Sue! Now we can go and investigate the party going' on outside!

Here is Sierra, ready to follow the golden ladies into the ring - they're about to be called heheh!

MMmmnnnn - scented goodies for hoomans - how's that for "turnaround is fair play?"!!! Mostly there were good scents for doggies! And funny signage!

And how's this for a statement on ironic disparity? Fluffed up Goldens backed by a Grateful Dead t-shirt!!!

I think everyone with a camera was busy snapping these fellows!

And how's about this storekeeper? He was incredibly gracious, courteous and helpful to a "T." A good time was had by all and we feel furry lucky to have the technical gizmos back again. See you shortly!


SGR said...

Woof! Woof! SAMMIE ... Great JOB! Big Golden Congrats to you. Saw some of the event photos in Sierra's blog. How lucky Sierra ... got to watch you. Hope your peeps peuter problem is over ... it's probably time to upgrade. Have a FUN weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sam said...

Congratulations! We were rooting for you! Sorry to hear about your puter issues - hopefully everything is running smoothly again!


Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Sammie, Congratulations - we are soooooo very proud of you!
We have just come over from Sierra's blog - we are trying to catch up - again!
We are just so hopeless - especially with that thing called recall but we like having friends who are super duper clever, like you! You are a star.
What a great trip you guys had - what great experience for Sierra to come and see all those great things and you just looked right at home.
We are sorry to hear about your computer problems - we know humans get very stressed when their computers don't work!
How on earth did they manage before?
love and kisses
Your proud basset friends
Martha & Bailey xxx

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...


The Rocky Creek Scotties

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Congrats Sammie! We are very proud of you! So nice that your pal Sierra and her mom went with you.
Hope your puter problems get solved soon.

Sam & June

Sierra Rose said...

Yeaooooooo!! Sammie, you and your mom are our heros! Congrats on this next level. We know how very hard you two work....as a matter of fact, you are probably practicing with Shanti and Moritz as write this!! Hope I can get in on the mix soon...need to get mom to step it up a few notches with practice.
We had a fantastic time, and are so glad we could come with you!!!!
Lots of love!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations, Sammie!
We hope your puter problems are behind you now!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

houndstooth said...

Congratulations! You look so awesome! We're thrilled that you did so well!


The OP Pack said...

Woo Hoo for Samantha and mega congratulations!!! We loved watching your performance - you and Mom did fantastic. Sierra Rose told us all about it too. Wish we could be as lucky as Sierra and go so many fun places with you two too.

Happy Friday.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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

Khongrats from Merdie and me!

That was khwite a pawesome achievement!

Biskhuits fur evFURRYone!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie By Proxy

Huffle Mawson said...

Congratulations Sammie - great work! Hi Ozzie!

~Kim~ said...

A BIG CONGRATS from all of us too!!! I put computer problems in the same category with car problems!! :-) Enjoy your weekend!!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

No matter what your score we think that you are NUMBER ONE in our book today and always☺

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Congrats, Sammie. We are sure you did great. Such a smart and beautiful girl.

Tucker and Daisy

P.S. Did Jackson call for a second date?

Checkers said...

I am impressed! Good Job Sammie! And look how Sierra has grown!!!! I need to stop by and say hi to here too

KB said...

CONGRATS!!!! You got your CD and you won 2nd place. What a huge accomplishment. I'm so impressed.

I hope that you get to relax this weekend!

The Thundering Herd said...

We were without our laptop for a week and still have not caught up on all the blogs, so good luck this weekend!

Bruce said...

Wow Sammie, what a great score & looks like you had a lot of fun too! Congratulations!!
your cat pal,

NCmountainwoman said...

Wow!!! A big CONGRATULATIONS!!! Our Ellie is well-suited temperamentally to be a helper dog and we've often thought about taking her to train so she can visit our local hospital. You may just have inspired us to do that very thing.

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Be sure to stop by our bloggie. We've given you an award!!

Woofs and Kisses!

Spencer said...

Congratulations Sammie! Wow, you've been really busy since we've been gone. Love the new layout too. Hope all the computer troubles are behind you too.
Big Wags,


Dory and the Mama said...

WOO HOO!!! Go Sammie!!!!

You so rock!

Augie and Ti's mom said...

Congrats, you did great! I love the "smiling" pictures of you!

KT and Lady said...

Good fur U - A CD cert is to be very proud of. Good thing you trained yer Mom right. They can be so hard headed those hoomans. Lady knows and Cosmo knows fur sure.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

That looks like quite an event, and love the parade of Newfies!

Moose said...

What a champ you are! 4 paws up for everyone & tail wags.

Sue said...

Oh Sam what fun. We are so proud of you. Congrad's. Keep up the good work...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lorenza said...

Sure you had a pawesome time!
"Puter" problems are not funny, right?
I hope everything is in order now!
Kisses and hugs

Kari in WeHo said...

wow, it looks to me like you are having tons of fun! Sorry about the dumb computer :(

Raising Addie said...


That was soooo exciting!

Hope your computer issues are all behind you.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oooh - CONGRATULATIONS Sammie!! That is a wonderful achievement! And so quickly too! I feel like it was only a short while ago that you started doing this Obedience thing and here you've got your CD already! You're one very clever pup!

Honey the Great Dane