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!
We've been having a heatwave and yesterday, the temperature reached 104 degrees in our neck of the woods/valley. Hothothot. Thoughtful Sierra Rose invited us to visit her hu-grandma and doggeh-aunt, Dixie, who have a POOL! COOL!
Heeeeere's Dixie, taking a giant leap...
Takin' in the action!
My swankiest dive -
And thanks to Sierra Rose and her Ma and Hu-Grandma for inviting us over to cool off! We had such a great time!
Again, we were roused way too early on Sunday. Now where were we headed? (Avalon playing with Levi, her brother!)
Here, at a new place for doggehs and ducks. Avalon is definitely into those feathered creatures (as are her siblings, three of whom were there, and her Mom!), while I still have an affinity for the furred sort that dip down into burrows, or race up trees. But I will show you what I saw my sister and family do. Here's a little show all about Avalon (and her siblings' and Mom's) day in Denverton, near Suisun City.
Avalon was very happy to see her mom, Sporty (who is really good at doing this field stuff) and her brothers, who love the feathered creatures as much as Avalon. Here's a cool picture of them all - thanks, Christine of Tigana Goldens for fixing up this photo and helping my sister so much! Now... it's my turn!
Ready Ma, for my closeup heheh! I have a fun match this coming weekend, and at the end of October, there is a show that spans over 5 days near here. Mom (naively) thought it would be practical to sign up for an Open class for me on all five days, hoping that I could snag my CDX in one long weekend! Barbara rolled her eyes and told us to get ready for a full-on judged Open class, right then and there. Mom thought I was pretty ready. Here are both Sierra and I in a little show made just for our friends, so you can see that we're coming along at Barbara's school for "Finishing Dogs."
Well... all doggehs can get confused, right?
Here's Barbara making adjustments to Avalon's new bling.
And then it was time for all good puppers to play, as well as show our fabulous agility skills! See you soon again, pals!
Momzers still hasn't figgured out how to add the Linky tool, but wanted to say hi out there to old and new pals this Saturday! Happy Blog Hop!
Well, we wanted to put a question out to our pals: Would you rather be doing the above (bo-ring!) or... be romping in any of the "below" pictures? I think I can guess the answer heheh!
Ahhhhh - fresh air, an alpine lake and... a fibrous stickie to gnaw on! What could be better? Well... several hundred pairs of those that we are headed for... and - for the delicious "gifties" they have left behind for us yumyum. (Took Ma and Pa a while to get us away from there!)
And as the rain and clouds parted, we had this gorgeous view as we walked back to our campsite. We'll Be Back!!! Happy Blog Hop and Happy Weekend!
Hi Pals! It has just come to our attention via Oskar and Life With Dogs that PEDIGREE will donate one 20# bag of their new Healthy Longevity Food for dogs to shelters nationwide in exchange for each blog that posts about the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive. This Drive is though September 19, so hurry up and publish a short post! For more info, please visit either bloggie above - THANKS!
I am doing pretty good at Open at this point and have a fun match in a couple of weeks and will let you know all about how it goes. Meantime, we all got to go back to Jones Lake on Saturday for a "Picnic Trial" that would teach us newbies a little about huntin'!
I'm turning this post over to Avalon, cause she really likes this birdie stuff and I like goin' after squirrels and gophers and other fur-things more than the fowl things I'm supposed to like! But just wanna tell ya, above is a pitchur of Jones Lake at 8:00 in the morning. Pretty, eh?
Okay: me, Avalon! Here are summa us getting to know each other before the lessons began. We got to swim a little, which I always love!
Here are some peoples, including my Dad, putting up what looks like a catapult from what I've seen on those "Holy Grail" movies!
Ooops, my bad! More like a "Duck-A-Pult" hahaha!
Okay... now I'm excited. Susan Osborne is quacking like a duck and waving sumpin' in the air. She's got my attention!
Oh man... gotta get that!
Here Ma... want it? Ya gotta chase me to get it hahhaaa!
Okay, ya got it away from me this time... What's Susan got next fur me?
Oh boy! A pigeon! And I am strutting it back to Mom right now!
(I'd really rather have it all to myself, Ma...) Okay, Avalon; time for Moms and Dads to have a picnic! (Mom here: sorry we don't have photos of the swimming after bumpers part...)
We all shared a wonderful lunch. There were two sections of doggies regarding level of talent: beginner/puppy and more advanced doggehs. I was in the puppy group and so was my sis, Sammie. She was not furry interested in anything other than bumpers to chase after in the waters or a birdie wing on land (and she almost ate that heheh!). After our beginner group was done, our teacher, Susan, brought her three doggies out for the more advanced directionals - it look furry hard.
Here she is behind the blind, waiting to be called for action.
After she gives the signal, the duck-a-pult releases a quacker and her pup must remember where it lands. Then she gives the signal to the second duck-a-pulter, who releases the next duck. Susan then signals her doggie to get the first duck, which it gets and brings back to her at heel position - wow! Then...
her pupper gets the second released duck and brings it back (how did she remember where it was?). That was amazing!
Then Susan brings her dog(s) out for the land portion of the show. Again, this time pheasants rather than ducks, her doggies bring back the birdies to her in heel position. Amazing. Maybe someday I can do this? Well... that's what Mom thinks. No matter what... we think Jones Lake rocks! And we also think Susan, our teacher, and Nancy Corbin, who ran the show, also totally rocked! Thanks for giving us a great Saturday!
We are both energetic doggies. Ma has me and Avalon doing obedience, while Dad spoils us rotten, so we are betwixt and between. Love doing anything with our peeps including snow and/or rain play, chasing our kongs or swimming. We're basically very good girls and totally exuberant about life here.