Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In and out

Nike got adopted this week! Hopefully they are ok with all her stubbornness and quirks. So far so good I hear. 

In the meantime we took in this guy.

 Guinness is about a one year old male. He was a stray that was never claimed and running out of time. 

These pics don't really do him justice. He's quite handsome. Especially now that's he's had a bath. He's full of energy but very sweet. He loves playing with Epic. And although he's obviously not had much training he's doing pretty well in the limited time we have spent with him. He got neutered today and will eventually go to another foster home. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Random stuff

Pretty pic from my run
Flowers in the yard-the first one with special effects obviously. 

Our new MOKAN shirts. I didn't draw the BC-that's our logo-but the rest was my idea. The other one was completely designed by me. 

Our pretty girl. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More fall crafts

Since we are having some rescue booths this fall I decided to make a few more fall crafts for sale or raffle baskets. I think they turned out cute. 

I also made my sister a present for her new house

And a new sign for our house. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Life with puppies

This happens regularly      

And then there is this silly boy. He keeps us laughing for sure. 

But he's a good boy. He graduated from his first set of obedience classes. 
And here he is showing off his skills at Lowe's

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tulsa Day 2

Long day.  But, Legend passed both her Master Container runs to earn her title with two first places.  I could not be more proud of her container searches this weekend.  She was efficient, confident and rock solid.

She also got one leg of her Superior exterior title.  In the second round she found one hide and false alerted on an object she kept going back to.  I don't know if it was a distractor (she usually doesn't show consistent interest in those) or if it had a hide on it in a previous search and had lingering odor (UKC "reuses" areas and potentially items.  This looked like the object the hide was on previously but they had several of these things and I can't say for sure), or none of the above.  Guess I'll never know but she didn't seem all that interested in any other items so I'm curious as to where it actually was.  But of course 7/8 isn't bad at all!

In total she earned three new titles, two high in trials, four firsts, two seconds, and one third.  Good girl!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tulsa Day 1

Eventually I'll get around to any cute pictures or interesting things that happened in the last two weeks. 

Meanwhile Legend and I headed to Tulsa for a UKC Nosework trial. She rocked all her searches today! She earned her advanced exterior title with two second places and her superior container title with two first places! She even got High in Trial for the afternoon superior container trial. 

I'm really happy with her solid container performances. She was an absolute rock in both runs. More like we used to be and it was a huge confidence boost. Hopefully tomorrow goes well as we move up a level in each division. It should still be very doable, considering her training level, and NACSW experience but nothing is a given. 

Speaking of NACSW we are five on the waitlist for the November trial and I'm keeping an eye out for trials in the spring. 

I think she's enjoying her time away from the other dogs. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Before and afters

We finally finished our landscape project. And we are so excited about how it turned out. Eventually I would like to add some around the base of the deck too. 


After!! It's a lot of manual labor, but technically not that bad. 

I had my cousin Katy come refinish an old ugly piece of furniture for us. It turned out great!


I paid attention to what she was doing and since I had leftover paint I did this old battered end table to match. Up close you can see where I struggled with the sealer. But it's no worse off than it was. And a better color. 

Meanwhile, Epic helped with chores. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Epic's nosework videos

I finally uploaded some videos to youtube for the old blog here.  The first two are of Epic's very early days.  There is a piece of food in the box had he's learning to search. 

This is several weeks later.  This one there is odor in the box, along with food-so that he starts to associate the two. 
This one is just a birch hide with no treat. It's from the same day as the above video.  He's coming along well!  At this point I don't require that he "stick" the hide or wait for any kind of alert behavior.  As soon as his nose hits the hide I'm giving a treat, or several, right at source.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Landscaping projects

We have a few landscaping projects going on right now. This is the only one that is finished. After we put in a new garden last year we have some blocks leftover.  And since I love my little succulent garden so much, I made these into a second one!  Plus I found some colored sand to brighten it up even more.  Then added a few rocks for accents!  I love it!

Stay tuned for the rest of the projects!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fall craft day

After spending quite some time collecting, cleaning and painting bottles and jars, then shopping for fall decor I spent the muggy afternoon after the nosework trial getting them all decorated.  There are some charity and rescue events I wanted to have some donations for, plus a few to keep for us.

The first ones are all in fairly traditional fall colors.
 I was originally going to do the black one as a Halloween bottle but ended up really liking this.
 This is a pretty tall bottle and makes a nice centerpiece
 I love the orange and gold here, wish I had done both in the orange.

A few Halloween bottles.  The candy corn style are always cute and fun to make. 
 I used sticky backed foam to make the face for this one.  Worked nicely.
Then I ran out of orange so I did some less traditional fall colors, but I love the way all of these turned out. 

These photos don't really do any of them justice.