Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More recent photos of handsome brother Ira


From Ira's puppy raiser:

Thanks for the great link-it is fun seeing these puppies all grown up-they are all beautiful and look so similar! Here are some more recent pictures of Mr. Ira, taken end of November. We are counting the weeks now, too, and trying to be stoic about it.

Darlene

Saturday, December 27, 2008

More puppy class highlights







I'm not sure who learns more at class ~ Izzy or me.... I did rediscover how hard it is to steer, push, command, and hold a leash. Whenever we have class in wheelchairs (especially on a slope) I get a renewed respect for wheelchair pushers!

Dog Christmas


For quite some time I've been a fan of the $20 dog beds at Costco - but, over the years, they've been trashed, chewed up, and even peed on (I know - I hate having to admit that). So, I've been meaning to invest in indestructable and comfortable, cleanable dog beds. All my dog owner friends say these are them! So, for Christmas, we got THREE new Karunda beds (thinking positively, since Izzy turns in this February). They seem to be a huge success! One of the things our CCI golf tournament asked that the proceeds be spent on was Karunda beds for the kennels at NWR I don't know how many are there now, but there should be a bunch!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Isn't she lovely?


This is Ingrid, Izzy's sister. She is absolutely gorgeous (even if she does hate baths!). Ingrid was helping at a CCI fundraiser in the Southeast Region where supporters could make gingerbread houses. Nice job, Ingrid!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Big Baking Day

Well, about once a year we get domestic and do some baking. Today, Jon, Kendra, Jack and I baked about 8 batches of cookies. It was quite an undertaking. We did double batches of Spritz and Snickerdoodles, some chocolate kiss cookies, some peanut butter cup cookies, some chocolate chip cookies, some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and some magical mystic mint chocolate cookies.

Stuff was everywhere...

Cookies started piling up!

Jon and Jack made White Russians (yes, the beverages).

Halor and Izzy "tried" to stay out of the way (but of course, were right where I needed to be).
And, they couldn't help themselves from doing a little begging for cookies.

So, they had peanut butter "Noses" with banana in them. YUM!

Irish's friends, the aliens have traveled north


and abducted Piniella, Halor, and Cayenne, while Cirie looks on... Yikes!

Way back when....

The lovely Miss Piniella had 8 puppies by Baumann. Note the fifth pup from the left - Auburn.

Auburn is now all grown up and a breeder for CCI. Today, Auburn looks just like she did then... almost pure white with maybe a touch too much eyeliner and a very black nose.


Auburn has her second litter on the ground now and they are 5 weeks old. Izzy and I went over to lend a couple x-pens to Auburn's breeder/caretaker as it seems Auburn's brood needs a little more space.


Yep, that's right - TEN little black puppies. They are the "M" litter and their dad is Terrence, a Bobby dog with that double black dominant gene.

In case you're wondering how Miss P's litter did - Astro, Anson, Auburn (breeder), Averell, and Aero are all graduates!

We really do go to class...


We spent a lot of time working on "stand" this past Saturday. Izzy was not all that proficient because I think I tend to forget about this command. She was pretty good at staying in a "stand" position, once she got there, but somewhat confused about going from sit to stand. I have to admit that saying "let's go" then stopping to practice "auto-sit" just to then be told to "stand" again, does seem like a bit of command overkill to me - so I can just imagine what Izzy thinks.
After some practice, she seemed to be getting it. After that - we moved on to Izzy's absolute favorite command ~ "BACK." Izzy loves "back" so much, that sometimes she adds a little "woof" to her backing. She can back from "heel, " from "side," from "here," and with an "out" ~ all without me moving my feet or adding any of that body English. If CCI dogs could graduate based on their backing ability, I would be feeling pretty smug (well, except maybe for that "woof" at the end).
We're having class at Sac State in the parking garage - a great place if it's raining, a bit cool and definitely a lousy photo location when it's sunny outside.

Gotta love that Sable!

Sable loves to go out to the field with the other dogs. Most of the time, she and Piniella just do their own things - Piniella might dig a bit while Sable wanders around and just seems to enjoy the outing.

Every now and then, Sable decides she is going to enter the ball game. This is tough since it might be a bit like your grandmother deciding to go out and play catch with the pros at Yankee Stadium. Halor and Izzy are young, fast and totally focused (not to mention ball-hogs). Piniella waits to join the game until Hal and Izz have worn themselves out.

Here is Sable deciding to play ball. She stops wandering and starts looking for the next ball toss. When the other dogs run, she goes galloping after them. I don't think she sees all that well, but she seems happy to be doing what everyone else is doing. On the odd occasion that she gets the ball, she runs about 10 paces and drops it - leaving it for Hal to find later.

I'm way behind.....

video

I've managed to get myself way behind... Just put up the Christmas tree yesterday - but, still no ornaments on it. Bought Christmas cards, but I'm out of ink, so I can't print the address labels, so that's as far as that project's gotten. I have a few posts for the blog, so I'm trying to catch up.

The other day, Cayenne and Cirie came over to play. This brother and sister team is about 6 months old and I don't think they'd ever had an experience like this one. My girls were happy for the company and before long, the two pups could hardly walk.

While the pups played, the puppy raisers yakked - as you can imagine. We discovered that Cirie and Cayenne are pups out of Rowina (mostly Golden but not quite) and Alijah (all Golden). Alijah is a male breeder out of Kittredge (all Golden). Kittredge, is a male breeder out of our Piniella and OMSI - PIniella's first litter, soooooo, everyone, except Sable, was related.

My friend Averell is raising Carol in Florida, so I'll send her this link of Carol's sibs playing at our house.

You might be able to tell from the video that Cayenne hasn't been to see the vet for that 6 month event most CCI boys don't look forward to ~ he definitely took a shine to Halor and Izzy and was more interested in them than the ball.

Please excuse Piniella's bad manners - that's just so unlike her!

Ingrid checks in

Hi,

It's me, Ingrid. I just couldn't wait until Monday to tell you how exciting the Puppy Christmas Party was. I could hardly keep from barking! Of course, I was a little disappointed that with all that food there, us puppies didn't get nuttin, not even a frosty paw.

Oh well, getting a gift, playing games; getting my picture taken; seeing my best pal Alanis and the other puppies kind of made up for that..

But it even gets better than that! When we got home, my humans gave me a bath - not that I needed one, in my estimation.

Well, I went through my usual bath routine - you know, climbing, jumping, pushing, splashing, squirming, scratching, falling, fake-choking, moaning, groaning, crying, and pleading.

I actually managed to get out of the tub twice and did my famous violent shaking and rapid spinning act on the bath rugs. But here's the best part. Amazingly, instead of my humans getting frustrated with my antics like they usually do, I heard them say, "boy is this dog A WINNER!!!!"

Imagine that - they are going to give me an award or some kind of prize! In fact, they said on my turn in date they are going to attach a big bright red award (maybe it was spelled w-a-r-n-i-n-g) to my cape or collar. I couldn't read all the big words but I copied what the award says:

"WARNING, BEFORE BATHING INGRID - READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS!

~ CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN TO SEE IF YOU ARE PHYSICALLY ABLE TO ENGAGE IN THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY.

~ DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PERFORM THIS ACTIVITY AT HOME.

~ DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PERFORM THIS ACTIVITY ALONE.

~ DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PERFORM THIS ACTIVITY WITH LESS THAN THREE STRONG HUMANS IN ATTENDANCE.

~ DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PERFORM THIS ACTIVITY ON SLIPPERY SURFACES.

~ DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ACTIVITY IF YOU NEED ANY STRENGTH LEFT TO BATHE ANOTHER CANINE.

~ IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE DOUBLE THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF TOWELS.

~ ALWAYS HAVE A FOURTH HUMAN AVAILABLE IN A SECURE AREA IN THE EVENT IT IS NECESSARY TO DIAL 911.

Disclaimer: Ingrid's Puppy Raisers do not guarantee that the above stated warnings and recommendations are a complete list of the precautions that need to be taken when bathing said canine. The puppy raisers bear no responsibility for any possible unsatisfactory results that occur as a result of attempting or actually performing this bathing activity.

Note from Izzy and Patty: What a bummer that there's no photograph of this fun event!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How Izzy Spent Thanksgiving

Nothing better than a romp in the field with Mom ...
Hal even let Izzy win in the great tennis ball race ~ but only a couple of times


Not my best shot, but they are happy as long as I "chuck-it!"


And, of course, the obligatory holiday family portrait.


It was a beautiful day!