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SNOW!!!! [08 Dec 2017|07:54am]

By Houston standards, we have a blizzard! Flurries started about 7PM last night. This morning we awoke to 1 or 2 inches on the ground. I am 62 years old, and I've only seen this much snow 5 times in my life. Schools are delaying their starts by 2-3 hours, and some offices as well. Freeway overpasses are closed. People who just moved here from northern locales are laughing at us, but this an official Big Deal to us. My dogs have never seen snow before. They did not know what to think of the stuff covering the ground this morning. It will all be melted away in an hour or two, but for now it's fun. The local tv stations have preempted network programming to give fulltime coverage of this unusual weather.

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Hi! Long time no post! [24 Aug 2016|02:32pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

And again I'm talking dogs. In March 2015 a good friend from grade school looked me up on Facebook and saw me whining that I needed a power wheelchair and couldn't afford one. Medicare/Insurance says if I can hobble around my tiny house I don't need a chair. I can walk 20-30 steps and stand for a couple of minutes, so I don't qualify. The grade school friend had her dad's power chair sitting in her garage since his death and she offered it to me. She lives in Georgia; I'm in Houston. Biloxi MS is about 400 miles from each of us so she drove west, I drove east, and we met there. She and her husband got it into my van, and we headed back home.

I now run Kaylee in flyball tournaments myself (she earned her Flyball Master Champion last month) and Candy is starting her Obedience career with me beside her. Kaylee is being resistant to advanced obedience, but I'm still working with her. If I did it right, a picture of Kaylee and I in the flyball lane follows. It was taken the day after we got her FMCH.

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Coming out of lurkdom to brag... [13 Oct 2014|04:37pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

Some of you will recall that I train and show my dogs, and fought my way back to it after a stroke 9 years ago. Sadly, my mobility has regressed to the point that I can't be on my feet enough to do it anymore, but I have wonderful friends in my training and flyball clubs who have taken over Kaylee's training and showing. Leslie and Cynthia work with her in Obedience and Rally, Leslie and Kyle work with her in Agility, and whoever is available at the time Kaylee is due in the flyball lane runs her there. Fortunately Kaylee is NOT a one-person dog. As long as she knows I'm nearby, she will happily work with anybody.

This weekend our training club held its fall Obedience/Rally trial. Kaylee showed late Saturday morning in Novice B obedience with Leslie. That gave her 2 of the required 3 Qs for her CD. Late that afternoon she went into the Rally Advanced ring with Cynthia, got her 3rd RA Q and earned that title. Sunday morning she and Leslie went back into Novice B and earned her CD. We moved Kaylee up to Rally Excellent after her success Saturday, and she earned her first RE Q with Cynthia.

I am extremely proud to live with CH Crossraguel Que Lista CD BN RA FDCH-G CGC, aka Kaylee the Wild Child (she is NOT calm outside the ring!)

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My little Beauty Queen [19 Nov 2012|07:19pm]

With the Judge and her handler after earning her AKC Champion title.
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Another Kaylee post [12 Nov 2012|05:42pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

I read my Friend's List daily, but seldom post unless I have a brag about my dogs.

November has been a good month for my Kaylee. November 5 she turned 3 years old. The previous day she earned her Flyball Champion title. November 10-11 she took the points as Winners Bitch; on the 11th she also took Best of Breed and completed her AKC breed championship. I now share my home with CH Crossraguel Que Lista RN FDCH CGC. Hopefully obedience titles, field titles, and more Rally and flyball titles will be coming in the future. We're certainly going to try, anyway.

I had a picture taken with her handler and the judge, but it hasn't been posted yet so I can't post it here. She's the pretty Liver girl in the post prior to this one, though.

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Kaylee [29 Apr 2012|11:52am]

Since I didn't post a picture yesterday...
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My girl is a beauty queen! [28 Apr 2012|06:29pm]
Finally had something to drag me out of my non-posting lethargy. My youngest Flat-Coated Retriever Kaylee showed yesterday and today in Crosby Texas. She took Winners Bitch and Best Opposite both days for 2 3-point majors. That brings her to 3 majors and 11 points. Many judges look askance at liver Flatties; they're used to only seeing black FCRs, and penalize the livers even though it's accepted in the breed standard. Only 4 points to go before she becomes an AKC breed champion!
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[26 Feb 2012|05:50pm]
Thanks for the dragon, green_maia!
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Long time no see! [21 Dec 2011|03:40pm]
I've been here every day reading my FL, but haven't posted to my own LJ in 18 months?!!

2011 has been a pretty dull year, but I'll be glad to see it gone. Too many calamities have hit too many friends(both virtual and RL) this year; may 2012 bring much better things for us all!
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I've been fretting about this weekend for weeks. [09 May 2010|09:16pm]
It was the 5th anniversary of my stroke, and I had a superstitious feeling that it was going to happen again. Fortunately it didn't.

I was also stressing because it was Giddy's first-ever show weekend. (Giddy is the furball in my icon.) She had a 4 year hiatus from training while I relearned how to stand and walk after the stroke. I started her back into Basic obedience last year, and discovered she was still extra clingy, just as she'd been as a young dog. Regular obedience is still not a possibility for her, since she cannot tolerate me being all the way across the ring from her for Stays and Recalls. (We have managed to get to about 10 feet, but any farther and she gets up and comes to me.) Heeling, Sit, Down, Front, and Finish were all doable, so we started training for Rally.

Yesterday she was very anxious while we were warming up - kept jumping on me, trying to get in my face for reassurance. I was terrified when it was our turn, but she pulled herself together. We ended up with a 94 (out of a possible 100) and 4th Place.

Today she was again really nervous, jumping in my face and professing complete ignorance of words like Sit and Heel. But she pulled herself together again and scored another 94, this time earning 3rd Place. She now has 2 of the 3 necessary qualifying scores for her Rally Novice title, and I have 4 cheap satin ribbons as my Mothers Day present. Two are green AKC qualifying ribbons, 1 is a white 4th place ribbon, and one is a bright yellow 3rd place ribbon. Their monetary value is pennies; their actual value is priceless!

Next month I drive from Houston to Auburn Indiana for the Flat-Coated Retriever National Specialty with Giddy and my puppy Kaylee. With any luck, Giddy will give me another green ribbon there along with a title after her name.
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I Can Haz Puppy!! [06 Jan 2010|03:33pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Kaylee (Crossraguel Que Lista) will be 9 weeks old tomorrow. She's a liver Flat-Coated Retriever.

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2009 is almost gone... [31 Dec 2009|03:03pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

and it has far outstayed its welcome! 2009 is the year that the economy (and my husband's business) went in the tank. After years of minimal vet bills, we paid a small fortune this year. And despite all the dollars spent, we still lost our beloved Flyer. Rescue Golden Sunny turned Cujo one time too many and had to be put down. Good friends had serious health and financial problems. Giddy had several suspicious lumps removed yesterday and sent out for biopsy; Two are probably nothing, but one may be a mast cell tumor. :-(

2010 will be off to an auspicious start. My new computer will be delivered tomorrow! This poor old 2002 computer will be retired after many years of faithful service. And Thursday or Friday I drive out west of town to pick up my new *liver* Flat-Coat puppy! She'll be 9 weeks old. Livers are pretty uncommon; I never thought I'd have one. Flyer's breeder felt like this pup would be right for me, and called to ask if I would be interested; of course I said yes. So we'll be starting the new year with a new little person to terrorize our household. Giddy will be happy for a new playmate; Penny will be in a snit about having new competition for our attention.

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[13 Nov 2009|08:21pm]
[ mood | grieving ]

Until last Sunday, Flyer was a happy, healthy, silly Flat-Coat. Then she had the first of a series of Grand Mal seizures. Her condition declined rapidly over the week. We were hoping an infection of some sort was the cause, but the lab results came back today. There was no infection to treat. We let her go to the Bridge this afternoon.

She was always willing to go anywhere and do anything. She enjoyed conformation, obedience, rally, and flyball. She enjoyed agility as well, but her human wasn't up to the challenge and she never showed. After my stroke, she happily ran flyball for other people until I was able to stand long enough to do it myself. She learned to accomodate my new weird manner of walking once I was able to attempt classes again and earned her RN last spring. She was almost ready to go into Rally Advanced. We will miss her more than words can express.

CH U-CD Crossraguel Exuberant Flyer CD RN ONYX
March 13, 1999 - November 13, 2009

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Flyer update [10 Nov 2009|08:14pm]
[ mood | sad ]

No more seizures, thankfully. Unfortunately, she's still blind, very wobbly, and doesn't respond to voices. She's very confused. I'm not sure how much is due to the phenobarb and how much is brain damage from the suspected tumor or the seizures. If it's the phenobarb, she'll get mostly back to her normal self even if her vision stays gone. If it's brain damage, she won't be coming back. Since she's very unhappy and lost as she is, we will need to send her to the Rainbow Bridge. I'm talking to the vet tomorrow to find out how long it will be before we know if the drugs were causing the problems.

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Flyer update [09 Nov 2009|09:49am]
[ mood | worried ]

It's not good. She had 2 more seizures during the night. We were at the vet's when he opened.

He's doing bloodwork to rule out tick borne diseases and few other possible causes, but there's an 80% chance that it's a brain tumor. She's getting a loading dose of phenobarb via IV this morning, and she'll be coming home this afternoon with phenobarb pills. That should stop the seizures.

She can see light, but her vision is mostly gone; she was walking into things at the vet's. She was VERY confused this morning - she got lost on our front porch when we were leaving. We're supposed to pick her up this afternoon. My poor baby!

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Flyer woes [08 Nov 2009|07:17pm]
[ mood | worried ]

She had a Grand Mal seizure this morning. Just flopped over and started twitching and jerking while foaming at the mouth. After it finally stopped, it took about 5 more minutes before her rear legs would work. Then she walked in circles for about half an hour.  Her motor function then returned to normal, but I'm pretty sure she now has some visual impairment - she's bumping into things.

This evening she seems comfortable, but Penny and Giddy keep sniffing her as if they don't know her, so her body chemistry must be off somehow.

I called her vet this morning, and he wants to see her first thing in the morning. I'll thus be leaving the house waytooearly in the morning.

If she does have lasting visual problems her careers in Flyball and Rally are over. If she feels okay, I'm fine with that. I just don't want her to have to go through that again!

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Wanna see something pretty? [21 Aug 2009|04:10pm]
Last month, I had Flyer's portrait done while we were at the Reliant Series of Dog Shows. At 10 1/2 she still looks pretty good!

She is officially known as CH U-CD Crossraguel Exuberant Flyer CD RN ONYX. Her lack of advanced obedience and rally titles is entirely my fault, and we are working on changing that, as well as continuing her flyball career.

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Flyball [08 Aug 2009|10:37pm]
[ mood | jubilant ]

For the first time, Penny seemed interested in flyball tonight at practice. In the past, she just wanted to go home - wouldn't take treats, wouldn't play with toys or tug, nothing, even though she was a food and toy obsessed brat at home.

Tonight, she was wagging like mad while watching the other dogs. She wanted to chase any stray tennis balls. She RAN to me over the jumps! She still has miles to go before she'll be racing, but at last she's interested and having fun!

Of course, the whole time I was working with Penny, Flyer was howling in desolation in her crate. My grey-bearded old girl firmly believes that she should be the ONLY flyball dog in our household, whereas I would really like to have more.

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Have I mentioned how much I love dog-people? [15 Jul 2009|09:57pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

This weekend is the biggest dog show of the year in Texas, the Reliant Series of Dog Shows. Four days of Conformation, Rally, Obedience, and Agility plus 3 days of Flyball, all in air-conditioned comfort. There are about 4000 dogs competing each day between the various sports and over 300 vendor booths filling a 700,000 square foot facility.

I could manage to get around the flyball area on foot, but I'd have to forgo everything else; my legs won't hold up for that kind of work-out. My flyball teammates bought me a used mobility scooter after my stroke so that I'd be able to get around this show. (Insurance and Medicare say that if you can walk around inside your house, you don't need one and they won't pay.) The problem: I can't get the thing in and out of my van with one arm and a gimpy leg. One of the members of my obedience club just called to volunteer to pick it up tomorrow night and have it waiting for me Friday morning. (I'm spending tomorrow at the vet and the groomer, and then taking Flyer's crate and my chair to the flyball area to set up. With handicap parking right by the door, I can hobble in with the crate and chair.)

Then the flyball people are going to load the scooter into the van Sunday night to go home. Friday and Saturday nights I leave it there, hooked up to the charger. I put a LOT of mileage on that thing at Reliant! Without all this help, I wouldn't be able to enjoy all the aspects of this event. Shopping and watching conformation would be out. Obedience, Rally, and Agility are all fairly close to the flyball area, so I could probably hobble that far if I had to.

And another piece of good news: the Pre-Novice instructor saw Giddy and me working in the Basic 2 class last week, and decreed that we will be moving immediately to the Pre-Novice class. I'm very pleased about the early promotion! Giddy is doing quite well with heeling, sits, finishes, downs, and recalls. Stays are still a BIG problem for her, but we're working on it.

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BBCA [09 Jul 2009|07:49pm]
We just got BBC America today, and I just saw an ad for Torchwood:COE. How deceptive - Captain John is all through the ad! 
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