Friday, January 23, 2009

What a Difference a Year Makes!

Last year at this time it was cold, we are talking sub-zero weather, the kind that makes your eyes water and then your eyelids freeze shut. It gives the term "brain-freeze" a whole new meaning and not a welcome one at that.

Last year at this time Reese was also spayed. Not a fun experience for either of us. She had a few complications, although thankfully they were minor ones and we got through them. However, she did have to wear some special head-gear for awhile.
She started out looking like this in the morning....




Then after she came home she looked like this for a few days...

And here she was feeling a bit better.

Here she is enjoying a game of tennis on the Wii!
"I know what to do with a tennis ball ya know!"

How about a little bowling?

Notice the cone is taking on a shape of its own!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tricks Video

A new video of some basic tricks that Reese knows. Hope you enjoy. I will apologize in advance for the editing, but it is what it is.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Booties, and other Winter accessories!





Reese usually doesn't need booties for her paws except for extreme temps when we walk for short periods of time or on moderately cold days for really long walks, they are nice to have in case her feet get cold. The ones you can buy at the store don't last very long and this late in the season the stores are sold out and won't get more until next year. While I could have ordered some I decided it would be faster and cheaper to make our own. I bought all the materials for numerous pairs for the cost on one pair at the store. The first set we made was blue. I made six so that if one gets lost or ripped we have a couple of back-ups. While she was modeling them I couldn't resist adding a few accessories! No, she would never wear a scarf and hat in real life, but I thought it would be a cute picture. However, she didn't agree, so we cut the fashion show short.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The snow is coming down again...uggg! Don't get me wrong I like the snow, hate the cold but like the snow. It makes it lighter longer to walk in the evening and it is lovely to walk in the soft fallen snow. As long as it isn't too cold, Reese's paws seem to be holding out - we are also taking shorter more frequent walks which has been helping.

Since it has been snowing, icing and generally freezing out yes, I'm talking -20 below tempertures and that is before you add the windchill, Reese and I have had many days inside to work on some things. This is a little movie of what we have been working on.

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Does she ever stop moving?




Here she is my high drive border collie! Isn't she cute all snuggled up with her pillow in her chair. People see her after a 6 mile hike, which is a warm up for her, and ask isn't she tired yet. Well, it all depends. If there are people to see, things to sniff and tummy rubs to get, no she is on. But, if nothing is going on or I tell her to take a break this is what I get. She has a good off switch and it is usually off unless I tell her its time to work, a.k.a time to play fetch, agility, tricks, or go for a hike.

I think this was before our morning romp in the snow. We walked this morning and did some tricks and training this afternoon. Then she watched me put away all the Christmas decorations and take down the tree. Aparently, it was exhausting just watching! As I type she is snug as a bug asleep in her crate.