What, mom? What did you say? I thought I just heard you say that Aunti Mel sent the toys for all the dogs. Nah, I'm sure I heard you wrong, because these geckos are clearly meant to be mine. Anyway, I thought you might like to see 'em Coop, na, na, na, na.
My little Breezy. Breezy-bree. Brii-Brii Want to Play.
She's really growing up, almost two years old, and today she got to go on a trip with Frankie and Nick. We met Auntie Laura in Columbia, and we took some time to take photos. Thank goodness for golf courses! It's a real treat to take photos of a Cardigan on grass and not lose all the legs! Thanks to Laura for following us around with the camera, crawling around on the ground, and getting me off the fairway before the next round of golfers came through! Breezy almost looks superimposed in the first photo, but she wasn't. It was just a beautiful green, with trees changing color in the background.
So when do I have to stop calling Syd and Bree "The Puppies?" Since I raised them here, I think they'll always be my "puppies."
Syd and sister Bree are officially OFA passers in the heart and knee department. :-) The Frenchie National Specialty offered OFA clinics and opened to all breeds. So, since it was local, and close to my office, I took the two girls for the clinics that were available, Cardiac and Patellar Luxation.
Syd thought the little snorting Frenchies were great fun and very curious. Breezy, well, she was pretty sure the Frenchies were some kind of alien life form, and that they should be banished from Earth!
Go figure, the vet was from Texas, and turns out he knows a couple of the Cardigan breeders from the Lone Star State.
I'm pretty sure that we are the prime suspects for the hair left all over the exam table, unless there is some fluffy version of a Frenchie!
Syd was entered as a special for the first time this weekend. I was *so* proud of my girl, she behaved, and was not stressed, and she showed really well. Saturday she went BOS, and she looked good. She was not worried at all about the dogs around her, especially the WD who was very close behind her.
Sunday, she went Best of Breed, and I was thrilled. At one point, I had to laugh because Don was feeding the WD, and Syd perked up and could not believe Don was feeding that dog HER treats!
Syd took a nice nap before the group, and then in her first appearance in the Group ring, she was pulled in the cut. I thought she showed so well, without any worries about the Aussie behind her, and she decided she loved the Pem in front of her, so she was very happy.
All in all, a nice weekend for Syd. These were local-ish shows so she could spend the night at home and just do a day trip to the shows, and had a very nice showing in the ring. It was great experience for her, and I am so happy that she seemed to have fun, too!
Syd just cracks me up. She loves baby Frankie, and she always wants to play with him. Poor little pup, he can't even stop for a potty break without Syd trying to get him to play again! This morning, I broke out the baby pool. It's going to be in the 80's today, and with winter coming, the dogs won't have much more time to have pool parties!
I wondered if Syd would be possessive of her pool, or get cranky with Frankie. I already knew he would like the pool, he must get that from his mother. His father? Well, Hawk won't even walk in wet grass, so Frankie did NOT inherit his love of water from his dad!
Here's a video I took this morning, and it makes me laugh. Syd was really good with Frankie about the pool, but notice her not-so-subtle possession of the pool. Any time Frankie wants to investigate the pool, WOOPS, Syd's in the pool. So sorry, Frankie, but this pool belongs to the QUEEN of Everything! Maybe another time. :-)
To see the video on YouTube, click on the link below:
"I think insecure dogs need a sense that their human is someone that they can count on, to take charge and get them out of trouble when necessary, and to create clear and fair boundaries that help them learn emotional control."
--Patricia McConnell, PhD from her blog post about leadership