Friday, September 21, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day!   Solstice Hundesport is hosting a WDA Club Trial and I will be showing my Ziva Monster as well as a fellow club member's GSD, Ursa for their Bhs.   I've had Ursa a few weeks and hope she is ready and will look good.  I know Ziva is, she's just full of herself is all.

I took both dogs to Camel Back Park today for work around distractions and they did well.   We have training on the field tonight, so that will be nice.   I'll have someone taking photos and videoing so I'll share pics when I have them.     Below are Ziva's "sights".  I hope she'll have good behavior in her sights tomorrow!

Good luck to everyone competing!!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bh Training with Ziva and Ursa

Today was a great outing with Ziva and Ursa and their Bh training.  The trial is just over two weeks away!!!  Ursa's recall has come along and was lovely today!  Her attention is better and she's settling in.  Ziva was a wild child and we are still working on her keeping her butt in when heeling.  I'm just working to keep my German and English commands straight -- Ziva luckily seems to know what I want when I accidentally use the German commands with her, lol.   She's a good girl!  I'm excited to see how they do at practice this weekend.   It's panic time!!!

To do:  looking forward, it is time to finally do Ziva's retrieve.  :p   Her drop on recall is coming along and it's time to get back to jumping.   Fun, fun!  

To do:  Rena's CD training -- she's a bit of a wild child

Below:  Ziva with her find this past weekend -- she loved it!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

This summer has been unbelievable!   It has been difficult to keep up.   Rick and I took Ziva up to Surrey Langley (near Vancouver) in June for a training seminar with Peter Scherk of Team Huewinkl, Germany.  I've taken her to WA and MT for SAR training.   It has been busy.

Right now I have a Scottish Terrier and a Rottweiler her for board and train.   Recently finished up a Havanese (cute enough to die for).  I also have two GSD bitches for training.  One is here this month and I will hoping to get her Bh in a few weeks.   The other is here from CA for me to train and put a CD on.   No shortage of training to do here.   Add to that, Ziva.   She will also go for her Bh in September.   Next year my plan is to get her IPO1 and her CDX and UD.   Of course, our ultimate goals are the IPO 3 and UDX and OTCH.   Now that she's 3 yrs old, I need to get busy!

I'd like to post updates on Ziva and Rena (GSD from CA).   Interested??

Suzie and Jeb are doing well.   God willing, Jeb will be 14 in December.   He's pretty deaf and a bit senile, but demanding as ever which is good.  He had a good run a couple weeks ago and we have proof!  (see below)  He's precious!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Happenings

I guess it's time to post again. Okay, it's waaaay past time. :o We've had a busy winter, spring and now summer. Ziva and Jeb had a find this spring on a search for a missing man. That was exciting! Ziva has done some neat search work, including historical work on the Oregon Trail just this past weekend. The history is fascinating! Jeb, now 12 1/2 is doing well. Suzie is 9 and hasn't slowed down yet. She is ready for action! I'd really like to get Ziva ready for the ring, so I've got to get busy!!! Business has been fantastic in 2011. I am grateful for all my blessings!

Here are some pictures from the past few months. Enjoy! Suzie in Feb being cute, Jeb at his best, lol and Ziva indicating on a known grave on the Oregon Trail as well as playing in the snow over Christmas in North Carolina. While these three keep us busy, we still miss our Jack of Hearths.






Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jack of Hearts: Jan 26 2003 - Oct 30 2010




We lost our beloved Jack to bloat last night. Rick and I headed out camping with the other hounds and the pointy eared one, Ziva. Jack stayed home. Saturday a friend came and took him to stay at her house. He got to romp and play and be as spoiled as he is here. Unfortunately, by late evening, it was evident he was in great distress and we got the call they were taking him to West Vet. Jack had some recent problems and I was a bit worried about his health and because of that I had spent some extra time snuggling with him in front of the tv last week (I am so glad!). Once at West Vet, they took xrays and Jack's stomach had twisted. Torsion. Ugh. We knew what that meant. Because of Jack's age and health we had talked that putting him through a risky expensive surgery would not be in his best interest. What was heart breaking is we could not get home in time to hold him. Our friends were there and held onto Jack as he peacefully passed away. We did rush home and were lucky enough to see him about an hour or so later and say our good-byes even though he was already gone.

Jack was a lot of dog and will be greatly missed. A gentle soul, yet a handful of hound that sometimes had an attitude. He was an absolute kick in the pants!!! We are so glad he finished out his final years with us. Godspeed Jack! We love you!!!! The best bloodhound ever--our big brown!!

PS: We were so happy to find out that Friday night the person taking care of Jack and the cats, didn't leave him at home, but took him to her house where he not only charmed his way onto her sofa and partially on her lap, but on her bed! He got to romp, charm and be Jack. He was excited to come home Saturday morning to get fed and get his chewy. Later he was picked up to do more romping. So we are happy that his last weekend here, even though we left him at home, was a fun adventuresome time. He deserved that and more. :) Miss you Big Brown JackJack!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Goofy Old Man

We went camping last weekend and while on a short hike with Jeb, Suzie and Ziva we went down to Cascade Res. and let them get a drink and play. Ziva had played with the ball. Suzie got the zoomies in the sand and the old man had a bit of fun himself. We cherish these precious moments with him! He'll be 12 on Dec 8th! Bless his heart, what a silly boy!

video

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hiking in Sun Valley

Jeb, Suzie and Ziva enjoyed a weekend of hiking in Sun Valley with Rick and I a few weeks ago. It was hot and the hikes weren't short. I was pleased with how Jeb held up just fine. The girls had a BLAST being doofuses. Suzie enjoys being a trail dog. Ziva loves everything, lol. Enjoy the pics!