Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reflection

I often take time to reflect on what happens in my life. I am someone who likes to consider all angles and never jump to any conclusions. I pride myself on being level headed and able to look at the big picture. For me reflection is healthy.

I have spent most of today and yesterday in reflection. Going over every little detail, reading as much as I can, and wondering what went wrong when the likely answer is...nothing.

My heart aches for a friend and what could have been, what should have been, and what will be.

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Breeding is an emotional roller coaster. There are extreme highs and there are deep lows. As I venture into what is the very start of becoming a breeder, I have already experienced both of those emotions.

The high of Molly doing well in the show ring.

The high of experiencing a puppy being born.

The high of evaluating a promising litter.

The low of Zoey not becoming pregnant and almost losing her to pyo.

The low of Mylee experiencing a painful day.

The low of losing a tiny puppy.

Sometimes mother nature is cruel.

The irony is that as I reflect today, I also wait in excitement as another friend eagerly anticipates the arrival of what could be.

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We've been busy around here.

Sadie is growing up.

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Zoey has taught her how to play ball

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and Frisbee.

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Mylee has taught her to always take time to smell the flowers

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and appreciate the joys of hunting mice and rabbits.

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Mylee's MRI for research did not phase her at all. I wish the same could be said about me. I was so worried about my girl.

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Lastly we are all yearning for more lazy summer days. How is it the end of August already?

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cottage Dogs

The girls and I have been away this week. One word can sum up our week...amazing. My girls would love to be full time cottage dogs. Maybe in another lifetime.

Until then we are very fortunate to have friends that let us glimpse into what living in paradise feels like.

Thank you to my good friends for having us. Your hospitality and kindness is truly appreciated. We enjoyed every minute.

Here are a few of my favourite photos. I haven't even managed to get through them all yet.

This is what paradise looks like
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Our good friend almost lost her dog when he fell off the boat near a dock. He very easily could have drowned to death without a life-jacket on, instead he was calmly swimming to shore. His owner? Not so calm but incredibly relieved she spent $18.00 on a life-jacket for him. They are worth every penny!

Mylee posing with her life-jacket on
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Zoey decided she loves being at the beach
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I love the colour contrast in this photo
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My beautiful beach girl
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Zozo and Mylee play tug with a stick
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Do you see the muddy paws?!
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Wind in my ears, sand in my fur
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Exploring the beach
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Leave it to Zo to figure out that you don't have to put your face in the water to fetch sticks from the lake. Just use your paw! Zo would carefully fish sticks out of the lake by using her paw and batting them towards the shore. Only when she had them safety on the dry shore would she pick them up with her mouth.


Zoey demonstrating her fetching in water technique
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I hope no one minds a lot of upcoming cottage photos.

Lastly, please keep your fingers and toes crossed for Mylee, who once again be undergoing an MRI tomorrow for the sake of research.

Like most who make the choice to contribute to research I am a mess about my girl and will be until she is safely back in my arms tomorrow morning. Research is not easy on any involved but it is especially hard on the owners and breeders waiting patiently on the other end.





Monday, August 8, 2011

Iphone and pictures

This weekend Molly and I were showing at Kilbride Kennel Club with a few other breeders in the area.

As my Mom would say, I had Princess Molly on one day of the show and then the toad who wouldn't settle in the ring yesterday. Congratulations to all the winners and owners who were showing their dogs this weekend.

At the show we somehow got onto the topic of cell phones. One of the breeders was trying to decide if she wanted to get a normal cell phone and a small camera, or if she should just get a smart phone. I am firmly in the I LOVE MY IPHONE category.

Today as I was looking through my phone trying to find a picture I wanted to post, and I realized just how many pictures i've taken with my phone. Its not always convenient to have a camera with you. It made me realize just how many moments I would have missed if didn't have my phone on me.

I decided to share a few of my forgotten on my phone photos as I had fun looking through them all.

My beautiful Zo
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A cute English Toy Spaniel, taken at the Purina National in March
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Purple hair dye for dogs. Purple feathers and slippers? Yes! Zo i'm looking at you.
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My sweet Mylee
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Dog muffins anyone?
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Did someone say chippy?
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Happy Mylee monster
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This series of photos especially made me smile. On a cold and very stormy winters night, I helped a good friend deliver puppies. I found pictures from that night still on my phone... long forgotten about. It is especially fitting as I took a picture of Talia's daughter who was born on that night with my Iphone, winning Best of Breed this weekend at Kilbride Kennel Club.

The beautiful Talia waiting on her babies. Talia is bred and owned by Burbrook Cavaliers
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Talia and her babies
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Talia's gorgeous daughter Burbrook Snow Flurry at Kilbride this weekend
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Do you have a smart phone you use to take pictures with? What kind of photos have you captured that you otherwise wouldn't have?