Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I didn't even know this was still a thing. Good thing, I suppose, as it was the email from them this morning wishing Kate a happy birthday that reminded me that it is indeed her day. Gotcha day, anyway. 

So strange that it has been nine years. That would make Kate eleven-ish. Everything is –ish with her. 

The sorta…






almost dog…


It’s odd that she is not really aging yet. She can be a little stiff getting up post nap if she has had a good run, but other than that, still just weird little Kate. This pic below is from her first day home with us. They are really just reacting to the flash, but it still makes me laugh.

 Sooooo happy to be together. Ha! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The best bed poser

She really does look smashing on white.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

A little coast trip

As much as I suck at landscape photography it is hard to make the California coast look bad. 


Bixby Bridge. Not as popular as that other California bridge so often photographed in the fog, but a pretty neat structure nonetheless. I can’t imagine building that! 

Bixby Bridge 

“Hey! We’re on a big pile of sand!” 


What is not to love about Carmel? I wish there was something to do for a living there other than own a restaurant or tourist shop or pick berries. What a great place to be. 

Belly thinks so, too. Although could have used sun glasses. 


She is just fascinated by moving sand. I think she thinks something is there making it more. Kate, as you can tell, not that impressed. 


They did very well with the fireworks. They don’t really do anything other than get a little clingy, but still, we do a lot of Cookies for Boom-booms. Bella picks up on this game quickly every year. 

“You hear that? Where’s my Charlie Bear?” 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Camera words

If you have a dog and a camera you most certainly employ those special please-look-a-little-cuter photo op words. "Squirrel" or "birdies" work particularly well for Bella. Especially if uttered in the form of a question.

To get Kate to go from this...


To this...


Just a whispered "who's there?"

Which is funny 'cause she could not care less if someone was actually there or not.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Crappy cell pic but...

How cute is the firework induced cuddling?

Safety in numbers, right?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Vacay and home poopers

This is the first time in nine years that I have had 2 weeks off. Well, sorta two weeks considering I went in on Monday and will probably do so again tomorrow. But, hey, going to work with the dogs while wearing shorts and flip flops doesn't really count as work, right? I am more of a long weekend person. I kind of get bored easily. I like my relaxation condensed, but more frequent. And, historically, filled with agility trials. The girls get a little bit of the short end of the stick thing going on, too. I have been feeling no need to get up early to get them to park before everyone else gets up. So, they get back yard time instead of park time, But, they are graced with my presence all day, so that should make up for it. 

Oddly casual 


One thing that I have been noticing a lot being home is the amount of people that let their dogs potty on other peoples’ lawns. Do you do this? I am thinking maybe my opinion on the matter is….overly sensitive? Must be if so many other people do it. I never do this. I think it’s weird. Just because someone doesn't have a fence doesn't mean it’s OK to be on their property? Yes? 

 We don’t do a lot of neighborhood leash walks as I prefer to go elsewhere, but we have our Thursday morning walk loop. I always potty my dogs before we leave. I give them opportunities to go in more public spots like a park or green space around the grocery store parking lot. If they do have a need I try to at least direct them to the area between the sidewalk and the street. 

I have watched so many people just stop in front of our neighbors’ lawn, extend the stupid flexi leash and let their dogs wander up on their lawn to potty. They are picking up after their dogs, but still, so weird. Seems like a very rude thing to me. 

Kangaroo tail! 


Kate is so funny. She is a master at waiting… 

Sidebar – She know the difference between “Kate” and “wait” but not “Kate” and “cake.” So, all you long-named-dogs people are wasting your breath, they stop listening after the first letter. :) 

…Physically she is a great wait-er. She will stay right where she stopped. Mentally, though, not the best wait-er. I have them take turns in the back yard because it’s not that big. Making her wait brings out The Wrist of Angst. Any built-up anxiousness lives in her right front leg. :)


Get in my belly! 


No idea how these things happen 


The other good thing about time off….washed all the dogs beds. They now all smell like Bounce and are static-free. 


We will go down to Carmel for the Fourth. Well, actually the fifth. The fourth we will be holed up in a hotel avoid drunks with explosives. Hoping to enjoy early morning beach time and PCH while folks are sleeping it off.

So, American folk, have a safe and happy Fourth. Don't blow any appendages off or set your neighbors house on fire. Keep those dogs inside. And, remember designated drivers!

Everyone else, proceed with a normal weekend. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One upping

Generally speaking, collies with the lower case "c" tend to be the one-uppers of the dog world. They do everything better. Bestest at the agilities, the flyballs, the herding, the walking in circles. They retrieve better than the retrievers, they hunt better than the hunters, they dig better than the terriers.

In their own minds, anyway.

Not a lot of self esteem issues with the little c collies.

Bella happens to be the queen of the I-can-do-that-better crowd.

Very unimpressed with Kate learning to pick her foot up. She doesn't need anyone to do that. Certainly no one could pick her foot up better than her?

"I can get that all by myself, thankyouverymuch"


Monday, June 23, 2014

You know why they hum?

'Cause they don't know the words.

Juvenile Anna's Hummingbird
Backyard, San Jose, CA

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's like bingo night


Nothing much to write about because nothing much going on. I guess that’s how retirement goes? You get boring and squishy and start eating dinner at 3:30? 

She is starting to look like one of the Serta sheep. 

Other aging changes, too. Bella, the I-don’t-play-with-dogs-because-that-would-make-me-dog-like now has a couple of BFF’s. Since things have slowed for them and we are not going to the dog park and not going to agility trials I started taking them back to daycare on Fridays. Mix it up a little. Have a little social time. Neither have ever been much for playing with other dogs, but they do really love going there. They get people time and treat time and training time. Now, apparently, dog time. When I hear that Bella was paling around with a border collie it makes sense. Similar play styles, similar weirdness, similar personal space bubbles. However, I kept hearing about how she just *loved* one particular dog. The elusive Butler. “Bella had a great day….her boyfriend was here today!” I finally asked what he is. 

A Golden. 


And a young one at that. 

 I can’t tell you how confusing that is to me. A golden? A young Golden? She has never been a retriever fan. They are normally put in the annoying box, frowned at and then ignored. “Large” and “floppy” are not dog characteristics that she normally finds appealing. Butler must be a quite sensible gent. 

And when the hell did Bella become a cougar?! 

I think I may need to request video of her tramping it up. 

Kate has turned into the people person at daycare. Every time I watch them on the cameras Kate is either stalking a person or a toy. That is about the only border collie trait she has; she can stare with the best of them. 

Or, just do this.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pick it up

What we do to Bella while she's sleeping.

Kate has been learning to pick her foot up. Bella's foot, that is. She won't touch her own. Or mine.

So funny when she is doing something that she finds funny but, not quite sure it's legal.

Such a goofy dog. 


With a very accommodating sister.

Hard to be otherwise, though, when this is your life!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Much better!

When all else fails, go to the dump Oyster Bay! 

 Freedom and a ball makes for much happier collie-types. 


I wish we could move all the east bay parks to the south bay. I get a little tired of driving, but the smiles are worth it. 


Freedom shouldn't be a novelty for anyone. Fuzzy short folk included. 


It is just a spectacular day. Feels very summer-y and vacation-y out. So many families out biking and walking this morning. I was really surprised that Oyster Bay was pretty empty. Maybe people were sleeping in today? 


Not complaining, though. The girls had a great time. It’s a little sad that it doesn't take as much to tucker them out anymore. Kinda nice, I suppose, just a…sign…you know? They used to do what we did today for hours and be completely fine. Now? Forty five minutes to an hour and we’re good to go. Of course it doesn't help that Kate is a total fatty right now. First time ever she weighs the same as Bella. Exactly the same, actually, which is weird in itself. They were both 34.2 at the vet last week. That’s an OK Bella weight. Kate? Holy cow! Literally…cow. That’s like 3 pounds heavier than normal. Not sure where that came from? The tricks class maybe? Maybe she is at that age where she doesn't need as much kib? 

Kate is on her first ever diet. Looks like a tick. 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

We staycationed and no one cared

Does this look like a couple of dogs glad to be out and about? 


Enjoying our national parks? I mean, who doesn't love to go to Hollister? 


Maybe rather be at home in bed? 


Pinnacles was not their thing. Wasn't hot, but activities there with dogs in tow are very limited. I was surprised at how many campers had dogs. Do you just stay at your camp site all weekend since they can't be left unattended? That doesn't sound like much fun.


Every time I look at something like this I think about those nutty people coming out this way in wagons. What a crazy trip that must have been! 


I would have stayed in Kansas.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A blog post?!


I know! 

Just haven’t been up to hauling camera crap around as of late. It just feels like just the act of being out and being with the girls is enough. Like I don’t need anything else filling that time. Every time we leave, though, I think I should bring it. Then I don’t. Meh. 

We have mostly been doing the usual stuff. Ball, parks, hikes. Everyone is knock-on-wood healthy and just trucking along.


We just recently wrapped up an online class. We did Silvia’s puppy tricks class. I had been missing doing ”dog stuff” since Bella’s agility retirement. There weren’t any local classes that I was interested in. Most of the trick classes are stuff that they know already. No agility, obviously. Bella thinks obedience is the most boring thing on the planet. Walking in circles looking at me not her cup of tea. Plus, I would rather my dogs just look where they are going anyway. They did both like nosework but that organization is just too weird for me. So, give the online thing a shot. 

The type of tricks that Silvia teaches are quite different than the ones my dogs already know. Since she is prepping agility dogs, much more movement rather than static behaviors. I was surprised by the fact that Kate took to this much more readily than Bell. After alllll the agility stuff, the 2o2o training, the wobble boards, the curbs, all that crap…at eleven years old Bella still has no idea where her back feet are. Or, she knows and doesn’t give a shit at this point. Kate is very into doing anything with her feet and loves the movement involved. 

Who knew I had a dog that would so easily get into a box? 


We did just audit. After going through this, I can’t imagine actually participating. The video editing time would be overwhelming for me. 

 Silvia is obviously a brilliant trainer. Also a great instructor. Fantastic eye. Really good at redirecting people. She must never sleep as she seems to reply to people almost immediately even though her students are in every time zone. If you are interesting in giving the online class thing a shot I would recommend you try her. 

For myself, though? I don’t know that I would do it again. Maybe if someone local was also taking a class. Practice partner? One of the things I love most about classes is the interaction with other students. You learn so much watching others. Online? Holy crap! Watching video after video after video of people’s dogs doing the same thing over and over was mind-numbingly boring! It got the point where I could only handle 10 seconds of video before I was just over it. I do not have the time or patience for that. So not the same as an in-person class setting. I did like what I learned. Maybe not the optimum venue for me, though. 

So, maybe no more training, but even into the senior years they need stimulation to stay sane and healthy. You must keep the collies active and engaged. It’s important for them to feel useful. 


She does have a little trouble moving the weave poles, but that's just the kind of challenge she needs.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

So not a puppy

Everyone else is talking puppies. They're getting them, having them, hoping for one. That time of year, I suppose.


Heck no!

 I'm getting a ladybug!

She just up and walked right out of her larva suit. Left it on the floor and everything!


  I hope the dogs don't knock her off 


 I also wish this didn't coincide with the 3 hot days this week!

 Name suggestions?

It can't sound like Kate or Bella or any commands or words my current dogs know or may possibly know in the future. I am not a fan of "sport" names like Rage or Chaos. I am also not a fan of names wherein the pronunciation is absolutely nothing like the spelling. You know who you are people with with dog names written like "Xhaife" and pronounced "Dave" - I don't care if it's Gaelic, your dog came from Modesto, not Ireland.

You know, I'll probably just go with "Fly."