Friday, March 31, 2006

Very Rally Day

I took a little time off of working on my dissertation to attend a rally trial in Kalamazoo today with both Alaska and Boston. Alaska was going for his second leg of Novice and Boston for her first leg in Advanced. We drove down Thursday night because Alaska was in the ring a few minutes after 9 a.m. He turned in a very nice performance and got his second leg. I was very proud of his quick sits and attentive heeling. Boston and I then had to wait around until almost 1:00 p.m. for her turn. I was bit concnered because she got nervous when we first entered the ring. Some dogs ringside had gotten into a spat and she didn't like the growling. But she settled down the moment we started working and got a very nice 97! I called Mike to tell him we were sitting on 4th place but said "But of course there are a lot of dogs to go yet so it is fun to sit on the 4th for a little while". I hung up and went back inside to mark my catalog and found everyone was going in for ribbons. Yikes! I ran back to the car, grabbed Boston and made it to the ring just as she handed out the first place ribbon. Imagine my surprise when she got to 4th place and she called out Boston's number! I didn't even have my armband on so I wasn't sure at first if it was us. "Oh my that is me!" I explaimed and I ran over into the 4th place spot where the judge handed us a nice rosette and a coffee mug along with our qualifying ribbon. Way to go Boston, I am so proud of you!!! Mike doesn't even know yet. The ribbon is sitting on the kitchen counter. Let's see how long it takes for him to notice.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Big and Carrie

Yesterday I put Big and Carrie on my black leather chair and clicked away. Carrie (on the right) stays put pretty well. Big is constantly on the move. He grunts when you pick him up, wiggles, smacks his lips and fusses. On the chair I had to keep a close eye on him to keep him from going off the edge. A little boy with a BIG attitude. They each now weigh in at about 1 lb which is a very nice weight for three week old Pomeranian puppies and they are also starting to get fuzzy. Big is quite mobil around the x-pen and gets out of the box to nurse. Carrie is still confined to the box and hasn't figured out how to climb over the side to get to Holly, so Holly usually nurses one at a time; first Big outside the box and then Carrie in the box. But sometimes when she is nursing Carrie, Big climbs back over the side and into the box to get a second meal! With these moves he won't be little for long.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Snow in March

I enjoy snow in March. It doesn't stay around very long and it comes in big thick white globs of snowflakes which get all caught up in the coats of the dogs making them look so beautiful. Tattoo reveled in his outside time today. Doesn't he look like he had fun?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Congratulations Bill and Ernie

Big congratulations to Bill Code and Ernie. Ernie was only entered one day at Detroit Kennel Club's Cobo Hall show and he certainly made his mark. Ernie was Best of Breed over 12 other specials including top ten dogs and made the cut in the group! Way to go Ernie. He was shown by Carol Miller in breed and by Jill Clark in the group.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

At two weeks!

It is hard to believe Holly's puppies are two weeks old but when you look at how big they are it sure helps! Most of the time they sleep. On the rare occasions that they are awake it is because they are busy nursing and slurping up the thick buttermilk that their mom seems to be providing. Believe it or not it can be quite noisy at feeding time with the sucking and smacking of their little lips. We haven't decided for sure on registered names, but our boy will be DreamWeaver's Little Big Man, with a call name of Big. The girl of course will be Carrie, but we haven't decided on her registered name. Maybe DreamWeavers New York Girl or City Slicker. If you are not a Sex and the City fan these names won't mean much, but if you are....well you understand!

Friday, March 17, 2006

APC National

We attended the American Pomeranian Club National Specialty in Louisville Kentucky and had some good times. Mike handled Colin to 2nd place in the very competitive Bred By Exhibitor class! Way to go Colin and Mike! Mike's sister Linda had Reserve Dog from the 12 to 18 month classs with a new boy she is showing and co-owns. And Alaska and I ventured into Rally where he was 5th out of 6, BUT he was the only one in his class without an obedience title. In fact the four placing dogs all had advanced titles in obedience so we were honored to do as well as we did. It was his first leg, so two more and he gets a title.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

And Closer Still!

Here is a close up of the new puppies enjoying breakfast!

Puppy Heaven

I caught Holly and her puppies sharing a moment of puppy heaven and thought it was just the sweetest picture, so here they are! Don't they look contented?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Holly and Tattoo have News!

Ch. Ruby N DreamWeaver's Holly Berry and Ch. Ruby's Painted Warrior of DW are pleased to announce their new babies! A girl weighing 3.4 oz was born at 8:50 this morning, followed by her brother who is 4.2 oz. about 45 minutes later! Check her out, doesn't Holly look proud? She is an excellent mother and both babies are now sleeping with bellies full of warm milk. This is Holly's second litter. Her first litter was one puppy who we named DreamWeaver's Solid Gold Spice aka "Nutmeg". No names have been picked for these two yet, but as soon as they have names we will post!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Cats and Dogs

If you stopped by our house you might think that the dogs hate the cat and that the cat is not amused. It isn't unusual to see Wrangler jump one of the baby gates to a flurry of fierce and frenetic barking. Sometimes Mike and I can barely hear each other over the roar of the crowd! But if you stay around long enough you will learn that the truth is the dogs despite their protests to the contrary really do not only tolerate the cat but they consider him one of the gang. And Wrangler for all his indignant meows of protest really thinks he is of them. Look, here they are caught in the act. Digger and Wrang curled up next to each other sleeping. With all the options that Wrangler has (after all he can easily get away from the dogs with one swift jump over the baby gate) such as the living room sofa, soft cushy chairs and a sunny windowsill...why does he pick a dog bed right next to his arch enemy? The jig is up Wrangler! Now everyone out there knows the truth. You LOVE the dogs! Of course he doesn't really fit the bed. How silly he is with his body hanging over the side!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my dear husband Mike! Mike turned 4- something on February 9th. We went out to dinner that night and then celebrated his birthday with his parents and Ed on Sunday the 12th. I made Mike's favorite dinner of turkey and all the trimming and later we had a heart shaped cake with crazy candles. Notice the huge balloon behind him? It plays "Your the one that I want" by Olivia Newton John whenever you tap it. Mike got a new table saw among other great gifts!