...and being close to those you love.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Here is the note that accompanied it:
Some of you probably already know, I foolishly joined an animal rescue group last year and have been assigned to protect the African Antelope. Well, last week was my first real action, and fortunately my efforts were captured on the attached video. I hope you enjoy it. This type of work is rather tiring for a man of my age, but it is most rewarding. But even so, one rescue a day is all I can handle...
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On Sunday we hung out with friends and enjoyed the warm weather. My Pops was feeling well enough to come over and enjoy the day. He got to share some special time with Jill, his favorite of our pups. He loves Jill and considers her his "personal" therapy dog. I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual.
Pops and G-Ma stayed for most of the day, enjoying some card games, all of the goodies, and the company of the others that were here.
Yesterday we got up bright and early and headed to the nearby community of Kensington, where they have an annual neighborhood Memorial Day Parade. This was the third year in a row our Golden Retriever Meetup Group has walked and the second year we won a first place ribbon. We had a great time and a very nice turnout. Of course the Goldens are always a huge hit with the crowd.
Some of the faces I encountered along the way touched my heart in and extra special way~
It doesn't get much sweeter than this!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Hubby is very happy that Kona did so well and the class it done. We have our Saturdays back!
Me and Jumbo Jack!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
It is time for this...
Did you notice that Jack didn't even finish the treat he'd been working on? You can see the remnants on his blanket, and Kona is too tired to even hold his own head up!
Tired dogs are happy dogs. Momma LOVES tired dogs!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I'd never tried agility with any of the dogs before, and wasn't sure how they'd do. I was very pleasantly surprised!
Here they are, after about an hour of working on the course and learning all of the different equipment. They all seemed to really enjoy it, even Jill. Her hip didn't seem to bother her at all, and we all cracked up at how she waddled through the long tunnel.
First Jack, then Jill, and last, Kona.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The kids were sitting out on our little porch chatting with a friend on a bench we have near our front window. Very casually, the friend says, "hey, check out that snake...," and points to spot right under the front window. They glanced over and flew into the house to get me.
A.J. - Mom! Come check out the snake.
Me - The what?
A.J. - The SNAKE!
Me - Where?
A.J.- Right under our front window.
Me - Seriously?
A.J. - MOM - COME SEE THE SNAKE!
Me- I'm coming... (I grab my camera and head out front expecting to see a skinny little garden snake a foot or so long.) HOLY CRAP! GO GET DAD!
A.J. & Pickle holler in unison - DAD, come check out the snake! (that was their idea of "getting" Dad)
Hubby - I HATE snakes! What'd we got?
Me- You're really gonna hate this big thing!
Hubby takes one look, and is not happy....he really, really hates snakes. This one was a nice, fat snake, between 4 and 5 feet long, curled up unassumingly at the base of some plants we have. He wanted to be left alone. I don't blame him, but we couldn't just leave him there. Not with our front door a mere 5 feet away, and the dogs and the kids coming and going....nope, he'd have to go. We sent the kids to grab a neighbor friend of ours for a little help. Help to do what? We didn't quite know yet...
Not quite being sure what to do with our little guest, I picked up the phone, and called the police (the non emergency line) who gave me a number for an animal agency that can help with these types of issues. A pleasant woman named Tiffany answered the phone and had me describe what color our friend was, the design on his back, the size of his head. We were able to determine that it was NOT a rattle snake, which are quite common in this area, especially at this time of year. She told me that more than likely it was a gopher snake or a king snake. Either way, it wasn't venomous, and there was no reason to kill it, or even mess with it.
HELLO! Didn't she realize that it was right by my front door? Easily within slithering distance, into my home, down the hallway, and under my bed? No, our little friend had to be relocated.
Hubby and his buddy grabbed an empty trash can, a shovel, and a long piece of PVC pipe. Within just a couple of minutes they were able to wrangle our slippery little friend into the trash can, and close the lid down tightly. We all hopped into our buddy's truck, and headed to a nearby canyon area, where we figured out little friend had come visiting from. The whole lot of us, and by this time there were about 8 or 9 of us, got out, and walked about 50 yards onto the edge of the canyon, with Hubby carrying the trashcan...
Off came the lid. Snap a quick picture, and give the trash can a tip. Our little agitated friend didn't take any time at all to make his way out, hissing all the while, and headed off towards the canyon.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The boys, Jack and Kona, both passed their Therapy Training tests today with flying colors...now we will start visiting different facilities as "Therapy Dogs in Training" and after 10 hours of volunteering they will be officially certified.
Jack, Jill and Kona, fresh from the groomer yesterday.
For right now, all is well with our world.
I hope all is well with you too!
Friday, May 15, 2009
In spite of it being a rough week, there have been some definite bright spots. Hearing that Dad made it out of surgery well and was resting in recovery - very bright spot. A little pampering from Bear, my cosmetologist "wunderkid" who started at a new place recently and gave me a much needed haircut and spa treatment shampoo-head massage, nice bright spot... My wonderful, dear friend Doug coming down from Seattle and spending some time with me both on Monday and all day yesterday, huge bright spot. Spending a good portion of the day yesterday with a bunch of members from the Golden Group, as we went on a Hornblower Bay cruise with our dogs, and then followed it up with a great lunch in a scenic little area not far away, very bright indeed.
My friend Doug, in white, and Hubby on the Hornblower cruise yesterday.
Not all of the dogs on the cruise yesterday were thrilled to be there (notice this was not one of our Golden group pups!)