This summer has been a bit of a whirlwind. Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we picked up Dory from the airport, and now it’s July. It’s hot and the sound of cicadas drone on in the evening so loudly I can hear them through the well insulated windows of our house when I can barely hear the traffic on Touhy. It’s been nice to relax in the evenings and read, spend time with the kids, and training with the cardis.
I am pleased to say that Holmes has earned his BN title last weekend in Dekalb with a 187. There is a club that is a little closer to me to (10 minutes away!) that I want to start taking him to in August and work on his RA and get him entered in September. I am also very much looking forward to specialing him here in the Midwest. He is so much fun in conformation class! I can’t to wait to see what we can do in the ring. Penni had his Grand Championship finished rather quickly I believe. He is just starting to come back into coat after the Summer of Falling Hair. Holmes hair everywhere! Sometimes I wonder how much dog hair I have accidentally eaten or breathed in whilst I slept.. hmm..
And to add to summer fun, Dory has been a thrill to show. When she came to me, she had already had 1 point and 1 major from Jill, so that was a really nice start. The first 3 times she was in the ring with me she went reserve. Then, in Valparaiso on Saturday and Sunday she went BOB over a special for 2 points each day. I was so happy I could have floated home! The next weekend out was Dekalb, where she picked up another point and went Best of Breed again over a special – only 1 point, but still I was SO EXCITED!!! This past weekend in Belvedere (July 14th and 15th) she went Winners Bitch for her 2nd major and got some excellent compliments from the judge. Now she has 3 points left.. she is entered Saturday and Sunday in Waukesha and I’ll be entering here in South Milwaukee on the 10th and 11th. August 12th will be here 2 year birthday! IF she finishes then by then, that means she will have picked up 11 points in about 7 weeks. IF IF IF.. but I believe she can do it. She is a beautiful girl inside and out! I love being in the ring with her and I love sprawling out on the bed with her while I read and she lays with her feet in the air. Holmes lays at the top of the bed on the pillows with his feet in the air, too… this is normally a “when Josh is at work” occasion… Holmes kept sleeping right on Josh’s head, and he vetoed the bed sharing. Fair enough. Who am I to argue with a sleepwalker…especially one who happens to be my dear husband.
In between the joy of showing, I’ve been preparing for Nursing school to begin in January. I was accepted to the General Entry – Master’s of Nursing for people like me who have a bachelor’s in another field, and would prefer a Masters degree for the potential of research and other roles. My specialty is Perinatal CNS, which will be my master’s coursework. Sometimes I still can’t believe I got into a top 10 program, rated above Columbia University and some of the other Ivy League nursing programs. That is ever so encouraging! Someday as a CNS I hope Josh and I can pool together some funds and acquire an RV for dog shows… I mean, romantic vacations… yes. Well, either or, right?
I’m ready to finish out the summer with some good stuff. Perhaps a Championship for Dory? A good anniversary in August? And, a 1 year birthday party for my sweet baby girl Zoey? Before I know it, September will roll in, the cicadas will crawl back into hibernation, and it’ll be just a few months before my Nursing endeavor begins. Life is.. good. Very good. I don’t expect perfect, but there is nothing better than doing what you love to do and being very excited for what the future holds. Last year at this time the thought of going back to work after Zoey was born made me want to dig myself a hole right in with those cicadas – not anymore! The groundwork has been laid and the universe has been kind to me. As a nurse I will be able to give back, and as always, I will continue to pay it forward.