It’s been awhile since I updated the ol’ blog. Things have been quite busy the past couple of months. The holidays came and went, and the kids had fun. Oliver is going to be 4 this year, so he was super excited about Santa and decorations and all that Christmas jazz. Zoey was more interested in the wrapping paper, the boxes, and the dog toys then her own, but she still had fun. 🙂
Holmes finished his CD and his RA the last weekend in December, so we accomplished our goal! Woo hoo! He earned his CD in 3 attempts and I would say all with placements; the 1st leg (at Rosemont) he earned 3rd place in a larger class, but his 2nd leg he was the only dog in Novice A, and his 3rd leg he was the only qualifier in Novice A (we were at a small trial in Wisconsin). He was in Rally Advanced B, and he finished his RA in 3 attempts as well, but in just one weekend! With the holidays, we did a lot of work at home in December. It’s a good thing he’s so smart and has the memory of an elephant. What a good boy! He also earned his TDI in December, so he will be able to go on therapy visits as soon as my school schedule gets on a good roll. I’m super proud of him. Yesterday he was carrying around his dumbbell and we were playing with it a bit – perhaps Open will come sooner than expected! He hasn’t shown much interest in the dumbbell the past couple weeks, but as soon as Oliver tried to give it to Ula, he suddenly became VERY interested in HIS dumbbell. Works for me!!!
I began my classes at DePaul this week. After much deliberation, I decided that DePaul University would be the best option for my family and myself. I will have a Master of Science in Nursing, graduating in November 2014. I’ve been very happy this week with my professors, and though it’s going to be a lot of work, I’m really happy I chose this program for a multitude of reasons. DePaul is on a quarter system, so I have a feeling the next 10 weeks are going to FLY by!
Last weekend in St. Paul Ula earned her very first GCH major with a BOS win under judge SS Hennessy with an entry of 27 Cardigans. This was a great way to start the year! I will be specialing her as much as I can. I have her entered in one more show this month, and she will be out a bit in February, but until spring I will probably try to stay close to home. I just had her hips and elbows done and sent her PRA and fluff tests in. I also had a DM test done, but we already know she is at risk. I figured we may as well have it in the database. Provided all the rest of her tests come back good, we may be planning a litter for late fall 2013. I will have my only break beginning in November, right about the time she would be due (if she is on schedule). No definite plans have been made, and we haven’t chosen a husband for her yet, but it’s in the works. She turned 2 years old on 12/5/12.
Meanwhile, Dory is in New Mexico on her momcation. The Raglan girls are on a 7 month cycle it seems, but we wanted to have her down there just in case she happened to switch things up and be on a 6 month cycle. Jessica Viera came to IL for the Belleville show, so I headed down there and she was able to take Dory back to Colorado so she did not have to take a plane. She flew to me here in Chicago from Amy, but there was a way around the flight to NM, so she got to have a nice, fun road trip with her new BFF Nola. I miss my Dory girl, but I am very excited to see her beebies! When she gets back, she will rest up a little bit, and then off to basic obedience and then agility for her. Dory is very athletic and very agile. She has a lot of energy and great drive. I would like to do obedience with her at some point as well, but I believe she will enjoy agility more, so we may compete in first.
Little Eden is not so little anymore! I can’t believe she is 4 months already. I’m hoping to get her out to a couple of matches. She is a smart girl in her puppy class. She has lots of energy, and she LOVES to play fetch! None of the other Cardis are much interested in this game. I’m looking forward to working with her on getting ready for the ring, but I wonder what her niche will be as far as other things go. I think she will have a lot of fun in obedience, too. Carolyn, I PROMISE I will get those pictures of her this weekend!!! I’ve been bad with photos. I wanted to get some up at 16 weeks, but these last 4 weeks have been crazy.
I’m looking forward to a productive year. I don’t do the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing(mostly because that has just never worked for me), but I do like to set goals. I have a project for one of my classes that will be making a change in a habit, and documenting my progress. Mine will most likely be focused around health and/or fitness. I’ve been bad about getting to the gym, but now that I can go to the gym at school, I’m going to hold myself to it. As for dog goals.. I plan to finish Ula’s GCH and Dory’s GCH this year, and after that I will be able to determine how much time I will need for whatever we do next. Holmes will continue towards his RE, RAE and then begin to work on open exercises. I also plan on getting Eden out there this spring and summer. She is looking lovely, but she still has some growing to do! I’ve got lots of other personal goals rolling around in my head, but first priority is family school. I’m ready to enjoy the journey!!!