Monday, June 30, 2008
Today is the last day I'll be in the office for two weeks! Yeah! I'm working from home tomorrow and Wednesday and then I'm on vacation until July 14th. I have not real plans except to hang out and enjoy the sun and pugs. :-) A perfect vacation.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
On Saturday, Clancy and I went to an AKC Tracking seminar. And my little pug dog is a natural. :-) Am I ever excited. It's truly amazing to see a dog just get it. In Tracking a dog learns for follow human scent by tracking footsteps. There are three different titles and a championship title dogs can earn. I was told that there only around 200 dogs that have earned the champion tracking dog title. And I just bet, that if I managed to put a championship on Clancy, he would be the first pug. I'll have to do some research. :-) That's a long way from here of course and these titles are very hard to earn. It takes years to get a CT on a dog.
But what I think is the coolest thing, the AKC offers a title called Versatile Companion Dog - there are four levels of VCD (1, 2, 3 and 4) and a championship. To earn these titles the dog must have agility, obedience and tracking titles. It's very hard to get the upper levels and so far no dog has earned the ultimate VCD Championship. We already have our first step for VCD1 which is our first two Novice Agility titles. Now I want to start working on our TD or Tracking Dog title. The first step of course is to find a teacher. That is going to be very difficult because in the area I live in, there is a huge demand for tracking classes. And then of course, I need to start obedience classes but I'm thinking that will be last, after Clancy has all his agility titles.
I've been doing work on my blog and I'm almost ready to unveil the new look and name. I went with something that reflects all my interests. I think it's pretty cool. I wanted to have it completed by my blogaversary (in three days) but I'm not sure if I will get it all completed as it's this week. And I'm also pondering a change of email address as well as a totally new blog address. The only reason I'm hesitating is I'll loose a ton of blog visitors because I won't have anyway of contacting them and I don't want to put a link on the old blog because one of the reasons for changing the URL is I don't want an old BF to be able to follow me. I'm torn as to what to do.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Here is my finished Quaker Cat. It's for an exchange so I won't reveal how I'm going to finish it until my partner has received it. ;-)
I started back on the Ink Circles Book of Ink Circles. The new section was released yesterday so I'm two full releases behind and I really wanted to stay current with this one. Right now the plan is to work on it for a week or so. That will give me time to complete both new sections plus get more of the outside frame complete. I'm also way behind with the Papillion Creations Mystery. The new section of that was released on Tuesday - I'm now have two parts to get caught up on.
Monday, June 16, 2008
This is what I worked on over the weekend and almost got it done! It's Quaker Cat from the Workbasket using a Vikki Clayton HDF in a mystery color on 32 count Mountain Mist from Silkweavers. Of course, it's a bad photo and you can't see just how pretty a color Mountain Mist linen is - a very light greenish/blue and it goes perfect with the dark greenish/blue of the silk. I'm hoping to have the head and feet done by the morning and then I'll start work on the really big tail. I bet that takes a couple of days at least. I'm not sure how I want to finish it yet. It's an exchange piece so I want it to look really special. Maybe a box. :-) That would be pretty.
I'm super behind with blog reading and even further behind with commenting. But I'm stopping by when I have a chance. Thanks for visiting me!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Clancy and I had another tough agility weekend. Six runs, no Qs. Mostly because of his weave poles, or lack of. We are taking an agility trial break until mid-July. Hopefully we will have some issues worked out by then. But I have to give him credit where credit is due. He really rocked everything else and once we get things tweaked, he is going to be amazing. My agility teacher was one of the judges over the weekend and even she had praise for him. It was a nice, rosy feeling.