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HCKOC Dog Show – Mark your Calendars!

Mark your calendars!  This weekend is one of two dog shows held annually in Saskatoon.  This one happens to be the Hub City Kennel and Obedience Club show, and will be taking place at the Exhibition grounds in Hall E.  And, quite unusual for us, this is our first show of 2012.

This weekend marks the show debut of Alice, one of the pups from my first ever Chihuahua litter.  I’m super excited to be taking a puppy I’ve bred into the ring for the first time ever.  I have high hopes for this little one.  She really is an outstanding pup with a temperament to die for!

If you’re free this weekend, you should come on out.  The show will go from 9 AM until roughly 3 PM each day (except Sunday, which usually shuts down a little earlier so everyone who has to travel can start on their way home).  I highly recommend coming as early as possible though, as shows tend to thin out later in the day.  As people finish up with their dogs for the day, they usually head out rather than sticking around the show site.  So coming in the morning or very early afternoon means you’re more likely to encounter a wider variety of dogs.

Our approximate ring times on each day are as follows:

  • 9:00 on Friday (in ring two)
  • 12:15 on Saturday (in ring one)
  • during the lunch break on Saturday (kid kid will be taking Alice in for Juniors)
  • 9:00 on Sunday (in ring two)
  • during the lunch break on Sunday (for puppy sweeps)

If there’s a particular breed you are interested in seeing, I recommend downloading the official schedule at  It contains a listing of breeds that will be in attendance each day, along with the numbers of each breed and the break down of males, females, and specials.

To figure out an approximate show time for each breed you’re interested in seeing, take the number of dogs in the ring prior to the breed you are interested in watching, and multiply by 2.5.  It takes the judge roughly two and a half minutes to judge each dog.  So, if you want to watch the Irish Setters on Friday you’d multiply the 20 dogs in the ring prior to them by 2.5, giving you 50 minutes.  That group starts at 1:00, so you can estimate that they’d be in at roughly 1:50 on Friday.

So yay!  Dog show season!!!  One of my favourite times of year.  😀

BtS – hurry and register

Just a quick reminder before I’m off to work on my presentation for Breaking the Silence.  The conference is THIS WEEKEND!  Ivan Coyote will be performing on Friday night at 7:00 at the Broadway Theatre.  Tickets will be available at the door for $21, or you can get them for $15 by registering online.  There will also be $6 tickets at the door for Tomboy at 7:00 on Saturday night at the Roxy Theatre.  To attend the conference on the Saturday (which includes admittance to Ivan Coyote) you do need to register online at   Regular conference enrollment is only $52.50 with a special price of $21 for post-secondary students and the under-employed.  High school students can register for free (but do still need to register online).

More information is available at

Breaking the Silence

The last several months I’ve served on (and last month and this month have chaired) the board for Breaking the Silence.  It’s the fifteenth year for this annual conference that focuses on breaking down walls and barriers in education for Sexual Minorities and Gender Queer individuals here in Saskatchewan.

When Don Cochrane (the founder and force behind Breaking the Silence) asked me to join the board this year I couldn’t say no.  The youth of our province deserve the very best we can give them, and helping to bring this conference together is just one way I can help provide that.  And not only am I working behind the scenes, I’ll actually be presenting at the conference as well.  I’ll be leading a session I’ve nicknamed “Gender, Sex, and How the Heck I Fit into it All.”

There will be several “streams” of information presented at Breaking the Silence this year.  My session can be found in the youth stream, but there are also sessions on health, education, and research.  We’ve also got Ivan Coyote presenting the keynote the night leading into the conference.  If you’ve never heard her, I’d say it’s time you did.  She is absolutely fantastic, and has created a new performance piece specifically for this years conference entitled “As Good as We Can Make it:  On bullying, collective responsibility, and actually making it better.”  It should be amazing.

So yeah!  Check it out!  You can find all the details at:  And this year there is even online registration (with different price schedules to fit most any budget – including students and the under-employed).  Want to know more?  Feel free to ask.  Otherwise, I’ll plan to see you there!

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Another Wonderful Sunday

Just like last week, I’m left body weary and brain tired after a fabulous Sunday.

Winter Shines is still on, so we headed down to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market to let the kid go for another pony ride, and to check out the ice castle.  We also listened to my sister’s band, the Sea Hags… but only for a few minutes.  The girl was too excited to just sit and listen to music she can hear almost any time she likes.  After playing on the ice rink – which is mostly melted after the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having – we headed back into the Farmer’s Market and each picked out a treat again.

Today I stumbled onto the most amazing strawberries and cream shortcake.  My goodness!!!  It was sooo good, sooo rich.  And that flakey pastry top?  Oh my goodness!!!!  It alone was worth the trip to Winter Shines and the Farmer’s Market.  If you haven’t tried this one before, I recommend you get your butt down there and give it a go.  It’s just under $5 for an “individual” sized portion (which was more than I could finish, even if I’d have liked to).  Just head to the South East corner of the building and you’ll find the cafe vendor who makes them.  SOOOO good.

After Winter Shines we headed back to the car – my sister Jewles, the kid, the husband, and I – where our hot chocolates and apple ciders sat in our travel mugs waiting for us.  Just like last week Damon and I did them all up right before leaving so they’d be just the right temperature by the time we were done at the Farmer’s Market.

This week, instead of heading out sledding, we went to the Forestry Farm Zoo.  With temperatures like this, it’s the perfect time to see the animals in action.  In the heat of Summer they’re all lazing about, too hot to do much of anything…  but hovering around zero degrees?  Pretty much everyone is wandering around or playing.  We even caught a glimpse of the two baby lions born a few months ago now.  It was a rare treat!

After we took my youngest sister home, we headed on out to the grocery store where we picked up some BBQ supplies.  And for the first time in a couple months, we fired up the Q.  While I prepped the buns, and the kid played on her swing set (her birthday present last year), Damon cooked the patties.

And to top it all off?  The girl and I started the latest book in the Goddess Girls series, Artemis the Loyal.  Definitely a good start so far (challenging the notion that only the boys can compete in the Olympic Games).  Then, the kid drifted off to dream land – before we’d even finished the first chapter.  Truly the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

Next Sunday is the last day of the Winter Shines festival… think we can make it three amazing Sundays in a row?  I sure intend to try.

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