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Don’t let this be you!

Don’t be the person who has all pet parents and their dogs banned from hotels. Don’t be this person: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxhymuRPIaA

If your dogs suffer from separation anxiety don’t leave them alone in a hotel/motel room. People will complain. It’s not fair to your dog(s), its not fair to the people staying in the rooms near yours, and its not fair to the pet parents who want to stay in that hotel/motel after you got dogs banned.

Sleeping Chihuahua (pic)

Long day.

Folks checked into the hotel room next to ours at 6 AM…  loudest people ever!  Seriously.  I gave up on getting any more sleep at 7:00.  We had no plans on waking before 9.  So by the time Alice and I were in the ring in the afternoon, we were already ready for a nap.  Which is exactly what we came back here to do:

Sweet little sleeping Chihuahua

My cow baby, snoozing on her cow.

 

No points for little Alice today, but hopefully with some rest and treats she’ll be back to her usual self, and ready to own the ring tomorrow.

Dog Show Expenses… GAG!

Sooo…  I’m getting ready for bed, wondering how it’s only 9:00, when it dawns on me;  I haven’t written a blog post.

Ugh.  Seriously.

It’s just one of those days I suppose.  I’m brain tired and body weary.  It’s only Tuesday but it feels like it should be Saturday.  It’s going to be a long week.

Photo shoot tomorrow afternoon.  Zoo school trip on Friday.  Leave for Regina Friday after supper.  Dog show from Saturday-Monday.  Head home Monday…  like the weekend never happened at all.  😉  I like lazy boring weeks with only one or two scheduled things to remember.  A couple photo shoots plus all the regular every day stuff.  I love being AWAY AT a dog show, but the getting ready while having to continue doing everything else is exhausting.

I booked our hotel room tonight.  I have to admit, it made me gag a little.  I think this is the very first year I’m handling expenses all on my own.  I’ve been showing dogs for other people for so many years that I’ve never actually had to cover my expenses all myself before.  It is a pretty amazing experience showing a puppy that I bred though…  it’s like nothing else really.  And while the large expenses make me want to gag, they’ll be worth it in the end.  Just got to get back to finding a client dog or two to help absorb things a little.  It’s always much easier on the pocket book to SHARE the burden that are show expenses.  LOL

Bond. Jewles Bond.

It’s our last night before heading home.  I’m kinda tired, and very much looking forward to seeing my husband and wee girlie.  🙂  So I’m going to keep this short.

My sister Jewles (who will be turning 16 on the 23rd) cracked me up this evening.  There was a wedding reception being held in a room at our hotel.  After having a swim, we had to pass by the open door to the room where the reception was taking place.  We were both dripping wet, wearing swimsuits, towels, and shoes…  WAY under-dressed compared to everyone we were having to pass by.  So Jewles switches into Bond mode.  LOL  She starts rolling from corner to corner to avoid detection by any wedding guest who may happen to look our way.  I cracked right up.  She’s such a hoot.  🙂  Here she is, being goofy in the room post-Bond.

Giving me a goofy grin.

Bond. Jewles Bond.

Lucky?

In the last two days I’ve had five strangers, after seeing our tires, tell me how lucky I am, in one form or another.  Lucky, an angel watching over me, charmed…

It turns out now, that while the one tire blew, we were very close to having two blow outs.  And the type of blow, the magnitude of it, it was amazing we didn’t end up in oncoming traffic and then in the opposing ditch.

So, we ended up with a very expensive trip to Wallyworld (chosen because it’s an easy to find chain in almost every town and small city, even when you have no idea where you are otherwise).  Went in expecting to replace one tire, but had no choice but to replace two.  Thankfully the fellows there were very keen to take care of us, and not only gave us a deal but rotated the tires  so that the best ones were in the front – where I was told they will serve us best.

Here’s what’s left of the tire that blew.

one blown tire

Lucky?

On the dog show front (which is the whole reason we are in Yorkton) not much interesting to report.  Ned has looked really good out there.  🙂

A big congrats to my friends Kandy and Barry though, they took a group first with their Beagle and a group second with their Cav.  Two very well deserved wins.  Wonderful people with wonderful dogs.  🙂

Oh!  On the hotel front… everything got all sorted out.  They moved us from one room to another  while we were at the show, and it’s all good.  So YAY!  LOL

So, I’m tired.  Good night.  😀

What a day…

My motto, based entirely on the fact that I seem to say it an awful lot, is “there are worse things in life.”  And our experiences today definitely fall into the category of my being grateful simply because things could easily have been worse.  LOL

Today, Jewles (my little sister), Ned (the champion chihuahua), and I, headed out for the Shamrock Kennel and Obedience Club Dog Show in Yorkton.  It’s  a three or three and a half hour drive depending on traffic and the like.  We got onto the highway uneventfully at about five.  We are now settled into our hotel room at almost eleven.  So, obviously, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Here is proof that we are safe and sound…

Ned and Me... in our hotel room

Ned and me... see? We're A-okay!

Anyway… a few things went wrong (including our hotel having to move us from the room we are in now to a different room tomorrow WHILE we are at the dog show tomorrow)…  but the biggest one was the tire blowing.

We were driving along, thankfully only about 1/2 hour outside of Yorkton when it happened, and the car suddenly pulled to the left.  I kept it under control.  Smelled burning rubber, and knew we blew a tire.  With the sudden difficulties and the smell there was nothing else it could be.  Even though it had never happened to me before, I knew what was going on.

I got us onto the shoulder – thankfully it was a nice wide safe shoulder.  Sent my husband a message on BlackBerry Messenger.  And emptied our stuff out of the trunk to give us access to the spare.  Years ago I learned how to change one…  but it’s been a LOT of years.  I simply didn’t feel up to the task, so hoped desperately someone would stop.

We were helped by a WONDERFUL couple traveling from Thunder Bay to  (I think) Fort McMurry.  I’m totally having a brain fart here though…  I think they said Fort McMurry, but I wouldn’t bank on that.  LOL  Anyway…  They had been driving for a few days straight.  Today they’d covered part of Ontario, all of Manitoba, and part of Saskatchewan…  They had passed us going the other way, turned their vehicle around, and came to our rescue.  Truly wonderful folks.  I had asked for their new address (they’re moving to Alberta) to send them something to say thank you… but they insisted that they didn’t need a thing, and were just so happy  they could be there when we needed them.  Like I said, really wonderful people.   I wished them safe travels, and hope their future is full of folks as generous and good natured as they are.  🙂

So, we got on our way…  moving a lot slower seeing how there’s a doughnut on our car vs. a real tire.  LOL  But we got here just the same.

Will share more of our adventure tomorrow.  Hopefully nothing nearly as exciting happens.  LMAO  On the road anyway.  Exciting things AT the show would be more than welcome.  😉

Night all.

Hotel Waterslide

A friend of my dad’s was staying at a local hotel this weekend, so we headed out for a visit.  While there, we took advantage of the hotel’s amenities.  Here’s a picture of my two sweethearts – my daughter and her daddy (my husband) – waiting in line for the waterslide.

on the stairs leading up to the waterslide... about three stories up.

Three stories up - Daddy & Daughter

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