Today, being completely exhausted, I’m going to just share a bunch of photos. As always, captured by my lovely younger sister, Jewles. 🙂 We’re another point closer to Marnie’s Championship – which is always a nice thing to be able to say after a busy dog show day.
Yesterday evening my little sister, Jewles, and I arrived in Regina Saskatchewan. I have to give a plug to the Ramada. We had only booked a single room – but they upgraded us to a double, free of charge. Large, clean room, with a fabulous desk space, a table, and a double size night stand… all in addition to a fridge and microwave. And we are totally looking forward to heading to the pool a little later – it’s gorgeous!
Anyway, today Marnie (Em’s and my Chihuahua puppy) won her third point towards her Championship. So YAY! 🙂 But even better than winning another point? Marnie, for the first time, actually relaxed and had fun in the ring. It was great! She totally got silly and actually played with Chevy (our friend’s Chihuahua). So yeah. A good dog show day.
Thanks to Jewles for snagging these photos for me. 🙂 Always nice to have in ring candids.
Now, off to snack, then it’s time to hit the pool before getting ready for tomorrow at the show.
Very honestly, the absolutely best thing about local dog shows is being able to have the wee girlie there with me. I’m not a huge fan of dog shows at home… they are FAR more work than away shows. When I’m away at a dog show, the only thing I have to worry about is the dog show. But at home? I still have to do everything I’d normally have to do – the show is just added on top of everything else. But having my little girl get to see me there, watching her have fun playing with the dogs (ours and others), seeing her totally enjoying the experience and taking it all in? Totally worth it!
Here’s the girlie, sitting in the pen with the Chihuahuas (Marnie and Ned), sharing a few treats:
In all the years I’ve been showing dogs, both for myself and others (but mainly for others), tonight I experienced a first. Not too many of those kicking around these days. LOL So I’ll celebrate them when they come.
I filled out my first online entry form!
Yep. It’s been a long while since I’ve done up entries myself. The last several years I’ve just been content showing for other people. This year though, I’m showing Marnie – an absolutely beautiful little LC Chihuahua puppy – that I am co-owning with Emilie Flynn (a dear friend and awesome person with some incredible dogs). And it was my turn to fill out some entries… and I did it online. LOL Like I said, it’s been a long while since I’ve had to fill out entries myself.
So that’s my brag. That’s it. What did you expect? Kinda hard to brag about show wins when it’s not a show weekend. 😉
I’ve been lax when it comes to posting lately. It’s so much easier to just share a snapshot I took with my BlackBerry than to download the photos off my card, pick one, edit it, then upload it. It takes me roughly three times longer to share a nice picture vs the snapshots. LOL I’ve had my good camera out quite a bit lately… but I haven’t actually shared anything I’ve taken. Not because there hasn’t been anything worth sharing, there’s been a lot that I’ve been really happy with. I’m just too exhausted at the end of the day to do a whole lot. For that, I’m sorry. Sometimes sleep is just more important than sharing. LMAO
Children need animals. I really do believe that a childhood without animals is like a broccoli salad without the broccoli… sure you can have everything else in there that you should have, but it’s just not right without the broccoli. I know kids who have grown up without animals in their lives, and they turned out fine… but why settle for fine when fantastic is within reach!
The benefits of growing up surrounded by animal family members have been documented again and again. There are physical health benefits, psychological health benefits… you can read the literature, there’s tons out there. What it all boils down to though, is that sharing our lives with animal companions is simply good for us. I can’t imagine a better way for a child to learn love, for a child to learn empathy and compassion, for a child to learn that sometimes our own desires need to be put on hold to help those who depend on us, than for a child to simply live these things every day. And I know no better teacher than a dog. Okay, yes… cats, birds, rats, turtles, etc. are great too. LOL
Animals simply make our lives rich. For those of us who are truly devoted to our animal families they also leave us cash poor, but they are so worth it. And I cannot imagine having my daughter grow up any other way, than surrounded with the love and devotion of a family full of fur.
So yesterday I didn’t post my photo. Sorry everyone. I wasn’t feeling great in the evening, and by the time we got home from doing a bit of grocery shopping (that we had to stop early because of how I felt) I just crashed right out. I did take a picture though, so am posting it now. 🙂 Believe it or not our little pumpkin head is still in one piece on our front step. LOL I guess he doesn’t have to join his “friends” in the compost just yet. 😉
Now onto something more serious…
I’m always surprised at the comments that people feel completely entitled to make as long as it’s prefaced with “I’m not racist, but…” or “I’m not homophobic, but…” or “I’m not _____, but…”. To some degree I’ve come to expect things like this from earlier generations, it still bothers me BUT I’ve come to accept it. I don’t agree with it, but I realize there is likely little I will do to change their views. However, to hear this from someone who is younger than I am just shocks me. Perhaps it shouldn’t, but it does.
Why do I bring this up? It’s been bugging me for a few days. I was having a polite conversation with an acquaintance who prefaced a statement with one of the aforementioned qualifiers… then proceeded to blurt out several racist stereotypes (which I won’t repeat). I probably had a completely dumbfounded look on my face as I stood there in shock for what felt like an eternity, because he nudged me and asked “ya know?”
Well… actually? I don’t know.
I really thought this type of thing was something people my age (and especially those younger than me) had moved beyond. The idea that someone who would have grown up in the same culture I had would still be holding onto ideas like this just totally threw me for a loop. You can complain about a specific person, a specific incident, without complaining about an entire race of people who are as diverse and eclectic as night and day.
I actually debated about whether to blog this or not. The fact that I’m still bothered by it a few days later is what decided it for me. It really hurt my heart. I hope these things aren’t something my daughter ever has to hear. The only “I’m not ____, but…” she should ever be faced with is this:
I’m not vegan, but I can’t argue with vegan baked goods… DELISH!
My rant over, here’s a picture for today. Marnie (the cream and white Chihuahua puppy) tattling that the other Chihuahuas (blue tri-colour Roo and black tri-colour Ned) won’t share the pillow.
So you’ve all had a chance to see the wee girlie looking cute, looking precious, looking darling, looking adorable, looking sweet, looking picture perfect… well… here’s proof that she can look downright goofy too. LOL
It’s the only way she’d let me take her picture today. LMAO So I just went with it. I’m sure there will come a time when photos like this will make excellent blackmail material, but for now? They’re just plain fun. 😉
On another note, the wee girlie took home her first report card today. Of course, it’s just pre-k, so it’s nothing that warrants any worry. And not a thing on it that surprised either her Daddy or myself. It was just kind of neat… a bit of a milestone, one of those “firsts” that you recall with fondness once they are passed. Here’s how it read:
Now keep in mind, it’s not a standard report card… it’s a little kid version. LOL
– a good friend to my classmates
– very friendly and outgoing
– good at puzzles
– follow directions and complete a simple worksheet with little help
– actively participate in circle time
– share and take turns with reminders
I need to practice…
– using an inside voice, especially at circle time
– helping at clean-up time and putting toys away when finished
So, yeah… No surprises there. LOL
Wish us luck tomorrow. We’re taking Marnie (our Chihuahua puppy) to the wee girlie’s class. She’s a good puppy, excellent with people, so I have high hopes. But like anything, a bad socialization outing can set you back in your training goals. So positive vibes are appreciated. 😉
Be good to each other.