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Thursday, 8 November 2007
Mood:  a-ok
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Check out Gail, Kona, Diva, Guy and me on YouTube. My first attempt at making a video. Gail and I went over to Animal Barn and practiced agility. Our dogs are at different levels.


We did a lot of things, but could only video those that didn't require two training partners.... like Guy learning to jump through the tire or go down the dog walk, etc.  

Posted by kalaharirr at 8:46 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2007 8:53 AM CST
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Wednesday, 3 October 2007
A Great Read for Mystery and Animal Lovers
Mood:  a-ok

"Three Bags Full" that's the name of the book I've read. I'm a mystery "cozy" kinda of reader and this was right up my alley. Now, I usually don't gush over things like this, but it was so charmingly written I just had to get the word out.

 The "detectives" are sheep. Yeah, you heard me - sheep. They try and try to solve the mystery of why their shepherd is dead, but they are handicapped by their "sheepness"  - it keeps getting in the way. So funny!

Check it out at the library.... even if you don't know anything about sheep, you'll never think about clouds the same way again, either.Wink

Posted by kalaharirr at 4:43 PM CDT
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Saturday, 29 September 2007
Necklace Artist
Mood:  special

I had to post a photo of the two necklaces created by fellow Ridgebacker, Liz Druitt. Liz is a multi-talented gal who has taken up creating fabulous bead creations. Each one has a special something in it for the person getting the necklace.

These are two she has created for me. In the one on the left, the focal point are two pinecones from Cameroon. I love pinecones and have a collection of them. The greenish looking beads are commonly called African Jadite... appropriate for a Ridgeback owner! The light brown ones are bone beads - a total African feel to it, but casual, too.

The second is Bali silver, fresh water pearls with tiny blue stones to set them off. She made that for me to wear with a red, white and blue dress. Sets of my grey hair making it look silvery.

I'm hoping she'll begin to make a business out of this as everyone who sees them is impressed - as well they should be!Laughing

Posted by kalaharirr at 4:41 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 29 September 2007 4:52 PM CDT
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Saturday, 22 September 2007
A Day over the Bay

I took two of the girls and Guy the pup and we went over the bay to Gail and Bill Thompson's house. The lovebugs were so bad that we could only enjoy the outdoors by going on the beach, the water or way out on the boat dock.

This was Guy's first adventure in the water, but he seemed to enjoy himself. The bay doesn't get deep until way out towards the boatdock,so the dogs were able to cavort around the kayak without swimming along.

Even Kona, Gail and Bill's RR, got into the water. She seems to have more confidence around the water after swimming a couple of times wearing her life vest.

Posted by kalaharirr at 5:35 PM CDT
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Sunday, 9 September 2007
Guy at 7 months.. new photos
Mood:  a-ok

My Memphis buddy, Joanne Gaines, was visiting today and she took these two photos of Guy out in the front yard. Looking pretty good for 7 months old.Laughing

Posted by kalaharirr at 6:48 PM CDT
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Saturday, 8 September 2007
The importance of a dog's true name

 I never decide a dog's name in advance of meeting and getting to know them. Just as none of us would decide to call another person by some name we like... We wait for them to tell us what their name is. 

Take Diva, for example. I tried several names for her until finally one day, it just popped into my head. Boy, talk about a dog aptly named! Same thing with Sizzle. She went through several names before she liked one.... and she grew up to fit that name, too. Sometimes it's by their actions and sometimes it just pops into my head and when I say it, the dog reacts as if they are thrilled I finally figured it out.Surprised

We had a litter of pups, one female in the bunch of boys. They were a rowdy bunch and soon gained the name of "the little rascals". The little dark haired girl of the bunch became "Darla". She was a cutie and ruled the roost.

Then she went to her new home and the people named her Karma. For several reasons, she came back here at around a year of age. I didn't care for the name Karma, it didn't fit her,but she was used to it, so it stayed. But Karma was never a happy acting dog.... oh, she had spurts of acting happy, but she never seemed happy all the time and would stand around with a hang dog look on her face and in her body language.

Finally, this week, in a dream, she said she wanted her orginal name back. So, when I woke up, I started using that name - Darla. What a difference! She comes faster, she cuddles more and more, she's more playful than ever..... She's happy that people finally woke up and used her soul name again and she can be her true self.

 I REALLY  believe that dogs know their true names and will grow up to fit those names if we can just pay attention to what they are trying to tell us. I also think that if they don't  like their names, they will be rather unhappy in life. I think if someone changes their true name to something they don't like it is bad karma.

Posted by kalaharirr at 9:57 AM CDT
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Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Leash Training?
Mood:  mischievious

Terry sent these cute photos... she was letting Scout wear a lead around her neck and practicing "comes" in the house. What she didn't count on was the "kitty hazard".









Posted by kalaharirr at 8:09 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007 8:17 PM CDT
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A new experience
Mood:  celebratory


This past weekend, I took Guy to a UKC show over in MS. Having never been to one of their shows, I wasn't up on what to expect, but it turned out to be a positive experience for Guy. He had a blast, was a happy puppy, squirmed all over when the judge came up to him..... "Let me lick'um and get petted all over!" So excited that someone wanted to touch him.Laughing

 Anyway, we got lots of ring time as there were two shows a day. By Sunday, Guy had going around the ring down pat... standing on his own - okay, but still being a squirmy, happy puppy on the judge's examination.

Got a boat load of rosettes though! Turns out that you need 100 points to be a UKC Champion, 3 of those wins must be with competition. Surprise! Guy got 100 points and 2 competition wins by virtue of beating the Afghan in the Sighthound Group. So, we only need one more competition win to compete the requirements. Surprised

Posted by kalaharirr at 9:51 AM CDT
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Friday, 31 August 2007
Update from the fur kids
Mood:  happy
I just had to share this quick post from one of my puppy folks. Cute photos, too! 
Hey Sandra. I have been meaning to write and let you know how Lulu was doing. I'm sending some pics, one of just lulu, one with both the boys with lulu, and one of Lulu with one of her friends. Last night. The boys were playing with her outside, and we were sitting on the back porch and my littlest, Jackson, and Lulu apparently got a little tired, so they both came and laid on the floor of the back porch together. I of course ran for my camera because it was so cute with my 2 babies all snuggled up on the concrete floor, but they were up and going again before I got back.
She is doing great, and everyone loves her. Scott takes her down to the pier sometimes at night and she hangs out with him while he fishes. She goes outside with the boys when they are playing on the swingset, and climbs up the rock wall  to get in the fort with them. It is so funny. She mostly comes back down the rock wall, but once went down the slide. I'm not sure if she liked that too much, so I don't know if she'll do it again.
She has gone swimming with us some in the pool. I think she really liked it because if we are out there in the pool she will ease in on the steps all by herself.
She has made friends with some of the dogs in the neighborhood, and loves our next door neighbors dog Macky. He'll come over and they will race around playing and wrestling until they can't stand it anymore and collapse.
We took her up to my sister's camp in Carthage and she LOVED that. She ran with the 4-wheelers and splashed into the lakes. There was so much for her to explore. She's such a sweet dog and we just love her so much. I can't thank you enough for her. Well, I just wanted to give you an update, since i haven't done that in awhile. I hope you and the dogs are doing well. Talk to you soon.
Christi Taylor

Posted by kalaharirr at 10:34 AM CDT
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Monday, 27 August 2007
A day at the beach
Mood:  happy

Ah, to be a Ridgeback with owners who love to have fun with them! I just got these photos from Liz Druitt and the recent adventure of her two RRs - Henna Moon and Jad and Terry Matthews and her two - Major and Scout at the beach in Galveston, TX.

Scout and Major having a splashing good time.










Having a blast at the beach. Bet those pelicans crusing behind the dogs were entertained. 







Major taking a break from all the fun.Cool









Scout working off some of that endless puppy energy.








Jade finds a treasure under the water. Scout's paying close attention (or is wondering what the heck Jade is doing with her nose underwater!)









Off for another thundering run! 









A group pose at the walkway - almost a perfect pose... of course, puppy looks like she couldn't resist a "chat". Can't you just imagine her saying "We had a great fun, didn't we?" Laughing

Posted by kalaharirr at 1:32 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 8 September 2007 9:51 AM CDT
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