Monday, January 30, 2012

Shipping Pets via Delta Cargo

When I started looking for ways to fly Talla to Iowa, I had a heck of a time finding any all-encompassing guide. To put it bluntly.... it sucked. It was stressful, and a few times I found myself wondering if it was even worth it. A friend of mine is considering shipping a dog via Delta, so I said I'd blog about our experience. Hopefully this helps!

Supplies you will need:

1. Plastic Crate - with a metal door, metal bolts (plastic nuts are fine), with ventilation on the sides and back.
2. Plastic Bowls - you will need two (2) of them. Often packaged and sold with the next item on this list.
3. Live Animals stickers - Talla's crate had four (4) of them. Also had red and white stickers indicating which end is up.
4. Zip Ties - Talla's crate had three of them securing her crate door, pretty heavy duty.
5. Dog Food - a couple ziploc bags of kibble is sufficient.
6. An Old Towel - or other absorbent bedding for the crate.
7. Health Certificate - must be issued within 10 days of tansport, usually costs about $100.
8. Live Animal Checklist - you'll fill this out at the airport, pretty self-explanatory.

At the airport, information on shipper and receiver will be filled out on paperwork. All information must match the drivers license information for both people. If Mary Smith (1234 Main St on her license) ships the puppy as Mary Jones (6789 Hometown Ave) you will have a big problem. Same with the receiver - even if you're picking up the puppy in a different city, you still need to put the receiver's name and home address on the paperwork.

Your first step is to read all of Delta's regulations concerning shipping pets as cargo. You will not be shipping Delta Dash. Delta's requirements can be found here, and a broader link with a ton of info can be found here.

Next, give Delta a call (888-736-3738.) You'll need to know which airport the dog will start from, and the "end destination" airport. Have the dog's weight, breed and height available. If you don't have crate dimensions, don't worry - they can quote it without. it's better to have dimensions, but if you don't know, don't fret. Ask for a quote to ship the dog. If someone else is putting the dog on the plane for you, ask if you can set it up so you pay on delivery... Delta will ship this way. You can call them as many times as you need, there's no obligation to book until you're ready. With Talla, I think I called Delta 2-3 times before I actually booked her flight. The folks on the phone are very nice and helpful, don't be afraid of them!

Once you're ready to book the flight, just call again. They'll give you your flight information, tell you to have the dog at the airport 1-2 hours before the flight leaves, and you're set!

Once the dog arrives at the airport, you'll need to find the Delta cargo area. If you're not sure where it is, just call the airport and they'll tell you where to find it. Be sure to bring your drivers license! You'll arrive, sign some paperwork, and they'll bring the dog out. Easy peasy!

I know there's probably some information I've left out - but if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.



Talla says, "I'm proof that shipping dogs with Delta works!"
(Photo taken the day she arrived on a jet plane!)


Saturday, January 28, 2012

HodgePodge 6.0

Yeah, yeah, another hodgepodge. Nothing too exciting has happened recently, and I don't want to neglect you people. Wink wink to the people that get that.

Tonight at the obedience club, I swore I heard voices coming from the back room. About a half-hour later, Aryn heard voices too. But there was no one in the building besides us. I think the Des Moines Obedience Training Club is haunted. Most likely it's a long-dead member, who had been working on an OTCH but never succeeded. That's their unfinished business... cue the creepy music!

I can't believe it, but I'm actually going to have to pull a 36" crate out of storage for Talla. She has nearly outgrown the airline crate she brought with her from Mexico.

The mark of a good trainer, in my opinion, is the ability to admit there are things you need to work on - and never overselling your dog's abilities. The same goes for conformation - only the naive think their dogs are perfect. I'm sure I've probably oversold my dogs in times past. However, as I've matured and gained more real-world dog experience, I've become more modest about their abilities... and mine. Long story short... be honest about your dogs. Be honest about yourself. If your dog isn't titled, don't tell people otherwise. If you don't have experience in a particular discipline, don't tell people you're an expert in it. Exaggerations and big-fish stories only make you look like a fool.

I need to stop pushing my dogs. Starting today, I'm going back to basics... we're not going to run before we can walk, or walk before we can crawl. I can't tell you how many dogs I've ruined because I pushed them too far, too fast... and it was always because I saw other people (with experienced dogs) at the level where I wanted to be with my novice dog. Enough of that crap, Leah. Back to basics.


I spent 10 minutes making Captain Vague. With a cape. Hee!


Friday, January 27, 2012

52 Weeks of Dogs: 4/52

Week 4 (Jan 22-28) - Not So Serious



1/52 Portrait
2/52 Best Friends
3/52 Monochromatic (Greyscale)
4/52 Not So Serious
5/52 Not Supposed To Be Here
6/52 What is on me?
7/52 Will You Be Mine?
8/52 I Don't Want To Share!
9/52 Caught Red-Handed
10/52 Can we be friends?
11/52 These Are My Eyes
12/52 New Perspective on Things (Shoot from a unusual angle)
13/52 This is My Nose
14/52 Shot From the Hip
15/52 Easter!
16/52 Doppleganger
17/52 Playing Dress Up
18/52 Silhouette
19/52 Action!
20/52 Playing With Composition: Square Crop
21/52 Picture Trio! (Three pictures in a series)
22/52 Remember The Fallen
23/52 School Pictures!
24/52 This is My Tail
25/25 Show Me Some Muscles!
26/52 Turn Down the Lights
27/52 Support Your Country
28/52 Get Outside!
29/52 Those Are Some Funky Moves!
30/52 Play With Composition - 1:3 Ratio
31/52 Focus on Something Else (Shoot with your dog out of focus)
32/52 Sepia Tone
33/52 Time For a Nap
34/52 Stand on Something!
35/52 Cool It (Cool Tone)
36/52 Warm It Up! (Warm tone)
37/52 Not ok With This!
38/52 Can I Have That?
39/52 Tight Spaces
40/52 Running!
41/52 Get on the Ground! (Shoot from the ground)
42/52 Playing With Composition: Panoramic
43/52 Favorite Toy
44/52 Boo!
45/52 From Up High (Shoot from higher than your subject)
46/52 Living Life Indoors
47/52 Give Thanks
48/52 Playing With Composition - 1:1 Ratio
49/52 Exploring
50/52 These Are My Feet!
51/52 Playing With Composition - 1:5 Ratio
52/52 Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

52 Weeks of Dogs: 3/52

Week 3 (Jan 15-21) - Monochromatic



1/52 Portrait
2/52 Best Friends
3/52 Monochromatic (Greyscale)
4/52 Not So Serious
5/52 Not Supposed To Be Here
6/52 What is on me?
7/52 Will You Be Mine?
8/52 I Don't Want To Share!
9/52 Caught Red-Handed
10/52 Can we be friends?
11/52 These Are My Eyes
12/52 New Perspective on Things (Shoot from a unusual angle)
13/52 This is My Nose
14/52 Shot From the Hip
15/52 Easter!
16/52 Doppleganger
17/52 Playing Dress Up
18/52 Silhouette
19/52 Action!
20/52 Playing With Composition: Square Crop
21/52 Picture Trio! (Three pictures in a series)
22/52 Remember The Fallen
23/52 School Pictures!
24/52 This is My Tail
25/25 Show Me Some Muscles!
26/52 Turn Down the Lights
27/52 Support Your Country
28/52 Get Outside!
29/52 Those Are Some Funky Moves!
30/52 Play With Composition - 1:3 Ratio
31/52 Focus on Something Else (Shoot with your dog out of focus)
32/52 Sepia Tone
33/52 Time For a Nap
34/52 Stand on Something!
35/52 Cool It (Cool Tone)
36/52 Warm It Up! (Warm tone)
37/52 Not ok With This!
38/52 Can I Have That?
39/52 Tight Spaces
40/52 Running!
41/52 Get on the Ground! (Shoot from the ground)
42/52 Playing With Composition: Panoramic
43/52 Favorite Toy
44/52 Boo!
45/52 From Up High (Shoot from higher than your subject)
46/52 Living Life Indoors
47/52 Give Thanks
48/52 Playing With Composition - 1:1 Ratio
49/52 Exploring
50/52 These Are My Feet!
51/52 Playing With Composition - 1:5 Ratio
52/52 Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An Exhibitor's View on UKC's New Rule

If you show in UKC, you've probably already heard about the new rule concerning show secretaries not being able to show their dogs at their own shows, effective July 1st 2012. In case you haven't heard, you can read about the rule change here.

I'm not a show secretary. I'm not a member of a UKC club. I'm just an enthusiastic exhibitor that will probably never be able to show my dogs in UKC after July 1st... or until UKC realizes what a terrible mistake they've made and repeal the new rule.

UKC isn't like AKC. AKC shows draw hundreds - even thousands - of dogs, professional handlers with huge mobile rigs, a dozen or more judges and a multitude of vendors. Due to their size and complicated nature, professional superintendents manage entries to these shows. UKC shows, on the other hand, are run by clubs made up of fellow exhibitors - people like you and me, who love spending time with their dogs. The volunteers that make UKC shows happen are not paid for the hundreds of hours they put in so that the rest of us can title our dogs. They're okay with the huge chunk of "donated" time because they are able to show their own dogs at their own shows. With UKC's new rule, they won't be able to show their own dogs.

Would you spend hundreds of hours planning and managing an event in which you cannot participate? I sure wouldn't, especially knowing that the only way for me to title my own dog would be to find a show put on by another club somewhere else, where some other poor schmuck has spent hundreds of hours working on an event from which they're barred from participating.

UKC prides itself in the fact that their exhibitors handle their own dogs. Secretaries and other club members are now being told to find other people to show their dogs... to me, that seems to be advocating the use of "handlers." Sure, they may be unpaid, but it's still taking the show lead out of the owners' hands and putting it into the hands of another. That is not what UKC is all about.

So how does this affect me - a simple exhibitor? Well, we usually travel several hours to the shows put on by the few UKC clubs in the region. Our shortest drive is roughly two hours. The other clubs (and their shows) are four to six hours away. At least one of our favorite clubs - the one whose shows we attend more than any other club - will no longer be hosting shows after July 1st as a direct result of the new rule.

UKC conformation is relatively new in my area. I have worked hard to encourage the "AKC folks" I know to register with UKC and attend UKC shows. I can no longer recommend this, since we'll all probably have no shows within an 8 hour radius after this rule change. I love UKC, but I'm not willing to drive 8 hours to a show. I don't even do that for AKC anymore.

Here's my plea to UKC: Repeal this rule. I understand your intentions are good, but you are punishing so many good exhibitors and clubs for the negligence and mistakes of a few. If you want your shows to grow and prosper, this is the worst possible way to go about it. With no shows, your registrations and entries will plummet. People will abandon UKC, not because we don't like the organization, but simply because there will be no shows to enter. Your goal is to ensure paperwork will be handled properly, but this rule will eliminate all paperwork. No shows = no paperwork.

If you want guaranteed smoothly-run, consistent shows... hire an expensive superintendent. But then you might as well allow professional handlers, hairsprays and dyes, and the liberal tossing of bait. Sure, UKC shows aren't always run with the cold precision so often seen in AKC... but I'd like to think most of us who love UKC are willing to accept that. After all, this is a family sport - and I'd like to think the UKC family is okay with a slightly more casual approach to paperwork if it means we still have a supportive, honest, wholesome, educational and welcoming place to show our dogs. In UKC, I know my dogs' wins are earned, not bought or bribed. It doesn't matter that I'm a "nobody" - in UKC, I'm "somebody" - just like everyone else - and it is the hard work and dedication of the clubs hosting the shows that makes that possible. Give honor to whom honor is due, and repeal this rule. Trust your clubs, because without them, you are nothing.



Sincerely,
Leah Petesch, owner and proud handler of:
MBAIMBS/MRBAIMBS ALCH Bruda Sense of Duty CGC TDI
BIMBS/RBIMBS CH Bruda Whip Up A Dream Debut TT CGC TDI
MBAIMBS/MRBAIMBS ALCH Bruda Hero of Canton TT

(Yeah, this is something important enough for me to sign my full name.)


Readers, if you would like to help us convince UKC to repeal this rule, please email Tony Vacha at tvacha@ukcdogs.com and copy conformation@ukcdogs.com, mtank@ukcdogs.com and dvavla@ukcdogs.com. If the phone is more your style, call 269-343-9020 and ask for Dog Events or Tony Vacha. If snail mail is your thing, fire off a letter to United Kennel Club, Attn: Dog Events, 100 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584. If you're on Facebook, please Like the petition found at http://facebook.com/PetitionAgainstUKCESRule.

Hodgepodge 5.0

I'm going to let my DPCA membership lapse. I've thought long and hard about it, and finally decided that I'd rather put dues money into something I'd actually take advantage of - like Mid-Iowa Working Dogs and the Des Moines Obedience Training Club. This is in no way a slight to the DPCA, but I don't have a show dog right now and won't have a show dog for a long time. Being a DPCA member didn't help me in the show ring anyway - not that I expected it to, of course. I don't know enough about the people and the politics to make logical decisions when voting for judges at Nationals, and I don't need to maintain membership to get my name listed in the breeder directory. I don't need a goodie bag at Nationals, and if I really want something changed on Dobequest I can have another member do it for me. For a long time, I've basically been paying for the privilege to say I'm a DPCA member. That doesn't make sense to me now... I've realized I don't need to be a member of the national breed club to assert myself as a "Doberman person" - and it's not like the DPCA needs me anyway.

Co-ownerships aren't always bad. I wish people would stop criticizing me for co-owning, especially since most have no idea what my co-ownerships entail. I have two co-owned dogs in my house right now, and I recently added my friend Aryn as a co-owner on Kaylee. For me, it's not about someone else telling me what I can and cannot do with my dog... it's about the breeders protecting their life's work. It's a way for me to have someone I can rely on to do right by my dog if something happens to me, and vice versa. It's a way to allow someone to be recognized for the hard work they put into a dog. With my owned-outright dogs, you can be sure that I'd be happy to co-own them with their breeders as well. Co-ownership isn't for everyone - and you shouldn't enter into a co-ownership without really knowing what you're signing up for - but that doesn't mean that everyone that co-owns is an idiot or is being taken for a ride.

If you are reprimanded for something you've done wrong, stop doing whatever it was you were doing. Don't complain, don't make snipey comments, don't whine about it. Change your behavior and move on with your life. (I put on my Captain Vague cape on this one! I love my Captain Vague cape!)

On a similar note, don't pretend to know all about a behavior if you've never actually seen it. (Swoooosh goes the Captain Vague cape!)

Wow, I've been kind of snarky through this whole Hodgepodge. Here's something positive... aren't J&J the cutest siblings you've ever seen?


Saturday, January 14, 2012

First NADAC Trial

I spent the day at a NADAC Agility trial. It was definitely an experience, especially since I'm used to AKC Agility. I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore when the judge started cracking Cheech & Chong jokes.

Several members of the obedience club were there with their dogs. Some Q'd, some didn't. The building was very cold, and I made frequent trips to the heated restroom to thaw out my fingers. Of course, I ended up getting a few photos. Who else would I be if I didn't have that?


Chance says, "My favorite part about Agility is snoozing in mom's lap!"




Rowdy demonstrating his "Bitey Face" trick!




Jeep being his adorable self.




Rowdy on the dog walk...




Kanya on the dog walk...




Takoda on the dog walk...




Skye on the dog walk.... are you sensing a theme?




Enough with the dog walk. Here's a nice candid of Kanya!




And Rocket, practicing his jumping, even though he didn't actually take any jumps for real. Silly dog, you can't Q if you don't run the course! No brushtail for you! Aryn wrote about Rocket's little performance on her blog.



Tomorrow I'm heading out to an Illinois Doberman Rescue adoptathon. Good luck to everyone, especially my friends from the DMOTC! Try not to freeze your butts off!

Friday, January 13, 2012

What's in a Name: JAYNE

Jayne's name confuses people. If I could snap a photo of people at the moment they find out my big red male Doberman has a "girls' name," I could publish one of the most hilarious coffee table books in existence.

Jayne is named after Jayne Cobb, a character from the cancelled television show Firefly (which ultimately concluded with the movie Serenity.) The character of Jayne Cobb is that of a phsycially imposing mercenary, who appears rather simple but in truth is a lot smarter and more complex than he lets on. Despite his crude demeanor and harsh views on the world, he's got a good heart. He loves him mom. He doesn't really care about what others think of him. He speaks his mind. He gets shit done. Despite his efforts to appear otherwise, he's loyal. He's protective of his friends. He names his weapons. The only thing he seems to be afraid of is reavers. Quite frankly, I'd be afraid of space-bound self-mutilating cannibalistic rapists too, so I can't fault him for that.



Jayne's registered name is Bruda Hero of Canton, which is a homage to the episode entitled Jaynestown. The crew of Serenity find themselves on a very poor planet, in the middle of a very poor village called Canton. Jayne is nervous, because a few years prior he'd had a bad experience on the planet - a heist gone wrong. He'd been forced to drop the money he'd stolen in order to escape with his life, and the money just happened to fall into the village of impoverished working-class folk. They considered Jayne a Robin Hood-esque hero, obviously not knowing his true intentions.

They even wrote a song about him.

There's a point in the Serenity/Firefly story when Jayne says to the rest of the group, "If you can't do something smart, do something right." That's the core idea behind my Jayne. We weren't smart in taking him, but it was the right thing to do. And let me tell you, he's turned into the most special dog we've ever had.

There you have it. The story behind the name. I may explain the names of the other dogs someday, but none of them have names with such a good story.





Tuesday, January 10, 2012

52 Weeks of Dogs: 2/52

Week 2 (Jan 8-14) - Best Friends



1/52 Portrait
2/52 Best Friends
3/52 Monochromatic (Greyscale)
4/52 Not So Serious
5/52 Not Supposed To Be Here
6/52 What is on me?
7/52 Will You Be Mine?
8/52 I Don't Want To Share!
9/52 Caught Red-Handed
10/52 Can we be friends?
11/52 These Are My Eyes
12/52 New Perspective on Things (Shoot from a unusual angle)
13/52 This is My Nose
14/52 Shot From the Hip
15/52 Easter!
16/52 Doppleganger
17/52 Playing Dress Up
18/52 Silhouette
19/52 Action!
20/52 Playing With Composition: Square Crop
21/52 Picture Trio! (Three pictures in a series)
22/52 Remember The Fallen
23/52 School Pictures!
24/52 This is My Tail
25/25 Show Me Some Muscles!
26/52 Turn Down the Lights
27/52 Support Your Country
28/52 Get Outside!
29/52 Those Are Some Funky Moves!
30/52 Play With Composition - 1:3 Ratio
31/52 Focus on Something Else (Shoot with your dog out of focus)
32/52 Sepia Tone
33/52 Time For a Nap
34/52 Stand on Something!
35/52 Cool It (Cool Tone)
36/52 Warm It Up! (Warm tone)
37/52 Not ok With This!
38/52 Can I Have That?
39/52 Tight Spaces
40/52 Running!
41/52 Get on the Ground! (Shoot from the ground)
42/52 Playing With Composition: Panoramic
43/52 Favorite Toy
44/52 Boo!
45/52 From Up High (Shoot from higher than your subject)
46/52 Living Life Indoors
47/52 Give Thanks
48/52 Playing With Composition - 1:1 Ratio
49/52 Exploring
50/52 These Are My Feet!
51/52 Playing With Composition - 1:5 Ratio
52/52 Happy Holidays!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

52 Weeks of Dogs: 1/52

I'm going to do the 52 Weeks project again, and this time I mean it. Last year our challenges fizzled out, so I didn't see the point in continuing. This year we have all 52 challenges predetermined and listed out, so there will be no fizzling!

Here are the rules for this year:
1. Main subject of the picture must be a dog but does not have to be the same dog for the entire 52 weeks
2. Pictures should be taken within the week that the theme is posted for. Not the end of the world if you took it early though, things come up, I understand!
3. Themes are open to your interpretion, but please try to stay within the themes.
4. Catching up is allowed!
5. Folders will be made at the beginning of each week, please submit pictures into that week's folder.
6. Only one picture per member per week!
This year, I'm going to keep track of my progress by including the entire year's list and marking off the ones I've done. And so it begins....


Week 1 (Jan 1-7) - Portrait



1/52 Portrait
2/52 Best Friends
3/52 Monochromatic (Greyscale)
4/52 Not So Serious
5/52 Not Supposed To Be Here
6/52 What is on me?
7/52 Will You Be Mine?
8/52 I Don't Want To Share!
9/52 Caught Red-Handed
10/52 Can we be friends?
11/52 These Are My Eyes
12/52 New Perspective on Things (Shoot from a unusual angle)
13/52 This is My Nose
14/52 Shot From the Hip
15/52 Easter!
16/52 Doppleganger
17/52 Playing Dress Up
18/52 Silhouette
19/52 Action!
20/52 Playing With Composition: Square Crop
21/52 Picture Trio! (Three pictures in a series)
22/52 Remember The Fallen
23/52 School Pictures!
24/52 This is My Tail
25/25 Show Me Some Muscles!
26/52 Turn Down the Lights
27/52 Support Your Country
28/52 Get Outside!
29/52 Those Are Some Funky Moves!
30/52 Play With Composition - 1:3 Ratio
31/52 Focus on Something Else (Shoot with your dog out of focus)
32/52 Sepia Tone
33/52 Time For a Nap
34/52 Stand on Something!
35/52 Cool It (Cool Tone)
36/52 Warm It Up! (Warm tone)
37/52 Not ok With This!
38/52 Can I Have That?
39/52 Tight Spaces
40/52 Running!
41/52 Get on the Ground! (Shoot from the ground)
42/52 Playing With Composition: Panoramic
43/52 Favorite Toy
44/52 Boo!
45/52 From Up High (Shoot from higher than your subject)
46/52 Living Life Indoors
47/52 Give Thanks
48/52 Playing With Composition - 1:1 Ratio
49/52 Exploring
50/52 These Are My Feet!
51/52 Playing With Composition - 1:5 Ratio
52/52 Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cap'n Crunch

When I was a little kid, I thought I'd join the Burger King Kids Club. The application said to ZAP! it into the mailbox, which is exactly what I did. I filled out the application, put it in an envelope, drew a ZAP! lightning bolt on the front and mailed it. No address, no stamp. I figured the post office knew what ZAP! meant.

I was wrong.

My application was returned to me, undelivered, and I was so utterly crushed that I never applied for the Burger King Kids Club again. In fact, I never sent away for anything else because I was sure the post office would fail me every time.

Three months ago, I tried again. I sent four UPCs to Quaker Oats for a "vintage" Cap'n Crunch t-shirt. I was sure it would never work since those UPC deals always seem to be scams.

But today? Today there was a package in my mailbox. A package containing a friggin' t-shirt! My faith in the world has been restored!



I think I just blogged about a t-shirt advertising a kids' cereal. Excellent.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The other black Doberman.

We have a little visitor for awhile.

Jayne's sister Jador is here in Iowa, and she's a total sweetheart. Aryn and I are working on turning her into a well rounded girl - getting her used to "pet" life, starting her in obedience, getting her out for some extra socialization and playtime. Rocket loves her, Jayne loves her, Kaylee is fine with her. Talla and Revy think she's entertaining.

It's interesting to see different personalities in a family group. Jador is the sweetest Doberman I've ever met - like a big blob of pink frosting on top a confetti cupcake. Her brother Jayne, on the other hand, is bold and carefree and silly, but more serious. And Kaylee? Well, if Jador is a cupcake, Kaylee is a medium-rare top sirloin and a shot of whiskey!



She had her first training session this afternoon. Heeling went well, she decided the box was pretty cool, but drop was not in the cards today. Aryn's usual method of teaching drop went hilariously wrong when Jador decided to fold herself into a fortune cookie!





Aryn thinks she can turn it into a cute little bow though, so it wasn't a complete loss.

I can't say for sure how long she'll be here, but she's welcome to stay as long as she needs. BOX!


New Year, New Look

It was time for a change. A Prairie Dobe Companion was looking so 2011, so I decided to spruce it up a bit. My comfort zone has always been with warm tones, so I'm being brave this year and going with a nice Lake Michigan Cottage Blue.

Since three sentences doesn't really constitute a blog post, I might as well share some silly dog goals for 2012.

Goal #1: Get Kaylee's CD.
Technically, this goal should be "Pester Aryn until she gets Kaylee's CD" since Aryn will be the one showing her in obedience. Their first trial as a team will be February 11th, 2012. I hope Aryn has enough time to whip Kaylee into being show ready!

Goal #2: Train Talla to successfully participate in a group stay.
Easier said than done. I'm serious. I'd also like her to hold still for nail grinding, but that may be too lofty a goal for 2012.

Goal #3: Get Jayne's BH
The Mid Iowa Working Dogs trial is in May. That gives me five months to turn Jayne into a dog that can heel, drop out of motion, honor, etc. Hey, stop laughing. I mean it. Stop laughing.

Goal #4: Shoot, Revy needs a goal...
I just want Revy to continue being a healthy EPI dog. Perhaps I can find a way to make her breath not smell like nasty predigested kibble. Otherwise, I want her to be the happy, indomitable little corgi that she is. That's good enough for me.

To round out this lovely blog post - and I'd love to finish it since it's nearly 1 o'clock in the morning and I'm exhausted and I have to get up early tomorrow - here's the First Photograph of 2012. No, that black Doberman is not Kaylee. More on that tomorrow.