Monday, February 27, 2012

Daisy snoring

February 18, 2012.  I don't know why I find this so funny.  Daisy is snoring away.  She's just so cute!!

Pet Therapy Test

February 11, 2012.  I took Sawyer to take a pet therapy test with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.  Sawyer already passed the AKC CGC test and Therapy Dog International, but I'm very interested in joining the Creature Comfort organization because they offering mentoring for those teams that are new to pet therapy.  Sawyer passed the test and the evaluator felt Sawyer would be good for Animal Assistance Therapy.  This is a type of therapy where patients would be giving Sawyer commands to help with their physical rehabilitation.  I'll need to teach him some new tricks and work on having him listening to other people instead of just me.  We're looking forward to this new and rewarding experience. 

Our Creature Comfort badge photo.

February 24, 2012.  We went on our first pet therapy visit to a school in Westfield.  We were paired with two other experienced mentor teams.  I was a little nervous as this was our first visit and I didn't know how Sawyer would be.  I know he's well behaved but he's very attached to me and not extremely interested in other people...unless they have food :)  We met the other teams outdoors first and introduced the dogs.  We were working with Steven and his Doodle, Koko, who has visited the school many times and has a great relationship with the kids and Pamela with her Puggle, Daphne, who knows all kinds of tricks to impress the students.  The staff and students were so welcoming and Sawyer did an excellent job.  I was so proud of him!  Everyone thought he was so beautiful and well behaved.  Pamela and Steven were great mentors, offering advice and support on our first visit.  I'm looking up to signing up for some more volunteer assignments!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

South Carolina trip

January 27, 2012.  We went down to South Carolina for several days of showing including a couple of specialties.  Right before I left I came down with horrible cold but of course, the show must go on.  It was a beautiful day in a gorgeous location but I just felt miserable.  With all the cold medication I was just glad to remain upright as I ran around the ring.  The weekend wasn't a total bust.  Sawyer got Judge's Select and earned his first Rally Excellent leg after over a year away from Rally.  He even took 1st place with a score of 99 out of 100 so that was really great!  Prada did well also with a Judge's Select at the specialty and Best of Opposite. 

With the way that I was feeling I wasn't up to my normal photography.  Luckily Marc St. Jean took some pictures for me at the specialty.  I almost forgot that I had these photos on my camera.  What a beautiful location this was at Elena Lamberson's home!

Sawyer setting up at the first specialty of the day.  

I'm so sick, I'm just hoping to make it through the day.

Made it around the ring, phew!

I think Sawyer knew something was wrong but continued on.

My man!

Miss Prada with Nadine.

Just under 2 year and Prada is a pro.


The exam for Sawyer.

It was a beautiful day but coming from NJ in January, Sawyer was feeling the heat.

I was not prepared for the heat.  The forecast originally called for it to be rainy and cooler.  With my cold I wasn't thinking straight and didn't even pack ice and a cool coat for Sawyer.  I had to improvise for the second show.

Prada and Nadine.

Specialty #2 later in the day.  I think the meds are kicking in a bit at this point.

Sawyer showed much better in the afternoon.  He must have felt my health improving.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Super Bowl

February 5, 2012.  This year was our 10th annual Super Bowl bash.  It's always lots of work to prepare for but it's fun for all. 

It's become tradition to make the Super Bowl cake.  Both teams are properly represented.  The Giants are in Blue.

The dogs were exhausted after everyone left.
Sharon, Brooke & Sawyer

Not sure how Daisy lucked out and got her own space on the chair.

Daisy helps out with the post Super Bowl clean up.

What to do with Super Bowl balloons after the game is over.