Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I can't believe my littlest one is a year old today!
Amanda blogged about all the big changes that Boone has gone through in the past year so I thought I'd do the same about Lacey....
- She no longer pees or poops in the house (well almost - she did just poop in a hotel room a few weeks ago). She took forever to housetrain!
- She knows how to sit and down. She is the kind of dog that has no idea that words mean something. I think the only other words she knows is "Outside", "Touch" and "Let's go!". She is the complete opposite of Coulee in this respect.
- She is still cute as ever. It isn't just her looks, she has a very sweet personality that is snuggly and sassy all at once. She loves to nibble on your fingers and toes and chase you around the house.
- She loves Coulee most of all. She gets so excited whenever they've been a part for an hour or more. It is how she got her nickname "Wiggles" because she just puts her whole body into her tail wag when she is excited.
- She loves to play with Lu. I think Lu has actually lost weight this past year thanks to Lacey.
- She is pretty shy. She is happiest when strangers just ignore her and gets all weird when they try and touch her - unless of course they are giving her a treat at the same time. I'm hoping this will change by next year. She'll be coming with me to the indoor dog park a lot this winter to help bring her out of her shell.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Do you want to hear the worst news about the whole back pain/pretend heart attack episode? One of the paramedics told me I should cut back on my Starbucks! Oh no! My heart had some irregular heart beats and these can sometimes increase with caffeine. I'm not sure what made him think I drink so much. It could be that whenever I was asked what I last had to eat I said "A Starbucks and a Cookie". And they seemed to ask me that a few times, so I'm sure it was ingrained in his mind.
So I looked to see how much caffeine actually was in a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte which is what I normally drink and to my relief it isn't nearly as much as a coffee. Chai's have 100 miligrams of caffeine per 16 oz (a Grande/Medium) and Coffee has 320! A coffee latte has less - 150 but a Chai is even less than that. You have no idea how happy that makes me!
That being said, I still have irregular heart beats so I should probably cut down but maybe I can get away with just switching to Talls.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wow, am I bored. I am slowly getting better but still have to make every movement pretty carefully and can only sit for short periods of time. I've watched a tonne of movies and bad daytime TV and am officially bored. I feel bad that everyone else is working extra hard, and I'm not working at all. I won't even be going to the party tomorrow. :( Sigh. I hate being sick.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Where should I start? This will probably be pretty long....
Thursday, October 16, 2008
When the van is full of clients, little Lacey gets to ride in the front seat. She usually rides in a smaller crate that I wiggle into the front seat but she really doesn't seem to like it. It might be because I have to wiggle it in to the seat - it can't be a particularly pleasant experience for her. So today I thought I would try the seatbelt harness that Marlin uses in the car. She seemed a little happier but still wasn't thrilled with the idea. She is much more comfortable curled up in a crate on the floor. Maybe Coulee can ride shotgun next time.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
So I went to the Optometrist this morning. I had never been there before so I thought I should go early in case there was paperwork to fill out. Turns out they didn't open until my appointment so I spent 10 minutes standing in the cold wind trying not to shiver.
So once I was finally let in, things went smoothly. I met with the tech, she did some tests and then I was left in the exam room. I sat there, and sat there, and sat there. 45 minutes after I started my appointment the actual Optometrist showed up. I think he had just arrived. I was definitely the first appointment so I'm assuming I'm the first patient he saw. So the exam went okay - my eyes have actually improved. Like a lot! We are both surprised I'm not getting headaches every night.
When I was done they took me back downstairs to pay and set up an appointment for a contact fitting. They could only offer me time slots from 4:30 - 5:00. Those don't work for me - EVER. I told her that. She came back with, "That is all we have". So I told them again "That doesn't work for me". They seemed to think things would have changed in the last two seconds. So they are going to check with the Dr. and get back to me. So then, anticipating a problem, I asked for my prescription so I could go elsewhere. "The Dr. needs to sign it and he is with another patient..." Sigh. Why that isn't a standard item to take with you after an eye appointment I don't know. Scratch that, I do know - they want to make more money off me. Don't most people shop around for different glasses frames? So now I have to go back and pick up my prescription. Goody.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Coulee did great today at the one day agility trial and actually got a Q in Gamblers. Scarily enough we are now halfway to our first title - Starters Games (or something like that - I'm not really sure what it is called.
Her first run was gamblers and we had a bit of a rough start. She didn't want to do what I wanted her to. Instead she thought she knew the best path. So after trying to call her back a few times I just went with the flow. After the first few obstacles we were back in sync and things went very smoothly. I didn't send her through any mini gambles but she got enough points in the opening round and nailed her main gamble and earned her Q. I think she had 52 points.
Her second run was Standard. You know how last post I was talking about her lightbulb moment? Well she had it last night and actually weaved around a dozen times (don't worry Amanda, it was in two separate sessions...) I had to keep sending her through to make sure it wasn't just a fluke. So I was excited to try the weave poles in the standard run. The only problem is that it was 12 poles, not 6. Coulee has never laid eyes on 12. Amanda suggested I didn't push my luck so we just ran past them. The only other little bobble was when she decided the judge looked friendly, and possibly a little lonely so she went over to say hi. She came back when I called but her entry onto the teeter was awkward and she ended up missing her contact. Other than that, the run was smooth and flawless.
The last run was another Gamblers. Coulee was shockingly unfocused and apparently so was I. I started before anyone was ready so we started again. I should mention that twice today she left her start line and ran out of the ring. Nice. She thought Amanda also looked lonely and needed someone to visit. So after she was back in the ring and everyone was ready for us to start, we started - badly. I was on the wrong side. Regardless, we tried to regroup and weave (Even though I had technically moved up to Advance, we stayed in Starters because we weren't ready for Advanced - those damn weave poles again!). She tried a few times to weave and never quite got it (yes Amanda, you were right) so we moved on. She ran the rest great - got two mini gambles and the final gambles. As I wasn't trying to rack up points in the opening, I'm not sure we made the minimum or not but regardless it was a great run.
Coulee was definitely a superstar this weekend and I don't think I felt like strangling her once - now that is something to celebrate!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Coulee is entered in her first ever out of town agility trial. It is just a one day thing and she is entered in all three events - 2 gamblers and 1 standard run. She still isn't weaving (although she did do 4 the other day) which is fine for the gamblers courses. I guess we'll just run past the weave poles again. Sigh! One day she'll get it. We've been practicing like crazy but she hasn't had her lightbulb moment yet.