Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Sooo tired

Thank the heavens for caffine! Thats all I can say! I am finding it soo hard to get up in the mornings (or middle of the night, since it is 5am!) these days as I haven't fully settled into a routine yet, still going to bed late-ish, so the lack of sleep is finally catching up. This is really affecting my drive to work, which is becoming a tad 'dangerous' as i'm so tired at the wheel, I have to find ways of keeping my brain working and not running off into oblivion! Answer: caffine :P! I really need to cut back on what I'm doing but i'm adamant that I WILL NOT cut back on my doggy things as this is what I love to do... well I may cut back a little, but i'm not going to drop out anything, just maybe go to agility once a week as opposed to two if I need to, or my parents can walk the dogs 1-2 times during the week in the morning.... just until I get into a system. I don't know yet. I feel fine during the day, but the mornings, until I get to work are the worst!

I also want to kind of 'give up' my training clients to give me more time, but I don't want to also, because I *do* love it, not to mention, I don't really know of anyone I can refer them onto. So hopefully they will be ending soon.... one should be, the other one still has a while to go! The problem is that on weekends, I still have to get up early for training/trials. I have the arvo's off, so maybe I may have to start taking nanna naps *g*! I am sure everything will work out fine, once I get into system, and off to bed earlier! LOL!

Other than that, work is pretty good albeit a little quiet. Still promised it will not stay this way, so I am enjoying it while I can! Doggies are going good, except Kinta is picking up in her energy levels, which is not something I need right now! LOL! At least I get home early so they both get a really good afternoon run. Had agility last night and Leo was a bit listless until I brought out his 'ball' - then he was go-go-go.... I think my general state of mind has affected training them a little coz i'm so bla-ze, so I have to work extra hard on myself being enthusiastic.

My current state also got me thinking - geez I live a busy life (well duh! No suprise there!). So unless I want to stay single for the rest of my life, I need to make some time for 'myself' and some social activities.... but what, where and how! I'm trying not to think about it until I get my 'current activities' sorted as I certianly don't want to add to that! But I do need to do something outside of dogs.... otherwise, my whole life will pass me by with nothing but dogs in them, which is not what I want. They are a big part of my life and in an essence they *are* my life, but I don't want them to be my whole life..... I actually want a 2 legged person in my life too.... *sigh*! Can't I just get through life with no sleep.... puhleese?! So as always, a quote from 'Anne' has been hitting home lately, but i'm not sure if it is just from the movie, or it features in the book.... Miss Barry (Diana's Aunt) tells Anne while she is studying at Queens to "leave a little room in her life for love".... so that she would get her nose out of the books every once in a while and live a little.... I think I need to take that on a bit here. When I was at school I always made the excuse for not having a love life (other than there being no 'good pickens') was that I was too busy with studying and trying desperately to get into vet sci. I didn't want a boy getting in the way. At uni, it was the same excuse- I didn't want to throw my education away (not that I would have in hindsight) and was still trying to get into vet sci. Later, my excuse slowly became I don't have time (current excuse).... okay, so maybe no-one has come along that will make me *want* to make time, but still... I have to stop making excuses for my lack of social life..... don't ya think?!?!

To lighten up the mood: Some exciting/ interesting threads on DOL.

Single females (not what you think):

It wasn't me (very amusing)

DOL nicknames (also very amusing)

To show that there are Angels in this world - these are the same people who were involved in Leo's rescue a few weeks back - who is getting better and better now

Monday, February 26, 2007

some funny jokes

1 People will follow you anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.
2 You're not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely won't be.
3 When you open your mouth, it seems that this is only to change whichever foot was previously in there.
4 You would be out of your depth in a parking lot puddle.
5 You seem to have delusions of adequacy.
6 You set low personal standards and then consistently fail to achieve them.
7 You will go far, and the sooner you start, the better.
8 Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard wasn't watching.
9 Got a room temperature IQ.
10 Got a full 6-pack, but lack the plastic thingy to hold it all together.
11 A gross ignoramus--144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.
12 A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.
13 One-celled organisms would out-score you in an IQ test.
14 Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
15 Has two brains, one is lost and the other is out looking for it.
16 So dense, light bends around you.
17 If brains were taxed, you'd get a rebate.
18 If you were any more stupid, you'd have to be watered twice a week.
19 It's hard to believe that you beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.
20 Takes you 2 hours to watch 60 minutes.
21 The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

I love numbers: 2,6,8,10,12,14,15,19,21. Ok, so that is probably 1/2 of them.... so they are good :P.

But wait.... there's more!

Interesting Signs:


In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS



Over a urinal in a men's room: WILL BUCKS WITH SHORT HORNS PLEASE STAND

Outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING -

Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so) ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR





Thursday, February 22, 2007

Website Updated

Just did a major update on my website, mainly in the 'Aussies' section. Check it out and tell me what you think. Here is the link.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

sooo... work!

Ok - I thought i'll post a quick message about the new job. Will fill in more details later (although knowing me i'll just keep typing anyway!).

Started yesterday and I think i'm really going to like it. Spent the morning at Clayton getting organised then shipped off to Caufield to get set into my office and start on the grind.... which basically just involved reading up and getting my head around the projects. Pretty cool. I like the sound of two of them, while another two i'm a little 'blah' about - one of them we actually touched on at uni!!! I also thought of a 'project' I would love to do as a honours/masters/ phD (honestly, why do I think of that now, couldn't I have thought of it LAST year, before I said I didn't want to do honours!). I'd love to do a study/survey on anti-bsl Laws. Basically I want to give scientific evidence that we should be blaming the deed and not the breed. Work on 'responsible pet ownership' in terms of socialising and training *does* work and no matter what breed, does invariably help the dog. We should be looking at educating the public and rewarding those that *do* train their dogs by giving them more privelidges (ie: more off-leash areas), reduced council rates etc. At the moment, all you have to do to have a reduced council fee is to be either/ or registered with the VCA (not even the individual, just the dog), de-sexed (dog obviously, not you :-P), microchipped (which is soon to be mandatory), over the age of 10, and waaay down the bottom of the list - obedience trained. I just really want to get the message out that it is both genetics and environment that affect the dog and by encouraging others to choose the correct breed, do the research and TRAIN their dogs adequately, the amount of aggression and 'dangerous dogs' will decrease. I mean, this could lead on to oh-so-many things like expanding off-leash areas (high quantities of dogs in one small area is bound to cause problems eventually), being stricter about who gets what breed and even possibly nutting down on pet shops and BYB. Obviously not all in the same study, but several and i'd love to do them ALL!!! LOL! All this after one day of work ;-).

Well anyway - everyone in the office is really nice and I *am* still allowed to use the net, so long as I don't over-do it. Which I wont. I have my own little area, so this morning I came equipped with pics of the 'babies' to place near the computer. I've also found my new best friend - hot 'mocha' in the morning... just enough caffine to keep me awake and sane through the day :P. mmmm.....

Leo is much better now and trying to keep him quiet for 2 wks is prooving to be a tough call. Both dogs are going a tad stir-crazy :P. the cause of injury was a toe out of joint... but it was inflamed so he had to stay quiet for 5 days (we can go crazy after Thur), but the problem is that as soon as I let him 'free' again he is going to go bonkers, so i'm slowly letting him get back into things.... no agility training again this week. Aside from that his shoulders, neck and back were also out, but that is sort of a chain effect coz if the shoulders are out it generally causes the neck to be out which causes the back to be out - nothing major. I like this guy though - in Hampton Park. He was a tad rougher than the other guy i've been to but much cheaper and still quite gentle with the dogs. The only thing I didn't like is that after manipulation he didn't have a play with the dogs which my other chiro does. Am thinking of going to Myuna farm occasionally though to give my dogs 'controlled', low impact exercise.... when I can fit it in of course!

Other than that nothing else to report. I had a great birthday and was considerably spoilt. Work gave me some nice stuff when I left (holidaying with dogs book and a doggy photo frame) as well as a cake. Off to Phillip Island this weekend for some fun!!! At least the dogs will be able to run wild there!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Why Me?!!!

This is so not fair! I swear my dog has some evil plan to stop all of my competitive efforts with him! I took Leo and Kinta for a walk on Mon night. Leo ran out to get the ball and came back lame :(. He was limping considerably to came back home. Seems he has put his shoulder out so I am going to scratch him from competition on Friday, despite the fact that he is much better today (confinement yesterday, semi-confinement today). As fate would have it, our usual chiro is injured so have to go to Hampton Park to visit another recommended one *sigh*! Off to do that tomorrow. Fingers crossed everything is ok and he will stop injuring himself!!! Honestly, have no idea what caused it!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Counting down the days :)

So, what have I to tell?? I've gone back to all of my 'dog sports' (happy, happy, joy, joy). Leo was *v-e-r-y* happy to be back at agility, but has also shown us that he still needs a bit of work in a few areas:
  • Entrance to the weavers from another obstacle
  • Running ahead of me (am going to use a touch plate for this)
  • The blasted dog walk and see saw - confidence building.
  • Stupid handler learning how to count (that 3rd obstacle comes b-e-f-o-r-e the 6th!)
  • Picking up speed!!! Usually helped by handler being less confused and more animated :P
  • Serpentines - had our first go on Wed night (in our new class, where he did very well I am pleased to say, and kept up with everyone :D :D :D!).
All of these are fairly minor and my main concerns are the running ahead of me, dog walk and weavers entry. The dog walk is my main concern as he is still very *concerned* about it, and will stop on the ascent to think if he really wants to keep going... problem is that he sometimes slips on the top because he is shaky. Nothing a bit of super dooper yummy food wont fix as well as going a little steadier! I took Kinta to agility on Tue night and she has since decided that barking whilst tethered is a GREAT idea *humph*! She was soo stimulated by everything and decided that the had something to say about Mum taking her brother out and playing with him, not to mention leaving her all by herself when there was fun to be had!

As for obedience - Leo was 'off with the fairies' to say the least!!! Then I remembered that despite the fact there were many distractions, we hadn't done any 'on lead' practice for around 2 months. Asked if we could do some heeling 'off lead' and he was really good!!! So back the dreaded 'on lead' practice (grrr)! We practiced some Novice stuff also, and the silly git when asked to do a drop from distance SAT! So more practice there also! His Stays were FANTASTIC!!! Not a look of worry, perfectly confident, despite sitting between two dogs that frequently drop in their stays. This new stance of mine really seems to work :D!

I have entered Leo in 3 obedience trials in March. A double trial and another one a week later. My theory is that by entering 3, i'll be much less stressed since i'll have another one where I can get my pass in the arvo/next week, so then i'll pass!! LOL! Strange theory but it may work! I am finally *fairly confident* though and am trying to stay positive! Can't say much for our FIRST AGILITY TRIAL on Friday night though (look at the above-mentioned problems!).

Kinta had her first class in Basic 1 and did brilliantly. It wasn't hard stuff - just some sits and Loose lead walking. But EVERY time I called her name (which I really need to use, it has fast become "kitakins" or "kita" as opposed to "KINTA" *gg*) she would leave the dog she was sniffing and surge back to me!!! Also had some very nice sit-at-side... trying to work on position now (I am sure class members were wondering what I was doing as i'd ask for a sit (and she would), but I would say 'uh uh' and get her up again and then she'd sit and be rewarded... I had some strange "huh?!" looks from people. I was also able to walk a circle around Kinta without her moving from her sit (looove clicker training!) and she was totally focussed on me the whole time! Leo was NEVER like that at her age!

We went to a show on Sat - was very small with only around 8 or so Aussies entered. BUT, the little 'Princess' got RBCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so it was only out of 3 dogs, but still.... we are starting to get somewhere now :). No look in for group this week :). Oh - and this girl really knows how to be a 'show dog' .... always after a bath & dry, she always sits in the most regal way and gives you the 'look' of importance. Well, it is better than the look she gives you while you are washing/drying her ('why me' to 'you missed a spot').

Ok - aside from dog stuff.... OMG - there is a life outside of dog stuff?!?!?! I have been completely HOOKED on Gilmore Girls.... SEASON 6!!! It came out on Wednesday and I think we have almost finished the series. I can't say any more about it coz Kylie will kill me *g*, but lets just say it is AWESOME with some weird twists and some people can be sooo darn ANNOYING at times! I don't think it is going to last the week out and we'll have finished the season before then...... and then what will I do.... season 7 isn't even out yet!!! LOL!

Counting down the days till my birthday - 2 to go!! Nothing exciting happening as my pressie is a weekend trip to Phillip Island. Will be fun as the pooches get to come - will fill you in on the details Kylie... i've just been too 'pre-occupied' and haven't even thought about calling people *g*! Mind you - Leo would give me a lovely b'day present if he will run a nice run for me on Friday.... or get his CCD title in *one* of the first 3 trials we have entered!!!! Which he should.... coz he has been doing well..... and his stays are solid now...... right?!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What a Weekend

Boy - talk about a nice finish to an otherwise FANTASTIC week! I got a job (Incase you didn't see my last post!) and I had a great weekend of dog showing at the Melbourne Pet & Animal Expo. I go every year, but this was obviously my first year for showing and the breed stand (only did the breed stand last year). What was also good was that the show offered a neuter class meaning that Leo could be shown. I was absolutely gutted when I found out that the one and only dog he was up against for 'group' was a NZ and Aust Ch Corgi..... I thought - how unfair, I will have no hope. On the Saturday - I don't think the judge liked Aussies - either that or she was a very 'facey' (meaning she only went with people who were well-known in the dog world) judge. I was a little annoyed at her 'group' judging as I hadn't even got Leo stacked, the Corgi had barely entered the ring and it was already awarded *sigh*! Either way it was a nice day :). Different story on Sunday though - Kinta moved really badly for the challenge, so we didn't even get a look in for that (which isn't all that odd as she is only a minor). But when we went in for group, Kinta was awarded MINOR IN GROUP, which for all of you non-showy people means she was the best 'working dog' (ie: out of all the other breeds like BC, collies, in this case a Puli etc) for the Minor puppy group (aged between 6-9mths old). This was my first 'group' award so I was absolutely chuffed! To top it off - I took Leo in for Neuter, against the Corgi again. I was VERY suprised, when after a quick consideration the judge awarded Leo NEUTER IN GROUP!!!!!!!!!!! Guess he liked my aussies :)! We didn't get any further in show, as the 'In Show' judge was the same one as yesterday :(. LOL - but both dogs behaved really well and looked beautiful IMO! The only damper in my otherwise PERFECT Sunday was that the steward was bagging the crap out of the neuter class saying that they shouldn't run it, it was a waste of time and that they need to learn how to run a show properly :-O! I don't mind people having these thoughts, but you don't blurt it out when the one and only neuter entry is standing right next to you!!! I just thought it a little rude :(. Photos are attached below :). I must add though that the 'in show' photos, ie: the moving shots etc, were taken by their breeder - Ellagant knls :).

Kinta was absolutely fantastic in regards to meeting people at the expo. She would go up to anyone and kids, men, women, babies could all pat her, with a waggily tail to boot. By the end of the day she was a little tired & wanted to be left alone, which is understandable. The funny thing is that she doesn't like Shaun, Tracey's boyfriend and I can't for the life of me know why. She was actually really trying to get away from him, yet if anybody else walked past she'd be fine saying hello.... hmm.... with that response, i'd like to see how she is with Scott when she meets him again :P. Sunday, after about a 5 min warm up period Kinta was fine with greeting people again, but obviously a lot more tired than on Sat (long day at the show).

The pet expo itself was a little dissapointing. The breed stands and demo areas were excellent as always, but the stalls inside were a bit 'boring'.... They had things totally un-related to pets - such as the Mathamagic tutor (huh? is my dog going to learn maths?!) and a 'boys toys' section... heck, even a child modelling agency?!?!?! There were also a tonne of stalls for the 'pampered pooches' ie: dog coats and clothes as well as daimonte studded collars - all of which I have no use for :). The ones with useful things were selling things not all that cheap - I did buy a Natures Gift show bag (very good value), and some toys - a whirly ball with a marble in it which Leo loves but Kinta is scared of, an Orka ball with a rope in it (it is a funny shape so it bounces funny - also has holes where u can stuff food into it) - both dogs love this.... and a quacking duck which Leo also LOVES but kinta not too sure :P. It was a pretty full on weekend though - came home on Sunday exhausted.

I resigned from work yesterday and the news has travelled fast. They already have a new pet therapist (fast I know!) and although she has a wide variety of animals, I somehow don't feel that she is the right one for it. She will be great with the residents and she owns 2 Aussies, but somehow, this couple strike me as hard and 'careless' about their animals. They let their animals run all over the property (and escape?!). They have also told me of their training techniques (thinking I would be very impressed), but all I could do was shudder. But it isn't my responsibility any more, so it is up to her whether she wants to follow my advice or not I guess.

I have also just read the most saddening story, if you want a read - here. This poor lady has just found out that one of her poodles has been used for DD breeding and the condition the poor mite is in is astounding :-O! Some kind people on DOL (the forum I frequently visit!) actually rescued the dog and are all trying to raise money to pay for his medical treatment. Have a read through if you like.

Everything returns back to normal this week with Agility starting again (yay!!!) Both Tuesday and Wed nights. Wednesday nights i'm in a higher class, which means later times and harder courses *eek*! Sunday - obedience starts again, which should be interesting to say the least - trying to train 2 dogs in the 9:30 hour and running a class at 11am :-O! Should be a tight morning :P. Problem is, I want to instruct but I don't know how on earth i'll be able to fit it in with the things I want to do with my dogs *sigh*!

LOL - I keep forgetting to add stuff! Kinta is also on DOGZONLINE !!!!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007


Whoo hoo!!! I am soo excited. I have had a complete turn around in 48 hrs. From no-bites to a new job!! LOL! I got a call Tue arvo for a job interview at Monash University as a Research Assistant.... doing lots of report writing, stats analysis, a bit of field work etc,etc. Went in for an interview on Wed and he called me up this morning to offer me the job :-O! I am sooo stoked, and soo happy!!! It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but miles better than the job i'm in, better than the option of sales and it will open up a heap of doors for me in the way of the animal industry. I'll be based at Caufield, so a little bit of travel, which means it is now harder for me to fit all of my doggy activities in. Might mean I have to get up as early as 5am to be able to take my guys for their early morning walk so that I can be out of the house by 7am. I am sure once I get into the swing of things I won't mind, as I could always ask my parents to walk them, but truth be told, I love the morning walks (Just not when it is dark!). Hopefully, since the hours are flexible, i'll be able to work 8am - 4pm (hence leaving home by 7am), as this will give me less time-wasting fighting the traffic and I won't be so rushed to get to aglity and such.

Either way, I am soo pleased about this job!!!!!!