July 31st 2010 5:56 pm
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I think that's a good name for our latest endeavor, don't you? Perhaps I should explain. See, every year Mom likes to plant a few vegetables and herbs in our small yard. This year we have flat leaf parsley, basil, chives, Marion tomatoes, scarlet runner beans, and purple pole beans, all of which are doing quite well and are either bearing fruit or are on the verge of it. Plus, our neighbor has cucumbers that they have shared with us. And Mom and I just can't resist the local farmer's markets, so we also have some lovely Vidalia onions, along with some Swiss Chard and potatoes.
What to do with all of this lovely bounty? Well, Mom and I have lots of good ideas!
Today we made a fabulous cucumber and onion salad from a very old German family recipe. It's cucumbers and onions in a sour cream and vinegar dressing with some salt and pepper for seasoning. Simple and delicious, Mom says it's never better than this time time of year when the veggies are young, tender, and fresh.
Apparently it's also very popular with Mom's friends! Even though I can't eat any of it, I did tell one of Mom's friends (who's also my groomer) that she was making the salad today. Would you believe she loves it too?! I told Mom what she said and suggested that we should share it with her. Mom thought that was a great idea, and since I thought of it, we would deliver the goods together and call ourselves Brenda Lee's Catering Service. Wasn't that a great idea?
So this afternoon Mom and I packed up the salad, added a couple of new tomatoes for good measure, and headed out for our first delivery. It was so much fun! I got to go for a ride with Mom, see my groomer (one of my favorite people in the whole world), and she and the lady who works at the shop got some salad that they can have with their dinner. What a great Saturday afternoon!
Mom's next project -- pesto! Tomorrow we'll harvest the basil and parsley, then I'll sit quietly in the kitchen and watch Mom work her magic food processor and create some pesto. I just love to smell all the great smells wafting through the air when Mom's in the kitchen. I wonder if we'll get to deliver some of the pesto to someone too? I sure hope so!
July 29th 2010 5:53 pm
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Tonight I had my very first stacking lesson, and so did Mom! We are starting to practice for the "Meet the Breeds" event in September when I'm going to be the Poodle breed representative. Although Mom and I have watched hours of dog shows on television and seen many dogs of all breeds stack during their time in the show ring, we have previously competed in the rally ring, where stacking isn't a part of the events, so this is new to both of us. And since we both want to do a great job, it's time to begin getting comfortable with this process.
We started by reading articles and tips that Mom found on our friend the Internet, which were pretty helpful. Since I'm a Miniature Poodle, I will be placed on a table when I'm on stage at the event. I'm used to being on a table for grooming, so that's no problem, but I usually find a nice, comfy position while that's happening, and I get moved around depending on what part of me is being combed. I'm very relaxed and sometimes I even fall asleep in the middle of the process. It's fun together time for Mom and me. Now I will have to stand still and leave my feet where Mom puts them, look straight ahead, and keep my tail up in the air; hmmmmm ... that's new!
Mom and I agreed that I should have a special table to help me know the difference between "show" time and "groom" time, so she looked around the house and found something called a "typewriter table". She said it's a little low, but it's the perfect size, very stable, and she put some cabinet liner stuff on the top of it so I don't slide around and can feel very secure when I'm posing. (By the way, what's a typewriter? Mom said those were before my time and not to worry about it because it's now my show table. Allrighty, that's what I'll do!)
Our first lesson went well, and Mom is very happy with me. I stood when she asked me to and tried very hard to keep my feet where she put them. I even put my tail up almost by myself, and looked straight ahead even though I was wondering what Mom was doing and I couldn't see her very well through my ear hair. I was such a good girl that I even got a couple of treats. Yippee!
Mom says we'll continue practicing at home, but she's considering taking me to a couple of conformation practice sessions at our kennel club so that we can get some tips from people and dogs that do this a lot. They have weekly classes and since we can sign up for them individually, we can attend only as many as we need. I think it sounds like a good idea; I love going to the club!
July 26th 2010 7:02 pm
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Mom and I have been having several discussions over the past few weeks about when we would start our path to my CD title. Well, it's now officially begun. Today Mom mailed our entry for two trials to be held at a mid-September show about two hours from home, at the same facility where I got my RN last year. We also plan to enter two trials at another venue in October; the plan is to receive the three qualifying scores needed for my CD at these events.
So now we have to prepare and train and polish our competition obedience skills. Mom and I have been very busy with other things for the past few weeks and haven't practiced them at all -- we're very rusty! She has the utmost confidence in me, though, and is sure that we can regain our edge over the next eight weeks. And since I also have to learn to "stack on a table" like a conformation dog for the "Meet the Breeds" presentation being held the weekend before the September trials, there will be plenty of variety in our training so we won't get stale or bored. I know I'll try very hard to do my very best for her!
Wish us luck!