I’m yours

Trust is 14 months old. I celebrate months in my puppies’ lives, perhaps because so much happens in those first two years; it’s a way of appreciating the changes and the challenges you’ve overcome.

This birthday, is especially special as it marks one year since Trust came to join us.

I took a wander through my photos and put a few together into a little movie to reflect on all the fun we’ve had so far.

I had dithered about which puppy I should take from Frany and Naish’s lovely litters, not sure about taking a male since I had another male at home. It was ‘crunch time’ so I slept on it, one last time. His name came to me, in a dream.

And so it came to be, that MysticIsle “Always Trust Your Heart” aka “Trust,” came home to me, August 1, 2021.

And I’m so grateful for that.

https://youtu.be/Fu2fl-nRxoE


And the next to best thing…

about Agility Regionals, is the dog shopping experience…
I bought this awesome drying coat from https://www.cooltugs.com/ruff-tumble
Sheltie boy needed a bath after his adventure so here he is modelling the look.
It’s got a ‘Rocky” style neck that you can use to dry off the ears and head, and then roll back.
I kind of love it.

Nifty, eh? Imported from England. Where they try to keep their retrievers dry.

The AAC Regionals 2022 Experience…

The amazing Pacific Agility team and friends, led by the intrepid JL once again pulled off an incredible Regional Agility Meet, 2022. This event marked their tenth anniversary of hosting Regionals, and everything about it was fun, friendly and fast! https://www.facebook.com/BCYRegionals

I had the pleasure of volunteering for three days, first as a security person, looking oh so official in my orange vest, and then two days in the ring as Scribe assistant, watching brilliant dogs and their handlers navigate very tricky jumpers courses. I loved getting to know the rest of the ring crew and the judges; they were smart, capable, and unfailingly happy for two exciting days.

I brought my baby Sheltie boy (just one year old) along for the ride, and he learned so much. It was very exciting for him, but not overwhelming, which made me very happy.
And his momma placed fifth! Go Team Contessa Francesca del Ray!

Star dreaming

I love the late winter. I like to reflect on my past year and appreciate how much has changed for the better. Then I envision my future and build my plans for making them a reality. Bold, brave and above all else, very pleasurable.

Chilly

It’s just a tad cool here on South Vancouver Island and so I dug out the door cozies to block the drafts from under the doors. They are fairly well sealed but at minus 8 C every little bit helps.
Ruby, however, found a much better use for them.

Christmas Day, 2021

The Sun scatters tiny diamonds,

Casting them wherever She turns her gaze,

Bright lightdrops glitter on the leaves of deep green salal,

Dangle and drip from branches of fir.

And with her long lit fingers, She caresses the snowy ground

where the future sleeps.

It’s a good day to be

Alive to see and feel and sense and touch

And love those that I do, with my whole heart.

Ruby, the huntress

Yesterday, Ruby and I participated in our second Scent Work trial, held by NosyDogz and Meriadoc, and judged by Sheri Luzzi.

I’m very proud to say she achieved her Advanced title, with First, (Exterior vehicles) Second (Interior) and Third (Containers) placements.

The day offered fierce winds and rain, interspersed with brief sun bathing opportunities. It kept us on our toes, thinking about how and where the scent might be moving.

I appreciated the warmth provided, not only by Lee, in the form of a heated tent, but also from the camaraderie and positive outlooks of the participants, volunteers and organizers.

Sheri’s overview of the trial’s challenges and her observations of our work was excellent, and I learned a lot from this experience.

Thank you to Sheri, the organizers and a hard working volunteer team, for a wonderful trial experience.

Extraordinary

Whenever you decide to add a puppy or dog to your home, you take a risk.

If you really want that new puppy or dog, and you’re just utterly in love with the idea of adopting him or her, you’ll tend to ignore or downplay those risks.

As you grow in experience, you’re less likely to allow yourself to utterly fall in love, and more likely to struggle with the risks.

There are many fears, both of your own making, and those that are offered by others.

You fear that they won’t get along with your other dogs; that you aren’t the right one for them, that you won’t do them justice, or you’re not patient or kind enough. You might fear it’s too much work, you have too much on your plate right now or it’s just not the right time.

I had lots of what if’s and Carol and Lynda were patient with me, as I struggled with them.

Finally, I made the decision and I’m so glad I did.

Trust, this four month old puppy, is a wise, gentle, confident and joyous, and simply an extraordinary creature, who has brought greater harmony to our house.

I am so grateful for him.


Hunting in the rain

Pleased and proud of my inimitable Ruby, who today, earned her SDDA Starters title, finding hides in containers, interior and exterior searches.
This was her first trial. She had a wonderful time and so did I.
Sincere appreciation to the judge, Heather Wilson, and the K9 Scentinals organizers and volunteers for all of their efforts. The rain was torrential at times, but Heather’s smile never got washed away.

Trust


MysticIsle’s “Always Trust Your Heart” 

The latest addition to my family, is a sable Shetland Sheepdog.
I had hoped to breed my Ruby, the most amazing Schipperke in the universe, but in spite of my best efforts,  I was unsuccessful. 

When one door closes (or as it felt to me, multiple doors relentlessly keep slamming shut), sometimes, if you’re very lucky, another one opens.

On May 28th, my friends Carol and Linda, welcomed  two litters into the world, mothered by their beautiful Sheltie littermate sisters, Frany and Naish. 

I was honoured to be Frany’s conformation handler in the show ring. She showed off her lovely structure and movement in style. An agility dog, and a strong working Sheltie, her quality was recognized by the FCI judges who were present.

Carol and Linda raised these puppies relying on their considerable experience, which was informed by the current best puppy raising practices, including Puppy Culture and other quality sources. 

I visited the puppies, almost from the day they were born. One of my strongest motivations for breeding Ruby, was to be able to raise a Puppy Culture litter. I was denied that experience, so to have the opportunity see these puppies develop and grow was an extraordinary gift and I am so grateful.

I had the opportunity to meet the sire in person, to know and love the dam of a litter and I was generously welcomed into their home, to watch them grow from birth to adoption. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Thank you, Carol and Lynda. 

Mini-Mal

Soft spirit, 

Wild

Struggling to make sense

Of his world

He chases, dives, 

Leaps and growls

Pinning his fears to the ground, 

Growing braver, every day. 

He looks at me,

A fierce love

Loyal and brave

My mini-Mal

Rare and beautiful

Black Diamond. 

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