Ruby listens to little rustlings…under the snow. And digs deeper.Fording the snowy river
Tracks across my boardwalk
Fan footed and fierce,
She sinks into the soft snow.
History in the making.
Does the waterfall hold back
her waters as they plunge downward,
Foaming and furling
into dark pools
Deep and cold?
Does she draw herself away from the thirsty?
Does the sun hold back
Spilling swift and soft through velvet space
upon the earth below?
When does she hoard her light and say you’ve had enough?
Does the earth scratch back
her black soil from the trees
And halt the churning alchemy of life,
Saying, I’ve fed you long enough?
Be like the waterfall,
Or the sun.
Be like the earth
And just go on,
Pouring forth and shining,
Nurturing and feeding,
Loving and giving.
Just go on.
She was my first conformation dog, and I’ve learned so much!
I learned that…
It’s not as much about the conformation of the dog, as it is about the brushing, nail trimming, bathing, diet, training and your bond together.
It’s not as much about the dog as it is about the handler’s skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
It’s not as much about the dog and the handler as it is about the unique conditions of the day, the competition, and the judge.
It’s not as much about the dog as it is about luck.
It’s not as much about the dog, handler, conditions of the day and luck, as it is about love.
Enjoy her birthday video.
We are celebrating Kaylah’s completion of fifteen earth years, on January 8th.
She was our second Schipperke, our first being a divine little beast whose physical form was a disaster; heart, liver, thyroid. Her fighting spirit and Schipperke elan delighted us. We’d adopted her at two, and we finally released her at six.
Kaylah (Mazeru’s Kenya) came to us from Anna Verleg, in Vernon BC. She was a feisty puppy, (factory installed) and I was a complete novice pet owner. She endured my ignorance with equanimity. Over the past decade and a half, I have diligently taught myself to be a better trainer and she has skilfully guided me to becoming a better human being.
Thank you, Kaylah.
Great article written by Dr. Christine Zink, acclaimed veterinarian and research scientist about a study done, comparing ‘optimism’ in dogs trained in nosework and heeling.
Today, I dismantled a single bed box spring with a pair of scissors and some needle nose pliers. It’s a fairly old box spring with Ruby chew marks at all corners.
Its next stop would be the landfill, so before that happened, I considered how I might repurpose it.
Box springs look quite luxurious in the store and they are pricey. It’s interesting to take one apart in about 15 minutes, revealing its less luxurious staples, cardboard, plastic, foam and polyester.
After stripping off the foam backed fabric, pulling out the staples, removing the large rectangle of cardboard, I was left with a fairly solid frame; screwed together, not stapled.
My plan is to bisect it and put wooden tops of each half to make two dog training platforms. I may decide to put some feet or wheels to elevate it from the ground and make them easier to move around outside.
Repurposing makes me feel happy.
Today, I am grateful for my husband who helps make my creative ideas a reality.