Last weekend the weather was absolutely beautiful and my husband and I decided to enjoy a fire in the fire pit for the first time this summer.
The dogs were happy, Winn slept by my feet, Annie was relaxing on the other side of the fire pit and Maisie was in the back of the yard staring across the fence hoping for a sighting of the neighbor’s dog.
We were about ready to go in, it was pretty dark and the fire was just about out when we heard a scuffle behind us. Maisie came running up behind me and fortunately put on the brakes when she reached my chair. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something small and dark race just past my feet, scuttle over the speed hump that was Annie and disappear under the deck.
Annie jumped up and started to run towards her hidey-hole but then gathered her wits and slowly came back towards us. Clearly, she did not like the sensation of something racing over her back side.
My best guess is chipmunk or maybe a mouse. It was about the size of a tennis ball but not bouncy enough to be a baby bunny. Whatever it was, it provided a very entertaining ending to a relaxing evening at home!
P.S. Winn slept through the whole thing and had to be woken up to go inside and go to bed.
Last night Winn and I completed her puppy training class. Of course she passed her test with flying colors and has attained her AKC S.T.AR puppy certificate. (I will send in her paperwork and get an official certificate from AKC with her full name and some bling she can wear when she’s feeling fancy.)
S.T.A.R. stands for socialization, training, activity and responsibility and is taught by a certified CGC (Canine Good Citizen) trainer. It is basically CGC pre-school, and on Wednesday we will start new classes to continue training with that goal in mind.
Maisie passed her CGC test a couple of weeks ago. It took longer than I anticipated because I was out-of-town for most of February and all of April. My absence took a toll on Maisie, and we had to work together slowly to rebuild her confidence. We started training in December with the hope that she would be CGC and Therapy Dog certified before Winn joined the family. For now, I need to focus on Winn and then Maisie and I will decide if Therapy Dog seems like a good fit for us as a team. We still sneak away together when we can and she loves our walks along the lake. She is so well-behaved when we are out and about, which is really the most important thing.So cheers to Winn, let the advanced training begin!
Maisie and I decided to look for some bridges on our weekend walk, and look what we found!
A bridge for people:
and a bridge for ducks:
check out some other pictures of bridges: Photo Challenge: Bridge
We’ve come up with a new saying. When something turns out to be harder than it should, “That’s like painting with a puppy.”
We packed the car and hit to road with Winn to go to my mom’s house in Southeast Colorado. She lives in a very small, rural town and wants to sell her house, downsize and move closer to one of her children.
Her house is a beautiful, old, brick Georgian style home that needed a fresh coat of paint on the interior along with some other repairs. We had a very long list to accomplish and I’m happy to say that we got almost everything done but I had to repaint a few areas several times because Winn would be right behind me rubbing against it and licking it.
When I was on the ladder she was always right beneath me.
When she got bored, she would start to cruise around, taking things she knew I would need in order to get my attention. She grabbed my gloves, paint rollers, garbage bags, my empty coffee cup, and as often as possible, a roll of paper towels.
Since she wanted to always be near, I finally tied her to a radiator pipe so that she could see me but not disrupt my painting progress.
I took lots of breaks when she was feeling restless and was most productive while she napped. She loved my mom’s yard, romped through her lily patch, played in the sprinkler and ran around when she got the zoomies.
It took a week but we accomplished what we set out to do. Her house looks beautiful and is ready to show!
Iowa has really beautiful rest stops.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, NE.
First time staying in a hotel.
Loving the rural setting among the corn fields.
We visited old friends and found the Richthofen Castle in Denver, built by the uncle and godfather of “The Red Barron”. It is alleged to be haunted due to an onsite TB sanitarium and a sensational murder in 1911.
Winn had her first patio dining experience.
We did a little shopping and were mesmerized by all of the western style boots.
She was very patient in between stops,
and sat up periodically to gaze out of the window.
Our final check out before heading home, we are all ready to sleep in our own beds!
Next up: The purpose of our road trip and painting with a puppy.