Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Sabrina's last litter! It's hard to believe that they are a year old already!

Magnet & Darla get to go for ice cream tomorrow. Our favorite place to take the dogs for ice cream is scheduled to open tomorrow, a day late for them.

I hope Jaycee & Inky had a great day!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Zsa Zsa on puppy cam!

I did set up my puppy cam again. I am now using ustream instead of mare stare as mac users and those of the newest firefox browsers should have no trouble viewing it. Plus, it's free!

Click here to see it!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Zsa Zsa is here!

Having to miss the early flight, Zsa Zsa arrived on a 4:22 pm flight. The Albany International Airport is in a very busy area, the most easily accessed via the Northway (I87). Unfortunately there were 2 accidents, both north & southbound, and traffic was at a standstill, and it is rush hour.

Thank goodness Leonard was able to stop in town for dinner so he was able to come along to pick up the wee one and direct me on the back roads to the airport cargo office. My friend Bonnie came along as well.

Since yesterday was our actual anniversary, I think she is a wonderful present!

I am hoping by this weekend life will get back to normal and that we will have more cute Zsa Zsa photos to share! I apologize for not answering email for those waiting ... hopefully I can catch up at some point!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Departure

We were able to embark on the MS Norwegian Dawn at around 1:00 pm, Sunday 5/17. This is the atrium.

My surprise for Leonard was that I had the stateroom decorated for our anniversary, complete with cake! He loved it! And the cake was delicious!

We left NYC at about 5:00 pm. Here you can see the Empire State Building from the upper deck of the ship as we left the harbor.

We passed the Statue of Liberty.

The gray weather followed us on our first day at sea. The sea was very rough then, 7-12 waves, and it was raining or misting all day on Monday. I did not get sea sick, but had a horrible time walking as the ship rocked and rolled. We splurged on the thermal suite spa pass, where we had access to the indoor pool, hot tub, jacuzzi & sauna. It was set on the back of the ship, with a picture window view! It was so relaxing! It was neat to be in the indoor pool while being rolled with the ship as it had it's own mini waves.

We had beautiful weather the rest of the week.

Monday, May 25, 2009

She's on her way! (Oh yeah... we're back!)

Cornerstone Visions Deja Bleu

Zsa Zsa will be arriving on Wednesday!

Marked oh so similar to our beloved Demi, this little one called my name from the day she was born. The one big difference is that Zsa Zsa has two blue eyes. From the time I started in Cardis 9 years ago, I have always wanted a blue eyed blue merle. Zsa Zsa has turned out very nicely and we are very excited to have her come up north.

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

On a non-doggy note, Leonard & I had a WONDERFUL vacation! Bermuda was GORGEOUS (and expensive). The cruise was delightful. We are looking forward to planning another. We both pulled a sweet surprise on each other which made it even more special. I will share many more photos over the coming week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Some Cardi eye candy as I go on vacation...

Alas, our boy was out of coat... but he can move!

Thank you Emily for taking such great photos of our Luther while we were in Topeka!

We are signing off from "blogger land" until after we return from our cruise!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Individual photos of the boys


And Marcus...

Puppy Pix!

Time flies! The last time I saw them they were 10 days old.

And now...

What a gorgeous group!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Great Customer Service

The National Photographer did email me right away this morning. Unfortunately the dog is cut off on the negative. In 25 years they have only had this happen 5 times. They are taking care of the matter.

I must give them an A+ for good customer service!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

2 1/2 Dogs

I am more than a little disappointed with the show photographer from the National.

As you can see, she cut off half of Sterling on Luther's Stud Dog photo.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Congrats to Jean & Jaycee!

Best of Breed and another 2 points! Way to go!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Luther & "littermate"

What a great day it was to run into Patsy & Carol, our Vizsla friends, who raised our Dream litter for us!

Thank you Patsy for this lovely photo of Luther and Blaze, otherwise known as CH Copper Creek's Pyrosas Blaze MH.

For those not familiar with hunting titles, MH is Master Hunter, the highest level hunting test title awarded by AKC. FMI on hunting test levels, check out this website.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another title for Olivia!

I just got this email from Barb Miller:

No surprise Olivia likes APDT Rally-O as much as everything else she has tried (it is a party just for her after all!). She finished her RL1 title today with a score of 209 and a 2nd place. She lost a run-off to my cattle dog on time alone! The fact that she earned all 3 legs in a row with scores over 195 means she gets a certificate of merit, too.

Way to go Team Olivia!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Look

I gave the blog a new look as I am so excited about our upcoming cruise to Bermuda!

Leonard and I leave in 2 weeks!! The count down begins!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sight seeing in Kansas/Missouri

Here are some photos taken on our trip. Considering these are from my cell phone, I think the quality is good.

As we entered the Kansas Turnpike section of I70, there was this picture-perfect farm. It seemed that the minute we drove into Kansas that the wind became eerie. I will never forget the creepy wind.

The flat fields of the ranch were we had the herding trial. Can you see Snickers & Luther romping in the second photo?

On the way back from Salina to Topeka, Genie & I detoured to Abilene to the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

Inside The Place of Meditation, the final resting place of Ike, Mame and their first born son, Doud Dwight.

Ike's boyhood home.

Welcome to the Topeka Zoo! The first exhibit were giraffes. We went to the zoo specifically for the Rainforest Exhibit.

Free range flamingos. At first I though they were statues, until they started to move!

A reptile of some sort that was free ranging in the rainforest exhibit.

A momma sloth with a baby clutched to her chest. No cage protecting them from the public.

The lioness, behind plexiglass. Now I know why stupid people get eaten by zoo animals. You should see the idiots tormenting this creature by pawing at her through the glass, and she was pawing right back at them! Parents were encouraging their children to "play with the lion". Urgh!

We detoured into St. Louis on the way home and visited the Gateway Arch. I am afraid of heights and could barely look up at it! No way would I take the tram ride up into it. We wanted to take a river boat ride on the Mississippi but the river was too high and the boat rides were canceled. So, we visited the museum under ground at the arch. It was a nice museum but I thought this was a bit creepy...

Yes, it is a taxidermy Appaloosa horse. I think I prefer mine alive and well in a field. The sad thing is I made an observation that most of the horses roadside in Kansas were very underweight. I hope that they will gain weight and get proper care now that spring is upon us.