Sunday Morning Dog Monday, Jun 15 2009 

Cormac at my Feet

14 June 2009

Flag Day

I woke up earlier than Kyle this morning, poured my coffee and took the dogs outside with me for my garden time.  <insert sigh of contentment, here>  I took this photo of Cormac while I was there.

The timing was perfect, for just as Kelly and I decided we wanted breakfast, Kyle was up.  We arranged for Kelly to pick up a couple of things at the store on her way to us, and by eleven or so, we were all eating scrambled eggs and having a bloody mary.  Welcome home, Kelly! 🙂

Next on my agenda, was attending Dana’s crop, and after allowing myself to get sucked into a chick flick with Kyle, I finally headed to her house around three.  Once there, I enjoyed the company of some wonderful women I love, and learned how to use the Creative Memories computer program.  Digital scrapbooking may just be the way to go for this busy girl.  We’ll see.

I got home much later than I’d planned and said goodnight to my husband who, sadly did not play in his football match due to a very sore back.  Bowling perhaps, is the culprit, there.  I’m not sure.  But, he’s unhappy and uncomfortable and I feel badly for him—after all, I am all too well-acquainted with back pain, and wouldn’t wish it on anybody!

Tonight’s a late night for me . . . my mama’s coming to visit!  I expect their arrival on Tuesday some time.  So, between now and then some housecleaning will have to happen!

~MB

Playmates Thursday, Dec 18 2008 

Playmates

15 December 2008

I know this is rather like a bad rerun of a very familiar TV sitcom.  But these two really are great playmates.  It doesn’t happen constantly, or even every day.  But, when it does happen, it’s always terribly amusing for the human voyeurs.

My attempt to control our house full of stuff continues.  The countdown to Scotland stands at nine days!

~MB

“Do I *have* to put up with this Dog?” Tuesday, Nov 18 2008 

"Do I have to put up with this Dog?"

17 November 2008

I swear I heard her say it.  She was sitting there, minding her own business, and this dog just kept sticking his nose in her business.  Rest assured, she swatted him more than once!

It’s actually quite the game they play, Artemis and Cormac.  ‘Tia plays too, but more independently—she does laps around the room with her Kong in her mouth.  She really doesn’t bother with Artemis until she leaves the room, then she gives chase.  But, it’s always Cormac who gets the kitty paw prints on his nose!

It was Monday.  Photos of my furry critter kids is all you get.

~MB

Cormac Nose Wednesday, Nov 12 2008 

10 November 2008
I was sitting on the chair relishing the company of my wife and playing with my camera. I was trying to decide just what my photo of the day was to be. Cormac, with typical Border Collie enthusiastic curiosity, came to find out what I was doing and why that little silver box was making whirrry-clicky noises.
Cormac's Nose
Cheers

~KR (Written on 12 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Bathroom Stall by Dame Lee

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Please? Monday, Oct 20 2008 

19 October 2008
“I know, I promised to clean the back yard. I will, I will, but please, throw the ball already, come on…pretty please?!”
I swear I heard those words coming out of Cormac.
Throw the ball already!
Day two of MB at TRF and me being at home with the dogs. I was less bored today because I created a lot of work for myself (new websites I’m working on), and I went down to No Frills Grill for lunch and a beer while I watched the Cowboys NOT show up to play against the Rams. Luckily, I also got to see the Bears show up to play against the Vikings. In between all the work, and the NFL game, I played with the dogs some more. They seem to like that.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 October 2008 )

Listening to:
Possum Kingdom by Toadies
from Rubberneck

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Caught! Monday, Oct 20 2008 

18 October 2008
Marita Beth went down to the Texas Renaissance Festival last night. I stayed home due to the expense of kenneling two medium-sized dogs for 2 or 3 nights. It’s just gotten out of hand, expense-wise, so we made the difficult decision for me to stay home (I told you that "tomorrow" didn’t get any better). I did get to watch Arsenal stumble through beating Everton, and I did get caught up on some recorded television; but point-of-fact is, I spent most of my day bored out of my skull. The day was lovely, so I kept the backdoor open giving the dogs free reign to bring in all the fallen leaves from the backyard. That also meant that I played with them, and in effort to stave off tedium, I did play with them…a lot. This is Cormac catching a little worse-now-for-the-wear soccer ball.
Catch!
You can’t really tell, but his head is about 5 1/2′ off the ground. This is one of the few successful catches he made. Most of the rest of the throws bounced off his nose making it easy for ‘Tia to catch and return.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 October 2008 )

Listening to:
Tulips by Bloc Party
from Veronica Mars Soundtrack

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 14.3 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

May I Please Come In? Wednesday, Oct 8 2008 

5 October 2008
We have trained our dogs to not just run through any opening they see. We make them sit and wait for a release word before proceeding through the opening. Here, Cormac is waiting patiently for me to allow him in.
Please, Can I Come In?
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 October 2008 )

Listening to:
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by The Commitments
from The Commitments Official Soundtrack

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Balancing Thursday, Oct 2 2008 

Balancing

1 October 2008

Balancing . . . work vs. play . . . right vs. wrong . . . sleep vs. productivity . . . checkbooks . . . blood sugar levels . . .

Balancing brings to mind all those things, and hundreds more.  Or it can simply refer to the bone on the dog’s nose!  🙂 

At the end of a long day of sniffles and sneezes . . . yes, still . . . I hadn’t taken a photo, yet, and Kyle and the dogs were squeezing some bedtime tricks into the evening.  From a pretty early age, we taught ‘Tia to “wait” while we balanced this or that on her nose.  When released, she inevitably flings the object into the air and attempts to catch it.  When it’s a small treat, she usually succeeds!  But, with the big bone, the toss tends to result in a few seconds of chaos and a little bit of growling while she and Cormac both try to figure out where it’s going to land and get there first.  It amuses the humans.

~MB

Kibbles & Balls Friday, Aug 29 2008 

28 August 2008
Nearly four years ago, Marita Beth and I were “gifted” in the form of a very young puppy found wandering in our front yard. The next door neighbour had rung us up one morning at 0730 to find out if we had accidentally let our dog out. Of course, we had not, ‘Tia was still sound asleep in her crate and we in our bed. This scrawny, little cross-eyed border collie puppy became a source of neighbourhood searching for the next few weeks. Our next door neighbour’s kids put up signs, we contacted the Border Collie rescue society, the pound and the local pet stores. No one seemed to own or want this dog despite caring enough to put a very expensive shock collar on his neck sans tags. As TRF approached we tried harder but found no success. Eventually we had to make a choice: the pound, or the kennel? Since the pound wouldn’t/couldn’t guarantee he’d live through the weekend, we took him with ‘Tia to the “pet hotel” (kennel) where we, obviously, had to get all of his shots and papers up-to-date. So, $300 later, that little Border Collie became Cormac and the newest member of the family.
During his travails as a solo pup scrounging for food, he picked up the habit of absolutely devouring his food in as quick a fashion as possible. In fact, he could put down an entire bowl of dry kibbles in less than 10 seconds. We did lots of research and found no effective way to curb this behaviour, and four years later we still can’t slow him down. So, an old incomplete croquet set came to the rescue and in went three balls. The subject of my photo.
Balls & Kibbles
If you have any thoughts on how to slow down a dog that thinks he’s ravenous and will never eat again, I’m all ears. Four years later it’s just irritating and I wish he’d slow his eating. Five minutes after he’s done, ‘Tia will finally finish her meal and have a bit of water as a nice post-dinner relaxer. Cormac should learn from her.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 August 2008 )

Listening to:
One Tin Soldier by Coven
from Super Hits of the Seventies

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Just Me & the Dogs Sunday, Aug 10 2008 

7 August 2008
I, sadly, had to put my wife back on a flight to Chicago today. It’s been a real pleasure having her home two different times during the run of her festival; and, I get to go up to her part of the country next week (keep your finger crossed). But, for the moment, I’m alone again with just the dogs to keep my company.
Here’s ‘Tia performing her magical spread-eagle flying trick. She’s quite agile, really.
Flying 'Tia
I think I need to buy her a new soccer ball soon; that one is a little worse for wear.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 August 2008 )

Listening to:
Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas
from Best of Kansas

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction

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