Border Collies and Boys Monday, Jun 29 2009 

Border Collies and Boys

29 June 2009

I’d had a recent Facebook chat with Rex, so I knew there was a good possibility that he and the boys would be driving through our part of Texas sometime this week. But, I missed yesterday’s phone call, and when today’s came, they were only an hour out of town! Their timing was perfect, as I’d already finished the work I had planned to do loading tubs of fabric from the workshop into the trailer. I jumped in the shower, and checked my email, and it wasn’t long ’til the doorbell rang!

I knew to expect these two beautiful little boys to have grown like weeds. After all, it’s been years since I had seen them last, and well . . . boys do that! 😉 Gareth almost remembered me, and Tristan was still a tiny baby when his family moved from Texas, back to California. I have followed their growth as much as I could via photos online, but that does little to convey personality. It was a pleasure to get to see them, and their dad.

Almost as great a pleasure, though, was getting to see Charlie and Charlotte—the two border collies that round out their little travelling family. Any dogs that visit here are more than welcome, and doubly so those of the same breed as our two. But, what made this really special, is that Charlie (14) and Charlotte (9) are our ‘Tia’s parents. So, it was a real “homecoming/reunion” of sorts.

We had a great visit, and so did the little dog pack. On their way from California to Florida, where Rex is planning to settle down for a while, he had promised the boys he’d show them where they lived in Texas and where Tristan was born. I’m so glad the timing on this worked out such that I was still here, and not already on the road north.

Sometimes I think it’s really difficult to get the cat, or my two dogs to sit still for a photograph. Well, from now on that will seem easy! Try two boys under the age of ten and four hyper border collies! Like nailing jello to a tree!  In this photo, our ‘Tia is front left, and Cormac is front right.  Gareth is holding Charlie on the left, and Charlotte is under Rex’s arm, with Tristan in the center.

I went back to work after hugs and mutual safe journey wishes, and they were all once again on their way. I worked ’til about 7:30 or so when Stephen and Ed brought me the costume bits that I’m transporting to Bristol so Steve doesn’t have to fly with them when he visits. We went to Coker’s for dinner and Kyle met us there. Yet another farewell in the parking lot, there, and my last week marches on.

~MB

Cormac Watching Saturday, Nov 15 2008 

Cormac Watching

14 November 2008

Give this dog some sheep or ducks or something, and he’d be a force to be reckoned with— but in our suburban neighbourhood, the frisbee will have to do.

I knew today was going to be hectic, so I figured I’d get my photography done early this morning, so I wouldn’t run the risk of getting all the way through the day with no pictures.  Good thing I did!

Kyle took a few minutes this morning to throw the frisbee for the dogs, and I shot a few fun photos of that playtime—Cormac is quite the jumper!

One very exciting thing about today—we’re at TRF, and our dogs aren’t in the kennel!  They are at home, with our dear friends Allyson and Rod, probably being somewhat spoiled as I write this!  When Ally suggested that they could stay with the dogs, we were thrilled!  It was such a generous offer that we simply couldn’t pass it up—although we’re still not sure how to adequately thank them!

~MB

Mealtime Monday, Sep 1 2008 

30 August 2008
Since MB has been gone, we stay in touch through these means. It gives the other insight into the day. MB recently requested that I provide a photo of both dogs together since I’ve recently posted on each dog separately. I’m not sure this is what she had in mind, but it’s what she gets.
Meal Time
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 1 September 2008 )

Listening to:
A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins
from Gorgeous George

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
ISO Speed: 80
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