Friday, July 31, 2009
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Halo is fond of leading Archer through the foliage and then promptly losing him. You might think she's looking for him but no, she doesn't care where he is.
I know you are asking "Where's Leeloo?" She was with us but Blogger is refusing to load the photo of her. Not sure why. Blogger is giving me some headaches these days.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A lot has happened in the last week, namely my homicidal impulse toward Raimi and his desperate and uncontrollable desire for Leeloo. It has been ... torture. For everyone. It seems that last Thursday evening it suddenly occurred to Raimi that Leeloo was the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars ... his whole universe. She was the very creature he'd been pining for his whole life. She was his Juliet - the forbidden love he couldn't live without.
I was nothing. I was invisible. I was the foil to his unrequited love.
I wanted to kill him.
This has continued the last 5 days and thankfully today we turned the corner and she no longer seems to be ovulating. He hasn't completely lost interest but the desperation has ebbed a little - it's faded into a sort of puppy love. Leeloo has also lost patience with his constant attention. She's told him to back off a few times and like any red blooded male he doesn't listen. We have settled into a kind of truce where he is allowed to be near her under supervision but he is not to harrass her. This seems to be an acceptable compromise for everyone. It sure beats the hell out of the constant whining, pacing, wrinkles and panting we've had to endure the past week.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. It's been an interesting ride and I for one, am not going through it again. When Leeloo next comes into heat Raimi and Archer will be sent to my parent's house where I can't hear them whine for the beautiful blonde who smells so good.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Mad scramble by the cat get out of the dish and some water droplets hit my keyboard. I dried it off as quickly as I could but obviously some water got in. No processing issues so far but 'n' is fickle, windows pop up unexpectedly, the space bar doesn't work all the time, the arrow keys don't all work and the shift key has some ... issues. I also have to randomly smash the keyboard and it mysteriously works fine for a little while and then starts with the nonsense again.
I'll see over the next couple days if it improves but unfortunately this likely means I'll end up just posting a photo or two with minimal description because typing is becoming incredibly frustrating as you may well imagine.
The cat was fine if anyone cares ... I know I didn't.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
So I'm not sure I love the forest really. Pity that since Nova Scotia is almost entirely made up of trees. We took the road less travelled at one point, were about 100 feet into the forest when I heard a strange noise. It sounded *exactly* like a squeaky door opening. Only there aren't any squeaky doors in the forest. I looked to my left and saw a log with a hollowed out part that looked suspiciously like a doorway. I glanced up to see Raimi cocking his head and listening, obviously having heard the same sound I did.
Halo was halfway to New Brunswick but recalled after a moment and we beat a hasty retreat. I have absolutely no interest in an entanglement with whatever angry creature was hiding in the dark recesses of that tree. All I know is if there is an encounter with something sharp a few things will happen: Halo will bay it regardless of the danger factor, Raimi will stand a few feet away and bark, Leeloo will dive in and out barking, Archer will be confused and upset and I will be apoplectic with anger and fear. And not a single dog will recall easily.
So off we headed back to the gravel path we'd been on. We popped out into the sunlight and continued down the trail and the dogs were all preoccupied with smells along the edges. I glanced up and my heart stopped.
A deer stood about 30 feet ahead of us just off the trail with it's head sticking out of a bush. Immediately I started walking backwards and then did an about face as I yelled "COME!". Man I wish I had a photo of four Ridgebacks trotting toward a deer they haven't noticed but I can see all five animals and the disaster about to ensue.
Halo stopped to glance back at me and over her shoulder the deer walked out of the bushes and trotted down the trail away from us. Halo kept looking at me while she turned around. Thank gawd for small miracles. They all seemed confused about the sudden course change but were happy enough to follow along. I continued walking quickly with a comet trail of four obedient Ridgebacks, glanced back and saw the deer bound a couple steps and leap back into the trees.
There is really only one conclusion to Halo spotting a deer and that is Halo bolting after the deer. I think Raimi would bolt too but would stop sooner - possibly even recall. Leeloo would likely just follow Raimi's lead and Archer would get stuck at the first fallen log. Halo would disappear into the trees and I'd be wasting my breath yelling for her. Although, I suspect if I simply stood in one spot and called her she would eventually return. Once Halo loses the target she loses interest and a deer would likely be able to lose her quite easily. She'd stop, evaluate where she was and, hopefully, follow her own scent back to me. That is best case scenario ...
So we headed home with new resolve to stick to the field and take the forest path on rare occasions. I was obsessively scanning the trees for other creatures to pop out and make my life hell but at worst we encountered a boy on a bike who was talking to himself. The forest is full of surprises and I think I'll stay out of it.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Hunter went to Kelowna, he was White Boy, and he has two little girls to play with there. Apparently he ate peach pit and after some vomiting part of it came up. A couple days, more unsuccessful vomiting, a visit to the vet, a shrug from the vet, more days to stew, and then the other half came up. His owner has compared him to a piranha and I think it's pretty apt. Tikka is in Kitimat, BC (she was Bridget) and she is also enjoying the company of children as she grows and she is kicking Doberman butt. Her owner asked about the bald patch she has partway down her tail - totally normal for a Ridgeback puppy. It will grow in as they mature - the puppies with more black in their coat makes it less noticeable but for whatever reason they all have it.
Rio is in Calgary and spends a lot of time in the mountains. Her mom puts Rio in her backpack and carries her when she gets too tired during a hike - so cute. Rio's new best friend is a German Shepherd named Jack and he is the most stable temperamented GSD I've ever met. Rio is right on track with her growth - giant feet and ears!
Of course Odin(or Odie and I still think of him) shares a house and a blog with his new sister Kika. He is learning all kinds of new things from Kika and growing like a weed. Soon he will weigh more and be much bigger than little Kika but I bet she is still the boss no matter how big he gets!
I don't have a recent photo but in Yellowknife Missy's name has since been changed to Ella and she is stealing hearts all over the north. She came down with a bladder infection just like Rio but it should be on the mend now. Not sure why this litter of girls was afflicted with UTI problems - maybe next litter I'll stay away from Iams ... I've had too many problems with it to continue using it. Also, Ella seems to have started the 'flying nun' ears rather soon ... this is often related to teething and causes their to ears go all wonky. You can correct it with added vitamin C to the diet or simply wait for the ears to settle after the teeth are done. A show puppy would have its ears weighed down to 'teach' the muscles to behave.
I also don't have recent photos of Elsa in Calgary - who is now Gracie - but I'm sure she is doing great. This is the family's second Ridgeback and they know what they're in for. They have three small children too so a very busy household!
Send me your new photos of these guys - I'm sure anyone reading the blog is now getting sick of my beach bums!
Friday, July 3, 2009
So here, finally, is Leeloo's very second time in the ring which is Best Puppy in Show. Now remember, this is the first show on the Saturday when she didn't win, not the second one where she did. Regardless, her movement is the same and so is mine - heaven help me. She is a little bewildered but held up very well ... the little darling. This is the first and last time she'll be shown as a puppy since the next show we're entering she'll be 1 year and 1 day old!
Leeloo Movement 9 1/2 months
Leeloo now continues her journey into womanhood and thankfully so far, it's been a relatively trauma free process ... early days yet.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
But the show must go on. I was thinking a few weeks ago how Leeloo is almost 10 months old and I should be watching her for signs of 'becoming a woman'. As though she could read my mind last week Raimi started thinking very hard about her bottom and I suspected she was on the cusp of coming into heat.
Now I'm sure she is and although it's a little more subtle than Halo's grotesque explosion of swelling and blood we are still in the early stages. There's time yet to get gross. Raimi gives her a good sniff now and then but is not the whining, trembling, howling, annoying Boy he will be in a few short days. Archer won't be as badly affected but he still won't have access to Lady Legs when she's in full blown heat.
As it is, though I am quite sure she is no where near ovulating(or even being in proper heat yet), they are all under strict supervision and never left alone together.
So far Leeloo is just paying a little more attention to her bottom, which is only slightly swollen, and has quietly become more clingy. Since it's her first heat she will not know what is going on and a young bitch's reaction to being in heat can often vary from total confusion to instant slut. I think Leeloo is more the confusion type. Rather ... it's a hope.
So my little girl is growing up. Sniff. I suspect this burst of hormones will trigger her body to catch up with her legs. I hope she doesn't completely lose her ballerina body but I'd like to see her start to look a little more in proportion ... otherwise people will think I'm breeding drop eared Ibizan Hounds.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Anyway, I took them all for a run yesterday in a field and some forest adjacent to a school yard about 3 blocks from my house and they had a wonderful time. I think they more enjoy the grass than the sand so I'll alternate the runs. Here's Leeloo being silly. She was boinging through along and ambushing Archer. What a screwball. And Archer in the flock of ferns that were along the forest floor when we ventured into the trees a bit. It looks like he's listening carefully to The Secret of the Ferns. I bet they have a lot to say.