About Zephyr, dogs and dogsports! Most often in images...not words!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Busy, Busy!


Wow, sorry I haven't posted in awhile, but we have been busy. My Mom had a baby on Dec. 13th so that has been taking up some time. We have had lots of people by the house to visit and the holidays are here so that too has been time consuming! I was very excited when Mom brought the baby home, I remember from Liam that before too long they become a lot of fun! I like to lay right next to the bassinet or next to whomever is holding him. The first day he came home Mom was worried about me because I wouldn't let the other dogs near the baby, but I got over that.
Well Dad has been on dog running duty since the baby's arrival, but our runs have not been too long due to the bitter cold weather we have been having. Most days have been -15, -23 with the wind chill. Brrr!! We got lots of snow the other day too. Enjoy the photos!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Brrrrrr!!!

What a cold and very windy day today! It was -14, but they said more like -20 with the wind chill. These are the kind of winter days that we don't get to spend too much time outside. We did get a little outside play time and short walks but that was it. My Mom worries about our feet and noses on days like today. Instead she did some trick work in the living room and games with toys for something to do. Also I curled up in Liam the toddlers bed to snuggle up where it was warm. I hope everyone keeps their pets inside tonight.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Snow of Winter Begins

The winter has begun with the snowy days that I love so much! We love to get out and play in the snow together, Chase , Kirya and I. My Mom says shes not so fond of the winter but she still gets us out all the time. We haven't been hit with any bad snow yet just several days of a few centimeters and such. We had more snow last night but these photos are of a few days back.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Good News!

Yesterday I had to go to an ophthalmologist for an appointment. It was a recheck visit. I saw him last one year ago, and before that one and a half years ago. I have some dark spots on my left iris, that started to appear and change and grow. Well the good news is that Dr. Zigler the specialist still feels that these are benign pigment changes, not malignant growths. That means I still get to keep my eye! (Yes if they are decided to be malignant it is recommended that my eye comes out.) Here is a photo from last February. The spot at nine o'clock is bigger now but you get the idea.

Friday, November 14, 2008

End of the Season

I just have to say that I am a little upset today as all the agility equipment is being put away for the winter. Mom said with all the rain and then snow expected this week and how big she is now, it is time. Oh well, I guess we still get to go to the training hall where Mom teaches to use the equipment there. It looks like winter is coming and that means more hiking, less agility!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fall Leaves

We have a lot of trees at our house and so we have a lot of leaves to clean up this time of year. You can see me having fun jumping through them and playing while my Mom rakes them up!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy "Howl"oween

Happy Halloween from us to you!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cute Photos


As much as my Mother would not normally recommend that people let their small children hold the leash out on a walk, she knows how good Kirya and I are on leash and she is right there to make sure all is well. They really are cute photos!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

My New Cousin!


Life definitely moves full circle. With death there is always rebirth. This past week I had to say Goodbye to my litter mate Spy, but also my Mom's sister got a new puppy. She is a little Australian Shepherd (looks a bit like a Border Collie) named Vienna. She has been up to our house a couple times to socialize and meet her new extended family. She is a lovely little girl, and we all had lots of fun together!Enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Goodbye Spy-We Will Miss You


Yesterday was a very hard day for my Mom and her friend-Spy's Mom. Spy is my litter mate, I have talked about him here in the past and posted pictures. Yesterday he passed to the bridge. We all got to see him on Monday as we went for one last quiet walk and Spy's Mom asked my Mom to take some photos. Yesterday my Mom was with her friend and Spy when the vet came to the house to help him pass over. She was upset when she came home even though we know it was the best thing for him. He has had a good life but his medical problems have just got to be too much for him. Saying goodbye is just never an easy thing to have to do. And even though Spy did not live with all of us he spent lots of time here, visited often, and did lots of things with us. My Mom has known him since we were 2 weeks old, and I have known him for my whole life. We will miss you Spy.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


What a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend! The weather is warm, the leaves are all colours and we are having a great time!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Salamander Festival

Yesterday Mom took Chase and I to a small town called Belfountain to do a dog sport demo for their annual Salamander Festival. This town is located on the forks of the credit river and is beautiful. They are trying to raise environmental awareness for the area. It was a small demo, but lots of fun. It was only one show but we did some agility, relays, disc, tricks and obedience. I think my Mom enjoyed going out for the pancake breakfast that happened first just as much as the demo!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Energizer Disc Trial


Yesterday my Mom and I went to compete in a CDDA disc trial. What a great day! All the way there my Mom was admiring the turning leaves, and geese flying in formation, saying what a beautiful fall day it was. Well since I'm not a bird dog, and I don't see the colours like she does, I will move on to the important stuff...Disc Dog!!

There were 2 trails held in one day, so lots of classes. In trial 1 we did Novice Single Disc and 2 games. In our single disc we had a poor first round, but a great second round giving us only 34 points but still a 4th out of 15 dogs. We got a second in one of the 2 games with some great prizes.

In trial 2 we again did Novice Single Disc and ended up 1st!! We had 2 great rounds and 53 points! Mom was so happy with me. I was just happy she threw the disc better this time!! Also we did an attempt at freestyle!! We have only tried it once before back in July, and have not practiced since but we entered anyway! Well Mom was glad we did, 2nd place and a Qualifying score!!! Her belly is getting big now that she is 6 1/2 months pregnant so it was a fairly low key routine!! And again we won some great prizes. Liam the toddler was happy with the big stuffed Energizer bunny, and daddy was happy with the golf balls and golf umbrella. I also won my Mom a new doggie tea cup and lots of doggie treats for myself, Chase and Kirya. Of course there were plaques and ribbons too.

All in all it was a fun day. I hung out with my niece Tink and grand niece Kessie in their canopy. Thanks so much to Shona for all the amazing photos, and to Amanda and Natasha who filmed all my runs. My Mom is having problems getting the video loaded, but she will add them if she can.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hiking Trails


Today we went to our usual hiking spot (just 1 minute from our house) but today Mom brought the camera. Today she brought just Chase and myself (Kirya was home playing with my Grandma's dog). She thought she'd have a picture of us in need of deburring as usual but we stayed out of them!! She says the burrs (and the odd ignorant dog owner) are the only part of hiking that she doesn't like. This is such a nice time of year! Enjoy the photos!



Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Usual stuff

So I just realized it has been awhile since my last post. We have just been up to the usual stuff around here:hiking at the trails down the road, trips to the park and walks, agility and disc training in the yard as well as going to the training hall with Mom to teach. Of course I have also been doing my usual games with Liam the toddler out in the yard!
Also my Mom has been harvesting so much of the vegetable garden and of course we get our share! The carrots are Chase's favorite, but I like everything! Mom has been trying to keep Kirya from eating all the fallen apples and pears from the trees!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fun Match

Yesterday Chase and I went to an agility fun match. Luckily it was indoors because it rained all morning! We haven't been to a fun match since I was young. My Mom hasn't signed me up for any more trials this year because she is getting bigger by the week and therefore running slower so she says it's not worth it. However she said a fun match was fine, costs less and she could choose her own course for us. She was so happy with both of us. She said I ran so well even though I was very high and fast. Chase ran well too for an older, retired dog. Fun stuff on a wet rainy day!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Goodbye-Sad News

It is with a heavy heart that I must say Goodbye to my dog mother Q. I just found out that she passed away a few days ago. She was 13 years old. Here is the link to see what her Mom had to say about her. http://www.hiqborders.com/2q.cfm
Goodbye Mom I will miss you.

More Swimming!

We have just been enjoying the last bit of summer!

Me and the gang!
Chase wants the duckie!
Poolside
Chase

Me(Smile for the camera!!)