Monday, October 3, 2011

Belated Captain Jack Sighting and Barkdays

I've been a bad blogger and news reporter when it comes to the pirates and their (somewhat) less rowdy housemates. 

Back over Labor Day weekend, Captain Jack struck again, this time in Amana, IA, winning Winner's Dog 3 out of 4 days, Best Bred By Exhibitor, Best of Breed Puppy, and a Puppy Group 4.  He took home a stack full of ribbons that he could have decorated the whole back wall of his crate. LOL  He still has a lot of growing and filling out to do, but he thinks the dog shows are fun and his attitude is really starting to show.

Emmy moved out of our house and in with her junior handler, Paige, to work on their chemistry in the ring.  They have been showing well together, but as many of us know, the better the chemistry, the more successful you will be!  From all reports so far, they are both having a ball, and we are excited to see them in a few weeks at the Lincoln show.

Duchess smelling fall
We are also celebrating 3 barkdays this week.  Duchess, our token bunny butt Pem, turns a grandmotherly 9!  She was our first Corgi, a rescue, and is queen of all she surveys.  She only comes down off her throne (the couch) when she deems the Cardigans are getting too rowdy.  Once she gets up, they ALL scatter and stay out of her way!! LOL  And heaven forbid the hoomans try to keep her loud mouth quiet!!  She takes mouthing off and back talking to an art form!!  Just ask her, she'll tell ya!!! LOL  Happy Birthday Roo!!!!

Ruby loves to smile

Ruby is the next barkday, and she turns 7.  Another one who doesn't act her age, she constantly runs and keeps Phantom and Cristal in shape.  Her main job has always been to keep the show dogs in shape by going for walks at a brutal pace for the lazier ones in the house.  She sets her pace early on and, like a metronome, never breaks her stride.  You could almost say she's the Jillian Michaels of our house ;o)  Happy Birthday Ruby-Doo!!!

Cristal is all ears!
And finally we have the baby adult, Cristal, Ruby's daughter, who turns 3.  The Diva of the house, she thinks she is never supposed to be crated when hoomans are home, and throws a fit when she knows we are.  She always thinks she's special....kind of Paris Hilton qualities in this one, and yes, she turns into a TOTAL hussy when she's in season....even to the point of tormenting the boys when they are crated and she isn't!!!!  LOL  It's taken her a long time to grow up, but now she's blossoming into a beautiful young lady and she catches everyone's eye, no matter where she goes.  Happy Birthday Krissy!!!

Pirate mutiny!!!  Angel giving Jack a whack upside the head!
Oh, and not to be forgotten (as if!), the pirates turn a rambunctious 10 months old in a little more than a week.  The older they get, the bigger they get, the rougher they get!! LOL  We had to barricade the front of our fireplace with probably 15 doggie pillows to prevent them from cracking their skulls on the hearth.  Now they think it's fun to take a flying leap (!) into the pillows and bounce off.  I wish I could figure out a way to video the carnage, but all the angles are wrong and all you would see is three blurs.  And just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water....or walk across the living room...