Monday, April 27, 2009
In case you missed the memo: Personally, I hate video games. So, I give kids as much grief as possible when I see them playing them. Especially kids I like. Yes, it's true: You only hurt the ones you love.
Where was I?
Right. At the dog show in Sacramento - BELOW: Spencer with his Best of Breed ribbon (and me) (and Cathy's finger? Thumb?): That's him after winning, doing his sit up trick. This trick has back-fired on occasion. Mostly in obedience training. I think it's cute. But I think I've been instructed not to tell him to sit up anymore. I think. Oh well - I'm busted.
It's cute! JJ, Ebbtide Careful What You Wish, also won a first in Bred By Exhibitor (no photo - thank you, RYAN) and brother Beau, Ebbtide Wish Upon A Rainbeau, a 2nd in 12-18 months with Judi Scherrer handling:
Judi likes to watch the competition. Free tip of the day: Better to concentrate on your own dog.
These photos courtesy Team Ebbtide member Cathy Baird (Beau's owner).
She was NOT playing video games. Thank you, Cathy.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The wisteria outside my kitchen window - turn on your smell-a-vision...ahhhhh
A tall bearded iris - blue, light blue combo - name is in a file I'm too lazy to find:
Poppies! I love poppies... orange California and one purple Poppy of Troy (Papaver setigerum)
California poppy with borage buds - I love those borage buds! I will plant many more borage seeds - will I regret this???!! They re-seed shamelessly. Stay tuned...
Below: Inside the fenced garden: The yellow area - border iris, abutilon and 'Bronze baby' sedge (Carex comans)...uhh, that cool looking "variegated " leaf in the upper left of photo - most likely chlorosis, a nutrient deficiency. I recently added compost for a long-term solution. But, I kinda like that deficient look ...
Another view of the yellow garden
OMG - this frilly tangerine iris is stupendous and, snifff, ahhhhhhhh , smells so sweet...Must find name of this one, too. I want to be this flower...
Baby Blue Eyes! I love this wildflower, too! That's Verbena 'Homestead Purple' and white alyssum over-planted with a wildflower mix.
Closeup of that Poppy of Troy (Papaver setigerum) - another reseeder! I love this guy, too. Crazy stamens.
Every year I take a photo like this - Tough, hardy, drought tolerant rockrose (Cistus purpureus) - I can't get enough of these blooms:
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So what are these so-called "dog-resistant plants"? Here's a trio of tough, low water, big impact plants: gray Artemisia 'Powis Castle', purple Erysimum "Bowles Mauve', and pink-spotted Cistus. Sadly, the bright sun washed out the color in this great combo. Maybe I'll get out there tomorrow, and get a better photo in better light. It's a beautiful group, and sturdy!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
On Saturday, "Howdy" - Ebbtide Good Ol' Greetin' and owner Judie Howard scored ANOTHER 199 under judge Stephanie Gomez and ANOTHER First Place. No High In Trial this time - an Open B dog with a 200 took that home! Sunday was a tougher day for Howdy - he has us so spoiled! But a Third Place in northern California's highly competitive Novice B class is certainly respectable. His average score in Novice B is .... 198! I think that's out of 8 shows. WOW!
"Tonic" - Ebbtide Effervescent Elixir UDX earned a 198 1/2 in Open B for a Second Place, which gave him 2 more points toward his OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion). Go Tonic Go!
Howdy and Tonic share the same mother: "Maddie" - Ebbtide Madam President CD. It's all in the family...
We need new photos of Howdy & Tonic, Judie!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Judi showed Beau to a 2nd place, and I got to show Spencer this time ;-) We had a great time despite the warm building. JJ is blowing coat right now and looks a little....sparse. He'll take a break from shows, but will continue his obedience/rally/agility/herding endeavors.
Enjoy this past photo of CH Spencer CD:
NOT!! That's JJ (Ebbtide Careful What You Wish age 14 months)!
See Ryan: You shoulda took a picture...!
Monday, April 6, 2009
First Place, Novice B Obedience, score 198
Judge Bill Iwamoto
First Place, Novice B, score 199 1/2
Judge Susie Osborn
HIGHEST SCORING DOG IN TRIAL
First Place Novice B, score 199 1/2
Judge Dorin Ladd
HIGHEST SCORING DOG IN IN TRIAL
First Place Novice B, perfect score 200
Judge Loretta Delinger and (are you seeing a pattern here?)
HIGHEST SCORING DOG IN TRIAL
Oh. And he has his CD now...sorta an afterthought, don't you think?
Someone told me owner/trainer/handler Judie Howard was there, too.... ;-)
Nice nice nice nice, Judie!!!! She reported that out of his 6 Novice B showings, his lowest High In Trial score was 199.5.
Judie also showed older half-brother, "Tonic, Ebbtide Effervescent Elixir UDX , too, and won some more points toward his UDX2.
Criminy - that's some serious obedience.
Sizzle sizzle sssss...