Friday, 22 August 2014

Bell Park

It wasn't the best day weather wise, but off we went anyways. We wanted to do the MacNamara Trail which we have done many times. At the trailhead there is a "no dogs" sign because they don't want us dogs scaring the wildlife. Well, us shelties are not really the type to "run down deer" so normally we ignore that sign. Well this time, there was a new "no dogs at any time" sign, so the mom felt guilty and decided to obey. So guess we won't be doing the MacNamara Trail again any time soon. Honestly people, if dog owners respect the property, clean up and keep us dogs close, how are we scaring the wildlife, except maybe the odd tree rat, we never see any wildlife. Our little town doesn't have a dog park, so what is a dog to do?
 Down the road is another park we like, it doesn't have great trails, but it does have pretty views. It is a point where 2 rivers meet, so here we are at Bell Park.
When trying to get close to one of the pretty views, mom spotted a tent with clothes hung about drying. Guess they didn't see the "no camping" sign. We didn't see anyone butts it was a bit creepy so we skedaddled out of there, since there was only us to protect the mom if things got out of hand. Don't think we would be much help herding them around.

Of course, the mom had to pull out the flashy beast, to commemorate the event of the pretty views. She drives us nuts with that all the time. Butts we are used to it, so if we want to hike, expect the flashy beast at every turn.
Scout wouldn't mind sun bathing on the rocks, if there was some sun, but no dice on this day.

I know mom I got a bit messy with all the exploring, relax I will let you brush me later.

Here we are showing mom how sure footed we are. Around the corner is where the 2 rivers meet and it is fast water, she worries way too much, our ancestors are from the Shetland Islands, so we are experts don't you know.

This is fun, I am one ruff & tumble boy. I wanted to swim but "you know who" wouldn't let me.

of course we see the sign, but we aren't doing more than 5 mph, , what a worry wart.
Scout says, I'm fine, we're checking pee mail, scary tent person is no where in sight.
Scout kills me, trying to get a drink without getting his feet wet. I could show him how it's done but you know who would let me in the water, what a worry wart ....
So that was our little excursion this morning, no running down deer and no tree rats harmed.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blakeney Rapids

We went for a hike at a new park. It has rapids, little streams that branch off, little foot bridges. It was very pretty, with trails going everywhere, so we just walked and walked. It was hilly terrain, so it was a bit much for Scout's short legs, so we had to take lots of breaks to let him rest and just to enjoy ...

Of course, mom had to stop us every time we turned around to take photos, sometimes we just wished she would let us walk. But being the photogenic shelties we are, we obliged ...

We are hot, can we just sit and relax for a minute ...

wait ... we're not ready yet

we like it here under the shady trees, you go sit in the hot sun

all right all right, just one though and no we are not going to look at you ...

ahh, this is the life for me

we get distracted by squirrels, but the mom on the other hand, its wild flowers, so we had to stop again ...
It was a great day, hope you enjoy it too!!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Axel Loves Agility

Axel here, thought I would show you some agility obstacles. I love, love, love playing agility.

this is me, showing my sheltie pants, going over a jump at 10". we just do 10" for training. in a real agility trial I would need to do the next one 16" but for practice my trainer just wants me to be comfortable.
next is the dog walk. this was when I first started so I can do a lot higher now. la de la de la, yup easy peasy ... I'm supposed to hit my contacts at the beginning & at the end, meaning all 4 paws must be on the contact.
we train 2x2 weaves ... here I am learning by this technique. you start by just going thru 2 poles, then gradually add 2 more & 2 more, finally you then add 6 more in 2 sets, I'm not there yet, but Scout is a weaving master, he loves the weaves.

this is the chute ... once you know the tunnel then the chute is easy peasy too! some dogs don't like the fabric touching their back but once you figure out where the end is, no problem ...
incoming!! yup this is the tunnel, most doggies love the tunnel best, tunnel hounds they call us ... you start with the tunnel really short so you can see the end of it. but then those pesky humans stretch it out at all different angles ... the good thing is there is always a treat at the end.
this is my rock star moment! photo by Avalon Ranch, where I go for grooming & agility training. this was at an agility demo a few weeks back ... guess what, I must have done good because they asked me back for another one this weekend.

another photo by Avalon Ranch ... yup I'm lovin it ... can you say YEAH ... I LOVE AGILITY!!

Smiling for Sugar

Sending our best smiles for a super special birthday girl!
‘I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there.
J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.’
— Coco Chanel
Stay young at heart! Happy 13th Barkday Sugar!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Our Kitties

Not only are we 2 little Sheltie boys, we have 3 kitties in our famdamily.
thought we should introduce them as well

Pookie is the old lady, she is 17, can u believe it. She was adopted from the humane society. She is very healthy for an old gal, just a wee bit deaf. She loves basking in the sun and she insists on her milky doodoos every morning ... which we kindly lick up when she is done ...

Then there is monkey boy, the dad's best boy who he rescued. Now he is not the original monkey boy but dad missed him so much he called the new one monkey boy too! Here he is spooning with Pookie. She never had any kitties of her own, so she kind of adopted him. They do this a bunch.

3rdly is Pearl, she is pure white with blue eyes, white as ivory snow. She is a rescue too, in fact her shelter name was Ivory. Mama drove a couple of hours to get her Mom a white cat, which she just had to have. Grandma didn't like the name Ivory and usually ended up calling her Pearl, from when she had 2 twin sisters which she called Minnie & Pearl. When the grandma passed away, Pearl came to live with us. She is kind of a "if I fits, I sits" kinda girl.

and since we are introducing family members, here is Argus, an Australian Cattle Dog. When the skin kid got him, they lived with us, so I had to show him the ropes ... smile & you get treats ...

Here he is showing his donkey ears, but like I said before, I wouldn't say that to his face. They have their own house now but he still comes for visits.

Hope you enjoy meeting the non sheltie family members. Have a great day!!

Your pal, Scout

Monday, 4 August 2014

To Frankie & Ernie, with love

Couldn't help but think of Frankie & Ernie when we saw this, it was on a door mat. It made mama laugh and laugh ...

Hugs, your pals,
Scout & Axel

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Black & White Sunday

This is Argus, an Australian Cattle Dog. He comes to visit with the skin kid and sometimes we have to babysit him. You can't tell in this pic but he has donkey ears and I wouldn't tell him to his face BOL!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Flower Friday

Axel here, I'm your host today ... looky see at mama's fleurs ... they are looking exceptional ... truth be told if it wasn't for the dad they might not look so exceptional ... don't tell her I told ya ...


Happy Friday Blogville!!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shopping around the world

Sorry I've not been around ... Holidays for 2 weeks ... Woohoo
But I made notes my last shopping trip so wanted to join Bacon and Fozzie for shopping around the world

Medium ground beef $11/kg bought .4 kg so $4.40 for a pack
Schneiders bacon reg $6.99 on sale for $5.88 for a 375g package
Schneiders all beef hot dogs $5.99 for a 375g package. Sorry Frankie & Ernie, I mean tube steaks
Delissio rising crust Canadian pizza $7.49 860g Canadian pizza has pepperoni, bacon & mushroom
Cashmere TP12 double rolls $11.49 reg $7.99 on sale

So there you have it, we shop at Metro and we are from Canada.

see you soon
The Shelties mama

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Come Swimming with Us

Axel here, I'm writing this one because HRH Scout says I'm the swimmer boy. This is one of our fav parks, I get to swim at the nice little beach, then play fetch to dry off me furrs.

here is His Royal Highness, barking his orders from shore as usual

this is me, getting it done 
(notice I'm cheating a bit here ... walking & not swimming ... don't tell mom)

we had fun today. can you believe HRH sitting down, I'm the one did all the work!

and here we are drying off my furrs

this was more fun than going to the lady who puts me in a big tub then points a hot, loud beastie at me
but mom says I don't smell as good, she says I smell like the Ottawa River !!

till next time
your pal, Axel

Monday, 21 July 2014

Swimming with The Boy

We were at a Riverdrive Festival recently. It is held each year to honour and celebrate the Ottawa River and its historic contribution to our little town. There were vintage boats, great food, paddling & boat rides and traditional music.

We were invited as part of the Avalon Ranch Dock Diving & Agility demos. Avalon Ranch is where we train agility. We did the agility demo ... dock diving & shelties are not a good mix, we could drownded you know. We had fun doing relay races with the kids, over jumps and thru tunnels, kids aren't as fast as us though ... Afterwards, it was really hot, so me and the boy decided to have some fun in the water, notice no docks involved ...

I can get it follow me
can't catch me
no way jose, it's all mine
faster Axel, faster, don't let the boy have it
man that's hard work

As you can tell, I'm the swimmer dog, HRH Scout only give directions from the shore ... 
Until next time, 
your Pal ... Axel
PeeS, watch for my agility pics coming soon