Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jill Heupel Cutest Pet Contest!!

I would love to win this contest. So I decided to blog about it to up my chances!! To find out more look here

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An Eagle & a canine good citizen!!

The other day Christian took a photo of this in our backyard!  Isn’t it beautiful!  I hate I missed seeing it in person but just like his Momma…..he grabbed the camera to capture the moment. Cullen's 11th bday and snow day 001

I have been slowly making progress with Mya’s training.  She is now almost 10 months old.  She is still ALL puppy in the house but out and about she really is proving that she will mature into a fantastic girl!  On Wednesday the 5th I took her to take her CGC (canine good citizen) test.  The test consists of 10 items. 

1. Accepting a friendly stranger.  Mya did great with this.  Although protective, Mya does not seem to know a stranger…or at least when I say it is okay….the love pours out!

2. Sit politely for petting.  She struggled on the slick floors but did GREAT!

3. Appearance and grooming.  Evaluator inspects the dog, combs/brushes lightly, and examines ears and feet. She did really well considering she does not get brushed.  I constantly pick her feet up, mess with her mouth, ears, tails, etc.  Don’t want her to be surprised by anything. 

4. Out for a walk which includes maintaining control of the dog and a left, right, about turn, and stop.  Mya usually does fantastic on lead.  She really listens to me when she knows she is working.  The key is to remind her she is working and keep her in that mode.

5. Walking through a crowd.  She breezed through this.  She was more interested in the treats and toys in the aisle. ;)

6. Sit and down on command and stay in place.  Mya did very well.  I am proud of her especially since our training has slacked lately in this department. 

7. Coming when called….see above.  She could have done better in my opinion but did enough to pass this test. ;)

8. Reaction to another dog.  Two handlers and their dogs approach, shake hands, talk and move on.  Dogs cannot react poorly and show more than casual interest in each other.  Mya was more interested in the handler (shocking,really).  This was the lightbulb moment that I need to keep her in a working mode and not slack that we are being casual.  I made her sit b/c when she didn’t she felt free to sniff the other handler and showed too much interest.  When sitting and strictly working she completely paid attention to me and what I wanted.  So good lesson learned and she still passed this section. 

9. Reaction to distractions.  The evaluator threw a heavy metal bowl onto the floor.  The dogs cannot act scared, aggressive, or in any other unfavorable way.  Mya breezed through this section.  She is not a skittish girl!

10. Supervised Separation.  Mya struggled with this a LOT!  I had to go out of sight for 3 min. and leave her with the evaluator.  We will continue to work on this.  She is a big baby and wants to be with me when she is out and about.  The evaluator was a bit lenient and allowed us to pass this last section of the test! =D

Mya overall did fantastic and PASSED her test.  When all the paperwork is done she will officially be Hillco’s My Little Darlin’, CGC.  Well, actually I don’t know if they do that anymore but it means a LOT to me.  It gives me a reward in the middle of our training and encouragement to continue on.  I hope to compete in rally and/or obedience with her.  I have also contemplated using her as a therapy dog.  I think it would be great for her and others along with my children going and taking part in it also.  Maybe my next update will be her getting some points in rally on our way to her becoming Hillco’s My Little Darlin’, CGC, RN (rally novice)!!  =)

Taking part in obedience and to enjoy it with a dobie has been a dream of mine for many years.  Although I think I jumped the gun by getting a dog too soon b/c I could not wait any longer, I am thrilled with Mya and I hope I can make enough time to continue through with our training and my goals for us.  It is tough making the time with being the Mom, wife, teacher, housekeeper, chauffer, chef, etc. all the while trying to get myself back into top physical shape.   When you throw in a big puppy you remember just how much you already had to do!!  =)Regardless, I just love that big goof ball!!  I am proud of her and myself too.  ;)  Here is a pic of Mya and I with the evaluator, Tina.  She is a really neat lady!  (not a great pic of Mya or me but it documents the moment!)  I have to throw in that Cullen went with us and he was so GREAT!  He took video and pics for me to see what we could work on and how we looked working together.  The evaluator did nothing but compliment what a well-behaved, polite young man he was.  She said I was training them both quite well…LOL!! 

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I will try to post today or tomorrow the celebration of my middle kiddo turning ELEVEN!!  Life just flies by!! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Catch Up

Again….I am playing catch up!  Uggghhh!!  I always feels so bad when I don’t update the blog regularly.  I really want to print this off and keep it as a scrap-type book of our day to day life but it is turning out to be playing catch up and a month-to-month view of our life.  I guess that is better than nothing though.  LOL!  =D

We had Christmas with Clay’s parents at their house.  We had a white elephant Christmas and it was a BLAST!  We also played a Farkle tournament.  Of course, Santa came for the kiddoes and big kids as well. 

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Christmas 2010 029Clara got a great dress from Clint and Cindy…she is a princess!  This pic cracks me up b/c she cannot stand in those shoes.  She started to fall back and caught herself by catching Taffy. Christmas 2010 030 Christmas 2010 031

Mike & his family came in right before Christmas.  They made a visit to Arkansas to see if it might be a potential home state for them soon.  We shall see….I am praying it all works out and they move much closer.  Would rather drive 6-8 hours than have to plan to fly to see them.  My kiddoes sure enjoyed hanging out with the boys.  They spent a night with us before we headed back to Meemaw & Pawpaw’s for Christmas.  They played hide and seek and did not stop!    Christmas 2010 033 Christmas 2010 038 Christmas 2010 040

Clara even was in on the game with the big boys!Christmas 2010 041 Christmas 2010 043

After we made it to Meemaw and Pawpaw’s we celebrated Christmas!  We changed things up a bit this year and I feel they will be changed back to the old traditions.  Whatever works for me b/c I enjoyed seeing everyone, being together.  Christmas 2010 045 Christmas 2010 046 Christmas 2010 049

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All the grandkids together in their Rangers shirts…Go Rangers!!Christmas 2010 055 Christmas 2010 056

Pawpaw explaining white elephant.  It did not go over so well with most of the fam.  =(Christmas 2010 058 Christmas 2010 062

All the girls…trying to make this a yearly pic.  My Mom, Candy, myself, and Casey!Christmas 2010 065


We saved a bit for Christmas morning.  The kids lined up to see what Christmas brought them.  Christmas 2010 066 Christmas 2010 067 Christmas 2010 068

Smoothie King Cookies and free smoothies of course were stocking stuffers!!  Christmas 2010 072 Christmas 2010 074 Christmas 2010 075 Christmas 2010 083Clara on her Sesame Street couch.  The boys got Ipod Touches…well papers that told them they could pick out what they wanted to make sure they got the Ipod they wanted.  Christmas 2010 078 Christmas 2010 082  Meemaw and Pawpaw with the kids showing off their lovely pics of my beautiful children!!  LOL!!  What better gift could you get!?!

And I will leave you with this lovely pic of Clara’s plumber’s crack in front of the beautiful, warm, cozy fire at Meemaw and Pawpaw’s!  Love this!!  She is so tall and skinny it is hard to buy pants for the girl that fit right.  They are either too big around the waist or too short!  Look at her cute little hiney!!Christmas 2010 085

I will try to post a couple days in a row to catch up!!