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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Raspberries are in Season

When I took the puppies out for a walk the other day, I spotted this fellow having a snack. He is a rose-breasted grosbeak -almost looks like he has raspberry stains on his chest!
This bird is a beauty. We see his baby at the feeder constantly. I hope he knows how to get food in the wild as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"What's For Breakfast?"

Saturday, July 25, 2009


This is what we woke up to! We rarely get this much water flow in the Spring. There was heavy rain and thunderstorms from 9 pm to about midnight last night.
So along with the three thunderstorms we'd had in the 24 hour period prior, we've had a LOT of rain.
The water is to the level of the bridge. We'll see if it gets any higher. The forecast is for rain and thunder-showers today and tomorrow. Sigh

Friday, July 24, 2009

After The Rain

It has been a week since my last post; and I haven't had much to blog about. It has rained. And rained...and rained. I went to the show in Kars, and when it was my turn with Stormy, it rained. My own personal little black cloud...

Here is the creek yesterday and then this morning after a thunderstorm.

It rained again this afternoon and I got this picture from the rooftop. The creek is brown with runoff.

Looking East. More clouds and thunder in the distance. From this vantage point you can just see the shelter for the dogs lower yard.
The girls are anxious to go for a run... Barbie wondering what happened to the field???

Our dogs are doubt about it. Rain, mud, water; bring it on!
Barbie by now has figured out the best way to navigate puddles.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy 14th Gabrielle!

It is hard to believe that the youngest daughter from our foundation bitch "Holly" is now our oldest girl and just turned 14 years old.
Holly had come into heat just in time for the 1995 ASSA National in Boston. We had the luxury of spending a few days to decide which dog we felt would suit her the best. We chose the beautiful Am Ch Macdega Malibu ROM who was the ASSA National Best of Breed winner in 1993. Gabi was the standout in her litter of five. She is pictured above at 5 weeks of age.
Gabi flew with us to Calgary and along with the Clement's, we rented a Van and toured around Banff and on to Spokane to attend the National. It was a memorable trip because I took Gabi out of her crate and she sat on my lap for hours. I hadn't to that point, and not afterwards either, had a dog that was content to stay put on my lap without fidgeting. (She much later made a two day trip to Alabama and rode on my lap the entire way). As a bonus, she won her Futurity class under noted breeder judge Nioma Coen. She was such an easy puppy. We always said, she never had a bad day...always ready for whatever you asked of her.

Gabi finished her Canadian Championship as a puppy and then was put away for several years. We thought she didn't have enough length of coat to finish in the U.S., but then when she was five we gave it a go, and she finished quickly with Specialty majors along the way! She was the ROM maker for her dam.
Gabi pictured just last month on one of our walks. She has some arthritis and is slowing down, but will still follow me wherever I go. She is my devoted companion, my beloved friend, my little "Cinnamon bear".

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Playdate with 'auntie' Em

Little miss "Emma" had a photo shoot this afternoon (see the other pictures on our hopefuls page). After getting fussed up and then fussed over for being such a good girl, I let her play with the puppies for the very first time. Up until now, they weren't robust enough to handle her.

Having fun!
I took the picture on the right today and on the left three months ago...pretty neat (deja vu all over again).
At nine plus weeks of age, they thought Emma was great fun! That is Maisie going around the corner after her, and you can probably guess by the smile who is coming towards me.Emma in full greyhound race mode...
Take down!
Maisie looking pleased with herself
Winding down

Rosmoor site re-do

I just finished re-designing the web site for the beautiful Rosmoor Shelties. The site is now on our links section at the bottom, or you can click here.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Miley 9 week candids

While I was waiting for Pete to help me with pictures of the puppies, I took a few snapshots of Miley out on the lawn.

Her characteristic smile...

Our puppies love to rip out grass!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9: At the feeders

It was a perfect day weather wise; comfortable temperature and beautiful sunshine, a rarity this summer. I decided to take a break from mowing the lawn and I saw what I thought was a baby woodpecker sitting on the branch above our bird feeder.

I took out the camera with the 500 mm lens and snapped some pictures. It was a baby, but I didn't know what kind of bird it was. He sat there snoozing for a long time, while goldfinches came and went to the feeder. He wasn't bothered by them, he was perfectly content.

Soon his father showed up, and the mystery to his identity was solved...a Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Pete had told me they were around and showed them to me in a bird book a few days ago. While they are supposedly common, I'd never seen one before. He was a beauty.
He would eat the seeds and then go over and feed the baby, who by now was awake and hungry!
I'm still trying to get a shot of the hummer that captures the red on the throat, crisp detail and the wings stopped. Didn't get it this time, but not for lack of trying...

They are so cute! I love seeing them on a branch, or on the hydro wires...they are so small (this was taken the other day when I was out with 'Mayer').

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


On the weekend I went to the Peterborough shows to bring Barbie to see her breeder, Allison Foley (TG Poodles, Shelties and Beagles). I entered Stormy as well, as I was going to be there and picked up five points (bonus). But the main purpose of the trip was to bring Barbie so Allison could see how she was coming along, and to also get some tips about grooming. I learned a lot and Barbie got her hair styled. You can see more candid shots of her on our Poodle blog. Wednesday is bath day, so she got fussed up for the photo shoot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mayer 8 week candids

We didn't get our usual eight week puppy portraits done this weekend, so I thought I'd try to get some candid shots of 'Mayer'. Conditions weren't ideal; it was late in the day and the sun was behind clouds. Grabbing the camera and putting him on the lawn, I hoped for the best.
I soon realized it was very difficult to get anything of him by myself, as he wanted to be on my lap, chewing on my hoodie, my hands...whatever. We were having a great time, but I wasn't getting anything in focus as he was too close. So I took off my sandal and threw it a few feet away hoping to get some sort of shot. cute
cute... This occupied him for about ten seconds, then he found me again.
And he realized, toes are much better than sandals!!!
Ouch, ouch, ouch!Alpaca poseBlurry, but such a great smile. If we manage to get some sunshine, I'll try again...

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