Tasha and I are exploring Canine Freestyle. There are several organizations for titling and we have been taking classes for over a month now. Freestyle is basically a bunch of tricks strung together into a sequence and then put to music. She and I are working on Front and Heel at the moment using a platform.  So far so good.

I spent today at a Freestyle competition to get a better feel for how things are done and to get some ideas.  It’s a lot like agility, some great runs, some goods runs and some not so good runs. But everyone, handlers and dogs, had a good time and that’s the key.  Since Tasha and I already have some competition experience and she also works well next to me, I think we should be able to get two beginners legs pretty easily next May.  The hard part will be deciding on music, getting that music cut to about 1 minute 40 seconds and then practicing putting it all together! We already have a song picked out but I’m having a tough time getting it cut in a format that can play in a CD player. Oi vey!!!

On a non-dog related note Bryan and Michelle Decker came out a week ago to spend a week with us. It was great to have company and to have good friends to hang out with.  Kris especially enjoyed their company and he was able to take most of the week off to hang out with them. We did fun things like go to the shore, go to Tillamook and just hang out and have fun.  They did other fun things while I was at work on Tues and Wed as well. Oh and we did go ride the Carousel at Riverfront Park. 😀 Yay!  They headed up to Portland on Friday and flew out early on Saturday morning.  I hope they had as much fun as we did despite the rocky start!  Neither of their bags arrived with them at the airport from Denver. 🙁 And on Sunday morning as we were leaving the house, Michelle slipped on our front stoop and scraped up her foot and did some damage to her big toe. 🙁  She was a sport and didn’t let that stop her from walking on the beach in sandals or enjoying herself any less. 😀

I got some great shots on the beach on Thursday. I have to decrease their size in order to upload them to my server, so once I get that done, another post of pictures shall be in order. 😀

Car Ride?

…because I have nothing else worth saying. 🙂

Hey sleepy heads, want to go for a car ride?

Maybe, that might be fun…

Me too?

Yeah, you too…

Wait, where’s Kota?
There he is… great, let’s go ok?

Weeeeeeeee!!!! Yippeeeeee!!!!

Hey guys, the door is the other way….


Right, front door, got it.

There is play bowing and flying ears… uh oh what does this mean?

Poor Kota.. Tasha unleashes her enthusiasm on him….

Shadow just wants to know if there are noms involved…

Life Events

They say that the three most stressful things in life are moving, having a loved one dying and financial troubles. Well we’ve got two of those.  Luckily not a loved one dying. 😉  We should be closing on our house back in Indiana soon, hopefully next week.  All the paperwork and financing for the buyer is done, just waiting on a date from the realtors. It’s rather nerve wracking and I just want to get it over with already.  Once that’s done we’ll have extra money and I’ll be able to take over payments on the RV park and the RV itself, which means Kris will be able to keep what little cash he has left to pay for gas and such.

I’ve been looking at apartments and houses for rent the last few days because we’re both tired of the cramped space in the RV.  I had forgotten how difficult it is to find rentals that will accept 3 dogs.  Many, many places around here are one dog under 30 pounds or no dogs. ugh.  I found a place today, it’s a duplex on the East side of Salem that sounds just about right for us. Nice private backyard with no one behind the house, the house doesn’t share a wall with the neighbor, the garage and laundry room do. It’s only a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom but with the garage and laundry room, I think it would do for a while.  The only problem is that the ad says one dog and it’s a little more than we want to spend comfortably for a place but I’m not sure we’ll find something at the price we want to pay. We’ll just have to try and sell the RV as quickly as we can. I will miss this park. Well some aspects of it. 😉 But right now I can smell sewer… it happens every now and then and not surprising really but it’s not all the time, which is good.  But they do events and have lots of benefits to living here.  We just wish we had more space!

The sunsets can be amazing.


They do a good job with the grounds and this tent can be reserved free of charge to use. It has a large grill and large island on the other side that is available to be used as well.  Complete with tables and chairs!

And features like two off-leash areas for the dogs make potty time a breeze. Right now the pen below is right across from our final spot in the park, so it’s easy to walk across and let the dogs do their thing.

And the spot we’re in now has a nice grass area behind it where we can relax and tie out the dogs while we read, have dinner or just chill.  So it’s a nice place and the price is right, but we miss our stuff which is in storage and we both wish we had slightly more space. Though I do have to say that completing the vacuuming in 20 minutes is pretty darn nice.  heh….

I follow up with the neurosurgeon next week.  I sure hope that they think surgery is a good option for me. I want to try something else besides all the other things I have tried over the past 12 years!  My back is quite a bit better than the week that landed me in the hospital but it’s still not great.  For example, tonight I trimmed Kota’s fur and then brushed all 3 dogs and that left me in pain from just bending and trust me, I engage my stomach muscles to help!  I would like to be able to do normal every day things without ending up in pain.

I went to agility class for the first time in 4 weeks. Two weeks off for my back and one was Memorial Day.  I did ok in class but I could definitely tell the next day. Plus my calves were sore! How sad! I ran maybe a total of 3 minutes on Monday and was left with sore calf muscles and I was up to 3 miles before my back went out!  ugh…. and the jeans are a little tighter… guess eating all that cookie dough wasn’t such a good idea. lol…

So I’m kind of hoping that we can move into a house/duplex/etc in July sometime. I’m not in a super hurry and I’m not going to select a less than ideal place, but we may not have a whole lot of choices.  But for now we have a place to sleep, we have food in the cupboards and we have each other.

Random thoughts

So I have moments during the day where I think, that would make a good blog post, but then forget about it later on.  Or I’ll see something like a guy collar correcting his german shepherd dog which is on a prong collar and think, man I should rant about that. But then I finish my run and forget about it, so when I do get to the whole blog thing, it’s not as big a deal to me.

I admire those folks that either have instant access or remember to go and post about such things.  On Tuesday I was running laps at Minto Brown Island Park with the dogs. I saw a woman with her dog on leash (in an off leash dog area) collar correct her pit bull type dog, which was wearing a prong collar.  Her dog did nothing wrong because it was the rude young dog that ran into it’s face that was in the wrong. The leashed dog told off the young in-your-face dog and the owner corrected it. <sigh>  Then not two seconds later (imagine this in a DOG PARK) another dog ran up to the leashed dog and the leashed dog simply froze.  The leashed dog even turned his head to the side a bit.  The owner, thankfully didn’t correct the dog but didn’t praise the dog either. I happened to be running by and told her she should praise her dog, he did good.  I did see her pat her dog before my running took me too far away.  <sigh> So sad to see so much “wrong” in the world regarding dogs.

I’ve had quite a few bad weeks lately.  Sad, depressed, over-whelmed, home sick. 🙁  Last week was especially bad.  Just wanted to go “home” to Indiana. To all that is familiar…. but I can’t.  This is my home now. So I’m trying to “get over it” and “get on with it” but it’s not easy.  I find myself occasionally thinking things like, let’s get a better RV and maybe it will be better. But I honestly do not want to live in the RV anymore. I don’t want a huge house or anything but I do want a house. One without many stairs, on a bit of land for a back yard. I want to rent for a while and try to decide or find the right place to buy.  I want to take my time doing that because once I move into a house we buy again, I’M NOT MOVING FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS! lol… Kris and I moved 3 times in our 10 short years together. And that’s not even just moving houses, that’s BUYING 3 houses! You can’t make any headway on a house in 5 years or less.

And it’s time to start feeding Mickey again. Who’s Mickey? He’s my 16 year old ball python. I got him my sophomore year of college and he’s traveled from NY to MA to MT to FL to IN and now to OR. He lives in a tank on the front dash of our RV.  And of course the only pet store in all of Salem that sells rats is Petco, which is on the FAR side of Salem, completely opposite where we live.  Very much like in B-ton where the Petco was on the East side and I lived on the West side. <sigh>  How annoying.

So I’ve been running for 9 weeks now (took a week off for vacay in Mexico).  Week 8 run 2 today. I’m running just over 2.5 miles in 28 minutes. My sister Steph told me about this cool website where it lets you map your run with google maps.  It’s called  It’s pretty cool and I’ve mapped my last 6 runs now?  Anyway that’s how I know my distances in the 28 minutes I’m up to. Next week is week 9 and it’s a full 30 minutes of running. I don’t think my back likes it when I run though. It’s fine during the exercise but afterwards, it gets pretty sore. I’ve taken to icing it and my knees, which also hurt.  🙁

On Tuesday, when I was running laps at the dog park, Shadow ran along with me the whole way! I ran for 28 minutes straight and that little pooch ran the whole time with me.  🙂  I tried to lose them and take off down the trail where dogs must be leashed, but her and Tasha spied me taking off and caught up to me.  So I turned around and took them back to Kris, but they turned around with me and stayed with  me.  Such a trooper that little Shadow. She was VERY tired that night. Luckily it didn’t break her and she seemed to be moving ok the next day.

Kota is doing ok these days. I think he may be losing muscle tone in his other leg now. Not sure if that is from less exercise or if there is a spreading problem…  🙁  He limps a bit more and has a harder time getting up and down from lying down.  I wish he was healthy but at least he still has fire and attitude.

I’m trying to stay busy doing stuff. Running, taking the dogs for 2 to 4 mile walks. On Saturday Kris and I are going to go to Cape Lookout which is a 4.8 mile walk out and then back.  We’re going with a local Meetup group that is doing this, to watch the sunset.  Not sure if we’ll take a dog with us or not.  Might just make it a binoculars and camera hike.

So aside from working in my new office space, which is still great! I’m just staying busy taking care of the dogs, the RV, the laundry and occasionally making dinner for Kris and I on the evenings he comes home early.