I am sure I have mentioned that Standard Schnauzers are evil little stalkers, they watch everything you do, they do attempt to do it without you noticing, but they are not fooling me. They are also very precise about their schedules, for instance, as soon as I click the TV off with the remote each night the dogs run either to their crates, or up the stairs to the bedroom. Here Daisy and Clover have migrated towards the kitchen, because, it is pretty much dinner time, and if I don't respond shortly, they will start to pace.
Please note they are doing the stare/stalk while I finish up on the computer.
Gathering by the kitchen entrance, attempting to be patient
Yes, I am just about finished guys. As soon as I pick up bowls they scatter to their crates, this happens so fast I wasn't able to get it on the camera, as a matter of fact, in this shot, Olive has disappeared to her crate.
So here is Cyrus after spending a couple hours on the grooming table today. I was pleasantly surprised to find this gorgeous new coat hiding under his shaggy one. A little more work on the legs and his head and if my back continues to improve I just might get Cyrus out into the show ring.
This is my shaggy birthday bear Cyrus who turned 2 years old on the 17th. Isn't he adorable? OK that isn't really a question, shaggy or groomed Cyrus is always adorable. I particularly love the dandelion seed stuck in the side of his face in this photo. The dogs haven't been kept in stripped out show coats with my back injury, but, they do get a brush dragged through them every few days, which, if you ask my dogs, works well for them.
What did Cyrus get for his birthday, well, on the day nothing, but, he managed to sneak a breeding of Hazel, unplanned, unwanted (on my part) and hopefully....un-fertile last week. We will know in a month if Hazel is actually pregnant, in the meantime...Happy Birthday you randy bugger!
Finally, we were slow to get the garden started this year, however it has really started to kick into gear. So far this year we have harvested a small crop of asparagus and some salad greens.
Spinach is looking wonderful and we will be eating next week
Our brassica bed is full of broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale and kohlrabi. I have heads started on the broccoli and should be able to start harvesting kale next week. Lots of great salads and fresh green smoothies!
Anyone that checks in on my blog has noticed that it has been a rough year around here. I topped it all off by throwing my back out last month.... badly. It had been aching a bit for a couple of weeks and I was trying not to aggravate it, than, I opened the cupboard under the sink to pull out the garbage bin and BOOM out went my back, just like that. For a week I could barely move, I could also barely sit or lay down, was an interesting time. It loosened up a bit after about 10 days, feeling a little better I took Currie to his weekly training class and managed to injury it again, sigh.
Mick has been working double time, doing his normal job, trying to finish up early to get home and do all the things that I have not been able to do. It has certainly messed up all my plans to get the garden planted and for us to start some home renovations. I actually decided to skip a Spring/Summer litter of pups so that I would have time for all the things that need to be done here. What is it they say about the best laid plans??? We are getting things done, slowly, but, we are having to make do and cut lots of corners, the yard and garden work suffered the most, but at least the many critters are being looked after, we (read Mick) was able to get most of our seedlings planted, we even cut the grass...once :-)
With all of this happening, Hazel came into season and I finally made the decision to skip breeding her. I hope to be feeling a lot better in a couple of months, but, I am paranoid that hulling a litter of pups around will have my back injured again. I have cancelled the breeding and will hold off on pups until early Spring 2015. Seems a long time away, but, it will be here soon enough and with fingers crossed, my back will be healed, I will be refreshed and we can raise pups with energy.
I am sorry to anyone that is waiting for a pup from us this Fall, I will post news on my website, if anyone wishes to remain on my waiting list for a Spring 2015 litter be sure to touch base and I will keep your name on our list and update you as I have news. You can email me at email@example.com