Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dog Agility Trials 2011 -- Part One

We went to a dog show recently and of course watched the agility trials (after surrounding ourselves with the 45 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that were entered in the show, naturally...we were in heaven!). I took many photos, which I pared down to the ones posted here. The dogs were all beautiful and fun. This is always such a happy event to attend.

These two were checking each other out on the grass before the trials started.



As always, I want to start with the Cavalier that was entered. This may have been Scout, who was pictured in the posts from last years trials.



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The Papillion that was at last year's events was also here, looking as adorable as ever.



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Another dog I want to tell you about is this white miniature poodle. Once this dog got started on the run, its feet barely ever touched the ground, and it was a blur as it ran through the track. I was astounded that any of my photos came out!



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They were all special. Here are the other photos I wanted to share with you:



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Another Papillion:



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Almost out of the tunnel...



And out!



Having a great time!



This was a very cool dog--



We are planning to attend another agility trial this weekend, and hopefully get some more photos!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Forward

Spring is springing, hurray! I wandered around the yard with the camera to see what I could see. Here's what I ended up with.

The azaleas are starting to come out.



In addition, although it is normally a colder-weather plant, our strawberry plants have decided to pop out some berries for us. They are still green, but getting big!



While I was over there, I got one of the blossoms with a berry started in the middle. I haven't processed in black and white for a while.



And now let's check out the dogwood, which has more blossoms this year than ever before (it's relatively new).



Here's a very typical Florida sight, particularly on warm days. I caught this guy just emerging from between two old pieces of fence.



I passed the birdfeeder on my way back to the house, where an unusual visitor had just alighted.



I guess he decided it was a little unseemly for a woodpecker to be eating at a feeder, so he retreated to a tree.



What a gorgeous day to be outside. We are trying to take full advantage of all these days, knowing that the torrid summer is slowly making its way toward us...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Sawyer's Grown Up!

I was looking through this blog recently and realized that I had put photos of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sawyer, on here when he was a puppy, but I don't think I had updated it as he has gotten older.

I am totally besotted with him, could not possibly love him any more than I do. He's just about perfect. Sweet and funny, and he loves playing ball!



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We have discovered a fenced-in, unused ball field at a nearby school that has become Sawyer's own private dog park. He can run around there without a leash, and he loves it! We took him there recently and I had my little video camera with me and so I got several little snippets of him running around. These are in reverse order--the first two are when he was getting a little tired and was slowed down and panting; the last little piece in here was actually earlier on in the run so he is a little more energetic! I hope this embedding works...