Nothing But Norman #133

Happy Saturday All!

Nothing But Norman

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Earlier this week this photo popped up on my facebook wall as a memory from 7 years ago. This was the dock dog trainer holding on to Norman while I was at the end of the pier throwing the bumper out into the lake. This was at Dog Camp that Norman and I attended. I was a counselor for the weekend event. We had a great time.

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Norman’s light was lit yesterday morning as  friends of ours laid their chessie to rest. My deepest sympathy goes out to them in their loss. Run free Ardi, Norman will show you the ropes and you will chase endless snow geese. I leave you with the poem they posted up with the sad news:

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p style=”text-align: center;”>“We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our
own, live within a fragile circle;
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan.”
― Irving Townsend

 

sepia saturday

We are joining Ruckus The Eskie and Earl’s World for Sepia Saturday.

Different Positions And Surfaces

The gang is getting stir crazy with all this cold and snowy weather. We haven’t been able to train at all so we go for walks, ok I walk and they run, chase, play grabass, tip each other over.

DSC_0751 After a bit of running we found this tree to sit/stand next to for a group photo. DSC_0757 We went a bit farther and found this old boat to jump up on and stand/sit on. It was a smooth surface so the dogs had to balance without slipping off the sides.DSC_0778I had Gambler lay down on the boat different muscles are being worked with laying down.DSC_0780Preacher found something to munch on so she was more than happy to lay down in the snow and eat her find.DSC_0793 Next we came across this tree stump that was sticking out so Gambler climbed up on it and balanced on it for this picture.DSC_0799Nellie thought she should sit while I was taking photos of Gambler and Preacher just stood and watched. We walked around my horse pasture in a foot of snow. The dogs worked off some pent up energy.

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Puppy X-ray And Contest

Yesterday if you follow me on Facebook or on my Sand Spring FB page you may have seen the x-ray I had taken of Glory at Veterinary Village to get a puppy count so I know what to expect at delivery time.

Digital X-ray of Glory's abdomen.

Digital X-ray of Glory’s abdomen.

If you seen the X-ray you know how many puppies the doctor counted in her abdomen which was 8. These are going to be 8 big puppies as in July when I bred Glory to Thunder from 2browndawgs their were 11 puppies in there and she is now weighs more then she did with that litter. She is 94.4# now and she was 93# in July.

2-3 days left.

2-3 days left.

The countdown is still going on and we are getting very very close. Glory is due to whelp this Saturday or Sunday unless she springs a leak earlier and lets the little burr heads out.

Puppy Sex Contest.

Puppy Sex Contest.

It’s time for some fun. Since I already blew the surprise with how many puppies are in her I decided to do a puppy sex contest. Now mind you X-rays aren’t exact and even know the doctor counted 8 there could be one or two hidden in her bellie behind some organs and not visible so she may or may not have more puppies in there. If you would like to guess a count along with how many of each sex Glory will be having leave your guess in the comments. After she whelps I will notify the winner on Monday Feb 8, 2016 and they will get a little prezzie package from me if they respond to me within 24 hours otherwise I will move on to the next closest count. This contest is open to the whole wide world.

Good luck!

Barks And Bytes

We are joining Linda at 2browndawgs and Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for this great blog hop.

Checked And Double Checked

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Chalkboard Art With Some Bloopers

This past weekend I went to a “flea market”. I came across a chalkboard that a crafter made. I thought it would be fun to get it and use it to do some puppy announcing. I bought some whelping pads for Glory’s new whelping box so I thought I would tell the world that using the new chalkboard.

IMG_4773Little did I know that I created a photo monster with Preacher. When I told Glory to sit and had the camera ready Preacher sat down and looked right at me as this was what she was suppose to do. After she looked at me she thought the chalkboard needed cleaning.

IMG_4774“Yuck” Preacher, really you had to lick the board, what is the matter with you child?

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But Mom, it is really cool and I wanted to be a chalkboard licker, I heard it was fun!

Here’s where we are at with the countdown.

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Glory doesn’t want to eat real well as her stomach is full, I am feeding her canned food to entice her to eat. Poor girl, only a few more days left!

Have a great day all!

 

Eastwood Sisters Tour T-Shirts

This weekend I made my own Eastwood Sisters Tour T-Shirts. It was easy and fun when you read the instructions first! Note to other’s who want to make their own iron on transfers to put on things like t-shirts, bandannas, tote bags you should read the printing instructions completely before printing all the transfers that come in a package.

I bought my t-shirts and computer iron on transfer paper at Hobby Lobby. I used Transfer Magic Inkjet Transfer Paper.

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Now going back to reading instructions, I have done transfers before and when I did them I needed to “mirror” the image so when you ironed it onto the t-shirt the image and writing was correct and not backwards. So I did what I did in the past, printed all 5 transfers and then went to iron them on the shirts and whoops I wasn’t suppose to “mirror” the image, I was to leave it the right way as that is how this transfer paper works. Gads! I just wasted all that ink and a whole package of paper! READ FIRST!

Now onto how I did this project.

IMG_4753First you want to pick your image and create your project. Read the transfer paper instructions and either “mirror” the image or leave it alone and then print out your design.

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Lock up Gambler before you start your project or he will drag out a blanket and proceed to rip it.

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Cut around the design and cut off the excess white paper.

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Iron the shirt and let cool before you do the transfer. Iron on a hard surface not on a towel.

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Read the instructions on how long you should iron over the transfer, times vary for full sheet transfers like this one I had to iron for 3 minutes.

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Let the transfer cool for a bit then peel the backing off slowly.

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Ta Da the final product.

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I did 4 t-shirts today, I would of did 2 more but I ran out of transfer paper due to not reading instructions!

I also bought some tote bags from Walmart so I decided we needed tote bags for our show items.

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you do the tote bag just like you do t-shirts, easy peezy.

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I added the girl’s names and paw prints to the bags so we would know who’s was who’s. I used fabric paint for the names.

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Josey got two bags as Tom can decide which bag he feels manly in and use for the show.

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Preachers finished bag and t-shirts.

I think this project came out very well. Time will tell as to how the t-shirts hold up to the washer machine. The Eastwood Sisters tour will start in less than two weeks as they have a UKC show coming up on Feb 13-14, 2016. If they hit it big time maybe there will be shirts for sale to the general public.

 

One On One

This week at work Preacher got to have some one on one time again for some play exercise with her pal Weston the Rottweiler. Weston is a rescue rottie that my pal Teresa that I work with adopted a few months ago. Weston lives with his brother another adopted rottie Cyrus who is 8 years old. Both dogs train and compete in agility, lure coursing and carting. Teresa has no idea the up bringing of these boys but they sure have filled her life with tons of joy and love to be out there working. They are the sweetest boys you could meet. Preacher just loves her time with Weston as you can see from the photos.

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The excitement is all in the eyes!

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I can take you Weston your Rottie butt has nothing on me!

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Preacher down, but not for long.

Sometimes the dogs just need some one on one exercise. That way they know it’s just the two of them and they can concentrate on each other vs worry about where the other dogs are and when someone else is going to do the sneak attack and bomb one of them. They had no troubles racing around in the snow and cold for over a half hour. They were tired pooches for the rest of the afternoon at work.

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Dura-Whelp Because Glory Deserves It

Glory is due to have her and Bear’s (Lzy Mtn Piper’s 3-D Brown Bear SH) puppies the weekend of February 6th. Now is the time to break out the whelping box, set it up and have Glory get used to it. You know from the last breeding I did in July Glory used Nellie’s old wood whelping box that I painted to try and make it seem “new” to her.

The wooden box.

The wooden box.

I thought for this litter Glory deserved a new whelping box so I did my research and found that Dura-Whelp was the way to go by Breeder Base. I ordered one up, ordered a pad to go with it and waited for it to arrive which took 2 weeks (I did order it on a Saturday). Yesterday was the day to set it up as I had off of work.

What is Dura-Whelp?

*Dura-Whelp® is the Original PROFESSIONAL whelping box.
The worlds Cleanest & Easiest & Safest whelping boxes“since 1994”

Corrugated plastic is somewhat flexible yet extremely durable and easy to clean. Our patented floor-to-wall design eliminates parts with complicated slots, grooves and gaps for poop/urine to get trapped in & leak through. Our flat and open surface area allows for easy cleaning! Outdated wooden boxes are not only heavy but impossible to keep sanitary. Painting introduces diseases, skin lesions, etc. & the probability of puppies eating the paint. The entire Dura-Whelp® Box can be easily cleaned with Bleach, Quatricide, other detergent or disinfectant.*

*from Breeders Base website

The shipping box doubles as a storage box.

The shipping box doubles as a storage box.

I hauled this big box up stairs to my bedroom all by myself so it was actually quite light. My helpers were there ready to help me out. Gambler thought he had the job of opening the box as he gets to open ALL boxes. He was taken back when I told him to kindly remove his teeth from the box. So he just stood and watched me.

Preacher helping me open the box.

Preacher helping me open the box.

You want to be careful opening the box so that you can use it again to store the box in when not in use. I pulled out all the components and got started assembling.

The side rails.

The side rails.

You want to be careful when using a scissors to cut the plastic away from the side rails. They put plastic over the velcro  when they were securing the rails together. I almost cut right through the velcro not knowing what it really was.

The instructions.

The instructions.

The box came with instructions on assembling, cleaning and care of the pad that I bought with it.

The base.

The base.

After everything was unpacked and opened up I laid down the base in which Preacher had to check it out.

The side piece which is the box.

The side piece which is the box.

You center the one piece box on top of the base.

The velcro on the sides.

The velcro on the sides.

The velcro was attached to the base, you then had to peel off the sticky plastic along the whole side then press the small side up onto the side of the whelping box. The sticky velcro will then adhere to the tall side of the box and stay there for future use. This was the most time consuming part. It took me forever to peel that sticky tape off the velcro. You do this for all four sides.

The velcro on the side rails.

The velcro on the side rails.

The pig rails have velcro on them to that needs the sticky tape removed. You then put the rail into the open slot on the box and push the velcro side of the rail up against the side of the box. This will help hold the side rail in place around the box. There are 2 side rails that get attached into the holes in the box then the other 2 side rails have lips on them that butt up against the first side rails and then you screw them in place.

Attaching the side rails with 4 screws.

Attaching the side rails with 4 screws.

I had to use a screw driver to screw the screw into place, it wasn’t that difficult.

Velcro to attach the pad to the base.

Velcro to attach the pad to the base.

The box came with one disposable pad liner that goes under the pad. The pad that I bought separately came with 4 velcro pieces that attaches to the base and then the pad will attach to that velcro. The pad is made of a faux fleece with rubber on the bottom to keep it from sliding around. The pad can be put in the washer on gentle cycle and cool dry in the dryer or hung out to dry. It’s a good idea to purchase 2 pads so when one is in the washer you have one in the box.

Front view.

Front view.

Ta Da it’s done. The front of the box has a removal door that you can keep in place to keep everyone in or you can pull it out when it’s time for weaning and let mom come out. There is another weaning box that can be attached to this box when the time is right so then they can move from one box to the next. There are corner pieces that you can purchase also to help save the corners, I didn’t get these or the extra weaning box.

The side view.

The side view.

The box I bought was the XLG box which is 48 x 60 in. For right now I got a K & H heating pad for warmth which looks really small inside the box. It is a 12 x 23 in. I’m not sure if I’m going to use it or not. Breeder Base has a puppy incubation system called the Therma-Whelp which I may look into getting. I’m not digging the heating pad idea with the cord in the box even know it is lined with wire to prevent biting but the cord will have to be strung over the box and not sure how that will all work out. I used to use a heating lamp with Nellie and had no problems with it but I wanted to try and stay away from that with Glory as Glory tends to run hot and she hates heat so I wanted to do something where Glory could be cool and the puppies warm.

Gambler and his gender crisis.

Gambler and his gender crisis.

Of course Gambler had to be the first one to hop in the box with the door up. I think he is having a gender crisis and wants to be a girl so he can have a special box.

Time for Glory to check it out.

Time for Glory to check it out.

Come on mom? Is this really for me? That means I’m about to have little burr heads again and have to spend time in the box with them again. She checked the box all out and made sure it was to her liking. Last night thou she didn’t sleep in it she slept on the floor right outside the box.

It's great!

It’s great!

It took me 35 minutes to unpack and set this all up. Now that it is all put together and I know how to do it taking it down and putting it back up will be a snap.

Easy storage.

Easy storage.

Once I’m done with it I can easily put it back in it’s original box and store it in the attic that is attached to my bedroom closet.

I got my Dura-Whelp from Dogs Afield, I found they had the best price.

Cost of XLG box:       $199.99

Pad:                               47.99

Extra shipping                40.00

Total:                            $287.98

I plan on keeping you updated as I use the box and do a review later as to how I liked it.

Barks And Bytes

We are joining Linda at 2browndawgs and Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for this great blog hop.

Who’s Toe’s

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Gambler's Toe's.

Gambler’s Toe’s.

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