Friday, July 13, 2012

Goals & Dreams

Many people have goals and dreams but there are few people that have dreams and not goals. How do you expect to make those dreams come true if you don't have goals? Goals are the back bone to all of you're dreams.

  • Dream:
    • To think or conceive of something in a very remote way. Most desirable; ideal.
  • Goal:
    • The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

I think the reason why most people don't achieve their dreams is they don't have the goals. Without the goals you have nothing to work towards that dream. Dreams and goals can go hand in hand. If you have a big dream that you are determined to see come true then set up goals for yourself along the way. Goals are based on variables that you do control. Like saying you will practice jump work for a day out of the week. If you have a specific plan as to how you will achieve that idea then it's now a goals.

Dreams are where you want to end up and goals are how you want to get there. Dreams are the prize we get at the end of the journey. Goals are the steps we take to get that prize. During you're journey there are going to be road blocks on the way and you will have to remember the reason of your journey and why you have held on so long.

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really Great make you feel that you too can become Great."

Write them down. Catch them. Look at them. Post your goal where you can see it. Put it on your bulletin board. Tack it beside your computer monitor. Tape it to your bathroom mirror. Seeing these goals every day will help remind you what you need to do for that goal to become a reality.

Dreams are wonderful things. Goals are what gets us there. Make your dreams your goals and get what you want in your life.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

9 Months!!!!

Where has time gone? To say I have enjoyed this dog is an understatement – He is absolutely amazing. He is known for launching and hitting the tug HARD, ripping clothes, biting hands and enjoying every second of it! I cannot see my life without him, he is my shadow, literally. Wherever I am, he HAS to be… His training is coming along very nicely. Verdae is now hired as a performance demo dog through a company based in Bay City. We will be attending  local fairs and other entertainment spots throughout Michigan (this is where my license comes in handy! ;) ). We make our debut in early August. Weekly, we drive down to IN and do dock-diving lessons, he is looking AWESOME. :)
Seems like everything is turning a shade of brown here, so the pictures are not their prettiest, but Verdae makes them pretty darn nice! ;)

Until next time....

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Did Anyone Sleep Lastnight?

I used to love the 4th. It was a great kid holiday. Where I grew up, the week of the 4th was always fun. Our little town had a carnival every year, the block BBQ, the parade, balloon festivals, and, of course, the fireworks. 

Now, though? Hate it. It means at least four days of no sleeping. Four days of worrying if something is going to be set on fire. Battle Creek is so dry with no rain for 5 weeks (yes, 5 WEEKS!). We had three fires last night. Not reported if they were due to fireworks or not but I am pretty sure the brush fire and the wood shake roof fire were due to the boom booms. We had a very light winter rain-wise. Only 7 inches, I think. We are dry, dry, dry. Do folks not think about that? Ugh, people!

Happy birthday ‘Merica. Land of the free, home of the people who think they have the right to set their neighbors house on fire.

We celebrated by getting up early to beat the crowds and meet our agility buds in Grand Rapids.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Verdae is Almost 8 Months!

Verdae is the perfect balance of his parents. He has an amazing work ethic, immense drive and striking good looks. His box turn is exceptionally quick. His feet are so fast it doesn’t even look like he touches the flyball box. Verdae is a tugging maniac and will tug on the nearest object available. This boy is funny and loving at home but all business when time to work! At 3 weeks of age, it was obvious that this little bundle of energy wanted to be my puppy. One word describes Verdae best... HEART! His devotion is immeasurable.

A versatile athlete, Verdae will be competing in agility as well as flyball. I hope that Verdae will be following in his famous mothers paw prints and will really leave his mark in the agility world. I am planning on debuting him in the UKC show ring, as well. When not at work, Verdae is amazingly gentle and affectionate, sweet and loving. I literally could not ask for anything more than what I found in Verdae! From his rock star hair to his zealous attitude, Verdae has definitely stolen my heart! Verdae started his flyball training with a pretty laid back attitude. You’d never know it to see him now.  He begins making his screechy noises as soon as he gets near a flyball lane.  He powers over the jumps and attacks his ball in the runback area. Once Verdae turned onto agility, there was no stopping him.  Not the shy type, he certainly makes his presence known when he thinks it’s past time for him to run, but most of all, this glamour boy (giggle) loves to be the center of attention! Verdae is just a baby, and his story has many chapters waiting to be written. Check back for more updates on this flashy puppy.

Oh yeah, Verdae also REALLY enjoys the lake. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Verdae Finds the Watering Hole...

Gustavo added a couple of ponds to his property and on this hot sunny day the dogs enjoyed it. Verdae would still be in the water yet, if we let him. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

If, &'s, or Butts?

I don't really have anything to blog about in general, so brace yourself for random-ness.
Verdae is looking amazing. Amazing in agility, amazing in obedience and amazing at stealing toys from the girls. Oh, and being a bed hog, yeah he's amazing at that, too. Verdae has mastered opening the gait, so we fixed that very quickly and got a clip for it... But no. The dog has to outsmart us all. He has now mastered JUMPING the fence, chasing the mailman, and expressing his "manly-mess" on the female Daschound owned by our neighbor. They think he is a jerk, I don't blame them.

Poo-Key is still the party police, the old fart, and she is still my baby dog... Just 8 years old.

Nina, well what is there to say about Nina? SHE SNORES LIKE A PIG! (Do pigs even snore...?). In two months Nina will be 4 years old! How can it be? My little puppy dog is almost 4? Wow.

Cadence is looking amazing in agility. I am such high hopes for her and I really believe she will go far in this sport... We have a trial coming up this weekend, let's hope she doesn't try to buy a different handler like she did at the prior trial. Hehehe. ;-)

Are you ready for a "blast from the past"? Here is Nina as a little ittly puppy! Pretty cute, huh?