Dog is Good

I saw these words written on a sweatshirt at a trial I was at recently, and loved it.  The company is “Dog is Good” – http://www.dogisgood.com – anyway, I thought I would share one of my favourite pictures of my Red Dog Miss Maya with these words.

Dog truly is good, great, and absolutely everything.

So lucky to have them in my life.

~ Karen

A different kind of spring

Here’s the thing. Normally every spring I travel around the province of Ontario shearing sheep, alpacas and llamas. I began my career when I was 12, and am now almost 32. I’m not doing the math. But it’s a long time.

Things that have come with turning almost 32 include:

….A somewhat cantankerous rotator cuff & desire to sit on ones butt occasionally and relax!

Spring has always created full and utter chaos in my life. I work 7 days a week, shearing animals, running my orthotic business, and trying to fit in all the things that I love – Oh. and Sleep!

Here’s what I have come to know:

i) I want my rotator cuff to be happy

ii) I am no longer able to keep up with this pace of life….AND I think its time to STOP living for other people and START living for me.

So this year I said no. To my clients, and their animals that I’ve grown to care for. It’s one of the hardest things I have had to do.  Shearing has been such a huge part of my life for so many years – but I feel like I am stepping away from it and into my future.

Taxes, Beer & Ice Cream

So…it turns out that it is that unfortunate time of year where you find & organize all of your receipts, fill out your paperwork & consult with professionals — ALL to determine that nearly every extra penny you thought you had made in the last 365 days must be sent immediately to the government!

When you really think about the money you make throughout the year, and how much of it goes to taxes either straight away OR is taken away when you try to buy something (13% in Ontario on nearly everything!!) it seems insane. Or Sad. Or both.

I don’t mean to complain. In Canada we do enjoy a high standard of living…it’s just that tax time is painful. And that’s why there is beer. And Ice cream. Haagen Dazs to be exact.

Sheep shearing & Deep Fried Pickles

Interesting title right? It pretty much sums up my day!  Today was the first “official” day of my shearing season – which means… SPRING is on its way!! I know its hard to believe, but trust me people, its coming!!

As I write this cuddled up in a warm blanket, Glee playing on netflix (guilty pleasure), and my dog Cash trying to drool on my keyboard – I really need to believe Spring has sprung.  We did have that time change last week right?? Or was I dreaming?

It has been one heck of a long day – the job was 2 1/2 hours from home, which meant we had to get up at 4:30 AM (on a Sunday…) to get there for an 8:00 AM start.  We sheared 42 sheep – Shetland & Blue Faced Leicester – absolutely gorgeous fleeces for those who know.   I’m sure they are really hoping for a shift in the weather as well.

Before the PETA people have a panic – these sheep are in a very warm barn and are well cared for. 

My awesome Mom who took care of my dogs today while I was away took us out for dinner – to this little outdated restaurant that serves the BEST deep fried everything.  The pickles were the best… they always are.  Back on the good nutrition wagon tomorrow – it’s almost time for the beach!

Please Play Again….

Why does a contest make me want to buy cups and cups of horrible tasting coffee, just to roll the rim, and find out that they want me to play again?   Anyone else out there compulsively stopping at every Tim Horton’s they pass?

Okay… I’m not quite that bad, but I’m sure if I tracked my coffee consumption via a spreadsheet I would notice a sharp spike during our country’s annual contest!  Can you imagine a spring without rolling up countless rims? I cannot.  It has become part of who and what we are here in Canada…  Not sure what that says about us, except that we are creatures of habit 🙂

I have won I believe 3 free coffees.  TOTAL. And the contest has been running for six weeks… I don’t want to disclose how many cups I’ve consumed in the six weeks…but its far more than 3.  My mom won a donut.  She doesn’t eat donuts.

This year is even more special because you can roll not one, but TWO rims.

Don’t get excited.  They both say they same thing 🙂

I’ve heard the rumours of people who win… and win big…but does anyone ACTUALLY know anyone that’s won first hand?? I think not.

Good luck! & Keep rolling 🙂

– Karen

Moving out of the Stone Age

So I finally broke down and bought a laptop.  Hence the picture…playing around with it and trying to figure out how to use it.  It’s a Macbook…because I love all things Mac.

I know its odd – I’m 30. Most thirty year olds I know have a laptop – but not me. The last one I owned was this huge brick like “IBM thinkpad”.  I hauled that thing all over campus when I was in University.  It made me punctual.  You needed to be at least 10 minutes early for class in order to allow the “thinkpad” time to wake up.  Also it preferred to be plugged in.

Needless to say, this Macbook feels like driving a high end sports car after being the propulsive device in the Flintstones car 🙂

Just wanted to check in & let you know there are no more excuses now! I will be blogging up a storm!

Oh – and agility classes with Kayl McCann have been going PHENOMENAL. We’ve been twice now, and I am learning so much!!

Camping in the Rain

Well it’s the morning of Day 3 here at TNT Dog Training Centre in Midland, MI – it’s such a beautiful facility. It’s been pouring rain since we got here and I am VERY glad that we have been competing indoors! Running in the rain can be fun… but not for three days in a row!

I am also immensely happy that I’m not camping in a tent! I used to be one of those people that thought camping in a trailer wasn’t “really” camping … I’ve changed my mind.

I know being in my giant tin can with a refrigerator, and coffee maker (clearly the MOST important appliance) is not the same as roughing it in Algonquin Park… But today I am quite thankful to have heard the rain binging off of the roof rather than seeping in around our tent seams!

The agility trial has gone super well so far, lots of time spent with good friends, and of course my beautiful dogs 🙂 We have been parked in my good friend Lori’s awesome dad joe’s (mouthful there!) lane way not far from the show site. Last night they treated us to a lovely steak dinner on the back deck overlooking the lake. So thankful to be surrounded by such great people !

We are headed north tonight – destination unknown. Will update as we go!

– Karen

Lindors by the pound?!

My husband, myself and dogs – Maya & Cash left for our two week camping and agility trial road trip yesterday. The thing about where we were headed (Midland, MI) is that to get there we had to drive past the Birch Run outlet mall.

To be honest I’m not one of those girls with a shopping problem….but I do on occasion like to find a good deal. Plus there is an Under Armour outlet…which works well with helping me look good while running agility & crossfitting 🙂

It turns out that outlet malls are far more dangerous then I realized. Especially when frequented with a husband with a sweet tooth. We were just about to leave when we saw a sign that said Lindor. Bryan decided we should just check it out… I’ve come to realize that checking out chocolate stores is a lot like going to “just look” at puppies. Especially when they give you samples ! I had no idea there were so many flavours of Lindor truffles.

We left the outlet mall with a far too big bag of Lindor chocolates (had to try at least three of each kind!) and the knowledge that they sell them by the pound…. Going to need to spend some more time in my Under Armour 🙂

– Karen