Cash is a Daddy!!


Cash has sired his first litter of puppies – he was bred to a beautiful Merle named Bling, and they produced three healthy, happy puppies! They are now a few weeks old and I had the chance to visit them over the weekend – thought I would share some pictures ๐Ÿ™‚




For more info on these puppies you can contact Grand Oakes Border Collies:


Grand Oakes Girl on Fire. A.k.a “Keys”

I can’t take credit for this awesome name, a friend of mine came up with it after I had been struggling with what to call her for a couple of weeks! It goes nicely with my musical theme – Cash’s full name is Grand Oakes Man in Black.

SO excited to have this little spitfire join our pack! And that name is appropriate in more ways then one – she has a HUGE set of lungs on her!!! Boy can this puppy “sing”… LOL.

She is Cash’s full sister, so I’m referring to them as Double Trouble. He isn’t too fond of having his little sister around yet, but I’m sure in time they will come to love each other. Or at least tolerate each other ๐Ÿ™‚ Until then Maya is happy to take the pup-a-lump under her wings & show her the ropes. So lucky to have that Red Dog in my life.

Signing off for tonight! Until next time

~ Karen

Let the Games Begin!

I am so excited for the weekend – it is our first trial that counts for qualifying for Cynosport 2015 in Tennessee! I am really hoping to be able to run both Cash & Maya at Cyno next year, probably not Maya in all of the classes – but since she is officially our team Captain we expect her to make an appearance ๐Ÿ™‚

This will actually only be the second time that I am running in the Team event at a USDAA trial – two of Cash’s litter mates are running with us – Twist & Puma. He’s also entered in Biathalon runs, Grand Prix & of course Steeplechase. Maybe we will bring home the $5.00 prize. LOL. Maya is entered in Steeplechase & about 4 other runs, I am really looking forward to running them both – and trying Maya on the “big dog” courses ๐Ÿ™‚

My goals for the weekend are:

i) Run both dogs to the best of THEIR abilities
ii) LOOK at the line
iii) Stay connected
iv) Have FUN
v) Enjoy the Journey

I am pulling the Airstream up and camping nearby – AND have finally figured out a way to be able to use my phone and be connected to the internet while traveling in the US – its through a company called Roam Mobility ( If it works well I will try to post updates at night ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone has a great week & weekend!!

– Karen

The Next Chapter

So much has changed since I last sat down with my laptop to share my experience of life with the world. We have moved from the home that we thought was our forever home, to a place where all my agility dreams are going to come true. There is so much to say just on that! But I will blog later about our adventures here ๐Ÿ™‚

What I really want to share this morning is video from a seminar I participated in with Kayl McCann hosted at the gorgeous McCann Agility arena in Flamborough, Ontario. I was lucky enough to audit the camp the first three days, then participate the last two with my dog Cash. I was able to feel what is possible with this dog, and glimpse the future – while being challenged, and inspired to keep working. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Check out some of my favourite moments here:

As always – thanks for listening!



This video is of Maya & I at the USDAA trial in Cato, NY as well. Maya is my very first dog as an adult, and my very first agility dog – her training has been a HUGE journey for me, and has taught me so much. Weaving has been something we have struggled with, and at this trial – we finally GOT IT ๐Ÿ™‚ So proud of her, and how far we have come!

Who knew garbage bags could be SO much FUN!!

Tonight was awesome, which was awesome because as of late I am in some serious need of awesome! Yes. I know. Too many awesomes…

As you may or may not know Mondays are my AGILITY day!!! Tonight was doubly great because I was able to do not one but two classes!!! Normally just Cash & I take classes (because we really need them!!) but tonight there was an opening and I got to do a drop in with Maya ๐Ÿ™‚

You might be wondering what all this blabbering has to do with garbage bags? Well let me tell you! Kayl decided that tonight being the last night of our session we should celebrate (lol) by running some tricky sequences without our arms. She must have figured we would not be capable of that without being encased in garbage bags – as it was we all tried to cheat by sticking our finger tips out the bottom! I’m sure we were a pretty funny sight running our dogs all decked out in plastic…

You know what? Both of my dogs did awesome! Lesson learned? I need to pay more attention to more important cues like motion, position, eyes, chest laser…. OR invest in a straight jacket for trials.

Til next time!

– Karen

I love Mondays!

I have started to love Mondays. I know – it’s a little odd… Most people dread the end of the weekend, but not me! On Saturdays I find myself wondering “is it Monday yet??”

Before you suggest I check myself in for a psychiatric evaluation let me tell you why.

Mondays are the day that I drive (or lucky me today, have my husband drive) over five hours total for a one hour agility class.

Convinced you yet ? Lol.

Many people in my life think I’ve gone a little batshit, but you know what? That hour is beyond worth it for me.

Are there agility classes closer? Yes. Will I be as challenged or learn as much? No.

I have the opportunity to train with one of the best handlers in the world ( – and really learn how to run the amazing little dog I have been blessed with.

So if that makes me crazy… So be it ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling very excited for the future and where Cash and I are headed! Until next time!

– Karen


Moving out of the Stone Age

So I finally broke down and bought a laptop. ย Hence the picture…playing around with it and trying to figure out how to use it. ย 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”. ย I hauled that thing all over campus when I was in University. ย It made me punctual. ย You needed to be at least 10 minutes early for class in order to allow the “thinkpad” time to wake up. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!!