Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing everyone fun and safe celebrations on this Independence Day!

Phoenix thinks this is his own personal holiday, since he was the red, white and blue (collar) puppy from the Wild litter. So far, we've celebrated the day by going out to train at 6:30 this morning. It was wonderfully cool. Why can't the whole summer be like that!

July looks crazy busy. What else is new?

This week, Michele and Cougar and Phoenix and I are going up to Rockford, Ill., to take lessons with Joanne Brettschneider. She did an obedience seminar for ICDOC back in April and I liked her methods. The following week brings our local county fair, which means extra work hours and probably not a few headaches, plus a nearby agility trial on the same weekend the fair wraps up. I'm already envisioning conflicts from a work standpoint but will take things one day at a time.

Jamie's birthday is July 20. He turns 12 this year! 

Mid-month, Phoenix and I are going to the 3-day Laura Romanik seminar at DMOTC. I only signed up to audit but I expect we'll find some floor time to work during breaks. At the end of the month, RAGBRAI (the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa OR the Register's Annual Great Beer Run Across Iowa, take your pick) comes through Iowa County before overnighting in Coralville. The month ends with my first paranormal investigation.

It'll be August before I know it. Happy Fourth!


  1. enjoy the seminars - i saw joanne at dobe nationals but it was so abbreviated - i just audited the seminar because i dont work my dogs for the most part at new people (i make an exception for 2 people now - bridget and im working at the denise fenzi seminar) that i dont know their methods.

    i take it you liked her seminar since you're working this one? a lot of it seemed to be koehler based to me, and i know from my personal experience with her that she's a koehler based trainer in her fundamentals, though she admits that she alters it a bit since she focuses on obedience and agility.

  2. Wow - busy July for you guys, too! I can't wait to hear about those seminars. They look like a ton of fun.