|Heat's great for the garden!|
And then the heat wave started to build! Thursday was just right--I took my dad for a 'stroll' around the block of the Edmonton General. By Saturday we were in humidity hell--and since then I swear that I'm living on the Mississippi River delta!! Saturday, Duffy and I attended an all day Beginners Agility Workshop put on by the K9 Korruption Dog Sports and Training Club at their facilities at the Beverly Heights Community League. It's the hockey rink--which is really nice and fenced, but no shade!! There were 6 of us attending--3 had done some agility, 2 of whom had competed in trials, and 3 of us who had no agility experience. The instructor was Dan Roufosse--he had along his 1 1/2 year old smooth sable Collie girl named Ice (bred by Trudy Taphorn, and a Kennedy granddaughter!) and his blue merle Sheltie X-Stream, ranked in AAC with 24 legs earned this year and 4 titles. He going to the Nationals in BC next month, with X.
|Bella ( in the foreground) helping Dan lay out another course.|
|Duffy keeping relatively cool in his camper crate that I had bought at a dog show when Jolene was up here showing Kort. She had this style for her boys, and I thought it was a good investment!|
All in all we had a good time. Duffy had done an A-frame after Conformation classes once, so that was a breeze! Duffy quickly caught on to the dog walk, the chute, and some of the tunnels--he didn't like the yellow one though!! We all got to run a Standard, Jumpers, Snooker, and Gamblers course--or modified ones depending on the age and experience of the dog. We didn't do the teeter and the jumps were 10 inches. This Wednesday evening, we start Agility classes--they are underway already with 3 classes done, but as we had a crash course, so to speak, on Saturday, we'll get some homework at the Agility Drop-In on Friday to catch up and as they are just doing the dog walk tomorrow night, we are okay there. Pretty cool eh?
Thursday is the Capital Ex Kick-off event for volunteers--they give us the low-down on the new events, show us a Rah Rah video, and feed us a meal! Edmonton's summer fair is going to have a new name by the time 'Capital Ex' is over. When I was a kid, it was known as the Edmonton Exhibition, then in the 1960's it became Klondike Days, and then several years ago some bright spark decided we should sound all trendy and 'X Men' and 'X Factor' like with Capital Ex. I hate the name and apparently I'm not alone!! Enough people protested, so they began asking for suggestions, then they short-listed 6 names, and people will be able to cast their vote during the 10 days of the exhibition. A lot of folks want Klondike Days back again. I think the name and the fair should reflect Edmonton's history--First Nations' presence, the fur trade, agriculture, education centre, and capital of the province. Should be interesting to see what happens.
Next Tuesday, I do my first stint of volunteering at Northlands--pre-Capital Ex-- stuffing bags for 4 hours!! They keep sending volunteer jobs, but I decided I have to have a limit and some just aren't my cup pf tea either--like entertaining people along the parade route prior to the parade, or carrying big awkward balloons! So starting Friday, the first day of Capital Ex, and for 5 days the following week, I'll either be an Arrival Ambassador (snicker--we were Gate Greeters last year!!) or a Western Gallery Booth Relief person. I don't work the weekends--too many people then!!
So there's my life into August--Agility classes with Duffy, volunteering, doing the usual stuff like I did today--picking a pile of rhubarb, picking the first raspberries of the season, watering the turning brown lawn, and trying to stay cool in the heat. We broke a record yesterday--it was +33 with the Humidex putting it at +36. That's about 98' and way too hot for us up here in the Frozen North! LOL! Oh yeah, and still waiting to hear if there are any puppies from Duffy's sister Callie. I'm starting to get a little concerned--her due date was Friday. And last, but not least, we have some undesirable elements on this block, that have been partying it up into the wee hours of the weekend mornings, and playing little tricks on people. The neighbor's had their propane tank put in a water barrel, boards were moved, and a beer can was left in the wheelbarrow. Saturday night, my side gate was opened and left that way. Duffy must have barked, but I didn't hear anything as I had the fan going so I could sleep. Duffy was outside during the night--he likes that as it's way cooler than the house. When I saw the gate at 7:30 Sunday morning, I almost had a heart attack. I just thank God, that apparently Duffy has a strong sense of his property and didn't leave the yard. I went to Canadian Tire and bought a padlock and cable to wrap around the bar. I think it's time to get a 5 foot fence and proper gate put in there. Oh and I'd like to mount a Gatling Gun on the roof! No, I'm not kidding!!
|I hope there's another collie in my future besides Duffy and his pal Duncan!!|