January 10, 2013

Rolling Over 2013

The world has rolled into another year, and I have already posted a blog. I suppose this was the blog that should precede the one before, but I don't always think in logical chronological order.

I'm in a depressed state of mind at the moment, and it all has to do with the horrible things that came to pass the previous year. I think losing Skipper was the worst part of all my troubles, and the hole inside feels like it won't ever heal.

I am told all the time of how this year should be a good one. I will have better luck this year. 2013 is a new start. It doesn't feel like it. It feels like I'm started over all right. Good things can and will come out of this year, and I am determined to see it through.

Things I hope to gain, and things you may see in the year 2013:
1. Poppet's Debut in the conformation ring
2. Shaine going to his RA and maybe a CD
3. Karma going to her RN and maybe a CD
4. Poppet going to her RN and maybe a CD
5. Shaine maybe getting his NAJ and NA, if I can help it
6. Anu is moving to Arkansas
7. You'll probably see a lot of pictures of new chickens after the move (yes, I said
chickens. It's going to be a fun adventure for us come April.
8. A new baby is expected (and I refuse to find out boy or girl until born)

As you can see, I have quite a few goals for the year. I hope I can at least get the agility, rally, and conformation goals set straight before the end of the year, so in lieu of resolutions, I have simple goals I would like to accomplish. By next year, I would like to have Karma in agility too, but I am making no promises to it.


My kennel is downsizing a bit. I have decided not to breed shelties again. My first and last litter were such a heart ache, I don't wish to go through it again. With seven total puppies, five survived, which is a good number for a breeder, but I cannot take that pain again.  The first puppy was turned into a tripod, one puppy was a stillborn water baby, and the one girl I named Jinx passed away at two weeks of age. Duke, the tripod, is doing well in his new home. He went home the weekend before Christmas, and I hear great things from his teenage owner. :) Karma will be spayed soon, and so will Shaine.  Of course, Freckles is still available to an approved pet or performance home. 
I would like to focus a bit more on performance, as I've been saying for a while, so maybe I'll be able to get off my rear and work some. :) Poppet has such a wonderful temperament for a hound to work in performance. I bet she'll wow a few people while we work a bit in obedience and rally. Agility will have to be put on hold for a while until I can actually travel to classes, but that won't be for a little bit yet.

A few last phrases for the new year:
1. Remember to love your neighbors, even if they can be a pain.
2. What other people think about you is none of your business.
3. May your 2013 resolutions come true.