I didn’t realize I was a FAT HEAD!

I’ve lost 41 lbs. since January 1, (yes, you can keep your New Year’s resolutions) and a close friend acquaintance told me she could tell I had lost weight because my face looked thinner! Imagine that!


 

 

No, I didn’t do it riding my bike

No, I didn’t buy a Ninja juicer or find a magic “fat burner”,

Slurp...NOT!
Slurp…NOT!

I bought my husband and sister Fit Bits for Christmas and I let their obsessive/compulsive personalities love of technology lead the way. Once they figured out that they could download the Fit Bit app to their phone and computer, they were on a roll. So, I bought myself a Fit Bit and the competition was on!

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Walk 6-7 miles, burn over 2000 calories and eat 1500-1600 calories daily, and you lose weight. Easy peasy.

I have to change my “About” page, because the bike is in a stationary trainer right now. I started having some vertigo issues late last year, so to remain vertical I had to make some changes.

I started out by dragging the dog around the neighborhood. I say dragging, because he wasn’t as enthusiastic at walking at a fast clip. He prefers sniffing and peeing on every pillar and post.

Speaking of the dog…

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He just finished his Grand Champion points in June, so we only have 99 points to go for his Bronze.

Did I mention obsessive/compulsive earlier?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I saw three ships come sailing…

If you’re familiar with the song – there are only 170 days left ’til Christmas, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The ships I saw were of the feathered variety. The Swallow-tailed Kites are back for their summer breeding season. I wrote a post some months back about the Alien Sighting. I spotted one this past weekend and before I could blink, there were three. The thing that grabs your eye is how large these birds are, and they sail on the air currents with no obvious wing flapping. I stood mesmerized, watching them swirl around like water in an eddy.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Maybe it IS Christmas in July… on Monday I saw a hummingbird (first time EVER in my yard). They aren’t so common here, but low and behold one was hovering near my Parrot Plant.

Parrot Plant (heliconia psittacorum)
Parrot Plant (heliconia psittacorum)

You get a picture of the plant, the bird…too fast for me. Moving right along…

Well, we finally finished the dog! Not to be equated with the week after Thanksgiving when you proudly announce that you’ve ‘finally finished the turkey’. (p.s. only 140 days ’til Thanksgiving)

In the wild and wacky world of show dogs and dog shows, ‘finishing the dog’ means we have a new Champion.

New Champion with our breeder/handler and Judge
New Champion with our breeder/handler and Judge

Gosh, he looks so sweet, and clean in the picture. Who could imagine that he is attracted to black dirt, mud, and loves to dig holes in the back yard?

If I had more time, I would regale you with my latest new job…working for the feds. But I have to head out to my current job. I’m working off my 2 weeks notice, so I’ll have to leave you with something to look forward to 🙂

Dog tired…

and I don’t mean the dog. I love the dog shows, but they take a lot out of you. I’m ready for a break. We’re up 3 AKC points, and today is the last day. Wish us luck 😀

Winner's Dog & Best of Winners
Winner’s Dog & Best of Winners

Less words on Wednesday

Today is our second day of showing in the Orlando Cluster (Space Coast Kennel Club, Brevard Kennel Club, and Central Florida Kennel Club) all sponsored by Eukanuba, who is the primary sponsor for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show in the United States. The Eukanuba World Championship officially takes place this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center, but we’re not ready for the big-time yet. At least it’s only 25 minutes from us.

Yesterday, our puppy took Winner’s Dog (1 AKC point), which qualified him to show against 6 specials (Champions). No point there, but good practice!

6 Champions & Remy (Winner's Dog) (second from the end)
6 Champions & Remy (Winner’s Dog) (second from the end)

The AKC point system is complicated, but we need a total of 15 to be finished (or a Champion), then on to Grand Champion status….this could take a while 🙂 We have 5 points so far!

Let sleeping dogs lie…

After 3 days of traveling to the Ocala Dog Show (about 90 mins northwest of us), the puppy is still in recovery mode.

 

Pooped out Puppy...it's rough being a show dog!
Pooped out Puppy…it’s rough being a show dog!

I had planned to take him to doggy daycare today so he could get some exercise and play in the mud, but he didn’t look up to it. Plus, the weather here is yucky. It rained almost all day yesterday, and today it’s cold and blustery. The temps are in the 40s, but we have a wind chill advisory from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, with 15-20 mph winds. Personally, I think it looks like snow.

I took the show puppy up to Ocala on Thursday, last week, and he was his usual excited self. We didn’t show until 1:30 pm, so he got his nap and was full of himself. Saturday, my husband went with us, and we were up at 4:00 am, with a 9:30 am, show time. It was 43 degrees in Ocala, and my husband was wearing shorts and a T-shirt…..Brrrrrrrrr. The Ocala Dog Show is outside, so there isn’t any escaping the chill. Luckily, it warmed up for the Sunday show.

Show puppy with his breeder/handler
Show puppy with his breeder/handler

 

Next month, we get to show in Orlando, thank goodness!

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Bragging rights!

 

 

 

Testamonial

“You CAN get your whites whiter!”

Transformation

We entered the puppy in his first AKC dog show, held last weekend, and he got his first Winner’s Dog on Friday in Working Breed. We are so proud of him; our baby is growing up!

It has taken me almost this entire week to recover though. Because the show was about 45 minutes north of us, we decided to drive up each day (3 days) instead of getting a room and staying over. But that meant that we had to be up at 5:00 AM each morning and get on the road. I had a hard time getting my coffee quota high enough. We saw his breeder and he competed with his brother and one of his sisters in his classes. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work, but well worth the time and effort. Our show puppy took 1st place and Reserve Winner over the remaining course of the weekend. Not bad for our first time.