Monday, April 5, 2010

Show days, spring storms, and a good boy...

Weekend two of three weekends in a row for Caleb and I. Last week in Bremerton, he picked up a point, going BOW there on Saturday. Had a great time with everyone over at the house like I said in the post before, haha.

Of course, it's been miserable and wet all week. Simon just is bored to death with the limited inside time. :/ Sigh.

This weekend we went to Albany, Oregon, and had a blast. Well, okay, the opening was uh, not so much of a blast. First of all, a grand old storm decided to blow into our area. Sixty mile an hour gusts, driving rain, and man, it was a mess. Of course, I was walking Caleb onto the boat to meet Dayl on the other side, and first off the ferry was running behind. Secondly, oh man -- see, they don't allow dogs in the cabin, you have to stay outside on the upper decks or the front of the boat. It was bitterly cold, the ship was rolling and rocking, and the two of us were the only critters up on that top deck.

This was beautiful though. This huge rainbow was right off the point, and ships were passing underneath it right before we left the dock. I wish this shot showed a bit more on how rough it was -- doesn't look it, does it? Let me tell you, when we started to move, it got downright er, a bit touchy there. That deck was rolling and pitching like a rodeo bull, and the rain was coming down so hard that the covered deck was leaking above us. We kept scootching back and back to get under the cover. Luckily, Caleb handled it all like a little trooper; he just sat on the bench and cuddled with me and I sort of admit I was sort of thinking things I shouldn't as we were being tossed up and down unpleasantly.

"In case of emergency water landing, Cardigan can be used as a flotation device..." was running through my head.

Luckily, his little coat kept him pretty dry and warm... mine, not so much. ;) Grabbed the wrong coat, whoops!

Finally got over and met Dayl and her crew and then we got the joy of being stuck for three hours in bad traffic, ugh. Oh boy, that makes for a long drive from Seattle to Albany, eep! Apparently a big fir tree had crashed down in the storm, landed on the brand new guard rail and smashed it into a mangled mess, and there were branches all the way across the highway. :/ Hope no cars were under that or clipped, but I wouldn't have been surprised - traffic was bad. The rain wasn't helping either - at times you could barely see.

However, the show was a ton of fun. Pam was so sweet and gracious for letting us and the dogs crash at her house. The puppy party was fun and I learned a ton from a lot of breeders there, and I was thrilled to get some nice comments on my dog from them.

Caleb went RWD both days, and I'm really thrilled about that. The dogs there were very, very nice, and it could have gone any way either day. One thing I can say about Liblet is that he's consistent! Plus, the reserve earned us this gorgeous blanket as one of the supported entry trophies, embroidered with a wonderful Cardigan. What's so cool? It's the same shade of green as my walls, and it looks sharp on the sofa. Plus, it's big enough for me and the dogs to cuddle in.

Coming home, we made much better time, and the ferry ride home was much less of an adventure. Caleb is a good little traveler -- he takes it all in stride. He was so wiped out though he just flopped and sat on the benches, and I think his expression says it all. I love this shot for some reason. I think it's the crumpled ear and the softness of his eye...

Simon was overjoyed to see him -- and it was a roughhouse Cardi party for about half an hour. Me, I had to try and wheedle my way back into the cat's good graces. Dusty is not amused that I would leave for a whole weekend. I'm being shunned, hahah. At least the dogs still love me. ;)

1 comment:

Taryn said...

That's quite a scene of the boat and the rainbow! Beautiful, even if your ride may have been a bit scary....