Monday, December 28, 2009

I have a blog?! What blog?

Okay, so I have a big problem with follow through! I have been extremely lax with my blog entries for the last oh.......4 months.

Mother, I'm disappointed in you

What, you don't want to tell people about us? *sniff*

Way to lay it on thick you two.....

In the last 4 months things have been a little hectic. The setsails have bought the terrible twosome a little collie cottage on the coast. Then the Poester decided that she was going to be a flyball star and started competing long before the humans were ready. Jackson has his schedule full of competitions and guest appearances. Then of course there is work, ya know, what pays for all the kibble!

Sorry for the lack of info on the mischief makers and I'll try to catch ya'll up on the misadventures of Jackson and Poe!

That's right Mom. And you better not do it again.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Casa del Collies

*Jingle Jingle*

What could that sound be?

*Jingle Jingle*

Could it be the keys to a new house for the duo of destruction?

Why YES! Yes it is!!!!

After 5 long years of waiting for us human to get our stuff together we finally got the fur face a house of his own. And hopefully fabio-dog can help make some of the payments.
Mama, you so funny

Guess not.

Anywho, we signed our financial life away for 30 years and got the keys in our hot little hands. The dynamic duo are going to be so happy. There is a big yard in the back, a huge deck, a beach up the street, and a nice boardwalk on the water in the next town over. What more could a collie want except for the beach to be full of sheeps?

So, welcome to the Casa del Collies

Hopefully the collies will be happy in their new digs. If not, they can do what they do best, turn tricks and make some $$.

Wait, that doesn't sound quite right.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

In Honor of "Shark Week"

Nom nom Nom nom NomNomNomNOMNOM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

Danger appears from beneath the waves
Swimmers flee the water in a panic


The cold and lifeless eyes

*Those eyes....they haunt my dreams*

The mouthful of razor sharp teeth

But sharks are mostly misunderstood

Most attacks are warnings
Or cases of mistaken identity

But after terrorizing the public the shark is finally caught

Whew! We're safe! But I think I'll stick to the beach from now on

From the movie Jaws

[about to go looking for the shark]

Brody: On the water?

Hooper: Well, if we're looking for a shark we're not gonna find him on the land.

Wanna bet?!

Nom nom Nom nom NomNomNomNOMNOM

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Gotcha day Little Poe!

One year ago today we decided to adopt the cutest little crazy dog east of the Mississippi. After too many late nights on petfinder DH found his dog:

The cutest little freckles, the impish look on the cutest little face. The fluffy little skunk tail, the batshitcrazy eyes. He had to have her. It was only after I spent minutes fawning over her that he broke the news to me that she was in Alabama.


Somehow my DH managed to convince me that driving 16 hours from Maryland to Alabama to look at a little dog we knew nothing about was not the epitome of crazy. So we packed up the car, packed up Jack and drove overnight to the deep south. As we arrive to the foster mom's house the skies open, thunder booms and I'm sure the angels were snickering at us as we saw our new little girl for the first time. She was even cuter in person and so calm in her crate. Then we let her out and quickly realized that she was completely insane. And we were completely in love.

Most of my pictures from the drive home looked like this. Now you can see what the world looks like through my eyes. Kind of trippy isn't it?

The feeling was NOT the same for Jackson. A month of growls and pouts and temper tantrums, but the little dog never stopped trying to be his friend. Finally one night Jackson decided to play with this thing in his house and they have been inseparable ever since.

Life with poe hasn't been boring. She is smart, creative and hell on wheels. The e-vet number is on the fridge for the late night calls of "My dog ate......". She has an affinity for laundry. The vets groan when she comes into the room. She is quite the little klepto.

Poe has been the perfect addition to our family. She makes us laugh everyday and pushes us to be better trainers and owners. She has found her calling in the flyball lanes and it has been an adventure to see her blossom into a happy, confident, funloving dog. However we are still working on the whole disc dog thing lol.

She has been the best little sister for Jackson. She knows when to push and when to back off and her love of life has brightened up his outlook on the world. Her happiness with strangers and need for attention has pulled Jackson out of his shell. Nothing like a little sibling rivalry to overcome a little fear of people.

She loves her brother, loves her dad, loves her ball and loves life. And everyday I give thanks to the rescue that pulled her from the shelter before that spark could be extinguished.

So Little Miss Poe, thanks for being just the thing we didn't know we needed :) Thanks for being the best little sister for our quirky boy Jack. Thanks for just being you, you spunky little thing. And thanks for all of the gray hair on my head. Happy gotcha day little girl. The last year has been a wild ride and we look forward to rest of the trip. Can't wait to see what you will come up with next

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I licked a kong and I liked it....

I Licked a Kong and I Liked It
sung to "I kissed a girl"

This was never the way I planned, not my intention
I got so brave, peanut butter inside, lost my discretion
It's not what I'm used to, just wanna try this treat
I'm curious for you caught my attention

I licked a kong and I liked it
The taste of its peanut butter
I licked a kong just to try it
I hope my food bowl don't mind it

It felt so wrong, it felt so right
Don't mean I'll skip dinner tonight
I licked a kong and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don't even know what’s inside, it doesn't matter
You're my little after dinner game, just canine nature
It's not what good dogs do, not how they should behave
My tongue gets so confused, hard to obey

I licked a kong and I liked it
The taste of its peanut butter
I licked a kong just to try it
I hope my food bowl don't mind it

It felt so wrong, it felt so right
Don't mean I'll skip dinner tonight
I licked a kong and I liked it
I liked it

This kong is so magical
Hard rubber, red sides, so fillable
Hard to resist, so lickable
Too good to deny it
It ain't no big deal, it's edible

I licked a kong and I liked it
The taste of its peanut butter
I licked a kong just to try it
I hope my food bowl don't mind it

It felt so wrong, it felt so right
Don't mean I'll skip dinner tonight
I licked a kong and I liked it
I liked it

Jackson and Poe spent the weekend on a college campus for a competition where they put us up in the dorms for the night. Jackson buckled down and worked hard all weekend but Poe let the college experience go to her head. While Jackson tried to go to bed early and study his notes for tomorrow's freestyle, Poe spent the night whoopin' it up in the dorms. And after a few peanut butter hits she got a little crazy:

Well look who I found?! Hello there Mr. Kong

What do I need a desk for? We aren't studying!

Why do I always get the party animal roommate? I've gotta get up early tomorrow for a test

NomNomNom...I love you kong

Random college hook-up

I've had way too much peanut butter tonight. Man I'm WASTED

Oh man! That's the RA! We're busted!!

What, a party, drinking, tomfoolery? Happening here? No way? I was just studying.

Hey, that's college.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Free to good home....2 collie/demon mixes

The rain hasn't stopped for like 2 weeks. If it isn't raining, it is cloudy so nothing is drying out. After Jackson almost wrecked his knee last spring running on wet grass and Poe's habit for dangerous gymnastics and NASCAR impersonations I'm hesitant to let the dog run too much on the swamp we used to call a field.

So what does that leave me with? 2 very very very very very very bored collies. Poe at least has flyball and obedience class to take the edge off, but poor Jackson. I can't stop moving without a stinky slimy stuffed frog shoved in my face. All.the.time. I throw Mr.Frog, Poe steals Mr.Frog, Jackson cries, and I end up with a cold wet collie nose poking me in the face.

And I'm getting a bit bored myself. I don't like being trapped inside for weeks on end. Too much time alone and boredom make me do crazy things, like use my dogs as props:

As you can imagine, this quickly turned into a game of musical chairs, which started a fight.


And the forecast for the rest of the week:

Rain, Rain, Rain, Thunderstorm, Rain.

Are you shitting me?!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

SPCA March for the Animals

Over the weekend Jackson and I participated in a disc dog demo for the SPCA. He had a blast. He got to be on TV, got cheered by the crowd and got to meet a giant turtle. All in one day! He was a real super star. He helped the newswoman deliver a live teaser for the morning news show all by himself! I got to be a total stage mom and make hand puppets behind the cameraman while he posed and modeled his good lookin' self. Then he got to play frisbee for the camera. Now that he has been on TV he let the stardom go to his head. After his TV spot he forgot the little people, snubbing treats from friends. Gotta get that ego in check.

During his demo he was having a lot of fun. Enjoy:

We love doing demos. It is fun to just play with my dog without pressure. People are always happy to see the dogs fly. And Jackson is a true Cinderella story. This gives us a chance to talk about his background and show what a rescue can do! It also helps people realize that anyone can get out there and start competing. I am not the most talented and Jackson isn't the fastest, but with some hardwork we can manage to improve lol.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The 45,670th reason that Poe is "special"

We have 2 very nice braided fleece tugs made for us by a friend. The other night we are playing with the longer tug and Poe was assaulted. The crime scene investigation lays out the crime. See the case file below:

Victim: species-Canine sex-female name-Poe
Witness: species- Human sex-female name-Setsail

The complaint: The tug was wrapped around the victim's back leg. One end of the tug was being held by the witness. The other end was in the victim's mouth. The victim was pulling on the tug toy when she was assaulted by something resembling a foot to the side of the head. The victim was assaulted by the foot repeatedly until the victim dropped the tug from her mouth and attacked the assault weapon.

Detective's notes: The assailant turned out to be the victim's own foot. Apparently with the tug wrapped around the back leg, every time the victim tugged on the tug toy her back leg would fling out, kicking herself in the face. The victim, not seeing the connection between the paw to the face and the tugging motion being made with her mouth continued to play with the witness, repeatedly kicking herself in the face until the victim attacked her assailant. No injuries were sustained during the attack.

Charges filed: The victim has decided not to press charges at this time. However she had vowed revenge on the witness for laughing at her and a restraining order my be issued against the attacking foot.

Yup, everytime she tugged she got kicked in the face until she finally growled and attacked her own foot. Yes, Poe resource guarded the tug from herself. And this is why Poe is so special.

border collies.............the smartest breed.

Until Poe

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Border collie moves

Having 2 young agile athletic dogs in the same house makes play time so much fun. They make up little games with each other and moves that would even awe Matrix special effect directors. Here is just a sampling of their most common moves:

The Flying Squirrel: Poe is about half of Jackson's size, making it very hard to wipe him out. Enter the flying squirrel. Poe will climb to a high height such as the bed or the couch. She will jump out to Jackson with all 4 legs extended, hind legs a little further out than her front legs. All legs are spread as far as possible to achieve maximum surface area at time of impact in the hopes of toppling the giant. Considering that Jackson isn't paralyzed or stupid, this doesn't often work because he just steps to the side or duck and watches her crash into the ground. She also greatly underestimates the sheer strength of the brute because the few times she has hit him with the flying squirrel she just bounces off his side and falls onto the floor while Jackson looks over his shoulder rolling his eyes at her.

The Paw biter: This is usually the secondary attack strategy after an ill fated flying squirrel mission. After crashing into the floor Poe will roll into Jackson, snapping at his ankles. He usually stops this by sitting on her.

The 'Possum: Poe will innocently lay in the dog bed or on the couch, luring her victim into a false sense of security. When Jackson walks by she will suddenly lunge out, gnaw on his ear and promptly fall back asleep. The possum can also be used in the middle of paw to paw combat in combination with the paw biter. The fur is flying and Poe will suddenly fall over. Jackson stands over to investigate, leaving him open to a paw biter attack.

Ring Around the Poesy: This is a spin off of the possum. Poe will lay on her side in the middle of the floor. Jackson will circle her carefully like one would a live bomb. At some point Poe will spring to life and jump on his head.

Cartoon Ninja: During a stand off Poe will stand on her hind legs, front legs bend down with her head turned to the side. Finally she makes her move and walks up to him on her hind legs, snakes her head to the side and goes for the neck/head. It is called the cartoon ninja because if you listen closely you can almost hear the "Waaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaa" in her head before she strikes. However, it can also be labeled the velicoraptor.

My Ass is Bigger Than YoursTM: This is a trademark move for Jackson. When Poe comes in for an attack he will body check her with his bum. Then spin in a circle, pushing her away with his big hairy rear. This is usually the point where Poe will attempt a flying squirrel out of ineffectual rage.

TIMBER!!!!!!: Another Jackson move. Poe will hook a paw over his back and pull him down. He will exaggerate the fall, roll on his back and expose his belly. Poe moves in for the kill, but Jackson flips back on his feet and smacks her as she falls face first into the carpet.

I'm bigger, the end: When Jackson needs a break he will just sit on Poe's head. He will lay on top of her and occasionally spoon her. A nice homey scene except for the crazy legs. You can't see Poe, but you can see her legs flailing like a beetle stuck on it's back.

Circus Pony: Jackson will stand in place and prance like a pony. Poe will be laying on her back under him and will try to catch his legs as they dance.

The Berserker: Poe might be tiny, but she is mighty. Jackson might be bigger but Poe is crazier. She demonstrates this by wrinkling her puppy face into a rather comical snarl while emitting high pitched yips and squeals. She will paw at the ground and rub her face in the carpet like a bull, give a scream and flying squirrel into Jackson. Usually Jackson just side steps and looks at me saying "that there is one CRAZY bitch". The Berserker either ends in poe zoomies or Jackson puts a stop to it with I'm bigger than you, the end.

So there is just a sample of their antics. Conversations in our house go a lot like this:

"Jackson Timbered on Poe and she paw bit him. He started to bum bump her and she totally flying squirrelled his ass!"

I really need to get these moves on video. I'm thinking pay-per-view.

Monday, March 16, 2009

How Poe got her name

When we adopted Poe her name was Jasmine. We quickly realized that this little charmer was going to need something a little more unique and started brainstorming. My husband is an english teacher and apparently in my sleep I told him that he could name our next dog.

Going on a literature theme we tried Juliet, Raven, and Puck. She didn't respond to a single name. Not even Jasmine even though she had that name for about 2-3 months at that time. My DH has always been an Edgar Allan Poe fan. He has always wanted to name a female border collie "Poe". When I ever pictured a Poe I had a mental image of a small, intense, dark border collie with upright ears in a classic border collie crouch. I did not picture this:

I made a deal that if she responded we could keep it. So far the dog was only responding to "spastic little shit" at this point so I figured I was safe and we would keep looking. "Spastic little shit" was dozing in her crate when DH said "Hi Poe!". Well let me tell you. "Spastic little shit" jumped up, eyes bright, ears up. She started wiggling and dancing, licking the bars on her crate. Every time we said Poe we got the same reaction.

So Poe she became.

It took us about 2 states later to finally make the leap that Poe sounds just like No. As crazy as she was I'm sure she got "NO!" yelled at her so much that she probably thought her name was No. She was probably thinking "Hey, these freaks know my name...No!".

So yes.....Poe kept her name and will respond to Poe and No with the same enthusiam.

"Hi my name is No, No, Bad dog, what's your name?"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pomp and Circumstance

After 7 weeks, Poe has graduated from Basic Obedience. She did pretty well in class and rightfully earned the title Class Clown. Just a brief run down of her antics:

- Wrapped herself in her leash like a present
- Hogtied me to her with her leash
- Stole her practice "leave it" cookie every class
- Stole the other dog's "leave it" cookie
- Drooled on the floor during stay exercises
- When confused her default behavior was to spin on her hind legs like a ballerina
- Jumped all over the trainers
- Started holding on to the trainers' legs when they ignored her jumping
- Wrapped her paws around the trainers' leg and held on while they walked away
- Stole the entire plastic bag full of cut up hot dog bits and ran around the room
- I'm sure there are more but post-traumatic amnesia has set in

Poe loved class. She loved the challenge, she loved making a scene, she loved seeing new people. She did very well and has come a long way from the dog that jumped on my dining room table the day she came home. Wait. She did that last week. Never mind.

And major props to the trainers. They never got frustrated, they enjoyed her zest for life and helped me realize that even with manners, crazy will always be crazy. They recognized that her enthusiasm is a gift and we should harness it, not fight it.

So Poesy is moving up to intermediate and was recommended for a tricks class. Yup, poesy will be turning tricks.

And surprisingly enough, she has NOT eaten her diploma.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Snow Day!

So March decided to come in like a lion and dumped about 8inches of snow on us. Hello? Spring? Where are you? Nothing like hearing about a foot of snow and the DC cherry blossoms all in the same news broadcast.
Being from Alabama we assume (of course...we know how that saying goes) that little miss Poe has probably never seen the white stuff. Jackson lives for snow so he was EXCITED to put it mildly. We all woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed (well, Jackson anyway) and headed out for some fun in the snow. I risked the wintry camera killing snow and took some pictures of the kids taking a snow day. Enjoy.

Beneath his sweet face lurks the heart of a beastie:

An Abominable Snow Beastie

Ready to spring on unsuspecting Southerners

Run Poe Run
Old Man Winter is after you!

A Poe in the Snow
Beat down to commence in 5....4....3....2....1

HaHa! I beat old man winter!

Everyone had fun playing in the white stuff. We get all dried off and headed up for a nap and some hot chocolate

You've GOT to be kidding me woman.

And if you find spring can you send it back? Mother Nature really needs a GPS. And a calendar.