Songs in My Head. Camp Kaibab. Waiting is Over! Holden!

So far I have just ONE picture to share from the party -- it was from Vic -- not John -- with the subject, "more" but that was an evil trick as it was the only picture I received. What else does John have to do but edit and send pictures to me??? ;) Here is the one:

Sigh. I guess we all practice that dumb virtue: patience.

By way of distraction, here is another one of the lovely D Litter birthday kids -- Elliott. He lives in Bend with Glenda and Greg, who are famous for Niceness -- seriously. I was at an agility trial in Oregon and someone stopped to pet Harper and shared that their friends had berners in Bend, and it turned out it was Greg and Glenda! She went on to say that they are just the nicest people -- agreed! Here is handsome Elliott...

I am quite certain that Cousin Julie will be interested in having Elliott sent to her today -- for her birthday! Happy Birthday, Favorite Cousin Julie! I hope it is an excellent day! Last week was Toby's birthday so we are a celebratory bunch lately! Anyone else?!

This morning I got an email that has me humming that Carly Simon song -- the one with the line, "bet you think this song is about you, don't you..." I wonder what it means when people assume we are talking about them, writing about them, thinking about them? Sometimes they are right -- of course -- but not always.

And really - who cares?! Remember -- what other people think of us is really none of our business. Just be the kind of person you want to be and let the chips fall where they may -- some people will love you and some won't -- so what?! What matters is whether YOU love the person you are becoming -- and trust me -- we are all in the process of "becoming" because we are all a work in progress.

So don't waste valuable time stressing about what other people think or say -- consider and reflect on it as a learning tool, but only change things because *you* think you should -- not to please anyone else. It is a waste of time and energy to change like a chameleon to suit who you are with -- and it makes you a Pretender -- and yuck to that. Just be real and as Liz reminded us at Camp Kaibab last summer -- let your freak flag fly -- whatever that looks like for you.

And speaking of Camp Kaibab -- you are invited! August 1 - 3 in Stevensville, Montana -- this Camp will focus on strengthening a solid, fun working relationship with your dog. We will practice obedience, draft, and agility -- with a focus on making these things energized, happy and FUN. And yes -- I will do the Ring Nerves talk from Berner U.  Cost is about $50 or so -- and includes "stuff" so basically a labor of love for our puppies/friends. If you are a Kaibab puppy or friend (or want to be :) -- you are welcome!

Three days of local AKC agility follows Camp Kaibab as well as the (sort of) world famous Stevensville Creamery Days Picnic -- including a parade for our draft dogs! Oh -- and the annual Float Trip on the Bitterroot River -- nobody (except maybe Barb) wants to miss that!!! And did I mention -- scones???!! Those alone are worth the drive so I hope you can come :)

Okay -- back to patiently waiting for our pictures of the party and our Holden Update...

John comes through -- thank you John! Heidi, Lainey, and Auggie!

Two beautiful women, Lois and Cousin Julie, and one adorable plumpie -- Auggie...

Brace yourself....

Collective AAAHHHHHHH's! :)

Later -- Holden!!!!

Toby sends us this excellent update: "Holden has become quite the barker-and I find myself pondering the "nature vs. nurture" question every day.  He's my first out of 6 Berner barkers....is it a Kaibab thing?  Or, my bigger fear, a living- with- an- incessantly -barking- Corgi -thing?  Nora barely says a word, except when she's sassing me.  If it's nurture, I sure hope he starts to follow Nora's example a little more. 

Today he weighed 58#, 58# of cuddle-buggy love!  I'm really curious to see how he handles our week-long road trip next week.  We start out in VA for 2 days of herding, we'll see if he loves the sheepies as much as his sister does, and then we head to Gettysburg for the rest of the week.  It will be his first road trip!  I can just see him and Nora jumping from bed to bed in the hotel room and fighting over who controls the remote :)  It will be an adventure, no doubt!

Holden has decided he likes Haydn's crate, which actually was his crate, 2 sizes ago!

Holden outside, briefly taking a break from his favorite thing, barking at the neighbors!"

Thank you, Toby -- and here is your answer to the barking thing: Terri Z.

You see, we normally blame the stud dog for all imperfections, but since we actually bred Zed this gets a little complicated. Therefore, it came to me in a vision that it is Terri's fault. You see, I sent her a perfect puppy and next thing you know -- he was not perfect (according to her). What other conclusion can one make??? Puppy was perfect, went to her - not perfect -- open/shut case, obviously.

So Holden's barking is a strange combination of nurture (Terri Z. causing perfect Zed to be suddenly imperfect) and nature (Zed passing along his obviously acquired imperfections to Holden).

And in case Terri Z. disproves/denies/threatens me about this, we have a back-up - Ready. We blame Ready for everything -- including the weather. You will have to look up the pedigree a bit to find him but he is there, and very potent...

31 comments

by Barb on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 08:10

Very handsome!! Looks like he enjoys his cart. My friend Linda H. and her dog Duffy live in Bend and have met Elliott. I saw videos of him doing agility in class with her! Small world. She is a nurse that used to live in Leadville. I hope Zeke grows up to be that good looking and smart.

by Jennifer G. on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 08:39

Can't wait...but it just won't be the same if Barb doesn't "float" the river:).

Thanks for the picture of Elliot...he is one of my favorites. And we'll cross our fingers for more party pics!

Happy to provide the entertainment...Sell tickets and we can make Camp Kaibab a profitable venture..
Cindy do you know the dates for California Camp Kaibab?? Anything called the Harvest Moon cluster is a must!!

by Jennifer G. on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:44

I was going to offer to bring some of my 6 year old's water wing dings for you:)

by Lois on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 08:58

We have lots of pictures to share but are en-route home and need my pc before I can do that. Getting all three of the plumpies to pose in the midst of eight dogs was not an easy task but I think between John and I we got one or two. The party was wonderful! The plumpies had lots of fun and the girls were so sweet to their long lost brother - the ONLY boy in the bunch of Berners there yesterday! Thank you to the Heitzenbergers for their very kind hospitality - Paul, Auggie and I are ready to be adopted and move in any time!!

And Elliot...what a handsome boy and the reason we have Auggie. It was meeting Elliot with Glenda and Greg practicing with his cart in Bend that lead us to Mary-Ann.

by Lisa K on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 09:24

*faints*

by cindy Heintzberger on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 10:23

Happy Birthday to Cousin Julie!!!! (she kept that a secret yesterday) We had so much fun visiting with everyone - wish it could have lasted longer! Auggie is a darling little guy with the most BEAUTIFUL coat, now I know who got all of Lainey's hair... he was the perfect gentleman amongst all those girls - poor little guy didn't have a chance:)

Good to see handsome Elliot - his name certainly came up yesterday as he was the connection between Auggie"s parents and M/A

by Cousin Julie on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:06

Thank you!!!
Wait....you mean that whole thing yesterday WASN'T for me??? Huh...there were babies and plumpies and big Berners and strawberries and lots of other yummy treats, not to mention all the friendly people. The click of the cameras seemed non stop???...my fault really...should have worn my birthday tiara - I never leave home without it ;p

by Cousin Julie on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:12

M-A will now comment on the number of photos since the cameras were clicking nonstop.......wait for it.........

by Mary-Ann on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:13

My friends/family went to a plumpie party and all I got were a few pictures... Sigh...

by Cousin Julie on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:18

....so I guess this means he's really not on his way???

by Cousin Julie on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 10:50

So thankful others posted pictures! I don't know how to get mine from my camera to my iPad...
It really was so much fun to see everyone and their plumpies!
Elliott looks like he is all packed and ready to come to my house! It is my birthday ya know! No? Well, can't blame a girl for trying :)

by Barb on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 12:58

Thank you! Thank you!! Not the same as being there but great pictures!! Looks like Auggie had fun with his relatives. And as an old doctor I used to work with would say "you only need one rooster"!!

by Elliott on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:00

I am sad to say as much as I would love to go visiting everybody with my fancy cart my Mom doesn't let me travel by myself and she really isn't planning any long trips soon.
Besides....... my friends who are suffering from Cancer need me to visit them every Monday. That is my real passion and job. I am a true blue Therapy Dog. Would love to visit you in Bend though.

by Carmen K. on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:30

...carry on! You do important work, and I'm sure you'll be missed by the folks who look forward to your weekly Monday visits! You look mighty grand and handsome in your red harness and cart :)

by Toby E on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:10

Julie, if you don't already have one, there's a cool little adapter that plugs in to the ipad on the bottom where the charger goes. You simply put your SD card in it and it uploads the photos from the camera to the ipad. You can then use iphoto to edit, share etc....Happy Birthday!

by Cousin Julie on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 23:33

Guess what I got myself for my birthday!!!! Worked like a charm! Thanks for the info!

by Carmen K. on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:36

Happy Birthday to Julie! Such lovely pictures of the plumpie party; everyone and every plumpie look so happy!... and that little gent Kai is the most swoonable baby ever! He looks so unaware of all the ruckus he causes as if he is asking, "Who me?!!!" LOVE him!

by Toby E on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:43

I should have known it was Terri Z! Hee hee....

by Carmen K. on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:13

Toby, sounds like you have a bit of a barker too. Maddie, our girl, was a total barker. Barkiest one all her puppy classes and kept barking into her first year or so. She is more mellow now and barks occasionally but usually when it is warranted like when someone is at the door. I guess she barked out most everything she wanted to say when she was younger! Anyway, Holden is adorable! Wish I could see all the plumpies at the Specialty.

by Lisa K on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:19

Ummmm, Tobs, you have been to M-A's house, yes? Runs and hides.....

by Mary-Ann on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:25

You can run but you cannot hide *glares and looks around for her sidekick, Heidi Sr. to go hunt for Lisa K* and then *nudges Heidi Sr. and says, see this? That is what that good for nuthin' Lisa K is talking about*

by Lisa K on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:35

Ohhhhh, that is RIGHT! I must have been mistaken! I have never stayed at that house and have no idea where the barking comes from! Just as I have no idea about the barking in my own house!!
*quietly whispers K A I B A B*

by Aunt Heidi on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:43

Yeah no Lisa how could you...no sarcasm! Asia loves me and quietly sits at my feet and reflect about her life...every time I come over!! How dare you *shakes her fists*...but not too hard because that might freak Zoey out and she would softly ask me to get out of her space!!! *giggles*

by Lisa K on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:45

I believe that is not 100% correct. I know. Yes I do. *so does Asia*

by Carol Kracht on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 19:31

So when Holden is barking away in the yard and disturbing the neighbors (Because that is a real concern in some places-grin...MA , we are not all able to live on your fabulous rural property-) Are you Ok with teaching Holden a "quiet"? He can learn a well timed "quiet" all with food and praise . Even small children learn not to interrupt their elders when they are in conversation or on the phone right? It is simply polite. And I feel sorry for Toby, and her hotel neighbors if Holden barks in the hotel room at the Nationals...So what say you MA? Obviously , you are the final word on your plumpies , but I am just itching to help out with this barking thing...I.promise to stay upbeat even though my own boys KNOW barking makes Mom unhappy and being quiet makes Mom bring out the treats...What about bait and switch? Holden barks overly much in the yard and he is called in to the house in a happy voice, asked to sit or perhaps tug on a toy, retrieve, down, something productive and gets a HUGE treat for coming in and stopping barking and doing another behavior- rewarding the non-barking? Please don't beat me up now or I will shut down... grin..awaiting your thoughts...By the way, I took to heart what you said about missing a dog's barking when they are gone..My little old Corgi-Walter barks when the phone rings- He came to me that way from living prior with deaf seniors and so I just get up and get the phone- and yes I would/will miss that bark....dearly...

by Maddie's Mommy on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 21:02

OK--I have to weigh in on this one. How well I remember that day, three and a half years ago, as Terri and I drove back from Spokane with dear Zion in the back of my 4Runner as puppies Zed and Maddie shared his crate. Every so often there would be a furious noise from the back and Terri would lean over and say: "That's YOUR puppy barking!" So I gotta say that Pappa Zed is probably blameless on this account, unless he's passing it on from Grammy...

by cindy Heintzberger on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 21:10

Toby - don't tell that I told - but barking is in the Kaibab genes:) along with ALL of the wonderful other brains and beauty!!!!!! :)

by Marti Simons on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 22:55

Barking? Kaibab dogs bark?

by TobyE on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 06:25

Well, truth be told, I kinda was afraid to mention it, but when I flew to Montana to meet Holden, the Kaibab girls were all introduced to me, one at time, barking their pretty little heads off. And there was about 15-20 minute gap in between each introduction. Just sayin'........
Carol, initially I was able to easily call Holden in the house where he got a huge jackpot, then it's gotten more difficult. This weekend, he didn't even respond to our fail safe "pup pup puppeeee" recall, That was a weird situation and I totally blame my neighbors on that one. They know he's a barker, and that I'm trying to work through it, but Saturday afternoon all 3 dogs were outside and I heard a terrible ruckus, even the non barking Nora was barking. I look out the window to see my 2 nleighbors, their 2 teenage kids and the neighbors sister all standing at the fence STARING at the dogs while they were in a frenzy! I ran out because it looked like Holden was going to clear the fence. The sister was trying to get a picture with her cell phone, I'm yelling over 3 crazed dogs, hoping that these intelligent people (2 phd's and 2 gifted kids) would see my distress and either go in the house, or get in the car and drive away, but no! Finally, I was able to get Holden's attention and get them inside, the neighbors apologized for disturbing my quiet Saturday afternoon :)
I'm sure he'll work through this, I just wanted to stir up some trouble on the blog:)

by Carol Kracht on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 09:32

I too have a six month old Icelandic puppy who has had a rock-solid re-call until recently ....so now I am re-working his "head turn" when I call his name and also when I say "here"- all around the house - Brimi "here" and then a yes or good (or click if you prefer) and a good treat- trying to install an automatic head turn when called. I also have my pups drag a long line in situations where I cannot always get them to come to me so they do not get the opportunity to run off. No , I do not drag them in like a fish ( that was for MA ) but I will call, give them a shot at coming and then if not, I can walk down the line and see if I can get attention at a closer distance and try again-if this fails too and pup is running , barking wildly I can still walk down the line all the way to the pup-ask for a sit-reward for the sit and walk the pup back inside- no fanfare... Of course the line is not on the pup when unattended- but I feel it is best not to call a dog if you are unable to complete the re-call- then best to walk up to him instead and walk him off. Your fence thing is a challenge...My suburban fence is six foot board and double fenced on one side where there are other dogs-sigh-expensive but worth it!...best the dogs DO NOT see other dogs or people through the fence ever if possible IMHO...( H for humble-grin ) So here's to stirring up more training tips!

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