Snark and Pregger Pics

I have written in the past about the value of competition in making us better. A good competitor helps us have a vision of what is possible, and invites us to new levels of achievement and success. Therefore, competitors are not our enemies -- they are our friends and mentors, inviting us to see new possibilities, and most importantly -- encouraging us to improve.

With this cheery little attitude, you can imagine my surprise that anyone would land a Snark Bomb in my vicinity!!! And at an agility trial no less!!!!! And a berner person?!!!!!!! Seriously???????? Good heavens -- about ZOEY???!!!! Them's fighting words...

I suspect Lisa was thinking (hoping?) that we might have a bigger spectacle than sprayed whipped cream over the Starbucks counter when she heard about the Snark Bomb, but much to everyone's surprise, no doubt, I sometimes like to consider that my first impression/reaction could be wrong -- it is all that cheerful "assume good intentions" $%#@ -- I mean, stuff -- that I try to do.

However, don't be too impressed because the first reaction in my head was not at all charitable and went something like this: "Not competition?! Bite me -- when you have a Grand Champion/Working Dog/Versatility Dog EXCELLENT before age three  BLAH BLAH BLAH..." -- my head is not always a kind place so don't visit there when I am mad :)

Anyway, I got over that -- if the worst problem of the day is a Snark Bomb -- well, that is a very good day. I moved on to considering the value of Snark Bombs as a personality test. I decided occasional Snark Bombs are just human nature, but a pattern of Snarkiness? That is a sign of a Bad Temperament.

But the real lesson for me was again considering the meaning of competition and the value of competitors. When we have to "pull back" on our competition by putting them down in some way, we are giving up the forward motion that propels one to greatness. Success happens when we look forward, and create momentum in the direction of excellence. If my success depends on your failing -- and I must create your failing -- well, that is not success at all -- that is meanness (and a big fat "F" on the Temperament Test).

As for the Snark Bomb Launcher -- whatever. I won't give up MY forward motion towards success to go back and bop that person's head with an empty water bottle. Instead, I will assume that the person is working on being kinder and nicer, and like the rest of us -- just made a mistake.

It is easy to be nice to people who are nice to us -- the real challenge is to be kind when people are reflecting their insecurities, jealousies, and other very human frailties. We all have them so best to offer forgiveness but move on (and move way!), not giving up the march towards whatever we define as success just because someone is tugging on our shirt in a vain attempt to hold us back.

And that is as much attention as the Ringside Snark Bomber gets! Lessons for life come from all directions -- we need to learn them and move on -- so let's do that -- on to prenatal photos of Syd from last night :)

Extra cute Sydney has over two weeks before she delivers the H Litter -- any guesses about how many?!

I love this picture because it just reflects Syd's cheerful, happy, snark-free attitude (usually) towards life :)

And here is a picture of Zoey and her ball -- that is the training arena in the background. Fall is a beautiful season here in western Montana!

Okay friends -- the motto of today is to be nice to everyone! So I will start: Have a day as wonderful as you are :)


by Aunt Heidi on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:33

Everyone? My guess is 6....all named Heidi!!!!!

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:43

Won't that be a little confusing if they are all named Heidi??? Well, I guess they can have different middle names???

by Aunt Heidi on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 09:59

Heidi...Heidi Ho....Heidith....Heidi Butch (for a boy)....Heidi Marie....Heidi 2....Heidi is Awesome (another boy)....just some suggestions!!

by Lisa K on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 10:08

Heidi, you are too much! So funny!!

by Lisa K on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:48

I must comment that I was not hoping, thinking or wishing for any craptastic spectacle. ;-) I am personally not very good w/ confrontation and would rather see whip cream flying than anything else! That being said, I totally agree w/your thoughts. However, if you are having a bad day, (or not even a bad day, may be just enjoying a really good day and don't want it ruined) for whatever reason, and just are not up for more than whipped cream, I think it is ok to not put yourself in that position to be snarked at. Yes, they may 'win', but if you have another partner on your team that could be affected by your 'concerns' over anything other than sweet white stuff flying around, then best to just sit back and enjoy all that is good. And it IS a challenge to see them in a kind and forgiving way. I work on this constantly. And at times I fail miserably. It is their stuff and not ours. This is hard to see when you are feeling hurt, angry, surprised, whatever. But reflection does bring on a lot of lessons. I learn something every day.
In regards to my gorgeous Syd? I think am guessing 5-7! She looks beautimous!

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:59

I do not advocate putting one's self in the way of Snark Bombs -- best to avoid and carry a BIG Empty Water Bottle. However, sometimes the water bottle can be full when the Snark Bombs are continuous ;)

by Lisa K on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 08:21

Another reason why the weekend was so good! I had a LARGE empty water container in my truck! ;-)
P.S. There was a full one in there too! (Just jokin around, but I am sitting here giggling!)

by cindy Heintzberger on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 08:48

My vote says there are five puppies - all perfect girls!!!! :)

by Jennifer G. on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 09:11

Is my vote:) And the one redeeming thing about snark bombers are that they do enough damage to themselves without the rest of us being tempted to sink to their level with any kind of negative reaction. And Syd is SOOOOOO cute!!!!

by Maddie's Mommy on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 11:32

I'll second Lisa's guess. My puppy pool bet is five to seven, too. So since Jennifer has "7" and Heidi has "6", I guess if pinned down I'll take 5: two boys and three girls.

As for snarks and their launchers, may I quote: "Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion." Of course, having said that, I know I enjoyed some of my professors' courses better than others!

But hey--you had a great weekend! And so glad to hear that Montana Mac has arrived safely and is now Connecticut Tony.

by Barb on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 19:52

I'll go with 6 3 of each. Perfect symmetry from perfect Syd... And maybe one named Heidi :)
Poor Zaida is having some kind of sympathy pregnancy having been delivered recently of a squeaky bear, a hedgehog, a witch, a black cat and a reindeer. She is caring them around carefully-licking them and getting upset if she can't find one. Totally acting crazy...
I'm sorry to hear of your snark bomb. I wish I could have the serenity to look at that as an opportunity to learn perfect patience like Maddie's Mom Barb. I am better than when I was younger but I might have used the full water bottle..
Congratulations again on Mac's Versatility Excellent!!!

by Marti Simons on Wed, 09/28/2011 - 08:18

I vote for 8. I like that number. I think 5 girls and 3 boys. Give Syd some snugglie hugs and tummy rubs from me.

As for Snark bombers, well today is not a good day to ask me. After a bad day yesterday I have decided I am no longer putting up with snark bombs. From now on if someone throws one my way, instead of smiling politely and saying everything I would like internally I am going to smile politely and say what I would like to out loud. Life is too short to internalize that crap, no one has the right to be rude to me. I am thinking "Did you really mean to say that to me" delivered with a smile will start an interesting discussion.

I have had it with PTA b#$%@s!

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