Saturday, January 25, 2014


Yesterday the Clyde training turned to owner training.  I was very apprehensive about this step.   When I am not really sure of things, I don't like to "perform"  in front of someone.  I had told Cat about being nervous at the last training.

She had G start first.  He has NO spacial reasoning.  None. At. All.  It is really serious.  He was having trouble getting the training leash in the correct position.  Well I found out that it is difficult .  It doesn't feel natural to me.

Cat keep saying that someone in Clyde's past had done some training, but they didn't make him actually DO the things they asked, so he has it in his mind that he really doesn't have to do it.  Guess what - my previous dogs have trained me to treat dogs differently.  I thought I could make him mind.  My subconscious takes over, and I find myself not really making him heel.

It was a lot tougher than I even thought!  I felt like such a failure.  But Cat did understand.  She patiently worked with me.  I still don't feel like I was really successful, but I will keep working at it.

Today when I looked at the national weather map, I saw that we are colder than Alaska!  That really amazed me.  Fairbanks isn't much colder than us.  I feel for our Worship Leader/Seminarian.  He has to be on campus of the Theology school these two weeks - in the Lutheran Mecca - Minneapolis.  That is no place for a Texas boy!

We are headed to the SSB tomorrow .  We have more unseasonably cold weather coming.  By that I mean more temps in the 20's.  I know that isn't really cold for most of the country, but we areGulf Coast for Pete's sake!  We will have to turn off our water, run the pool equipment a lot more, and will probabnly lose our citrus trees that we have in pots on the patio.  These are things that wouldn't be happening if we were here. 

But then, I don't know what the status of the SSB house will be.  I know it's been cold there.  When we had a problem with the water coming out of the pump - like not shutting off - he had the plumber fix the line going to the hunter's cabin.  He didn't have them fix the one going to the house.  We turn the water off, but it doesn't really turn it all the way off.  Water in the lines!!

Because of the laminate flooring, we keep the heat/ac on the highest setting for the service, so that should help keep the pipes somewhat warm.  I am just hoping...


While I am thinking about it - having a mouse in the middle of where I type on this laptop, my mouse will suddenly make the curser jump around.  I try to change these mistakes that are made with gibberish in the middle of words, sentences, but I don't always catch them.  I KNOW I am a lousy typist (thank you Mom), but this situation makes the typing so much worse.  Please understand what is going on here!!

I will try to keep up here next week.  Depends on how that internet wants to behave!


Judy said...

Hoping all pipes are safe. Here, we can't just turn off the water, we also have to drain the pumps--if we are wintering in the south--which I do not do AND also have to be antifreeze in toilet bowls so the water won't freeze. I do not winter in the south--I just stay here and let the water trickle from the taps all night long.

Marti said...

Sounds like Clyde is about as easy to train as a cat.

I have watched my neighbor try to work with a trainer and her Great Pyrenees. He was about a year old when she got him and is a really headstrong dog, but so lovable. It takes both of us to get him in her car to take him to the vet though.

Cameron Von St James said...

Hi Grandma K! My name is Cameron and I had a question about your blog and was hoping you could email me when you have a second. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it and hope you have a great day. :-)