I have approximately four weeks to get all my ducks in a row. Why four weeks? Well, I leave for a stock dog clinic in Shaunavon, after which I'll haul butt back home to try and catch one day of a Working Cow Horse Clinic. After the clinics I'll have a weekend to do laundry followed by a three day Professional Development session, with a day off, followed by a second Professional Development session. After which, I'll be back at work full time.
To complicate matters, I have been burning up the highway and gravel roads looking at acreages. Meanwhile, I'm still hauling Diva into the city for her agility classes. We start a Weave Pole session next week. She seems to enjoy it and I enjoy having the challenge of learning something new. Speaking of learning something new, starting in September I'll also be starting the Leadership for Tomorrow program, in addition to a graduate program class at the University, in addition to sitting on the teaching practicum committee for the University of Alberta. And I'm toying with the idea of training for a half marathon to run beginning of December in Las Vegas. (I like running and training and it's something the dogs can do with me.)
Hmmmmm..... I think I may be a wee bit pressed for time in the coming months....
With all this in mind, Jason gave me the nod of approval over Bacardi, I can start listing her. I've also been thinking about my dogs. A lot. I've given Sam (my vet) a heads up that it is Tessa's time. I knew it the day she bit me and had the blankest look on her face. But I'm greedy and I want to enjoy every last second with her, and soak up enough snuggles, howls and ball fetching to last me a lifetime. Sam has been Tessa's vet since day one, and I didn't want to spring this on her. But Tessa's good days are decreasing and I've vowed to treat her as I would want to be treated if the situation were reversed.
With the other three dogs, I'd like to send one of the babies (Ryder??) out for a couple months training in the fall. Simply because my time will be tight. Diva's got so many other issues that I need to keep her close and work with her to the best of my abilities. And Reba is so very close to being trial ready I can taste it. If I can get my stuff together I should be able to get this done sooner rather than later.