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"BRAVE" My first Collie and my first HEART DOG ( Sept / 82 - July / 94) RIP BRAVEYBOY

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"LUCKY" My last HEART DOG (May / 99 - Jan / 09) 3 days before he died RIP my ANGELBOY

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"TRIGGER" My 2nd big tri boy, and 2nd HEART DOG (Sept / 93 - Jan / 06) RIP TIGGERDIGGERDOG

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I am an avid reader, a movie addict, who loves good music, sitting out on the deck with a book in hand / watching the furballs at play in the yard and spending time just enjoying the peace and quiet of 'alone' time.

I have 4 great (adult) kids, 4 grandkids, 4 beautiful Collies, and OOPS almost forgot.... 1 spouse.

After getting over an infection that almost cost me both lower legs in 2001 -2002 and the nearly 3 years of enforced bed rest that went with it, my older daughter dragged me kicking and screaming - well, maybe not screaming; I didn't have the breath to scream... - out to a weight watchers meeting where I was horrified to learn my actual weight . I lost 93 lbs while on their program, only re-gaining about 20 of it.

It's definitely a slow, laborious process, but one that I want to keep plugging away at inch by inch if I have to....

I've owned (or been owned by.....), bred / trained / shown Rough Collies for 26 years, but have pretty much decided I probably won't be doing any more breeding. We have titled / competed in a variety of events - Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Carting, Lure-Coursing, etc. BUT Obedience is my first love, and am just getting into Rally. I do all the doggy stuff with Meaganne, my youngest child.

June 2012

Well, decided that it is probably about time I update my information, since it's been nearly 3 years since I wrote my introduction....

I still have the same 4 offspring - couldn't sell nary a single one of them! LOL
I still have the same 4 grandkids - some are getting cuter, and some are hormonal teens now... so not quite so cute as the little ones.
Most importantly to me, though, was the miracle of our precious new granddaughter who arrived November 28 2011 - after nearly 10 years in the 'making'. Her story is in the blog I wrote on Dec. 01 /11. She is such a special gift of love for our family, and her Mommy - my oldest daughter.

I still have several of my beautiful Rough Collies, but had to let my very, very special boy, "Lucky" go to The Rainbow Bridge very unexpectedly in January 2009, so have nothing left of the bloodlines I spent nearly 30 years on. We still have 3 furballs , but they are all from another breeder.

And, oops almost forgot him again.... still have the same spouse - considerably greyer, slightly balder, somewhat rounder in the belly, and getting older by the minute.....

Member Since: 8/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 244,183

My Goals:
To get off the couch in front of the tv / out of the chair in front of the computer more often.

Try to actually get out for walks with the dogs instead of just thinking about doing it!

Getting my sugar and cholesterol levels down.

Remembering to eat more than once per day.

My Program:
I try to be sensible - doesn't always work well....

Weight Watchers worked well for me before, and I still have all their material, so that is what I'm trying to get back on the 'straight and narrow' with.

Personal Information:
I live in London, Ontario (Canada).

Three of my kidlets live in London - one is an Elementary School Teacher, one is a Manager for a large chain of better quality restaurants, and the youngest is an unemployed University graduate who is the only offspring still at home.

The 2nd youngest moved to the USA in 2006 to do his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), and now works as a Senior Research Engineer for a major International firm in Minneapolis / St. Paul, so we only see him just for a day or two at Christmas time. I surely wish it was more often!!

I love having the whole family together for a meal, especially at holiday times.
Both of my daughters and I are all a little Christmas obsessed so the boys tell us, but we don't think so!

Other Information:
I love the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series - both the book and the movies as well.

Diana Gabaldon, Iris Johansen, and Nora Roberts are 3 of my other favourite authors.

Love the BeeGees, Elton John, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and pretty much ANY Christmas music

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    Kathy, Do you recieve American tv channels in Canada? We have a channel here that called the MEtv channel and all they play is memory shows,Andy griffin, alot of the old cowboys shows and Mary Tyler Moore..well still waiting to see the Lone Ranger and Tonto come on it..but there a Movie with I want to say the guy who played jack sparrow in the pirate movies, he plays Tonto in it and it looks (he)looks wierd with all this make up on.....just wierd i telll you..
    I dont know of any studying i can do for the sleep study but i know this much when she say i can go to sleep it will be all i do to. the night before i will not sleep and the day before that i will get up earlier than i am already. no coffee will be drank that afternoon....i will sleep, i am taking extra tylenol for the pains in my knees and lotion for when my feet start burning...no excuses this time...still havent been to bed tonight,stayed up late watching the fights,,,,,very good one i might add, MMA fights.... gotta run the urge to sleep is getting to bad to pass up...

    2942 days ago
    Hey Kathy
    Stop for stopping by the blog....I thought that would produce some chuckles out there....LOL Oh i did some rearranging in my room so now i have a cabinet next to my desk and that is what i put my coffee cup and drinks on now and Casper doesnt like it cause its metal and cold....so i have broken the pattern of bad behavior for both of us,,,But i just could not stand the thought of getting rid of him after he has been a member of the family as long as he has now..almost 11 years now or so....
    Hopefully i will get a phone call tommorow on saying when i can get into the clinic for my sleep study...but i have a feeling that its gonna be a long drawn out affair...right now i am so sleepy but whenever i lay down i can fall asleep but then i wake up with jolt from not breathing well enough...sure does suck,,,,Iwill fall asleep for good around 3 or 4 and sleep till 6 or so...if that long...and just laying down just doesnt cut it either,,cause then the dogs are attacking me.....especially Missie...we got lucky with this round of storms,all we got was a little rain,,,,Nick where he is at school got some snow but not as bad as the east coast did...Stay safe and hugs to all at you chateau my friend... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2946 days ago
    I didn't remember that there are carting competitions for Collies. What fun! I did a little bit of carting with a Beagle mix and a tiny cart and also with a Husky-Shepherd mix. We had a blast doing it and went in some local parades on 4th of July, a looong time ago.
    2950 days ago
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    Thanks for adding me back as a emoticon .
    I looked through your blogs about Emily. What a miracle indeed. It should be a Hallmark movie!! I'm so happy for everyone it all turned out so wonderfully and what a little delight Emily seems to be...
    2951 days ago
    Thank you for your very kind words I appreciate them very much.
    2954 days ago
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