Tracking Dogs, Dogs and Wildlife
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Rose Breasted Grosbeaks
Many spring birds arrived back this past week. We usually have two pairs of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, but so far, I've spied 4 males....I hope that means an increase; if the females arrive, we should have 4 nesting pairs and more babies. They are such a beautiful bird, and sing as well!
So pretty. And the first two hummingbirds have arrived, always the same time each year, but luckily, I had put 2 feeders out 2 days before I saw or heard them. There are still absolutely no flowers for them. I went out the next day and bought two hanging flowering plants to give them something more than the feeders. Another strange happening with our weather. There have been some blackflies out already as well, early for them, hope that doesn't mean they will be bad this year.
We train/compete in various dog sports, but Tracking has been my main interest since 1994. Five of my dogs have earned TDX titles,Trust has now earned her UTDX which gives her the title of a Canadian Tracking Champion!!! And Now!! Blast has just earned his Tracking Champion title after passing his UTDX Oct.21/12 at just 3 years of age! Blast earned his UTD, TDX and UTDX all in 2012, quite a feat! Tank is working towards the elusive UTDX in 2013. One of the most special is still our little rescued sheltie earning a TD at nearly fifteen years old! I offer tracking classes each spring and am very proud of my students who have earned titles. I've also done tracking seminars on occasion, usually aimed at beginners. I am a CKC Tracking Rep. for Northern Ont. as well as a CKC Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator.
We have been visiting a local nursing home weekly, when possible, for over six years, but presently have taken a reprieve from this.
Time spent with the dogs walking/running on our property is probably our most enjoyable activity. I also offer private in-home training to assist pet owners and their dogs/puppies.