Hey blogaroos. Squirmy here for our last post of 2022. We are counting down the minutes to 2023. A bright new year – a blank slate on which to record new adventures.
2022 was a quiet, but good year. Yes – we did see the Warden catch the dreaded plague this year – and it did cut down our walking time for a few weeks, but thankfully it wasn’t too serious. We canines thankfully enjoyed good health as well – except for the Coyote and a broken toe nail. But in the big scheme of things – that was pretty minor.
The year began with me completing my Rally Novice title and completing one leg of Rally Advanced. At the same time, the Boss completed two legs of Master early in the year – and finished his title a few weeks ago. And IF our calculations are correct, that score moved him into the ranking of Top Polish Lowland Sheepdog in Rally in Canada for 2022. And no – he was not the only dog competing! OK. There were only 3 of us. But still – the old fella made it to the Top. We’ll wait for the paperwork to confirm this. But no matter what his standing was – he did complete his Master title at 12 years, 11 months and 12 days. Oh. And he also got his Novice Trick Dog title and his Versatility Novice title. The Boss had a very productive year. And even without all those scores – he’s Numero Uno in our house. Always. That’s what really counts, Meanwhile, I’m still learning to walk on a leash without strangling myself and to NOT ricochet off unsuspecting humans. And the Coyote is learning his name.
We had lots of company this year – including several visits by my favorite ricochet victims, Sue and Keith. St. Jane, our obedience Coach also was our warden when our human went away for a few days. We actually behaved ( of course we would for St. Jane) – and enjoyed our days with Kwik and Fidjit- our Rally Teammates. Speaking of whom- the Shaggies also won a Rally Team trial this fall too!
2022 saw bathroom renovations with Sue and the Warden stuck in a sheet of wallpaper. We weren’t allowed to help…
We also continued to write this blog – and the Warden even got to meet some loyal readers from Ontario this year! She has also had some great chats with other dog owners – sharing stories and general canine antics. The dog world is smaller than you think!
We are grateful for this past year – and grateful for each one of you reading this. We appreciate your comments and messages more than you’ll ever know!
May 2023 bring you the joy and happiness that we dogs feel most of the time. May your days be filled with treats (of all different kinds), and may you take in the sights, sounds and even smells (hopefully pleasant) of the world around you – just like the Coyote out on a walk. I think it’s something humans need to do more – enjoy the little things around you – and be more dog-like. Just don’t pee on the neighbors’ garbage cans.
We wish you lots of love, luck and laughter. 2023 is a new chapter in your life. You’re the author. Decide how the story will go!
Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.