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Posted by on 14.10.2017 in Devi

We have returned from our short stay in Asheville.  The drive wasn’t too long, about 4.5 hours.  Much of it is scenic, especially as one crosses the mountains.  We rented a tiny (1 room) cabin in the Pisgah Highlands in Candler, which was about a 30 minute drive from downtown Asheville.  The cabin was set on 50 acres, at the very top of a small mountain.  It had solar power for lights and phone charging, and a propane heater and water heater.  We were really lucky with weather, highs in the mid 80s and lows in the 60s, and lots of sun.  The cabin had a glass garage door facing the valley, so we were able to spend most of our time with that open.  We enjoyed seeing the stars and hearing all the birds.  I did not enjoy the ginormous spider who wandered in (pictures if you want to creep yourself out).  We hiked around 7 miles, walked around town, and ate and drank a bunch of tasty things.  Devi had a blast, and is now catching up on her beauty rest.

Some highlights:

Posted by on 08.10.2017 in Devi

Well, it’s October, but here in Nashville we are still waiting for fall to arrive.  It has been mid-80s the past week, and this weekend it is slightly cooler (just under 80).  I am glad that Devi got a final shavedown in the middle of September!  We are heading off to Asheville, NC this week for a short stay.  We rented a cabin on 50 acres on the side of a mountain.  Devi is going to be so excited to run around!  We will have very limited cell service while we are there, but I’ll be sure to post pictures when we return.

Posted by on 01.10.2017 in Devi

This weekend was crazy!  Devi had her fast CAT (coursing ability test) both mornings, and I had a riding clinic both afternoons. Naturally these events were in different directions, each about a 40 minute drive from home.  And, of course, this would all occur on a weekend when one of the major freeways in our city was closed.  We were on the road by 6:30am both days.  Saturday the drive was spoiled by our involvement in a crash (not our fault, everyone was OK, just damage to car), but Sunday we caught a beautiful sunrise.  Devi’s first fCAT run was just under 24mph, and she caught the lure (which is not supposed to happen until the end of the 100 yrd course).  Her second run was just under 27mph, which makes her the 2nd fastest Bouv (behind her sister Justine) to have run a fast CAT.  I am sure that faster Bouvs exist, but Devi will enjoy being #2 until someone kicks her out of her spot.  I wanted to get video, but the whole run is only about 8 seconds long, so I didn’t manage to get it.  Maybe next time!

In other news, the clinic went well.  Merlé and I are making good progress, and mostly having fun.  I considered today a success because the clinician (very talented, very blunt Dutch guy) didn’t yell at me at all.  😉  Here is a short video clip from Saturday, where we were working on a movement I told him I had been struggling with.  Watch with volume up if you want to hear his sarcastic remarks.

Posted by on 26.09.2017 in Devi

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, so I have several fun things to report.  Jake and I ran a Tough Mudder Half last weekend, which was really fun.  I can say that now because all the cuts and bruises have mostly healed 😉  Sadly, no dogs were allowed, so Devi had to stay home, but I am sure she would have had fun playing in all the mud!

Speaking of Devi, she got her final shavedown of the summer on Saturday.  She’s now looking much less like a bouv, but I am sure she’s feeling much more like herself.  It was good timing, too, because we’ve had a stretch of 90+ -degree weather.  We’re doing the FASTCAT coursing test this coming weekend, and I imagine that being cooler should be an advantage for that.  We will have to see!

In other news, Jake and I attended a party at his department chair’s house over the weekend.  The chair and his husband have a little wheaten terrier whose face looks JUST LIKE Devi’s (minus the coloring, of course!).  He was the cutest little thing.  I have to say, though, I was a bit offended that the dog preferred Jake to me.  I have found that generally, most dogs prefer women, and this is the first time I can remember where the dog clearly wanted to be petted by Jake rather than by me.  I was thinking “eh, I guess there’s a first time for everything…”  (haha).  Later on it occurred to me that the dog probably spends most of it’s time around men, since both people in the home are male, so naturally it would prefer Jake.  Interesting view into canine psychology!


Posted by on 10.09.2017 in Devi

The weather became rather fall-like this week, with lows in the low 60s and highs in the low 80s.  It is my favorite time of year!  Devi and I have enjoyed the crisp feeling when we go for our morning walks.  The only part I don’t like is the shortening of the days.  In other news, my trip to FL was cancelled (Irma!), but I’ll be in DC toward the end of the week.  Jake and Devi will hold down the fort while I’m away.  When I return, Jake and I have a Tough Mudder race, and Jake’s family will be visiting.  Should be a busy week!

Posted by on 03.09.2017 in Devi

We’ve had a busy week.  Jake was in St Louis, and Devi and I were left to our own devices.  Naturally, that meant that the tornado siren went off three times.  We spent a couple of hours on Thursday evening hanging out in the bathroom, in the tub.  None of the tornadoes touched down near us, but one was predicted to go through East Nashville, so better safe than sorry.  Devi was a trooper about the whole thing.

In other news, Merlé and I had a good horse show.  We got the scores we needed at 2nd level, and while we have some work to do, we are on the right track.  I’m excited for us to move on to 3rd level, just as soon as I can figure out how to ride with 2 sets of reins!  😂


Posted by on 20.08.2017 in Devi

This was a very busy week in our house!  We had a houseguest the latter part of the week, and this weekend I’ve been riding in a clinic.  I came home at 5pm yesterday and was asleep by 8(!!).  Clinic riding is fun, but it is about as exhausting as a show.  Speaking of shows, Merlé and I are competing next weekend, so I imagine that I’ll be totally drained just in time for labor day.

Devi and I had some strange animal encounters this week on our morning walks.  We’re out and about by 5:10am, and it’s fairly dark out.  We often see bunnies and cats, but that’s about the extent.  This week we saw all of the following:  1) robin that had fallen from a tree 2) cicada that hadn’t hatched out of it’s beetle shell (I am sure there is a proper term for this stage of the cicada lifecycle, but I don’t know what it is) and 3) a RAT!  Unfortunately we encountered the rat in our own yard.  We were relaxing outside, around 5:45am, Devi was just sitting next to me in the driveway.  I saw something scurry across the driveway and before I knew it, Devi was up and had pinned it against the fence.  She picked it up in her mouth, and when it squeaked, so she dropped it.  It then escaped into the neighbor’s yard.  I looked for it but couldn’t find it, but I think I saw it again the following day.  Icky.


Like a cat, Devi’s motto is “If I fits, I sits”


Posted by on 06.08.2017 in Devi

Devi had quite the exciting weekend – Jake’s parents were here to visit AND the resident barn dogs were away so Devi had free run at the barn.  Saturday was beautiful – lows in the mid 60s and highs in the low 80s, with fairly low humidity.  We had a good time with the Hugheys, and Devi was pretty worn out from all the activity.  All in all, a great weekend!

Lest you think that I am the only one that lets the dog sit in their lap…!

This is a 70-lb lap bouv. She actually fell asleep in this position.


Posted by on 23.07.2017 in Devi

It has been especially steamy this past week.  Temperatures have been above 90, even at 9pm.  We have changed Devi’s whole schedule around; we used to walk her as soon as we got home from work (6pm), now she eats first and goes for her evening walk at 8pm.  Even at 8pm, one gets sweaty taking a leisurely stroll, but at least I don’t worry about the sidewalks burning Devi’s paws.  In other news, Jake just returned from a trip to Vermont, and I am headed off to San Diego next week.  I’m sure Devi will keep Jake in line while I am gone 😉

Posted by on 09.07.2017 in Devi

This week we have a picture extravaganza!  We just returned from a 3 day trip to southern Illinois, where we spent time hiking and just hanging out.  We didn’t have more than a bar or two of cell phone service, and most of the time we didn’t even have that.  The house we stayed in didn’t have WIFI, either, so I have a huge backlog of email to work through tomorrow.  It was very peaceful to not have to worry about work, though!

On our trip we hiked about 7 miles, most of which was in wooded areas.  We hiked the Little Grand Canyon trail along with most of the trails in Ferne Clyffe State Park.  We found lots of little streams and a couple of waterfalls.  Devi enjoyed some swimming and wading.  We saw lots of wildlife, including a couple of fawns that couldn’t have been more than a day old.  Devi was bigger than they were!

We finished off our mini-vacation with a stop at Jake’s uncle’s house in southeastern Missouri for a family get-together. Devi was allowed to run free with their dog (rat terrier, not a fan of Devi) and their daughter’s dog (lab mix, 4 months old, very interested in Devi).  Devi ignored the rat terrier the whole time, even when she came up to Devi barking, and acted like she was going to bite at her legs.  Good girl!  Devi also enjoyed having the run of the property, and wore herself out.  Don’t worry though, she left time to make friends with all the people.  She allowed everyone the chance to give her butt scratches… 🙂  Jake’s aunt grows gourds to make bird houses for purple martins, and she was showing us what the gourds look like before she treats them.  Devi got a lot of laughs when she grabbed the gourd by it’s stem and ran around with it like she’d won a big prize.  I didn’t act fast enough to get a picture of it, but it was pretty funny!