This has been a very exciting week for Devi. The lady who owns the barn where Merlé lives has moved offsite, which means that her dogs no longer roam around the property. Devi and one of the dogs just could not get along, so Devi always had to be in the car or on leash. Not very fun :/ Now, though, she gets to run freeeeee! And boy does she have a blast. I had to bodyclip Merlé this morning, and Devi just hung out with me while I clipped. Afterwards she zoomed around the arenas, did some “training” with Audri (see video below) and demonstrated her jumping skills in the outdoor jump ring. Now Devi is curled up next to me, snoozing. Not a bad life!
Well, cold weather has finally hit, and Devi has been feeling extra cuddly. Jake keeps teasing me about my habit of covering her with a blanket, but I think she must like it because she will search out blankets and lay on them. See photographic evidence below 🙂 In other news, Devi and I have started running again, after a couple of months off. She’s certainly enjoying the exercise, and I’m enjoying having a pooped pup!!
In the space of week we appear to have gone straight from summer to winter. Temperatures last week were relatively balmy, but this morning we woke up to 39 degrees! Yikes. Jake and I took Devi for a walk – we were bundled up. She didn’t seem to have a problem 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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! 😂