Thursday, September 15, 2011

Back to TMT and it's week #9

We missed last week despite my every attempt to get the scribe going.  The terrible time of work has come for my scribe, but she has promised to try better to remember what's actually important, like being my scribe and throwing me a ball.  She'll need much reinforcement and occasional correction I think.  

1.    If you're not at the 2011 Sheepdog finals this weekend what are you planning to do?
 I'll be spending the week-end snuffling around in the tall grass, helping my scribe pick up the mail and do gardening chores, nap.  I'll have my breakfast at the Breakfast Time and my dinner at the Dinner Time.  I think my scribe rather than Tansy's scribe will be in charge of meals this week-end since I heard that Tansy's scribe might be going visiting.  My scribe isn't as skilled, but we don't starve.

My scribe will be working and watching the finals (If I were a betting kind of dog [and I most certainly am not] then I'd say that she'll keep telling herself to work but that she'll mostly be watching the finals)

2. One item you NEVER walk onto the trial field (any trial field, or training class will suffice) without?

Hmm, since I don't trial or train for things much anymore, not sure, but I guess the one thing would be my collar.

When the scribes and the trial dogs go to trials, my important job is to stay home and keep Renzo company and give the nice lady who comes to let us out kisses (see below).  Kyzer and Hamish tell me that the scribe takes her stick and the running order, which she checks obsessively and still brings them out way too early because she's got this weird time thing.  But, really, it's best not to go there so early in the morning.  I'll just say the time disease is a real challenge for all of us and leave it at that. 

3. Katy wants to know if you have a pre-run ritual that you observe?

I like a good nap and a cookie.

4. How old were you when you had your first real kiss?

Oh, probably when I was a a few days old or so.  I've been kissing for a long time.  It's kind of my specialty and I'm very good at it.

5. Bonnie wants to know what you do for yard mud control during the winter?

In the winter, our yard is frozen solid so we don't have to worry about mud.  We used to have mud at other times of year at our old house where the soil was clay and the grass was none.  Then, the scribes would spread large quantities of wood chips and when those broke down, they would spread pine shavings from the TSC store.  I think all that roughage probably really improved the soil, but we don't know that for certain since we left it behind. At our new house, the soil is sand and the grass is plentiful, so we don't really worry about mud.  Wet feet, yes, but mud, no.  We enjoy bringing the sand into the house and onto the scribes' bed so that they can enjoy it, too.


Laura Carson said...

Pippin, please tell your scribe that I have the same issue - the timing thing. Well, between portajohn visits anyhow.

Your post makes me wonder about wood chips - if genuine wood chips might work (as opposed to pine bark mulch). Hm. Good thoughts!

Doniene said...

Hey, Pippin, Bess said to tell you that she missed you last week and was wondering if you were okay - but I'll tell her it was all your scribes fault - Bess doesn't have that problem!! LOL


Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

Laura (scribe here): Wood chips are great--they worked esp. well the year we had to have a tree taken out and how the arborist leave the chips. Lasted several months.

Doniene (Pippin here): Tell Bess hi back and that she's lucky not to have to be on top of her scribe every second. I swear, I turn my back for a moment and the scribe is back to not staying on task. It's hard work, I tell you, and I'm not always up to the challenge. All we can do is try, though.