Jan Hare ~ 2017

Welcome to my brain...my world! If you've been reading my training diaries for the past 11 years (yes, I was "blogging" before blogging was cool!), then you know to expect the unexpected. What does 2017 have in store for me? I am excited to find out! Hang with me as we go through all sorts of crazy happenings - expecting a foal in February, Noodle's official show debut, Pretzel's return to agility, and who knows what else I have up my sleeve (heck, I don't even know!). I predict fun and frustration, successes and failures, but above all...keep on keepin' on.

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Updated: November 7, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WE HAVE PUPPIES!!! "Mouse" delivered 6 puppies this morning - 2 boys and 4 girls! We had thought she wouldn't give birth until this coming Monday, but she tricked us (and the vet!).

I look at this squirming, mewling pile of puppies and I can't believe they are really pretzel's - they carry half his DNA. My heart just soars knowing that he will be leaving a legacy in something other than my memories and my heart. It also breaks my heart that I can't keep one, but we have no room (nor time) for a puppy right now.

I wonder what sort of lives these pups will have. Will they become the center of someone's life like Pretzel had become? I really hope so. I can only hope they go out into the world and change lives for the better just as Pretzel did mine. I can't wait to follow their journey.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ugh, breeding is not for the faint of heart. Unfortunately, the two tiny girls didn't make it. The littlest one passed away the next morning, and the second littlest one that evening. Thankfully, the remaining 4 are strong and gaining weight. For a while I was really worried that my horse breeding curse had spilled over on to the dogs. However, since this technically isn't "my" litter, my bad luck should stay put and not affect anyone else. I honestly don't know if I could ever breed my own litter, though. It's downright scary.

Mouse's early delivery made it possible for me to head south to the show in Knoxville, Tennessee that I had entered Noodle just in case. For once, my planning ahead actually worked out! Unfortunately this was a solo trip as Mark had to travel to Florida to help his dad. Just me, Pretzel, and Noodle on the road...the Three Musketeers. Let's hope this Tennessee trip turns out better than the last one a couple weeks ago!

Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5, 2017

Well, we spent the weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee at the show. Noodle was the only Weimaraner entered, so this was a perfect time to do a lot of practicing and training, with breed and two groups to go to. Let me tell you, she needed the training! Saturday she NAILED several gorgeous free stacks...I was so proud of all our hard work we have been doing on this. then of course Sunday she humbles me by free-stacking like a German Shepherd with a broken leg. Ugh. The groups were large and tough so we didn't get a placement either day, but we got some very valuable training time in the ring, and Noodle had a blast. She really enjoys the attention from people. What a diva LOL!