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"BRAVE" My first Collie and my first HEART DOG ( Sept / 82 - July / 94) RIP BRAVEYBOY

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"LUCKY" My last HEART DOG (May / 99 - Jan / 09) 3 days before he died RIP my ANGELBOY

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"TRIGGER" My 2nd big tri boy, and 2nd HEART DOG (Sept / 93 - Jan / 06) RIP TIGGERDIGGERDOG

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I am an avid reader, a movie addict, who loves good music, sitting out on the deck with a book in hand / watching the furballs at play in the yard and spending time just enjoying the peace and quiet of 'alone' time.

I have 4 great (adult) kids, 4 grandkids, 4 beautiful Collies, and OOPS almost forgot.... 1 spouse.

After getting over an infection that almost cost me both lower legs in 2001 -2002 and the nearly 3 years of enforced bed rest that went with it, my older daughter dragged me kicking and screaming - well, maybe not screaming; I didn't have the breath to scream... - out to a weight watchers meeting where I was horrified to learn my actual weight . I lost 93 lbs while on their program, only re-gaining about 20 of it.

It's definitely a slow, laborious process, but one that I want to keep plugging away at inch by inch if I have to....

I've owned (or been owned by.....), bred / trained / shown Rough Collies for 26 years, but have pretty much decided I probably won't be doing any more breeding. We have titled / competed in a variety of events - Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Carting, Lure-Coursing, etc. BUT Obedience is my first love, and am just getting into Rally. I do all the doggy stuff with Meaganne, my youngest child.

June 2012

Well, decided that it is probably about time I update my information, since it's been nearly 3 years since I wrote my introduction....

I still have the same 4 offspring - couldn't sell nary a single one of them! LOL
I still have the same 4 grandkids - some are getting cuter, and some are hormonal teens now... so not quite so cute as the little ones.
Most importantly to me, though, was the miracle of our precious new granddaughter who arrived November 28 2011 - after nearly 10 years in the 'making'. Her story is in the blog I wrote on Dec. 01 /11. She is such a special gift of love for our family, and her Mommy - my oldest daughter.

I still have several of my beautiful Rough Collies, but had to let my very, very special boy, "Lucky" go to The Rainbow Bridge very unexpectedly in January 2009, so have nothing left of the bloodlines I spent nearly 30 years on. We still have 3 furballs , but they are all from another breeder.

And, oops almost forgot him again.... still have the same spouse - considerably greyer, slightly balder, somewhat rounder in the belly, and getting older by the minute.....

Member Since: 8/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 244,183

My Goals:
To get off the couch in front of the tv / out of the chair in front of the computer more often.

Try to actually get out for walks with the dogs instead of just thinking about doing it!

Getting my sugar and cholesterol levels down.

Remembering to eat more than once per day.

My Program:
I try to be sensible - doesn't always work well....

Weight Watchers worked well for me before, and I still have all their material, so that is what I'm trying to get back on the 'straight and narrow' with.

Personal Information:
I live in London, Ontario (Canada).

Three of my kidlets live in London - one is an Elementary School Teacher, one is a Manager for a large chain of better quality restaurants, and the youngest is an unemployed University graduate who is the only offspring still at home.

The 2nd youngest moved to the USA in 2006 to do his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), and now works as a Senior Research Engineer for a major International firm in Minneapolis / St. Paul, so we only see him just for a day or two at Christmas time. I surely wish it was more often!!

I love having the whole family together for a meal, especially at holiday times.
Both of my daughters and I are all a little Christmas obsessed so the boys tell us, but we don't think so!

Other Information:
I love the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series - both the book and the movies as well.

Diana Gabaldon, Iris Johansen, and Nora Roberts are 3 of my other favourite authors.

Love the BeeGees, Elton John, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and pretty much ANY Christmas music

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    Hey Kathy, sure does sound like a load of work to me but one I would love to have...if that makes any sense. No word from the VA on my sleep study or if i am getting a machine...would not be surprised with what is going on in our national capital if they cut me off totally....a little prayer please...Hahahahahahaha linda hasnt heard anything from that new company, and the one she is working for has let go almost all of the temporary people they hired after linda so in a couple of weeks it will be her turn...
    So how is your husband doing with his repaired shoulder? hope all is well with him. How are your babies? Is Meaganne still looking for work? I cannot believe that after 4 years of college she cant find a position....that is crazy.well gotta get ready for the fights(MMA fight) love that stuff if i was 30 years younger and in better condition I think i would like to give that a try...one way to work our your anxiety that is for sure.....have a safe week and give hugs to all under your roof...

    hugs and love
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    2994 days ago
    Read your post twenty seconds after i got it...sure am glad the boys arent here for this episode of my life cause its crazy...Nick changed his major to something to do with Japanese culture and a minor in international business so it sounds like if he cant find a job here, Japan here he comes....hahahahahahaha doing real well in his studys... The other bone head and us arent talking. after they got married he just disown us for some reason that he wont tell us...Never did trust that girl..oh well Kathy at this point in my life i have so many things that arent going right in my life that if i dwell on them my mood stays in the sewer and i dont need that...I wanted to tell you a long time ago about that but was to embarrassed about it, but i am over that now, if he doesnt want us in his life that is his lost....got better things to look forward to...
    All we are waiting for is a background check and then she can go and fill out some papers at the office near our house. and go take a pee test..the cool thing about this is that she will always know where Ryan is living and she wont know how she found out....pretty sneaky huh......hahahahahahahaaha but really the cool thing about where this office is its about 5 minutes away on a bad weather day and even closer on a nice day...right across the street from where Nick went to High school; at...hopefully today she gets the call but when she does she starts the 11th of March....yehaw....
    You are the only person that i know of that doesnt drink coffee....you area rare breed lady....do you drink tea? we have four different kinds in the cupboards for different usages pitcher teas, cold teas and then the what the hell is that oops,,,,wrong kind dont like that at all..... well the dogs are barking to go out and my coffee cup is emtpy so i will close for now...have a good week Kathy hugs to all under your roof...... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3004 days ago
    Kathy, Do you recieve American tv channels in Canada? We have a channel here that called the MEtv channel and all they play is memory shows,Andy griffin, alot of the old cowboys shows and Mary Tyler Moore..well still waiting to see the Lone Ranger and Tonto come on it..but there a Movie with I want to say the guy who played jack sparrow in the pirate movies, he plays Tonto in it and it looks (he)looks wierd with all this make up on.....just wierd i telll you..
    I dont know of any studying i can do for the sleep study but i know this much when she say i can go to sleep it will be all i do to. the night before i will not sleep and the day before that i will get up earlier than i am already. no coffee will be drank that afternoon....i will sleep, i am taking extra tylenol for the pains in my knees and lotion for when my feet start burning...no excuses this time...still havent been to bed tonight,stayed up late watching the fights,,,,,very good one i might add, MMA fights.... gotta run the urge to sleep is getting to bad to pass up...

    3008 days ago
    Hey Kathy
    Stop for stopping by the blog....I thought that would produce some chuckles out there....LOL Oh i did some rearranging in my room so now i have a cabinet next to my desk and that is what i put my coffee cup and drinks on now and Casper doesnt like it cause its metal and cold....so i have broken the pattern of bad behavior for both of us,,,But i just could not stand the thought of getting rid of him after he has been a member of the family as long as he has now..almost 11 years now or so....
    Hopefully i will get a phone call tommorow on saying when i can get into the clinic for my sleep study...but i have a feeling that its gonna be a long drawn out affair...right now i am so sleepy but whenever i lay down i can fall asleep but then i wake up with jolt from not breathing well enough...sure does suck,,,,Iwill fall asleep for good around 3 or 4 and sleep till 6 or so...if that long...and just laying down just doesnt cut it either,,cause then the dogs are attacking me.....especially Missie...we got lucky with this round of storms,all we got was a little rain,,,,Nick where he is at school got some snow but not as bad as the east coast did...Stay safe and hugs to all at you chateau my friend... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3012 days ago
    I didn't remember that there are carting competitions for Collies. What fun! I did a little bit of carting with a Beagle mix and a tiny cart and also with a Husky-Shepherd mix. We had a blast doing it and went in some local parades on 4th of July, a looong time ago.
    3016 days ago
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