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Clint is 8 weeks old !
.....Wow, what an
amazing 2 months it has been! Being a new mom is awesome. There were many
sleepless nights of course but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the
world! He is growing so fast and it seems like every day he is trying something
new. He laughs and smiles now in response to things that make him happy
(most especially mom !). It's just amazing to watch him grow and learn
and experience new things and that has just begun!
dogs just love him. They like to lick him of course from day one
I never let them lick his face or hands (it seems like everything that
is on his hands ends up in his mouth!). After telling them just one time
not to lick his hands they settled for his legs and toes and don't even
try to lick him anywhere else. They are all so good with him and sense
that he is so young and are very careful around him. It is truly amazing
to watch. Though I have seen them with other peoples young kids
to see them with my newborn it is so awesome. I know as he gets
older next to grandma's, the shepherds will be his trusty baby sitters
following him everywhere he goes just the way I grew up.
just seems that I have a problem with relaxing and being still. 10 days
after he was born we went to our first agility trial. We only took Stetson
and my mom did most of the running but I did run one class and we got a
Q in weavers! I got more applause and good jobs after that run than I have
had in quite awhile I think everyone was watching to see if I could
really do it! So it was a lot of fun. My mom did awesome with Stetson and
got so many Q's and first places and titled in every class that weekend.
WAY TO GO MOM!
weekend we went fishing at Park Lake. We were in a raft and so Clint got
to ride in my lap. I was mostly fishing with a worm but Andy wasn't
having any luck with his fly pole and decided to row us across the lake.
Meanwhile I took his fly pole and first cast out caught a fish it
was awesome to out fish him for ONCE in my life! Especially with little
Clint in my lap and only 2 weeks old.
we went to Hall for an agility trial. We left Friday evening ran
Saturday and Sunday and came home Sunday evening. This was Clint's first
time spending the night away from home but he did just fine. It was a very
hot weekend reaching 100F each day. But the trailer has Air Conditioning
and though he had to spend some time outside under the shade tent with
me he got to spend most of his time in the cool trailer with dad. The dogs
did great and we had lots of qualifying runs. I was feeling good
but between waking up to feed Clint every 2 hours and running in the heat
during the day I was exhausted Sunday night when we got home!
weekend he was 4 weeks old and we went to a 4 day trial in Corvallis. We
were actually gone for 5 days because Andy and his brother wanted to fish
on Thursday. So I dropped them and the raft off about 10 miles up river
from the trial grounds and I went back to the trailer with Clint to stay
cool! About 1:00 I get a call from them Would you bring us some lunch.
HUH....... guys why couldn't they just take their lunch WITH them!
Oh well, I finished up feeding Clint, made them lunch and somehow managed
to find where they were on the river.
Finally at about 5:00 they had had enough fishing and rafting and I went
and picked them up at one of the crossings.
I ran Stetson and Rhett. Stetson got several titles (moving him to elite
in many of the classes) and Rhett got lots of Qualifying runs as well.
Saturday night there was a barbecue at Bruce All Mightys trailer
(anyone in NADAC knows him but he is one of the top people in NADAC
as well as his wife. They are the ones that put that trial on and they
are also the weekend judges). Andy and Mat caught a bunch of fish for the
barbecue which was a big hit! Many of those people hadn't had fresh fish
in years! Clint was very good everyone wanted to hold him so he
got passed around a bit then decided enough was enough and he wanted to
be with mom (fine with me!).
.....It was an
awesome weekend, and Clint was such a trooper.
and Stetson are qualified for Nationals again this year but I don't think
I am going to go this year. Even though they are in Gillette again it is
one long week especially because Clint would only be 3 ½ months
old. Weekend trials are one thing but 5 days of starting at 6:30
AM and finishing your last run at 10PM.... then you still have to eat dinner.
It would just be too much! There are plenty more years but it is
still fun they are qualified !
in the full swing of Bull Riding at the rodeos this summer so we have been
to a rodeo almost every weekend since the middle of July. Those are just
one day events for him so we don't spend the night. At first Clint seemed
to be looking around at all the people in the grand stands a little
bit amazed at all those people! But now he doesn't seem to notice and sits
in my lap or sleeps. He definitely doesn't have a problem sleeping through
noise! Which is very good because around our home there is seldom quiet
though the phone will wake him once in awhile.
.....My mom made
him a western shirt (white like daddy's) so he goes to rodeos in style!
He has just about outgrown his first shirt so now mom is hard at work on
his second shirt.
weeks after he was born I started working horses again. Just lounging them
and getting them back into shape. Right now I am working hard everyday
with a 2 year old that hasn't had much done with him for a long time. He
is coming along real well and should be ready to ride soon. It is fun to
work with the horses again after 9 months of not doing to much with
them I really missed it!
had LOTS of elk on our property this summer. A herd of about 45 cows and
calves and a spike that is hanging out with them. There are several really
nice bulls around too but we don't get to see them as often. About a month
ago my mom was coming home from town and about 4 miles from here she saw
a wolf!! It ran across the road and her first thought was A Wolf!...
no it couldn't be. But then it stopped and she got a really good
look at it and it was definitely a wolf. Not to surprising really because
there is a pretty good pack of them around Clancy. But still..... not very
exciting to have them here already. It is hard to say if the wolf was just
passing though or if a pack of them is settling in here.... but that could
be part of the reason we have so many elk this year. I don't know
I am not an elk/wolf expert by any means!
should bring this to a close. Clint just woke up so I am sure he will want
to eat soon.
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
Photos below : Clint at 10 days
at his first agility trial!
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