Nothing But Norman #94

Happy Saturday All!

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This week I re mulched my flower bed which were long overdue. Norman loved laying by the beds when I was working on them. The other dogs would run off but not Norman he always stuck by me.

This rose bush is no more, not really sure what happened the weeds must of taken it over.

We are joining Ruckus The Eskie and Earl’s World for Sepia Saturday.




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We are also joining The Pet Parade.


Hosted by: Rascal and RoccoJan’s Funny FarmBasil the Bionic CatBarking From The Bayou and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.

Technical Blind And A Birthday

When we were at the American Chesapeake Club Minnesota Chessie Day training last weekend the advance dogs could run the technical blind they had set up. A blind is where the dog doesn’t see where the bumper or duck is placed and the handler has to handle the dog to the blind using a whistle and hand signals. The dog needs to stay on as straight as line as possible and it needs to take the correct casts when given a hand signal.

Gambler was the only one to run this blind and you can tell from all the photos he had a hard time with it. After finding out this week that Glory came into heat I now know why his mind wasn’t on his blind. John stuck with it and got it done but it sure wasn’t pretty, and that’s why it’s called training.

John and Gambler walking to the holding blind.

Waiting in the holding blind.

Follow the black line from Gambler to the tree across the way. This is the path he should take.

Gamblers initial line was off, he went to the right instead of going straight.

John let him get out of the water and then signaled him to go left and get in that second pond.

Stopped him to give him a cast.

Left hand cast to get into the water.

Taking the cast and getting into the water.

On the right track.

Got off track and was too far to the left, had to cast to the right to get back in water.

Get in the water.

Was drifting off to the right so John stopped him and gave him a left hand back.

After that cast Gambler started to swim back to John, he was panicking, so John ran out there by him to get him to stay in the water and finish the blind.

Took his cast and got to land.

Gambler was to the left of the blind (tree with white ribbon) so John casted him to the right.

Bingo finally got to the blind.

John had Gambler sit and stay until he got back to the original starting point so Gambler would take the correct line back.

Coming back on the correct line.

Back into the second pond.

John guiding Gambler into the first pond.

He made it! Boy was that a tough blind!

John stuck with it, Gambler stuck with it and they finished it. Gambler definitely needs more of these types of blinds so he can be proficient in it.

Now your probably wondering who is having a Birthday?????

Marsh Kitty – MK is having her 2nd Birthday. She had a one kitty party complete with a can of tuna.

Let me help myself!


Last but not least it is #NationalPurebredDogDay so I need to thank the AKC for recognizing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever so long ago as a purebred dog. Without that I wouldn’t have the breed that stole my heart.


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Emma from Mygbgvlife to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.

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Phase 1~Thursday Barks And Bytes

Hey wait….am I on the correct blog???? Isn’t that Thunder from 2browndawgs? Why is Thunder on the SS gang blog today????

Thunder is joining today because here at SS we are in phase 1 of the breeding between Glory and Thunder. Yesterday Miss Glory went into heat, a day that was long awaited for since we got the sad news back in December that she wasn’t pregnant. Phase 1 of the breeding consists of Glory having a Brucellosis test done to make sure she doesn’t have it, we wouldn’t want to give anything to Thunder so we are making sure she is negative. Next Thursday Glory will start her progesterone testing which is another blood test and will tell us when Glory will be ovulating which means she is in standing heat and will accept a male for breeding. She may need 1-3 tests in order to find out when she is ready. We are looking at the breeding taking place the week of May 10th. Of course you know I will be keeping you all updated. Let the new adventure begin.

Just went Glory is having some really good days training we have to scratch her from her upcoming hunt test on May 9th. Dogs that are in heat are not allowed to compete so she will be sitting that one out. Here are the photos from our training day in Minnesota where Glory had a fabulous run.


We are joining Linda at 2browndawgs and Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for this great blog hop.

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John And Glory~Wordless Wednesday




Wordless Wednesday is a community linkup of bloggers. Visit our host, BlogPaws, and you can use the icons below the post to hop from site to site. It is a great way to discover new blogs…..or even just a convenient way to find all of your favorites in one place. When you visit each site, be sure to leave a comment and let them know you found them through Wordless Wednesday.

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ACC Minn Chessie Day 2015

This weekend you all know we went to the American Chesapeake Club Minnesota Chessie Day which was on Saturday the 25th of April. Here is a video of the pictures I took of the land series. There were a great number of people there with all kinds of Chesapeakes, big ones, small ones, light ones, dark ones, males, females you name it. They all did a fabulous job. It was nice to be at a place with other chessie lovers who are there to meet other chessie owners and show off their love of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Thank you Tim Bonnema for setting up this fun day and thank you to Fischer Kennel’s for providing the great property with the beautiful technical pond for water work.


Bundled Up~Monday Mischief

When it’s cold outside be sure to bundle up! Bundled up is what I did on Saturday morning at the American Chesapeake Clubs Chesapeake Fun Day.

Yup it’s cold out here, I’m dressed for the weather.

The Michelin girl!

Gambler is nekkid.

He doesn’t care one bit that it is cloudy, windy and cold! As long as he is retrieving he is warm.

The mischief here is that these are the only 4 photo’s I got of Gambler and I training this day. I gave my camera to John and he isn’t a photo freak like me and only takes a few pictures. Have to give him lessons that more is better!

monday mischief

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