Yeah, more beach pictures. Can you even get enough of beach pictures in November in Utah? LOL… not I! I have all these pictures of Jet on the beach as my screen saver on my Mac. So it just cycles through them all day long when I’m at work so I can watch, and they cheer me up. They are not a good sleeping aid, though. But maybe if I stared long enough I could get mesmerized…
Most of the pictures are of Jet’s rear end, as he’s running away from me. LOL. But some are of him running toward me. Of course I’m most proud of those pictures, as I really like when he comes!
So Saturday Jet and I went to the Danish-Swedish Farmdog National Specialty in Claremont, California. Since the DSF is not an AKC recognized breed, the specialty is held in conjunction with an American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) show. The DSFCA flew in a Danish Judge to judge the Farmdogs for their show. I went last year… and Jet won Best In Show puppy last year. I was proud of him. He was too young to get any points though. As he was under six months old.
This year he didn’t do any better than how he did in Denmark at the dog shows. 🙂 No surprise. He’s not changed much. He’s a bit skinny still, and too elegant. But he’s young and he hasn’t filled out yet. And the Farmdogs are supposed to be much more broad than him. I wasn’t disappointed. I figured that’s how it would be. I really mainly went to meet some of the Farmdog gals I’ve been chatting with online lately. And I had a great time meeting them! They are performance people and do flyball and agility and stuff. So it was worth the trip. 🙂
Plus we got to meet Flora (above) who was the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog imported into the USA. 🙂 Though I should have looked for some technology jobs while I was there… so I could move to sunny California! But I didn’t. 🙂
Above is a picture of one of the classes. I think that’s Flora in there, which would make it Veterans…. I think! I have such a rotten memory. 😉
I don’t think I even posted about it… but… we went to California last weekend! It was a blast. I took Jet, and we went on an airplane. We were going for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog National Specialty, and to visit my cousin, though we didn’t get to visit much. 😉
Friday after we landed I took Jet to Huntington Dog Beach. It was amazingly fun. I was worried that Jet wouldn’t be able to hear me over the waves… he’s been being his young boy dog lately, and not paying as much attention to me as I’d like. But he was a good boy and he kept his eye on me. Even with all the other fun dogs there.
Fortunately he didn’t get hurt (yes I worry about that) so we don’t need to look into any social security disability for him at this time! LOL.
He met a lot of other dogs and he ran and ran and ran and ran. Once we got back to the rental car, he totally crashed on the seat and slept well the rest of the day. He is such a good boy, such a good traveler.
Well, I’m home. And now I’m sad that my trip to Denmark is over. I had such a wonderful time. I was ready to come home and be with my family again… but at the same time, I really miss being there. The countryside is just gorgeous. It’s so green and so alive. Though I did get very tired of the humidity! I love the hot dry desert. I felt like I was sweating so much when I was there. I don’t sweat nearly as much here in the desert.
I really had fun spending the days with Jet, and exploring Denmark. I love this picture of Jet and the lion, and he stood up there without any clamps, he is like a little monkey.
The people we stayed with were so generous and so helpful. Both my distant relatives in Denmark, and Jet’s breeder in Sweden! I do tend to feel like a burden when I’m staying with someone… though. I think what would be really fun would be to rent an RV and drive around Scandinavia and Europe. I’m going to have to think about that and look into it for the World Dog Show in Austria in 2012. I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford it, but I’m going to do some budgeting and see what I can come up with.
Anyway, I’m taking it easy today and tomorrow, adjusting to the time change, and watching some TV. Home is nice, I have to admit that.
So it’s our last day in Denmark. We took the train to Copenhagen today to see the city. It was really fun. And we were even able to buy a train ticket for Jet… actually, it would have been nice to have him on for free, lol, but at least they allow dogs on the trains. And he did really well, wasn’t even an issue for him, just like everything else this trip.
He made me nervous walking along the edge of this dock. I was a worried Mom, but he is so sure footed he wouldn’t fall in. I always worry he’ll fall into the sinks, or is that into the drink? LOL I forget the joke.
We saw the pretty city today and walked for six hours. We were very tired at the end. We bought some more trinkets and things to bring back to friends and family. Hopefully our suitcases will not weigh over the 50 lb weight limit. We also spent most of our Danish Crowns so we have no money left.
It is so completely fun traveling with a dog. Jet’s been so easy. Getting so much socialization and exposure to so many things. When he gets tired, though, he gets a little skittish around people who surprise him. But that’s to be expected, I think. Hey I get skittish around people too!
So we go 1/3 the way around the world… and what does Jet do? He rolls in the grass like he does at home. Sniffs dogs’ buts. Plays with dogs, eats dog food, chases leaves in the wind, and does all his other doggie things he could do at home. LOL. But he did travel on planes, trains, automobiles, and a Ferry too this trip. And he doesn’t do that at home!
I think he has had a great time. Now for my last worry, getting him home on the plane tomorrow. The flight is long, and I feel bad when he can’t really get out to potty. And he’s so well house trained that he won’t potty indoors. Maybe we’ll have enough time at the JFK airport that we can run out to the pet area again. Getting back through security is the hard part.
So this is my last post from Denmark. Next post will be back in the good old USA. Though I plan on sleeping all of Sunday and Monday to recover from vacation, so I might not post for a bit! 🙂
Oh and here are more pictures on Facebook, everyone should be able to see them: