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I’m So Fucking Tired Of People Not Training Their Dogs!!!!

Oh my gosh you guys, I’m absolutely fucking livid right now!!! Because, yet again, some asshole had their dog out running loose and it ended up causing problems for Lily and I.

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(^^ I uploaded a whole rant onto Vidme if you wanna here me curse about 8 billion times 😉 )

But anyway, I was out walking Lily like I do every morning, when some little sheltie decided to come running across the street, teeth bared, hackles raised, and growling/barking. So obviously Lily starts active aggressive, and why wouldn’t she? This dog is coming at us in a very aggressive manner and we’re attached to each other by a leash, so she feels kinda trapped but also wants to protect me and herself. So I had to grab my 35 pound border collie, who was now thrashing and barking and baring her teeth, up by the scruff of her neck and pick her up before she could get her mouth around this other dog, because if she did, she probably would have killed it. All while this dogs owner stood by and did absolutely nothing…..

So yeah, Lily ended up ruining my hoodie and scratching the hell out of me because she was super pissed and didn’t want me picking her up. Which is totally understandable. Like I said, she wanted to protect us both from a dog who was acting aggressive and being a threat.

 

 

 

Ugh, I’m just so fucking tired of always having to be the responsible one in these situations, because it never ends well for me. We had a similar situation happen at the dog park a few weeks ago and I got bit by the dog who was causing problems. Luckily once he realized he had his mouth around me and not one of my dogs he stopped and I didn’t even end up with teeth marks, but still…I’m just so fucking done with people not training their dogs, their dogs causing problems, and then not doing anything about it.

Honestly at this point I really want to stop intervening and just letting my dogs do whatever it is they’re gonna do (which probably means the other dog is gonna end up really hurt or really dead, especially if all three of mine are together). But the only thing that stops me from doing that is worrying that they’ll end up hurt too, or that the asshole who’s dog is the one causing problems will call animal control and have my dogs taken away and euthanized. Which would be the most unfair thing ever, because at the end of the day it’s not my dogs fault. It’s not mine or Luke’s fault. Hell, it’s not even the other dogs fault. The fault lies with the person who failed to properly train their dog.

So here’s a little tip for everyone out there; these are three basic commands I think all dogs should know and be able to do infallibly, especially if you plan on taking them out in public.

1. Your dog should be able to come on command. 

This is honestly the most important command you will ever teach your dog, because you never know. They may slip out of their collar, or some how get out of your house or yard, or whatever. If you can call your dog and they come back right away, it will save you a lot of heartache and get your dog out of potentially dangerous situations. Plus it’s not even that hard of a command to teach. It just requires patients and persistence.

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Luke and I don’t have to worry about how far away they get from us at the off leash dog park, because they come back when they’re called. Always.

2. Sit.

I like to think of sit as the doggy version of “please”. They should have to sit for their leash, their food, for treats, for pets/attention, whatever. Trust me, this is super important because it can help calm your dog down and get it’s attention on you. It also helps prevent your dog from jumping on people they probably shouldn’t jump on. I can have my little 3 year old neighbor running around my back yard with all 3 of my dogs safely, because they know not to jump for attention. Even Finn, who is young and dumb will plop his ass down into a sit right in front of her if he wants her to pet him. SIT IS IMPORTANT!! It’s also one of the easiest commands to teach a dog and is super easy to reinforce and get them to be able to do it perfectly. One of my favorite things to do is take one of my dogs out for a walk and just randomly tell them to sit, because it helps reinforce the command, ensures that they’re always listening and ready to comply with any command you might have for them, and its very amusing to watch the reactions from people when I tell one of them to sit and they automatically plop down.

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This photo was taken during the little game that I mentioned above. Finn was a little bit worried about a dog that was barking at him from someone’s yard. But he still sat there until I gave the release command.

3. Leave it. 

This one is definitely important for your dogs safety. You don’t want them eating or playing with something they just find laying in the street. But I’ve also found that once your dog has this command you can use it for just about anything you want your dog to ignore. You don’t want your dog bothering a cat? Tell them to leave it. Tired of your dog barking at a squirrel? Tell them to leave it. Are trying to walk past another dog and they’re ripping your arm out of socket trying to interact with the other dog? Tell them to leave it. Trust me, once your dog understands the command it really works. Although I’m constantly having to remind my dogs to stop trying to chase squirrels and rabbits while we’re walking, but after a couple of “leave its” they usually listen haha.

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Before this photo was taken, Lily was trying to be sneaky and go after a squirrel that was across the street. But she was told to leave it, so she sat and stared longigly at it instead.

And before I get off my soapbox let me just say that dogs are a lot of work. Training a dog isn’t always easy, but it’s something that absolutely needs to be done, for it’s safety and the safety of other people and animals. Remember that at the end of the day, dogs are predators. They have sharp teeth and claws for a reason and can do some pretty bad damage with them if they want to or feel that they need to. They can really seriously hurt or even kill another dog, or animal, or even a person, and I think a lot of people forget that. Dog ownership is not something that should be taken lightly. Or at least I think so. Train your freaking dogs people!!!

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This photo was accomplished with a “sit” and “stay” command. Just sayin.

Alright. I’m done for now.

~Ashley and her decently mannered (and very weird) dogs

 

 

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5 Miles Yesterday, 3 Miles Today, 13.1 Miles in 24 Days

I am having a good week, running wise! 🙂

I suppose Tuesday is a bit early to start declaring things like that, but so far it’s true! I got 5 miles done yesterday, mostly on a whim haha. The weather was nice and I felt too good not to do a a mid-ish distance run (well, for me it’s a mid distance run anyway. 😉 ). I felt really good getting it done and I probably had a few more miles in me, but 5 seemed like a nice number for a Monday. I also had a bunch of fun looking at everyone’s Halloween decorations! Someone had a Pennywise balloon on a drain grate. That was pretty awesome.

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After running 5 miles yesterday I thought my legs would feel pretty tired (considering that I’m coming back from an injury and I’m probably not getting back into the running thing slowly enough, but whatevs 😉 ) but they actually felt really good! Well, maybe they did feel a bit heavy for the first mile of today’s run, but after that they were fine!

So there’s a lot of construction going on around my neighborhood; people are re-doing roofs, the town hall (which I live right next too) is getting completely re done inside and out, the gas company has been digging on several different streets and so has the power company, and there’s a little bit of road work going on. So I spent a good amount of time dodging work trucks, backhoes, construction signs, and workers. Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of running past these people. On several occasions they’ve thought it was a good idea to say some gross things to me, or just whistle and yell at me. Ugh, that’s no fun…but today I turned up my music, pulled down my hat, and just ignored them. Although I did catch a few of them staring in a way that made me wish I wasn’t wearing tight pants and a tank top, if you know what I mean…Haha I think I’m gonna start bringing Dean running with me again. He likes to bare his teeth at people he doesn’t like, especially when he knows I feel uncomfortable. That usually puts a stop to some of that nastiness.

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My sweet, laid back boy is very capable of looking and being vicious when he wants to, believe it or not. 😉  

But anyway, aside from the creepers this run was a lot of fun! I pushed hard on some of the uphills and ended up running my fastest 5k with this particular watch. Haha that’s not my actual 5k PR, but hey, I’ll take it! 🙂

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So yeah, my two good runs in a row have really boosted my confidence for the upcoming half marathon that I feel like I barely trained at all for thanks to my damn knee issue. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if I still feel that way after the 10 mile long run I’m planning to do this weekend haha. Hopefully that will go well and I’ll feel even more confident! Right now I’m thinking the half is going to be super slow, painful, and generally awful, but I also think that I’ll be able to do it, and right now that’s all I really care about.

Anyways, I think that’s all I’ve got for today. I need to go stretch out my legs and then I’m thinking a nap sounds nice. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley

Florida Vacation: Day 6

Finally! It was tattoo day!!! 

We also actually got up and moving and out the door at a decent time this morning. You guys have no idea how happy I was about that! I’ve been so tired I am Of sitting around waiting to do stuff. 

Anyway, we got out the door around 8:30 this morning so we could get to the flea market when it first opened, because we had a few things we wanted to get there, but they closed at 5 pm and our tattoos weren’t going to be done by then. So we got that all taken care of right away. 

After that we drove back to the house so we could pick up Luke’s step sisters, because they wanted to get tattoos as well. Once they were ready we all piled into the bus and made our way to the tattoo shop. 

Once we got there the artist talks to one of Luke’s step sisters, drew her tattoo, and then knocked it out in about 40 minutes. It was already bandaged so I didn’t get to see it right away, but apparently it was exactly what she wanted and she was surprised at how quickly he got it done. 

Once the artist was done with her he cleaned up his tattoo room and then it was my turn. 😄 So Luke and I both got two tattoos today, he got bigger ones than I did, but I got a little 13.1 on my ankle and a border collie on my forearm. 

He did my ankle first. That only took about 5 minutes and it hardly hurt at all. 😄 The border collie probably took about 30-40 minutes. That one hurt a little more, and it bled a lot, but it looks great! Well, they both look fantastic! I’m so super happy with them. 😄


Once I was done it was Luke’s turn. His took forever haha, but he got a bigger, more intricate tattoo than either of mine. First he got Japanese lettering on his ribs. That only took about 40 minutes. Then he got the wolf on his chest done. It took an hour to do the outline, but it looked so good, even just as an outline. 

Again, it looked better in person, but you get the point. 😄

It took about another 2 hours to finish after the outline was done, and Luke was in a lot of pain, but now that it’s done it looks amazing! 


Now we’re sitting in the bus waiting for Luke’s other step sister to get her tattoo done. Once we get home we’re going to start cleaning up the house and packing because we’re leaving tomorrow morning. 

Happy Friday! 

~Ashley 

Our Vacation Is Almost Here!

Today is basically the last “normal” day we’re going to have, and then it’s off to Florida! So here’s what the next few days are going to look like for me;

June 29th (tomorrow): My brother is driving from Illinois to Kansas so he can take care of our little zoo while Luke and I are gone (my brother in law and his girlfriend ((that’s  a long story that I’m not going to get into)) are going to be here as well, but we don’t exactly trust them to be able to keep up with everything).

June 30th: At some point very early in the morning on Friday, Luke and I are leaving Kansas to go to Illinois. We’re hoping that we’ll get there early enough that we will be able to hang out with his dad and brothers for a little bit, and then with my grandma. Were actually leaving our car at her house, so I’m not sure how we’re going to work that all out yet, but I’m sure we’ll make it happen somehow. Anyway, after that we’re meeting up with Luke’s mom, her boyfriend and Luke’s younger brother and sister (who are driving to Illinois from Minnesota tomorrow), and Luke’s two step sisters (one of whom has 3 kids who are also coming with us) at Luke’s grandma’s house where we’re going to pack up the huge van/mini bus thing that we’re all going to be riding in, and then start our journey to Florida.

So Friday is going to be a super busy/hectic day for everyone. Luke’s mom wants to be on the road to Florida by 9 pm, which means we’ll be driving all through out the night and will probably put us at our destination in Florida by 12-1 pm (taking traffic, construction, and pit stops into consideration.

So on July 1st we’re probably just going to spend the rest of the day hanging out at the house and recuperating from that long ass drive hahaha. After that I’m not entirely sure what the itinerary is going to be. Luke’s mom is in charge of this trip and has quite a few things planned out for us though, so I’m sure we’ll never get bored!

Luke and I are also planning on getting a few tattoos while we’re down there (well, if we can find a good artist that is). He wants to go to a shop probably the day we get there, talk to an artist, and then make an appointment for both of us on Friday (the day before we leave). That way we’ll still be able to go swimming in the pool and ocean while we’re there. So, I’m not sure if Luke’s decided what he wants yet (he keeps changing his mind) but I’m finally getting a border collie tattoo that I’ve wanted for a very long time, and maybe a little 13.1 because I’m still very excited that I went from being a couch potato, to someone who’s run two half marathons. 🙂

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Tiny, little border collie. 🙂

So yeah, that is currently what I’ve got going on!

Today I’m going to get everything ready for my brother and write out a list for him so he’ll know what he’s going to be in charge of while we’re gone. And I think tonight Luke and I are going to go shopping and get a bunch of food for him so he has stuff to eat here haha. I also need to finish packing. I’m pretty much done, but I’ve still got a few odds and ends that need to be thrown into the suitcase, so I guess I need to go get started on all of that now.

Happy Hump-day!

~Ashley

The Story Of How I Ended Up With Lily

Today on Vidme I told the story of how I ended up with Lily. It’s an interesting story! You should go check it out!! 😉

Here’s the link (I really wish the video would just show up in the post like it does when you add a YouTube link, but whatever.):

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And here’s a little video montage of some of my favorite photos of Lily. 🙂

 

 

Finn’s Pedigree

Finn’s ABCA certificate of registration came in the mail yesterday! I am so absolutely beyond excited about that!! He’s the first dog that’s belonged to me that’s been registered to a breed registry and therefore the first dog that I can look back at his family history and actually see what the dogs look like, know how good they were at herding/working, and maybe even find out about any medical issues his relatives have had. That’s some pretty exciting and super useful stuff if you ask me!!

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On his certificate the ABCA includes 5 generations (including Finn) of dogs, their registry numbers, and their owners and breeders, and where they are from. That’s cool and all, but that’s not exactly much information. I mean, I want to know as much about these dogs as I can! So I’ve taken it upon myself to find out what I can about Finn’s lineage. And I’ve already found some pretty interesting stuff already and I wanted to share it here with you guys, even though this is more of a running blog haha. I just think this kinda stuff is so super neat!

I’ve met his parent’s in person (Shome and Ria Show Me Mo. Both of their names kinda reference the show me state, which is Missouri’s unofficial nickname and that’s where their owner is from. I think that’s pretty neat. 🙂 ), and can ask their owner anything I want to know about them. Apparently he likes to stay in contact with the people who buys his puppies so I’m not to worried about them as I’m sure Luke and I will spend plenty of time talking to him as Finn gets older.

But anyway, so far I’ve been able to find some information about two of his great great grandfathers and it’s some really impressive stuff!

First I found out a little bit about Dog ABC 293065. Haha after a bit of digging around in the interwebs, I actually found his current owner’s Facebook page! According to him, Dog is a fantastic working cattle dog and has had a long career as an outstanding stud dog. Plus I mean, look at him! He’s a super handsome boy. 🙂 Oh and it looks like he’s still alive! His owner’s Facebook page has a few photos of him from last year so that’s pretty neat.

I also found Rocking G’s Spurs ABC 35996! He’s actually the dog Finn’s breeder told Luke and I about! He has an absolutely amazing career as a cattle dog which included many many different trial wins;

  • Gulf Coast Cowdog Association Open Dog of the year 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
  • Gulf Coast Cowdog Association Reserve Champion Dog of the year 1998, 1999
  • Winner of the 2000 World Champion Cowdog Challenge in Reno, Nevada against 60 dogs

And there is a some more information about him and the other dogs from Rocking G Kennels on their website. They’ve got some pretty impressive border collies.

So far those two are the only dogs I’ve really been able to find much information about, but I’m sure if I keep digging I’ll be able to find a few more. And plus I know where to find Spurs’ pedigree, so if I really want to, I can look up the dogs on that and probably find out more about Finn’s great great great, great great great great, and great great great great great grandparents if I really wanted to go that far back haha. But for now I’m probably going to stick to the dogs on Finn’s certificate. 😉

Anyway, seeing that Finn comes from a long line of several different amazing cattle dogs, explains why his herding instincts are so good! Hopefully once he’s around a year old Luke and I are going to take him to someone who trains border collies (so far we’ve only been able to find people in Texas, Oklahoma, Southern Missouri, and Illinois, so we’re going to have to drive pretty far to do it) and we’re going to see if we can’t teach him how to herd some cows! And maybe he’s inherited some of his great great grandparents’ talents. That would be pretty sweet!

But yeah, I’m doing talking about dogs (for now).

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From left to right: Lily, Finn, and Dean.

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

Happy Global Running Day!!

Global running day is a day for people around the word to celebrate the joys of running! And then post a photo of themselves running on social media with a caption about how much they love running, because pics/strava/garmin connect/instagram/facebook/you get my point or it didn’t happen. 😉

I’m not saying that any of that is a bad thing by the way, obviously I’m a very active social media user, I’m just saying that that’s the world we live in. 🙂

Being a runner myself, I’ve participated in the global running day or national running day festivities several years in a row now. Today, however, I’m celebrating a little bit differently. Instead of waking up super early and hitting the pavement for the 5 miler that I was supposed to do this morning, I woke up super early and then went back to bed.

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Can we talk about how teeny tiny Dean used to be?!? Because holy cow he was a tiny little fluff ball! 

I’m just not feeling good enough to run today. I guess the running challenge that I’m participating in, all the work I’ve been doing in my garden, and all of the super early mornings that summer running requires (at least my summer running requires super early mornings. Gotta get out on the road before the sun heats up the pavement!) have caught up with me. That’s not all that surprising though, I’ve changed things up a bit and have been trying to do quite a bit as of late, so a day off of running is exactly what I need!

I’m not going to lie though, since today is global running day and the fact that I am doing a running challenge, I almost went out to suffer through a few miles. Now, there are some times when you should push through the discomfort and get your run in, but for me, today was not one of those days. I’m getting a little bit better about listening to my body and today it’s telling me that I need to rest, so that’s what I’m going to do! I’m not about to risk getting injured or burning out by running on a day that I shouldn’t have, just because everyone else is doing it.

So by all means, go out and celebrate global running day because running is great and it should be celebrated! But if you’re feeling like me today and you just need a break or a day off, then take one! Don’t think that since today is basically a running holiday that you need to go out and pound the pavement just because everyone else is doing it. Rest is part of the program and there’s absolutely no shame in doing it. Even if it is global running day. 🙂