Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Air Force Birthday!

Happy April Fool's Day, Happy Easter and Happy Air Force Birthday!!

Yes, in addition to being April Fools Day and Easter Sunday today is the birthday of the  Royal Canadian Air Force.

My family has had quite a history with the RCAF. My dad, my mother's brother Terence, and even my mother were in the Air Force.

Cpl D.H. Stewart

Scope Wizard
My mum was only in for a short time, in those days a woman had to be single so she had to get out once she was engaged to be married. 

Summer Training Course, 1954

Anne in uniform
By the time two of my sisters and I joined the military, it was one unified service in Canada but after we joined the three uniforms of the Army, Navy and Air Force were re-instated. All three of us were for a time assigned Air Force uniforms.  I switched to the Army uniform after serving over 11 years in Army positions and another sister changed trades and switched uniforms too.

Me getting  a black Armoured Corps beret
Although there is still only once Command structure in the Canadian Forces, even the names have been reinstated so now again we have the Royal Canadian Air Force. The name was officially adopted on 1 April 1924 and so this year marks the 94th birthday. 

So Happy Air Force Birthday, it is NOT an April Fools Joke!

Oh and Happy Easter too!!

Friday, March 30, 2018


Well, the third  addition to the family this year arrived a little late, he was due on the 4th of March but didn't arrive until the 11th of March.

My nephew and his wife don't post to Facebook much so I don't have access to many photos, just the two they sent with the birth announcement.  I haven't even met the little guy yet. I will this weekend when we have a family dinner for Easter.

Anyway, introducing Robert Daniel, named for his maternal grandfather and his father.

Robert Daniel
Robbie and family

And since his grandfather is known as Robert, this little guy will be known as Robbie.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pawty and Pressies

Hey der again everyone, it be me Keltic again.  Mums said I could write an tell you about my pawty.

Mums surprised us and had in vited some of our fur friends, Jasmine and Fannie.  Not so sure I liked that as I had to share my pupcakes but we still has some left so I guess it was okay. We had to sit for the silly pictures again. I nearly jumped on the table when Mums moved the pupcakes to take the plastic off, I thoughted she wasn't going to give us any.

Mums gaved us each one of  da big pupcakes.  I had to be a good host and I got my pupcake last.  I still ated mine faster than all de others so there's no picture of me eating my cake.



After we wented outside for a bit, I gots to open my pressies.  I gots a red dragon toy, some food toys dat Mums says I has to share with Beckett, some treats and a new collar. 

We each got to try da treats but we hasn't tried da food toys yet. Mums says we will get to try dem at supper tonight. I had a good pawty. I wish we could hab more birdays.

Thanks to everyone for all da birday wishes.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I Be Six!

Hey dere everyone, it me, Keltic. Today it my birdday and I be six! Mums said I could writted the blog post.  It also be St Patrick's Day, I dunno know who dat Patrick guy is but it is kind fun dat he shares my birdday.

Mums made pupcakes last night. She letted me and Beckett have a little one to try.  Today she putted icing on dem but she wouldn't let us hab any more. I tried to get some off a da counter but I is not tall enough.

Ready for the Pawty

She says we is going to have a pawty later and den we can hab another one, maybe eben one of da big ones.  I bet we has to take silly pictures afore we gets our pupcake.

Here is da silly pictures of me at all of my birddays

First Birthday

Second Birthday
Third Birthday
Fourth Birthday
Fifth Birthday
 I dunno if I can waited much longer for my pupcakes and pressies but Mums says it won't be too much longer. So long for now, I'll show you my pressies and pawty photos later.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Luck of the Irish

Well, we ran our second agility trial of 2018 this past weekend. I only went one day as it is a little over an hour from my place. My Achilles tendon held up really well, for the first time in nearly a year I didn't wear the ankle support; it's a little sore today but not bad at all.

Beckett ran really well, we had a beautiful snooker Q for our first run. Beckett got 52 points with a complete closing in 54.46 seconds. You only have 55 seconds to accumulate points. Beckett as a mini veteran dog needs 34 points in that time to get a qualifying score. I think this was one of the highest scoring runs. In his next run, I walked the course correctly but when we came to the close I put Beckett over the wrong side of obstacle 4b.

I had him on my right side going over 4a; I'm not sure what I was thinking but at that instant I thought he was on the wrong side and I did a front cross and put him over 4b in the wrong direction. We needed to complete obstacle 5, the teeter to Q,  so no Q for Beckett on this run. It was such a shame as he was running so well.

Beckett's third and final run was a Jumpers and he was smoking.  I mistakenly said it was the fastest time for the event; it was only the second fastest.  Beckett ran the course in 31.40 but an Australian Shepherd ran a little faster it in 30.94.

Keltic had four runs. First up was Masters Gamblers, we had a not bad opening with 31 points but Keltic wouldn't go out to the tunnel in the gamble so no Q.  Next up he had Masters Jumpers, the course layout was the same as Beckett's but numbered differently. In Keltic's course I had to get him over the jump numbered 7 to the backside of the jump numbered 16; well, with the angle he was on, Keltic took off for the tunnel in the corner and there was no way he wasn't going to do that tunnel. Well, I guess that's one way to get the backside of the jump. Keltic's next run was an Advanced Standard, he needed two Q's to get his Advanced Agility Dog title. It was not too be, he ran well in the first Advanced but got a refusal on the table and on the weaves.  We had a little break while the Starters ran their course before Keltic's last event so I took the opportunity to get a picture of the boys at the photo spot.  Absolute Agility puts up a really nice photo booth with signs you can use to describe your weekend trial. They have just started doing seasonal photo booths. Last time we were there is was a New Year's theme, this time was St Patrick's Day.

Well, I think the Luck of the Irish helped us out.  Keltic's next run started with the tire, to the frame and then a tunnel. I don't like to do this but I told myself if he wasn't driving forward I would sit him and send to the weaves. 

Well, he did exactly that curled in towards me and was leaping a bit at me; I probably hesitated since I had the plan in my head, anyway I did what I had planned, sat him down and sent him on to the weaves and he got the entry. We had to start the weaves two more times to get them. This time he didn't refuse the table. I had walked the course using a threadle arm to get him from jump 11 to tunnel 12. I very nearly overdid it, he got the tunnel but I nearly put him past the entrance. The last hurdle so to speak was the dog walk contact but he was a good boy and stayed on the dog walk until he hit the yellow and I released him. Our course time was 70.87 and I didn't know what the standard course time was so even though I knew we had no faults I still didn't know whether we had Q'd.  I checked at the gate and Keltic's height class had 75 seconds so we did Q. I went and got a Q ribbon as this was Keltic's first Q in over a year.

I guess it doesn't hurt to have some help from the leprechauns. I sure hope we don't have to wait until next St Patrick's day for his third Advanced Standard Q.

Perhaps a birthday present for me and for Keltic!