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We went for a ride up into Maine yesterday.

The day started rainy and socked in with think fog here in New England yesterday,  while so many suffered in horrible cold and snowy conditions.  We will take what we can left of this year, before we too must huddle together and keep ourselves warm.

A few years ago I took a class with Mom on fusing glass with a wonderful teacher who has since passed away.  She had told us about a woman in Maine who taught wire wrapping,  so we could make our pieces we did,  look even nicer and go from glass into jewelry pieces. Well that winter we went out to Arizona  to hunt for Gold and I met a woman there who took the time to show me a simple wrap that as I got more proficient I could add my own flair to.  Well yesterday the woman in Maine, who I follow through Facebook, had an Open House for her jewelry pieces.  So that was my plan for the day,  a nice quiet ride up into Maine to meet her in person and see if I could find something pretty for a gift as well as to support another starving artist.

The ride was quiet but boyfriend and pup decided to join me as I always find the neatest things when I take the time to venture out from the house.  With winter on our heels I knew days upon days of me being inside would soon arrive. So I packed the dog’s fresh water, my camera bag and off we went.

I made it to her place with no trouble and told them I would be awhile and  for them to go find some fun without me.

So nice to meet Mig.  Her pieces are beautiful.  Such pretty stones and Sea Glass all wrapped in Silver.  We talked and talked and then it was time for me to find the sea.  It was just two miles east maybe less.  The two had gone in search of a place to play but saw the no parking signs everywhere and decided to wait for me.  Well right away I found a beach access road and plenty on empty parking spots, lol it is winter so all rules and regulations go by the way side here.  Dogs could run free!  JT was so excited I have to tell you.  We go walking at the beach but of late we stroll beside the sea on pathways and not on the sandy beaches, see if I take her to the waters edge she wants to do one thing and one thing only CATCH A FRISBEE.  I have a bad shoulder so with loosing weight we take the harder surfaces and walk and walk,  all the while me kicking her stick.  She is OK with anything I am able to do,  she is such a good girl.  She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want her as healthy as can be so I can have her beside me for as long as I can.  Just check this happy photo out

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See what I mean. Happy dog!

Now look what happens when she has to wait for me to stop taking pretty photos of the beach and sea.

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You would think I had put her in the down command but actually she really has the need for just one COME.  She is too smart to do anything DUMB.  Yes I am blessed and very proud of my pup.  She is such a good girl.  A elderly couple was out for a walk on the beach and asked if they could give here a dog bone.  I never allow it but they were nice and JT sat pretty and stole their hearts in an instant,  she even took the cookie and ATE IT, she never does.  She must have worked up an appetite from all that running on the beach.  She was one happy dog, I swear I caught a smile or two yesterday.  She does love the beach but hurts too bad in her joints if we play for hours so the half hour worked out perfect.

We took the long way home, back roads all the way back to NH.  I have really seen that section of highway enough in a rig.

As we made our way along the coastline the towns had decked the streets with holiday lights and wreaths, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well all except for the snow that was gladly missing. 

I had timed the day near perfect.  Soon it would be dark enough to see some lights and I headed for the most famous Maine Lighthouse to see them.  It was just a tad too light so I let JT out where she made new friends while I waited with not one but two cameras to catch some action beside the Atlantic.  I took too many photos, wait could that happen ?  Let me show you a couple to end this post.  I even added some to my online gallery for Holiday Cards!  Who doesn’t love the sea and these gorgeous lighthouses that keep the sailors safe.

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A Border Collie loves to be busy

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She Loves being in mid-air, I am the one with her toy so after I toss it I quickly bring the camera up and try to capture her catches we work good  together

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I always let her have her rest.

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I am sure you can tell she is loved and cared for.

Yesterday we took her for a long ride, in the new truck.

We timed it so we could hit a local beach that would allow her to play, as long as she was on a leash, I must remember to buy one of those long leads.  I had her leash that goes out and winds back up but it was so hard to play in the surf with her on it.  I was afraid I would be brought down by her doing her  BC moves,  All was good she was so happy and so many made comments about what a joy it was to watch such a happy dog.  That she is ,as long as she is with us and PLAYING ,lol.  Thanks for checking out my photos of her.

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Let me give you a closer look at our Border Collie.

JT is a female

She just turned six years old.

She is loved by all who have met her.

She is very well-behaved with  adults and children.

She loves our cat, The Cool One!

She has been attacked so many times while playing with me on the beach,  she really doesn’t trust too many dogs.  This saddens me. It is something I wish I could have prevented but I know I could not.  I have been working hard with her, to lessen her grip on protecting me.  She has no lambs or sheep to herd so she watches over me.

She loves her Frisbee and knows the name of each of her toys, now to make her pick them up and put them away would be a great trick. She will bring me each one as I call out it’s name but I have to place it in the basket.  She is a DOG after all.

JT has been across this county not once but twice.  On back to back years she rode with us to Arizona and slept with us on an air mattress in a tent. The desert was not like anything she had every seen.  They had huge rabbits and even bigger coyotes chasing them!  She was just a pup and we had to  keep a close eye on her.  Some how she knew to stay close and to just listen to what we said.  She got so good with the English language that we have been reduced to spelling her favorite places and activities.  She is very smart.

So two 10,000 miles trips under her collar.  She is well-traveled but even more so she is well received.

She has stayed in many motels overlooking the ocean.  She loves the beach. All that open space for her to draw circles on,  with her repeated  tracks over and over, as I throw and throw her favorite toy..

Last summer we heard about an event for Disc Dogs and since we were camping and it was going to be raining we took her over so we could watch all the REAL Frisbee Dogs compete.  The man in charge said it would be OK if she used her filthy one to play Toss and Catch. They were all using fancy type, special ones.  So we signed up and sat and waited and waited and watched dog after dog compete before judges.  Our dog was amazing.  We never saw her stay so still.  She laid there and watched as each dog took to the field.  She showed so much patience, she floored us.  It was as if she knew her time was coming.

Well they called her name and I said “Let’s go play JT it’s your turn!” she did not have to be asked twice! We were given the rules.  I had to stand behind a line, now I forgot to say this was all being done as there was a deluge of water, falling from the clouds above.  I mean it, everyone was soaked to the bone.  I could not disappoint her and take her home without having  her turn, so I put my fear aside for her.  I was worried about her  slipping on the wet field and let the Frisbee fly!  Over and over! I can not remember how long they gave me, maybe 90 seconds, not sure.  Time passed quickly as we saw our little girl turn on to the crowd and the clapping.  She loved it!  She would catch her Frisbee and fly back to me drop it at my feet and head for the field, again and again.  She was amazing to us and we know her.  Others clapped as we finished up and you could almost see her smile.  We have had some horrible things happen to this dog but today was not one of them.  That first trip out there she took 4th place.  We still had another round of dogs to watch before it would be her turn once again.

I will end this story here but I better say Part 1.  as there is much more to this little girl JT to share.