Tuesday, May 31, 2011

tricky t-day ~ mickey button

I've been working mostly on foundation activties with Chewy this week.  However, I was able to teach him to hit the mickey button.

It's kind of hard to hear the "oh, boy", but you'll get the idea.  Hoping this fun trick will lead to all sorts of targeting behaviors.

Monday, May 30, 2011

misty monday~on the job

Love this photo. Before we had Oreo, our yard was unfenced. I had to use tie outs for the dogs to hang out on the deck and look for motorcycles.

Can't tell you how many times I had to untangle those tie outs.

We had a lot of good times on that deck.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

busy saturday

Chewy had a very busy Saturday.
Hunting for bugs.
bothering oreo
learning to "Walk it" (well, he was teaching himself)
weeding the garden
hiding in the dog garden
going to rally class
digging holes to lie in
Shhhhhhh!  Puppy is sleeping.

Chewy even participated in our rally class.  He walked around the building giving me amazing attention and did lots of nice "sits". 

Oreo did the best rally sequence he's ever done.  He only had one moment where he was too stressed to sit/down with his back to the crowd. So, I let him do it facing the people and he was fine.  He laid calmly on his mat while the other dogs had their turn. Very proud of him.

Friday, May 27, 2011

smiles on the way

These are for DAD, who might need a smile today!

And here's a little video of Chewy playing with his chase-it toy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

agility class

Brought Chewy to an agility class last night and he had lots of fun meeting a bunch of other dogs.

Here he is with sweet Sid.


Oreo had a good class.  I brought him to a beyond beginners class, which is a bit below him, but it was a great experience.

He had to do all the activities with other people/dogs in the ring.  We practiced rally moves in between turns too.  He did really well.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tricky t-day - spin & down revisited

This week, Chewy learned to touch the target stick with his nose, which led to the start of his spin trick. We also have moved to a hand cue (albeit an exaggerated one) for "down".

Chewy loves to train. Although, he is a little food whore, which can make it tough for him to concentrate. Not to mention his puppy attention span is about 30 seconds!

Monday, May 23, 2011

misty monday~first winter

These photos are from Misty's first winter with us. I remember thinking she was so beautiful in the snow. She would stay outside for hours (if I let her), not minding the cold one bit.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

first chute?

Thought I'd see if Chewy would go thru an abbreviated chute today.

Does this count?


Obviously, Chewy's toe has been cleared for playtime!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Friday!!!

Chewy is smiling

Oreo is smiling

Sara will be smiling at 3:15!
Yea, it's finally Friday! 

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

more silliness

Here is a silly video I shot last week (before Chewy hurt his toe).

Chewy's toe is doing better and better each day.  No signs of pain/stiffness at all yesterday.  I think he'll be good to go by the weekend!  Hopefully the sun will come back then aswell.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

tricky t-day ~ sit, down, paw, silliness

OK, here are Chewy's official first tricks.  "Sit", "paw", and we just started working on "down", for which I'm still using a lure.

Oreo also created his own trick, which you'll see at the end of the video.

Chewy gets VERY excited when I bring out the zuke's bag!


Chewy's foot is doing much better.  I did bring him to our rehab vet yesterday. I really trust her ability to analyze my dogs' pain level and pinpoint the problem ~ his index toe on his left front foot.

Upon exam, she determined an x-ray was warranted. She did an overhead with the regular x-ray machine,
but had to use the dental x-ray machine for a closer view, because Chewy is so darn little.

Unfortunately, she couldn't determine if there was indeed a fracture. She was a bit peeved, because she likes to give a conclusive diagnosis. However, she said the dental x-ray showed a suspicious area, so we were going to treat it as if it there were a fracture.

Options? Splint, or let heal on it's own.

She recommended letting it heal without the splint. It has already begun to heal, and she was happy to see that no pieces have broken off.  

Timeline....about 10 days.

She realizes Chewy will be difficult to slow down, and told me to simply do the best I can.  Don't let him do anything crazy. Ice/heat as needed, do range of motion stuff, and try some metacam for three days.

Overall, I feel like I was doing what I should be doing the past few days, and the vet said, "You've been trained well."

The good news is Chewy is becoming very familiar with the vet's office, and he thinks it is so much fun.  They even gave him a new toy to bring home.

One of the vets saw Chewy getting x-rayed, and he said, "If you rub a balloon on him, he'll stick to the wall,"  because Chewy's fur stands straight up in the air, like he's got an electric charge.  Too funny.

It is supposed to rain, rain, rain the next few days, so that will make it a bit easier to keep his running to a minimum.  Don't think I'll be able to keep him from jumping on Oreo's head though.  That is his favorite past time.

Didn't I say this dog was going to end up in the ER?  Although, I didn't think it would be this soon! 

Chewy's motto,"Play hard, and then play even harder."

Monday, May 16, 2011

misty monday ~ chute

This is a video from 2008 and shows Misty's first day doing a full chute.  Some of you have seen this before, because you've been reading my blog that long.  Wow, that's loyalty.

Lian was the person who encouraged me to do some agility with Misty.  I'm so happy I did!

Given Misty always hated anything being above her head, I was so surpised when she did the chute.

Of course, the fact that treats were involved had a lot to do with it. Misty was never into agility for the game aspect (as she prefered to be on guard duty at the edge of the fence), but she loved the food rewards.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

trial photos

Here are some links to photos from our last trial.

I really love the ones from his standard run. He looks so confident! Scroll through to see them all.

Here's one I like from our jumper's run:

Oreo and I went to a rally class this morning. It was fun, and Oreo did well. At one point, I put him in his crate, and walked around the building with Chewy....well, that seemed to surprise Oreo, and he started barking! Too funny.

There was a NADAC trial going on at the same time. After class, I brought Chewy to the trial to schmooze with people and dogs. He wanted to play with every dog he met. It was so darn cute!

Couldn't let him play too much, because he has a sore foot. He hurt it while playing chase with Oreo in the house. They both kind of crashed into each other. I've been icing/hot packing it. Fingers crossed he'll be better by Monday. Otherwise, I'll bring him to the vet for a check up and laser treatment.

Friday, May 13, 2011

where'd he come from?

Several people have left comments saying they wanted the story behind Chewy.

Well, first, let me tell you about the dogs that didn't make it to my house.

I began my search for a puppy back in February.  I contacted several local sheltie breeders about upcoming litters, asserting my need for a confident puppy.

In February, I met with a local breeder, who does rally, agility, obedience with her dogs.  She has a lot of experience breeding, and focuses on health, temperament and performance.  I went to her house, met all of her dogs, including the two mom's to be.  They were all very friendly, confident and spirited.

She expected to have two litters ready to go at the end of June.

Everything seemed perfect.  I'd have the whole summer to socialize the puppy, go to agility trials, etc.

OK.  Mother nature didn't cooperate, and the dogs didn't go into heat as planned.  The puppies will now be ready to go home at the end of the summer.

Wasn't going to work for me.

Then, I got a tip from my rally instructor about a 5 month old blue merle girl who was available.  She was teeny tiny, and a little spitfire. 

Jeff and I drove 2 hours to Connecticut to meet her.

Well, she ran and hid under a chair, and wouldn't come near us.

Long drive home.

I started looking on petfinder and contacting rescue groups.  Sheltie puppies are difficult to find in rescue locally.  I did inquire about a couple jack russell pups, only to be told that "they're still in Tennessee, and we don't know if they'll ever make it here, because they could get sick."

I did more searching.  Contacted some more groups. Nothing was really going to fit what I was looking for.

I hemmed and hawed. 

I wanted a puppy. I felt Oreo needed a dog who was smaller than him at first, so he wouldn't feel overwhelmed.  I didn't want a dog who was fearful, because I worried the dog would feed off Oreo's own fears.

For Oreo, I needed a confident puppy, with good genes. 

I had contacted Chewy's breeder in February as well.  She told me her puppies would be ready to go at the end of April.  I initially thought that was too early. 

But, by April, I was ready.  Before we left for St. Thomas, I crossed my fingers, and sent her an email asking if she had any puppies available.

She had one puppy left. 

I knew she was a responsible breeder, with 35 years of experience.  She is well known in the area, and after I got Chewy, I heard from another sheltie breeder that she is "quite famous". 

I didn't really care about fame.  I wanted a healthy, structurally sound, confident, playful puppy.

I went to meet Chewy.     My criteria was that he had to come to me.   I wanted him to display some confidence.

He did. 

The breeder asked me, "Do you like him?"


So, that's the long drawn out story.  I was very lucky to get Chewy, and feel like I made the right choice, for this time in my life, for me,

and especially for Oreo.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

tricky t-day ~ Chewy!

OK, I haven't really taught Chewy any tricks. He's had a tough time learning "sit".

Why sit when you can jump?

I hope you enjoy Chewy's first tricky t-day video.

I expressed my concerns about Chewy's love of "jump, drop and rolling" to Oreo's chiro/acupuncturist.  She shrugged her shoulders and said nonchalantly, "puppies bounce."

I do have to keep our bedroom door shut at all times, because Chewy is in love with the ramp we have up to our bed.  

Jury is still out on whether or not this dog has a brain. But, he sure is fun.

Monday, May 9, 2011

misty monday~best seat

Got a stuffed sheltie for my birthday.  So, I posed with all "3" of my dogs.  Not sure how my mom felt about having the 2 dogs on her brand new chair.  Misty was always very good at finding the most comfortable seat, no matter where we went.
on vacation in Plymouth, MA

Saturday, May 7, 2011

1st post puppy trial

Oreo had an awesome trial today!  He was consistent, and overall, not too worrisome.  He peed several times, even when people were around.  That is huge for him. 

The judge was Jim Mills, the founder of DOCNA.  I was a bit worried about how Oreo would feel with a male judge, but it didn't seem to bother him that much. 

During our nationals qualifying run there was a "scary man" sitting right next to the weave poles (two sets actually, a set of 6 and a set of 12).  I thought for sure that Oreo would pop out, but he plugged right along and didn't miss a pole.

We came in 1st in the NAC run, and qualified for the 2011 National Championships!  Yay!  It is always a tough run for Oreo, because it is longer and more challenging.  Plus you NQ if you have an off course, which he often does.

The run we always Q, jumpers, was a NQ.  Oreo had an off course when he opted out of a jump.  Not sure if it was due to the fact that we turned back toward the people, or if it was me trying to get in position to front cross.  No big deal, because later in the run, I was actually able to REAR cross.  Something we've never done in a trial.

It was a really great day for Oreo!  Here is his standard run. 

I'm planning on only doing DOCNA this summer.  The CPE trials are just too big.  There is a DOCNA trial once a month, so I think that will be perfect for him.  We'll just do one day for each trial, and 2-3 runs.

Chewy was also a very good boy.  He met all sorts of people and dogs.  He was quiet in his playpen when I was out with Oreo.    There were a lot of sheltie people there, so they were going gaga over him.  I even had the "scary man" hold him while I walked a course.  Chewy gave him lots of kisses.

My agility instructor gave Chewy some toys.  He loves these keys.

wrestling match

Off to a DOCNA trial today!  I think I'm more excited about playing "pass the puppy" than anything else.  Whatever happens with Oreo happens.  Not going to take it seriously with him. 

Have I told you the dogs LOVE each other?  Oreo and Chewy wrestle for hours at a time.  No joke.

I'm sure they'll be ready for a good wrestling match when we get home from the trial.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

first 5 days

Here's the best video I could get of Oreo and Chewy playing.  They are hard to keep track of, and a lot of times they end up playing right at my legs.

What a busy five days. I've taken well over 400 photos already.

My house is a disaster, but I could care less.

Chewy has met a bunch of people already.  Hewags his tail in big circles & gives lots of kisses to everyone.

Oreo's acupuncturist stole Chewy for awhile, so he could cheer up one of her co-workers. He did the job quite well.

Chewy is a fearless little pup. I see many vet trips in his future. He has no fear of heights, and thinks he can fly.

Oreo has become a different dog. I can't even describe it. He's having so much fun.

Can't imagine what the next 5 days will bring.