Thursday, September 29, 2011

moving...does a body good

I brought Oreo to his acupuncturist today.  First appointment since we moved.

The doctor was very impressed.  She said that Oreo's pulse was much slower than usual, and all his stress points felt "great".  The only issue were his toes.  They were all jammed up.

With this progress, instead of every 6 weeks, we will see the doctor every 3 months!

It is amazing the effect stress, or the lack there of, can have on your body.

I also had to start feeding Oreo more food.  He is playing and running more than ever, and is burning it all off.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

tricky t-day ~ side legs

This trick is quickly becoming Chewy's favorite.  We still have a ways to go to be able to fade the object, but he is getting good.  I've always been so impressed by this trick when I see Silvia's dogs do it.  I never thought I'd be able to get my dogs to lift both legs.  Exciting!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


"See my gold medal?"
Very proud of my boy Oreo!  He competed in DOCNA nationals today, after doing very little agility since June.  Obviously, he didn't do too shabby.  Although, we really didn't have any competition in our class.  Regardless, Oreo ran steady and had an overall good day.  He never was over the top nervous, with the death pull on the leash.

One person said, "Oreo ran with confidence."  Another person said, "Isn't that the dog who was scared of everything?"  Yep.  Still is, but he did good anyway.

We did standard and the North American Challenge run (also a standard).  I scratched him from his usual favorite, jumpers.  It was at the very end of the day, and we were both beat. 

This may have been Oreo's retirement trial.  We'll see.  I may run him sporadically, in low key, small DOCNA trials next spring.  No more than one run a weekend though.

Very proud of Chewy for being quiet in his crate when I was out with Oreo.  He's a good boy.  I was really worried he would start howling when I ran Oreo, and I'd have one of "those dogs" that people tsk, tsk about.

"Someday those ribbons will have MY name on them!"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

tricky t-day ~ hug

Oreo learned how to "hold a bunny" a few months ago. Part of Silvia's class is teaching the dogs to hold a plastic bottle. We started out by hugging a pole. Chewy LOVED this, but got a bit too enthusiastic and turned into a wanna be pole dancer. I swear he was climbing the pole. So, I switched to a broom, which seemed to stop that behavior, and he was able to "hold".

He's been doing real well with holding the bottle, but the session I recorded he was not holding it as long as usual. I've been doing trick training first thing in the morning, but shot this video one afternoon. He's like my ninth graders...good in the morning, but after lunch, forget about teaching them a thing.
What I've learned most from this class is not to rush things.  I know I often resorted to luring with Oreo, because I wanted to have him master tricks quickly.  With Chewy, I've taken things slower, used more shaping, and the end result (when we finally get there) is much better.  More independence.

We'll get there with this one too.

Monday, September 19, 2011

misty monday ~ never serious

Unlike her siblings, Misty never took anything too seriously.

Munchkin was intense about toys.  Misty just liked that Mommy was sitting on the floor.

Oreo takes training very seriously. Misty says, "Oh, I guess I'll sit....this time.  Next time, I'll pretend I'm deaf!  LOL."

Munchkin took his motorcycle lookout job very seriously.  Misty, well....she barked, because Munchkin was barking.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

backyard agility

I set up the backyard agility exercises from this month's Clean Run.  I finally have a big enough yard to set all the jumps at the designated distance from each other.  Unfortunately, I was short one jump, so we did exercises 2 & 3, which we were able to do without one jump.

Oreo hasn't done much agility this summer, but he doesn't forget anything and is always a dream to run.  He reads my body language amazingly well.  He's such a great partner.  We'll have to do backyard agility on a more regular basis.  We are signed up for the DOCNA nationals in a few weeks.  I only signed us up for Saturday, which means we won't be able to compete in the final round.  Even though Oreo won last year, I thought three days was a lot for him(and me!).  This way, we can relax and run for fun.  Fingers crossed for good weather.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

tricky t-day ~ bowl in bowl

Even though I've been very busy, with moving and returning to work, I've still been making time each day for some tricks/training.

Chewy is taking 3 classes right now~Silvia' distance class, agility 101, and an agility foundations class. Chewy has so many things he's working on!

However, today is all about Oreo! Two tricks we are working on in Silvia's class are putting a bowl inside a bowl and lifting up 2 side legs. Oreo is doing so much better with the bowls than Chewy. I did throw in one of Chewy's best tricks - stealing treats!- as well as his go to cross paws.

Monday, September 12, 2011

misty monday~lookout point

At our old house, it seemed as though there was always a doggie in the window, on the look out for squirrels, people, and men in brown trucks. Misty loved that window. After she died, we had lots of repair work to do on the window frame. She would put both front paws on the window and scratch, scratch, scratch whenever the UPS guy came. He once told me that he was afraid she would come through the window some day.

It was a sad day when Jeff got out the wood fill, and covered all her scratch marks. I still haven't fixed the scratch marks she made on our tv stand. She'd paw at that when the garage door went up/down. Oreo and Chewy have already learned to look out the window at our new house. I know Misty would have too.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

you did good

I can't really watch any videos of 9/11. Don't want to put myself back to that horrible time. The emotions of that day/weeks are still right on the edge of my heart.

However, this video made me smile through my tears. A dog doing his job, but at the same time providing a moment of comfort and distraction to the ground zero workers.
Riley, you did good. Rest in peace buddy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

tricky t-day ~ cross paws

Took me forever, but Chewy finally got it!

Some of you have already seen this video on facebook.  Jeff got the backyard fenced in over the weekend.  He has the blisters on his hands to show for it.  One side of the fence goes thru the woods, so we can't even see it.  Plus, it gives the dogs an exploration area (kind of like our old dog garden).  I didn't realize how big the yard really was until I threw Oreo his ball.  He seemed so far away when he finally reached it.  I think I'm going to have to start feeding these guys more, given all the running they've been doing. 

Looking forward to taking them sledding this winter!
Back to work today! Two days of conferences, then the kids come back on Thursday.

Monday, September 5, 2011

misty monday ~ back off Oreo!

Misty had to take teaching Oreo some manners into her own hands (or maybe her teeth).

Seriously Oreo? You're in my personal space!

I am not going to let you bite my ankles!
Get your own!

Listen up Oreo, stealing other dogs' toys is wrong. How many times do I have to tell you this?
Don't know what I would have done without Misty on babysitting duty.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

getting settled

I finally have most of our boxes unpacked. Whew. That was a lot of work.

The move went smoothly.  We had great movers, who were polite and helpful and quick (especially considering they charge by the hour!).

Our renters moved into our old house the next day.  They are so sweet, and we can tell they will really take care of our house.  Lucky to have found them.

On our first night here, Jeff put up a fence in our side yard. That way the dogs have a safe place to go out and zoom around until the whole yard is fenced.  Chewy has already found some stuff to chew on.
"My name is Chewy, isn't it?"

Oreo has adapted amazingly well. He was playing with his ball within the first few hours.  He only hid in the bathroom when the cable guy came, no surprise there.
Every day, we have hiked the ridge trail behind our house.  It is such a great way to start our day.

Now, the remodeling and painting begin.  Oh yea, and I have to go back to work on Tuesday!  That might actually seem relaxing.

Here are the dogs giving you a "tour" of our hallway.  I think we should set up some bowling pins!  Could be a fun way to pass the time in the winter.