Monday, October 31, 2011

misty monday~relax

Who is the only one that looks relaxed in this photo?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

october snow storm


We do!

We got about 6 inches at our house.   Chewy really seemed to like playing in the white stuff.  Although, he got a bit annoyed when it balled up on his legs. Luckily, it warmed up quick, which cured that problem.

Jeff got to play with his new toy!

This afternoon, we took a walk in the snowy woods.   It wasn't too deep in there, because the trees create a natural canopy.
And of course, Chewy had to bury his head.

Luckily, we, and most other people in our area, didn't lose power. Always a risk when it snows while leaves are still on the trees. Tomorrow, we'll have to put away the shovel, and bring the rake back out!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chewy's First Snow!

OK, I admit, I've been anxiously awaiting Chewy's First Snow! However, I wasn't expecting it to arrive before I put the garden hoses away.

Most of this batch melted during the day, but the weather people say round two is up for tomorrow.  4-8 inches.  Not good when we still have lots of leaves on the trees.  Fingers crossed everyone keeps their power on.

Chewy was loving the snow right away.  He didn't love his jacket, but began to tolerate it once he realized he could MOVE while wearing it. He's too funny.
He LOVES eating the snow.

Now we know what our new house looks like with snow!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

tricky t-day ~ hold
All of our tricks seem to be works in progress right now.  

One trick I have been trying to teach Chewy for awhiel is stackign one bowl into another.  Oreo learned this fast, but he already knew how to pick something up and "hold" it in his mouth.

Chewy had to start from scratch with "hold".  Oreo took FOREVER to learn that concept, and Chewy seems to be following suit.

Also, like Oreo, Chewy tends to back up a few steps while "holding".

I had to replace the bowl with a lighter, smaller object, and I think he is finally getting it.  

My problem is clicking at just the right moment....adding duration, but trying to click before he drops it. 

I am still a work in progress as well!

Here is where Chewy is today:

Once he learns "hold"...the trick possibilities are endless!

Monday, October 24, 2011

misty monday~garden

This video may lull you to sleep, but it was typical backyard behavior for Misty last year at this time.

Take videos of your dogs doing nothing. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, October 21, 2011

color, color, color

The Fall colors are spectacular right now.  My drive to work is stunning.  The mountains look like shag carpet.  All red, orange and yellow.  

Then, the view at home isn't so bad either.  I love going up our driveway, surrounded by colorful trees.

The dogs have REALLY settled into our new house.  I filled up an entire memory card shooting video of them playing one afternoon this week.  Here is just a portion. 

If there were video dictionaries, I think this video would be listed under the word "joy".

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

tricky t-day ~ 8's

Here is a video of Chewy learning to do a figure 8.

Oreo loves this trick so much, and has a hard time letting Chewy have a turn.  He feels the need to cut in and show Chewy how it is done.

I tried putting Oreo in a down, and throwing treats, but eventually, I had to crate him up to give Chewy a fair chance!

You'll see a snippet of our heeling process at the end.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

trick t-day ~ doggie sit ups

One of the tasks in our last lesson from Silvia's class was a strengthening exercise.  You have the dog go up into a "beg" position from a down and then back to a down.  Oreo is getting good at it.  Silvia said it was ok to use a lure for this trick.

Chewy...well, he's still learning "beg".  I think he finally is getting old enough to do beg without falling over.   Now, I have to increase the duration.

Actually, I need to teach him how to "sit", rather than offer me all his other moves.  Now that would be a trick.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

two reasons...

...why it takes me so long to change the sheets.  Yes, Oreo has been teaching Chewy that bed making time, is funtime!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

tricky t-day~hiatus

Trick videos have kind of fallen off the wagon lately. I still have to video all of our lesson 6 stuff for Silvia's class too. Moving and going back to work have not helped!

I'll get back on track soon. Right now, I want to make sure Chewy gets plenty of exercise, and Oreo gets lots of playtime.  Tricks videos can wait. 

Monday, October 3, 2011


Today, instead of Misty, we will be remembering my sister's husband, Alan. Hard to believe it has been two years, although if you look at how much his sons have grown, the time passage is obvious.

Alan would be so proud of his two boys.  I know he would also be proud of how well my sister is able to juggle everything on a daily basis, as she does everything to make sure their kids are ok.

Alan's love for sports certainly is embeded in both these kids' genes!  Along with his intelligence and wit.

Hugs to Marybeth, Theo and Miles, as well as Alan's mom, dad, sister, and brother.