Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone peace in the New Year.

This is where I find my peace (although I would have preferred quiet, powdery snow):

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

tricky t-day~shredding

Chewy thinks this is the best trick..

He's just like a kid...the wrapping paper, tags, and boxes are way more fun than the toy.

Monday, December 26, 2011

misty monday ~ ice storm

Misty survived the historic ice storm of 2008, which shut down school, and left us without power for 3 days, my parents without for 5 days!

Here is Misty taking our trashed backyard all in.

branches that hadn't broken off were hanging VERY low

It did look quite beautiful.

Notice fallen tree in background.

Misty didn't care that we didn't have power.  

eventually, the sun came out....

... and our power came back on.

My parents, on the other hand, had to wait a couple more days for their power.  So, they stayed with us.
Misty thought that was the best part of the ice storm.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all our friends and family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Heri Za Kwanzaa, or whatever floats your boat.

May you find love, joy, and enough money left in your wallet to pay your internet bill in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

tricky t-day ~ conehead tricks

Well, I was hoping to have a trick mastered by this week.

Alas, we've mastered nothing.  I'm blaming it on the neutering, painting and holiday baking.

So here are some videos of tricks we have yet to master.  Obviously, I haven't mastered cleaning my living room either!

OK, I could have taken the cone off to work on tricks, but it wouldn't have been as amusing. The cone seemed to make Chewy even nuttier about doing tricks. Here is an unedited video of us working on raising diagonal legs (one front, one back opposite sides). It is hard to see him lifting his back leg, but if you check out the floor you'll see only one leg down. We are also working on "bow".
If you're interested, here is the video I submitted of Oreo to Sylvia. It shows Oreo's diagonal legs, and our beginning attempts at "penguin" (where the dog is in a beg position, but steps forward). The penguin is hard for Oreo, because he is so serious about his beg position. We're getting about one step now and again, with me moving the treat to the side.
Here is Silvia's response to our video: Cool, you are sure getting lots of movement in a sit up now! Maybe it’s time to try it on normal floor now, might be easier to get a real step there. He seems to understand it’s about hind feet by now, so going to the normal floor might make the continuation easier. Great diagonal too, you are doing a great job seeing the two legs up with all that fur! Time to start working on duration. Very nice 4on too, you can make it even higher!

She's too kind.

Monday, December 19, 2011

misty monday~bones

Misty says, "Hey!  You little brat!  I'm in the middle of chewing on that bone."

"OK, since you're only a baby, I'll let you have that one.  I'm sure there's another one around here somewhere.  MOM!!!!!"

"Don't even think about taking this one you spoiled rotten brat!"

"Good boy.  I may let you be my friend if you stop stealing my stuff."

"Hey pal, aren't these yummy?"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ball holder

Chewy loves his new ball holder.

quick update!

Chewy did great at his neutering surgery.  He was up and walking the minute he hit the recovery room.  He even got a Certificate of Bravery!

Gee, they never gave Oreo one of those!

Painters were back yesterday.  This time, they actually had to go into the room where Oreo was crated (we were not anticipating that).

Again, Oreo did super. After I got home, I had Oreo out of his crate when one of the painters came in the room, and Oreo simply stood there watching him.  Usually, Oreo would run into the nearest corner and cower.  Of course, I was throwing him treats, but still.

Maybe I will make Oreo his own certificate of bravery, because he certainly deserves it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

wordless wednesday (not!)

Someone had to get neutered today!  I was trying to hold out until Chewy was at least 12 months, since the new research indicates it is beneficial to hang onto those hormones until the growth plates are closed.  

Made it to nine months, but I couldn't let this go on any longer!

Wish me luck keeping Chewy "quiet" during recovery.  There will be none of this.....
....for a few days.  Ugh.  Who is going to wear Oreo out?

Yes, we have some snow!

We had painters at our house all day yesterday while we were at work.  I put Oreo and Chewy in crates in our bedroom before they arrived.  Gave Oreo a moderate dose of xanax, and hoped he didn't spend the day a complete wreck.

I expected to come to a basket case of a dog, but Oreo seemed almost normal.   Came right out of his crate, went on a relaxed walk, played ball and I didn't have to click/treat him all the way to the living room after the scary men left.  Pretty cool.  I felt as though we made some progress.  A few months ago, it would have taken hours for him to come out of his safe place.

Monday, December 12, 2011

tricky t-day ~ hup

One of the tricks we are working on for Silvia's class is the prerequisite steps for the 'jumping up on my feet trick' (where I'm lying on my back, feet in the air, and the dog will jump and stand on my feet).  I've always wanted to try this trick, and have seen it taught many ways.

We are training it by having the dog jump on higher/narrower/less stable objects gradually.

After a week, this is our result.  I find it amazing that dogs can jump up on objects way higher than their heads. I know I couldn't do that, even with a running start.  Could you?

I'm anxious to see what Silvia says about putting their front paws on the box first. She may want them jumping straight up.

Hoping to have another one of our tricks mastered by next week.  We'll see.

misty monday ~ leg kicks

Here is a compliation of Misty learning to be a rockett.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

tricky t-day ~ skater boy

At one time, I had quite the obsession with skater boys.

Now, I'm trying to relive those days through my dogs!

This trick is a work in progress.  Neither Oreo nor Chewy are truly "skating", but I feel as though Oreo is sooooo close.  Chewy is also on his way, but would make more progress if he didn't keep offering me all his tricks.  Secretly, I love when he does that, because I know he is trying to figure out what I want, because what do all teachers want?  We want everyone to try their best.
Got our first trick list for Silvia's advanced tricks class yesterday!  One trick we are well on our way to achieving.  One should be doable.  The third, well, I think we will need Silvia's help.  Fun stuff though! Oreo was very excited to start doing some new stuff.

Monday, December 5, 2011

misty monday~snow

One of my all time favorite photos of Misty. I love the way she is gazing up at the falling snow. She loved being outside in the winter.

Misty says, "Ahhhh, life is good."