Monday, July 30, 2012

mishmash monday

Today, it's not the photos that are mishmash, but the flowers!

In the spring, I planted two varieties of sunflower seeds on the hill we see from our living room.

The deer visited, thought the seedlings were yummy, and destroyed more than half by beheading them like a guillotine.
(It's a boy!)

Luckily, some tree guard spray saved the last dozen or so.

The seed package said one variety would grow 4-5 feet tall.  Here they are.  Huge right?

Here is the mishmash part of this post:
Chewy and Oreo are 15 inch tall dogs.

Why does it seem like the dogs AND the flowers are laughing at me?

Chewy says, "Mommy you shrunk the sunflowers!"

I didn't get out a measuring tape, but I'm guessing they aren't even 2 feet!  I think they were blooming for days before I even noticed them.  I have to get binoculars out to see them from the living room window, because all I see are little yellow dots.

Oh well, they still look pretty (when you get close), and the "mammoth" variety behind them have yet to bloom. They are supposed to be 9-12 feet tall.  I'll be lucky if they reach a yard.

Better do some research before planting next year.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

tricky t-day ~ targeting stuff

Well, these aren't exactly new tricks.

I joined a training group on facebook, and this month we are working on "targeting" tricks.  Some dogs are beginners and are doing stuff like pressing the easy button.

That's one we covered and mastered many moons ago.

I decided to revisit some tricks that we worked on in Silvia's trick class, but never quite mastered.

Alas, we still haven't mastered them!

Anyway, here is Oreo still working on limp on 2 legs, and Chewy learning how to do Oreo's "flip/flop" trick, where the dog puts their paws on your feet and walks with you.

Chewy doesn't get that in order to walk, it helps to stand up!  He ends up dragging his butt on the ground like a seal.  Maybe we can make that a trick?
We went to see Oreo's behaviorist this weekend, and she gave me A LOT of homework to do.  Not sure if I'll have treats left over for tricks for the next few months.

Chewy came to the appointment, and the doctor loved him so much she asked for his pedigree (she's thinking about getting a sheltie).

Gee, I wonder why she never asked for Oreo's?  Oh, maybe because he wouldn't come out from under the chair!  Silly boy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

tricky t-day ~ 12 poles

Well, we started our weave pole trick in January, and two weeks ago, Chewy did 12 poles for the first time!

I thought I'd show a little compilation to show just how far we've come.  When I look back at where we started, it seems miraculous that Chewy learned to weave as well as he did.  Teaching someone how to simplify radical expressions is much easier than training a dog to weave independently without luring.

weavecomp from Sara on Vimeo.

We still have work to do.  In classes, he often runs right past the poles, as if he didn't even see them, or is focused on the next obstacle ahead.

When I first showed him 12 poles, he kept running past the first 6 poles and weaved the last six.  Apparently, Chewy knows how to count.

Weird entries still need to be worked out too. Given he is still such a baby dog, I'm thrilled with his independence thus far, and he really knows his job with very little babysitting on my part.  If he gets the first pole, he's pretty consistent on finishing.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Misty Monday

Yes, you read it correctly....Misty Monday.

One of our agility friends is a wonderful photographer, and I was perusing her online albums on Sunday.  I was so excited when I found a photo of Misty from 2009!

I never knew she had this photo.  Those of you who have lost dogs (and people for that matter) know how much we treasure photos of our deceased pets.  You always wish, "if only I had taken more photos/videos".  To come across a bonus photo was a real treat.

The focus of the photo is more on Oreo than Misty, but that's ok.

I ordered a copy, but you can take a peek here:!i=1259110091&k=Sj9TJLh

Thursday, July 12, 2012

baby hummingbird

I saw this video on facebook, and thought many of you would enjoy watching this baby hummingbird being hand raised.  The link on youtube states that the bird was set free successfully into the wild, migrated, and returned the next year.

The man also fed the hummingbird insects, as well as taught the bird how to catch insects while flying.  Pretty cool.

Catching sight of a hummingbird is always a special treat, but teaching one has got to be incredible.

Jeff had an almost too close encounter with a hummer the other day.  Scared the crap out of him when it flew right next to his head.  I wasn't surprised...Jeff is a redhead!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

tricky t-day ~ balance pods

Yes, after a very long hiatus, we are back with something.  It's not really a trick, more of a strengthening/hind end awareness exercise, but I'm teaching it as a trick.

I have four small balance pods, and I am shaping the dogs to put all four paws on the pods.  I don't really care if they use all four pods, as long as all 4 feet are on a pod.  You'll see that Chewy prefers to use three,while Oreo uses 3 or 4 pods.

This was our third session with the pods.  In the end, I would like to move all the pods together and eventually get down to one pod, with all 4 paws on at the same time.  Oreo caught on a bit faster than Chewy, but Chewy is very close.

I really thought this was going to be an easy thing to teach, but it is harder than it looks.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

wordless wednesday

(I'm gonna need a ladder to harvest these tomatoes)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

indoor exercise

Looking for a way to exercise your pet inside during the dog days of summer? Try this:

slotcar 0 from Sara on Vimeo.

Monday, July 2, 2012

and here is July...







Had the hardest time getting a photo yesterday.  I think this was the first time I didn't have an overcast sky on the first.  I tried all day, but little luck getting a good photo.  Oh well.  Not much change from last month, just taller brush.