Tuesday, May 29, 2012

no tricks....

...but, I did watch Leslie McDevitt's new DVD pattern games.  In the DVD, she goes over 6 different games you can play with your dog to help them focus on you to reduce stress/reactivity.  Good stuff.

Chewy was very interested in the DVD.


Poor Jeff had to wipe a bunch of slobber off his TV.

Chewy had to smell every dog's butt.

Monday, May 28, 2012

mishmash monday

Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.

We did a lot of  ~ watering, tissue shredding, reading (The Shoemaker's Wife), sneezing, putzing, eating, squirrel proofing, hole digging, deer watching, wiping yellow pollen dust off everything, barking, taking 4x the recommended dose of allegra, ball throwing, scratching mosquito bites, drinking coconut/key lime/pineapple hibiscus iced tea, and all that other good long weekend stuff.

Obviously getting a good photo of the dogs together was not checked off my to do list.  Maybe next weekend.

Monday, May 21, 2012

mishmash monday

The dogs decided, on their own, to share a seat. They looked so cute, I wanted to take a picture.

Below is the best I could get, and Oreo looks like he's about ready to claim his throne.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

tricky t-day ~ side step

OK, this isn't a fancy video, but at least it is something!

Oreo's favorite trick in the world is "cross paws".  It is his goto trick.  Since we were at a stand still progressing on other tricks, I decided to do variations on his favorite.

Here he is learning to side step with a cross.  Hoping to teach him to stay with me for multiple steps and circle as well.  Maybe even "criss" the other way instead of cross.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Finally got that tongue hanging sideways photo!
Off to my town's garden club plant sale this morning.  Club members divide their perennials and then sell them as a fund raiser for a school scholarship.  Apparently people line up early and plants go fast, hoping to get some good plants!

What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

tomatoes in heaven

I know I am not alone in saying that our blogging friends, especially those we've blogged with for years, become like family.  There is love, concern, and true friendship.

Today, I lost one of my dearest blog family members, DAD.

Somehow, DAD came across my blog, most likely due to his love of shelties.  He once had a dear sheltie named Scottie.  DAD read my blog, fell in love with Misty and Oreo, and our friendship began.  That friendship spread throughout my family as well.

DAD was most likely the oldest blogger out there.  At 90 somethin', he was still writing a post every day (except Sundays).  His blog is named  http://tomatogardeningwithdad.blogspot.com/ , but believe me, it wasn't all about tomatoes.

Every morning, I'd drink a cup of coffee with DAD.  I'd read his words of wisdom, laugh at some funny stories, and click on some amazing links.

DAD was all about spreading smiles and kindness, reminding us that each day is precious, don't waste it, and to always live for others.

DAD kept things in perspective for all of us.

DAD, you will be missed, but your gentle messages will live on in our hearts.

I do believe there will be a bumper crop of tomatoes in heaven this year.

wordless wednesday

Monday, May 7, 2012

mishmash monday

This photo is plain weird. Chewy looks smaller than normal, and what's up with his ears?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chewy's first trial!

Last night, Chewy had his very first agility trial run.

It was a DOCNA trial and they were running standard and jumpers on Friday night.  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see what Chewy would do in a trial setting.  He's not ready for a standard course yet.  We still have to work on weaves, etc.  DOCNA jumpers is a run with only jumps (no tempting dogwalks looming in the background).

When I saw the course map, I was worried.  I remember beginner DOCNA jumpers courses being long lines of jumps with one turn. This one seemed to have a lot of turns.  I was even more concerned when I walked it. The jumps seemed to be at weird angles, and we had never done a course this long (13 obstacles). 

Chewy and I still haven't ironed out our rear crosses, so I planned on a couple of front.

During our run, I was never able to pull off a front (Chewy was going too fast for me to get ahead of him) or rear cross properly, but Chewy figured it all out. What a good dog.

Chewy Q'ed, despite me saying, "Holy shit you're doing it", at the second to last jump, which almost caused Chewy to miss the jump.

Here's our run:

Thursday, May 3, 2012







Tuesday, May 1, 2012

tricky t-day ~ twirl (kinda)

After many, many weeks of trying to get my dogs  to move forward on new tricks, I decided to switch it up and teach them tricks that are more fun and almost innate.

For example, Chewy has loved to stand on his hind legs since birth.

I decided to add a twirl to that.

Of course, he did it perfectly every time we practiced when the camera was OFF!  As soon as there was pressure to perform, he had no brain.  Or perhaps (more likely), he still doesn't understand what I'masking for. More work to do.

Anyhoo, I thought this video was entertaining, especially when Oreo kept trying to figure out what the trick was too. Oreo isn't a hind leg stander, so I never bothered to teach him.  Maybe I should!


I promise, next week we will have a more polished trick by Oreo!  Hint...it's an alternate version of his favorite trick.