It turned out to be a good training exercise and got all four dogs playing. Our next step is to have Cosi on the mat during class while the other dogs are running. The goal is mat=calm. Rest here until it's your turn to play. Here's a picture of Mike working his teeter 2o2o position. What a good boy!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This wonderful dog
And the chance to play.
That is my agility prayer, but it is also appropriate on Thanksgiving.
Thanks for Brisco and his sweet ways, how he guards us all, and how he wags his stumpy little tail when he sees me.
Thanks for Miss Jenny and her constant need to have attention, reminding me to slow down, pet her, and relax.
Thank you for sweet little Mike who wants so much to herd the ducks at the pond.
Thank you for my daring, brave Cosi who will attempt any game. He finds the joy in life and reminds me to do the same.
Thanks for my support team at home who facilitate me playing my favorite game: agility.
Thanks for a loving husband who cheers me on when we win and hugs me when we "lose."
Thanks for my agility buddies, breeders, and classmates who understand the intense love we feel for our dogs and how that translates into happiness.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Cosi and I are sleeping in style with plenty of space above the cab.
Cosi and Deemer were playing with the toys. Who has them *all* now?
Cosi's favorite space was under the table. It was such a Sheltie thing to do!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Now Cosi, his brother, and his daddy (Riot) will all be competing in the 16" class at AKC events. How exciting! Let's make it a RyLadd finish--1, 2, 3!
Friday, November 12, 2010
On the way to work this morning I pulled up behind a Mini Cooper. I call these "clown cars" because they look like the little cars in a circus where the door opens and 10 clowns come pouring out. The license plate on this car was ACTUL SZ--actual size. How funny is that?!
My friend Shirley has poodles that do quite well in agilty. Hers is the best agility plate I've seen. It's PQQDLES. See the double Q? Love it!
What's my license plate? Why it's CLN RUN--clean run--of course.
Have you seen any good vanity plates lately?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I was driving home from work, got off the freeway, and ended up behind an old, beat-up pickup truck. From the smell of its exhaust, I'm guessing it was burning oil as well as gas. We headed into a series of traffic lights, and I noticed he was bothering with something on the front seat. Then I saw a pair of ears sticking up from the front seat. I thought, "Oh. A dog." Wrong. It was a calf! Apparently the calf was having none of this stay-on-the-floorboard stuff and was struggling to get out of the vehicle. The driver was attempting to stick his fingers in the calf's mouth to soothe it, I guess, but nothing was working. As I turned right and he continued straight, I prayed he got to the farm without going off the road or hitting something.
Are there any statistics about drivers and calves causing accidents?! LOL
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Cosi as a puppy.
Last night in class I heard that a member of our agility club got a Sealy puppy. Anna's talking about getting a Whippet puppy. A co-worker got a Labradoodle puppy. Geez! Is it in the water, or what?! There seems to be a rash of people getting puppies.
Who can resist the sweet faces--no matter what the breed--and that smell of milk breath? We all know that the cutest puppies are Shelties with those rounded muzzles and almond-shaped eyes. I got all of my dogs except Cosi as puppies. Jenny was the oldest puppy at 4 months. Cosi was a year and a half when he came to us. Having gone through the potty training, the chewing, the socialization at the right time, I'd now take an older dog any day. Yes, there is something about the "blank slate" of a puppy; some older dogs come with "baggage." Cosi was, by far, the easiest dog I've ever raised. I know a lot of factors go into that (his breeder obviously did an excellent job with him), but he was already housebroken and knew some basic manners. It was just getting him into our routine and bonded with me that was our focus for the first six months.
Best of luck to all you new puppy owners. I'm available for puppy holding and cooing...but I don't think I'll be getting a puppy anytime soon. =:O)