September, 2012

  1. Holmes and His Very Own Boy

    September 22, 2012 by myeye

    To hold everyone over until we have Agility results, here is the cute couple:  Holmes and Oliver walking home from school.  Holmes goes with Anne every day to fetch Oliver from school.

  2. Another Sticker

    September 19, 2012 by myeye

    Well, this one is non-political.  Xena is the ebay seller that made the Cardigans for Obama window sticker.  As a surprise she added this one to my envelope.  The one venue in which we use this phrase ALL the time is tracking.  So remember to trust your dog!

  3. Nothing More To Say

    September 19, 2012 by myeye

  4. Weekend Round-up September 15th

    September 17, 2012 by myeye

    The Chase/Scout kids headed home to Chattanooga this weekend with splendid results.  At the Chattanooga Dog Show Lowri (GCH Mockingbird Elyan Magic Moment HSAd HSBd) was Best of Breed both days and was pulled in the Group on Saturday.  Litter brother Tommy (CH Mockingbird It’s The Magic in Me} was Select on Saturday and Best Opposite Sex on Sunday.  Mama Scout (GCH Jean Louise Finch HT RN CA ROMb) was Select both days.  On Saturday there was a puppy match where Baby Dinah (Chase/Keina daughter McCombs Black Dinah) won the Herding Group.  At the nearby Lure Coursing field, Ginger (CH Mockingbird-Wyncrest’s I believe In Magic) ran like the wind and earned all three legs of  her CA (Coursing Ability Title).  Sister Sally (CH Mockingbird Practical Magic) earned the first leg of her CA.  Go, Ocho!

    At home Chase and I worked on weave poles.  Naughty Nola wanted to be in on the act.  Since I have guides on a set of 6 poles, it was a piece of cake for Nola to zoom through and arrive at my front asking for treats.  Now who could resist that red dog smiley face?  Time to sign her up for Agility Prep.  Chase is understanding the dumbbell and yesterday he carried it across the living room while heeling with me.  I’m thinking May for the try for his CDX.

    This month the Smooch (Elyan The Evening Echo of C-Myste HT RN BN) will be trialing in Obedience and (I think) more Agility.  Chase has his Agility debut next weekend.  Lowri will be off to more shows the end of the month, and Baby Dinah  will make her grown-up show debut.

    I am so very proud of the Gramdkids.

  5. The Baddogs, Agility, and Liver Lips

    September 15, 2012 by myeye

    I’m sure I’ve talked about LiverLips before.  Tracy Hill up in Washington State makes them herself and the Baddogs love them.  They are little squares of baked liver.  Because they are dry, they don’t slime your pockets nor make your hands stink.  Every instructor I’ve ever had sort of poo poos them because they are not a soft treat, but my dogs would rob a bank to get some.

    Chase is entered in his first agility trials next weekend.  He knows all the obstacles except — well — we are not yet fantastic on the weave poles.  So, we’re working on them.  I have a set of six set up in the back yard.  I used poultry netting as guides.  Chase went through them with guides at warp speed — at the end, he gets a LiverLip or two for being such a good boy.  Today when we returned from herding, I ran him through the poles a couple of times and rewarded him.

    What’s that coming through the poles?  It’s Naughty Nola, and she’s coming fast, right to me and awaiting her LiverLip treat.  So I ran her through a couple more times and treated her and told her she was a brilliant girl.  I then unfastened the guide from one pole, put Chase on a long lead, and told him to weave.  As I sent him, I threw the Cleartainer containing the treats to the end of the poles.  When Chase reached the “no longer guided” pole he paused and looked at it then ducked behind it as he should have.  YAY, Chase!  Liver Lips for you!  I took him through a second time, threw the Cleartainer — but this time he tried to skip the unguided pole.  I put enough pressure on the lead that he couldn’t go past the offending pole.  I could hear his brain working, and then he ducked behind the pole.  YAY, Chase!  Good Man!  LiverLips for you.  In the meantime, Naughty Nola was cavorting around the weave pole set begging for treats.  I put her on the long lead, threw the Cleartainer and told her to weave.  She flew through the poles, weaving as she should.  Lots of LiverLips for our little red girl.  I guess she needs to be signed up for an Agility class.

    Even Old Inca Dink made it into this photo — because there is really good stuff at the end of the weave poles!