April 9th 2013 6:40 am
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Last night when mom and Chloe got home from their visit at Country Meadows we went for a long walk. It was beautiful out and I was loving every minute of it! Mom walks fast cause she's trying to lose weight, but I keep up with her really well, but Chloe she sometimes falls behind when we walk too long. Mom said I'm really good at staying close enough and not bothering when other people walk by. She lets us walk off leash as long as we behave and we always do! And guess what else I do? I walk across the sewe grates in the street! Mom said that is great cause most dogs won't do that. She was working with me to do this cause you never know what kind of surface I may have to walk on when I'm searching for someone. She was very proud of me:)
Well, that's about all for now. I know mom downloaded some of my videos from searching, but not sure when she'll get them posted. I'll try to let you know when she does.
April 8th 2013 5:48 am
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Finally! We went to visit Ali, Jan and Emilie with mom and dad this past weekend and we had a good time:)
We didn't get there until later Friday so we didn't get to do much Friday. Mom did throw the frisbee for us after Emilie went to bed (she goes to bed with it's still light outside) and got us all set up for the night. We had to stay in the basement cause Jan is afraid of us and so we don't get hair all in the house. I guess I can understand that since we do shed so much and with Emilie still being on the floor playing a lot, don't want to get hair everywhere. The basement was big and heated so it wasn't too bad. Mom brought my crate for me and Chloe's bed for her. The only problem was I wanted mom or dad with us so I would bark. That didn't last long though cause dad came down and made it VERY clear that barks was NOT allowed. Needless to say, I didn't bark anymore except when I had to go potty and when I heard Emilie scream or cry in the middle of the night. I wanted to be sure someone went to help her. Mom said she was just dreaming and everything was okay. Mom did end up coming downstairs in the early morning cause she didn't want me barking when I heard Emilie and Jan upstairs since Emilie gets up so early. Mom curled up in the dogbed and I hopped right in there with her and we both finally slept. I say finally cause I didn't sleep much before that cause of being in a strange place.
After breakfast on Saturday everyone went to some place where Emilie can play with a bunch of stuff. Of course I barked for a while, but the only answer I had was from Dolce' who came to see what all the noise was about. Dolce' is their cat and he's kind of cool. I think he wanted to play with us, but he was just a little unsure. I would have played with him cause I like kitties:) Anyway, when mom got back she played frisbee for a while with us then she took a nap. Understandably since she didn't get much sleep Friday. Later in the evening everyone came out while Jan and dad grilled. We played with mom and Emilie a little. Emilie kept wanting my ball, but I wouldn't let her have it. Mom said I was very good with Emilie cause I never once curled my lip at her. Trust me, I know better than that! Mom took some pix so you'll have to check them out when she gets them posted later this week. After dinner and everyone got showed, mom came downstairs with us. Ali put an air mattress downstairs so mom could sleep with us. Mom said she needed sleep and the only way she would get it is if she was with us cause she knew we wouldn't bark then. She's a smart person and 100% correct! I was glad mom slept with us cause I did sleep not worrying about where mom was or any of the noises I heard the night before.
Sunday was a big day for me. Mom, Chloe and I all left early. When mom put me in my crate I knew we were headed to search training. This day was better than most cause there were just two of us air scent dogs which meant more time working. Mom said I did pawsome! My first search was in the woods. It took me a little time to find them, but I did and mom said I did it really well. My second search was the hardest I've ever had. It was a huge area in really thick brush and on a trail. When I started I caught the scent from the field, but wasn't sure how to get into the thick stuff. I never worked in anything this thick before. We went back and forth in the field a little then when I gave mom an indication where I thought someone was, we headed into the thick stuff. This is where I wasn't quite that good. Mom had to blaze the trail through and I followed her. Yeah, I know, I'm the search dog so I should be out ahead. It was really hard for me cause I have longer hair and I kept getting caught in briars and I couldn't really smell anyone cause it was that thick there was no scent moving around. Mom finally had the subject say my name and I did find him and mom said she was proud how hard I tried.
We got out of the thick stuff, but I still had 2 more people to find in this area. This was also my first time searching for multiple subjects in an area. I have to admit after treading through the thick stuff, I was tired, but I knew I had a job to do so I continued on. It didn't take me too long to find the second person. She wasn't that far in the thick stuff so it was easier to find her. After rescuing her, I had one more person. At first I walked passed her, but that's cause of the way the wind was blowing. On our second sweep through, I found her and finally completed my task. Mom said she was VERY proud of me cause I didn't stop working even after the first find which was really hard.
My last search mom said was my best. It was an open field so I took off like a shot when she started me. I picked up a scent right away and although I did run passed the subject (again because of the way the wind was blowin), mom said it was awesome to watch me whip around when I caught the scent. The subject was under a camo tarp so I wouldn't see him and I hesitated only for a second (you know me, always cautious), but when I realized it was a person, I went straigt to mom and told her I found someone. Mom said that was my best recall/refind ever! I could tell how happy she was with me:)
Mom said she was very, very pleased and proud how well I did with this training session. She said my recall/refind was much better and I engaged with my subjects much more and wasn't worried about where mom was so much. I could tell how happy she was:) I know mom took some video of me searching so you'll have to keep your eye on my page for it.
When we got home mom gave us a bath. I did NOT want to get one and tried to get away from her, but I knew I needed one cause of all the thick stuff I was in. Even though I didn't want one, I did feel better after it was done. Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to crash either. Mom had a pix of me and Chloe sleeping on the loveseat and we are sound aslept.
So as you can see, I had a pretty good weekend. I wish all my training sessions were like that cause I got much more time and the subjects really engaged me which makes all the difference in the word. I'm not sure what I'm doing this week. I know it's Chloe's turn to Country Meadows so I'll be chilling at home with dad, which is okay with me cause I can catch up from my weekend. I do know we're suppose to have pretty nice weather, at least that's what mom told us, so maybe we'll get to go for some walks and maybe a trip to the barn. Whatever I do, you know I'll keep you posted. Until then, have fun and stay safe! Echo out!
April 4th 2013 9:21 am
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I was not a happy camper last night. Mom came home from work, took us outside for like 15 minutes to throw frisbee, then I was back in my crate and mom and Chloe left. They were going to Manor Care and I know it was Chloe's turn, but I was in my crate all day while mom was at work and then again for a few hours when they were gone. You would think mom would have taken me instead. I know she felt bad cause she gave me extra treats so I tried not to make it worse by barking when she was leaving. I know, fair is fair and it's my fault I'm still in the crate cause I'll chew up things if I'm not.
I have been having some fun in the mornings this week. those darn ducks are back on the pool cover in the morning. When we go out to potty, sometimes they are already there or they come while we're out doing our business or playing. I can't believe they are that brave to come when we are out there, but they do. Probably because they know, after two years, that I can't jump in after them cause I might drown. I got news for those ducks, mom and I have a plan now and I'm gonna get them eventually. I watch them and circle the pool until mom comes out. Then she'll tell me which side to go on and I'll go while she gets on the other side. When she says go, I run and bark at the ducks and mom throws her hands in the air. This makes the ducks fly but because I'm so good at reading which way they're going to take off, I get really close to catching them and I'm right on their tail feathers and I even jumped at the male this morning and almost caught him. One of these days I'm gonna get him! Don't worry, I won't hurt him, but maybe it would teach him a lesson and he will stop coming to our pool and making it messy.
Anyway, that's the fun I get to have every morning and I love it! Tonight dad is coming back home and I'll be happy to see him. I won't have to be on high alert now. I know I have search training on Sunday and it is suppose to be nice for a change. Other than that, I have no clue what we're doing. I hope if all my pals have good weather this weekend too that you get to be outside and enjoy it. Maybe we will finally have spring arriving!
April 1st 2013 12:49 pm
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Let me tell you about what I've been up to since my last post.
Dad had surgery on Thursday. Mom and dad left early in the morning and never got home until dinner time. Mom said the surgery ran like 2-3 hours behind schedule so poor dad had to lay in that uncomfortable bed all that time. But at least everything went well and he is home recovering as I post. I've been on my bestest behavior cause I don't want to make him mad. When he first got home he was pretty grumpy, but I understand that cause I know when I don't feel good I get grumpy too.
Friday mom and I went to search training. It was just a small group of us. I did a runaway and two other searches. Mom said I did really well engaging with the subjects this time and that my recall/refind was much, much better. In fact, on my last search my subject didn't have my treats ready, but after I found him, I still went back and got mom. She said that was wonderful!! I did really well ranging on the first one scenerio, however, I wouldn't range on the second one at all. Mom had to reset me and then I finally went out and found my person in no time. Mom can't figure it out why I do so well on the first one, but not the second. I can tell you why, cause I get bored waiting all that time til it's my turn and after I do it once, I figure, why do it again, I already found the person. Mom said we'll have to work on that.
Saturday the only thing we did was go for a walk. It was a nice walk, but a windy one. Mom wanted to walk longer, but it was really hard to walk against the wind. When we got back, she did wash her car cause even though it was windy, it was pretty warm. Me, I just chilled with Chloe and watched mom.
Sunday was Easter and we really didn't to much. Grandma came to visit and I was happy to see her. So happy I peed on her shoes... sorry Grandma! It was a rainy day so it's not like we could have done anything outside. I did sleep with mom a little on the loveseat while her and dad watched a movie. Oh yeah, I did get to watch the end of 101 Dalmations (the live version). I love that movie!
I don't think we have much going on this week. It's Chloe's turn to go to Manor Care so that leaves me out. I think I have search training on Sunday so I hope it's nice. I'll try to do better for mom on all the scenerios.
So that's about all that's been going on. I hope everyone had a good Easter and thanks to all my pals for all the wonderful gifts you sent me... I love them!
March 25th 2013 9:50 am
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Yep, I was right, mom and dad went away this past weekend and didn't take us with them. I know they wanted to, but the place they were staying didn't allow dogs. That's a dumb rule in my opinion.
Anyway, I spent the weekend with Nan and Pop Waple and I had a good time. I got to stay out of my crate the entire time except for bedtime. I hung out with Nan watching TV whenever Pop went down to the basement cause I wasn't keen on those steps. (I finally went down them Sunday when mom came to pick me up and had me go down them). But when Pop was upstairs I hung with him a lot. He looks almost exactly like daddy cept older. He took me for a couple walks which was lots of fun. Dad's nephew Matt came over Saturday and he took me for a walk too:) This was the first time I spent an entire weekend away from home and without mom and dad and I was okay with it, but I didn't eat while they were gone. I did eat my treats, but that was all. One time I went to jump at the TV cause there were dogs on and Nan said "Don't you dare!" I knew she meant business so I didn't jump so she wouldn't get mad.
Mom and dad picked me up Sunday afternoon and I was VERY happy to see them!! I missed them sooooo much! I was happy staying with Nan and Pop but it's not like being with my mom and dad. After they picked me up we went and picked up Chloe at Brett's and I was happy to see her too. When we got home I ate an entire bowl of food then crashed hard.
There's not much going on this week. Dad has his hernia surgery Thursday so we're home this weekend. I'm hoping mom takes us for walks and maybe even to the barn. In case I don't post again before Sunday, I want to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER!
March 22nd 2013 7:38 am
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Well, the results are in.... my UTI is gone! Mom was really happy to hear that and so was I. I have been feeling better and haven't had any accidents in over a week. Now let's hope it stays that way!
Last night mom and I went for a visit at Manor Care. Mom said I did excellent! I was a little wound up at first cause the PT lady got me all excited when I first got there. But mom said I did a really good job reeling in my excitement so I wouldn't upset my residents. Everyone was really happy to see me and I was happy to see them:) Ms. Sarah wasn't feeling good when we first went in her room, but by the time we left, I had her laughing and smiling. It's times like those that make me very happy about what I do:)
I think something is up. Mom was packing overnight bags for me and Chloe last night. I can't be sure, but I don't think we're going with mom and dad to the mountains. Now that doesn't mean we're not going somewhere else with them and we need the bags, but it's been so long since we weren't allowed to go anywhere with mom and dad that I just can't tell for sure. One thing is certain, once I find out what's going on, I'll tell you!
March 21st 2013 11:45 am
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So can you believe out of all the pix mom has of me, we don't have one Easter picture? Mom promises that she will take one next week and post it. But for now you get to see an "AWE" moment with me and Emilie from last summer. I love my Emi!
Not a whole lot has been going on. Mom took us for a walk last night and I enjoyed it, even though it was really windy. Heck, a few times I had a hard time walking cause the wind blew me so hard. But I'm full of muscles so I was able to fight back!
Mom said tonight we're going to Manor Care cause it's my turn. Other than that, I don't know of anything else that's happening. I don't know if mom will have time to post tomorrow, but if not, I'll tell you all about my visit as soon as I can. Have a good one!
March 18th 2013 6:18 am
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All I have to say about my weekend is ... Ridge Runners Beware! I'll tell you why I say that when I get to Saturday.
Friday we went to the mountains and Friday was fun. The weather was nice and we went for a long Bota ride. Chloe and I always ride in the back to the top then we get out and run around and play. We were in the mountains for like over an hour and it was SOOOO much fun! I saw a squirrel and chased him up a tree. Mom thought it was hilarious that I stood on my hind legs and tried to climb after it. Of course, she didn't bring her camera along. We even went across the street this time and we haven't done that for a while. It was a lot of fun.
Now about Saturday. Other than crappy weather, it didn't start out too bad. Dad got up early and went somewhere and when mom got up we all just chilled and watched TV. Daddy got back and we were all chilling until at 11am... it began! The first of the Ridge Runners started showing up and at one point there were like 5 of them there. Usually not a problem because they stayed like an hour and leave. Not this time. I guess cause the weather was crappy and they had nothing else to do they just sat there talking and drinking. Okay, you still don't see a problem? Okay, what if I tell you they talk like they're at a rock concert? Yep, they are sooooo loud that even I can't take it and I go in the back room. It's still loud, but not as bad. Needless to say, mom was NOT happy about this. The louder they got, the louder the TV got. Mom was trying to make a point, but they weren't getting it. Finally, like around 430pm they left and so did dad. He went somewhere with Randy and I know mom wasn't happy about that either. We were suppose to go for a ride and then mom and dad were going to get a burger somewhere, well none of that ever happened. Dad never got back for like 2 hours or something and mom was seething. They got into a big argument that carried into the next day. I won't bore you with the details cause I'm pretty sure Chloe already did. All I have to say is RIDGE RUNNERS BEWARE!! Mom is really pissed cause she goes to the cabin to relax and that's kinda hard with how loud they are. So I'm curious to see what happens next time. I can tell you this, Sunday when we were outside Shuey (one of the RR) showed up and mom didn't even let him out of the truck. I don't know what she told him, but he left. Good for you mom! Now maybe we'll be able to go and have a good time at the mountains without all the noise. Randy's okay, he's a good guy and a good friend of mom and dad's, but the rest of them just leach off dad for beer and that's not cool.
So anyway, we left shortly after mom chase Shuey away and it was an uneventful day after that. When we got home we all just chilled. Mom did throw frisbee for us later in the day, but it was getting pretty cold so it wasn't long. We did get to watch the zombie show, mom says it's called The Walking Dead, and I love it! When the zombie try to get people I go crazy cause I want to bite those zombies! We also watched Spartacus and I like when they fight. Yes, I'm a dog that gets all wound up when things are violent, not because I like violence, but because I want to get the bad guys!
I'm not sure what's on tap for the week, but I don't think anything much. Mom did say that we're going to start walking when it's not raining or snowing. She said we all need to get in better shape. I'm down with that... I love to walk! Well, I guess that's all for now. I hope you all had a better weekend than I did. Bark at you later!
March 15th 2013 10:58 am
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Last night mom, grandma, me and Chloe all went to Country Meadows for a visit and let me tell you, I was full of energy! I guess it's cause this week I didn't get to do much outside to burn it off cause the weather hasn't been too cooperative. Anyway, mom said I was pushy with people last night and especially with Chloe. She said neither of us seemed like we wanted to be there. I didn't mind being there cause I like visiting, but I must admit, I was a little unruly cause of my extra energy. I kept pushing Chloe out of the way when people tried to pet her and then when they pet me, I always turned my butt to them cause I wanted them to scratch me. Mom said it's not nice to do that and she said people will scratch me, but I need to let them see my face cause that's what makes them smile. I did settle down a bit, except once in the special area we go. We're all in the same large room and there was a guy there playing the organ. Grandma went to one area with Chloe and me and mom in another. Well, I didn't like the fact that Chloe and I weren't together so I pulled from mom to be with Chloe and I pulled right out of my collar! Mom grabbed me right away, and needless to say she was NOT happy. She didn't yell at me, but I could tell by her face. Then I tried to play the organ and almost knocked it over... bad again. I was happy to get out of that area cause I kept messing up in there. Maybe it's cause it was so loud? All I know is that mom was unhappy with both of us and said if we don't start behaving we won't visit anymore. That would make me sad cause I do like doing that.
I think we're going to the mountains this weekend, but I'm not sure. If we do, I'll tell you all about it. Until then... have a great weekend all!!
March 12th 2013 8:12 am
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This past weekend was a pretty good weekend. Friday mom and Chloe went to Manor Care for a visit, but I stayed home with dad. It was Chloe's turn so I couldn't complain.
Saturday mom did some spring cleaning in the morning, but in the afternoon she took us to the barn with her. She rode Sophie in the arena and on the trail and we got to go both places with her. We went through some really tall grass, way over my head, that I had to walk on my hind legs from time to time to find mom. She thought that was cute:) After we were done at the barn, we went to Home Depot with mom then back home where mom finished cleaning the upstairs.
Sunday was my search and rescue training. I did pretty good on the first search. I found my subject pretty quick and did better on my recall/refind. However, my second search I didn't do well at all. It immediately followed the first one, but I wouldn't range away from mom and my recall/refind wasn't there at all. Don't ask what happened cause I couldn't tell you. I had a pretty long break after those two before my next one. I did pretty good in finding my subject, but when I saw him, he was standing and that kind of got my hair up. I barked at him a few times then when mom said it was okay, I finally went in. I still wasn't too sure of him, but I did my job and mom was proud of me. Mom, Tiff and Erin also worked with me on my crate issue. I don't like when people come to my crate and especially if they try to pet me or open my crate. I growl, roll my lip and sometimes snap at people. Mom said we have to nip that in the bud cause that is not good behavior. So now whenever someone comes to talk to me, mom makes sure they give me a treat so I don't feel threatened. I'm not sure if I'll by that or not, but I'll give it a whirl.
I was really tired from my long day so when we got home, just slept. Yesterday mom had a migraine so I slept with her all day and was all the more happier for it. The good news is that my UTI is getting better and mom didn't make me wear a diaper for two days now and I'm happy about that. Let's keep our paws crossed that the increase in my Proin helps with my potty problem.
Well, that's about all for now. I'm not sure what's on the agenda for this week, but rest assure that if anything exciting happens, I'll tell you all about it. I hope everyone had a good weekend:)
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