July 31st 2011 6:04 am
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Wow, have we ever had a big month! After that horrible human holiday with all them booms, Momma packed us up in the car, and we rode all day.
We went to this really cool place called 4 Paws Kingdom. We slept in a cabin, and they had all these different dog parks where we didn't have to wear leashes, and each one had different things to smell and do: ponds and streams and woods, and even an agility field. Mom promises we're going back when we can stay longer.
After three days, we got in the car again, and went to see our former foster brother Reece and his family. Going to visit Reece's pawrents is nothing like going to Nanna's - we got to get on whatever furniture we wanted, and Reece's pawrents gave us lots of pats and rubs and said how good we were.
While we were there, we did agility, too. The first two days, we had a lot of fun, but I didn't get (what according to Mom) were easy Gambles, I mean, why do two jumps away from your Mom when you can just do a tunnel?
The third day Momma said the Gamble was hard. She seemed sad and said "No MAD this weekend". Well, we got out there and had a look, and it was just what we work on at home all the time: straight into the weaves while Momma stays put. I did it, and I looked back and Mommma was standing there looking shocked. I started back to her and she yelled "OUT, OUT, OUT" so I looked and there was one more jump out there, so I sailed over it, and Momma screamed so loud they probably heard her back in Nashville. Next thing I know, she's walking around with a ribbon taller than me, calling me a MAD dog.
I guess three days was enough 'gility for her, 'cause the next day we went out on the boat instead. Momma made us wear life jackets, and it felt funny. Reece loves to swim, but I tried it and decided it wasn't for me.
The day after that, we drove back to Nashville.
Momma went back to going to work like always. Diamond the twerp and Dubby got adopted. It's been hot, hot, hot. We've been wearing t-shirts with Miss Anna's stickers on them when going to the park and on walks, so that Miss Anna can keep being our Metro Council person - Momma says it's real important. Momma says she found us a team for Nationals and one of the humans has a Schnauzer, though it's her other dog that's going to be my teammate.
Well, off to do my 'gility practice - we had a boom storm yesterday, and it's not quite as hot today.
Bark atcha later,
June 14th 2011 5:33 am
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We had a 'gility trial this weekend, and Momma signed me up for Dog Agility Masters (DAM, but Momma says it's not a bad word)team. She didn't choose who she wanted us to run with, but our friend Marianne put us with two other good people and dogs: our buddy Z who we got a Pairs leg with and a pretty red border collie named Trendi from Florida.
There were 5 runs to do for it. Z's Mom Miss Terry and Trendi's mom Neta were super nice to Mom and kept her from being nervous, which she says helped a whole lot.
Momma says we didn't do anything fantastic, but we didn't totally bomb on any one thing either. Z and his Mom were awesome, and ended up being the #1 individuals in the whole thing. Trendi and her Mom had some problems on some stuff, but they did a lot better than we did on others. Mom and I ended up being the #3 individuals out of 15. Our team got 4th place, and we got the qualifying score (Q)we needed.
Momma says not only did we need that for my Champion title, but with my two Steeplechase Q's this year, we now get to go to Nationals!
So, I got steak for treats, and got to make Momma all happy and excited. Apparently the Nationals thing is several days long, and it's not until October, so we get to do agility at home a who bunch and go to classes with a new teacher until then. That's better to me than that silly pin Momma's so excited about, but she's wearing it like it's the bestest piece of jewelry she ever got.
I still didn't get my Gamblers leg for my MAD title, and Rocke didn't get the Standard leg he needed for his, but Momma says we're gonna go see Reece and his Mom next month, and maybe we'll get it them then.
January 2nd 2011 2:37 pm
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As long as Rocke and Mom have been doing 'gility, the USDAA Nationals have been in Arazon.. Aireezo - oh, however you spell it, a long way away. Then last year they were in Kintucky, and Momma didn't try for us to go. Well, I showed her what I thought of that by knockin her socks off the very next week, gettin my 3rd Super Q and my Snooker Master title on my 6th barkday.
Aunt Kip said "Oh, My GOD, you're going to put an ADCh on that dog!" and it got Momma to thinkin, and she told me "If we try, the worst that can happen is we fail, right, baby?" I batted my eyes, and next thing I knew, she and Aunt Kip were makin plans.
So far, we've been one place we never went before, (North Carlona to see Reece and do 'gility there)and I think she's plannin on some others, some place called George-uh. We went there one other time but the people weren't very nice and we haven't been since, bute gonna give it another shot.
I need just one stinkin Gamblers Q for my MAD (Masters title), but I hate-hate-hate to be that far away from Mom on the course.
So, we have another competition in two weeks. Wish me luck. I think Mom said the D dogs might even come to the Nationals if we go, so wish us all luck!