Nicknames: Charks, Charkle Berry, The Slovak Princess
Birthday: November 3rd 2006
Likes: Running and fetching and running and swimming and fetching and running some more
Pet-Peeves: Squirrels can climb
Favorite Toy: Rubber ring... tug-fetch toys
Favorite Food: She seemed to really enjoy my spicy gyro when I went to answer the door...
Favorite Walk: Anywhere will do... but she loves the Minnehaha dog park on the Mississippi
Best Tricks: Opens doors. Drinks from fountain. Opens fence gates. Opens garage door with wall opener... talk about big screen TV!
Arrival Story: Charka came from Slovakia as a service dog candidate... when she got here, it was obvious she would never make it as a service dog... however, she was a very sweet dog... people and dog friendly. We finally convinced her owner to let us adopt this... ummm... rather energetic pup.
School: Obedience: I am currently a student in RallyO. I'm a smart girl and like obedience. Dad, on the other hand, can be slow to read the signs.
School: Agility: I love agility. It is HARD work, but I LOVE those tunnels... and the table... and the teeter... and the dog walk... and even the A-frame. Mostly, I'm a really happy agility dog. Dad says I'd be perfect if I didn't get all excited and go visit my classmates.
School: Therapy Dog: Dad is always trying to find fun things for me to do... he says 'a busy Charka is a happy Charka'... and, so far, I LOVE to work :-) OK... I LOVE to play too. Good dog, Charka!!! Right now I'm learning to visit people quietly (woof!). Mostly dad says I'm astoundingly solid... if a bit bouncy. Psst... we passed our Pet Partners eval and I'll begin work as soon as I get my papers :-)
I've been a baaad dog. Much happens and I never tell you. Well just a quick note. The funnest news is that dad (human) and I are a therapy team. We've joined a group at the University of Minnesota called PAWS (pet away worry & stress). I get to hang out and students and faculty and staff get to pet me :-) I went to a dorm with the group for Valentine's Day and I think I'll go to a sorority and... Well, it's fun and loads more fun than all the training we had to do to qualify for our registration... dad says most of that was to make sure I'd actually enjoy doing this.
Oh, I still do other things, but THIS is something a dog can really sink her teeth into (that's a little dog joke... I don't use my teeth on visits... hahaha... woof!).
I took the Dognition cognition tests... and I'm an 'Expert'. That means I really REALLY like to solve problems on my own. It also means I like people to show me how they do it and I'll figure out how tooth and paw and nose can do the same thing. I hate to ask a person for help when I know _I_ can figure it out!
OK... signing out for now,
It's been another long while since we talked. I am a happy dog. I got my UKC Junior Jumper in dock jumping. I was the jumpingest GSD out there :-) And I'm still doing really well in agility... trials coming up. I train for real a couple times a week and do fun runs on Sat. If you ask me, they are ALL fun runs.
It's summer and we do a lot of walks... and I still do automatic sits at the curbs. Lots of people ask dad how he gets me to do that with no words and a loose leash. Dad just smiles and says 'Good dog, Charka!'. We also walk through the park where there are lots of people. I keep my mind on walking (and squirrels, of course) and don't pay any attention to all the distractions ('Good dog!'... that's me). Dad uses 'gee' and 'haw' to adjust my line so I won't trip or scare anyone.
Dad loves to walk through the woods near the wolf enclosure at the zoo. Sometimes the wolves walk with us (inside their fence, of course). They are big and doggish... mostly I just look for rabbits and squirrels... and moles (did I mention I'm really good at catching moles?).
Otherwise, since it's summer, people are throwing water all over their lawns. I LOVE spraying water... almost as much as I like big pools of water.
Anyway, got to go. It's time for another nice walk. I hope I can convince dad to do the looong walk. We'll see.
You know, we haven't talked in over a year! Wow! Tempus fugit!!! I have been well... ok, I did have a left toe amputated because of damage when I was little. Nobody knew the extent of damage until dad asked for an x-ray cuz I'd limp every so often. But, I'm fine and doing really well and my foot doesn't hurt anymore.
I'm studying obedience to start competition for real this fall. Dad thinks I've settled down enough and I think so too.
I love agility, so we take a couple of classes each week and then do a recreational class on Saturdays. My big goal is to finally understand the weave... and I'm getting it!
Mom's dad came to visit and I really REALLY like him and he liked me. I got to sleep in his room and take him for walks. He got to come and visit me at school too. I can hardly wait until he comes to visit again.
And finally, this Saturday I found another sport I love... it's called dock jumping. You know how I love jumping into water after my tug? There is actually a sport where you get to do it until your toes turn blue!!! I loved it, did I mention that? It was a class and I spent an hour and a half barking to get another turn and then running and jumping and swimming... it was soooo exciting. Dad said I acted completely crazy... but he promised to let me practice and go to another class and start jumping in the spring for points, whatever those are. The teacher said I was just incredible for a shepherd... but I KNOW that.
That's enough for now di... I won't even mention how good I've gotten at catching moles... but, dad won't let me eat them. I wish mole catching were a sport too. ANYWAY, I promise to talk soon and put up a video of me jumping into the water... did I mention I love it?