Likes: Loves playing keep away and tug o war; Loves playing fetch with balls
Pet-Peeves: Hates being moved once he's settled in for a good nights sleep! Hates the neighbor who comes in every night about 15 min after we'll settled into bed for the night!
Favorite Toy: Any ball you can throw for him and ice cubes on a hard wood floor
Favorite Food: Loves string cheese (mozzerlla), fresh chicken liver, and Tim Horton's Bacon
Favorite Walk: Each and every local park especially when there are puddles and mud!
Best Tricks: Knows all basic obedience commands, does tunnels, dog walk, A frame, teter, weave poles, and jumps. Remi knows lots of basic tricks. Right now he is working on learning to push a therapy ball to me.
Arrival Story: I decided to look for a new dog following the loss of my last min pin, mini. I knew there would never be a dog to replace him as he was so... super special. I didn't even think I could love another dog after him. After weeks of tears and lonliness I decided I just couldn't live without a dog in my home.
I called a newspaper add for min pin pups...not even sure why...as I'd never had a pup and was working full time. The breeder assured me that I "could do" this puppy. Convinced, I went to meet her puppies...One was a runt...already slated to go to a family who needed a small dog as a companion to their current teacup dog...another was a female which I didn't want...and then there was Remi. He was cute as a button, social, and confident. I decided to buy him and brought him home. He was exposed to almost anything you could imagine by12 wks old when I got him...the breeder had taken him to sports events for her children, taken him to a shooting range (they were hunters), and he'd obviously ridden to all of those places in a car. Though he did get car sick on that first ride to my house. He was litter trained and crate trained when I got him. All of these things made him a VERY easy puppy...Thank God. I loved seeing his clumsy little puppy ways and watched him grow stronger, more coordinated, and smarter day after day. We played unendingly it seemed. I was quickly educated to Puppy Chewing Tendencies 101 when I thought he could do without the crating! He'd gutted millions of toys, destroyed more of the "indestructable" power chewer toys, and eaten many legs off the majority of my furniture before I decided we better go back to the crate! Meanwhile he went to puppy preschool where I saw him change from a shy timid mama's boy (who by the way, refused to potty with the others but waited to get home to his litter) to the pack leader (who on the last night of class realized that it's ok to potty outside!). From there he went to "Simply Basic Obedience" and then on to Canine Good Citizen Training. He completed the training and passed his Good Citizen evaluation by 10 months old. He has gone to Pack Play every weekend to romp and play with tons of other small dogs and has been quite the hit as he's assumed the role of the "Life of the Party." A few weeks we showed up late only to be heartily greeted by all. Some of the "doggy mama's and daddy's" asked to keep in touch and wanted to be sure that Remi would return for the fall session as he's the "leader of the pack." He's just started his Beginner Agility class this week. He's been familiar with most of the equipment as he's done the tunnels, bridge, table, A frame, and jumps while at play or during obedience training breaks. Now we need to learn to control his high energy and drive and work on the teter and the weaving poles. Needless to say along this journey we have bonded!! No he certainly doesn't replace Mini, but he's most definately making his own very special mark on my heart!
Bio: Remi has come a long way since his puppyhood. He is currently showing in AKC agility events. We are working on improving our dog/handler team. Remi is my love bug dog and loves to cuddle with me. He is a tough cookie...he has lots of physical draw backs but works his little heart out in the agility ring despite his shortcomings. Just an all around great little dog with a huge personality.
Well Saturday was our first show for the season. We went to an AKC show at Boom Towne (which is where we train/take lessons). I had started doing Open level classes last show season so I was entered in Open Standard and Open Jumpers with weaves for this show. We had lots of fun and I got first place in both classes. My time was faster than the other dogs in both classes. So now I have two "legs" (qualifying runs) in Open Jumpers so mommy says if I get one more at my next show that I'll move up to Excellent Level. I earned one qualifying run in Standard this Saturday so if I get two more I'll move up into Excellent for that too. This weekend we will be taking a Seminar with Nancy Gyes (Agility World Team Coach). Then we have a few weeks off till our next AKC show (unless mommy can't wait and enters us in CPE before that). The next AKC show is Western Lakes in Buffalo at a big sports center there. It will be the first time that I will run on astro turf. We are entered for April 23rd and 24th so I will have a chance to earn both of my Open titles at that show. Woooo hooo! Then mommy will need to figure out how to do the move up forms because we have already entered other shows as Open. Oh boy she has lots of work to do. I was amazing at our first show and got lots of compliments from the other competitors...mommy smiled and was super proud of me...oh and I got LOTS of goodies...yum yum
Well Momma just started posting some pics of our show this weekend and realized that she messed up some...and we are all exhausted. Mom is already in her PJ's at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and ready for a nap...so she says we'll get some more pics when we wake up and get them posted this evening.
This weekend mom had entered Cappy and I in a CPE trial. She new we could earn a title if we ran qualifying rounds so I got my CL1-R title in Standard on Saturday. Then after a qualifying Jumpers round momma asked if we would get a title for that too but the folks told her that we would get that title if we got a qualifying round in Full House to add to our Jumpers rounds. Well mom said to the folks, "we won't be here tomorrow as we did not enter the Full House class. Well she got talked into a late entry and decided to go back today (Sunday) to see if we could do it. I got beat by Cappy today! But...I had way more fun...Cappy just did what mom said but I...I made up my own course. I got all my points but I didn't know the game and I was still on my favorite contact (dog walk) when the whistle blew. Mom freaked out and yelled to me, come on come on! and then ran like crazy to get to the table. Apparently we should have been close to the table at that time because you only have five seconds from the time the whistle blows to get to the table. So since Cappy listened to mom he got first place and I got second...but it was well worth it cause I got to have a blast doing my own thing!!! (hehe) Poor mom! She was totally embarrassed but she couldn't help but to laugh cause she knew it was partially her fault for not having a solid game plan and allowing me a split second to think for myself (hehe). One of her friends said that I actually did do what she told me because she said mom's arm actually was out and sending me to the dog walk (hehe) Ha ha momma I am right again and you are wrong...as usual (hehe). Betcha mom won't make that mistake again (hehe). So all in all, I now have 4 first place finishes and a second place...all 5 being qualifying runs which ended up yielding two titles: the first title is the CL1-R and the other being the CL1-F. Time to crash...well after momma tries to call our breeder with the good news!!
Well yesterday mom decided to pack us into a little truck with 3 shelties. Our crates were too big so we had to ride in the shelties veri-crates. Mom stacked mine on top of Cappy's and I whined to her the whole trip (I mean she came home from work and only gave us a minute or two to go make our poopies at the VA and rushed us over to the trainer's house to pack us into those darn crates). We rode in the truck for an hour and a half and then had to sit in there to wait our turns. The trainer took one of her dogs first, but mommy picked me before Cappy today. They had set up a whole agility course. There were some other Shelties there too. Even though mom kept messing up, I did a great job. The folks that owned the place were wonderful. The woman had shown with our trainer at Holland (for an international event) and she is also an instructor. She helped mom through several tough spots. The man who coaches the woman just loved me. He asked our trainer many questions about me and where I had been showing. When mom said I hadn't started yet she mentioned that we needed to learn some distance skills cause she can't keep up with us. Well he was determined to prove her wrong and made her run the course without me and timed her. Then timed us together...and he was sorta right mom can keep up. Then mom came up with the idea that she is feeling like she has to go superfast to make time. So he made us run it straight through and tried to time us but mom did some do overs and flubbed that up. At any rate he said if our run was in a show we would have qualified! The folks were so helpful and patient. Then the man asked mom if she'd like to run the woman's dog. The dog was the 2007 National Champion for agility. Mom was scared to death cause she knew she was not experienced enough to handle that dog. But they talked her into it. That dog was an excellent dog but didn't run as well for mom as I do! Then the woman helped mom some with her dog and showed her how she runs her. It really made mom think about the bond Cappy and I have with her and how we really are becoming a team!! She was so proud of me! I even did the A Frame about 4 times! Mom uses the A Frame as a measure of my soundness...When I'm hurting I won't do the A Frame. Cappy and I got to play with our trainer's Shelties when we got home and had a blast pulling out all of their toys and playing keep away with them. Cappy had to ride in the top crate on the way home! Cappy didn't do as well as me under pressure. I was less focused and sniffed around quite a bit. Momma said he was stressed cause she took me out first and from the ride and new environment. She was patient with him cause he has less training than me...But I know she was sooo.... happy with me cause she had thought about giving up on me being an agility show dog. But I showed her I really can do it. Can't wait to get together with a bunch on novice folks that get together for practices...we got invited by our trainer and will try to start doing that as often as our schedules permit. So if you've stuck it out through all this blabbering....The Man Talked Mom Into Entering Us In A Local CPE Show This Weekend! She still has to tell her boss, but says she's taking the day off whether he likes it or not!! WooHoo Agility!!