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Training day one..

August 24th 2009 9:40 am
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Today we go to dog class! Me AND Ulli, together! Mom says daddy gets to come with us today, but usually we will go with only her. We better behave!! Yesterday I had ants in my pants I was so excited! Is it time to go yet? I wanna GOOOO!! Some of my dog furrends from my Beginner class should be there, I can introduce Ulli to them!! Wish me luck! I hope I'm not too antsy and can focus! I'm just sooo excited!

(Tail wagging furiously, wagging whole back end)


I'm a hunter!

August 18th 2009 8:08 am
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I am a natural hunter. In my first home my white family and I were the best at hunting squirrels, bunnies, moles, gophers, voles, even birdies! Now that I'm a prissy house dog I don't get to work out my hunting instinct. I know toys aren't real. Well no more!!!! I found NEW PREY!! I am an official hunter of these animals that come out at night, they are unpredictable and fast! Mama calls them big crickets, but I'm not sure what we call them. Bouncers? They do like to bounce! I watch closely and hold so still, waiting for a bouncer. I just want to smell you! Wait! Come here! I wonder how they taste?? Luckily mama lets me hunt outside before bed, they are out then!! Thanks ma! I feel so natural when I'm hunting bouncers!

Mama says she's going to brush me more. Okay! She's said that before. I have gotten brushed the past two days, ma says I look like I'm a sheep being shorn when I'm brushed, I just don't lose my hair!! Silly mama. I am NOT a sheep! I'm just losing my summer coat, getting ready to grow my winter coat!! It's about that time!!

Happy day to my Dogster furrends! Thanks for all the congrats on graduation! Fall break is over and we are back in training - pre-training mom calls it, for class in one week!


The Graduate

August 12th 2009 8:21 am
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That's me! I graduated Beginner Education class at PetSmart!! I am so happy! I feel smarter! Do I look smarter? Mama says we're taking one week off, then Ulli and I will engage in 'Intermediate Education' - together!! Mama has been telling me not to hog the attention and be too pushy to Ulli when we get there. But I'M cuter! Outta my way, Ulli!! Oh well, I'll sleep on it mama. I'll let you know what I decide when we get there! Whoopee!! I have a picture of me with my graduation cap, I need to herd mama into posting it! Stay tuned!


High Five!!!

July 28th 2009 8:19 pm
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Gimme five! I know, I was holding out on the shake thing. I don't see anyone else shaking hands around here!! Ulli doesn't count! I went to class yesterday night and I saw everyone doing it! So... I gave in. I had what mom calls a 'weak, lackluster shake'. Thanks mom! Whatever that means! Then the trainer came over and asked me to 'high five'! Well, that was kinda fun! More my speed, you know! High five! Yea! And guess what? Ulli's not real good at it. I guess she's more of a Golden Retriever type of German Shepherd!! BOLBOLBOL!! No offense to Goldens, but mama says they are the nicest sweetest dogs in the world, to EVERYONE who comes around! German Shepherds? Ah, not so much... We're both kinda one-family dogs. We don't believe in spreading the love around that much.... I'm thinkin' about it though! People sure like me!

High five everybody! High five! Good job!

My brain was smoking at the end of class. I decided to cut out early and rest while everyone else worked their tails off. I 'checked out'. But I slept like a rock last night!

High five everybody! Shake? Bah! High five!


Shake? Shake what?

July 24th 2009 9:00 am
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Look! I can shake my whole body! Oh no? That's wiggle? Oh. Okay. Mom is trying to get me to do this thing called 'shake'. She keeps grabbing my paw too!! I normally learn SUPER fast, but she wants me to what? I HATE it when people touch my paws, ESPECIALLY the front ones!!!! And NOW you want me to GIVE it to you??? Sorry for all the emotion, I'm such a sensitive dog. I mean, really. Isn't this against all logic?

Mama brought Ulli outside to show me how to shake. Stop it, Ulli! I'm tryin' to play dumb here! We worked for a long time, but I managed to win! Whew! Hope she forgets about that one! Silly mama. I'm a German Shepherd. Get me to search and rescue! Get me to track and do agility! But shake? What am I, a golden retriever? No!! Silly mama. I'll let you know just how long she lets me play stupid...


Is it just me?

July 21st 2009 1:25 pm
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So, I don't wanna be like, stuck up or anything, but yesterday when I went to class people were approaching me before mom even turned the car off!! I'm like a MAGNET for people! Mom says that's the makings of a good therapy dog! We're wondering what the attraction is? Mom says most people drive white cars. So, most people like white dogs too? Hmm. Is it the White German Shepherd thing? Mom says I have an especially wonderful smile, I get it from my daddy, but she also says White German Shepherds are all really striking and beautiful in their own way. The ones she knows, anyway. So what is it? The white? Are we as rare as people think? Lots of people don't even know there's such thing as a White German Shepherd! Maybe I should take a poll! What's your opinion? What is it about me, is it my breed? My color? My smile? I am very gentle and very very sweet mama says. At least in public! Ha ha ha! I can be mischevious at home... but still sweet!

Class yesterday was good. I got lots of attention, let people pet me, met a malamute/wolf/chow mix who talked to me and was SO striking and handsome!! I also did a perfect 'down stay' - mom walked half an aisle away! I even got to show another dog how to do it! That really made me proud and super smiley!

So let me know! What do you think about the magnet-like attraction I have? Literally, people walk over to us from across the parking lot, across the store, they ask what I am. Mom never says I'm an angel... guess I'll have to work harder!


Mirror mirror on the wall....

July 14th 2009 9:40 am
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Whose the most beautiful Joey of them all? ME!! I had class last night and it was a splendid time! It was class #4 and I - get this - SNIFFED OTHER DOGS, and LET OTHER DOGS SNIFF ME!!! This is unprecedented!!! AND? We kinda stood around and hung out together, people and dogs! And nobody got hurt! How about that?

Several patrons of the store stopped and ooh-ed and ahhh-ed over my good looks. They always love the white dogs! My original mama always tells me to remember the public is fickle! For now though? I'll take it!

When the neighbor lady came over yesterday it made my bowels go into a tizzy! Yeah, I've got my nervous diarrhea. We were driving and I told mama - I have to gooooo!!! We pulled over on the side of the interstate and I let out a big mushy cow pattie! Whew! Thanks mom! That was just in time! I'm glad we have good communication!! I also sat in the front seat on the way to school, it was a new experience! I'm adventure dog!


It's not easy being a shape shifter!

July 7th 2009 8:52 am
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Yay! I went to class again last night! I usually walk great on a leash, but when we get to class I PULL PULL PULL! I walked around and sniffed other doggies, I let strangers give me treats too! We were working on 'take it' and 'leave it'! I 'take it' every time at home, but I was a little psyched out at class and wasn't cooperating. Mom said we'll work more on that one. The nice trainer lady is awfully stern when she says 'leave it' and 'WRONG' to the crazy jumpy dogs! I got a little scared. I sure hope I don't make her mad! But how could I? I'm sweet Joey!

One bigger dog made me a little nervous so I shapeshifted and snaked under and through the tiny stool mama was sitting on. Everyone was surprised and asked, "did she just do that?". I am way bigger and taller than under that stool - AND I didn't tip over mama's purse! It's not easy being a shape shifter. I had to let my identity slip there... it was necessary!

Mama talked me into rolling over in class while we waited for our turn. It was okay! I felt pretty good about it. We also did 'loose leash walking', which I did good with the trainer until I saw my mommy, then I could only think of returning to her! MOMMY! I did great when mommy walked me, didn't care about the 'leave it' booby traps AND the teacher said I was, and I quote, "the perfect example of loose leash walking". (Sigh). What a day! I slept the whole way home and had a lot to tell Ulli and daddy about when we got home!

Tail wags to all! Naptime for me! I have a week off before it's back to the grind Monday at class!


Getting to know me....

July 5th 2009 4:41 pm
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I've been schooled again! Last Monday, almost a week ago... Mom has had either me or the computer all tied up so I have not had a chance to write!

Daddy went to school with us and this time I wasn't bothered when the big metal and glass doors WHOOSHED open!! Nope! We walked around the store and practiced my 'watch me'! It was a little harder with the distraction, but I could do it a little! My teacher Ann spotted us and came over to say hi! I kinda remembered her from last week and I let her give me treats. I even kissed her once! Giggle giggle! Then I got a little shy!

So we go into the training ring and the teacher took all the dogs around to the other dogs one by one. Oh my! It was actually kind of interesting! I got to sniff some booties and I think I may have made friends! I dunno though, I've never done that before! I got to walk around too, but I was less interested with that one! I got to show off my 'watch me' in front of the whole class! And I did well!! We've been cramming for next week... or... tomorrow! Tomorrow we'll go to class and walk around the store, do 'take it', 'leave it', 'drop it', and loose leash walking! I'm pretty good at all of them! Just need to work on 'take it' a little more!

Ahhh. School makes my brain stretch and my heart warm! What an ordeal!


I've been tagged!

June 29th 2009 9:46 am
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My pal Mady sent this to me.

Copy these questions into your diary and then tag 6 of your other friends.

1. What color is your collar? Basic black

2. What kind of food do you eat? mostly raw, chicken wings, legs, thighs... veggies now and again, eggs... and some kibble to balance me out!

3. What are your favorite treats? CHEESE WHIZ!!

4. Do you have a Valentine or significant other? My mama. She's my protector. She makes me feel safe and special!

5. Do you get Table Scraps? Nope! We don't really beg. We're not allowed to. But we get treats to make up for it!

6. What is your favorite toy? My little round baby piggie. Ulli likes to kill it, but I like to take care of it! It's my baby!

7. When is your Birthday? December 25th! I'm a Christmas baby!

8. How many times a day do you get to eat? We get two meals and one or two snacks of cheese whiz inside beef bones

9. Do you have a favorite color? My favorite color is white! Isn't that all the colors put together? And MY color!!

10. Do you hope all your pals put this in their diary? - Yes!

Ulli tagged a bunch of friends, so that part is done! Have a great Monday to all our furiends!

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