Sunday, March 20, 2011

When Ryan was growing up...

...He ate my gear shift and e brake, pulled my new shirts into his crate and destroyed them, wrecked Abby's brand new bed, pulled up the carpet in a rental suite from inside an xpen that was on tile, screamed like nothing I'd ever heard before if I tried to restrain him or give him a bath, refused to cuddle, ate his way through a bag of kibble until he literally couldn't stand up, among many other things that I've probably blocked from my memory.

I remember saying so many times that even though he was driving me crazy I could tell he would be such a *good dog* when he matured. I'm not sure why I knew that... but I was right.

Happy 4th Birthday Ryan. I couldn't have asked for a happier, more enthusiastic, smarter, sweeter, cuddlier - and of course more handsome - dog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If you're happy and you know it

and you really want to show it...

bark and bark and bark and bark some more!

Abby video

Ryan video

I've been working a lot on Abby's start line stay but it's still pretty bad at a trial. In class I've been consistent with getting a quiet sit or else I send her away from the start line (simply going back and rewarding her didn't work nearly as well as taking away her access to the equipment all together). I'm glad I only released her at the trial when she was sitting quietly but it still took what seemed like forever to get that! Ohhh crazy little Abby.

That was Ryan running FEO in Masters Standard because we'd just finished his Advanced Standard run in which he blew past 2/3 contacts. Well...I guess he didn't really blow his contacts. He didn't realize it was the teeter and then pushed the end down after he flew off it to get back into 2o2o position. Then he cleared the entire peak and downside of the Aframe and landed, confused, just past he backed up into 2o2o. I couldn't do anything but laugh - he tries *so* hard! I didn't want those to be our only contacts for the weekend though (since he only had jumpers afterwards) so I ran him in the Masters ring where he proved that he does, in fact, understand the contact criteria.

I have to say that I love running my crazy dogs. They are so much fun!

Oh and a short video in which precious wittle princess Abby (ha!) appears to hurt her paw while telling Kepler the teenager off. She was completely fine a few minutes later...(ignore my baby talk to her at the end)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Need some zip

I have very much neglected this blog lately. I think I'm lacking inspiration - photo inspiration, training inspiration.

I have to admit that I haven't done any kind of formal 'training' with my dogs, other than a few 20 min clicker sessions and our weekly agility class, in months. They have been very good dogs though, putting up with my laziness and just relaxing with me. We'll get back into the swing of things when the weather brightens up (it's daylight savings tonight and we'll have that whole extra hour after work). I should be working on improving Ryan's weave entries and Abby's start line stays - trial this weekend but just two runs for each dog.

I'll also have more time for photos with that extra daylight. Maybe I'll follow along with one of the Flickr 365 or weekly challenges. I need a little push to get more creative...can't let my camera be wasted.

Grey skies today and I'm feeling like I need something to get me going again. I'll perk up - I'm a very happy person - but we sure do have long bleh weather periods here in rainy Vancouver.

I was reading this blog today:
She takes some beautiful photos. And her blog is way cooler looking than mine. I like it.

Oh I did something completely crazy the other day. I loaded my dogs into the car (it's a hatchback) without crates (since I'd just been skiing) to go to the park. I obviously did not load my brain into the car since after driving two blocks I looked in the rear view mirror and realized I'd left the trunk completely open. Like, I looked in the mirror and just saw road. Oh and two sets of bulgy doggy eyes. Poor Abby and Ry! I guess I uncovered yet another one of the reasons I train a "stay in the car no matter *what* until I release you". Safety first. Especially handy when you've left your brain behind.

How 'bout some fur seals since I have no dog photos?

Oh and this one of Izzy first since I lurv it.

ETA: Here we go, I found this on Flickr:
Jan 10 Breakfast
Jan 17 Cold
Jan 24 Sleep
Jan 31 Repetition
Feb 07 Body Parts
Feb 14 Romance
Feb 21 A childhood memory
Feb 28 Vegetables
Mar 07 Underneath
Mar 14 green
Mar 21 Planning
Mar 28 in the morning
Apr 04 Excitement
Apr 11 Pet peeve
Apr 18 Growth
Apr 25 landscape
May 02 Mother
May 09 Up
May 16 Anger
May 23 Temptation
May 30 A self portrait
Jun 06 something old
Jun 13 Father
Jun 20 Swing
Jun 27 Light
ul 04 Red, White, Blue
Jul 11 Family
Jul 18 Summer
Jul 25 windows or doors
Aug 01 Water
Aug 08 Shadows
Aug 15 Peace
Aug 22 line from a song
Aug 29 Sunset
Sep 05 black and white
Sep 12 The Kitchen
Sep 19 Autumn/Spring
Sep 26 Tools
Oct 03 Colors
Oct 10 something funny
Oct 17 On The Shelf
Oct 24 Memories
Oct 31 Texture
Nov 07 circle
Nov 14 Music
Nov 21 Gathering
Nov 28 decay
Dec 05 Smiles
Dec 12 After
Dec 19 bokeh
Dec 26 traditions
Jan 2 Resolutions
Jan 9 winter

I'm going to start on Monday with green - my favourite colour should inspire me :)