Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Circling until I am dizzy.....

Rally-O class last night was pretty fun. We did the spiral thing, which makes both me and my mom kind of dizzy. There's four cones, and you spiral first around all four, then the next circle is three, then two, then around the last one. Whew!

We also did my favorite, the weaves. I like it because we go together, unlike agility where I do all the work.

I also really really like Cooper. He's a chocolate Lab but I don't hold that against him. We're about the same age, and sometimes we get to play. We like playing so much that sometimes we agree to break our stays and go for it. Sometimes a guy's got to get the ya-yas out, you know?

Sunday, September 26, 2004


I was helping mom clean out the training bag today. I like the training bag. I usually see it when we are going to do something fun. In the bottom of the bag, I saw the touch stick.

Now, I haven't seen that thing for a long time. I'm 15 months old now. I don't think I've seen that stick since I was about 4 months old, but I remember it! I know I'm supposed to just touch the ends (don't ask me why, but that's the only way it works to get the treat). I remembered about not grabbing it too. When I was a puppy, I thought it was just any old stick. I tried to grab it and run away with it.

Mom thought it was pretty amazing that I remembered the touch stick from so long ago. I'm pretty smart I guess.

No toilet paper available today. I did locate a box of kleenex, which I found can substitute in a pinch if you really need to chew something up.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

I got a new toy but...

Today I got a new toy. I haven't seen it. It's a "kayak". Not sure what that is, but mom was gone a long time and I had to sit in my crate the whole time. I would prefer to go to the park on Saturdays.

I'm told this kayak will be pretty fun. I'm also told I'll have to learn to sit still in it. I already know I don't like standing still, so I do not think I will like sitting still either.

I'll write more when I see this thing.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Prepping for the beauty contest

We went back to handling class today. It's dark now during our class, but I can see well enough to trip my mom.

I do not like standing still. I believe I mentioned that before, but it bears repeating. I'm more of an action guy.

I think I've got the "free stack" thing down though. Maybe I can get away with just doing that at the National Labrador Retriever Specialty. I'm told there will be lots of dogs there, maybe I can make some new friends in between standing still.

By the way, I've developed a great technique for impressing potential new friends. You might want to try it. Here's what you do. Look them right in the eye, and make sure you have good eye contact. Then bounce straight up in the air. That's it! It's really simple, and always generates attention.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A real bloodbath

Today it was all about Mike (the other dog in this house). He's old and slow. We got bones to chew on after dinner. Usually I get to train a little bit after that. But oh no not tonight. Mike cut his mouth on the bone, and bled all over everything. Good thing the cops didn't come, they would have arrested us all for something I am sure. He's still bleeding. I'd call him a name, but he's bigger than me and I'd better not. I'm faster though!

There was toilet paper to chew up today, but it had hot pepper on it. I prefer the plain kind, so I left it alone.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Rally-O class is Tuesdays

On Tuesdays we have a nice long class for rally-o. It's fun, but tiring. Cooper's a chocolate Lab in the class. We totally understand each other, and would very much like to play in a big field. We need lots of room. When we get going, chairs and people fly every which way.

I also like the fox terrier very much and she is not afraid of me. I haven't stepped on her yet though.

There's also a Great Dane in the class. He's kind of tall....I'm not too sure he'd like me, and his teeth are as big as my nose. I stay out of his way.

Monday, September 20, 2004

I went to Petco today

The back yard is still flooded from the rainstorm!

Today we went to Petco to train. We go there a lot and heel around the cookie bar. We did some nice attention work and a long stay. They had just polished the floor so it was pretty slippery, and I just did a long down. It was too darn slippery to do a sit.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Big storm today

We had a big storm today, it really rained hard. We probably got over one inch of rain, but we thought it was still summer and didn't put out the rain gauge yet. I like to snatch the rain gauge out of the ground and chew it up, so with any luck it will get put out now.

No toilet paper available to chew up today.

Friday, September 17, 2004


Today all we did was watch a movie, but I like that. We had popcorn.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Today was agility day

We went to our agility instructor tonight for our lesson. We did a 6 wing jump mini course. There's a picture at the bottom.

We did this with a front cross before #4, which I like because I can bump mom if she's too late with my name. Then we did it with a rear cross at #5 and an over-right for 5 & 6. That was confusing, because mom didn't tell me to GO to #5. Once she did, it was totally fun and I got lots of treats and petting.

I can't really count to 6, three's my limit. Mom made the picture.
1 ______  5 l
 2 _______ 4 _______6 _______

3 l



Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Wednesday update

Well, handling class was pretty fun. There was a cute Alaskan Malamute, but I'm not so sure she liked me. The Golden puppy liked me, but his person didn't think much of my leaping up into the air. I can't help it, I just get so happy when there's other dogs to meet. I sure miss Maxi....maybe I can go visit her sometime.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Who am I?

I'm a 15 month old Labrador Retriever. My best friend and I like to play a lot. Most evenings we play at something or other, but she says I'm pretty young to start competing. I don't know what that is, but I think I would like it. Whatever it is,I don't think I'm too young! I'm big!

Tonight we go to handling class. I think it's stupid. I'm learning to be a show dog. All I have to do is stand a certain way, and everyone makes a big deal about it and gives me treats. It's not interesting at all. But I don't get fed until after class so hey if all I have to do to get a bite to eat is stand there I'll do it!