Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Karate Kid

When mom's at work, Jewel and I play a lot. Mostly we do WWF-type moves, but today we worked on our karate chops a little. When mom came home, this is what she found!

Look at what my karate chop did! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Class report

Monday was obedience class. We are supposed to work some more on left pivots, at least until I know where my rear-y is. We are also working on stays and attention and heeling of course.

After that we had agility, and we worked on weaves. I don't like doing weaves at home. The grass is not as nice as at our instructor's house, and I just know that, at some point in the last two years I have peed there. I know you can't smell it, but I know it's there and I just don't want to step anywhere near our grass. Nuff said.

Tuesday night we had agility again, and I had to do the weave poles some more. Mom has them in a "channel", whatever as long as it is nowhere near pee-grass.

Jewel had freestyle class and she says she worked on "cuts", "passes", and spins. I told her she has a future in country dancing.

PS, just for Cal here is a photo of my Alley-Oop. Mom uses it as a "visible target" for when I have to run somewhere away from her. I know I'm supposed to run to it and touch it the ball on the top with my nose, 'cause that's when she clicks her thingie and soon I have a nice treat. It's not too hard once you understand the rules of the game. Mom likes this one because (1) it is too sturdy for me to break (2) it is too heavy for me to pick up without some trouble (3) it bobbles when I smack it instead of toppling over like the homemade ones and (4) it was relatively cheap.

The Alley-Oop used to be sold by Gary Wilkes, but sadly no more 

They don't make them anymore, mom got it about 10 years ago at a dog training conference. If you hear of someone who wants to sell theirs, mom knows a bunch of people who really want one!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Agility class

Tuesday night is our begining group agility class. Everyone's doing really well in this class. Tonight we worked on a lot of go-outs to our visible target (mom has an Alley-Oop for me to use which is good because I am so enormously strong that I would break the homemade ones). Some of the go-outs were over jumps (4 in a straight line) and some were through a tunnel.

We also worked on shadow handling. I think heeling on the off-side, which mom calls "close", is confusing when done in a circle, 'cause I think it's one of my dance moves, and I try to cut or pass just to liven it up a little.

That's about it, an easy night. Now we are going to EAT, so I gotta go.

Hey it's dinner time! 

Sunday, July 17, 2005


It's too hot to go outside and play. Yesterday it was 104 and today it is supposed to be even hotter. Mom's outside right now mowing the lawn -- it's 8 AM and already 80 degrees.

I just play in my pool and then we go inside and pant in the air conditioning.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Weekend report

We played a lot in the backyard this weekend. It was very hot, and I'm still a little under the weather, so I took it easy. Jewel worked with mom on her silly little dance routine, but inside. It's a good thing our living room doesn't have any furniture, we have lots of room for dog activities that way.

We got a few good photos -- here they are!

Mike says: "Ugh! I think I swallowed a bug!" Mom thinks this photo is hilarious....

Jewel is meeting the evil Labrador puppet for the first time. You know, he's just a puppet, and he lives in the nightstand, but he's really scary, you have to watch out for this dude.

Here's me (front) and Jewel, we are relaxing after a really tough day in the backyard. We are not actually allowed on the bed, but I've heard it's better to ask for forgiveness than get permission ahead of time.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Woof woof [cough] woof!

I'm a little sick. I have a cough and my nose is running. Usually my legs run but right now I just like to curl up in my kennel and doze. Mom got me some yummy antibiotics that she puts in my food bowl.

I got to go to the Vet yesterday. They gave me 5 cookies! I just love those people. When I got out of the car and figured out where I was, I started drooling right away.

Pretty much we have not trained at all, since I just want to take it easy. Mom is training Jewel to go in circles around a plumber's friend. Mom says it's the start of Jewel's dance routine, but so far it's kind of lame if you ask me.