Thursday, June 21, 2012

(Not So) Obedient Dogs (Not yet, at least)

Self got to perform in first ever Obedience competition in Air-is-ona!  And Cookie performed in second.  Was new and interesting experience, but so difficult for not to be distracted.  You will see.

Practicing Down-Stays.

Is hard not to love all the people.  "Oh, hello there!  See?  See how beautiful am?  Will stare and stare and stare!"  And then will never come back to heeling.

Cookie did also not well in the heel, but both of were most wonderful in stand-stay, sit-stay, and down-stay.  Was also pretty good for recalls, were both very exuberant but each still made mistakes.

Tree near ring was also most worst for videoing.

Oh well, next time will be better!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Green Chile Biscochito, RN!

Was also so proud of Sister Cookie, for she also earn two more Novice Rally legs!  Second was 3rd place with score of 83.

Second was also 3rd place, with score of 90!

And again, so proud.

Next to be achieving RA (Rally Advanced) titles!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Timmentee Vertigo, RN!

Congratulations to self!  Have had the best time on Air-is-ona road trip, that have gotten two more legs for Rally Novice!
 Waiting so happy for ribbons!

And two more legs means... a title!  A very first title!  Yippee!

Second leg was earning a 4th place with score of 81!

So pleased for the ribbon!


 Third leg was earning a second place with score of 96!

Sister Cookie and self are so proud!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Roadtripping across the Universe

This weekend, went to Air-is-ona!  Got to see Evil Stepmummy in the morning, but then was stuck only in car with Sidekick and Sister for 2 hours.  After a trip to the park, the roadtrip began!  Was the start of a most long drive, but was given a chew and cold ice water.
Much music was to be heard.  Songs go like, “Oh hi, oh low, oh yes, oh no, San Francisco!”  and the like.  (Yes, know that am most best singer!)

 Hello, trees!  Hello, sky!  Hello, guardrail!
Then got to Air-is-ona and took quick break for to walk around.  Was so different from New Mexico.  Sand and rocks, but DIFFERENT sand and rocks that could not comprehend.  Walked around with tail down.  Sister Cookie, she so excited to be somewhere new with Sidekick.  She so like to go places with Sidekick.

And again, more long driving.  Could smell most delicious snacks from the front of car.  When stopped again, was still nervous.  Where is New Mexico?  Please to be going back to Apple Turkey and Lost Almost?  But then, while walking, caught most best whiff.  Must track the whiff on the ground!  Follow the trail all the way until NOM!  A M&M.  Most chocolatey and delicious.  Evil Stepmummy say, congratulations on sniffing the chocolate, but still may not eat.

Drove again and again forever.  Chew was all used by then and was ready for to get out of car and crate.  All of sudden, hear Sidekick and Evil Stepmummy say again and again, “Bear-is-ona!  BEAR-IS-ONA!  Must to go to Bear-is-ona!”  So to Bear-is-ona went in car!  Was drive through place where could see many an animal.  Asked, why must stay in crate?  Why cannot see?  Was least fair, that Cookie not have to be in crate and could see and bark at all the animals.  Like dogs of the wild!  And the bears!  And goats for to herd!  Will herd you, you goats!

 Cookie most happy for to look around.

Dog of the wild!  A wolf!

Oh, was distracted by the excitement of the goats.  Anyway, Sidekick and Evil Stepmummy so most excited and then was time for to go to sleep place for the night.  Were so many people and dogs at the building!  Wanted to say hello to all.  Got to have munchy kibble and jump on the beds, back and forth between them.  Floor is lava!

 Playing noisy wrestle!

 Then, back into the car.  Was at first upset.  Why for the car?  Why cannot play floor is lava and make noisy wrestle with Sister Cookie?  But then all was forgiven when arrived at a dog park!  Yippee!  Ran around for hour until was mostly tired, then back to sleep room for the night.

 All the people will throw the ball!
In the morning was time for dog show and trial!  Was excited for to strut stuff.  And was so much competition for to be had at show and trial, that more information is contained in later blog posts.  Stay tuned!

Showing off all the beauty that is self!

Was bummer that had often to stay in crate while Sidekick and Evil Stepmmmy walk away to see all the things.  But was best, that sometimes could be out!  Sometimes could do warm ups with rewarding turkey pieces, and sometimes could meet brand new best people and dog friends!

Hello, new friend!

In evening, went again to dog park to run around again.  Then back to temporary den for to eat and relax.  Sidekick say she go explore the streets and shops of Air-is-ona.  Cookie and I not get to come with.  Was the least unfair.  But was okay for to nap, and then when they get back, was time for to cuddle.

Getting crazier all the time!

Then, was day number two at dog show and trial!  More strutting of the stuff and more much competition.  To be contained in later posts!  All too soon, was time for to drive back home.  Air-is-ona for sure is not like New Mexico, but is still fun place for to be.  Mayhaps one day can go back for other trials!

Warming up and cooling down at same time!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Weekend: Cookie's Rally-O

Was not just self that had much fun in Apple Turkey!  Cookie also got to do some games.

First was getting to to Rally, like self.  Cookie, she so stressed sadly.  She not enjoy the game as much.  Is the most sad, for sidekick say that once a time she so love to do the Rally game.  She get scores of 98 and 99 and prance around the ring like a show horse.  Sadly was not the case on this time.  But she still got a qualify.
Score card for Cookie is above.  Stress made poor sister not want to sit, only to stand and stare at Sidekick.  Also she think, is best to stay calm by smelling all the things and trying to walk far behind.

A most beautiful green American Kennel Club ribbon, for a qualifying score!

Above you can watch Cookie do the course.  Are mistakes, but are also some very well done stations!  Cookie should be proud for working so hard when stressy.

Rally was not only thing that Cookie got to play.  Also got to play the Obedience game.  Unfortunately she not qualify in that.  Was because of her being stressy, and also made sidekick stressy.  Cookie would have done ok but stupid sidekick made mistake of turning around to call Cookie.  Should have kept walking.  Next time, Sidekick not be so stupid.

Sidekick asks, "Ready?" and Cookie says, "Ready!"

Was many, many a thing for Cookie to be proud for.  She has the most rock solid sit-stay.  For those who do not know, when testing the stay in Obedience competition, all the dogs must line up off leash in the ring.  Were 10 dogs to test.  One of the dogs was a 120 pound Akita.  Well, 20 seconds into the stay, the Akita decided that staying was the most boring.  He wanted to say hello.  Guess who he wanted to say hello to?  Sister Cookie.  Now, Sister Cookie a 70 pound dog.  But she so dwarfed by this 120 pound dog.  He go right up to her, stand over, and put his nose right in her eyes.  AND SISTER COOKIE STAYED THERE.  Good girl, sister Cookie, yes you are yes you are!  Would like to bite Sidekick for not having video.  She say, "Sit stay more boring than watching grass grow.  No need to video." And then this.  For now always, all the stays will be videoed just in case.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The weekend: HERDING!


Guess what got to do?  Got to meet some GOATS!  Were the most best things.  Observe!

"Stay you Goats!  I will bark and you will stay!"
Move, you Goat!  I will bite and you will move!"
Bark bark bark bark bark!

Cannot wait for to do again!

And look!  A ribbon!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The weekend, Rally-O!

So the most best competition day over weekend!  Went with Cookie and sidekick to Apple Turkey (Which is funny, turns out, tastes not like apples or turkeys).  And first was Rally-O!  Had to heel around a fun course.  Did mostly well!  Here is video.

 Here was scores, and ribbons!

Was pretty good!
Third place and qualify!

Rally Novice title, here self comes!  Will have to go and win at two more trials.

Editor's note:  Vertigo and I are so sorry for the late post and general lack of posts!  We had been trying to get our trial videos up and Blogger was giving us error messages each time we tried to upload a video straight to the blog.  We've finally realized that the way to get around this is to upload them to Youtube first, so expect to see a few archive videos in the next few weeks.

Lesson of Today

Rocks are not for to eat, even when they taste like vanilla ice cream.