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My Return to SparkPeople
I haven't been on for quite sometime. A lot of things have changed. The saddest of all was my only sister died last December. She truly was my best friend. I had a hard time for several months. I'm the last one left in my childhood family.... Read more
Our First Agility Trial
Colman and I competed in our first agility trial in October 2013.
My trainer had warned me that dogs will go a little crazy in a new environment and not to be disappointed if I didn't make a qualifying score for my first time.
I ente... Read more
Our Australian Cattle Dog
Ryder is turning out to be the best dog ever. The mouthing is slightly less than in June. He knows many tricks. He is so quick to learn. My son now has him running full speed ahead chasing and catching his frisbee.
He has also started a... Read more
Wishing I had listened to my Spark People friends. . .
We got the Australian Cattle dog. His name is Ryder. He is the sweetest, most in-tune dog we've ever had. He is smart as a tack. My son, his owner, has taught him a lot of tricks. He is usually very well behaved. Most of his antics are rel... Read more
Colman Rocks at Agility
We have been taking agility lessons for nearly a year, now. He loves his contact obstacles such as the dog walk and the A-frame. He is getting more confidant on the teeter as well. He jumps through hoops, over hurdles, panels, and broad jumps... Read more
Austalian cattle dog AKA blue heeler
My son wants a blue heeler. I'm not sure we should get one. He/she would basically be a family pet. My son wants to do agility with the dog. I am concerned that it will herd our dogs & cats. Can they be trained to stop herding? Do they bit... Read more
The Misadventures of New York
I took a bus tour to New York City. In four days we saw many wonderful sights. I thought this would be a great way to walk my 10,000 steps! Sadly, mistaken.
MONDAY was our travel day. We spent the night in Harrisburg, PA.
TUESDAY... Read more
Fourth Agility Lesson is Extreme Success
All of the dogs - let me repeat that - ALL of the dogs went through the tunnels eagerly! Everyone did great! We even tried 2 new obstacles: A-frame and Chute. My grandson was there to assist us. All of the dogs did well.
We did a lot of... Read more
Colman Wows in 3rd Agility Lesson
Well, at least in my eyes.
I took my 7 year old grandson and my sister with me. The instructor put him to work. He got to hold the dogs at one end of a tunnel while the handler called him from the other end. When I took Cameron (my grand... Read more
Colman's Second Lesson in Agility
The first half seems to be the hardest. Too many clickers! When he hears the clicker he won't look at me, he won't accept treats, and he acts nervous & tries to run away!
The second half is much better. I think he likes the activity bett... Read more
First Day of Agility
Yeah! We did it!
Last night was our first agility class. We had 6 dogs. 1 Aussie, 1 Golden retriever, 3 poodles and 1 golden doodle. One of the poodles was just like Colman only he was a bit taller. He fell in love with her and she wit... Read more
The "Old Man" Goes Walking
For our walk, I decided to take our 10 year old Boston terrier with us this morning. Colman, Bauxleigh, and I walked a leisurely mile. He did very well. It was nice and cool, plus the walk is an easy walk.
I used a coupler to hook them ... Read more
A Sad "Tail"
I am getting ready to start a beginning class in agility with my dog, Colman. My trainer wanted me to start him off with some clicker training. She said to be really fast with his favorite treat.
So we went home to begin. I clicked it an... Read more
Agility is getting closer.
Our first class is in June.
Today I set up a mini-course. I have a short tunnel, hurdle, weave poles, and a pause box. I only set up the tunnel, hurdle and pause box. I set the hurdle about 2" up the pole. I didn't attempt the weave pol... Read more
Did we name her Sally, Louise, or Mabel?
Back in September I wrote a blog about a yellow cat that came our way. She is now a family member. Her name is not Sally. Her name is not Louise. Her name is not Mabel! We finally named her Alice Mae. She gets called Allie, Alice, Red, Big... Read more