Sunday, May 31, 2009

Good Times!

WOW - what an amazing Saturday.

Sneek, Jake, and I attend the annual Strut your Mutt event in Salt Lake City. We did not strut, per say - but participated in CAL and a flyball demo.

We had way too much fun! The day went fast and the dogs ran well. Most of the day we hung out with our flyball team mates and other good dog friends helping at Course A Lure. I always enjoy watching different dogs run the course. We even got to see our good friend and favorite trainer, Anna, from Puppenschnoodles.

We participated in a flyball demo. It was so darn hot - Jake kept sneaking off the field to find water after his run. I felt so bad for him. It's hard to be a black dog in the hot blazing sun. Thank goodness we do indoor tournaments.

I wish we had more Saturday's like yesterday. I enjoy the company of dog friends, team mates, my pups, and the other dogs in our life.

Sorry, no pics in this post - way too flipping busy to play with the crackberry - LOL

But, out of around 350 dogs who ran the Course A Lure, Sneek was the 2nd fastest! I am sure Jake was in the top 10, but will have to wait to verify. Our good dog friend Zoey, from our flyball team, was the FASTEST dog at CAL on Saturday! w00t! Edit: Jake placed third!!!!

Gearing up for the next event; Wild Outdoors Festival, next weekend at Thanksgiving Point. There will be Splash Dogs and Course a Lure. I decided to use some of the 180 hours of vacation I have and take Friday off. The dogs will swim in the practice pool at Splash Dogs, and run their paws thru CAL. FUN FUN FUN!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WW - Another Blast from the Past

St. Thomas the Apostle girls soccer team - sometime in the '70's.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Black Pack Walk

I decided to take the dogs down to the Sandy Gully yesterday. What a beautiful walk!! The water was FLOWING!!
Sneek was very unsure of the cold water..
But once we got to the end, I got in and she followed.
Then she saw the water falls
A little scary at first....

But she then decided it was a huge sprinkler...So, she decided it was really COOL!She was so brave.

Good times for us

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vick Story Continues

The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water....."

"I can't shake my minds-eye image of a little black dog splashing frantically ... screaming in pain and terror ... brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get ahold. This death did not come quickly...."
Donna from BAD RAP

This week Vick was released from prison. I haven't blogged about it. Vick is working out a deal to be a spokesperson for HSU. Makes me ill. Of course, HSU wants me to get rid of my breakstick and my treadmill - signs of a dog fighter they say....That is a whole different topic

Someone asked BAD RAP's their thoughts on if Vick is sincerely remorseful.. After reading the response on their recent post, and feeling the tears streaming down my cheek, I had to share. There is too much emotion for me not too.

Here is the link to the blog post.

Again, RIP dogs...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Houston, We Have a Problem

Great - now she thinks the ledge is a trampoline.

Notice in the below photo there are no feet on the ledge...

No wonder she is tired when I get home from work.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jake says "Watch out... Here I come!"

Ever since the rimadyl incident, I don't like to post about where we might be going this weekend. I am afraid to talk about it .So i won't tell you all - but will let the photos tell the story.

Yea - his ,off the box, isn't anything to write home about - but Jake gives it all he has. He gives Flyball every ounce of energy and every single beat of his heart. I couldn't ask for a better dog...Love you Jake! Let's Line UP!

WW - She made a liar out of me!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two for Tuesday...

Sneek and I have a busy evening planned. We have two classes tonight; one at 6:00 and one at 8:30.

We are completing our Reliable Recall class this evening. We are sad because we have LOVED this class . I would take the class again if I could! The Really Reliable Recall class followed the protocol of Leslie Nelson's DVD. I have really enjoyed the class leader, Leslie D. We have played many games, - name game,1-2-3 game, hide and seek, and recalls - dog by self and side by side. That is just the tip of the iceberg on the things we have learned. I love that Leslie uses Susan Garrett's philosophy during her teaching. She also emphasizes the bond you need to create with your dog.

So, since we have enjoyed her class so much, we decided to take another one! We will be starting basic agility tonight. I am not planning on doing agility with Sneek. I have just so enjoyed Leslie's teaching style, and the one on one bond time with Sneek, I decided to take another class. We are taking this class just for fun and for additional knowledge. She will touch on toy drive in her class - and that is right up Sneek's alley. I am sure many things she will teach in class can be used in our flyball training and continue to increase Sneek's work ethic.

A busy, but fun evening planned for the little angel below. Doesn't she look just so innocent in the below photo? More like the cat who swallowed the canary :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Is Jake a star?

Last summer, at one of the Course A Lure events, a team came out to make a new video for CAL.

The video is now posted on You Tube and the Course A Lure website.

Below is the video. WOW! I wonder who that handsome, fast, adorable, with the green collar, black lab featured in the beginning, middle, and end of the video is?? - hehe

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Looking So Much Better

I took the above photo this morning after 3 days of medication, no licking and ointment (which is on her belly when I took this shot).

It is looking so much better than before, but she still has some of the red blisters. I am concerned that they are still there, but I figure I need to give the meds and ointment some time to work.

She is still coming to work with me because she enjoys fighting the evil cone - and she usually wins. But, if she is in her crate, then there is no way for her to combat the cone. Unfortunately, this makes her a very hyper, high strung dog by time I get home.

On a side note, Sneek is a little put off by the cone. This morning, she was trying to check the cone out. Of course, Maddie wasn't too happy and started to chase her. But, score one for Sneek when she started to bat at the cone with her paw and then run away. I let her do it a few times, because - well it was funny - but I then ended the game. She, once again, lived up to her name; "Sneek Attack".

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

WTH is this???

Thursday, I noticed Maddie had a small sore on her belly. I was sure it was from her long line rubbing on her. Put some Vitamin E on it - thinking it would help
I came home last night, and this is what I saw. WTH is that?

Off to the vet


Vet said she is having an allergic reaction in combo with a sever bacterial infection.
So, benadryl, cream for her belly, antibiotics, and , Maddie's favorite, a cone. She is with me at work hanging out in her crate in the car. Lord knows, if I left her at home, the cone would be in 50 pieces.