Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
While we were playing, the other dogs started to arrive and came out to play with us. Pretty soon, every dog in the class was playing together out in the field. It was so fun to watch them all run around after the ball and play together. The socialization is so good for Maddie, because she tends to get clingy when other dogs are around.
When class got started, Maddie learned her last two tricks: the "chute" and the "tire." I knew she would ace the chute, because it's basically just burrowing under a big canvas blanket and coming out the other side. Maddie's favorite thing to do is to burrow under blankets, so no problem there. Here's a visual aid of what the chute looks like.
She also practiced all her other tricks. She is getting so much better at riding the seesaw thing. The teacher had to tell me not to look so scared when Maddie is on the seesaw, because Maddie picks up on my anxiety. I tried to relax and sure enough Maddie got more confident. Next week we will work on putting the tricks together. If Maddie does ok with that, we may look at getting her in the intermediate class! Go Maddie!
I wish I had pictures of Maddie actually performing, but I don't have any yet - next week is my last chance so I will definitely get some then. Get excited!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Below is the finished product! We used one of those clear wax crayons to decorate the eggs. As you can see, Gavin's egg is Gator blue, and my egg is burnt orange for Auburn. We were baby sitting my friend Mary's chihuahua Taco at the time, so we did a green egg for him, as well as a pink one for Mary, yellow for Sugarbear, and another pink one for Maddie (Meedy).
After the greenway, we joined some friends at Po Boy's for some fun, food, and fellowship on the big deck. I am mostly posting these pics to prove that Gavin and I actually do have friends and don't just hang out with the fur exclusively! Here is a pic of Gavin, me, and Taco.
Fish and Erin....
Mike, Lori, and Alan....
After Po Boy's, Gavin and I came home and had a quiet afternoon. I read on the couch, and then baked up some Strawberry Shortcake! Gavin doesn't like many types of sweets, but he loves Strawberry Shortcake. I used to make it for him fairly often, but then once we both started working so much I kind of got out of the habit. I wanted to do something special for him though, so here is what I came up with. Like all my attempts at baking, the result is a little ugly, but the whole thing tasted pretty good. Not bad!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
So Maddie is doing the funniest thing. She has always loved to curl up and sleep on our clothes, clean or dirty, doesn’t matter. Frequently I will dump out the hamper to take clothes to the washer, leave the room for five seconds, and when I come back, Maddie will have climbed on top of the clothes and burrowed down for a nap. I think she likes them because they are soft and smell like us. She also likes to burrow in our suitcases after trips, before we unpack them. Awwww.
Anyway, Gavin keeps his sweatshirts on a low shelf in his closet. Lately he has been coming home to find the sweatshirts out on the floor and a little crumpled. We finally figured out that Maddie has been pulling the sweatshirts off the shelf with her mouth and paws and snuggling up in them while we are at work! How cute is that? Love that girl! I wish I could catch her in the act. Anyway, I just wanted to share that - I promise I have other things in my life besides my dogs. Hope you all have a great Thursday!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Permit me to get on my soapbox for a moment. As you know, both of my babies are mixed breed rescue dogs. It has recently come to my attention that The AKC (American Kennel Club) does not allow mixed breed dogs in their agility competitions. Now, I never planned on putting Maddie in competitions, but come on. Why not? I understand why Maddie and Sugarbear can't be showdogs, but you don't have to have "papers" to hop through hoops, folks. This event is just about dogs being dogs.
I know dogs don't have civil rights, but this policy is terrible. Dog fans should be uniting to encourage people to adopt dogs from pet shelters and rescue groups. Instead, the AKC is treating people who adopt and rescue dogs like second-class citizens by excluding them from events where a dog's breed is irrelevant. Harrumph.
Props to the UKC (United Kennel Club), the US Dog Agility Association and the North American Dog Agility Club for allowing mixed breed dogs to compete through the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registry (http://www.ambor.us/).
Now, check out this picture Gavin took tonight. Maddie is actually sitting ON Sugarbear while she looks out the window - so funny. Love these girls.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
They also had little pony rides for kids, and vendors selling fried food and horse-themed items, like purses and t-shirts with graphic renderings of horse faces and slogans like, "Hold your Horses."
Also, several dog rescue groups were there adopting out dogs. Rip my heart out. I have a real problem, folks. I know I don't need a third dog, and it would be neither smart nor rational for me to get one, but I just can't bear to walk by these exhibits without playing with the dogs. And then, invariably, I meet one that I can't live without and Gavin has to be the bad guy and tell me no, and then I think about the dog for the next two weeks. I need to stay away; when will I learn? Oh well. Anyway, here are some shots Gavin took!
Below are the jumping competitors - pretty neat. Gavin did a great job with these pics!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Last night Maddie learned the dog walk and the weave poles. The dog walk is this long, skinny, raised walkway thing that the dogs have to walk over - kind of like the balance beam in Gymnastics, but without the jumps and splits and "sticking the landing." The weave poles are these little poles that they have to weave through. Maddie is the smallest dog in the class, so she blew away the other dogs with the dog walk. It's tough for big dogs because it's kind of skinny and the fact that it is raised up in the air scares some dogs. Weave poles? Well Maddie struggled a little with that. We'll be working on that this weekend. Here is a picture of the doggy balance beam.
Anyway, while we were there, we also practiced the other tricks. She is such a great jumper now, and she ran through the tunnel and over the A-frame like a champ! The very best thing about all this is that Maddie is learning how to be normal around other dogs and people she doesn't know very well. People in the class keep commenting on how much she has improved and it makes me so proud! Go Maddie!!