Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

an afternoon of friends......

the dog and pony show.. act 1

Her name is Little Bits.... she's six months old!!! and belongs to my friend Belinda....

"Bits" came to play the other afternoon while her Mom was at work...and for a big puppy, who is still in the clumsy stage.. she can move...
She had the grandest time with Logan and with Lexi... and I think they really enjoyed her company...
It's so  nice to have dogs that "just get along"... these puppies ran all afternoon and by the time Belinda came to get her.... she was one tired girl... so were the other two...
We had a saint when I was a little girl. Probably one of the reasons I got into dogs..... 

Bits and Logan.....
So.... it's time for Mocha to make her summer debut.... but before we do that.. she needed a very good grooming. Including a bath and a good brush out. Here's the "before".....
and the after!!!.. This little gal cleans up good....

Annabelle taking it all in.... I was thinking about "Annie"... and it's hard to believe we have had this little cat eight years. She was the first one who lived in the barn...and was a year old when we got her. After losing her two winters ago, I thought that was the end, but here she is and doing well.... 
So, Friday morning, we loaded up the dog and pony show and headed out. Logan I think was rather surprised to see Mocha on this outing... (she rode in the trailer... Logan in the truck)... 
While we waited for everyone to arrived, Mocha had a little snack. Logan watched her with the most interest, like she couldn't figure out what Mocha found in all that green grass....
Mocha is so good around dogs... and she just continued to munch while Logan still tried to figure it all out...
And then decided that dog cookies were really much better...
Today's therapy visit... part of the group... Logan , Juno, Mocha and Attitcus...
This young man is a long time friend, and once he came out to say hello... Mocha headed right over to greet him. They all know how much he likes them, and so there is no fear of his equipment.... they just need to get by that to say hello....
Livy wasn't about to let Mocha have all the attention and she made sure that she got her greeting too....
Mocha is always the star of the show when we make this visit... everyone wants their picture taken with her.... she happy to do so.


It's kind of funny, because once Livy realized that everyone liked Mocha so much... she began to (dare I say) get a little jealous and really pushed her way in when people came to visit....
No way was Mocha going to get all that attention!!!!

This young man hadn't been here before when we visited. He liked the dogs, but was rather unsure of Mocha... it took him some time a bit of courage to approach her. She was very quiet and calm and in time, he even managed to touch her... not pat... just touch.. which was huge for him ....

but that's what the visits are all about.. just learning about each other...
Course the question of the day was... "who's bigger the dog or the pony"... I think this photo pretty much answers that question...
and the dog and pony crew... Bernice with Logan.. Livy (me taking the photo)  Sarah and her pug.. Tina and Juno.. Mocha and Attitcus and Rick...

Mocha tell Juno that she has nothing on her...
and a bit of puppy play at the end of a very nice visit. With promises that we will be back and friends who will look forward to seeing us. 
Since the day was turning off to be another hot one... Kass packed up the boys and headed to camp. Mandi and Braydon came as well... so, an afternoon of swimming after such a fun morning...
Abi..... this is what summer looks like!!!!
doesn't take kiddos long to jump in a lake...
and this summer, Abi does as much underwater swimming as she does above water swimming.... 

It will be fun to watch these two grow up on the lake., I remember when Abi was like this, and now she's our fishie.....
She's working on handstands underwater and summer salts.... she almost has them mastered....
Summer skies........



and I am reminded that we are very very blessed.....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

summer school

For the second summer in a row, I have the privilege of teaching the upper level Canine Good Citizen classes. This year, there are two of them.. one is the community class and the other is the Urban class. These classes are litterly taught out in public, so the dogs that have signed on are already very good with their skills... just always working on improving them. The community class is Tina with Juno (great dane) Sandall with Oliver (st. poodle) Kathleen is there with Logan... Rick with Attitcus (Lab) Judy with Angle (French bulldog) and Wanda with Solo (pappion)  


Needless to say, a group such as this is going to bring on a lot of attention!!! So, before we got out on the road/sidewalk, we did some warm up work first. One of the "tests" they must pass is being able to sit quietly in a small group..... since (at the moment) there weren't too many people, our group was... ourselves. And to these guys, that's no big deal.
A bit of walking... the must also have dogs that walk nicely with loose leashes.......
And off we go. Just as I had thought, it took all of five seconds for everyone to to notice the dogs. At first it was just because there were "so many".. and then "all the different kinds"... but I very quickly heard comments of... 'my dog could never do this".. or "perhaps I should do some training with mine"...
That pleased me, because this is exactly what this class is all about. Having dogs that know how to behave in public, know how to handle themselves under unknown situations.... and yes, any dog... all dogs... should be able to do this. 
Livy ends up being in both classes because she is with me.... leave it to her to find the kids and schmooze with them!!!! Just keeping her reader dog skills up I guess...
And the smiles...... people who stopped where smiling and talking to the dogs, to us and to each other. Many of course, are on vacation, so we heard lots of stories about the doggies waiting at home... or the people who might have owned a doggie just like us. There is no doubt that dogs bring people together.... 
It was hard to keep the class moving because people were so interested in them, and what we were doing.....
Angel smiled at this little girl........
Livy was quite certain this little chap needed to come home with us.......
The hour flew by and I had to hussle to catch up with the next class... this one is the Urban class... and though it's much like the community class, it has a few harder tests for these dogs...

Here we have Mary and Storme (shepherd) Karen and Roxie (Portuguese water dog) Sonya and Daisy (staffishire terrier) Martha and Glory (boxer) and Judy with Kingston (French bulldog)... another group that will draw attention...
These dogs did the community class last year, so in a way, this is old hat to them. But it's still important to keep the skills high, and that can only be done by practice....
Livy says  "really Mom... how many classes must a girl do??"
Down stays on the board walk.... these dogs need to do a three minute down stay for one of their tests.... we did this one right outside the bowling alley... and on the board walk where the surface underneath is not steady. It echos, it "moves"... and it feels different. They make it look so easy, but in fact, this is a really hard place for a dog to work. 
The evening was just perfect.. the weather had cleared just in time (thunderstorms had rolled threw just before)... we were working at the beach!!! with great people and dogs, and a night full of smiles..... after that, it was time for ice cream...


and to think... this is my "job" !!!!!!