Sunday, August 27, 2006

Covenant Run to the Battle HIC, CGN

The Ontario devision of ARPH (Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline Inc) had a fundraising picnic today just east of Toronto at a place called Camp LotsaDogs. There were so many rescue Aussies there hanging out and playing together, everyone got along and had a blast. There were only two of my old fosters there but it was nice to see them again, even Talis who I see all the time.

Glory the Muppet had the most fun I think, she ran for hours, chasing balls and other dogs as well as socializing with all the people. She was our "rare wire-coated black aussie" :)

"Let me at'em!" says the Muppet.

Marci Jameson of North York Obedience Club Inc awarded Bullet his Canine Good Neighbour today, her comments being "Excellent Job", with a "slight whiney" at the supervised isolation exercise. Something I really must work on for the near future.

Bullet graduates from pre-kindergarden today!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Working clubs/breed clubs

As a member of The Working Riesenschnauzer Federation I was asked to donate something for the auction at Schnauzerfest. But here's the thing... I'm not a member anymore. I let my membership expire this year because I'm having a hard time understanding the point. Even though I have a schnauzer I did not see even one benefit of being a member. (This is not just about the WRF, they just happen to be top of mind) I'm not interested in the politics, cliques or whisperings, there's enough of that in everyday life without adding some more voluntarily. Sometimes you have to regroup and prioritize things in life, therefore I plan on sending in my donation but that will be it.

I've decided to focus my time, energy & money on local clubs & groups... Places where I train my dogs and develop in-the-flesh friendships. As a result, even though I was toying with the idea of going to Schnauzerfest this year in Illinois, I've decided not to. There are some people I'd like to meet but it will have to wait for another time. If anyone is coming through Ontario send me an email and we'll hook up!

Can you guess who I used as my model for this drawing?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

It seems that I've been tagged

by gwiz

Here's how this tag is played: The player of this game starts with "5 weird things/habits about your dog." Then you tag 5 friends and list their names. The furries who get tagged need to write on their blogs about their 5 weird things/habits, as well as state this rule clearly, then tag 5 more victims. Don't forget to leave your victim a comment that says "you're tagged!" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

Bullet's weird things/habits:

1. He lifts his leg so high when he pees that he almost falls over. Actually, he DID fall over yesterday, not when peeing, but when he was already lying down. We're not quite sure how he managed to do it but it was funny!

2. He shakes his head so hard he's got a sore on the end of his ear - but he feels no pain.

3. The most important thing in his life is his ball, he'd take it over food.

4. He still knocks his bucket of water over for fun, we were hoping he'd outgrow this... :)

5. He's got no manners. He jumps on people, barks at people, licks himself in public, farts, stares shamelessly at you when you are eating, is most affectionate just after he's had a drink... but hey, it's ok! He's not a DogGuide puppy! Makes you want a schnauzer, doesn't it?!

Unfortunately I can't tag anyone, but this has been fun.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Belgian Smile

Ceilidh's happy, and there is no breed that can smile like a Belgian.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


This past weekend Bullet and I went to a seminar where our performance was taped. I never had any intention of watching it, at least for a long time, but then I changed my mind. I'm glad I did.

Sometimes I forget how young Bullet still is and I look forward to seeing how he will progress & mature.

And his energy! I really didn't notice it until I saw him working with me. He's got springs in his legs! Yet he seems incredibly calm compared to Coda. But he's not! How can this be? What are the differences?

Bullet is happy to lie at my feet and rest while I'm working - when he's not shoving a slobbery ball into my lap anyway :) When my alarm goes off in the morning I invite him up and he snuggles with me until I eventually drag myself out of bed. When I move he's right there with me, even if it's just to get a book off the shelf two steps away. Yet when it's time to train he's more than ready...

And there's the difference. Bullet pushes his energy to me. It's so beautiful to work with and easy to channel. Coda was a bull-headed bearded freak who had his own mind and was always toeing the line. I say that with much love, but it wasn't always easy, lol! He was a great teacher and I don't regret it, but his energy wasn't as cooperative. This caused me to start biking with him, eventually leading me to try bikejoring which he excelled at...

This leads into my main thought. How well will Bullet be at bikejoring? I'm not convinced he'll be the natural Coda was. Coda was a lead dog at heart, and his heart was huge. The few times I've taken Bullet out on the Springer he's content to run on a loose line and flat collar - to stay with me. Coda on the other hand would be straining into the prong, screaming with excitement and raw energy for the first few kilometers. It only took two times in harness for him to understand his role out front.

I'm sure when the time comes I will get Bullet pulling, he is a Giant after all, but it may require more training on my part. Looking on the bright side of things, he'll be a safer ride and I may not even need an electric collar to help me enforce my "leave it!" when the furry rodents cross our path! We'll see about that one anyway :)

Hmmmm... I think that's about it. Musings over for now.

Hannah Banana

She'd be the well groomed one, unlike Bully and Glow :) I wonder what it would have been like having Hannah rather than Bullet as was originally planned?

Family reunion:

Confess & Believe

"The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:8-13 NIV

Monday, August 14, 2006

Cyder update

Cyder is back in Ontario as of a few weeks ago. She's now training in Oakville, and my sources tell me she'll probably be graduating from the Canine Vision Canada program with her partner/client in September!

I'm planning on fostering a Standard Poodle next. Always wondered what they are like.

Bullet the Barbarian!

Barbarian Rugbywear is one of our long-time clients here at Brighthouse, the ad agency I work for.

When I heard there was talk of having a dog in one of the catalogue shots... well, let's just say I can get pretty annoying if I want to... Um, I mean persuasive, ... yes, that's right, persuasive ;)

Guess who had his first modelling gig?

Attention with distraction

Bullet's first time around horses...