Monday, May 26, 2008

Congrats to Jurgen & Xena!

Congratulations on your Schutzhund 1 at the Niagara Hundesport trial on Sunday!

I never wrote down the score or the judges name, but I did manage to get some pictures.

Obedience:


Protection:


Good job guys!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The liquid cost of training

With gas at $1.25 per litre, I've calculated that it costs me $1.00 every 10 km to drive my Toyota Matrix.



That means I spend $6.00/day in gas just to get to work.

When I was training in Orangeville the round-trip cost was $17... from work on Wednesdays it was $20. Ouch.

The cost to drive vans, trucks & SUVs that fit crates in the back must be through the roof and it's only going to get worse. Thankfully I sold my van a few years back.

Our country is so large and spread-out that most of us have to hit the road to train & trial. Does anyone have a plan for the future?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A journey towards patience, always on the horizon.

Are some people naturally more patient than others? Yes, I believe certain personality types are. Am I one of them? Absolutely not!

Patience defined:
pa·tience –noun
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

Patience is something I've been consciously practicing in many areas of my life lately – God, work, finances, relationships and yes, dog training :) It's hard to be calm and even-tempered when things aren't going our way. It's easier to get irritated, angry or even to give up completely. Yet instant gratification isn't always the best route and I believe the reward is very powerful for those who can develop perseverance.

On the dog front, what makes this journey of mine doubly exciting is the fact that I'm training a creature who has the same, um, "problem" with patience. I take full responsibility for that and now I'm learning a lot working with him. I'm very thankful to have an instructor that is patient with both of us!

Helloooooooo! I'm over here.

Rock for Autism

A benefit concert to support Team Trystan.

Thursday May 29th, 2008
The Starlight
Waterloo, Ontario
9:00 pm

Featuring:
Seedy Ease
The Dunes
The Stars Here



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Portraits



Happiness is...

Foxy's big brother.

Bullet.

She loves Bullet. Bullet is her idol, her hero, her role model. Whatever Bullet is doing she does too.

"What are we looking at?"


"Wait up! Wait for me!"


"Hmmmm... mouth open wide, tongue out, a bit of drool..."


"How's this?"



What does Bullet think of Foxy?

"Foxy? Who's Foxy?"

He ignores her existence.

Time for a water adventure!

I want to... but I'm not sure...


I can't seem to control these feelings...


Oh my. This is FUN!

That's some dog!

We met this impressive couple on our walk today.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Crispin has graduated from NSD!

Crispin is now an official working dog, he's been matched with a 5 year old boy with Autism. We saw him one last time on Tuesday at his graduation.

Here he is sporting his new vest and harness:



The class of May 2008:





What a good lab! I think his new family will really enjoy this dog, he was a fun boy.

Icky nail.

This is what happens when Bullet skids out and slams on the brakes one too many times.

Foxy's growing up!

She is scheduled to be spayed next week.

All of her baby teeth have fallen out.



Fable is still bigger than she is and they are both doing well in their class.



Here she is with Jingles the Golden and Eli the chocolate lab:

Who will win this race?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Is this cute? Funny?

This photo has passed through my email box a few times lately.



Shudder.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Andrey Markov

Andrey Markov uses Giant Schnauzers and Mini Schnauzers in his circus act. Most of us work with one dog at a time... Try six!



You wanna piece of me?

Bring it on!