Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bite me – Day 2

Day 2 of the National Helper Seminar at Capital City Schutzhund Club.
The focus of this day was how to properly catch a dog. Then came the certification test.

They warmed-up, and then practiced the skills without the dogs.

After that it was show time.

I brought Bullet out to help... Marvin earned his National Trial Helper Certification with Bully, congratulations!

The participants of the weekend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bite me

Capital City Schutzhund Club hosted a National Helper Seminar this past weekend with teaching helpers Darin Clarke and Howie Jackman. It was HOT, but that didn't stop anyone from having a great time.

Here are some pictures from day one, July 23, 2011.
They focused on the hold & bark, escape, drive and reattack.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rotten puppy cuteness

This little rottie girl was adorable, falling asleep in her mom's arms.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mmmm... I love turtles!

We literally stumbled upon this painted turtle trapped between the railway tracks.

Asking the dogs to sit I got out my camera for the photo-op. Trying desperately to get away from us he was having a little turtle panic attack. Those legs could move faster than you would expect.

He found his entrance hole under the tracks but got stuck trying to get through. Giving him a push I watched as he scrambled out of sight through the weeds and towards the lake - away from us.

Lexis was intent on my every move... oh who am I kidding? She was obsessing over the turtle, longing for a snack that was both chewy and crunchy. Not on my watch girl!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Glory was pronounced Girly by the kids.

Lexis has become Lexkiss. It suits her!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Houseoftervs Signed Original (Sept 2003-July 2011)

Every dog that passes through my life has taught me a lesson. Ceilidh's lesson to me was about letting go.

I have never mentioned placing Ceilidh in a new home. It was an agonizing enough decision for me to make without the judgment of strangers sitting behind their screens not knowing the details. Beware of blanket judgements, you never know what is lurking around the corner in your own life.

There was no way I would have let Ceilidh go to just any home. We met Mary the day Ceilidh finished her Championship. Having just lost her previous Terv she was looking for another companion - it truly was a match made in heaven.

My only regret is that time was limited for Mary & Ceilidh. Not quite 8 years old, stomach cancer has taken Ceilidh from this world too soon.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Kamikaze ways

Man-oh-man. Bullet's kamikaze ways are rubbing off on Lexis.

There is a trail near my house that I haven't taken in a few years. It was fenced off, causing the kids (and possibly adults) to immediately cut an access hole through it. The owner retaliated with barbed wire and solid metal plates.

Curious to see how this fence had stood the test of time, I wandered over with Lex. Nearing it I found the barrier standing strong, but I noticed a side trail around the fenced yard. Good thing too. At the end of the main trail was a cement wall. Lexis took one look down and launched herself off of it. Yikes!

I would have asked her to try a running climb back up, but with the rusty wire poking out it wasn't worth the risk. As a last resort I could jump too... a very last resort.

Telling Lex to wait, I ran back to the side trail and around the compound. Lex was sitting and waiting patiently for me when I came around, good girl!

And we continued on our merry way, my curiosity appeased. Good thing it didn't kill the dog.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

My guard

Wandering the streets I go into my own little world. Having the dogs act as my eyes and ears gives me a freedom to daydream. I am always aware, but often they are the ones who give me the initial heads-up to anything approaching.

Loose on the trails, Bullet alerts me to people in the forest by his body language. He knows when someone is there and stands guard, watching them closely. Once I pass or they leave he relaxes his watch and we continue on our way. Having met some odd and potentially dangerous people in the woods, I am thankful for his presence.

My world would be a much smaller place without Bullet & Lexis, and I consider myself lucky to have such wonderful dogs by my side to share in the journey.