Busy Busy

Two new podcasts for Do More With Your Dog are up – we are starting a series on how to earn your Trick Dog Champion Title! Check them out here.

Kelinn has had a busy couple of weekends – with rally last weekend and a conformation show with UKC this weekend. He normally attends a drop in Novice Obedience competition class on Monday nights but he and I have both been wiped out from the weekends so we haven’t gone each of the last two classes. Perks of a drop in class!


Kellin’s big accomplishment this weekend was getting a Group 4/fourth place in a very large herding group in his conformation show. He was the only puppy in the group in addition to being a total newbie at this, so it was very exciting!


We attended the show with one of Kelinn’s friends, an eight month old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (on the right) who also had a great weekend with a Group 3 and a Group 2!

The other dogs are probably feeling neglected as I have been gone so much and we are babysitting a friend’s dog, and have two foster kittens, and Chris is very busy with work right now… I made sure they all got solo walks this weekend and hopefully they will forgive us. Hopefully things will calm down a bit, as well.


Kelinn and I got a very cool surprise after winning an online FB random drawing. The amazing AlliePets used him to introduce one of her new drawing styles. Isn’t it adorable? If you’re interested in your own caricature style drawing, head over to her page!


And perhaps the most fun this weekend was meeting my friend’s 9 week old Great Dane puppy at the dog show! Her name is Flare and she is just adorable! Puppies are the best.


More Rally Success


Kelinn had his second rally trial this weekend, the day he turned seven months (Saturday). He needed two more “legs” or qualifying scores to get a new title: Rally Advanced. This is the first off leash class in rally, which means that avoiding distractions is extremely important. Kelinn is usually very focused, but he is still a puppy, and the show site was very hectic with lots of dogs and people running around. He was very calm, but he really wanted to make friends with everybody and find dropped food (they had free popcorn!) on the ground.


Right before he went into the ring the first time, a couple of people with their dogs were standing right in his path and let their dogs go up to him. He was so excited and started wiggling and play bowing when they were showing play signals to him, so of course as we walked into the ring he brain was on “play” mode. To top it off, at the second exercise, he got a little whiff of something and realized there was a delicious looking treat lying right outside the ring. So he stuck his head outside the ring and got the food. Not exactly the message I want to be sending…

Luckily I got his attention back and we managed a respectable score and a qualifying one at that (and second place) for his first run. The second run wasn’t for a few hours so we spent time walking around the show site, doing some shopping and eating lunch with a friend. By the time we got to his next run, he was veryyy tired – next time I will put him in his crate between runs and let him nap instead of wearing him out with busy show visiting.

Still, we managed a qualifying score again, and he got his Rally Advanced title! Very proud of this pup.


By the time we got home, he was ready to go to bed, and passed right out. This pup is usually very difficult to wear out, but all that stimulation and mental work really wiped him out!


Today I’m participating in the “Thursday Barks and Bytes” blog hop… Check out the hosts at 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.

Mischief Monday: The Duck Chaser

Yesterday, the dogs, husband and I jumped in the car for a trip to a friend’s house – she has three fenced in acres, a pond and four dogs and we all love visiting her for a doggy play date.

My friend has ducks and peacocks and normally when we visit the peacocks are in their little pen and the ducks stay in the water – sometimes the dogs bark at them but usually all is peaceful. For some reason on this particular visit, Snoopy decided he had enough of standing at shore barking at the ducks, and decided to go in after them.


Now no one was worried about the ducks – they can easily outswim a dog, but as it became clear Snoopy was dead set on catching the ducks, we all started to worry a bit about Snoopy. The pond water was COLD (like 45 degrees) and he is an older guy doing a very strenuous activity. Chris tried in vain to convince him to come up to shore for about 15 minutes. Finally he decided to give up and came up to shore himself.

The poor guy was shivering like crazy, so we wrapped him up in a towel and did our best to dry him off.


He was pretty worn out but still interested in the ducks so for his own well-being we put him on a long line and made him chill on the porch with us so he could dry off and rest. He is still completely worn out from his little duck chasing adventure – but he definitely had fun!



Today I am joining the Monday Mischief blog hop, hosted by Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog and My Brown Newfies.

The Unpleasant Side of Fireworks


While I enjoy holidays as much as the next guy, I have to say I’ve developed a bit of a sour attitude about July 4 since getting Jeni. While the boy dogs are all fine with fireworks and storms, Jeni is extremely noise phobic and violently scared of fireworks.

Even with a Thundershirt, calming collar, Melatonin and Benadryl (and sometimes she gets Xanax), she still shakes pretty much the whole time. During fireworks or storms, we never let Jeni outside off leash, even in the yard, and we are always careful to watch any doors or entryways. She also has her collar on with an ID tag and GPS tracker, and is microchipped. July 4 is one of the worst days for pets in terms of getting lost or running away because dogs bolt from fear.

We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend, but make sure to keep your pets’ safety in mind!

Fourth of July Safety Tips from ASPCA

Why It’s OK to Comfort Your Dog During Fireworks
Some Ways to Help Your Dog Be Less Fearful of Fireworks
How to Counter Condition Fireworks

A Reunion With Garth

Yesterday we got the opportunity to catch up with Garth and his family.

Garth was one of my favorite fosters, who we contemplated keeping, but ultimately he found the perfect home and I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. He has three cats to play with and two human siblings who just adore him. He’s made a lot of progress with his confidence and his new family reports he doesn’t bark at people coming in the house anymore at all!

We brought along Bauer and Kelinn for a little play date and they enjoyed bopping around together, but Garth mostly wanted to visit with us – it’s obvious he recognizes us and it’s quite a nice feeling!



Today I’m participating in the “Thursday Barks and Bytes” blog hop… Check out the hosts at 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.

Fosters: Olive, Teacup and Saucer

I have been slacking on foster updates! After our litter of five kittens all gained weight and got adopted, we said we were going to take a break, which is always a lie, because then we got two more kittens, and a puppy!

The kittens names are Teacup and Saucer. Teacup got her name because she is TINY and Saucer just fit because they were siblings. They are both very pretty and sweet. Both kittens and the puppy I will introduce in a minute were a part of our shelter’s holiday card photo shoot. The pictures turned out great and I am very excited for our cards this year. The photoshoot is over but they are still with us because they need to gain more weight.


The puppy’s name is Olive. She was with us for all of two days before our neighbors fell in love with her and snatched her up. I’m very excited for them and for her, and that we still get to see her! Kelinn likes her a lot and they just had a little playdate last night. She is extremely adorable and I can’t wait to watch her grow up.


Backing Up

I recently “guest starred” on Kyra Sundance’s podcast for Do More With Your Dog. It sounds like this will be a regular thing so I will try to post when new episodes become available!

You can get this week’s podcast here (it’s number 68).

We chatted about a lot of things but one of the main ones was “back up.” There are a lot of different ways to accomplish this, as we discuss in the podcast. You can listen to hear some different methods or watch a few ways here: