Monday, August 27, 2012

A Playground for Dogs

Just when I thought that Disaster City could not get any better, yesterday changed my mind.  There is something new just for dogs! What should I even call it?  It has a tunnel that is way up high, a board that is off the ground, and when you walk on it, it moves.  There are ladders, tall and short, and so many planks to walk across.  Some of them are straight across, and some of them are slanted up and down.  Oh, and there is a slide that is very slippery.  Angie did not want me to go down it because one of the dogs fell off of it.  He was fine.

So with all of the excitement, and all of the dogs trying out this equipment for the first time, it was a good thing that the nice vets from the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team were there.  They checked out the dog who fell off the slide, and they even had those bags with water in them that they hold in the air, while the water goes into a dog’s body through a needle in the skin.  It does not hurt at all, because the vets are so gentle.  I could tell I needed some because my mouth felt very dry.  The vets brought us inside so we could cool off.

We also searched on the rubble piles.  Guess what happened to Sasha?  She was working a problem, and she put her nose on a piece of metal to see if she could smell what she was looking for, then two things happened to hurt her.  First, a bee stung her, but that was not the worst thing.  The metal was so hot that she burned her nose.  Angie put her hand down to see how hot it was, and she yelled, “OWWW!”  I know Sasha will be fine, but we have to be careful.  Sprinkles has burned the bottom of his paws on that hot stuff.

Check out all the pictures of my friends playing on the new agility prop (that is what Angie called it).  Check out Sasha on the board that moves in the air.  Sprinkles was not there, but I know she will have a great time when she gets to play on it.  Are we the luckiest dogs in the world, or what?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Longest Search

The day started like we were going to training. So I thought, “Yeah, Disaster City!” But that is not where we went. Angie and I went to a place where there were lots of people, some other dogs, and instead of going to a rubble pile, we went to a place with lots of trees, a few ponds, rocks and sand, even a couple of bridges. Angie told me: “Go find,” and I just took off, checking out the area.

I thought this was fun, kind of like going to the park, but it was very hard work. The sun was hot, and my pads were getting very warm from running on the sand. Angie made sure to give me lots of water to drink. Sometimes she told me, “Check over here,” and I would go into an area where there were lots of trees and bushes, and she would wait for me to come back. I never did bark because I did not find anybody. But I still worked hard. Finally, she told me that I was doing a good job, and gave me an empty water bottle to fetch. That was fun, and I tore it into pieces.

We worked for a long time, and then went to a place where there were people who checked me to make sure that I was okay. I think they were vets, just not the same ones who I see at home. They thought I needed more to drink, so they put a needle in my skin, and water came from a bag that was over my head, through that needle. I had a hump on my back, but when I went back out to search, I felt better. The water they gave me really helped.

One time during the afternoon, we passed a yard where there were 5 little dogs running loose. They all ran toward me, and Angie yelled at them to leave me alone, which they did. Another time, I tried to go under a barbed wire fence and I felt a little hurt on my stomach. I just kept searching. But when the vets checked me again that day, they gave me some more water through a needle, AND they put stitches in my stomach where I felt the little hurt. They were very sweet to me, and Angie was right there with me, so I was not scared.

Courtesy of Andreaplanet
By the time we left, the sun was gone, and it was night. I was tired and a little bit sore in my body from all of the work, and being out there searching for many hours. I got in my crate, ate my dinner, and fell asleep on the way home. This was not as much fun as a day at Disaster City, but I still had a good time searching.