Monday, February 24, 2014

The Best Long Down

You probably know that as part of my obedience training, I have to lie down and stay that way, even if there are other dogs around, and even if – and this is the hardest part for me – Angie walks out of sight.  I cannot get up until she tells me that I am “all done.”

Guess what happened after training yesterday?  Sasha, Sprinkles, Snap, and 2 visiting dogs were on a down stay with me.  We were in a line, but our bodies were not touching…6 dogs in all.  Angie walked away, and Sprinkles’ mom walked out in front of us with a bag.  She took out lots of soft toys and put them on the ground in front of us.  I was very excited, and I know that my friends were, too. 

Remember, we were supposed to stay.  Angie walked back in sight, and told me to “stay.”  And then, one by one, each dog was able to choose a toy.  Sprinkles put two in her mouth.  Sasha picked out a toy with a squeaker, and I chose one that makes a crunchy sound because there is an empty water bottle inside.  Snap decided on a monkey with a hat and long legs.

We all walked back to our cars with our toys in our mouths.  No fighting, of course.  It was so much fun!

Sprinkles kept both of her soft toys.  I think mine is the best, because of the crunchy sound, and because when it stops crunching, Angie puts another water bottle inside, and it sounds just like new.

I like this kind of obedience training that ends with a new toy for each dog…but it doesn’t happen often.  That’s what makes it so special.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Day Trip

Angie, Chris, Kip, and I took a trip to visit somebody in another city.  I know this sounds strange, but I have not stayed in a house before that was not my own.  Yes, I have been on airplanes, boats, and in hotels, tents, and warehouses, but this was different because there were so many smells and people.

When we arrived, even outside of the front door, I smelled another dog.  His name is Milton, and you can see from the picture that he is not too big.  His mom said that he came from a shelter, just like me.  He was friendly, as long as I did not come near his favorite toy, which is a rubber chicken that squeaks.  I shared his water, and we ate from different bowls.  He always gets rice with his dog food, and I got some, too.

It was very busy at Milton’s house.  Lots of people came to visit, and there was talking, eating, and some loud noises.  At least it sounded loud to me.  When I am home, my family is pretty quiet.  Angie brought my crate inside, but I did not want to go in it.  I kept running up and down the stairs, and sometimes Milton and I went into the backyard.

Finally, everybody left, and Milton and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  There were lots of new smells, and I liked that.  We came to an area where we could run without our leashes, and that felt great.  I stretched my body out long, and ran circles around Milton.  When we came back, I was able to relax enough to go to sleep in my crate.

The next day was the best.  Milton and I went to a trail that was not far from his house, and we explored.  I know he has been there before, but I could tell he was following me when I went to new parts.  Guess what animals we saw?  Three deer, running right in front of us. They were fast!  I needed that exercise, and when it was time to load up in the car to go back home, I took a nap.  I was so happy to get back to my own house, and I was even glad to see Oscar the cat, who we left behind.  I still think the best trips are the ones to Disaster City!