Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dogs Take Over Disaster City

Every year there is a weekend where dogs and humans come from all over the United States to train together.  It is always fun to meet new friends and see people, and dogs, that I remember.  This year there were more of them than ever before, and I can tell you that there were many states who sent teams — New York, Florida, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Indiana, Missouri.  Angie and I were part of a group and we worked together the entire weekend.

It is amazing that with so many dogs, there were no problems.  We all stayed in our kennels when we were not working, and when we went to different locations, we were always on lead.  This weekend was about training, not getting to know each other.  Although we kind of did, because we were in kennels that were close together.  My favorite dog was a giant black lab named Pilot, and he was from Florida.  He was young and very energetic.

Sprinkles and I stayed together in a hotel room.  As a special treat, Angie brought us both chew bones.  You should have seen Sprinkles throwing hers in the air and catching it with her mouth.  We both slept great because we worked so hard during the day.  Our favorite part of the weekend was getting to search on the trains, where somebody was hiding up in the space where the luggage is kept…or on the top part of a bed.  We would run fast and then, boom, there was that smell that could only mean one thing, that a person is waiting to play tug!

The part of the weekend that I did not like so much was when the Vet Team decided that I would be the dog whose leg would get bandaged.  This was not because I was hurt, but just to show everybody how to do it the right way.  I had to lay still while this happened.  You know that is hard for me, and then I got up and kind of limped around with 3 legs.  I love my vets, and so it was okay to help them.  It can’t always be all about me!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Responsible Pet Owners’ Month

February is something called “Responsible Pet Owners’ Month.” I know there is a day that is also about love, hearts, mush mush mush, when Kip brings Angie flowers, and they hug. I might add that I am not allowed to nibble on the flowers.  Oh, right, I was talking about the other way the month is special.

Responsibility means a lot to dogs. Here are some ways that Angie is a responsible owner, although I am not a pet, but a working dog with a job. The ways that she takes care of me are:
  1. I get checked by the vet once a year, and all of my vaccinations are up-to-date.
  2. I have a microchip in my neck so that if I ever get lost, there is a machine that can read it and help make sure I get home safely.
  3. Every month, I take medicine to make sure I don’t get heartworms or fleas.
  4. Angie makes sure that I get plenty of exercise…not just training, but running and playing.
  5. Even though some food smells delicious, I get nothing but dog food.  Nothing from the plates of Kip, Angie, and Chris.  I might want it, but by now I know that is not happening.
  6. Angie brushes my fur and my teeth – every day.  I get a bath when I start to smell funky.
  7. When we are outside of the house, Angie makes sure that I am on a lead, so that she can make sure I am safe from cars and other dogs.
  8. There is a soft mat in the kennel where I sleep.  It is washed once a week so it is clean.
  9. I always travel in a kennel that is secure in the car.
Thank you to my family for taking such good care of me.  Oh, and one more thing that is a little bit embarrassing. I am a girl dog, but I had an operation so I cannot have puppies. That was a responsible decision, and I am one lucky dog!