Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I entered Dee in her first obedience trials.

I entered Dee in her first obedience trials, they were in Kensington, PE.  She qualified in Novice B with 195.5, missing High In Trial by .5 to a dog with much more experience and the title of OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion).   Not bad for a lab less than one year old!   Today though she earned HIT with a score of 194.  Michael CALHOUN of Montreal judged both days.  I have been under him many times but this may be the last as he is retiring.  I have never met an obedience handler  who hasn’t said that Michael wasn’t their most favorite judge.  I have attached a copy of the score sheet to show what she had to do and where she was less than perfect.


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Scotty is great

Scotty is great. I think you cheated us though . This is not a dog. He grows to a size of a dinosaur. We met his sister few days back and she is a third of his size. For the most part he is a great dog. Didn’t destroy anything at home. House training was amazing. Can’t remember when was his last accident (I think two or three times since we got him). Training also getting better. In the house there are no issues, outside is much harder. Especially when the “vacuum mode “ is on, but we will get there. 

I have two concerns. First he is way too friendly. To anyone and everything (some time it can be a real problem). The second bigger problem is that his mom wants another puppy “so Scotty will have someone to play with”. So please don’t answer her call for the next year or so until he grows up a little....



Pile of pups

Pie and Dex’s Litter at 2 weeks, their eyes will soon be open and they will be eating puppy food. 


Pie, Dex's at 2 wks

Miss Calypso

She sure doesn't look like a puppy in this one i took today.  She of course loves the beach!  Did some "off-leash" training to come to the whistle today, she did very well!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lucy is is so smart and beautiful

Lucy is so smart and beautiful that we are all just as pleased as can be. It's such a joy to walk through the door after a hard day's work, call out "Lucy, I'm home!," and then have her gallop to greet you! I doubt that will ever get old.


She's growing well, though we're just getting over a very expensive swallowed sock.  First, I'm glad that she's no worse for wear and that we had the health insurance. Second, we've puppy-proofed the house several times so, I don't know how she managed to get the sock!  I'm sure that won't be the last bizarre thing that she eats. We love Dr Carnegie and know that clinic from a previous cat that we owned.


She's coming along quite nicely on practical commands (eg sit, stand, lie down, stay, come here, heel, fetch) and we've taught her "paw" and "high paw" for fun. She gets so much pleasure out of being clever enough to do "high paw" (i.e. "high five") that it's like a reward when she does one of the more practical commands well. I was also quite pleased at how well she responded when I introduced the whistle last week. So far, she comes immediately when I do the 4-blast command, though I haven't practised it in the face of distraction, yet.


She's a beautiful dog.


Thanks so much again,


Joy (pic)

This is JOY, she is from Brie/Dex 4 mos old.



Merlin's weekend adventures

Here's a few shots from the weekend adventures. We had quite a bit of rain so the rivers were raging. We picked up a coyote friend for Merlin (kidding, my friends mutt but we are fairly confident there is some fox or coyote inthere somewhere!). Wonderful personality though and a good hiking buddy.  


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