My Puppies Care for Everyone

Yesterday I recorded my whole drive out to WonderDogs, where Belle and I take agility classes and Mom and Luka take obedience lessons. When I stopped at Wawa I decided to leave the car running, figuring I’d have some video footage of Belle either not caring I was gone or reeking havoc in my car.

Instead, I have roughly 10 minutes worth of video of Belle crying in my backseat.

While I was watching (literally seconds ago) Luka jumped off my bed and went over to Belle who was sleeping by the door and licked her face until she woke up. She thought her sister was upset and went to comfort her!

But of course Belle woke up and was like “Wasn’t me.” Then they jumped on my bed an stared out the window like “There is a puppy out there who needs love and cuddles! Belle and Luka to the rescue!”

I’m just saying: it was cute and pretty awesome to know my dogs care about each other and other dogs so much.

Class #7

I didn’t post for class #5 and we couldn’t go to class #6 because Belle was in heat but lemme tell you about class #7.

We were a small class this week and one of my instructors was not there. We had an addition to our class this week, a corgi named Max.

DSC_0051We started with the chute (closed tunnel) which Belle notoriously does not like. But we made some big progress tonight. At first she went half way in, backed out, then followed me around the tunnel. So my instructor folded up the chute and fed her treats while she went in the tunnel, but after every treat Belle backed out. She did eventually go through the whole chute but only once I was at the end.

I am beginning to wonder how long it will take her to run through the tunnel without me at the end of it.

Woofing It: Interview Questions

 

 

  1. Did you start agility by taking classes? What were they like and how long was it before your dog started showing confidence on the obstacles?
  2. IF YOU DIDN’T TAKE CLASSES: How did you train your dog for agility?
  3. What was your dog’s worst obstacle when s/he first started? What did s/he do?
  4. What was your first competition like? Do you remember your 1st time? Was your dog as confident at the competition as s/he was in training?
  5. How long before you knew your dog was competition ready? What behaviors were you looking for?
  6. What do you find most rewarding about agility? What do you find is most demanding?
  7. Has your dog ever sustained any injuries from agility? What were they and how were they treated?
  8. Have you won a title? What title was it and what was your time, class, and jump height?
  9. Do you find agility is easier with older or younger dogs? smaller or larger dogs? Do you have any breed preference? What makes them better?
  10. Why did you start agility? What sparked your interest in Dog Sport?

Who’s Ready for Some Belle-O-Vision!?

My GoPro came in last week and I immediately strapped it onto Belle. Just for the record: She hates the GoPro Fetch harness. But she’s getting more used to it each time I put it on her. I almost always have Belle on a leash so I mount the camera on her front so that it’s not constantly getting smacked by the leash.

Without further ado: I give you Belle-O-Vision (BTV)

Our 4th Class and Vlog #8

Just a funny side note: No one asked me why I was recording/taking pictures of class until I put a GoPro on Belle.

But now that everyone knows, people have been staying out of my camera shots! Hooray!

On to class:

We started with a low jump. Normally, Belle goes over these fine. I mean, she hesitates some but it’s not like she’s terrified to jump over anything… or on anything… or anyone… but she wouldn’t go over the jump at the beginning of class. As it turns out, someone had to poop.

Some Ideas for Presenting My Research

DSC_0028At the end of this semester I must present all the research I am doing. I’ve been meditating on that since I’ve involved so much media in my project. If I start recording some video diary entries now, I could do a lengthy vlogumentary, but I’m not sure how I would query that.

DSC_0116I also thought about making a picture book. I mean, I have so many pictures I’m sure I could just sue those and some Photoshop filters in order to make it all look like sketches, or I could color-pop Belle and I out… But would I make it a non-fiction picture book? or maybe write a fictional story based on my research?

I also think it would work as a short story or a novel, but writing about my experience would require it to be a little further along. In my proposal, I stated that I wanted the piece to end with Belle’s first competition and I just don’t think I’ll be able to do that. I didn’t realize that there would be so many obstacles to learn at the beginner level.

Honestly, I’d like to either write the novel length experience about it or do the vlogumentary. I’m just not sure that the vlogumentary would fly.

What do you think I should do?

More Notes and Vlog #2

Our first class is tonight! Here is a brief vlog about Belle (and her sister Luka) getting their shots. Belle needs hers for class, but they were both due to get them. Don’t worry, their big ol’ Lab butts don’t feel a thing.

Agility is an athletic event which demonstrates a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in varying situations. It requires conditioning, concentration, training, and (most importantly) teamwork. Handlers and their dogs traverse an obstacle course against a clock.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hadn’t found out much about the classes.

BUT NOW I HAVE!

Sort of…

The Year in Recap

It’s been a pretty big year for me. I’m in a loving, committed relationship, I graduated college, my dog died, we have two furry additions to the family, I was accepted to grad school…

I graduated with my BA this summer and I am seriously just amazed at myself. Growing up, I wasn’t what anyone would call an Honor Student. Yet, here I am, in a national honor society, with Magna Cum Laude on my degree. Man, if all those teachers could see me now. And you know what the weirdest part is? It wasn’t hard, it was just hard work. I just woke up one day and cared.

It hasn’t all been fun this year, though. Back in February we had to put my Belgian Shepherd, Precious, down. She was 14 years old, a month away from being 15, and couldn’t walk anymore. She suffered a stroke on a Saturday and we took her to the vet that Monday. It was so hard to put her into a box and wrap her up with a blanket that last time.