Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sticky Snow shoe

I am updating the Blog using BlogPress for iPad so we will see how this works. Our so called main computer's hard drive failed Friday night. It is only eight months old so that really sucks. And it will take two weeks to get it back even though it is under warranty. So this is an experiment. I'm thinking the next computer is a Mac!

Davie has been playing with puppies again. This time he had one who was herding him.

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It snowed about 25 cm yesterday but then warmed up to +3 over night so needless to say the snow was sticky and the water was pouring down from the trees. Davie and Catja didn't seem to mind.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Davie's Birthday

We started with a play at the centre with Rune the Toller puppy. They had a blast, Davie is so good with puppies, he just loves them. Here are some pictures thanks to Rune's mom.

Hey I'm the Duck Toller, that's my duck!

Got it!

I can really run fast!

Please can I have it???
See I can share with the puppy!
Next we went to see Dena at the Dog Gone Bakery to pick up Davie's birthday cake. Dena is his favorite person at the DGB, sorry Cindy but she is number 1!

Then we headed out to share cake with the huskies and their buddies. Sorry no outside pictures, the camera battery died!!

Deva, the rescue. Such a sweet girl!

Sharing cake with Sammy and Old Man Pabs
Then it was off to see Catja and Benji and share more cake. 

Davie was waiting outside, he was more interested in playing than in eating more cake!

Davie's normal position, nose almost  up front dog's butt

Then we headed home for a rest. I think Davie had an excellent birthday. 

He needed a rest in his too small dog bed which he prefers to the right sized one!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Davie

It is Davie's third birthday today. He had a lot of fun today. We will post tomorrow on what we did for birthday fun. And a big thanks to Jenny for sending me puppy pictures so I know what he looked like as a wee one.

The cute puppy
The handsome guy

I likes bones
And I still like bones!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So winter arrived.

Yep it is cold out there, but Davie being the tough prairie boy doesn't seem to mind -30 as long as he has boots on. And if he is running around doesn't even need them.

Don't say anything about my boots! Hummm maybe I need camo ones.
We have curtailed our bush walks as it probably isn't a wise idea to venture out that far at these temperatures. So we have been going to the training centre every morning to work on things and then just roar around to release some energy. Today the wind is finally gone so -30 didn't feel too bad especially if you were in the sun, gone is the -44 wind chill.
Since it was so sunny out this morning we decided to drive around Prince George before going training and take some pictures. Here are just a few, I promise.

Ornamental Grasses at UNBC botanical gardens

More grasses


Nechako river steaming

Loaded logging truck
 Then we stopped at Catja and Benji's to play in the sunny backyard.

I thought you said that way!!

Are we reaaaady!!

What??? You don't like my orange booties?

Energy release

I'm going that way.

Even old guys play!

The out run begins

Pretty girl in red booties!!

Got you by the ear, don't move or I will pull it off, or do serious damage!!

How would you like a little less ruff??

Now a bit off this side to even you out!

I seem to have blown off my front boots!
I have frozen dog spit on my face!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Busy Weekend

Davie had a busy weekend, which is good because it maybe a slow week. Current temperature with the wind chill is -44. The wind dies down tomorrow and the temperature plummets to lows of -34 for a few days. We may not be doing a lot outside. Maybe time to concentrate on trick training? I must be getting soft in my old age. I remember weeks of -30s and it never really slowed things down.

Friday night we went out to the barn to watch people practice agility and do some distraction training. This was Davie's second time out at the barn. I swear the first time we went out last week he walked on looked at me and said, "So where are the sheep? What's with this funny looking stuff?" We did a lot of tugging and  sits, downs, nose touches etc. while other dogs where running the agility equipment. Davie was pretty focused on playing with me. Once he figured out he wasn't going to go dog herding.


Not sure who has a bigger mouth!

Got it!

Vicious guy

Hey, you with the camera, bug off I'm playing!
Saturday we spent all day at the Top Dog Agility Trial. Davie watched from his crate, while I helped with the trial. But he did get to visit a lot of people and dogs. He did really well considering the commotion around the place. We did work up in the stands on downs, sits, backup etc. He paid excellent attention considering the dogs running the course. It was a long day for both of us.
Kimber from Eromit Labradors
Isn't she a beauty?

The Sunday we went to a Rally Obedience Trial. I entered Davie in Novice even though I knew he wasn't ready for a full course. The idea was to expose him to a different environment in the training centre. He is used to going there for classes and seeing the same dogs. This gave him a new perspective of the place. He did the first few stations alright then became to verklempt so we just heeled around the room and went out. He was a happy guy as we left. And this was the whole idea. With Davie it is more about exposure to new situations and giving him confidence than about doing a competition. We have lots of time to do that when he gains more confidence.
Just checking, did you read it correctly?

Just heeling
So after all this mental stimulation Davie needed stress relief. And if it is too windy and cold to go for a long hike where do you go? But of course you go to visit the huskies, so off we went. I love watching them play together, it is so wonderful to watch the interaction. Davie left a tired and happy guy.
The pack, notice I am on the inside taking to picture!
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