Sunday, June 29, 2008
Then there's baby dog Abby, a little of this, a little of that, but no Qs. There will probably be a whole post dedicated to my little stinker in the near future. I *need* to figure out what's going on in her little head!
No videos, the weather was crazy. Hot and sunny one minute, freezing and downpouring rain the next, didn't want to risk ruining my camera. There definitely will be video for our next trial....got to get that MACH run on film!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm *mostly* kidding. Yesterday afternoon, about 5 minutes before I had to drive out to the barn for practice Rudy attacked Kittie. She used to be much, much worse, but she's gotten better. Not perfect, but better. I honestly have no clue why she goes after Kittie. Rudy has had issues with other dogs, and she's tried to pick fights with Abby, but Abby just ignores her and it goes nowhere....Kittie gets afraid and Rudy seems to feed off of it. Abby jumps in when Rudy attacks her sister, so I end up with a big, messy pile of fighting pugs. Part of me wants to just walk away, let them "work this out", but how on earth can you walk away, if something happened to one of them I could *never* forgive myself. I managed to grab Rudy, Kittie and Abby were shaking, completely freaked out, covered in drool and spit, but not a mark on them.
I tossed Rudy in their room without saying a word, let Willy just have the run of the house and left for class. Abby did fine, not really mentally there, but did well considering. Kittie was a mess, ran around the first jump, *never* completed a set of weave poles, totally not like her at all. We probably should have just stayed home, but usually within a few minutes everyone is back to normal.
Rudy's the first dog I've ever even gave a thought to rehoming, but I'll never do it considering her age and potential for expensive health issues. Even though actual fights are rare, I know Kittie is walking on egg shells around her...and it's just not fair to her.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Kittie was not pleased at all! Saturday morning, she was whining, pacing and barking at me. She got over it while we were out hiking, but as soon as we got home the little terror started back. We haven't done any agility since last Wednesday and she's been moping around ever since the weekend. Abby's more go with the flow, as long as we're doing something, she's happy.
They get in such a pattern, just like us. Kittie will be happy to know we're going to practice tonight and Wednesday and we have a two day outdoor trial this weekend....she won't be so pleased when she finds out we're taking the first two weeks of July off! August & September are jam packed though.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Abby working on her handstand, Kittie and Willy are there to spot her, just in case.
The whole crew; Abby, Kittie, Rudy & Willy
More pictures Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/westoverpugs/sets/72157605577249424/
Sunday, June 15, 2008
We did pretty well this weekend, Kittie Q in 3 out of 4 runs, bringing the total to 17 double Qs!!!! Just 3 more to go!!!
Abby was such a cutie this weekend, if you're going to NQ you may as well do it with some pizzazz! She had a really funny off course into the wrong end of the tunnel, she jumped *really* wide, I said tunnel, she took the first end of the tunnel she saw....good dog, I should have said "come, tunnel", she knocked the double in the same run and then was a little worried about it in JWW and standard on Sunday (that wasn't so cute), but she got it in her last run of the day. She was just flying in JWW today, 15 seconds under time!! It would have been a Q too, but I was so proud of her for taking that double, I wanted to tell her, I said "good girl" she looked up at me and ran right past the next jump, grinning from ear to ear at what a *good girl* she was and she is....we'll get it together one of these days, we're certainly have a good time trying!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Next thing they'll be climbing up the tree for yet, more berries.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
We ran at the youngstown/gordon setter club trial this weekend. I rarely crate inside, Kittie freaks out from the moment she's in the building, so outside is best for her (and everyone else). This weekend was no exception, I leave the car totally open, with silver mesh shade cloths covering every inch. They have fans blowing on them all the time and spent the day soaking wet from frequent dips in the baby pool. Inside the building wasn't air condidtioned anyway, just huge ceiling fans that help somewhat.
Saturday we went 0 for 4, neither Kittie or Abby completed a set of weave poles, these weave poles *are* odd, the bases are very irregular, and they're black, but trimmed in white. Sunday both girls figured out those funny weave poles. Kittie got DQ #16, with 2 first places WOOHOO!!! Nothing (again) for Abby, but as I keep saying she really did run very well. Her speed was really up there, when a lot of dogs were slowing down from the heat, she had too much speed going into the weave poles on both runs on Sunday and just could get the entry, lots of dogs had the same issue. Abby really looked pretty good, we even successfully threw in a couple of rear crosses. Abby wasn't even panting after running, with that completely flat face and tiny, tiny little nose
Thursday, June 5, 2008
My pugs go to the park every day with a group of small dogs, JB a big, puppymill rescue affenpincher, Callie a shih-tzu princess, Jake a momma's boy bichon (seriously there is no one who can come close to his mom in his eyes, I don't stand a chance) and Luka a cockapoo, who is rumored to be Abby's boyfriend are the usuals in their group. Stangely every one of these dogs was cancelled for one reason or another, so it was just my pugs today......I should have took it as a couple of hours off in the afternoon, considering my bloody, nasty heel, but I never claimed to have much sense. I realized something, that I've been suspicious of, my dogs are much, much better behaved when not with the other little dogs. They listen in the group, but they're a *lot* of work to keep in check. The park was packed as it was warm and sunny, it would have been disasterous with the whole pack, JB gets a bit worried sometimes and hides when bikes come by, Luka barks to scare off all the big dogs, Jake's just a basket case who wants his momma! (Callie, actually is pretty close to perfect, she's been coming since she was 12 weeks old.) I get stressed out, and then my dogs get stressed out.
The pugs were on perfect behavior. Abby was the welcoming commitee and the others just minded their own business. They also really seemed to enjoy having some time together without the others around. Bill and I used to always take them to the park in the morning together, I still do a couple of days a week, but I mainly just throw a tennis ball for them in the field and then they go for a quick swim if it's warm. I'm going to have to get them out on more hikes together. Some mom and pug time : )
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Walking dogs in this kind of weather is just awful. Half of them act like they're being tortured and refuse to move, pee or much anything else, the other half are in muddy, stinky wet dog bliss. Either way it plain old sucks. They're calling for thunder storms too, and a couple of the dogs are deathly afraid of storms, think full blown panic attack!
Wish me luck.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
On to this weekend's trial. Kittie Qd in JWW both days with a 1st and 4th placement, but no standard Qs, she ran right past the teeter on Sat. and got nervous about the judge on Sunday and actually ducked behind me to avoid him, and ended up getting a refusal....see, it really wasn't that bad, but these were mistakes I can't understand. If we're going to screw up, I prefer it to be my fault, either in my handing or lack of training. It's always easier to fix those kinds of errors in the future.
Abby was hot and cold, some runs were really nice like today's standard run, (clean, with just a table fault) and others were just terrible!