Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cabin Fever (and agility and tricks too)!

Sorry it's been so long since I posted anything! The weather has been so COLD and mom and dad have been working a lot, so I've been doing almost nothing! Mom and I are real diehard walkers, but Thursday morning I cried "Uncle!" because the ground was all snowy and the temperature was 8. I'm tough but my paws just couldn't handle it. So yesterday morning and now today we haven't even tried to walk - yesterday was -12 and today is -5! The good news is that today's high should be 20+ and mom says we'll walk in the afternoon!

Enough about the weather! Thursday night was our second class in advanced agility. We missed practice on Wednesday morning since mom had to work, so I was raring to go on Thursday night! We did a lot of sequences again and worked a lot on rear crosses again. It was really good for mom - she learned more about how to keep her shoulders straight approaching the jump and to use her dog-side arm to push me over the jump while she then rotates her shoulder in the new direction and moves laterally in the new direction. Homework is to practice rear cross on the flat so we've been doing it several times a day.

We'd like you to know that we finally mailed in our entry for our first trial - we decided to run on just one day - February 14 - JWW in the morning and the Standard course in the afternoon. There is another trial two weeks later and we might run both days then. We'll see how it goes!

To keep busy in the house, we are still working on tricks - here is our latest:

Hope you all have a great weekend! I hear that I am off to visit grandpa and grandma! Yay - finally some action around here!

Gotta zoom!



Sara said...

Cool trick Ricky!

Glad to hear the weather is warming up for you today. That gives us hope for tomorrow!

Also happy to hear your mom sent in the form for your first trial. That's exciting!

Ludo van puppy said...

Wow Ricky!
That is super clever! How does you know where you is going?
Hooray that you get to do your first trial. Hope your mum does not get too nervous.
~lickies, Ludo

Nicki said...

good luck at the trial-don't be nervous!

Lian said...

WOW Ricky! That is a fab trick!

Good luck with your first trial and I can't wait to see the video and wishing you all the best at the trial. Go Go Ricky!

Diana said...

Great trick!! Good luck at the trial. Remember to have fun. Its not about being perfect, its about having fun with your dog. Dont worry about any mistakes, just keep running. Diana

Emily Larlham said...

That was awesome! - Kikopup

Dawn said...

Very cool Ricky! Have fun at your first trial! Valentines Day, that HAS GOT to be lucky! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Amber-Mae said...

Good job Ricky! You do it very neatly. Mommy used to use some chairs & stuff to make me reverse in a straight line but I was too scared near those stuff. I don't know why!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Johann The Dog said...

Wow, great trick! I am sooo not good at going backwards. Glad your practice is doing well. I'm so happy you're doing your first trial, soooo excited for you. Sure wish we could be there, but we're off agility for a while now, sadly.

Be sure and take a video tape, K? And remember, have loads of fun - I'll never forget what Silvia told me once - agility is just a fun game running with your dog, they just happen to be going over obstacles. Will never forget it - made us look at agility in a whole

I'm excited for you!!!!!

Ludo van puppy said...

Huruff Ricky!
We thinks the Easter bunny is the most famoustest of all rabbits, so you certainly gets a prize!

Please bark me a message to with the piccure you would like in your magnet (or say if yous want a keyring) and an address I can get mum to send it to.
~lickies, Ludo

Diana said...

I forgot to tell you something. Write your name on your stuff when you go to a trial. You wont believe how many people have the same chairs, crates ect.... Once I saw these two ladies get in a fight over a chair because they both thought it was thiers. Just a helpful hint. Diana

Bree/Reilly said...

that is totally pawsome are just so clever. The mom has been trying to get me to walk backwards for ages....but I just sit down and refuse to pick my butt up again!!!

SGR said...

Woof! Great Job Ricky
I invite you to visit my blog and read my post "Making New Friends." I have awards for you. Woof! Sugar