Friday, October 21, 2016

Singing the Song of his People!

I was outside the other day, Wilson was snoozing inside by the front door. He was startled to notice John on the front stoop and let loose with his song.......Luckily I had my camera!

Have a great weekend, Everyone!
I hope your days are filled with the music of your friends!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Weekend Report: A New Nickname

Well, I haven't posted a weekend report in a very long time! Our last trial was back on the last weekend in July. After that, Jimmy tweaked something in his left front leg that took a very long time to heal. Fortunately the very hot months of August and September helped keep him calm and resting as it was just too hot to want to be outside! During that time, I also had tweaked my back and that took a full two weeks to stop giving me spasms. I guess we were both down for the count!

This past weekend was the trial out in the mountains near Culpeper, Virginia that I love so much! The location is just so perfect. Oddly, the leaves have barely started to turn yet, so there was very little color. The weather was absolutely gorgeous both days so fall colors or not, it was a great place to be! And I never once got my camera out! I had it with me but just never got around to using it. Bad me!

Now, not only had we not been trialing, Jimmy had not been practicing or going to lessons either. So he was very enthusiastic to be back doing agility. So enthusiastic that he couldn't be bothered with doing the dogwalk contact either day!  (The dogwalk contact is the yellow safety zone on the down slope at the bottom. Dogs must put at least one foot on the yellow or they are disqualified. This is to ensure they are safely leaving the obstacle and not launching from too high up.) Jimmy just hopped right over the yellow. Sigh. No double-Qs for us! His jumpers runs were perfect and both earned the 1st place ribbon and 30 points combined.

It was very fun to be back doing agility so Qs or no Qs I had a wonderful weekend!

Now, on to explain what my title means......

When you are at an agility trial, there is a running order list by the ring, and a gate steward calls out who is next to go in, plus the next two dogs as well. This is to keep things flowing quickly. Usually the line gets five or six deep as people queue up. Now Jimmy loves this game and he gets very impatient for his turn! As we are waiting, he starts to vocalize quite loudly. BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK....I imagine he is screaming "my turn!" over and over. Of course not everyone appreciates his big mouth and probably feel I should train that behavior out of him. But under his tough exterior, Jimmy is actually a soft boy. Yelling at him to be quiet right before a run would be sure to dampen his spirit, so I just let him be himself for those few minutes and apologize. Anyway, now that I have set the scene...the gate steward is calling out the names of the dogs who should be ready to go, and when she gets to Jimmy, she calls out Jimmy the Mouth! Is Jimmy the Mouth ready go?! She says, you know, his Italian mob name....

She got quite a few giggles for that one, and it pretty much stuck for the rest of the weekend.It's a pretty fitting nickname as Jimmy is never at a shortage for words, either at a trial or at home!

There's another trial this coming weekend at a new location just 15 minutes from my house. Gotta love that!

And since I hate to have no photos at all on a blog post, here is one from a trial earlier this year. Can you see Jimmy's enthusiasm for the sport? (Click to biggify!)

Photo credit: Terri Keiffer of Key4Prints
And here is the very last photo I'll ever have of Jimmy going through the chute. This obstacle (also known as the collapsed tunnel) has been removed by almost all of the various agility venues on safety concerns. As skill and training methods have improved, so has a dog's speed and injuries have been reported too often with this obstacle.

Photo credit: Terri Keiffer of Key4Prints
And finally, here is Jimmy, attentively waiting for me to release him from his start line stay.

Photo credit: Yes, you guessed it....Terri Keiffer!

AKC Nationals 2017: Perry, GA
Double-Q's: 11 (out of 7 needed)
Points: 676 (out of 550 needed) We qualified on 07/09/2016 !!!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
Masters JWW legs: 48...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 41...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 8(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1242

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Blue's Mummy Morsels

I have to pat myself on the back for this review. My October product arrived on my doorstep just this morning, and here I am ready to go with my post!

This month I chose Blue's Mummy Morsels, not only because they would give me a Halloween theme to work with, but because I reviewed a similar product last year, and the boys LOVED them. I must say, these smelled delicious and I was very tempted to try one myself!

Now I did learn something as well.....toilet paper does not a good mummy costume make! Here is a very tolerant Jimmy dressed as a TP Mummy. Every time he tried to grab a Mummy Morsel, his whole costume disintegrated! We went through a lot of TP, let tell you!

Here is what these wonderfully aromatic treats look like.They even have cute little designs! That has to be for the human!

These are definitely crunchy biscuits, and if you try to break them into smaller pieces, you'll have a crumbly mess. You can snap them in half but no smaller. Of course your dogs don't want you to make them smaller anyway!

So! Jimmy and Wilson say:

for another great treat to try!

And now it is disclamer time: The opinions expressed in this post are purely my own and my dogs. is not in any way responsible for what I wrote! I was not compensated other than being given this bag of treats at no charge in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

In My Mind....

.....I'm gone to Carolina!

One of my very favorite James Taylor songs is Carolina in My Mind. And while I don't think James Taylor was singing about South Carolina specifically, hearing that song always makes me think of my many, many trips to the beach.

I'm back home now but I still have plenty of photos to share....Here is some of the scenery I love, and using a bit of the song's lyrics for fun.

Can't you just see the sunshine....

Can't you just feel the moonshine?

Ain't it just like friends of mine, to follow me from behind? (had to change those lyrics just a bit!)

There ain't no doubt in no one's mind, that your dogs' love is the finest thing around (more lyric tweaking! :-) )

And, hey babe, the sky's on fire.....Gone to Carolina in my mind.....

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