Archive for April, 2010

obedience class report


the obedience class was LOADS of fun!
well, apart from the part when this crazy drooling boxer MONSTER (possibly rabid? nah – my human says boxers DO that; drooling is part of the boxer “identity”, apparently: “boxer’s my name, and drooling’s my game”, kinda…) by the name of agnes tried to KILL me.
talk about anger management issues…
chill, girl – CHILL!

i was having A LOT of fun playing with my human – our instructor aka my human’s best friend lotta told us to play with our human, to BOND with her or him.
so i did – i got my human to wrestle with me, and push me and clap her hands for me and all that good stuff, and all of a sudden here comes the boxer express, the locomotive with a mission to KILL, agnes,  CHARGING at us and ATTACKED me!
for NO reason whatsoever!
lotta said afterwards that agnes must have fixated on me from across the training field.

mah gawd – WHAT a circus!
i was wearing my collar and leash, because i HAVE been known to make wild dashes around the training field when i get wired enough, and this way my human thought she’d at least have a chance of catching me by stomping on the leash.
agnes was also wearing her collar and leash, and when she attacked me, i tried to get away from her by running around my human, and agnes followed me, and soon both of our leashes were securedly wrapped around my humans legs and feet.
now, my human has bad knees – i think i have told you about how *she*, too, like me, has “loose knee joints”?
and so to avoid getting her knee joints dislocated, she THREW herself onto the ground, while agnes continued to chase me.
dear lord…

my human checked me thoroughly afterwards, to make sure there was not any red on me that wasn’t supposed to be there, but thankfully i was alright.

but agnes and i will never again be in the same training group.

i think the least agnes’ minions (because they’re CERTAINLY not “responsible owners”) could have done was to apologize to me and my human.


my human said she was VERY happy to see how much i have learned since last time we took this class!

lets not talk about how i was the only fourlegger who did a lap of honour before going to their human during recall, okay?


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back to school!

my human and i are looking forward to tonight VERY much – it’s the night when our “everyday obedience” class starts!
yes, we attended that class last year too, but since we’re still working on some stuff that my human needs to learn before we can move on to “real” odedience training (aka COMPETETIVE obedience), we’re taking this class again.

we’re VERY excited about seeing all of our “old” friends again!

we’ve been working REALLY hard on getting me to be able to stay CALM and UNSTRESSED when i see twoleggers, and lemmetellyouthis: clicker training is a WONDERFUL training method!
clicker training is a win-win thing for me and my human: SHE gets to feel GOOD about rewarding me at the exact moment i do something SPECTACULARILY awesome (which, if i may say so myself, happens OFTEN! *lol*), and *I* get TREATS!

a while ago i did my human PROUD, and i got LOTS of treats for what i did.
this is what happened:
we were working on my ability to understand the “down” command, and then STAY down, without finding something better to do, or DIE OF BOREDOM while staying down.
(my endurance needs some work, okay?)
i was doing a FINE job of staying on the ground, and my human gave me loads of praise and treats, and everything was GOOD.
then all of a sudden this man comes walking by us, and he MUST have known we we’re WORKING, because he could hear my human telling me to stay down, and then praising me for doing so.
he KNOWS this, and YET he – in a VERY enticing and syrupy voice – whispers “well, aren’t YOU a GOOD doggie then!”, and i had to concentrate VERY, VERY, VERY hard to not want to get up and greet him, since he was whispering so sweetly to me.
my human gave the man the Evil Eye, and then she told me to stay down, and then she praised me for doing so.
so what does the (stupid) man do then?
he does the same thing AGAIN.

rinse and repeat.
more praise for me, because by now i’d figured out that that man was NOT a *nice* man, but a TEASE who WANTED me to FAIL.

my human gave the (STUPID) man the Evil Eye MUY GRANDE, and he finally walked off, smirking.

my human praised me and gave me LOADS of yummy treats, while she mumbled something about how she swears that somewhere there are villages that are missing their idiots, because they all seem to have moved to *our* city…

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letter from my human

dearest sienna,

eleven months today – eleven WONDERFUL months full of life, laughter, tears, toller madness and JOY.
i LOVE you, little girl…

the past month we’ve been working VERY hard to have you learn not to be so stressed out when we meet people.
clicker training ROCKS, and you’ve gotten REALLY good at ignoring passers-by, sienna!
of course it’s still very hard for you sometimes, when we meet people you like A LOT, like the Treat lady, our neighbo(u)r janne and rigmor, but we continue with the training, and we WILL master this!

one example of how much you like people is this:
at the beginning of this week we were at your twolegged grandma’s because i was going to the optician’s to get new glasses.
as we were walking to your twolegged grandma’s house from the bus stop, we walked past a house where there were four deer standing in the backyard.
you didn’t even SEE them, sweetie, but when a family of twoleggers (with a stroller) passed us, you became VERY happy, and wanted to go up to them and say hello!
aren’t you supposed to be A LOT more interested in DEER than PEOPLE, sienna???

we’ve signed up for your very first OFFICIAL dogshow now – your debut in the show ring is on may 22 – i’m very much looking forward to hearing what the judge thinks about you…
but no matter what she says, sienna, i LOVE you, and to me you’re the most wonderful fourlegger in the whole world – the most beautiful, smartest and sweetest dog EVER…

a couple of weeks ago you started shedding you coat, and since we’re going to that dog show in may, i became a bit worried.
i talked to lotta, and she gave me a small bag of algae pills for you.
the first days when i gave them to you, you didn’t like them at all, but NOW…
now you seem to think of them as *treats*!

your eating habits continue to confuse me (and everyone else): you happily eat algae pills, but turn up your nose at roast beef!

i feel like we’re just waiting around for the snow to melt, so we can start with the scent tracking training – MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELT!!!

i keep fighting to get the energy back that “things” have sucked out of me during the past six months or so, and you’re a GREAT help, little girl – you’re always in a good mood, and drag me out for walkies and training sessions.
we’re trying to work on your retrieving skills, so you don’t forget how to do that!

soon the “everyday obedience” class, and then we’re starting a tracking class at another canine club – YAY!

i really don’t know what yo say, because we’re doing GOOD, you and me, and right now we’re just sort of just BEING – not a lot of stuff happening right now…

i hope we’ll get to see your boyfriend sigge and his human before we start the “everyday obedience” class, because sigge and you play SO well together!

he’s one FINE looking boy, your man, sienna!

of course we still see lotta and her beardie girls OFTEN, and when the four of you play, things go a bit different than when sigge and you play…
when you meet the beardie girls, this is ususally what happens:
me or lotta throw snowballs for you to chase after and catch, and the beardie girls (who have almost NO interest whatsoever in retrieving games), race after you to herd you!

(i just “love” your cute hind legs in this photo!)

you’re like a canadian hockeyplayer when you’re playing, sienna – you tackle and wrestle, and you’re *very* “physical”, and the beardie girls are pretty much just FLUFF, so they almost *fly* when you tackle them…

dearest sienna…
you have my heart, and you have healed it.

i am the luckiest and happiest person alive, because i get to share my life with the most wonderful dog in the whole world…
i LOVE you, little girl, and i’m looking forward to every new day i get to spend with you.

all my Love, always,
your human

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