Monday, April 27, 2009

Before You Were Mine

Before You Were Mine
A story about a shelter dog's life before they came to live with is the front flap.
READ it!

Hot Days=Tired Dogs

It was really hot here this weekend. So hot when I took the dogs to run, they got back in the car!

They also just laid around...

Just in case the Orbee ball is hot too!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tired Pups

I just took Behr and Jade on a walk. They both wore their bookbags and we got many looks!
Behr's bag has a bottle of unopened Ranch and powerade. Jade's bag has two bottles of water, and I made her carry Behr's poop, her pockets were easier to quickly open.

I'm quickly learning that it sucks to walk Jade. She won't run, walks very slow, and lags behind. So I have no clue why I put a bookbag on her! She was slowing us way down.

We passed many pups and there was no barking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trainer Called

The trainer called tonight to ask how Behr was doing. I was happy to report I've been walking both him and Jade at the same time without any problems.

The trainer was very nice, but in short he said Behr will fail the Canine Good Citizen Test tonight, so you don't have to come. I told him I wanted to. I talked to Will and then I called the trainer back to tell him thanks for saving me the gas across town and that we won't come.

I'm bummed. Even though I knew he couldn't accept a stranger or another dog. I was still hopeful and looking forward to going, even just to see him pass a few items.

I think it just kinda hurt my pride, or my hope for Behr. We have grown so much closer just from taking this class, which makes me very happy just getting that from the class, no CGC is okay.
I didn't want to lose this, so I'm adding it here.
A great internet friend, that I've also met IRL wrote this to me about this post:

I know I don't know Behr like you and Tommy do, but from an outsider's perspective, he really is a good dog. You guys just have very high expectations (which is awesome, because you are working towards getting him where you want him to be) but you should know that when I look at Behr I see a good, intelligent, very well behaved typical young GSD with energy to burn. He knows more commands than my Maggie who I've had for almost 7 years now- he's just very clear letting other dogs and people know that he sees them when he's on leash!

I've walked Behr and Buddy with you before and I remember being shocked because I thought they both behaved so well! Sure, they tugged at the leash and barked sometimes, but that's no worse than Maggie constantly getting underfoot and coming close to killing me except that she doesn't frighten people when she does it. And you and DH are awesome for spending the fortune you're spending on getting him to the level you want him to be at. Other people might be afraid of him but honestly I think that has to do as much with his breed and size as his behavior- when I've seen him bark at things, it's not in an "I'm-going-to-eat-you" way, it's just an alert bark. We took Maddie to Ben and Jerry's free cone day yesterday and people moved away from us downtown and gave us the side eye, and she's not even close to as big as your boys! People associate GSDs with police dogs and they can look imposing, especially when they bark at things.

So anyway, Behr isn't ready to take his CGC. He will be someday, though, and in the meantime, I'm sending a virtual Pet Owner of the Year award for spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours training your dogs to be well behaved citizens, even though you guys are totally diligent enough that I really don't think you ever have to worry about someone getting bitten. You could just have the attitude "meh, my dogs scare you but they're on leash and not hurting anyone, so I'll let them be free to be who they are." And I really wouldn't condemn you for it. But you have gone above and beyond to try and make your dogs as non-threatening as possible even though they likely will never hurt anyone in their lifetimes even with no training! So you guys are awesome. And Behr will get there eventually.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Couch Potatoes

Buddy won't usually do this, but Behr looks for the invitation at all times!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Betty needs a home!

We heading to Charleston Animal Society to pull Betty.

The German Shepherd Club sent this email describing her:
”Betty” female GSD. About 1 year old and weighs 57 pounds. Abandoned. Low HW positive. Betty has a very sweet disposition, a little shy, but warms up quickly. Time Up 4/17

They held her overnight and we are going to get her now. No she's not living with us....this time I'm truly taking her straight to Michelle's house to be fostered there.

UPDATE: We just dropped her off at Michelle's house. Ends up she was in heat when she came to the shelter, but was fixed yesterday. She is super skinny but very mellow and sweet.

Update: Michelle reports she has littl manners, has never seen a leash, but loves to lay on the couch.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Behr's Lessons

Tonight was our last group lesson with Behr. Next Wednesday we go at 8:15 to see if we can pass the Canine Good Citizen Program! HA.

On the other hand, Behr did very well tonight, just like the last lesson. Will and two other dog owners were impressed and commented on how he was improving around other dogs and people.

I posted the requirements on here last June, well it's April and we still aren't there yet!

Here are the items:
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
Test 4: Walking on a loose lead
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Test 6: Sit and Down on command and Stay in place
Test 7: Coming when called
Test 8: Reacting to another dog
Test 9: Reacting to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation

Can your dog be a CGC?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Teacup links

We all love little dogs, and I especially would love a little dog since I'm surrounded by big and macho.

Just a reminder there is no such breed as "teacup" anything...chi, yorkie, maltese...