Sunday, November 23, 2014

Black and White Sunday: It's a three dog pile up!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Great agility weekend: I went 6/6 and a won Perf. Grand Prix!

This past weekend was the last agility trial of this year for us. So we aimed to make the most of the weekend!

We entered three days. Even though Mum had to pull me from the last trial because of the heat, we decided since it is the last agility trial of the year we wanted to really enjoy it, and take advantage of the opportunity and the cooler weather.

Being 10.5 years old now, Mum and I know that I may not have that many more trials in me. But one thing is for sure, I'll run as long as I'm able!

Friday we ran PIII Gambers, Standard and Jumpers. Mum was hoping I was having a 'feel good' day. And it turned out that I had a feel good day both Friday and Saturday!

My first run was gamblers. Mum had a good plan and the gamble part of the run was right up my alley. A jump, out to the tunnel, back to the dogwalk and another jump.

I was running really, really well...nice and fast. So we got in a lot of obstacles before the buzzer, including two 7 frames. When I reached the dogwalk in the gamble Mum yelled, 'Dude, EASY!!!' and I kind of paid attention. Luckily I got a toe in and we Q'd! For this run I got the most points in the shortest amount of time for all the dogs in both performance and championship levels. Cool!

Our next run was Standard. I don't run many standard runs in my elder years, but I thought this one was fun! Mum worked to help me get as tight of turns as possible to help with our time. Turned out we didn't need to worry about that because I was running great. But it always helps, right? Ended up with a Q and 1st place and I had over 10 seconds to spare!

Our third run of the day was PIII jumpers. I love jumpers, it's my favorite event. Always has been from 18 months and on. It's the first title I received when I was young in all the levels I've run in over my years.

Again, I ran well with this one too. Interestingly, on the straight line jump areas of the course, Mum didn't remember I like to hear 'go on!' when we reach these parts of courses when I'm running really well, so I was looking back at Mum a lot. Lost a bit of time with that, but again, ended up with 1st place and a great time!

Gracie ran PI Gamblers on Friday and was really, really wild. She stayed pretty focused, but the gamble was difficult for a starters level and she got the first two jumps and missed the out two jumps. But she was having a lot of fun and stayed with Mum which is always their goal.

After that she ran PI Standard. If you know her, she's leery of the teeter, but Mum thought they'd give it a go after loving the teeter where we occasionally practice. She was running really great, but when she got five feet from the teeter, she froze. Mum tried to keep her focused, and just about the time Mum thought she may bolt, she sent her to the next obstacle which was the tunnel (she loves tunnels) and Gracie finished up great. Too Q for Gracie.

She ran PII Jumpers after that and did really well! She started out kind of slow, but when Mum said about three jumps out, 'are you ready to go tunnel?' Gracie sped up a lot and ended up with first place and a Q. Good girly!

Off to home we went to get ready for the next day.

We got up very, very early on Saturday and headed back over to the trial site which was an hour and a half away. Mum felt good, but she noticed I looked a little tired from the day before. She gave me a Traumeel and let me have a nice nap in the car since I didn't run until about Noon.

Gracie ran her gamblers run and was really unfocused and wild. Mum thought she was going to bolt and possibly jump the ring fence, but Mum sent her to a lot of tunnels and she got her focus back. Then the buzzer went off and Gracie was flying through a jump, frame, jump, jump, jump and got far ahead of Mum and missed the final jump. But wow, oh wow, she was flying!

Finally it was my time to run. Mum entered me in my very first Performance Grand Prix event. We were pretty excited as I haven't run in Grand Prix for years!

The course was fun, and Mum had a great plan. There were a couple of tricky areas, but if you paid a lot of attention in helping your dog keep their lines, you had a great chance of success. And Mum did just that. I ended up with first place with only two Q's in performance, and only about only 8 Q's in championship. So I got my first PGP bye for regionals, cool!

My next run was PIII Jumpers. Again, I love jumpers. Mum had a conflict with Gracie's PII Jumpers run, so she had to walk both courses and remember both courses.

She got both of us out and asked a friend to hold me while she ran Gracie. Did I tell ya I hate it when someone else holds my leash, I throw fits. But Gracie is used to it and doesn't get as concerned about me anymore while running.

Gracie started slow again, but sped up and got her Q for her PII Jumpers title, cool!

Then Mum had to run me right after. She grabbed me, warmed me up really quick and we were off! It was a bit of a complicated course, and she didn't get in the several front crosses she wanted to. But she led me through with some rear crosses and I got first place again!

Soon after that I was up to run my first Performance Speed Jumping course at 12 inches. Again, we haven't run Steeplechase events for years, so we were excited.

This course was fun! But it had two sets of weaves which aren't my fastest obstacle anymore. Nevertheless, we did well and I ended up with second place, just a couple of seconds from first place. So we were really happy!

We decided not to go back on Sunday. It was very cold both Friday and Saturday, and rain was scheduled for Sunday on top of that. We were only entered in a couple of events anyway and Mum wanted us to end on a super high note, which we did! Good thing we stayed home because by late afternoon we were getting sleet up on the mountain and we're really glad we didn't have to drive through that.

Gracie ended up with 2 PII Jumpers Q's and her PII Jumpers title. And, I ended up the weekend with 2 PIII Jumpers first places, 1 PIII Gamblers first place, 1 PIII Standard first place, 1 PGP first place and 1 PSJ second place. Not bad for a 10.5 year old, huh?!?

It was such a fun, fun weekend! We're looking forward to our next trial early next Spring!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black and White Sunday: Deer!

Oh I so want to go herd those deer I can here down the ridge! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A pawsome solution for a pup getting over car sickness! #SeatCovers4Knine Review and Giveaway

This post is sponsored by 4Knines and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about 4Knines Products, but you know Johann The Dog only shares information we feel is relevant to you, our readers.4Knines is not responsible for the content of this article .

Over the past couple of months, Rach has had a major problem with traveling in the car. During the few trips we took, he was becoming very car sick, and very fearful of being in the car.

When we would go to agility practice a time or two, there was lots of throw up to clean up and Rach drooled uncontrollably. Not good......

We needed to take action now!

So when the nice folks at 4Knines asked if we wanted to receive a back car seat cover for free to review, it was like they read Mum's mind!

Mum wanted to try and see if Rach would be more comfortable in the back seat of our Rover, wearing a car restraint harness, instead of being in a crate like Gracie and I ride.

We needed two things to try out this solution; a car seat cover that is waterproof and super easy to clean up ooopsies, and a car restraint harness. We received the 4Knines car back car seat cover and immediately started testing out Rach in his new set up.

Mum started by just having him sit in the back seat on the car seat cover, clicking and treating. After that went well, she started the car and got in the front seat, clicking and treating as Rach eased some of his fears, drooling and flat ears. Within just one day he improved tremendously with no drooling in the car.

That's when Mum took him down the mountain road about one half mile, clicking and treating as she drove as Rach was comfortable. Within a few days they worked up to driving almost all the way down the mountain. By that time we received the car harness restraint and used that as well as the car seat cover.

It's been a little over a week, and they go for drives nearly every day. We can proudly and happily say that Rach has not drooled in in the car the entire time and never lost his dinner (even though he had just ate) in the past week of car trips!

We are so grateful for 4Knines for providing the car seat cover and helping Rach feel much more comfortable in the car. Being a prospective agility dog, he has lots of car travel in his future, so this is very, very important for his happy life.

When we saw the 4Knines car seat cover we loved it immediately! It comes in tan, gray and black. We chose black so as not to show as much dirt being the outdoor adventure dogs that we are.

The car seat cover has velcro slots so we can easily attach Rach's car seat harness tether to the baby seat bar in the crook of the seat. It has a rubber backing so it doesn't slip at all, and it's a little padded for his comfort. We can easily hook it around the back car seat headrests to secure it. And if you want a scoop cover there are loops to hook it over the front seat headrests as well. We like leaving the scoop part down as Mum can now use the backseat floor for storing our gear on trips.

The rear car seat cover is completely water resistant and cleans up very easily with a quick wipe of a damp cloth, it's machine washable and has a lifetime warrenty! One of the super neat things is that 4Knines donates $1 to the ASPCA for every unit sold, and they support multiple pet advocacy groups such as the Arizona Humane Society, Soldiers Best Friend,Marley’s Mutts, Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue and more!

We're really proud of Rach conquering his fears. We noticed that the last time they got back from their test car trip, he was much more confident and happy than any of the other times. The trip didn't phase him at all!!! What a good boy!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rach's first we all get a bath, no fair!

If you know us, you know that we don't get baths very often. Mum trims our nails and toe fur on a weekly basis, and gives us a great comb out every week, as well.

But sometimes, it's just time for a bath. Rach had been having some itchy bug bumps on his inner thighs soon after he came to live with us. Mum finally figured out that they were no-see-um's biting him and put a little all natural essential oil based lotion on his thighs once a day and the bug bites disappeared.

Then one day Mum found a tad bit of flea dirt on me. No fleas were found on any of us, but Mum wanted to make sure and get that dirt off me. So off to the bathtub I went!

I'm really good about getting a bath. I stand there, while Mum wets me down, suds-es me up and rinses me off. I even shake in the tub when Mum tells me it's time to 'shake.'

Gracie on the other hand is really a challenge in the tub. She freaks out a little, then settles down, but when she gets a burr up her butt, she's really strong. So Mum uses one of those tub collars with her, so that before she can get out of control, Mum can calm her and make her feel more comfortable, give her treats and help her settle down for the rest of the bath.

But Mum had no idea how Rach would be with a bath. So she made sure it was a fun, treat filled, clicker filled experience for him. And look! He was great with the bath. After just an initial little freak out, he settled right down and after a while seemed to actually enjoy it!

So a couple of weeks ago all three of us got a bath at 10:00 PM one Saturday night. Mum started with me and said....'well, may as well give Rach his bath'....then 'oh well, guess I'll give Gracie done too!'

We had to get our bath zoomies on in the cabin, which was challenging, but after that we got some awesome Elk antler chews to enjoy.

One of the best parts is Mum uses her favorite dog shampoo, Cloud Star Buddy Wash in Lavendar and Mint. She loves the smell and loves having a chance to enjoy the calming scent the few nights after we have a bath. Me? I don't care what she uses, BOL!

Mum was really proud of all of us as she had all of us bathed and brushed out in 40 minutes flat! Not bad Mum, not bad!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hiking Anna Ruby Falls and Unicoi State Park!

A few weeks ago we headed off to meet up with pals Rocco and his Mom for another great hike!

I love how there are so many places to explore within just one to two hours drive from our cabin. This time we wanted to take in some of the fall color and see one of the falls that we haven't visited yet.

We wanted the hike to be short and fairly easy, since this was going to be Rach's first real hike.

Being six + months, he can't take a long hike like our occasional seven milers, but we thought this hike would be perfect for him.

So we met up with our pals in Dawsonville, and then drove in one car to Anna Ruby Falls.

On the way our GPS took us on a mini detour. (It does that sometimes). But we were glad because if it hadn't we wouldn't have seen this sign in someone's yard, BOL!!

Do you think they meant yard? Because we know there is actually a thing called a 'yarb.'  And why is the yard (or yarb) dangerous? Hmmmm...something to ponder, BOL!

Once we got to the start of the trail, we quickly headed up to see the Falls. As we discussed, this was Rach's first real hike with us. Over the months, he has become quite the puller. Mum doesn't really mind that too much, except when the trail is slippery or descends where she could slip. Rach doesn't know our 'easy' command yet. Mum is hoping he picks it up quickly!

On the way up to the main Falls, we found the stream running down the walk and took a quick little break to take in the sounds, smells and sites!

There are two part to the Falls, this is the smaller falls on the right that drops about 50 or so feet.

And then the main falls on the left that drops 150+ feet. So gorgeous!

We hung out for a while and just had to take a three musketeers shot!

And of course the obligatory shots with the falls behind!

Then we hopped back in the car and drove down the road a bit to the trailhead at Unicoi State Park that makes it's way around the lake. We thought this would be an amazing place to view some of the fall color even though it wasn't peak.

And we saw a little!

One cool thing we didn't expect was that there were some other fun things to do. Like go out on the long boat dock and take in the views. For those of you who know Gracie, she's not fond of long boat docks and we've had a lot of trouble helping her get over her fears of them. But we were so very proud of her, she ventured right down the boat dock and didn't show any hesitation at all! Way to go Gracie!

A little further into the hike we came up to a bridge that was built out of the same wooden slats that the dock is made of. Gracie made it 2/3 of the way across and started to belly down (her go to position when she's scared of these types of things). Mum gently put her hand on Gracie's back, gave me and Rach to Rocco's Mom, and Gracie stood up more confidently and walked on her own the rest of the way across the bridge. Good girl again!

We stopped for a little break for some treats! It's the spontaneous shots that always come out the best. Mum was getting out the treats, we gathered around all close together and Rocco's Mom had her phone camera ready and snapped this one! You just can't plan these type of shots!

Sometimes the best part of hiking days are the times we get home and get to enjoy a nice Moose antler chew. What a fun day!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I'm featured in the 'Rescued in America' 2015 calendar!

Back in 2010, I participated in a photo shoot for a new book called, 'Rescued in America'.

I'll never forget that day. It was long and tiring, but I had so much fun! It was fun because all day I did tricks and poses for Mum, and that's one of my favorite things to do in the entire world!

The book came out in 2012 and was one of the first books from Melissa McDaniel, the photographer. She has since published several more books that have been big hits.

This year she's put together and published a calendar featuring some of the rescue pups that were featured in the "Rescued in America' book and create a wonderful 2015 calendar.

And guess what?!? I'm Mr. June! I think they should have made me Mr. May, don't you, BOL!

If you'd like to get one of the 2015 'Rescued in America' calendars, just follow this link. Get 20% off now through the end of day on Wed (Nov. 5) if you use the coupon code READ at checkout! That's enough to pay for all the shipping and tax!

Also limited editions of the 'Rescued in America' book are still available and you can use code NL30 to get 30% off!

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