Monday, November 30, 2009

Around the dog agility blog-o-sphere!

America's Best Dog Trick Contest

The Zoom Room Dog Agility Training Center and sponsor West Paw Design have announced the “America’s Best Dog Trick Contest” – a trick contest using only positive-reinforcement dog training methods.

Open to any American resident, dog owners will submit a short video of their best dog trick via the Zoom Room’s Facebook Page. Initially, anyone may vote for the Best Dog Trick on Facebook. The top five dog tricks will then face a panel of judges from the Zoom Room and West Paw to determine the winner.

The first place winner will receive $1,000 plus a collection of West Paw's Zogoflex toys. Second place will receive $250 plus the collection of Zogoflex toys from West Paw. The other three finalists will each receive Honorable Mention, as well as a Zogoflex toys.

AKC Eukanuba National Championships, Obedience Invitational and Agility Invitational

Don't miss the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California on Dec 12-13. Thousands of top show dogs from across the country and the world will descend on Long Beach next month to compete for the prestigious title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion. In honor of the AKC's 125th anniversary, the invitational format is waived for the 2009 show. This year's open format means AKC will offer breed classes, giving dogs the opportunity to earn championship points for the first time in the show's history.

Each year the show is held in conjunction with the AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC Agility Invitational, representing the culmination of a year of competition in three AKC sports: Conformation, Obedience and Agility.

For the AKC Agility Invitational, the first round of invitations to dogs ranked 1-5 in their breed closed on September 9th. If any of the dogs ranked 1-5 declined the entry to attend the Agility Invitational, the second round of invitations to dogs ranked 6th and higher were mailed September 14th. The AKC Agility Invitational report lists the top dogs ranked in Agility events and is based on the Top MACH Dog formula (Double Q's x 10) + MACH (Master Agility Championship) points that dogs have earned during the qualifying period.

The field is now set. Here is the running order.

The Agility Invitational will consist of Round #1 Excellent B Standard, Round #2 Excellent B JWW, Round #3 Excellent B JWW, Round #4 Hybrid (16-18 obstacles, two contacts), Round #5 Finals (open only to top 57 dogs overall through 4 Rounds of competition). For the finals round only one dog from each breed within each jump height will be invited to participate in the finals. More information about specific rules can be found here.

This year the competition will be held in a unique structure being built for the Agility Invitational. The surface will be a 2" thick sod which will be laid in the 2 rings and the practice areas. A change from past years. More news and updates can be found here.

If you can't make it to Long Beach, don't forget to watch the show simulcast on Animal Planet and Discovery on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 from 8-11 p.m.

Cynosport - USDAA

One piece of big news coming out of Cynosport is the news The Cynosport Games will not be returning to Scottsdale, Arizona next year. According to USDAA, they have worked to find other locations so that competitors will not have to travel to the same city every year. In 2010, the Games will take place in either Philadelphia or Kentucky. The event will be held earlier in the fall to take advantage of the area's nicest weather. More information will be coming soon.

Big congratulations to those who were able to attend the event, compete and to those who ran, placed and won. We watched a lot of the event throughout the weekend and saw some amazing runs. We hope everyone made it home without any medical travel snafus :)

We were blown away by the 12" performance Grand Prix run by Jean LeValley and Spec who won the event. Spec is only three (I believe) years old, and once begins maturing and tightening some turns will become an even greater force to be reckoned with.

It's always great to watch Ashley Deacon and Luka run, one of our favorites - they came away winning both the 16" Grand Prix and Steeplechase for I believe the second (could be the third) time.

Another memorable and amazing moment was the run by Tori Self and her BC Revolution in 22" Steeplechase Finals. Tori is just 17 years old, Revolution is three years, They beat out Marcus Topps and Juice (2nd) and Nancy Gyes and Ace (3rd) for 1st place. Really nice tight turns and great weave entrance.


A few items we found on YouTube.

Check out this very nice 7.15 YPS jumpers run by Chris Parker's Wowwie, from SpeedDoggie. Nice and tight :)

Silvia Trkman is in the US for the next couple of weeks providing seminars around the country. We found this vid of Kathy Mazzola and Georgeous at a seminar this past weekend with Silvia providing tips on running dogwalk.

OK this is cool! Two dog leg weaving from Sian. May have to give that a try since both me and Gracie know leg weaving.


We heard from the grapevine....that big congratulations are in order to Ann Braue and Scream (MACH3 Bluefire Causin' Commotion) for being chosen by the AKC to represent the USA at Crufts, March 11-14, 2010 in Birmingham, UK.

Interesting document on teaching a dog weave poles with clicker training from Robert Luftus. (Thanks JustAgility for finding this).

The new Agility Zone Magazine from the UK has a free October issue to read online. Interviews with Natasha Wise, French champion Amandine Caye, and more...

We heard on Facebook that Clean Run has negotiated rights to sell a 2-DVD disc set from the 2009 FCI Agility World Championships. The DVD was produced by Media Studio in Germany, that we told you about in our last 'around the Dog Agility blog-o-sphere' post.

Interesting blog post about TAGteach and handlers at shelters using the system with shelter pups to help them be more adoption friendly.

Lucy and Walter's Mom attended a Chris Zink seminar recently, head on over and read some of the good stuff on structure, a little core training and more. Day 1, Day 2.

Be grateful for you and your dog's ability to do agility!

Testing out the SpotLight GPS Pet Protection System!

Late this past summer, the nice folks at Spotlight GPS Pet Locator sent us one of their doggie GPS units to try out!

After a little learning curve, we were having some good fun testing it. Lucky for us we didn't need it fur real. But I have to say that if we did, this little piece of technology certainly would have helped us!

SpotLight GPS Pet Locator is a pet protection system combining GPS tracking technology and dedicated 24/7/365 American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery service.

Here's how it works...you charge up the unit, sign up for the service on the SpotLight website, configure your information (pet's name, home safety zone, alert functions, etc.) put it on your pup's collar, turn it on and you are good to go.

Coverage will vary depending upon where you live. SpotLight works with almost all cellular carriers and you do not have to be a T-Mobile customer to use SpotLight. However, SpotLight uses T-Mobile to send messages to your cell phone, so you'll need to check your location on the coverage map to make sure SpotLight can effectively communicate with you.

We had a little learning curve to decipher whether the unit was working, and how it worked...and there were times it worked a bit sporadically. But overall, we were super pleased, because when we tested it out, we thought it would certainly help us if Gracie ever pulled one of her 'escape artist' tricks. We are sure that we would have a much better chance of finding her, much more quickly and safely.

We've been testing it out now and then with our walks, and once we felt comfortable that it was working well, and we understood all the cool bells and whistles, we took it out for a final test drive this past weekend on our six mile hike.

Gracie wore the unit for us since it fit well on her harness, and we didn't think that it would hamper her movement through the brush. The company had sent us some nice covers for the unit, so that we didn't worry about it getting damaged as she trampled through the mud, burrs, brush, leaves, river and more. See, there she is sniffing up the trash barrel...you can see the unit attached to her harness. It has very nice doubled velcro attachment that would take a whole lot more than Gracie could dish out to get that off her.

We started out on the quick one mile drive to the park, and just as we turned the corner, Mum got a text message that "Johann (since we imputed into the system as me, Johann) has left the Home Primary SafeSpot", which we set up as 100 yards in the system. Great, working well!

As we continued on our hike, we checked a few times to make sure the unit was still picking up a signal by looking at the little blinking lights, and each time it was.

During the hike Mum got another text message that said "Alert! Johann may have been stolen" since we were so far away from home, had taken a break on the hike, and were in one spot for a few minutes. That's cool, because it would have told us where I was if I really was stolen.

Then when we were done with our hike and just turning into our driveway, Mum got another text message that said "Relax! Johann has re-entered the Home Primary SafeSpot." Which meant that I was home!!!

When Mum checked her email after we had dinner, she saw all those text messages in her email inbox too. And then she logged into the site to check our 'history' and see where we had been...it tracked us in four spots throughout our six mile hike.

Very slick!

The unit costs $249.99 and the service costs $7.99 to $19.99 per month depending upon your level of events (events are times that your pet escapes :). A pittance of what it could cost to recover your pet if lost...not to mention the heartache, and piece of mind.

The unit, developed by Positioning Animals Worldwide, Inc. (PAW), utilizes the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) program. AKC CAR is an affiliate of the American Kennel Club® and the largest non-profit pet recovery service provider in North America.

Here's more about how it works:
  • SpotLight customers receive a lifetime enrollment in AKC CAR, which includes a collar tag with unique ID number, with a system that recovers: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • If your dog escapes, SpotLight alerts you via text message, email or both. To ensure immediate recovery, you'll then receive the dog’s real-time location and turn-by-turn directions to the dog.
  • Also, the AKC CAR recovery team is “on call” and available around the clock for hands-on assistance to assist with the tracking and recovery. SpotLight comes equipped with a “rescue” button so that if the pet is found, a Good Samaritan can notify the owner and AKC CAR.
  • The unit has a bright LED beacon that helps owners locate their pet at night from up to 100 yards away.
Very cool, and very useful technology! Thanks SpotLight GPS for providing us with this very useful product...we just hope we never have to use it :)

Santa Buddies!

The nice folks at Walt Disney Studios were super kind to send us a DVD/BluRay of the new Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws movie, and we watched it the other night!

The DVD was just recently released on November 24th, and features the lovable “Buddies,” B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud, and Rosebud as they embark on a thrilling journey to the magical world of Santa’s Workshop.

But when the world begins to forget the true meaning of the holidays, it’s up to Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, and his new found Buddies to save the day in another epic adventure.

We're not going to give away any spoilers!

It was a fun little movie with a great message for everyone - that there is much more to Christmas than just presents! Definitely for the younger set, especially those that just love watching puppies!

Gracie had a lot of fun watching the puppies run around on the big screen! So if you've got a little two legger that loves those kid movies and dogs, we recommend it!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A few things I learned from my hike!

I was thinking the other day that there's a lot to learn about life from a hike (at least from a dog's point of view :).

Hikes can be made up of some very contemplative and eye opening moments if you let 'em....so I thought I'd share a few of the things I was thinking about after our six mile hike yesterday:

Live life with anticipation and take in all the good stuff. You don't want to miss a thing!

Take time to smell the good things in life...you can learn a lot about yourself and others in these moments.

You never know what lies ahead, so be prepared to enjoy it!

Clean up your messes, you don't want to leave doo for others :)

Make sure to look up, you may miss something if you've always got your nose to the ground!

When you're not sure which way to go, follow your gut and your heart!

No matter what, keep on smiling, it will help you get through the challenging times.

Life's a lot like a river, it just keeps on flowing...fast and slow, ruff and smooth, around and over ...and it never gives up.

Don't take life too seriously, you may miss out on all the fun!

If life throws you a curve, flow with....there's lots to learn in the curves.

If you're unsure about something, why not investigate...it could be the best thing that ever happened to you! (What is that?)

Follow the rules, but make your own rules too! Being unique makes you special.

Life's a journey, not a destination. Enjoy it, you never know what's around the bend.

When the time presents itself, jump in with all fours, believe me you won't regret it!

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Above all, have fun! It's the only life you've got :)

Hope you enjoyed my little hike this past weekend :) And I hope you had a pawsome weekend too!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's time for...Johann's Annual Howling Howliday Giveaway!!!

Yep, that's right, it's time for Johann's Annual Howling Howliday Giveaway!

The contest begins at 12:01AM tomorrow, Nov. 26th (that's one minute after midnight, tonight) EST, and runs through midnight EST Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, 2009.

Last year was such a success, Mum and I scrambled around the past couple of weeks getting everything ready for this year's big event.

Like last year, it's a Holiday-themed photo contest, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The photo with the most votes and views will be the winner, second place number of votes and views gets second place...(well you get the idea)! The prizes are gift prize packages made up of some of the most amazing dog products on the market!

And this year, we've added in a way to help some pups in need! We encourage every one who enters to help out the shelter and the nice folks, that rescued me from a life on the streets. They helped Mum find me and give me the most amazing life a dog could ever have.

My shelter is the Southside Animal Shelter, a no-kill non-profit shelter, located here in Indianapolis, that rescues pets from all over the city. They take the unwanted ones from shelters that are full, find them roaming the streets (like I was, with my Mum, sisters and brothers), and take in all kinds of unwanted kitties and pups, then finds them amazing homes, just like I have. They will keep them all fed, healthy and happy until they get adopted if it's one day or even several years.

We're not asking for much, just a dollar if that's all you can spare. We know it's tough times, so if you're participating see if you can spare some to help out the needy pups and kitties, K? And ask your friends and family who are voting for ya to make a small donation too! The shelter sure could use some foods and supplies to help the pets find their furever homes!

We want to siriusly thank all the companies for their amazing generosity in making some pawsome contributions to the prize packages. Thank you to....

Furminator
Dr. Harvey's
Dog Tag Art
Floaa Dishposables
4 Paw Creations
KoKos Pet Spa
Coryelle Kramer, Animal Communicator
Big Paw Designs
Camp Run-a-Pup Deer Antlers
Petit Four Legs
K9 Yard Patch
Sew Crazy Dog Lady
Best Bully's
Animal Translations
Pop Dog Art
TrueBlue Pets Natural Grooming Products
Simon and Schuster - "Inside of a Dog"
Ark Naturals
Canine Earth
EcoSMART
Rock Star Pooch
Punk Rock Dogg
BiologicVET
2HoundsDesign
PetSmart
K9 Klear Up

And we expect more next week! You can see and visit all the sponsors (and check out their generous donations) on the contest page. Be sure and visit them, support them, K?

To help get you some votes, we made a cool button you can put on your website or blog to promote your pawticipation! Just right click and save to your 'puter. Then add it to your blog or website. Or you can click to the contest page, find the button, click on it and grab the html code.

Head on over, register, upload your photo and get your friends and family to start voting. (Only one vote per person per day, K?) There's no need for visitors to register to vote for you, or add a comment to your photo. The earlier you enter, the better chance you have of racking up those votes!

So what are you waiting for? Get goin! (Well, starting at one minute after midnight, EST that is :)

Great weekend hike!

Amazing weather this past week for this time of year. I think it was in the high 50's, no wind, and kinda sunny this past weekend. How lucky are we?

So what did we do? Yep, we went hiking on Sunday!!! Can I tell ya how much I love hiking? Arrroooo!!!!

We went to the River Road Park again, since Mum thought we would enjoy hiking in the woods more than anything. Can she read my mind or what? She had us sit again at the canoe launch, but we were most interested in getting going!

The first thing we did was venture into the dense. Lot of great smells in there, burrs up the wazoo, even some thorny bushes that didn't bother me as much as Mum, BOL!!

This is the only blooming thing we saw on the entire hike, a little woodsy flower, with an amazing purple color.

We stopped to take in the White River views. Without the leaves on the trees you can see a lot further. The river wasn't too high or too low, and wasn't flowing very fast. So it was super quiet...and we just took it all in.

Gracie had this odd mesmerized look on her face all day, guess that's what nature does fur a hippy girl, BOL!

We hiked about a mile through the woods, then we got on the walking path. We walked the entire path which is five miles. At the end of the path, before heading back there is another woodsy area to hike through. So we ventured on.

There were a lot of squirrels back in here, which made us go bonkers, of course :) And it ended at the little creek that flows into the White River.

We stopped and Mum saw this tree that had dead leaves, but they hadn't dropped yet. We thought it was a very cool nature work of art.

Speaking of art, on the walking path back we saw these vines that had lost all their leaves. There were probably 50 or so birds rattling around in there. And you know how much I love birds! We would make a little sound and they would fly out, then immediately come back. Then, we'd be quiet, and it would start all over again. Such a fun game!

Walking around the neighborhood, I've recently become obsessed with drains. This time of year, they have very different smells than other times of the year and I just can't stay away from any of them. Thankfully for Mum, we only had one drain on the walking path...

After the five miles on the walking path, we got back into the woods for another mile hike through there. Gracie was wide eyed on this trip, but not nearly as manic as her last venture into this woods. She was really enjoying herself. And Mum found out how helpful she can be, when Gracie pulled her up a steep hill, after Mum slipped. Sometimes leash pulling can come in very handy, BOL!!!

Mum loves moss, it's so artistic in nature she says. There was moss everywhere in the woods this time, even on the south side of the trees. Whoops!!! Here's one of her favorite moss pics from Sunday.

Couldn't resist the obligatory photo with the dead log! BOL!!!

We had such a fun time!!! Hope you had a great weekend too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gracie and I tackle the Nina Ottosson Dog Casino!

A couple of weeks ago Mum ordered some Nina Ottosson toys for our JohannTheDog Direct part of our site.

And what a nice surprise! The company we ordered them from sent us a couple of the toys to test out so we could show you how much we enjoy them. How nice, and big thanks to them!

We were very eager to try them out - we got the Dog Casino and the Dog Box. So we quickly went to work!

The ultimate goal of the Dog Casino is to pick up the little locking pegs, and then slide out the little 'drawer' to get the treats. Mum started by letting me slide out the drawers without the pegs. Then she realized it probably would have been better to teach me to pick up the locking pegs first, because then she had to teach me to unlock the pegs, and THEN slide out the little 'drawers.' It was a process, but a fun, learning one!

It took a bit for Gracie to learn how to pick up the pegs. Mum started by showing her the peg close to her nose and clicked when she grabbed it with her mouth. Then Mum progressively moved it closer to the board, until Gracie was picking up the peg from it's spot on the board. She got it pretty quickly.

So here's the first go...


Then the next day or so Mum let us both have a go at it again...and we were really getting the hang of it. It's a really fun game, and we learned some new things; especially how to pick up the pegs.


The neat thing about the Nina Ottosson toys is that many of them take different skills and talents, we like that! Makes it varied and more fun. We've been working with the Dog Box, but I have to tell you after being taught for agility how to go out and touch something, and working away from Mum, it's a bit of a challenge for both me and Gracie to go grab something and put it somewhere, like in a box. We're working on it though!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pills for the tummy!

If you read my blog, you know I have a sensitive tummy. Irritable Bowel Syndrome they call it.

Lucky for me and Mum, we found out early what triggers my tummy upset - nasty things like artificial flavorings and colors, and unnatural ingredients in some foods and treats.

The nice thing is that Mum never gives me that kind of stuff, but on occasion I'll pick up something off the ground that another pup left, or the nice retired guys down the street will sneak me something when we're on our walks and visit with them.

A few times, in past years my IBS got so bad I was sick for a week. One time it turned into gastroenteritis and I was out for over a week, missed an agility trial too. During that bout, we talked at length with our vet and she prescribed some Chinese Herbs that would help settle my tummy faster, so that I wouldn't have to go through the suffering and constant trips outside, or hopefully miss a coveted agility trial!

I have to say that this herb has been a lifesaver (well, at least a belly saver) many times over the past few years, not only for me, but for Gracie too when she get's into something she's not supposed to.

So what is this herb? It's called Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan. Kind of a weird name, but it is a Chinese Herb.

We looked it up and here are some of the ingredients: Agastache rugosa herb, Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome, Magnolia officinalis bark, Platycodon grandiflorum root, Citrus reticulata peel, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root, Pinellia ternata rhizome, Areca catechu peel, Angelica dahurica root, Perilla frutescens leaf, Poria cocos fungus, Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Zingiber officinale rhizome-fresh

At first we didn't know what all that ingredients was good for so we looked it all up. Here's a bit of a rundown:

Agastache rugosa herb - also known as Korean Mint, promotes sweating for the breaking of fevers. Improves digestion, and the highly potent anti-oxidants boost the immune system in the prevention of infection.

Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome - Atractylodes is thought to dry dampness, strengthen the Spleen or digestion, and promote diuresis, the formation and excretion of urine. It is used for diarrhea, generalized aching, mental fatigue, dizziness, lack of appetite, vomiting, edema (accumulation of fluids), and spontaneous sweating.

Magnolia officinalis bark - also known as Magnolia bark has been used to treat menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and gas, nausea, and indigestion.

Platycodon grandiflorum root - also known as the Balloon Flower (which we've seen around these parts) helps to treat skin swellings, including abscesses in the lungs and intestines.

Citrus reticulata peel - also known as tangerine peel helps to dry up mucous in the lungs and stomach. It helps regulate and strengthen digestion, and is a component used to treat diarrhea, nausea, dyspepsia, and cough.

It's not a natural acne treatment, but, you get the idea :).

The nice thing about using this herb for my tummy upsets is that it works quickly at the first sign of symptoms, and has kept me from progressively getting worse. If it's really bad, Mum of course takes me to my holistic vet to have me checked out.

At the first sign of troubles, Mum gives me two teapills (they are little round black/brown pills, Gracie gets three since she's bigger). Since we've been using these herbs, I've gotten over any tummy upset within 24 hours and kept the week bouts at bay.

And I don't have to use some of the usual things that vets prescribe and are given to dogs for tummy troubles, like Pepto (which has unnatural ingredients, and artificial flavors and colors, which would only make it worse for me).

It hasn't happened since we've been using these herbs, but if by chance my tummy is really screeming, Mum will give me the pills, fast me for about 12 or so hours, then start to intro me to a very bland diet for a few days with some boiled chicken, a little rice, low fat plain organic yogurt (to get the good bacteria going)...you get the idea. And then ease me into my regular food. But usually just one or two doses of the two teapills and I'm pretty much back to normal in a day.

Mum makes sure to keep me hydrated during the process with a little Emergen-C, which we get at the health food store, in addition to my regular filtered water. Much better than the Gatorade or Pedialyte that many times contains sugar (which would just make me worse).

So we just wanted to share this info with you, because the first time and every time since we've used the Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan they have worked so well for me!

We got the EzyDog Element Jackets in today!

Ok...I have to say that I've never been this excited about a dog coat before!

Usually Mum puts on my coat, I hang my head as she wraps the velcro around the belly. Oh the shame, I tell you! Then I get outside and I don't want to run. And zoomies aren't even a glint in my eye, because I'm just not comfortable, the coat doesn't give, I can't stretch out, and the worst part is that I fear the inevitable; the time she takes it off me and...ZAP!!!...static electricity.

So when Mum opened the box and took out one of the Ezy Dog Elements Jacket that the company sent us a week or so ago to test, I hung my head. But Mum persisted. She's been looking for a nice coat for me that would take the beating that I can give 'em, and be comfortable enough for me to run, and hopefully even get the zoomies, in.

She put it on, and I thought, hey I barely feel this because it was so light weight. I ran outside and thought, hey I can run in this. Immediately, I started getting my zoomies on. Mum was super impressed. I've never gotten my zoomies on in a coat before.

The EzyDog company says the Element Coat is windproof, waterproof and fleece lined. I thought it was warm, but not overly warm. It's easy on and easy off with two quick release buckles on the sides. There are two small zippered pockets on the size too for poo bags (guess now Gracie can carry her own, BOL!!) And this is the best part...the panels around the chest and neck are neoprene stretch that give when you walk/run, making for a great custom fit and no restrictions in movement!

Mum and I really like these coats and thought that you may too. So we got a few of the coats and added them the other day to our new section of my site - JohannTheDog Direct. Guess now Mum's gonna have to get a receipt printer, since we've been selling some of the cool stuff on our new section of the site!

We've got small, medium, and large sizes in the EzyDog Elements Coat for now, but can get more sizes if you'd like.

If you're interested in a great sturdy coat, that's lightweight, warm and gives with movement, check out the EzyDog. We love it! Take a look and tell us what you think!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our weekend!

This past weekend I ran with the Classic K9 Extreme Performance Team at the Great Indy Pet Expo.

I have to say it was kinda fun! So noisy with all the loud music and barking flyball dogs, but fun nonetheless!

Mum gave me a bath on Friday night, why I don't know. But truth be told, I hadn't had a bath in about a year. Mum doesn't give me baths very often, 'cause I just don't need them with her brushing me often and an occasional clean up after rolling in yucky stuff. But she liked it, she has her nose in my fur for days!!!

The little course was kinda odd (that's it above). They had lower jumps, because we were running on cement with a little carpet covering. The frame was very low, and there was this weird teeter/canon thing that I had to run through. Oh, and a window with no jump bar too, which I didn't get at first. But after a couple of practice runs we were good to go.

I waited in my crate before we ran. We started out with a parade of dogs, then it was time for the flyball dogs, then the disc dogs, and then the agility dogs.

Here's a video of one of my runs (but mostly you see Mum's butt, BOL!!)


Wadda ya think? Do I need to get a used rv for sale and take my show on the road? Bwwwaaahahahah!

We got home and Mum ran Gracie in a little agility in the backyard, since she had to stay home cooped up all day. She did great, worked on her dog walk a little, some distance jumps, she had some fun! But Mum twisted her back so that we couldn't go back to the Pet Expo on Sunday. But I didn't really mind, Mum didn't like it much that I was running and jumping on cement. So we watched Mum hobble around the house and work on Sunday.

During the event we went around and visited a lot of folks we know. We visited the booth where my shelter was featuring lots of pets for adoption. We love the folks at the Southside Animal Shelter.

And we got to visit with my friend Mary Marshall, she's an animal communicator. But we missed seeing my friends from Canines in Action, where I had my first obedience and clicker class. Would loved to have seen Laura.

In the middle of all the action, they had a petting zoo. Lots of goats, chickens, ducks and more. Oh...the herding potential there! I got a little crazy when we got near them.

All in all it was a fun day. Fun day to get out and do something different. Fun day to get out and see some old friends and meet some new ones.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I'm gonna be performing at the Great Indy Pet Expo!

This weekend is the Great Indy Pet Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

At the event there will be lots of booths with great things for pets, rescue and shelter organizations, seminars, entertainment and more.

And wadda ya know? I'm going to be performing as part of the Classic K9 Extreme Team Performance Team in shows at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3:30 PM on Saturday, and Noon and 2 PM on Sunday.

I have absolutely no idea what exactly I'll be doing, but I think it may involve some jumps, tunnels, maybe a low a-frame, oh and Mum working on helping me through those things and loosing some lbs., so she doesn't have to look into effective weight loss pills, BOL!!! Just kidding.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 15th 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Toyota Exposition Hall, Indiana State Fairgrounds. Admission is $6.00.

Mum's giving me a bath later today so I'll look nice and fluffy and smell good too :) Haven't had a bath in a loooonnnnggg while!

Stop on by and say hi to me if you're attending the event, I'd love to meet ya. Mum's taking the camera and video recorder, so hopefully we can get someone to take some pics and vids of us, being silly and making fools of ourselves :) so we can blog about it later!

Also you can follow the Great Indy Pet Expo on Twitter and Fan them on Facebook!

Should be a fun time!