Dexter hates Peetie because she doesn’t give him a moment’s peace.
Addy hates Winter …
… because Winter would rather play with Spring, and Addy can’t keep up.
(btw, this is my new favouritest photo EVER)
Dexter hates Winter and Winter hates Dexter because both of them are ornery and weird.
Peetie hates my client dog Diezel, because on land
and at sea (aka the waterin’ hole), Diezel won’t leave her alone.
(What’s that Peetie? You find it annoying to be pestered constantly and shadowed around? BOO FREAKIN’ HOO)
My boarding dog Cao hates Peetie
because Peetie climbs out of the water and shakes all over everydog nearby.
Of course, so does Diezel. And he spends a LOT of time getting in and out of the water!
Mini Mama hates me
because I insist on bringing her puppies outside every afternoon for a romp.
ZOMG right? So cute?!?! They turned 4 weeks old on Saturday. I started feeding them mush meals, which they find very exciting, and which I find adorable.
They’re so FAT. I love them!
BTW, in the photo up above, Mini Mama is in the crawl space under my house and staring at me through some weird random little window that exists in the crawl space. I don’t know why she does this – she seems to really like it under there, with what I assume are a multitude of spiders and other creepy crawlies. She asks to go out often so she can sit in the crawl space. The window is like the icing on the cake, so she can sit in there but still watch everything. She’s an odd little dog.
I don’t usually bring my Big Girl Camera on hikes/walks because I feel like it’s more important to keep an eye on dogs that belong to other people than it is to be framing and setting up shots. Also, my camera hurts me/my neck/my arm, because it’s HEAVY. Lugging it around for an hour and a half gives me a wicked head/neck ache and lately my right arm has been going numb. Some people in one of the photography groups I’m in swear by this nifty gadget and I’m thinking I might need one!
I never bring the camera when I do a forest hike, because I think I’d die trying to climb hills with an extra 9 lbs of camera hanging from around my neck, but today was easy terrain and an easy group of dogs (ie, mostly my dogs!).
Also the scenery is very pretty on this walk, which makes for nice dramatic backdrops for portraits.
(This photos makes me like Peetie! Even though she is not wearing a collar in it because she rolled in cow poop AGAIN)
I also brought my camera to Regionals, but I didn’t take very many photos because there’s a professional photographer for the event, and I don’t think it’s cool to scoop her business. However, I also don’t have any spare money, so I was unfortunately also not going to pay her to take a photo of Springles with her ribbon for qualifying for Nationals (did you like that slick segue?)
Yeah, we managed to qualify by the skin of our teeth. Well, actually we had quite a bit of wiggle room, but it was definitely not a podium-worthy performance, or even an impressive-placement-performance. As I went in with no expectations except to keep it fun for her and keep her stress-level to a minimum to prevent poopage (because she hates Thunderbird, if you recall, and every year she shits or pisses in the ring there, and ONLY there) it was kinda fun to just run for the hell of it. But it also meant that I had to not take it very seriously, and I have not found that happy compromise between taking it seriously and stressing out my poor overly sensitive terrier, and having a lark and therefore handling like an idiot. It was interesting to note just *how easy* it is to stress Spring out though … in our second gamble, which she could have gotten (she is a gambling fool), she bounced every so slightly off my foot when I sent her out to the final obstacle, and I’m not even kidding, that slight bounce of her paw off my sneaker was enough to turn her to the right and cause her to take a different obstacle instead. Because the closing gamble is timed, and one tends to get a little panicky, and that may have been the first time all weekend I showed her any kind of stress and WOW, what an effect that had.
I love my Springaling very much, and she has come a long way from the dog that used to stress pee and poop in the house if I left her alone for as much as 45 seconds, but she’s still super duper sensitive, and I am super duper a spaz, so we are not destined to be a super duper competitive team.
As Dexter is pretty much stone deaf, and Fae is The Most Emo Dog Ever, I guess I’m going to have to start training Peetie if I want a new agility dog.
Oh, I also took a photo of Fiona and Rogue on the podium in first place blah blah blah, I should just recycle the same text every year since they win EVERY YEAR pretty much.
Here’s a photo of Addy that I find adorable, because she is obviously smiling in it!
And here’s a photo of Miss Piper because she’s started having quite a bit of trouble walking lately, and I’m not sure how many more hikes she has left in her :(