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Micah’s October Challenge

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Halloween presents an especially difficult scenario for the socially challenged.

Dogs that have social “issues” have an especially hard time on this night of nights, with ghosts and goblscaryins running through the neighborhood, ringing doorbells and yelling “trick or treat”. Can you imagine what they must be thinking? Don’t worry mom - I’ll protect you!!!!!

Micah tried REALLY hard to be a good boy tonight. (I temporarily have a couch sitting almost directly in front of my front door. Not great decorating, but hey – it’s just temporary. The couch is on its way out).

So Micah planted himself on the arm of the couch and sat patiently waiting for his reward for being good. And he WAS good.

That is until the doorbell rang, or he heard the squeals of the kids running up the walk. As soon as I opened the door he would leave his designated spot on the couch to run to the door. Try as he might, it was a tough task for him to hold his position.

Dog training is a process. Sometimes it’s a L-O-N-G process. He’s definitely not an automaton. He’s a feisty little terrier boy, high on the scale of reactivity. And so, we continue to tame the wild beast within. Stay tuned.

Another New Year

Monday, January 31st, 2011

OK – so it’s the last day of January, and if I’m going to write about my New Years Resolutions, I guess I should do it by today, huh?

Well – as always – I’ve given it quite a bit of thought. I really want this year to be about balance. Yin-yang. I want to become a more well-rounded person. All things in moderation. This year is not going to be “all dogs – all the time”. Don’t get me wrong – if you know anything about me at all, you know that I’m NUTS about my dogs. They ARE what makes my life go round. In fact I am vowing to spend more time actually training this year; not only Micah, but Ruby too. But let’s face it – dogs may be the main thing, but they’re not the ONLY thing.

My idea to become more “well rounded” started shortly after Christmas. I was bored one night and felt like reading something FUN!!! I haven’t read anything but dog training, or dog behavior, or dog agility, etc. for FAR TOO LONG. I haven’t read a novel in YEARS!!!! So I hopped on Amazon, found a book and downloaded it to my Kindle. It was GREAT!!! Wow – reading for pleasure. What a concept! I hope to do more of that in 2011.

Not only do I miss reading, I miss writing too. Blogging specifically. As I think I’ve said before – doesn’t everyone like to ramble about the useless crap in their life? It’s been so long since I’ve done it, I really couldn’t even remember how. Sad. So I’m hoping to keep up a little more with that. Certainly not daily, but maybe weekly. Maybe. I’ll try.

I also want to reinstate my running program. Well, I can’t honestly call it a running program yet; more like a walking program with some sprinting here and there. My long term goal would be to actually go for a rrrrrrr-uuuuuuuu-nnnnnnnnn! To run like the wind! I would LOVE to be able to run even a mile or two. Don’t know if that will ever happen, but I’m going to keep working on it.

Of course – losing weight is also on the list. It’s ALWAYS on the list. I have already started on that journey. Lost a few pounds, but have many, many more to go. I would love for this to be the year that I get to throw on a pair of skinny jeans – tuck my shirt in and go. That would be wonderful beyond belief. Nuf said.

Then there’s the house. Ohhhhhh – the house. This is the year I’m hoping to get it in order. NO – not hoping – I’m DOING IT!!!!! I AM doing it!!!

So – there you go. Now that I’ve put it out there in cyber-space, it somehow makes it more real. Makes me more accountable. Accountability can be a good thing. Whatever works.

Wow – can you imagine actually DOING all (or even most of) the things you resolved to do in January? That would be “wunderbar”!!! Stay tuned!!
(It’s good to be back).

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Wow! It’s 12/31/09, with the year end just a few minutes away. It has spurred me on to do a much overdue blog post. It’s been far too long.

I miss blogging. I guess we all secretly love to ramble on about the importance of our daily crap. Or the perceived importance of it.

So much has happened since my last post. Really involved in a new dog training facility. Mom has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Seems like there’s never time for anything. I’m sure my ADD (or my alleged ADD) doesn’t help. What it takes the normal person to do in 4 hours might take me 2 days to do. Then there are the things I can NEVER seem to get done. But I digress (due I’m sure to my ADD).

It’s New Year’s Eve and time once again to re-evaluate. To re-think how life is going, and how we might want to change it. As for me - I am vowing (once again) to try to be healthier in the New Year. To try (once again) to get more organized and use my time more wisely. To be a nicer person all around - definitely a huge challenge. And generally just try to make the world a better place.

Sometimes you just have to take an honest look and realize that there are improvements to be made. But we must keep on plugging, and not give up. Who knows, we might actually accomplish one or two of them before another year goes by.

Happy striving! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Give all your pets a hug from me!!


Great News!

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) has always been a promoter of purebred dogs. That’s what they’re all about. All of the events that they hold (and there are MANY) are for purebred dogs only. They hold more agility, and obedience trials than any other dog organization that I’m aware of.

For those of us with mixed breed dogs, there are not that many options for performance sports. I’m pretty sure that USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association) would be the largest organization offering agility to ALL dogs, regardless of breed status, but I think AKC far outnumbers them in trials. As far as obedience goes, UKC (United Kennel Club) does allow mixed breeds, but they have very few trials (at least in my area).

I participated in a survey a couple of years ago, asking what exhibitors thought about letting mixed breed dogs compete in performance sports (obedience, agility and rally). I thought it was a dead issue by now, but then I was informed by a friend that they have indeed decided to allow them to compete in AKC events. Wow – that is HUGE! I’m pretty sure they’re doing it for the extra money they will make from the mixed breed exhibitors (and not out of any good will), but hey – I’ll take it.


They made the decision in April and the mixed breed competition will commence on October 1, 2010. They will compete in a “separate but equal” class, but again, I’ll take it. It DOES make me curious though, why they can’t just compete with the rest of the dogs. Are they worried that the “mixes” might show up the “pures”? I’m not prejudiced – most of my dogs ARE purebreds. I just find it odd that they will compete separately and their titles will be slightly different. But again, really, who cares?

So the quest to seriously start working Micah in obedience has begun. I’m really looking forward to being able to be in a trial setting with him (on leash) so that he can get used to that. If he can get used to working in that atmosphere ON leash, we might eventually have a chance of making it OFF leash to do agility.


Chalk up one big “atta-boy” for the good old boys of AKC. You Rock!

Happy New Year!!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Another year is gone and a new one is upon us. Another chance for re-evaluating things. Another chance for deciding where you want to be a year from now (if you’re lucky enough to still be here).

A New Year brings new opportunities to be who we want to be; to live life the way we want to live; to lose weight if we need; to be more kind if we’re so inclined; to dedicate ourselves to whatever we feel is a worthy cause.

Birthdays and New Years are great times to reevaluate if we’re where we want to be, and if not, to recommit to getting there. Life, after all, should be lived to the fullest. Having a passion certainly gives our life meaning and excitement. It makes us fulfilled. It satisfies us. It nurtures and sustains us.

Among my own personal goals for the year are:

Get healthy - not JUST thinner, but Healthier . . .


Be more vigilant on the Clean Up Your Messy House Pledge (Oprah). I was supposed to be working 10 minutes a day on this, which is Totally Doable!!! Fell off the wagon somewhere along the line, but need to get back on it.


Get more organized - in my business and in my personal life.


Be focused - don’t be so ADHD - if you start something, follow through! Don’t get distracted with 100 other things along the way.

Figure out a way to encourage Big R to be more proactive with his diabetes.


Be more dedicated to training the dogs - EVERY day!!!!


Here’s to whatever venture you bring to the table this coming year; to whatever changes you intend to make; and to living life in a big way.

Life . . . don’t blow it!


Happy Holiday!!!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

My blog has been painfully neglected this month, and for that I DO apologize. I’ll try to do better.

But for now I will just wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever your religious holiday preference might be, and a wonderful and healthy New Year!!!


Halloween 2008

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

OH - MY - GOSH!!!! I can’t believe that I forgot to give you all the Halloween update for this year.
Especially after the huge Halloween post on October 22nd! Scary

True to form, Big R came through again this year. It was touch and go for a while, as the alien spaceship had a few “technical difficulties”, but when crunch time came, he pulled out all the stops. All in all I think it was pretty successful. The kids thought his alien outfit was really cool,


and the spaceship turned out great. The pictures don’t do it justice. You just can’t get the right colors, and details when it’s dark out; at least not with MY camera.


There were several kids that wanted to be abducted, but their parents wouldn’t sign the consent form. Oh well, better luck next year kids!

And there were a couple of REALLY SCARY characters that came by for a picture with the Alien.


By the way, Big R bought us MATCHING alien outfits for the occasion. I tried the mask on, but it was hot and stinky, and not at all to my liking. I guess my dedication to all things Halloween just isn’t as strong as his. Sorry dude! I’ll stick to taking pictures and refilling the candy bowl.


I’m sure he’s already working on what he’s going to do for next year!!!

Stay tuned!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I hope you all had a great turkey day, filled with friends and family, and dogs, and lots and lots of stuffing!


Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Today, November 11th is the holiday when we remember and honor our military veterans who have given so much for our country, and for the freedoms that we too often take for granted.

We honor the present, and the past, the living and the dead.


We honor those who serve SO far from home, and all the comforts that we enjoy. Many of them just kids.


We can never repay our fighting men and women for the price they pay for us. But please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and spend a few minutes giving thanks for what they do and have done for us.



Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Halloween is Big R’s favorite Holiday - hands down. He loves to do something different every year (well, almost every year) and surprise the kids in the neighborhood. He tries to put up whatever it is, on the hallowed day, and by the next morning there is no evidence that anything was ever there. He gets a kick out of that. One year he did a zoo scene, complete with a gorilla (Big R) in a cage.



I think it was 90 degrees that year. I’m glad it was him in that suit and not me!!!



The year that Lord of the Rings came out, Big R made himself into “treebeard” from the Fangorn Forest. It was pretty creative, I must say, but he kept falling off his tall shoes!



He finally had to finish off the night in a seated position - not as impressive, but much safer.



One of my all time favorites was the year he did the dinosaur zoo. They were magnificent.



There was an electric fence around them for everyone’s safety.




Unfortunately, one poor fellow didn’t heed the warning and got munched by a crock.



The wolfman made an appearance a couple of years ago. He was caged behind some wrought-iron fencing adorned with gorilla heads, just to let everyone know he was Serious!!!



Big R was pretty daunting in that outfit. . .



. . . but not daunting enough to scare the mighty Micah.



I think last year was his best ever!!!! He built a movable dragon head with a mouth that opened and eyes that lit up. It was WAY cool!




He blew smoke out of his nose and scared many a little kid.



Here, Jacob gets a reassuring pat from his big sister Julia.



Who knows what evil will be lurking outside our door when Halloween comes THIS year? I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see!!