Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Decision Time

     Today, Brando had his umpteenth training class.  He has this new fear of shiny floors, so he drops to the floor the minute we step foot into anywhere that has a shiny floor.  Training is no exception.  He now shakes with fear if we're doing any exercise that requires my daughter and I to step away from him.  I feel that at this point, I should discontinue Brando's training.  It seems cruel to put him through this.  Today, a man in our class was complaining to my daughter about Brando. (Sometimes it takes Brando a little longer to accomplish something because of his fearfulness.)   I wished I had been there to set him straight, but she ignored him, which was probably the right thing to do at that moment. 
     Like I've mentioned before, Brando's trainer wants the vet to put Brando on medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  The vet wants to give him a little more time before we do that, and it seems like a wise choice.  We've seen some amazing progress.  I think if we work one-on-one with him, maybe he will come out of his shell.  He's no longer afraid of other dogs, or his trainer.  He will also take affection (in small doses) from a stranger.   I want to look into other ways to help Brando, instead of relying on a drastic drug with who-knows-what type of side effects it has.  I don't want to close the door on anything right now.  If we decide that we've exhausted every possible avenue to help Brando, then we can talk medication.  As of next week, Humphrey Bogart will take Brando's spot in training.  Brando will still continue to do workshops towards CGC.  If it takes Brando a little more time to earn CGC, I've got nothing but time. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Let's Help Out

Dear Fellow Bloggers: 
     How many dogs can we help? 

BlogPaws the Conference for Pet Bloggers, Pet Brands, and Pet Health Care Professionals is only a day away now and in honor of the occasion Pedigree has decided to launch a Write a Post, Help a Dog Campaign. For those of you who missed the event last year in September 391 bloggers wrote about the program and with each post, Pedigree donated 20 pounds of its Healthy Longevity dog food to shelter animals. In all, 7,820 pounds of food was donated to two shelters known across the country for their dedication to the care and re-homing of senior dogs: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and Castaway Critters in Harrisburg, Pa.
How you can help in 2011
Simply spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 and once again Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of food for each blog post.  If you don’t have a blog feel free to tweet about the campaign or share on Facebook so your friends who do blog can participate. All bloggers are welcome even if you do not generally talk about pets on your blog. Its all about using Social Media for Social Good.
Here’s how it works:
  • The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness of the more then 4 million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year. As well as to help get them all food (our goal is 10,000 lbs of food in the next two weeks) for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year.
  • For each blog post mentioning the Pedigree Foundation from now until midnight ET on September 3, Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of its new dry Pedigree recipe food for dogs — its best recipe ever — to a shelter, because every dog deserves leading nutrition.
  • Feel free to mae your post more visually appealing by using either or both of the two images seen in this post.
  • The Pedigree Foundation — a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to helping dogs by providing grants to shelters and rescues and encouraging dog adoption. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations.

The Pedigree Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. In addition to writing a blog post, here’s how you can help:
Once you get your post up and ready please feel free to grab the link code to include it in your post and add your link to the list so it is easier to keep track of all the posts plus it makes it so easy for your friends to learn about the event and see the progress we are making towards our goal of 10,000 lbs of food.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


He's finally here!  Meet Ziggy Stardust!  He weighs a whopping 2 lbs. He fits in the palm of my husbands hand.  He's a small fry!  Hopefully, Ziggy will be our next dog to try his paw at agility.  The breeder saved him for us since he is full of energy, and extremely playful.  Of course Ziggy needs to grow a little bit first.  More photos to follow, and possibly a title change to the blog.

*Interesting note:  Ziggy shares my father's birthday!*

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Captain Agility

Look mom!  I can do the table, too!

     Our family is having such a wonderful time with Humphrey, and our new found love of Agility.  My hubby even made him a jump bar to practice with.  We have exciting news to share!  Miss Jane, his trainer, said Humphrey was amazing, and so fearless.  "We have an Agility dog on our hands".  My dog, an Agility dog?!  Can it be?  It's so much fun, and Humphrey seems to love it. 
Up and Over!
     I've also been in touch with the AKC this past week to try to have Humphrey earn AKC Puppy Star.  He's doing so well, and I think deserving of it. 
     With that said, I'd like to dedicate this blog to Humphrey Bogart, and to our many adventures in Agility.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Humphrey's Agility Day

Humphrey's trainer said he would be better next week.......Hummm.
We were all in for a shock!

Humphrey and all 15' of tunnel

"He'll probably only do one or two rungs today,"
 said Miss Jane!



                Humphrey had other plans.....



Over!  Hooray!
He made it all the way over, and is on his way back
down the other side!
What was that about next week?!