Wild Dingo had a doggie-event filled weekend. Saturday started with our normal training classes in the A.M. And the husky continued to get brag-awards, doing all her obedience perfectly well. Recalls, downs, downs during recalls. You name it, she was chosen as a star student to demonstrate her good behavior.
So I treated the two to a special Summer Pawty, a doggie event with demonstrations, rallies, agility courses, fun vendors and lots of new people and dogs to meet and greet. First up, Loki spotted the Police Officers and his favorite toy. "Aw maw, come on, there's THAT toy... come on, phhhhalllease can we go say hello?" Since we were late to the party, we missed the demo and the officers were packing up their booth. As I chatted with one officer, Loki glued his nose to a suitcase that the other officer was holding. Then he looked up at the officer and re-glued his nose to the suitcase. The officer asks me, "Is your dog trained in search?" And I'm like, "Um, no. Retardo here just looks the part." The officer replies, "'Oh, well I wondered because he's awfully interested in this suitcase and it's filled with heroin." First I was shocked, then embarrassed. I mean, I'm pretty sure he's not trained in this work. So that could only mean one other thing.
Um, Loki, is there a habit of yours you haven't told me about?
So then after Loki and I chatted with the nice officers and we got some ideas about work that Loki may be good at, I moved on to the rally. Juno and Loki got to try an AKC staged small rally course, purely for fun, not contest. Both Loki and Juno got A's in rally. Me? I flunked. I can't tell my right from left, my halts from my go's or my turns from my straight aways.
Off to the agility area. AH! Now this is where we can REALLY show how great we are. I placed Loki in a down and took Juno on the course. She performed tunnels and jumps nicely and afterwards I placed her in a down and took Loki out. No sooner did he make it through the tunnel did I see my black and white blur go by me, breaking her down-stay. (WHAT? the school star blows it in real life!) Chief of Police Retardo Montalban immediately jumped on the scene to tackle her and bring her back to no avail. But he came back perfectly on recall. And "Juno come!" fell on deaf ears. This is all I saw:
Hmmm... A husky who grows instantly deaf in an environment filled with people, dogs, kids (who love to feed her), food and toys. Imagine that. How could I be so silly as to expect her to come back to me? Damn dog. Luckily, she repented the following day by performing her famous tricks for treats show at the Assisted Living home, bringing smiles to all the residents.
Still, I can't understand how a dog who just a few weeks ago, resisted the biggest temptation of all. Getting up to play with about 15 other dogs who broke their downs. Here she is laying down very well with Loki:
We had to leave our dogs and walk to the ocean
Surprisingly, Loki and Juno stayed down while almost every single dog got up and "yahoo'd" all over the beach, full speed. I could have kissed them both for being so great.
And yet, they succumb so easily to their old habits. Hmmm. Maybe it's not too late for me to turn this ship around:
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