Friday, April 25, 2008

Lucy is Jennifer Lopez

Just for fun: Which celebrity is your pet?
Jennifer Lopez
Dressed to Kill

Una bomba inteligente autentica, Lucy is super-fly girl Jennifer Lopez!

Curvaceous and sassy and always more than willing to pawticipate with a few moves on the dance floor, Lucy moves and grooves with the best of them. But that doesn't mean it's all fun and salsa for Lucy-discipline and structure are key ingredients that have helped to put Lucy on a fur-lined fast track. Family is of utmost importance for Lucy , and she takes care of her brothers and sisters with the same dedication that she gives her little 'uns. To see and to be seen are significant parts of Lucy's daily activities, and the real-life Cleopetra makes her rounds with confidence and flair, always preferring to hang with the more bold and beautiful members of the pack.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dream Fields trial

The real Lucy is back! She was feeling great and ran well at today's trial, although we took no letters home with us today.

Advanced Snooker: The opening was designed for flow and went according to plan, but after #2 of the closing, a jump which faced the out gate, she took the red right after it -- tweet. But, as with Walter's non-Q snooker at the last trial it really was FUN! She was running so fast. What has come over this dog lately?

Advanced Jumpers: A nice run except she ran past one jump and my timing was really messed up at one point.

Starters Standard: Another nice run except after the dogwalk she got distracted by the nearby out gate causing a runby on one jump. She's definitely getting faster. I used to be able to keep up with her on straightaways; not so anymore! She had no dogwalk, teeter, or frame issues, yay! and her table was a happy tail-wagging one.

It was wonderful to see her running fast and a HAPPY fast at that, woo hoo! But, if only she would slow down so that my timing wouldn't be so off. ;-)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Red Gate fun match

Lucy and Walter shared a spot at today's fun match. Lucy ran the two standards, and Walter took the two gamblers runs. You get two minutes in each run to do whatever the heck you want. I chose the Starters version for both of Lucy's runs.

She seemed a lot happier out there than at her last two trials, now that her ear infection has cleared. We had some difficulty with the weaves today for some reason (tended to miss the entry). Might be because she was distracted by the nearby teeter on which she has been rewarded muchly and deliciously in recent history.

Good news, no problems with any of the contact equipment today.

She got a compliment when someone who hadn't seen her in a while said she looked to be running faster than before. Cool, but now I need to figure out my handling with her because I'm often way late on my cues for her.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

It must be summer

What should stare me straight in the face today as I walked into the mega-grocery store but boxes and boxes of pool noodles. Having more or less decided to use a pool noodle hoop (and/or pool noodle stride regulators... not sure yet) in the retraining of the dogs' a-frames, I was happy to pick one up. It fits perfectly onto my weave base: just slip it on and it stays put, at least in my non-windy living room.

Tried it first with Walter (on the flat of course), free shaping and he quickly figured out that running under it gets a click and treat. Then I tried it with Lucy but she kept offering to bite it or paw at it so rather than risk her destroying our brand new $1.99 pool noodle I went to the luring method.

Got some strange looks and a witty remark from the bus operator on the way home. Unfortunately we still have at least two feet of snow on the ground so despite what the mega-grocery store says, it's not quite summer yet.