sreda, 30. april 2008

Lake, bike and psycho dog


Lake
On Monday we (me, Lenka, Wi, Dee, my mom and Dora) went to lake Zbiljsko.
All dogs had fun, Wi and Dora were swimming and Dee was observing from the shore and playing around in the mud. Wi again found Dee's squeaky toy and couldn't keep away from it.
We also tried her new bumper and she loved it!

There were also some swans that kept following us but after a while they went away. Wi was observing them all the time and kept ker distance (smart dog!).
Dora was very vocal...as usual. Wi was also barking her head off while I was throwing her sticks, but she was quiet while we worked with the bumper.
She almolst lost her Chicken Cuz in the lake (there was a small current and the Cuz started to float away and Wi lost sight of it) but luckly she managed to find it.
After the swimming we went back and stoped at a big patch of grass filled with dandelions. Both Tollers loved running around in it and you can guess how their paws looked after they got back on the greyish road.
In the car all dogs were quiet and Wi and Dee soon fell asleep.
I can't say how much I love the fact that Toller's coat dries up extra fast. Once we were home Wi wasn't dirty and muddy at all and was nice, dry and clean. Apparently Dee was the same (but she looked like a bigger pig when we left).
The weather was really nice too (sun, sun and more sun) and dispite the fact my pants were soaked as much as they could get soaked (Wi kept leaning on me after she came out of the water) I had a blast.
We definetly have to repeat that sometime soon.

Bike
Yesterday I overslept a bit and we didn't go on our morning bikeride because when I woke up it was raining. But since our agility training was cancelled 'cuz of the rain we could go bikejoring in the afternoon. And so we did.
We met very little people, only one dog, some cows and horses and Wi again had to go into the water 101 times before we got back home.

Psycho dog
This is usually the word people use when they see/hear Wi and her ssqueaky toy. She just keeps twiching with her mouth while holding the toy and all you can hear all the time are quick and short squeaks.
I bough her the same squeak toy (just a bit diffrent size and color as Dee's) and she just can't take her eyes off it. She even stopped chewing Lizzie's bone when she saw it and "attached" my pockets (tapping them with her paws).
I used it today while doing contacts and she literally flew over jumps, plank and did her turn around the tree and cone (contacts were all really good).

torek, 29. april 2008

New kid in town


Meet Foxy red Dee the Dreamworker aka
Dee!
She came from Germany to Slovenia this Sunday and is owned by a friend of mine that also lives in Ljubljana so me and Wi will se her often.
She's really cute and more open than Wi was at her age. She's also lighter than Wi and has a liver nose.
She's already started her puppy classes and clicker training and so far it look really good. She's very eager to please and figures things out really fast. She's a bit picky with food (altough she attacks and searches my pockets and hand whenever she gets a chance). She also met a phesant (I bough Wi's with me) and we did a little cliker in. She was really eager to work thing out and after a short session she was so tired she slept for and hour.


The first contact...
Dee and Wi met for the first time on Sunday. Wi at first didn't show any signs of noticing Dee. She was more interested in Dee's squeky toy bird so I had to lock the toy into Dee's crate and even then Wi kept staring at it. Psycho dog...
But after some time they aterted to play a bit and their game became more and more rough so I had to stop Wi from time to time when she got a bit too rugh. Dee also tough Wi had some milk and tried to get under her and look for it a couple of times. Wi was so confused.
Then we went outside where we let them go and we had a smaller photo session of both of them. While Wi was feching her newest toy
Dee was cuddling and looking for shadow under me and Lenka. She also managed to steal Wi's new toy and they also played with each other again.
All in all it was a great day and I think both dogs enjoyed it.
Once we got back in Dee went to sleep again...and Wi was looking for the squeaky toy or any other toy that she could find.
It seem that all toys that aren't hers are at least half more interesting than hers.




More photos of Dee and Wi



sobota, 26. april 2008

Today we went bikejoring in the morning and came back really muddy. We made about 7-8km through the forest and Wi also went swimming. The weather was sunny and a bit warm so we enjoyed it a lot. We also didn't see many people (8 in total + 3 dogs).

This is what she's currently doing (while I'm cleaning the room):

A tired dog is a happy dog.

Ps.: There's a new poll in the sidebar.

petek, 25. april 2008

Holidays!

Yeesss!
Finally the holidays are here! A whole week just for me and the dogs. I just hope the weather will be nice too.

Tommorow I'll probably take the dogs and go bikejoring in the morning and then a nice, long walk in the afternoon.
On Sunday me and Wi are going to see Dee - the newest Toller addition in Slovenia.
Monday were off to Bohinj for soem hiking and swimming (especially for some swimming!) and for the rest of the week we don't have any plans yet. I could catch up on some reading...

Oh, I'm also dogsitting Lizzie for 3-4 days so Wi is definetly going to have a blast (and I'll be able to practice taking photos of black dogs).

Yesterday Wi was with me at school again and I saw how my dog is actually in need for some trick training before class. Everytime she came with me to school we did lots of tricks before class and she got tired enough and didn't make a noise almost all day! But yesterday I was underr a lot of pressure and stress becouse I had to study for something I had 2nd hour. And for the whole 1st and 2nd hour (while I was asked) she kept whinning and looking at me, she even bought me my classmate's slipper. After the 2nd hour we did some tricks and she was happy wnough to sleep through the rest of the school hours. She also managed to ripp the legs of her Chicken Cuz (see post below) and to give him a new haircut.
But as long as he still squeaks and bounces I don't really care. My foult really for letting her have it for a longer period of time (she can get very destructive...even an original Kong isn't safe from her).
After school we went on a 4 hour walk. Something we both enjoyed even tough the weather was a bit hot and I had to carry around my heavy school bag.



sreda, 23. april 2008

New toy



Wi's new toy arived today from UK.
The Chicken Cuz!



Wi is having a blast with it and is certanly enjoying it. And...it floats.

ponedeljek, 21. april 2008

Work & relaxation

While I was working at a dog show this whole weekend (and I'm still very tired because of it) Wi was enjoying at Lenka's.

I think photos speak for themselves.





sreda, 16. april 2008

Little steps

Yesterday Wi went into the water without me incouraging her to go in and without spending 30 minutes deciding where to go in. Thanks to an advice from a friend of mine ( thanks Maja! ) I didn't say a thing and just kept throwing sticks into the water. And after a few minutes she "clicked" and just went in...and evey other entry in the water was better and better.

I also took a video with my mobile phone:
video
You can also see at the end how crazy she gets when she gets out of the water.

My little clown.

I also forgot to take a leash with me to the training...again. It wouldn't be a problem othervise because I always go straight into the car after the training but yesterday I went on a walk after traininag because dad was picking me up 1 hour later and then I carried Wi across the streets and near busy roads.
Before he came to pick us up we were sitting near a store and were doing some tricks and some older people stood near and watched her and gave her a lot of compliments and applouse. The handstand was by far the most popular one.

Older videos of 2 new tricks
"Under the blanket"
video

"Wrap yourself in a towel"
video

Recent photos from this week









nedelja, 13. april 2008

New addition



After a long time I finally got enough money to buy myself a new camera...
Canon EOS 350D



I'm really happy with it. I'm still learning how to use it properly but I think I'm getting the hang of it.
I'm also looking for another lens (I currently have on 18-5mm) so this is what I'm saving my money for right now (a 55-200mm lens).

A photo of Wi doing a handstand on the wall
Also Wi is now entered in Obedience, Working test and Conformatin show in Sweden in August. We'll be leaving on the last Sunday in July and come back on 5th or 6th of August.