Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Dog is Love

I sucked it up and went to Rally class last night with Moxie, even though I wasn't feeling well, and I'm so glad I did because my old dear friend Kathy was there with Moxie's pal Jally! I was thrilled to see Kathy. Moxie was less thrilled to see Jally. She's much more interested in other people than other dogs. They played for a while though and Moxie showed off a little for her.

We worked on the Send dog out over jump returns to heel owner runs by. We have a little work to do with this because I have to teach Moxie to differentiate between an agility jump and an obedience jump which will be difficult. I would rather lose ground in agility than obedience because Moxie was and is primarily an obedience dog. She is good at agility, she's fast, but she's not controlled. She (and I) really need to hone our skills and we just don't get enough agility practice to ever be really good at it. Hopefully this summer I can join TWANG (Texas Working Agility Novice Group) and get some more practice time in. I guess at the end of the day, I really need to teach both, because I will want the puppy to do both also.

There is a new doggy day care open now in Denton that I will be checking out tomorrow. I talked to them today on the phone for a long time. I'm hoping it will be a suitable place to stash the pup on my long work days. I'm hoping for quality stimulation and socialization. I may have Moxie do a test run and see how she likes it. I think she would be more upset about me leaving her someplace strange, but then thats my perception of a human emotion that Moxie my child might have. Moxie my dog may have other plans entirely. I'll just have to try it to see. You know I've never left her with strangers before, ever. I think if I start with the puppy young, he will be a more well rounded, better socialized dog for it. I don't want a dog with issues. I will do everything in my power to avoid that. I want to do everything right with this one. No mistakes. Thats alot of pressure. Raising dogs really is like raising kids, especially for someone who will never have kids.

In other news, we are treating a mother Kangaroo and her Joey for an infection at the clinic. She is staying there all week. I am taking my camera up for pictures tomorrow. The Mom looks like a deer almost. The Joey is SOOOOO cute its unreal. I've been tossing around the name Joey for my puppy, since he is a baby roo!

Well I've rambled on long enough. Let me just end this by saying, I WUV MY MOXIE!


Oscar Airedale said...

Sounds like Moxie is a busy girl! I never mind going off with people. Mum worries that if someone tried to take me away fron outside a shop or somewhere, I would happily trot off with them. I stop for everyone we pass expceting them to want to pet me. Mum says I am a bighead for expecting everyone to love me!

Looking forward to seeing the kangaroo photos!

Oscar x

Ferndoggle said...

Cool Blog about a cool Dog!!

I love that video tribute to Moxie. That's the kind of stuff that ruins my makeup first thing in the morning!

We've been tinkering around in Rally & if I ever get around to getting an ILP on Penny we may just compete! APDT Rally doesn't show up too much around her in Western PA. My crazy maniac Boxer puppy should excel in Rally once she calms down a bit. Hmmm...that should be in 5, maybe 6 years.

Stop over & visit us sometime!
and the Dogs of Jackman Ave

Cynthia Blue said...

Something I have learned with my BC... do obedience first! ;) He is not focused in agility either, and zooms for tunnels. We are not competing in agility for a while until we get some more focus. I tried him in a rally ring where we usually do agility, and he would not even look at me, and he tried to jump the ring gates looking for his agility jumps. *sigh* we are working on things. :)

Char said...

I wish we had Doggie Daycare in this country - we have nothing like that here :(

Saint Lover said...

Great idea sending the new pup to daycare.