Monday, October 13, 2008

Earthdog Training Day


Today we went up to New Jersey for an afternoon of training 'cause Mom says Josie needs some help in the Senior tunnel and I need a little more help in the Master tunnel. ME??? Mr. 21-legs-in-Master-Earthdog??? I'm a little insulted but it's more fun for me, I don't care.

Besides, on Sunday Mom and Dennis left us doggies at home alone while THEY went with a bunch of people to follow THESE dogs around the woods and fields...

They went in the woods and people just stood around and watched them:

And afterwards the people stood around and had a party --

While MY people just stuffed their faces!

I see Mom with her mouth full!!

So today it was our turn for fun. We got to sleep in and leave the house at 9:00 instead of in the dark like we usually do: (looking a little sleepy here anyway)

Finally getting there, we knew right away we were goin' ta see some rats!

Someone had to take a break before we could do anything!

Josie was first to practice in the Senior tunnel and I could hardly stand it! I whined a lot and Mom could hear me the whole time! Josie did very well once she figured out how Senior works and Mom hopes she'll remember this in November when we come back! She had never done this tunnel before but picked it up very quickly.

Emmy and Clancy were just along for the ride, we couldn't leave them at home so they were our cheering section... huh... they napped the whole time.

Then it was my turn --- ohhh and here's the opening of the Master tunnel. Rats live down there!

Of course it was a great time and I learned to stay IN the tunnel 90 whole seconds rather than leave when I felt like it. Mom says when the judge starts making digging noises at 60 seconds, I associate it with getting to leave so I do. Huh -- think what you want, lady! I'm in it for the fun...

This is the last thing we did. This was an exercise where we hunt for rats in PVC tubes in various piles of wood, under stuff, inside tires, or there could be empty tubes or shavings in places. Mom had to be able to tell if we had found something or not. It was even MORE fun! Josie had never done this before and she loved it too. Mom and the lady conducting the practice are walking down the path. You might be able to see me if you look close!

On the way home Josie spent a lot of time hanging over the cooler trying to get some McDonald's from Dennis and Mom up front:

Looks like she picked up some leaf litter on her head from that Earthdog tunnel!

Here I've convinced Mom to give me a piece of her chicken ---

Great shot of me with my big fat mouth open! Pretty soon we had to stop 'cause Mom couldn't drive and feed us too...

Oh OK, but how can you deny us with faces like these???

It was a long day but Mom says it was worth it! Next week is another big agility weekend so we're going to get ready for that. Mom says I'll be extra ballistic from doing Earthdog, and she's SO right...



Dewey Dewster said...

Wow Rudy...

Ya sure had a great time at earthdog.....pretty soon we have our last meeting and my Mom can hardly wait....I hope I can keep my mind on earthdog this time and not on Tally.....I've been workin' up ta it fer sure.....

Ya know ya all look so cute sittin' there in the car waitin' fer a morsel of food....just like little lambs....except lambs aren't siree...but ya sure are....

It's nice that the price of gas has come down a bit....isn't it? Can we hope fer another drop soon?

Dewey Dewter here....

The Musketeers said...

Hey ! You looks like you have a great day Rudy ! It looks so fun !

Loves & Hugs ,
Three Musketeers

Duke said...

Do you really fit inside that tunnel, Rudy? It looks like you'd get stuck if you tried going in there to us!
In any case, it sure looks like fun!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Johann The Dog said...

Very cool Rudy! That Earth Dog stuff looks like fun. Glad you had such a fun day!

Woofs, Johann

Joe Stains said...

You guys do the most fun stuff. Tunnels, rats, MCDONALDS. Talk about some lucky dogs!!!

Noah the Airedale said...

G'day Rudy
Sounds like you all had a great day out and you got to score some Maccas too....excellent! We love all the piccies.


Mack said...

What fun!! I wonder how I would do around rats??

And your mouth is not big at all. You should see mine when I get chicken!

The Musketeers said...

Yeap ! Isn't swimming the best thing in the world ? BOL !


Agatha and Archie said...

We are very behind in all our reading!! We are SHIVERING just loooking at the pics!! And Master level!! Oh we bow to you oh great one!! Aggie is going to try for her E of JE next Sunday!!! We will let ya know!! Love A+A PS WE hope we get the same food treatment on the way home!!!!

Amber-Mae said...

Man, how do you fit in such a small tunnel like that?

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer