Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Let's Dance!

Mom found this doggie dance clip online and I think I can do that -- maybe... Josie does her prancing in place when she's excited but this guy has ALL the moves and some fancy white feet!

Go RiverDog!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Look at Him Now!

Hi gang --

Got this cool new pic of Ollie's win on September 4th at the dog show in New Jersey. Mom and our breeder went there, and Mom showed Ollie in the regular classes and he won Best of Winners (beating the best girl dog as well as being the best dog in the regular classes).

Then they had the Puppy Group judging. That's when the best puppy in your breed goes up against the best puppies in your own group, like ours is the Terrier Group. Ollie was the only Bedlington pup entered, anyway.

Mom decided our breeder should show Ollie since Mom doesn't feel experienced enough to show under such circumstances. The judge was the chairman of the AKC Board of Directors and he knows Bedlingtons pretty well. That was part of it! So Mom hid at the back of the tent and just about fainted when he picked Ollie! woohoo! He beat an Airedale, a Norwich, an American Staffordshire, a Staffordshire Bull, and a Cairn Terrier. Mom thought the Aire would win!

Here's the win pic. Doesn't he look all growed up now??? And what a cool silver tray he got.. Best Puppy in Show went to a big Newfie puppy. Mom was standing to the side calling his name to make him perk up and look pretty ---

That's a long way from the funny little fuzzy thing Mom brought home this past winter.

He's 9 months old now and last night he started his first beginner agility class. He's not going to be just another pretty face -- he's got to run agility and do Earthdog and Rally Obedience just like me, at least!

Proud Uncle Rudy

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Pics Are In!

Hello again!

The pics just arrived from last weekend and I'm pleased as could be. They must have a new camera 'cause they got some good ones!

Mom entered me in that FAST class to work off some of my early-morning energy. I don't know what she's saying to me but it might be that I better listen to her or else..

Wheee! This is fun, especially early in the morning. I'm all wet down 'cause I tend to get too hot in summer weather and then I don't run so fast.

That moment before I head down the A-frame -- good grief I have grass thingies all over me!

Here I've got that 'look' in my eye that Mom recognizes too well. It means Watch out, Rudy's gone crazy!
Actually this was the second obstacle in the 'send' where Mom had to literally chase me from where the A-frame was to where the 'send' started. The first send obstacle was a simple jump. I was getting ALL cranked up.

And here is when I see Mom calling and kick in the afterburners. I can't believe I managed to stay upright here 'cause it looks like I'll fall down...

I got a second place in this FAST class so that made us happy. The next day they took pics of our Standard run, and here we are getting set to go. I must have been trying to flirt with the leash-runner lady (they pick up the leash and carry it to where we finish so we can leave the ring with leash ON).

I was tired of Mom's bossing me around all the time, so I did a little goose-stepping on the dog walk just to get back at her! I don't think she even noticed...

So just to rub it in some more, I started running straight instead of listening to her and made her work! She really had to keep an eye on me before I started making up my own course. (hahaha I do that!)
It was hotter that day than the day before so I had a harder time running..

So maybe I'll run in this tunnel, but will I come out, Mom? Guess!! (we did qualify in this run even though I was being hard-headed)

Josie was also there and she enjoyed her runs. Here she's getting on the teeter, one of her FAVORITE obstacles. Some dogs never learn to love it but not Josie!

She didn't qualify in anything and wanted to sniff the ground a lot, but she did jump most everything! She wins the prize for finding the bunny poop in the weaves. She's trying to find some in this picture...

But she certainly was cute -- she wants to do it some more, she told me.

We ARE going to another trials this weekend, so we're practicing in class and in the back yard some more. I enjoy class MUCH more than that boring old back yard... Josie does, too. (MOM: it's because class is air-conditioned!) Ollie will come with us to see how we do it. He's a party dude and he fits right in!

Have a great weekend everybody --


Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Banner Day a the Trials!

Hi all!

Sorry to have taken so long to write anything; nothing much to report but Mom still doesn't have a decent camera (come ON woman!). This weekend we went to another local agility trials and it was F-U-N!

Saturday I was in the Novice FAST class (Fifteen and Send Time it's called and what sense does that make?). You make up your own course for points as indicated by the judge with flags on every obstacle and to get enough points to qualify you have to try the 'send', all within a certain time limit. The 'send' is where there's tape on the ground and your human has to stay behind it and send you to the right obstacle in the right way. Sometimes we doggies make it tough on our humans and have some fun with them! ('what? where did you say to go? Let me come back to you so I can hear you better')

Mom did it right and we completed the 'send' and got plenty of points to qualify and we got second place! Wooohoo! One more qualify and we get the Novice FAST (NF) title. I ran so fast she had to chase me to the 'send', hollering at me all the way to tell me which jump to jump. Haha she was tired after that.
This is fun!

Then Mom kept messing up (MOM: oh no Rudy you messed up too) the rest of the day so neither I nor Josie qualified in anything. She had enough friends to yack with to have some fun so she wasn't feeling bad. Josie was in the Open classes, Standard and Jumpers. It was a nice HOT sunny day and we were in the tent with some Corgi pals we know from class.

Today I wasn't entered in the FAST class so I could save my energy for the regular Excellent classes. Boy did I ever make Mom work for that Standard Q! (the qualify)
I tried to run behind her, I ran 'waaay out so she had to yell at me to come back, I pretended I didn't know where to go jump...! She wasn't sure if we did good or what, but her friends said we did good. Mom didn't even want to know at that point.

So later on we did the Jumpers class and I made her work again 'cause I LOVE to jump far out and run wide! I think the President heard her yelling at me all the way to Washington DC! This time she knew we did well and qualified so she was happy. Josie ran better today but still didn't qualify but she said she'll do better next time.

Mom finally looked and found out we DID qualify in Standard, so that meant that we earned our first agility Double Q!! That means we ran clean in both classes and have 1 of 20 Double Q's required for that holy grail of agility, the Master Agility Champion title, or the MACH. One down, nineteen to go! Mom was so happy, now she says she knows it can happen. Oh I've been saying that for a long time, she just messes up too much!

We have a bunch of pics on order so I'll have to report in later to show 'em to you.
Now Mom owes me another piece of agility equipment...she gets me stuff when I do really well. I'm going to keep on doing well just to make her suffer. She's going to need to buy us a shed to keep all this stuff in!
Maybe one of these ---

Naah, I want a FANCY place of my own so I can have the ladies over to MY house and party! Like this one --

Hmm.. something tells me I should get that MACH first...

Anyway, here's an older pic of me at an outdoor trials -- more to come when that order of pictures comes in!

By the way, if anyone wants a Bedlington pup like Ollie, here's your chance. His littermate brother is coming up for sale again; his family decided they weren't dog people after all so he's coming back to our breeder. He's 9 months old and was the first pick of the litter so you know he's pretty. He's a blue, so that means he's kinda gray like Josie is instead of beige/brown like me. Let Mom know if you're interested and we can give you the details. If he's anything like Ollie he's a sweet little guy and very smart. He could do just about anything you'd want!