Hi, you-all! Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday. I had another fun run today. I went flying with Mach 2+ over and through 18! obstacles. This included the BANG device. I think I got the BANG beast tamed now without ending up in an alternate universe. The tough part was that all of this had to happen with an empty tummy that couldn’t be refilled until I was off the agility field!
You have to wait on the table for 5-4-3-2-1
The BANG obstacle
Photo credit: Zeil16
The first run was over with before I knew it, with 30 seconds to spare. That run was too easy peasy. On the second run, I decided to be smarter. I mean if I can’t have yummies while running I might as well take detours and greet people (tip: you never know what they might have in their pockets). I’ve also heard that you need to warm up before strenuous exercise so I gave myself enough playtime on the field before going all Mach 2+ and showing off my awesome jumps.
Guess what we got for Christmas; a DIY seesaw that works! When I saw it installed in the backyard, I had to try it. I approached the beast like you would any unfamiliar animal: with caution and one paw at a time. Once I knew I could trust the thing, I climbed on its back to the top of the world. I can tell you, the view is amazing. Experience has taught me that its great to try new things. It expands your mind and you always end up with lots of delicious yummies in your tummy. I think that’s how I solved the riddle of alternate realities. I discovered that when you climb the seesaw beast fast enough, you come down with a Big Bang. They say that without a Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago, you and I wouldn’t be woofing to each other now. It’s now my theory that all new Big Bangs create new realities. Next time when I climb the seesaw mountain I need to set my mind on creating a new reality with an endless supply of yummies. That’s definitely food for thought.
The seesaw beast
Ready set go
Teaching Ms. Zulu the jump
Ms. Zulu hops the jump
We are wishing everyone from here to all the way around the world, happiness and full tummies fur-ever and ever. Hugs and a gazillion doggie kisses from the ZAB team.
Yesterday M and I went to our first agility competition. It was loads of fun. Our agility trainer had organized it to raise money for VOCAL (Voices of Chance Animal League). Its mission is to improve the lives of dogs without a voice. They provide free fencing, shelter, and medical resources for dogs that are forced to live their lives at the end of a chain. We came totally prepared, ahum, and showed up with one small bag with all my necessities: yummies and water. This was in contrast to others who seemed to have hauled their entire house to the event. Maybe they like to lift weights. Fancy crates, chairs, and even tents showed up on the sidelines.
Checking out the competition
Soaking up those precious sunrays before the game
Me and my fur-iends
Puleasssee let me win the dog toy
The agility course in the background
During my run, I had to conquer 20 obstacles. Since M had never watched or participated in an agility event, I took charge as soon as she unhooked my leash. I started with a Mach 2+ victory lap. I got a lotta of applause for that one. Why save the best for last, right? Still, time was ticking and we had only 90 seconds to complete the whole thing. Not a problem for me but M is always lagging behind, so I knew I had to come up with something good. Instead of jumping over obstacles in numerical order, I just skipped the first obstacle, the tire. The second obstacle was the weave. To save even more time I pretzeled around only 4 of the 6 poles. Onwards to number three: a jump. From there I went straight to number eight, the A-frame. I ran that thing twice; it’s too much fun to only run once. At some point, after more jumps and the boardwalk, and of course thanks to my pawbulous ingenuity, we made it to number 20. I didn’t have time for another victory run, so my instinct to do that first was a good one.
There was a raffle at the end of the event. I saw some great dog toys displayed that I would have liked to get my paws on. Unfortunately, I didn’t win them. Maybe next time. All in all, it was a grand day. I made a lotta new fur-iends and friends and got hugs from many people. I can’t wait to go again.
Always listen to your gut,
P.S. Tomorrow we are expecting a furry important package by super express delivery. Stay tuned.
High in the air
With ears flapping
Wishing you a wagnificent weekend with lots of treats and cuddles,
As you know, I love agility training. However, sometimes it’s raining or just too hot to do any agility training outside. That’s when the Ultra-Movable-Agility aka UMA set comes in handy. What you need? One human and one chair. You could even use a table. Really that’s all. How? Here it comes:
Instructions: put the human on a chair, look at one or both leg(s) and think “extend”. Crawl under the leg(s). Done! It’s that easy. The same can be done with a chair and even a table. So you really don’t need the human but I think that it is way more fun with one. They are also good for yummies in the tummy.
Instructions: put the human on a chair, look at the leg(s) and think “extend”. Jump over the leg(s). Again, the same can be done with a chair or table. Whatever takes your fancy.
Instructions: Put the human in a stand. Make sure you grab a sturdy human and not a wobbly one. Pick an arm. Look at it and think “extend”. Jump up on said arm. This can also be done with a chair or even kitchen counter. Personally, I like the latter the best but I can’t even take a peek before the doggie police starts to bark.
Sorry for the not so clear illustration here. We experienced some technical difficulties. Something to do with not having enough arm to take the photograph. At least you can see how careful I’m about not digging any of my nails in the arm. After all, it’s very important to be gentle with your agility equipment. Sometimes I am “up in arms” too. That’s when I jump up high on my human and she wraps her arms around me. Oh, and before I forget, always get official approval with stamps and an inifinite number of carbon copies for any of these exercises. Especially if you want to be(come) a therapy dog.
Another pawbulous day today as I graduated from Agility Training I. I successfully jumped through hoops and over many obstacles in the last two months. Not sure why humans complain so much about all the obstacles and hoops in their lifes. Just get on with it and over it. Next on my agenda is Advanced Agility Training. It should start in July. That’s when “the sparrows fall from the roof” as they say in Holland. Rest assured, we will be early birds to avoid the falling from the roof problem. I know, I know, every obstacle will be higher in Advanced Agility Training, but I’m sure I’m not gonna jump off the roof. No sirree.
You know what else we celebrated today? I seem to have attracted more than 300 followers with my woofanigans. Not bad for an ex-shelter dog, heh?
Two wagnificent followers on my tail
The tire sure makes me tired
Crashed again once we got home
Try to stay out of trouble this week, I will try to do the same
Today is normally our offsite-agility training but since I graduated from the basic class we have to wait until next weekend before we can start with the next series. In the meantime, I registered myself as an All American Dog at the American Kennel Club (AKC). We didn’t know this but since 2009 you can list mixed breed canine partners with AKC. Normally we wouldn’t have bothered to sign up but once you are listed you can compete in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events. And we are interested in agility. We are not ready yet but never say never.
The agility course and our equipment shed
Be fast to catch me on camera
I said fast!
The back end of the course
Anyhowls, I am getting off track here. I wanted to show you the tactical training course that was built under Ms. Zulu and my supervision at headquarters. The course requires a lot of jumping through hoops. Life is a bit like that, I’ve heard. We also have tunnels, not the ones I dig, for some reason they get covered up when I’m not looking. I know it’s a waste but what are you gonna do, hey? And no, I did not rip said tunnel. That’s one of M’s concoctions. It now looks kind of like a ruptured colon. I have to say though, all of a sudden I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and breeze through it without a problem. So maybe a ruptured colon is not always a bad thing.
In addition to the tunnel, we have another very “expensive” crawl-station. That station turns into a funny looking tent on cold winter days to protect the Forbidden Fruit tree that I showed you yesterday. Plus, the crawl-station is an excellent device to practice high jumps. Tree logs are helpful too to practice high jumps but we mainly practice our prepositions on them. Of course, y’all know those already, so there is not much to explain there.
Wishing you a Sunny Day; may the sun shine brightly wherever you are,