Yahooo!!!

Today is National Dog Day in the U.S. So, get out your best stuff and honor all pets! Or volunteer at a local shelter… or…. if you have space for another fur-iend you can adopt one like me or my sister! What we did on National Dog Day? M volunteered at the local library and enrolled us in the R.E.A.D. program. I told M that I’m not able to read yet. She said that didn’t matter as long as I know how to listen attentively. Come to think of it, I haven’t been to a library either. Let’s hope it doesn’t have any weird doors that take you to a whole nother dimension. I wonder how many treats I will get out of this gig. What Ms. Zulu and I did today? We ran around in circles and had fun doing it!

Enjoy,

Benji

Agility & Mach 2+

I was able to fit in one more agility training before the Mach 2+ event in France. And boy, am I glad I did. The A-frame was a piece of cake with icing on the cake, a.k.a. delicious treats. I surprised everybody by running up and down the thing without any effort. This will come in handy since there is this barrier thing that I have to tackle during the Mach 2+ event. After my agility session, I had a blast with my new friends as we could run around without restrictions.

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Ta-da!

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Sniff! Someone left lots of cake crumbs!

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Run! It’s fun!

Only a couple more days till Mach 2+…,

Benji

Mach 2+

Hi, it’s 0011 here, reporting from HQ in the U.S. It has been speculated that I’m a super fast runner. Maybe even Mach 2+ according to Special Operations Force (SOF) leader Da Phenny (DP)*  who resides in France. Of course, this theory has to be tested. What better way to do this than running on a runway? So last weekend,  DP and his highly trained SOF team scouted an ole airport in France to find out if it can serve as a secret mission site. Via special secret channels, leader DP debriefed me yesterday. Based on this debrief, HQ and I will decide if the mission is a go or not. Here is the decoded debrief, it will self-destruct in 5-4-yes, you better start reading guys-3-2….:

1. What were some of the most interesting discoveries you made while you visited the ole airport?
DP: I saw a swimming pool there so we can cool off hot paws… and the old tanks are open now, but empty… no chance to feed our ride with some magic stuff :o)
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0011: Good to know, we definitely need some cooling liquid for our special running equipment. We should bring some wire cutters to get to the pool.

2. How did you get in? What gear did you need? Did you encounter any obstacles?
DP: You only have to jump over some rocks and you are in. It’s open night and day, 7 days per week. We just should avoid this place on Sundays when a crazy bunch of self-appointed druids is there…
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DP: Oh, and there is a tree on the ground, so we have to hire a lift boy…maybe my dad can get that job…
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0011: HQ agrees, the lift-boy might be necessary so we will have to get funding for that. Maybe crowdfunding will work. Or we can tell him that it’s a gym workout. Q at HQ always goes for that line.

3. Did you do a test run on the runway? Did you reach Mach 2?
DP: I did a test… wow I was as fast as a lightning… but no Mach 2 because my dad had me on a walking string.
0011: I know those bipeds can be a drag. We will have to cut the cord for the actual secret mission, so sharpen those teeth.
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4. Did you see a Concorde? If not, what other flying objects did you notice?
Sadly there was no Concorde… not even Eddie the Eagle… but I saw a bumble bee…
0011: That’s a bit disappointing then. It would have been some nice competition. Not a major setback though. Those things can be a bit noisy.
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5. What’s the surface of the runway? Is it smooth, are there potholes, etc.? Anything that we should be concerned about in anticipation of the actual secret mission?
DP: The runway is covered with moss now… it is as slippery as ice, you get a lot of boost and you nearly can slide with Mach 2… maybe it makes sense to wear ski or ice skates?
0011: You’re on a roll DP. We could potentially get phenomenal speeds with ski or ice skates. I like your thinking.
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6. What do you anticipate to be a major challenge for our sound barrier experiment? Why?
DP: The barrier they have there… it makes a great breaking point but it could in the way when you take a run-up…
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0011: Hmmm, we may have to bring some additional gear. I am just thinking out loud here but we could ski as fast as we can up to it and then use it as a launching pad to reach Mach 2+.

7. Is there anything else that you feel is important to share?
DP: The HQ sadly broke down last winter.
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0011: Yeah that is one sad looking thing. It morphed into a tree.
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DP: That’s bad in case we will have a Mach 2-party after the mission. I suggest a tree house on this tree… it’s made for a tree house, right? …and no, cool boys don’t take the ladder, right?
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0011: That is one good looking tree dude. But you’re right, ladders are a no-no. We will just jump right in the party  special ops house.

*Go to the Easyweimaraner for more information on SOF leader Da Phenny.

—End of Debrief Notes—

Running in the field

I had another fabulous morning; running in the field. What more does a dog want? After measuring running distance and time, M estimated that my speed was almost 37 km/h (23 mph). The main goal this morning was to see how well the forest is doing after the prescribed burn. All seems to be in order. More on that later; gotta run.

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In the Field

Another update from the field. We have had lots of foggy mornings this month. A lot of rain and strong winds over the weekend too but that is another story. I much rather have foggy mornings followed by sunshine.

Doug from Weggieboy’s blog was curious how fast I can run with my long legs. So we made a little video for him and his two kitties Andy and Dougy. Thought we would share it with you too. Enjoy, Benji.