Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gracie can do it too!

Gracie got a chance to strut her stuff for the camera when we at Callan Park as well. She's not nearly as good as me, but not bad for a big fluffy pup.

Kay has a chunk of hot dog in her mouth (which is why I never take my eyes off her face - you never know when some might fall out!). That's what she is giving Gracie for rewards in the video - maybe not elegant, but quite handy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Callan Park

Last Saturday we went for a walk in beautiful Callan Park. It is an old bit of Sydney that was last used as a psychiatric hospital, but is now preserved as a park right on the shores of the harbour.

There are some wonderful old sandstone buildings dotted around the extensive grounds.

And sure enough, there was a lot of heeling practice too. Kay has tried to think of all sorts of things to improve my heeling - hot dogs and my orbee ball are my favourites so far.

Here's a video of us practicing - you can see that I really do know how to do it...

We love Callan Park.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Obedience outing

I went to another obedience trial this morning. It was so boring. We had to wait for hours and hours until our turn. By that point, I didn't much care.

Kay tried to get me revved up, but to tell the truth, I wasn't feeling all that great.

I think I might have picked up something toxic last week when Gracie pushed me into the Cooks River. It's so polluted that you aren't supposed to eat the fish from it - and you sure aren't supposed to be swimming in it.

I was just sniffing around the edge, as I always do, when a bouncing Gracie careened into me and knocked me over the edge. It was a long drop down, lucky the tide was in so I splashed in the water instead of smashing into the mud.

Neil had to climb down a ladder and try to haul me six feet back up to the bank, while not falling in himself. Thanks a lot, Gracie.

Anyway, the point was that I didn't do very well in the ring - we actually failed big time evidently. Kay was not very impressed. I guess it's back to the practice ring for me.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

swimming lesson

While we were up at the beach, Kay decided Gracie need a bit more encouragement to learn to swim. Even though the water was pretty chilly, we were hot from running around. So... time for a dunking!

I don't think Gracie was too impressed, but I'm sure she won't be let off until she's swimming happily...whether she likes it or not.