Sunday, May 26, 2019

OTCWF - Beginner Scent Work - Week 9 - Graduation

It's been the best 9 weeks ever!  Meeting new furiends, seeing old furiends, learning scent work and, on graduation week, doing a mock trial.  

We arrived a bit early and watched the interior setup.  I was mesmerized.  Then every started trickling into the club.  We got the low down on the evenings events.  We would have contaniers in the puppy room, interiors in the mirror room as per usual.  This time there would be blind hides (pawrents had no idea where they were) and we would be timed just like in a real trial.

Between run the pawrents sat and chatted.  Momma and I also worked on my manners when people and puppies go by.  Its extra treats so I played along wif hers!

Trial 1 Containers: 2 rows of 5 identical boxes.  Kelly had her clipboard and timer.  As we entered we waited by the door until ready then the timer started as momma said "search".  I went down a few boxes, stopped at one gave an extra sniff.  Momma called alert.  Win!  

Trail 2 Interiors: Approx 144 square feet with items lining the outer edges.  kennels, old treat bags, chairs, grooming table, step stool, cooler etc.  Started right to left.  I paused to get a better sniff of the kennel cause it had a blankie in it and momma though I had found it.  She called alert and was told no.  We continued on without being told where it was and bam.  I found it strong, looked back at momma to say yep dis be it fur real and went  back and sniffed again.  Miss Martha said, "thats it!"   She told momma thats what she needs to look for (high interest and that look back, or pawing done previously, thats me showing momma I did what you asked wheres my treat) was not just the slowing and interest in something.  

Trial 3 Containers: Same set up different box location, no match, walked in, sniffed for a second, found it, momma alerted, and done.

Trail 4 Interiors: Same set up different location of the scent.  We walked into the ring went right to left again.  On the 3 object I came to I slowed, paused, kept putting my head under a hat atop a stool and gave momma the look back.  She called alert and WE GOT IT!!!!  Jackpot treats flowed in my direction.  

Once we finished in interiors we were allowed to stay and watch the following students.  Momma was watching for the differences in pausing to sniff and stopped because they found the source.  Its easier to tell when its not your dog and your not on the timer.  BOL 

Over all Miss Martha said that during all the runs we ranged from 25 seconds to 1 minute to 30 seconds.  During a real trial you have about 2 minutes in novice.  So we all were nice and steady on time.  Yipee!

After Interior trail 4 we sat near the Presa Canaria Kona (Fawn and Black).  We both showed interest in one another and momma asked his dad if we could greet one another.  Remembering my success with being eye level I got on the chair to do my greeting.  I sniffed his cute little ears, and his big adorable nose.  He sniffed my entire left side in one wiff.  Then I got all bouncy and flirty.  I might have even shook my toosh in his face...but no photo no proof.  But I totally did and it was fun!  (this was a pic of us the 1st week of class)

All too soon the 7pm class was coming in I got to see Bat Girl, Wolfie and Brody.  Sadly that meant it was time to bit farewell to Beginner Scent Work and my furiends.   We did have Miss Matha take a look at my birch jar (post on that soon) and she said it looked good.  At a trail they will do 2 drops per swab and we did 4 drops for a 12 swab jar.  So this summer thats what we will be using to practice.  


Smooches,
Lucy

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tons of Rain, A Rainbow and A Poodle on da Radar

Multiple days over multiple weeks recently we have had rain.

Momma kept tabs on the rain in the weather app.  Once she opened it and found a poodle storm brewing.  See it in the middle there just below the blue push pin.  It looks like a mini poodle in a show coat. 

Momma enjoyed watching the storms roll in and out from her office window and showed us pictures every evening when she got off work.   eww!

As for us we were not happy.  Chilly rain drops hitting our defenseless bodies and having wet paws.  Oh it was almost too much to handle!

As those storms passed though we did get a little surprise.  A rainbow arching right over our building and disappearing into the clouds.  How magical!

Hopefully its dry where you are. 

Smooches,
Lucy & Poppy

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pupdate Post - WalkAbout Luxating Patella Knee Brace Review 2/3

To see my first impression try on and review of this product please clicky here.

Well Its been about 2 months of using my knee brace on runs/golf cart rides.  I must say its going well and its very nice having the support on my knee when I am running. 

Or driving!  

I am able to go longer between rides, have less limping, and sniff more stuffs.

Rest break in the shade.  

Which way are we going now Poppy?

Agreed, lets head for Doggy Nanny's house, I bet she will have a snackie waiting for us.  Shes just thoughtful like that!

Just wanted to send another HUGE THANK YOU to Walkabout for sending me this to review.  Its making a world of difference.  

Smooches,
Lucy

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

License, Rabies and Name Tags...Oh My!

Back in Kentucky we were "county" folk.  We didn't have ordinances or laws that governed what tags needed to be worn or leash laws.  In fact very few dogs even wore leashes and  collars let alone specific tags.  In the past mommas never made any of her dogs wear their rabies tags mainly due to the fact that they are so large and mommas always had tiny pups.  But also because she didn't want them to clank with the name tags causing damage and they didn't match.  Yes mommas a bit crazy but what can ya do?!?!  She provides treats its all good.  Heres a little throw back to KY showing my collar and singular name tag.

Now we are city dwelling pups there are ordinances to follow and Animal Control Officers are patrolling the streets.  Momma says she sees AC trucks 2-4 times  a week just in the little bit we drive.  Which is a good thing they are out and about ready to help animals in need.  Anyhoo...Now that she is an official city employee she is learning about all the ordinances for residents of WF.  Would you believe that you can't use sprinklers between 10am and 7pm.  Yep.  Its true.  Mommas gotten several tattlers...erm concerned citizens calling in regards to neighbors not following the ordinances.  Once reported momma dispatches a crew out to check on that resident.  Again I am getting off topic.  

She then began looking up ordinances concerning dogs...cause well thats the next logical step.  BOL!  She found out that in addition to the city licenses a rabies tag must be worn at all times.  We did not know this prior to reading the ordinances.  Rabies tags is to prove the animal is current with vaccines (tag number matches up in vets computer system with a description of the animal), allows the finder to verify vaccine status with vet, and (in our vets case because they pawsonally engrave tags with name and phone number) provides identification.  

Momma had a change of heart.  Safety (first and foremost) and local ordinances trump fashion, wear or tear.  She stripped us of our collars, grabbed our rabies/microchip tags out of our records bag, and began reorganizing our collars.  Ta-Da!  Complete.  With our rabies doubling as a name/ID tag we ditched the gray ovals for everyday use.  We added our rubber microchip tags as a silencer/buffer and alternate form of ID.  Last but not least City License tag denoting #Texaspride and that the city has us listed in their system, but mainly the #TexasPride.  Once secured on our collars we modeled and actually they werent all that bulky or big on us.  Now we are really street legal and ready to run....on leash of course.  

We wear our tags and collar all day the only time they come off is when our doors are locked and we are snuggled up for bed.*

*Edit or supervised with momma doing a photo shoot of course

While I love my new tag set on my collar.  Something didn't feel right.  I Wanna Be Just Like Lucy!

I look up to my big sis-fur....party because she is taller than me but also because she is furry cool.  Have ya seen da cert-i-fit-i-kits she has in her book?!?!  Well after momma redid our tag situation I got to looking and my microchip tag didn't match Lucy's.  We gotta match we're sis-furs!  

So while momma was at work I went online registered myself wif Homeagain under the basic service.  I still have my 24PetWatch Registration but now I will be dual registered.  Then I requested a taggie.

Short intermission awaiting the USPS to deliver.

I have Poppy Mail.

Its from HomeAgain.

Impawtant Message. Feel free to copy this photo and share.

There it is, my furry own dog house tag!  SQUEE!

All added...Now I can be just like Lucy.

Officially collared and tagged!


Smooches,
Lucy & Poppy

Monday, May 20, 2019

Momma Is A Cheater!

We were snooping...I mean just looking through mommas phone and look what we found.  Photos of dogs that are not us!  Momma calls this her work dog.  He comes to visit, gets snackies from the crews, and trots off at his leisure.

She says he comes by about 3 times a week.

Then we found this!  She is holding, snuggling and fawning over this thing!  Disgusting!

She tried to get rid of the little furs the puppy left behind...but it was no match for my sniffer I found the exact spot where she was on mommas shirt.  I am a scent dog for heavens sake!

I just don't understand why she would cheat on us.  In related news momma added more LuPop decor to her desk.  Its our old grey tags.  More on why they are not on our collars in tomorrows post.

Smooches,
Lucy & Poppy

Sunday, May 19, 2019

A Fancy Furcut and a Pretty Bow!

It was time for my routine furcut and I got to see Miss Pat again.  When I arrived she let me have free run of the back to play wif pepper the shop cat!  #Funnestgroomingvisitever  Once I was done with getting me furs done, Miss Pat asked if she could take my picture.  Of course!

But something was missing.  Cassie had a bow and well I wanted one too.  So Miss Pat helped me out! 

I could not wait for momma to pick me up so I could show her and Sisfur Poppy my new bow.

Ya know what?

I feel like a beauty queen in this new bow!!!!

Thanks Miss Pat!

Smooches,
Lucy

Saturday, May 18, 2019

OTCWF - Beginner Scent Work - Week 8

Week 8....was supposed to be graduation week but with recent storms this was an extra practice week.  Yipee!  We started off with arriving early and doing a couple photos for the blog.  It was hard to focus on pics as this is the area where I get treats.  But here I am surveying the interior search area.

Investigating the extra props.

As everyone arrived I got to say hello to Rufus the all american mix.  He is so cute, smells so sweet and is so gentle!  I gave play bows and wags on the floor but it felt more appropriate to say a real hello from atop a chair.  Once on the chair we were the same height.  BOL!  He let me sniff his head, ear, eye.  

This week on interiors we added a tall cooler.  This was to mimic finding source in tight spaces.  No problem.  I got right in there found that tin and received my treats!  Then she would hid the tin under a mat with the holes covered.  That gave everyone a hard time but I got to do 3 searches with the mat and by 3 it was super easy just had to find the right side it was under and treats were brought down my way.  Miss Martha had a fabulous idea to help with elevated hides.  Put a cone or box under the elevated hide to help catch attention to check that area.  Well that elevated hide was no match for me, I found source, alerted and was treated.  Previously I have had trouble at home with these I like to check "things" and when momma would put the tin on the fridge it just didn't work out.  


On containers we did 2 rows of 5 boxes, just like for the trial.  This time when we found source momma didn't tip the box.  Just rewarded and kept treats coming for staying with the source.  The first search I found it right away.  2nd search I couldn't get my focus off the treats in mommas hand.  (Edit by the momma....I am going to go back to the treat bag, leaving my hand empty while she is searching.  I got out of using the bag when we were doing the self rewarding and having the trainer place treats with the scent.)  3rd search I got my focus back and had to search a few boxes a couple extra times but found that source.  

Next week is now officially Graduation and guess the pup what!  We get to do a mock trail.   The hide will be unknown to the pawrents so it will be up to me to find and up to the momma to yell alert.  We will have to work as a team and I think we got this!

Smooches,
Lucy