Monday, January 25, 2010

Next time.....

I just came back from visiting Fanny Gott's website. OMG amazing! I can't believe how much she's got her dog to do, just by shaping! I felt pretty awful about not training my dogs, considering her puppy is the same age as mine, and knows a billion times more stuff. Her puppy, Squid is heeling beautifully off leash, knows dozens of tricks, and has obviously well underway for agility foundation work! I have GOT to get my act together with Beezer. She makes it look so easy though! I get so frustrated.

I hereby make a promise that with my next puppy, I will begin shaping behaviours right away. No procrastinating with the Malinois puppy! I'm so jealous that her dogs can do so much. And you can see them thinking! Meanwhile, once I'm staying at home again, I'll practice more foundation work with Beezer. Her website gave me so many idea. I can practice at home, there is stuff I can do without equipment. We should also really get serious about our obedience. It is the foundation for agility after all!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


As you have read previously, this year wasn't that great for myself or my family. It got a lot worse on Dec 6Th, 2009. My father, Edward Sandberg, passed away in his sleep. He was at St.Paul's hospital for over 2 months. I miss him, and wish I knew him a little better.

He adored the dogs, and they considered him to be a God. Here's one of the more recent pictures I have of him. He was holding onto the dogs during "Demo Days" out in Deep Cove.

Enjoying a lovely summer day with Cody, Amigo and Fyvish, after our agility demo.

Procrastinating Queen

Every once in a while I go through a "I'm going to teach the dogs a new trick" phase. Sometimes I succeed, but mostly I just end up getting frustrated or impatient and then quit. But wouldn't it be cool to teach Beezer to back up? Or for Amigo to cover her eyes with her paw?! Hell yeah it would! And it's not like I don't have the time, or the tools or a dog that isn't motivated by food...'cause I have all those things. Plus I have the opportunity to train a puppy,whose brain is like a sponge just waiting to soak up something new! But then I get that overwhelming feeling again, and suddenly it seems a lot more fun to watch Peak Season (thanks, Jody), and take a nap instead.

For someone who is waiting for a Malinois puppy so that she can get into all kinds of different sports, and have a dog that can do it all, I'm not really taking full advantage of having a "starter" puppy on hand. I don't want to regret not doing enough with either of my dogs. They both have so much potential!

Any why can't I wait for Beezer to grow up?! I know I can't wait to start training him in agility, but there is so much foundation work I could be doing!

Grrrr. Well I guess instead of blogging about it, I should get my butt out of the chair, tear myself away from the computer and do something about it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

An Unhealthy Trend

In just a little while, I'll be heading over to Job# 2. I know what you're thinking....Movie Star. Surprisingly you're wrong (It's only a matter of time before I'm discovered).
I work 4 hours a week at a local vet's office. It has it's pros and cons, like all jobs do. As an animal lover I find it difficult some days. Sure, sure, you get your uptight clients, and the people who think the sun shines out of their dog's ass, but what really gets me EVERYTIME is the amount of fat or obese dogs that walk into the clinic.

People say they love their dogs, but do they realize their loving them to death? My own 12 year old dog, Amigo has recently packed on a few pounds. I'll be the first to admit it. But even though she only needs to loose 4 lbs, I find it embarrassing! I HATE FAT DOGS. To be fair it's not their fault, so I'll rephrase, I hate OWNER'S who allow their dogs to become so overweight. (as it is my fault Amigo is a little chunky). There is no excuse (unless medical, which in many cases can be treated).

I can honestly say that during a day's work ( whether it be out hiking the dogs or working at the clinic, or when I used to work at a pet store, or a daycare for dogs) I've only been able to count on 1 hand the number of dogs that are an appropriate weight. And of course, I've heard every excuse in the book! Many people are ignorant, or uneducated, other's just don't seem to care. And its not an easy subject to bring up. Even the vet's are tired of repeating themselves. Nobody wants to hear their dog is fat, and I can understand that. It's not meant as an insult, just an observance. Please listen! We seem to care about the well being of your dog more than you do!

I'll help you with the first simple step. Less food. More exercise. Brilliantly simple.

Show you love your dog by taking it out for a walk. I promise your dog will still love you even if you cut back on the treats. And as an added bonus, you'll could potentially add years to your dog's life. It's a win win situation!!

Take a look at your dog right now. Really look. Can your dog stand to loose a few pounds?

Next up: "The many excuses for your dog being overweight"

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Virgin Blogger

Everyone, at some point in their life has felt the, (not so)gentle nudge of peer pressure. Whether it be pressure to drink, wear certain clothes, act a certain way etc. Well I am no exception. But, instead of my so called "friends" telling me I need to wear more fuchsia, I have 2 friends who have convinced me it would be a good idea to start blogging.
At first I wasn't into it, I mean who has the time? What do you write about? Why don't they just write in a diary?! But then I got to thinking...instead of looking at it like homework, I can see it as a way to share stories and pictures and most importantly, having a "virtual" scrapbook of your life, and those that affect it.

After those thoughts, I got excited...then nervous...then overwhelmed. Where the hell do you start?
Well I'm done procrastinating, and I'm just going to jump in with both feet. It may not be pretty, or organized or graceful, but the hardest part will be over with!

So here it goes....wish me luck!

If you listen closely you can hear my friends cheering in the background!