Saturday, May 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Loki!

Loki is now a year old!

Born on 05/24/07 to Sir Sidney Lancelot and Nathan's Sassy Sadie and saved from the pet store on 07/28/07.

He's come a long way since we first got him. From an awkward bumbling puppy to a graceful (most of the time) beautiful dog. Sure he still drives me insane, but oh well!

We're headed to a doggy bakery today to pick out some treats and toys for him.

Here's a puppy video that I haven't posted before. It's long and not really interesting (unless you just like watching puppies play).


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Boy, this video makes me miss Jason even more. Two days ago marked the end of Jason's first month in Iraq. Hopefully these next 6 months pass by with the same speed as last month.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Trip to the Zoo

Our trip to the zoo started off like any other zoo trip.

Saw a goat.

And their babies (note the chicken?!)

An emu.

Another chicken.

But things took a turn for the worse when we were the ones being stared at and stalked by a coyote.

So Loki decided he needed to get back to being the hunter rather than the hunted.

Poke poke, I need you to stand up so I can point at you! (Honestly, I didn't even know he was going to do this otherwise I would've stopped him. One second I was taking a picture of him staring at the baby deer and the next second he was poking it.)

The deer turned around and gave Loki a dirty dirty look. So Loki backed away.

And Pong Pong took over.

Loki didn't want to miss out on the fun so decided to rejoin in staring at the baby deer.

Since the deer wasn't coming out to play, they decided to wait patiently. We, of course, dragged them away. Next plan... take the dogs on a walk through the rest of the park!

So they walked... until Pong got tired.

And was carried for about 5 minutes.

By both people.

Loki wanted to jump in the water, but since that stream looked cloudy, we went off in search for the next one.

Loki jumped right in.

And Pong jumped to the little island in the middle of the stream (can be seen in Loki's picture.)

While waiting for their feet to dry off, we sat around the parking lot determining our next move. To the dog park it was!

Sorry Loki... not through the trunk...

Ahh... perfect ending to the perfect doggy day. (Then the humans all went to Olive Garden to treat ourselves after being outside and entertaining the doggies all day.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

How?!

How in the world did Loki knock all the pillows off the couch and arrange them so comfortably around himself?

Agility

Today was our second day of agility lessons.

It's actually pretty cool having our lessons on a ranch in a barn. After successfully climbing the A-frame on his own, Loki was able to meet a gelding, a stallion, a dwarf horse and a burro (dwarf donkey).

It was actually pretty funny because before our lesson, Loki and I were walking around looking at the donkey and the dwarf horse. Since he'd never seen a donkey (or a horse!) before in his life, he was first scared, then decided to point at it. He was a bit nervous about meeting all the animals, but after he was able to catch a whiff of each animal from our trainer's hand, he calmed down. To meet the horse, he had to stand up on his hind legs and put his paws on the door which was an amazing sight in itself - Loki and a horse staring at each other nose to nose. I really wish I got a picture of that.

For training treats, we're using freeze dried chicken hearts. I never really thought I could ever be so casual about stuffing 5-10 chicken hearts in my pocket... It wasn't too bad though. They felt a bit like styrofoam and just smelled... like dog food I guess.

Today's progress was pretty much... hmm... well, Loki successfully went up and down the A-ramp on his own as mentioned. Continued to be relaxed around the see-saw (command push). Started working on jumps but stopped when he started tripping over the third level. I guess most the time was spent on the A-ramp which was a bit hard because Loki just didn't want to get up on his own.

More to come next week!