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Playing in the Snow

Posted in Dog diary, life with a working dog, pets with tags , , , , on February 13, 2014 by rattlerjen

Snow brings out my inner child

It snowed about 14 inches here at home in Northern Virginia.  I have two dogs and a hill in my back yard.  This of course calls for the implementation of a bad idea. Deja vu!

My dogs needed exercise

Molniya has a special pulling harness she has been taught to pull on and a bungee leash. She had tons of fun running down the hill. I had so much fun, this will likely be repeated again tomorrow morning!

 

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Photo op in the Snow! and peroxide…

Posted in dog training, life with a working dog, Search and Rescue with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by rattlerjen

Grom got all dressed up in his snazzy search and rescue vest and took to the snow.  He quickly learned how to catch snowballs in his mouth.  We quickly learned that this dog has one heck of a vertical leap!  Aaron claims that Grom can jump at least 5 feet straight up. Boing!  We knew that his breed, Belgian Malinois could jump, but oh my!search dog in snow

Aaron devised a new game for the puppy in the snow.  We have a very heavy, solid rubber dog ball.  The red sucker sinks immediately into the snow when thrown.  Grom had a great time searching for the hidden ball with his nose under 2 feet of snow.  I am continually amazed with the power of doggie noses.

Search dog jumping for snowballI have been battling what I believe to be food poisoning from going out to eat yesterday.  I wake up to see my husband running out of the bathroom with the bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  Either the man wanted to be a blond or the dog ate something he shouldn’t have, again.  Poor Aaron had no idea how much of the stuff to give the dog in order to induce vomiting.  Further more, how in the heck are you supposed to get this stuff down the dog’s throat.  I mean, really!  I directed my never frantic husband to my office where my stash of animal rehab equipment is kept for syringes.  Wrestling with the hyper puppy outside resulted in what must have been only a few squirts of the stuff in there.

Aaron waited a couple of minutes.  Then, began to wonder why in the world the peroxide wasn’t working.  Technology to the rescue!  Aaron quickly types a search query into his Palm Pre phone and finds the answer he needs.  A whole 1/4 cup of the bubbly needs to somehow end up down the dog’s throat.  Yeah, right!

Thinking quickly, Aaron finds the chewed up camelback bladder, compliments of Grom, and cuts off the drinking tube.  He measures out a quarter of a cup and sucks it up into the tube.  Aaron gets just enough of the junk in his mouth to taste what is in store for the puppy.  He quickly grabs the puppy and shoves the other end of the tube down the furball’s throat.  With a quick blow into the tube, all of the hydrogen peroxide neatly gushes into the dog’s throat.  Grom thought that was great fun and bounced around in full play mode.  A minute later the dog returned a nice big wad of poly fill, all that must have been from the hedgehog toy, and a big green rubber chunk from a chew toy.  Be happy it all came out the easy end, mister dog.

Yes, dogs are fun.  Sort of dumb, but fun.

Snowmaggedon is Here!

Posted in life with a working dog with tags , , on February 6, 2010 by rattlerjen

Today was the day filled with bad ideas.

Bad Idea #1:  Mother Nature,  Do we need 24 inches here?measuring snowBad Idea #2: Taking the bicycles out for a relaxing spin in the lovely snow.

Snow biking

Yes, I am getting on it and did ride it

Bad Idea #3: Eating at the only restaurant open that day.  Wait for it… (just look in tomorrows posting)

Bad Idea #4: Dog decides to continuously try and get my old German Shepherd to play with him in the snow.  At this point, she has had enough of him.  Here is a video of a dog telling another that she is tired.  Go away!

Bad Idea #5: Letting our working dog wear himself out yet again so he has nothing left for training.  Oh yeah, and letting him sleep in the chair.

Snowpocalypse on its way!

Posted in life with a working dog with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by rattlerjen

An impending huge snow storm was on its way today.  I was lucky enough to work in the morning.  Puppy went in the crate for the first half of the day.  At least I thought it would be for a normal period of time.  I was a bit delayed coming home from work.  Both dogs were stuck inside for a few more hours than normal.  At nearly 7 months old, my puppy should be able to hold it for 7 to 8 hours, but I dreaded coming home to a messy crate. I knew he would at least be bouncing off the walls and holding his groin with his paws. For a working dog, sleeping all day only allows him to charge up his energy like a battery.  I knew I would be coming home to a little fur-ball of terror.

Lucky for me, the snow was coming down in droves by the time I got home.  Both dogs shot out of the house like cannonballs out into the snow.  SNOW!  They were both so excited to see more of the white stuff they forgot to go to the bathroom.  Really, I have no idea how they can hold it for so long.  I think both of them must have run around for a good five minutes before getting down to business.  Bonus, no one had an accident.

Everyone enjoyed good, long and hard play sessions in the snow complete with snowball catching for Heidi, stick keep away from Heidi courtesy of Grom, and all-time loud favorite of futbol!  Futbol works great in the grass, not so much in the snow.  Heidi taught Grom how to move the big plastic balls around the yard with nose and paws.  What they both soon found out was that they don’t roll in the snow!  After fifteen annoying minutes of barking at unmoving toys, I had to take them away.  My neighbors most likely want to kill me.dog futbol in snow

I was thrilled to find that Grom had enough energy for a play session with Aaron in the living room.  The puppy wanted the toy so bad he tugged with Aaron for a good eight minutes.  Go puppy!

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