Friday, September 24, 2010

Dogs On a Sugar High

"It (sugar) ought to be against the law - and white bread also."--Dr Kelley DDS

Dakota had a lovely birthday. We bought these gourmet "dog" cookies (I use quotes because, though these were sold as dog treats, they were made from human grade ingredients and were simply shortbread cookies topped with various dog-safe sprinkles, or dipped in carob) and brought them to class to share. The dogs LOVED them, and most of the dogs that attend class are owned by folks who use all-natural, no bad stuff in is dog food and treats, so these dogs didn't get junk food regularly.

It showed.

Especially in the second class, the dogs were crazy in the beginning, bouncing off the walls, going off course, not listening ... but only in the first 2/3 of class. Then, all of a sudden, their sugar high crashed. At the end, it was as though no dog had any energy to do things. It was SO funny.

In any case, Dakota's friend Maxie brought in party hats (okay, I'll admit, it was Maxie's mom) and a good time was had by all.

Last night at beginning agility, I played "Let's push the mastiff over the dog walk, but don't let him see me because then he'll get nasty" game. He had two owners working him last night, but they're both ladies about 5'3" tall and he's a BIG dog. He's fallen off the dog walk before, which is what set him back, so we didn't want it to happen again, but he doesn't like other people touching him. So... I stayed in the back and pushed his butt as well as held him when he leaned (holy hundred pounds, Batman) and tried to stay hidden and out of his line of sight.

It was interesting, but we managed to get him over the dog walk three times. I was sweating at the end ... who needs a gym. Just push a 120 lb dog across a piece of equipment he doesn't want to go across.

This is a dog walk:


DH's car is DONE!!! Finally. He finished it last night -- and it looks fabulous. He did an amazing job. He's really quite proud of himself (as he should be), but WOW was it a ton of work. He said he wouldn't mind doing something like that again some time .... but not any time real soon. LOL...

I'm just glad it's finished. Maybe now I'll get some sleep.



Michele said...

that must have been funny to see!
What! No little video of it?
That wouldn't been even better.
Congrats to Dakota!

Michele said...

OH! And Congrats to your DH for a job well done!

Now, you can write!

groovyoldlady said...

Love the pic of the birthday sweetie!

Still waiting to get a rat or hammie so we can start our own agility training adventures. Hopefully our rodents won't make 120 lbs!

Side note: Are you joining NaNoWriMo this year? I won't commit yet, but I think I am. If I do I will not start a new story, but will use the time to FINISH one of my WIPs.

Brandy said...

I shared your picture of Dakota with my kids. They both thought she looked adorable! Happy to hear your hubs finished his car! Wishing you lots of sleep now that it's completed. *g*

Have a pleasant day!

Tori Lennox said...

Dakota looks so cute in her party duds! :)

I'm betting YOU don't want your DH to paint any cars any time soon. LOL!

Maria Zannini said...

Pleasant dreams tonight.

Dru said...

I hope you get to sleep in tonight.