Sunday Funday

Yesterday, Cinder & Mick had their first obedience / pre-sports class!

So many positives . . . only a couple of “not so brilliant” moments, but those were more of the fault of one of their humans. 😮

Dogs & tricks have always gone a little hand in hand . . . so what could the harm be of teaching your dogs to “shake” (extend the paw to the hand that is extended) or “high five” (extend the paw & hit target hand that is extended). Well, this human is a bit wiser now . . . apparently once Cinder & Mick weren’t either being rewarded in a timely fashion or having their believed efforts recognized; then those “paws” became new methods of communication. :/

Hey human! Where’s my cookie? Wanna shake? I know shake! Oh, not fond of my left paw . . . well, how about my right one? [repeat]

Hey human! I don’t care that I didn’t give you the trick / behavior that you were wanting . . . I gave you my best tricks to date! *high five* No?! How about a right high five instead? Hey human?! Where’s my cookie? [repeat]

Other than some redirecting of behaviors, both were wonderfully behaved & everyone is looking forward to the next class to see not only how the homework has gone, but to build more on the new behaviors. ❤

Toby even got to go with, but instead of getting to watch the class quietly from his travel kennel, he was relocated to the office while he was telling his tales of sadness & woes. 😦

After class you would have thought that enough energy had been spent with the commotion of going to class (Yay! Car time!) & the new smells & experiences – especially, Mr. Tobers with all of his angst . . . BUT no . . . Alas, the three of them had so much energy left, that a trail run was needed not just so that their humans could go find a log (more about that in a future post), but to help burn off said energy. Thankfully, after hitting the trails – everyone settled in for snuggles & a movie.

From our pack to yours . . . Happy Sunday Funday!

P.S. Before the trail run, Cinder initiated play with Mick & they played chase & tag for a good hour before we went to hit the trails. This is what one happy Mick looks like after all of that play!

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Caption This . . .

Here are a few random pics from today that we (the humans) found comical.

Our captions are below the pics . . . what would your captions be for them? Put them in the comments! 😛

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“Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls . . . “

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C:”Oh, did you say bed?”

M:”Not couch?”

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“I am sooooo bored. Why don’t you want to go for a run?”

The Best Running Partner . . .

The best running partner is a furry one!

Both of the humans were adequately worked out today & there is now an ongoing joke that we need to find a marathon that allows dogs so that a BQ might be possible. 😉

Earlier in the day – Cinder & Mick worked on running in semi-tandem. Outside of Cinder trying to switch sides a couple of times everything went better than expected.

8 miles with an 8:10 min / mi average pace . . . in the rain. 🐾 ❤ 🐾

Meanwhile, Toby was at home pouting with his other human.

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So after a long day of reporting & conference calls it was time for their other human to log a few miles.

Now there was some discussion about taking it easy . . . but then they completely killed that plan by running around like absolute crazies. So then as a pack we logged 6 miles of 1:1 intervals AND took a brief break at the dog park to run around in the dark wearing their Noxgear Lighthound vests. [Check out their video on the General Videos page.]

Now you would think that all three pups would be a little tired & winding down.

NOPE. :/

Toys. Zoomies. Bone play. *sigh*

Endurance is a PITA.

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Time Flies . . .

Two weeks. Two weeks? Two weeks! Today is the official two week anniversary of Mick’s Gotcha Day! In some ways it feels like just yesterday, but in so many other ways it feels like he has been a part of our pack forever.

Adoption Name: Mick

Full Name: McTavish

Nicknames: Micaroon, Mickey, Mickers, Micker Doodle

Gotcha Day: 4/4/2017

Birthday: 8/24/2014

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Movie: Secret Life of Pets

Favorite Things to Do: Adventure hikes in the forest preserves. Long walks on the beach. Spontaneous fun runs with the pack. Training runs with his humans. Joining  in on cuddle puddles with the pack & his humans.

Favorite Things to Eat: Split antlers. Long horns. Hooves. Fluffies. Sweet potato skins. 

Favorite Places to Relax: When not kickin’ back & relaxing in the kitchen, Mick can most commonly be found on big fluffy pillows.

Favorite Toys: Large StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy, Large KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy, OurPets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy

Favorite Gear: Noxgear Lighthound (set to the color red), Red Tartan Collar with his custom Doggie Tag

Mick has been the perfect addition to our pack. He’s sensitive & so very loving. He loves his ears being rubbed & he is always up for spontaneous cuddle puddles! He has bonded with the pack & has started to initiate & respond to play with both Toby & Cinder.

This week Mick will be starting Obedience 2 / Agility training with his sister, Cinder. In addition, he will be attending a Disc / Trick Workshop at the beginning of May.

Check back here for updates & pics on Mick’s adventures!

Two weeks?! Time really does fly when you’re having fun! ❤

Kettle Moraine – Nordic Trail System

Today we (the humans) wanted to get out & enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather & get some training miles in.

Toby, Cinder, & Mick had the chance to run, work on whistle recall, & just take in the sights & sounds of the trail.

Here are some of the pics from the adventure.

If you are ever in the Southeastern Wisconsin – check out Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Nordic Trail System

NOTE: Do bring tick / mosquito protection – the ticks were out in full force.