Monday, April 25, 2011

Countdown

Walk This Way, originally uploaded by mandypug.


Only two more exams for me until Izzie and I can walk every single day! I can't wait, she's looking so good right now (and seems to be feeling much more energetic and playful) since she's lost some weight.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I Heart Izzie's Face

So while reading through blogs i follow i came across a contest that the writer of Crazy and Little entered (go check her blog out, there's AMAZING photos on there). So i figure, why not enter it too? I'm not a very good photographer but it's worth a try!


I don't take pictures of anything but my dog. I'm boring like that, but i love her little face so much. She's made to be photographed, i swear being cute is her purpose in life. 


Head on over to I Heart Faces to check out the other entries!


16/52: Happy Easter


16/52: Happy Easter, originally uploaded by mandypug.

Though I don't think Izzie is too happy about those bunny ears.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Could that be Spring?

OMG Green Grass!!!, originally uploaded by mandypug.

It very well could be! That green grass is looking mighty good to me after all the snow. With spring comes OUTDOOR AGILITY LESSONS!!! Woop! I am having some Agility withdrawals, it's terrible. I absolutely cannot wait to get back outside. 

In fact it was such a nice day out today that i wanted to take Izzie to the park. However it was laundry day and all i had to wear was pajama pants and a pair of lulu crops (and it wasn't quite warm enough for those yet), so we had to settle for just playing in the backyard. I even brought the two family dogs out to play (and normally i don't let her interact too much with them because they have some TERRIBLE habits). Anyways, here's some photos for you guys:






Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Speak


As you can see she doesn't quite get what a bark is, but i might just forget about a real bark and shape her chirps and squeaks. That IS how she talks to me anyways lol.

Monday, April 18, 2011

One Year

It's been technically one year since I first signed up for an agility class with Izzie. However I'm more inclined to count how long we've been training since we started with our current instructors which has been about 9 months. When we started with Go Dog Go! we really started our training. I've never really written about this much, though most folks involved in my life know the details. It was not pretty to say the least.

I try to live in the now, my life seems to work better that way and when i don't dwell on mistakes and the past, Izzie does better too.

Anyways...

I got started in agility because I didn't have anything to do. I'm serious, that's it. I was a university kid who had a part time job, a dog that was attached to my hip and rather energetic, and a ton of spare time. I went from being a competitive figure skater from the age of 3 to 14 and training 7 days a week for 4-5 hours per day on and off the ice. Then after i quit that i still skated a bit plus i played competitive soccer, but that didn't take up as much time. I've always done SOMETHING and can't just be lazy and do nothing, i need some sort of activity other than school and work at all times or i go a little crazy. So now it was time to find something to do, but no people sports really interested me anymore.

However, I had always had dogs and admired agility. I watched Top Dogs all the time on the Outdoor Life Network (coz i was the epitome of a cool kid... not) and was elated when it was an agility episode. I would always take any chance i could get to watch dog demos at fairs and Superdogs at Stampede. Ever since i was little i loved watching agility and when i was 7 or 8 i believe i had a brief bit of training with my old Poodle Mix but that didn't go past 2-3 classes. All through high school i was pretty much known as the "weird dog girl". I'd much rather take my dogs for a walk than party or hang out with friends... not that i had many anyways. So dog sports seemed like a good choice and of course i chose the king of dog sports, agility.

Well that turned into a novel... Now you know how i got into agility. I am now h-core invested in it and even though I'm not even competing yet i volunteered at AAC Nationals when they came to Calgary, I took a weekend off work to audit a Terry Simons Seminar, I attended a talk from a sports vet from Calgary. Anything and everything agility i can get my hands on, i try to do/get/absorb. Obsessive? Maybe... But i don't do sports half-assed. Maybe I'll even take a trip to watch AAC Alberta/NWT Regionals? You can never watch too much and I'm always learning through watching, plus it's good to cheer on members of the group!

Almost forgot! Gotta throw a picture in here lol. Izzie playing on some dead trees in the river bottom.


IMG_5869-2, originally uploaded by mandypug.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

13/52: The Gang




13/52: The Gang, originally uploaded by mandypug.

I've been slacking i know and I did cheat on my project, I just have not had the energy to take photos for the past couple weeks so I'm catching up now!