Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Can I play through?

Easton is getting around pretty well these days. We are slowly reintroducing his toys as his leg gets stronger and more reliable every week. The retrieving dummy is pretty low key compared to a tennis ball, so he gets to carry that around whenever he wants. However, when I come home in the evening, he makes sure that any golf balls that are hit into the net are properly retrieved, slobbered on and mayhem ensues as he insists on collecting them all. Good thing I have a whole bucket full of practice balls. I laugh and laugh at his antics. He is so serious about performing what he thinks is his job. He sure has a good time!

As you can see, his coat is starting to grow out and fill in. He is turning into one very handsome boy. Strong, loyal and as it turns out, very obedient! I've let him off leash a couple of times in the last two weeks with great results.He runs around and when he wanders a little too far, I get the head snap, back to my call and he come a runnin'. I haven't worked with him that much because he has been on "light duty", so his progress is amazing. He is such a good boy.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Honoring those who have fallen and the first responders

Never in the history of the United States had dogs been called upon to serve humans like they were during the devastation of the 9/11 attacks.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sure, come on in ....

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out..

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 He's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?' 

Cleared for Takeoff

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wet Dog = Happy Dog

A few pictures of Easton's latest SplashDog session. I can see a difference in his dry land strength and stamina. Thanks to Michael for these nice images. Lighting wasn't the greatest, but they turned out fine.

Ready, set, SPLASH

It's hard to tell, but Easton is working very
hard here swimming against a strong current.
He's determined to take the ball from my hand. 

This hard work leaves a very happy, but tired boy.
He has a good hard nap afterwards!

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