Tuesday Training: Downpour

The gentle rain quickly turned to a downpour as I stepped from the edge of the field into the woods. The field clubhouse was a hundred feet away, but the distance seemed intractable in the pouring rain. The cloud burst had all the qualities of a brief shower that would depart as quickly as it…

Tuesday Training: Fall Fun

A couple of weeks ago my mother was visiting and she attended training club with us.  She took some photos as Bady and I did our thing.  It was fun to show off and, also, to have Mum meet my Schutzhund friends. This week our training director is in Germany and I had some car…

Tuesday Training: Puppy Love

Life with Bady and Niles is filled with great joy and fun!  Since my last post, Bady and Niles have bonded significantly.  It is so much fun to watch Bady play with abandon, rolling around on the floor with the puppy.  They both seem to derive so much satisfaction from each other.  They can’t wait…

Tuesday Training: Mud Season is Back

It is spring, which also means it is mud season in Vermont.  We squished through the mud to training yesterday.  Parts of the field were completely under water.  Some sections were usable, but still pretty wet.  The humans commiserated about wet feet.  The dogs didn’t care.  (Luckily I was wearing my LL Bean boots, so…

Great Video Descrition of Schutzhund / IPO

The Elegance of IPO If you have 6 minutes, please take the time to watch this video (linked above) describing the sport of Schutzhund / IPO.  This is the sport Bady and I practice.  The best info is toward the end of the video, so please watch it all the way through.  It is very…

Tuesday Training: Weight-Loss Wake-Up Call

Okay.  I admit it.  Bady has gained some weight this winter!  It started with his recovery from toe surgery in October.  During that month he got used to taking it easy.  And perhaps his metabolism has slowed in his older age!  Still, I didn’t realize how chubby he had gotten until I brought him out…

Tuesday Training: Abbreviated

Our training time was abbreviated last night because of work commitments.  This is a busy time for me with Advent and Christmas around the corner and our annual meeting scheduled for December 12th.  My reports for the annual meeting were due this morning and I hadn’t finished them when I left for training last night. …

Tuesday Training: We’re Back

Tuesday training was dark and cold, but we were there!  Our friends commiserated with Bady over his toe and welcomed our return.  Not too much to report since we took it pretty easy.  It was just good to return to the field and our training friends.  It was a long month of convalescence for Bady. …

Tuesday Training: Play With Me!

Bady’s recovery is continuing well.  He has been a real trooper and a patient boy.  There is no doubt, though, that he is bored.  We have started abbreviated play times and limited training.  The problem is that he would play with abandon, without regard for his healing foot, if we let him.  He would play…

Tuesday Not Training

Bady is so OVER recovering from his surgery.  Unfortunately we have two more weeks of healing before he can be back to 100%.  The stitches come out today and then he has to get used to walking on three toes.  The vet says he may have some balance issues at first.  The other toes will…

Tuesday Training: Update

I have been away from the blog for a while, and it has been even longer since I updated about training with Bady, so here is some of the latest news.  The summer training schedule was rather hit or miss.  My stepson was visiting for most of July and August.  During that time we traveled…

In The News: Hope Heels

Bady and I haven’t been to our training club for two weeks.  Last week I was at the Annual Meeting of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.  This week our trainer had a prior commitment.  (Which worked out okay for me since I am nursing a cold.)  We have been doing our…