Saturday, July 19, 2014

Give 'em an inch

and they take a yard.
And they eat it.



Got TP?





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lounge Lizard


Bad Dog I

Bad Dog II
 

Extremely Bad Dog
 
Temporarily Good Dog
 

Extremely Good Dog 

Friday, July 4, 2014

How Emily Dickins and Miro would like to celebrate the evening of the 4th

But they won't because there are too many empty-headed idiots who
think noise is the only way to fill their minds.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The challenge of yogurt and B&W Sunday

I gave each dog a spoonful of yogurt. The experienced Miro licked the spoon and was done. Emily Dickins plunged her nose into the spoon. Here's the result.

What's this?


 Try a bit of a lick.


Maybe if I stretch out my tongue.

And curl it waaaay up.
 
I feel so defeated.
 
Ha, got it!
 
 
 

Ferocity wins.
 
 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Miró’s new job

Ballast.


Outside the confines of a training room, teaching a puppy to walk on a leash gets tedious. The puppy wants to pull forward, switch right and left, stop to watch moving things--a car! astounding!--while the attentive human must bend over to reward good behavior or stop quickly and turn if the puppy pulls. Normally I teach the puppy to walk on the leash before hooking up the coupler, but getting Emily around one block was going to take forever. Time for the easy way.

Surprisingly, Emily accepted the halti collar right away. I put it on her, treated, took it off.  Repeat. Same again the next day. She didn't try even once to rub it off, so I hooked everybody up and off we went.  Miró’s walking beside me kept Emily in line until I let them move forward for a quick photo op.
One block, two blocks, and then down to the park, through the woods, and back on a sunny day.

Time for what?


Where's the reward for our stunning perfection?


 


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Almost wordless Wednesday





Is her bacon-flavored Nylabone better than my bacon-flavored Nylabone?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Miro and Emily start a new business

Emily Dickins and Miro have decided to earn extra treat money by hiring themselves out.

They are going to work as dust mops. They can be harnessed up and pulled along the floor or easily pushed.
 
 
The coming invasion:
First strawberry of the season.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Emily's unfortunate taste in novels

Emily is choosy about her reading material. From the pile of books and magazines at my bedside table, she bypassed the mystery, the book about dog training, the Kindle (maybe the leather cover isn't real leather), and the magazines. She chose the one literary novel, a signed copy of the highly praised  The Dismal Science, by Peter Mountford.
 Peter lives in Seattle. Although this is only his second novel, he has already amassed a list of awards and favorable reviews and appearances as long as--well, longer than Emily's leg.

Within the space of a few minutes, she enjoyed it thoroughly.
 
As much as I'm in favor of reading, especially reading early and often, I shall do my best to terminate Emily's reading habits.

The other dog did it.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Emily's play date

On a sunny morning, Emily visited Moxie's house for a girls' day out.
First they introduced themselves.
 
Then Moxie showed Emily around the yard.


 
Find the puppy.
 
 
Some bitey-face.

 
 
 
 
 
Even a young dog gets tired before a puppy does.

 
It's time for a drink of water
and a short rest before returning home.
 
Ha, ha, gotta catch me first.