Sage Monkey

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Monday, January 30, 2012

You say Tomato, I say Tomahto

Nobelles Scout on Point

You say backing, I say honoring. But what is it? Both terms describe a hunting dog that stops and acknowledges another dog on point. It's important if you ever plan on hunting your dog with other dogs. Nothing is worst than a dog that steals points. It's also important if you test or trial your dog in an event where honoring is required. Yesterday Jim and I drove to Sussex County, NJ to train with Bob Corsaro. We focused on backing because we are hoping to finish off Cleo's AKC Senior Hunt Title sometime this spring and it is a requirement.

We took turns having one dog go on point and then bringing the other dog up to honor. We are on private land so we can also flush and shoot the birds and have the dogs retrieve.

Cleo backing Scout

Scout retrieving

Cleo on point

Cleo cleared for landing!

When Cleo runs in an AKC event she isn't always running with another GSP so we not only worked Cleo with her brother Scout, but also with Rafael Franco's two Llewellyn Setters. He has three but only ran two today. They are such beautiful dogs and are a blast to photograph.

9 month old Biscuit

Cleo backing 9 month old Biscuit 


Biscuit and Caleb on the go

All three dogs on whoa

Cleo had a pretty decent day. She did some things well and needs to work on other things. But overall we made progress. 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's Been a Hard Day's Night....

And I've been sleeping like a dog. Which isn't much of a stretch since Cleo is spoiled rotten and sleeps in our bed. I don't know if I would actually call it sleeping what she does. It's much more like hogging. It's an amazing feat almost like a magic trick how a 54 pound dog can elongate and contort itself to take up an entire king size bed. I have no idea what we will do when we get our puppy in a few months. At least having the puppy sleep in a crate for the first 9 months will buy us sometime.

Cleo claiming her spot in our bed

Every night we place Cleo in between us at the bottom of the bed. She has her own blankie to burrow under. We turn off the light, close our eyes, she starts to snore and somehow in the middle of the night the dog sleep walking begins. She manages to roll on her back and hold the blanket up like she pitched a tent with her extended paws. Which scared the hell out of me the first time I woke up and saw this big outline of something in the darkness.

An early paws in the air by Cleo as a puppy

Cleo with a more developed paws in the air technique

Then she creeps up army crawl style between us until I wake up with paws jammed in my back and a snoring snout in my ear. When I drag her back to the bottom of the bed where she belongs she lays across Jim's legs before somehow managing to make it back to my pillow. Eventually around 4am she gets off the bed on my side, runs to Jim's side and noses her way under the covers were she stays till he gets up at 6:30.

Puppy Cleo crashed out when we were gutting our house

Jim blames me for her need to be under the blankets because when she was a puppy I would wrap her in a blanket and call her the puppy taco or puppy burrito.  But in my defense I never wanted the dog in the bed in the first place! He's the one who broke the no dog in the bed rule I set. Which I busted him for when I came home from work on my lunch break one day when she was 5 months old and I found him arm in arm napping with her.

Me breaking my own rules (For the record I am the biggest offender)

Jim with Cleo and Bailey

When she was a puppy she would get us up everyday like clock work at 5:30am. She ran like a banshee all day and would crash out in puppy coma at 8pm every night. Since she turned 2 she has turned into a lazy bum. She will lay snuggled under the covers wrapped in my arms with her fuzzy face on my pillow till 10:30am on Saturday mornings. I love it. When I get up for work during the week it's nearly impossible to get her out of bed. I'll stand in the kitchen why I make my breakfast or lunch and yell to her in the back bedroom to get her lazy bones up. Even goading her with a truck ride won't pull her from the warmth of our blankies. Most days we have to rub her belly and then physically drag her out of bed to get her going. I have a feeling the puppy will remedy all of this laying about.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

First Training Day of 2012

Scout on the run

Today was the first official training day of 2012. Jim has been working force fetch at home the last two weeks but this morning we traveled to NJ with 7 pigeons to work with Bob Corsaro. We wanted to focus on getting Cleo steady as well as having her honor. Cleo's brother Scout from a later litter was there to help.

It was a beautiful and chilly morning 

Cleo on point

Cleo looks absolutely bat s#%t crazy to me in this pic. Makes me laugh.

Cleo had a so-so day. The moment Jim let her out of the truck and he called her around and she blew him off I had a feeling we would be in for a rough day. She was intermittently defiant which was uncharacteristic and frustrating. I'm not quite sure why she wasn't acting like herself but she came home and threw up everywhere and has been pretty lethargic and needy. I'm not sure what the deal is but I'll watch her and if she's not back to normal we'll head off to the vet. She goes there every Tuesday anyhow for daycare.

Jim with Cleo and Jim Given with Scout

It was super fun training with Cleo's little brother Scout today. He is a full blood sibling from a later liter. He is just the sweetest and most handsome boy. Its nice to have him there to train with Cleo because she is so competitive with other dogs and selfishly I love to photograph Scout. Below are some pics of him in action.

Bob had them take turns finding and pointing birds. Then we would cut the other dog loose to honor. They both did a fairly decent job. Cleo would get pretty impatient when it wasn't her turn. So this week we will work her on whoa and keeping her steady. Up until today she was doing really well. I'm hoping it was just a fluke. Below are some more fun pics.

Scout catching major air

Cleo on point

Scout on point

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