Dachshund Mommy: Thanks, Nola! So, does anyone remember our neighbors, Mr. B and Mrs. E? If not, read about them here. I'm terrible saddened to say that Mr. B lost his fight with the evil C on July 31st. His wife, Mrs. E, is holding up as well as can be expected and my family is taking care of her, having her over for dinners, talking to her, being there, mowing her yard, whatever she needs.
But she is struggling with money and cannot afford to get a headstone for Mr. B's grave. We want to help her, and since Blogville is such a wonderful place Nola and I thought we'd put a ChipIn up to help Mrs. E cover the costs. Please, if you're able, it'd mean the world to Mrs. E (and us) if you could help her. No amount is too small. If you're unable to donate, we completely understand. But it'd mean a lot if you could leave a few words for Mrs. E and let her know people are rooting for her.
On a slightly related note, Saturday we headed over to one of the cemeteries here in town to help clean it up. It's so sad to see people's resting places in such states of neglect. We picked up trash and helped a lovely older lady spruce up her family plot. It was a very satisfying experience :).
I'm back! So next month, there will be a dog event (AKC's responsible dog ownership day) in my city where they'll have things like meet the breed, demos for Rally-O, Agility (!) and Flyball, as well as a Search and Rescue demo, and there will be testing for the Canine Good Citizen award! Purty cool.
Mom's been toying with the idea of having me tested, and I think we'll go and see how we do next month!
To pass the CGC test, you have to to 10 things (read a more in depth description here):
- Accept a friendly stranger
- Sit politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming (where the evaluator exams your feet and ears and brushes you)
- Walk on a loose leash
- Walk through a crowd
- Sit, Down and Stay on command
- Come when called
- Pass by another dog/handler team and not react
- Not react to distraction
- Supervised separation (you're left with an evaluator while your human leaves for 3 minutes)
The ones I'm worried about are 2,3 and 10. I'm a little shy and leery of strangers. Not aggressive, just not a dog that likes strangers. 10 is the big one though; I'm very bonded to Mom and don't know how I'd do if she left. Can y'all give me some advice on being a bit more excepting of people and on separation? I'm trained with positive reinforcement and clicker training.
Kisses and Tail Wags,