|This is the forecast! You're reading that right; SNOW IN FLORIDA! And not just little flurries that melt on contact, no sir. 1 to 2" of accumulation! I'm so excited! I've never seen snow. DM: and I haven't seen snow since I was....7? 8?|
|Better bundle up!|
I'm also super psyched for a few other reasons, and for this, I shall break out the bullets.
- Mom finally picked a registered name for my AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL), so we can get that printed out and sent out soon. My official name is Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (pronounced "LE-say LAY bon Temps RUE-lay"), call name Nola. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler means "Let the good times roll" in Cajun French. It's a phrase that's used quite frequently in New Orleans and in reference to Mardi Gras, and since I'm named after New Orleans it's a perfect fit!
|Let the good times roll!|
- I'm going to an Earthdog trial February 15-16th! The first part of the trial would just be a sort of aptitude test for me, and if I passed and enjoyed that I'd move on to the Juniour Earthdog Test part of the trial.
|What I shall do to the rat once I find it. |
DM: Not really, since they're safely in a cage and out of Jaw's reach, but a girl can dream. ;)
- I also have a Rally Novice trial to attend on March 1st (or 2nd; Mom needs to double check). I've been working really hard to train for this, and I have everything down except for my left finish, which is coming along nicely.
|Focus has never been an issue for Nola.|
I'm going to be pretty busy, but I'm really excited for it!
DM: Not only do I really enjoy training with Nola, I take an enormous amount of pride in her abilities and how I showcase that just because she's a "difficult" (to some people; to me she's a breeze) breed to train and motive doesn't mean she's any less capable of earning titles and being a well trained companion.
She earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen award at just 2 years old (practically a teenager still for a Dachshund), and it's been my goal to put at least a Rally Novice (RN) title on her. I'd like to go further with her in that, and I'd also like to try and get a Junior Earthdog (JE) title on her as well as a Coursing Ability Test (CAT). The vast majority of Dachshund and small dog owners don't do anything with their dogs, not even basic obedience, and that makes me sad. It also creates a bad image for those owners like myself that work to dispel the notion that small dogs are "useless", "impossible to train", "ankle biters", ect. It's my mission with Nola to be a good breed ambassador and a good ambassador for small dogs.
Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy