Just 9 months after Dash’s hip dislocation and 5 months after my knee replacement, we resumed agility last Sunday. Today, we qualified in both runs with 3rd places, for Dash’s #12 double-qualifier (QQ) toward his Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. I thought we’d be off the PowerScore charts for 2016 (a national speed ranking for… Continue reading Dash regains his position as #5 fastest Papillon in the AKC
I’ve been shaving Dash every 4 weeks for about a year now. He normally has a gorgeous long coat. My reasons for shaving him are that it is more hygienic, prevents him accumulating burrs/dirt/leaves/mulch in his coat while outdoors, but mostly because his ear hair used to tangle in everything. It tangled around collars, leashes… Continue reading Oh no, not another haircut already!
While our friends Talia and Abdul were visiting from Rhode Island, they got some great photos and videos of Dash doing agility and tricks. Here are a few short video clips. Agility weaves: Hanging from a disc (slow motion): Backwards leg weaves at normal speed (excuse the barking!): Slow-motion with slow-motion barking: … Continue reading Backwards leg weaves and other summer fun (VIDEO)
Our good friends Talia and Abdul visited from their university in Rhode Island, and we decided to try out kayaking in one of the many Madison (WI) lakes today. The kayak place allowed dogs, so Dash came along for his first kayak ride–actually, it was a first for all four of us! This followed Dash’s… Continue reading Dash’s first kayaking trip
Today, I returned to the Wisconsin State Fair for another dahlia show. Once I had my blooms “staged” for competition, I took off to see another stage, the fair’s huge dog sports arena. I was excited to finally see a performance of disc dog competitor, Jonathan Offi / Canines in the Clouds, presented by Skybound… Continue reading Disc dogger Jonathan Offi “WOWS!” at the WI State Fair
Tickets four our Feb. 2017 performance are now on sale at Overture. This event usually sells out, so don’t put off getting your tickets! Every year, Madison’s $205 million Overture Center puts on three “Duck Soup Cinema” silent film events at their renovated 1928 Capitol Theater. The Capitol Theater is packed each time with a… Continue reading Get tickets now to see Dash perform at the Overture Center!
As somebody who enjoys performing with my pets onstage, it is always a treat to be in the audience enjoying other trainers and their animal partners. Today, I went (without Dash) to the Wisconsin State Fair, near Milwaukee, to participate in their dahlia show. Besides dog sports, this is my other time-consuming competitive hobby.🙂 I… Continue reading Sea Lion Splash & Michelle’s Magical Poodles at the Wisconsin State Fair