Animal act reviews

Jonathan Offi’s workshop, “The Art of Canine Frisbee”

This was a disc dog workshop I attended over the weekend. It wasn’t technically an “animal act,” but it did include a demo, so I’m going to blog it anyway. I reviewed Jonathan’s disc dog show at the Wisconsin State Fair last summer, and eagerly awaited his disc dogging workshop. Though Jonathan lives in the… Continue reading Jonathan Offi’s workshop, “The Art of Canine Frisbee”

Animal act reviews

The greatest dog trick trainer you have never heard of: Ray Nicholus & his dog, Jackie

I’m a fan of dog trick videos from the past and present and have watched over a thousand of them, including many vintage clips from the early 1900s. I always get teary to see footage of vintage dogs doing amazing tricks where neither dog nor trainer is credited–now totally lost to history. I’m going to… Continue reading The greatest dog trick trainer you have never heard of: Ray Nicholus & his dog, Jackie

Animal act reviews

The Amazing Acro-Cats in Madison

Mom and I just got back from the much-anticipated performance of the Amazing Acro-Cats, which has been getting a ton of pre-show buzz among my Madison-area Facebook friends. Not only a “cat show”–as if that isn’t enough– Acro-Cats turns out to be a multi-species extravaganza headed by talented Chicago-area clicker trainer, Samantha Martin. (For my… Continue reading The Amazing Acro-Cats in Madison

Animal act reviews

Disc dogger Jonathan Offi “WOWS!” at the WI State Fair

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

Animal act reviews

Sea Lion Splash & Michelle’s Magical Poodles at the Wisconsin State Fair

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. 🙂… Continue reading Sea Lion Splash & Michelle’s Magical Poodles at the Wisconsin State Fair