Roxy training diary week 25
Sun Nov 23 to Sat Nov 29 2003
Not much to report this week of Thanksgiving.
Roxy got it into her head on Wednesday to investigate the recycling bin. Normally, it's behind an unfolded ex-pen, but
I had put a couple of bags of junk paper too close to the pen, so she was able to drag her victims through the spaces in
the wire and systematically destroy them. It must have taken some time, but it was an amazingly thorough job for one little
doggie, as shown at right.
Rather than training dogs, I burned a whole slew of CDs and struggled with trying to get the labels printed. By the time
I figured it all out, it was Sunday and my long holiday weekend was gone.
Roxy of Destruction
Roxy training diary week 24
Sun Nov 16 to Sat Nov 22 2003
Not much going on training-wise this week, just getting ready for the three-day agility trial this weekend in
lovely Kiln, Mississippi.
Wednesday and Thursday morning, I set her up with a couple of jumps in the backyard and we started to do some agility training in
earnest. I've not really worked with her that much in the past, but she took to it immediately. We did some jumps with
me calling her over, and some where I ran by while she did the jumps. She did a few of the usual thing of running around
the jump, not understanding what I wanted. It got better just during our brief training session.
At the trial, Roxy had several breakthroughs:
We also had a lot of fun visiting at the trial. Friday and Saturday, Annie did well, getting her first PIII Snooker leg
and her first Performance Grand Prix qualifying score. Meanwhile, people who had not seen Roxy in months were amazed at
her full-grown size. We did not get a chance to measure her, but I know she is pushing 18" now. She's a bit taller than
Roxy training diary weeks 22-23
Sun Nov 2 to Sat Nov 15 2003
Another big chunk of the RoxyLog, because again travel plans interfered with training. I was out of town most of week 23.
The month of November began with a trial in town, and even though Roxy was not entered she got to make her usual appearance
where she charmed her public. This time, the charmed ones included the Coxes, a family that has been training in agility
with us. Erin Cox, the eldest daughter, is a fantastic agility handler who is likely to go far. Her younger sister Jessie
is shown here with Roxy.
Roxy also got to spend some time begging food from Diva, a four-year-old who comes to agility trials with her family, David
and Monica Wilson.
Both Roxy and Annie got to meet a dancing, singing Animal Muppet doll that someone had brought. This is especially neat
because Annie's nickname has been Annie-mal for a long time, since Animal (the drummer in the Muppet band) has been my favorite
from back when I used to watch the Muppet Show regularly.
Roxy has been allowed increasing levels of responsibility in the house. During the day, she is confined to the kitchen
with baby gates, and she still has the occasional accident. On the linoleum, it's not a huge deal to clean. When we are home,
Roxy pretty much gets to wander around, although if we lose sight of her she is likely to make some mischief.
I've been calling her "Ziggy Stardust", because she is kinda loopy, she has a zigzag line of white fur down her back, and
she has stars in her eyes.
Then my stepfather came to visit this week and he calls her "Ding-A-Ling", because she rings the bell at the back door
when she wants to go out.