Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Excellent Qs

At our last agility trial, Maddie earned her first Excellent Standard leg and finished her Excellent Jumpers title.  That means she is now competing against Riley and Seven and can start earning Championship points in Jumpers. Here are the runs.
Maddie had moved up quicker than I thought she would.  I hope we can get the Standard title finished soon so she can start earning Double Qualifiers.

Since there are so few greyhounds competing in agility in the USA..... or anywhere in the world actually, it is likely that Maddie will qualify for the Invitational. The Top 5 of each breed is invited to the event. Riley and Seven are already qualified, but I do not like to run Seven on mats with her bad wrist and with Riley turning 9 soon, I figured all the big deal events were behind us. But a friend mentioned taking Maddie. That running our baby dogs with no expectations, but to have fun would be.... fun! So I might just do that.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Big Sister Reagan

In October, Stefanie, Tom, Wilson, and Reagan welcomed a baby boy, Oliver, into the family.  As you know, Reagan has been living with Stefanie and Tom for a year and a half now. If you don't know, Reagan had trouble with noise phobias and was TERRIFIED of my van. Stefanie would babysit Reagan when I was out of town and finally we just decided that Reagan should stay.
And it has worked out beautifully!
Reagan has never avoided Oliver, but over the last couple of months she appears to genuinely like him.
Reagan is quite the snuggle bear so she would, of course, snuggle in close if there was a chance that she might get petted.  
But recently she has started choosing to lie down next to Oliver. Even when she is allowed on the couch, she has been choosing to lie on the floor with him.

Stefanie has never asked Reagan to lie down next to Oliver, she is just choosing to do it all on her own.  How cute is that?!?!
When Reagan turned out to be so noise sensitive that she had to stay home while I was out with the other hounds, I would sometimes wonder if another puppy in her litter would have been a better choice. When I evaluated the litter at the age of 9 months, I had narrowed my choices down to two pups. In the end, I chose Reagan..... and I'm so glad I did. Although, she is no longer my dog, I am glad that I was able to bring her to Tom and Stefanie. They love her so much!
We are all so thrilled with how great a fit it has been. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Snow Day

A few weeks ago, we got a few inches of snow.  I love 1 or 2 snow days a year!  My pictures are not the best, but they are better than nothing.

Seven's Kodak moments were staged.

 Ahhh... much better. Warm and inside.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Down Time

Also while in Perry, we too advantage of the huge fields.  I believe the fairgrounds are 1,000 acres or so. The houndies got to be houndies when we had some down time.  We biked, walked, and played fetch. Even Seven, got some off leash time in the fenced areas.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maddie and Remy

While in Perry, we caught up with a friend who lives there and has a 6 month old whippet, Remy. Maddie and Remy hit it off and had a little bit of fun wrestling on leash.

Maddie is so good and gentle.