Monday, May 19, 2014

Taco's Debut and May Review again gave us the opportunity to  review a product this month.  For May we chose Orijen Ranch Raised Lamb Singles Freeze-Dried Dog Treats.  These are lightweight, dry treats made from lamb.  Unlike some freeze-dried treats (like liver chunks) which can crumble into fine power, I found these easier to break in half.  Both dogs loved them, but when using them for an active training session they made them very thirsty since they are so dry.  I alternated them with cooked chicken so we didn't have to stop for drink breaks as often.

Disclosure: provided me with one package of treats to review.  I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions are all mine and the dogs.   Taco got a lot of these at his very first Rally Trial this weekend!  We have mainly been working on his heeling progression and AKC Beginner Novice exercises so I admit we had not practiced rally very much.  But for level 1, the signs aren't really complicated so I signed him up for two runs on Saturday.  He has been practicing other important trial behaviors like waiting quietly in his crate, passing other dogs, watching other dogs compete and party while he is in his crate and waiting patiently on leash while we wait to go in the ring so he was VERY good for a newbie dog.  

His first run was the better of the two, score of 209 and a first place.  His second run had a couple of baubles, he needed a second command on a couple of exercises and we had not practiced the call to heel bonus so he understandably confused.  Score of 193 and second place.

Now it will be Dot's turn.  AKC obedience this weekend, practice match next weekend and then two more trials the next two weekends including a new-to-us Brittany regional specialty!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy May Day!

I thought I'd celebrate May Day today with some Fairy Corgis!  You may not know this but I have a little Etsy shop where I sell a few sewing patterns that Mike and I have come up with.  And I also sell custom Corgi Fairy Steed Costumes!  They include a fairy saddle and a flower neck garland And Corgi people go ga-ga over them!  Sully was always my faithful model but now I have to put them on a stuffed Corgi when I want to email someone progress pictures of their set.
 This pretty set was for an auction at a regional Corgi specialty.  Usually people order them for costume contests and Corgi picnics.  But I have made a set for a Corgi to wear in it's owner's wedding.  I made a set of four, in different "forest" colors for a group to wear at a "Meet the Breed" event.  And I've made a saddle for a young man who was a knight in shining armor for Halloweeen so his Corgi could be his "noble steed"!
 Our Corgi friend, Merlin, indulged me as well, modeling his lovely green velvet set.
 Sully in pink!  It's so embarrassing.
He only looks slightly happier in green.  :)