From Start to Finish

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  –  Story

In this week’s photo challenge, we have been asked to be a visual story-teller.  Rather than choose a series of photos that provide a complete narrative, I’ve chosen three photos (three different stories) that respectively represent a beginning, middle and an end. Read more

All My Trials – Makea Goes to Puppy School

WordPress Daily Prompt – Strategy

With the arrival of Summer, dog training classes have shut-down for two months.  There are some crazy people who will still train in 40ºC, but I’m not one of them.  So rather than reporting on our current progress/strategies, I thought I would share a little tale of my early training exploits with my beautiful Finnish Lapphund girl, Makea.  Makea is now five years old and one of three (very noisy) dogs in our household.

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Makea Bear (Photo courtesy of Brad Cummings)

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All My Trials – Fun on the Run

In my initial dog training post, I mentioned that Ama, my little Finnish Spitz, had successfully gained her Rally Novice obedience title.  At this level, all the exercises are done on-lead.  The next level for us, Rally Advanced (RA), is going to be more challenging because the course is conducted off-lead.  I think we can do it.  I’ve learnt to never underestimate the happy wanderer!  But….. at our latest training session, things didn’t go entirely to plan (ie. there was no plan).

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My, what a big paddock (for running around in) you have there.

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All My Trials – The Finnish Spitz

I’ve been training my two primitive dogs (a Finnish Spitz and a Finnish Lapphund) for a couple of years now.  We have had many successes and failures.  We’ve had frustration and tears of joy.  Just this past week, my little Finkie (short for Finnish Spitz), Ama, achieved her first obedience title (Rally Novice).  Yay, go Ama!  I have often felt the urge to document my experiences in training this tricky and wonderful breed, so I thought I would include my experiences in my blog (under the category All My Trials – Dog Training Karma).  Read more

Unconditional Love

Whoever said dogs give unconditional love, never had a Finnish Lapponian Dog (Finnish Lapphund as we know them in the English-speaking world) or a Finnish Spitz.  Anyway, here is my cartoon celebrating unconditional love between (wo)man and dog.  The drawing needs work, but you’ll get the general idea.  Life is never boring with this pair.

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Tantrums and Treats