a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Hothothot And Down!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hothothot And Down!

SUMMARY: Bleah on sleeping, plus some obedience training works.
My plan for today was to leave work early, get some bananas and ice at the grocery store (because I *always* take bananas with me to agility trials), pack the car, take a shower, have an early dinner, finish some work, and be in bed by 8:30 or maybe 9 at the latest.

The way the plan turned out was: Leave work at 8, get ice and peanut butter at the store and no bananas because I walked across the whole store 3x and couldn't find the PB and had to ask, so then I forgot the bananas. Home about 9 and it was 85 degrees in the house and just under 80 outside. Opened all the windows, turned on a bunch of fans. Packed the car. Oh, forgot to print my data-collection sheet for the weekend, did that. Dogs being pestiferous because they'd been alone at home all day. Checked my email.

Now it's 10:30, no shower, no dinner yet, it's cooled down to maybe 75 in here which is still too danged hot for comfortable sleeping.

But here's something that cheered me up to remember.

We were out at the park a couple of days ago, and Boost suddenly stopped on her way to the frisbee, grabbed something large from under a wad of dry grass, and started, yes, scarfing it down, a la scarfing down the squirrel or gopher or whatever the other day.

I started with the "no!" and "come!" again, but based on that recent experience, I knew those didn't work, so I tried "Down!", which she has the most fabulous down of any dog I've ever had and we play it all the time, and jeez wowie, she Downed! And stayed there while I came over and wrestled [a large half of a bread roll?) out of her mouth. Hmm, what day was that? I wonder whether whatever else was with that was what caused her diarrhea?

Anyway, maybe now Down is my secret weapon with Boost?

How come it works there and not on the table in competition? Hmm.

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