a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: September 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tricks Dog Zorro

SUMMARY: AKC titles applied for.

Last winter, Zorro and I did Circus Dog classes. Not the intense, full-day classes that you can get in some places, and the tricks were fairly basic--a lot of overlap with what I taught Remington on my own, back in the day.  And Zorro already knew several of them before we got to the class.

He loved the class, loved doing things, the attention, and the treats. He picked things up quickly: In class, we'd work on each trick for about 10-15 minutes, and for almost everything, by the end of that time he'd be doing the trick with little assistance. (Some we really struggled with, though.)  Maybe not spectacularly--for example, he'd hold something on his nose/face for a few seconds, but not a lot longer than that until we practiced a lot more.  We practiced at home on most (those we had the gear for).

At the end of it all, we put together a routine that we performed in front of the rest of the class (required for graduation).  For someone who's spoken in front of sometimes huge crowds in my life, I was by far the more nervous participant of the two of us, and despite having crib notes, left out several things (and left a key component of one of our tricks at home).  (And OMG! What's with my jeans in that video?!)

Still, the instructor verified that Zorro could do at least the minimum number tricks for each of 4 of AKC's Trick Dog titles, so filled out and signed our title application forms for Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Performer.

I'm not always a super fan of AKC, and I waffled about this for a long time, but today I registered him with AKC for  his mutt-dog (er, sorry, "Canine Partners") registration number, scanned copies of all the forms, and put them with a check into an envelope to mail on Monday. Then it's just waiting!

Here's the cleaned-up routine that I'm sending in for the Performer title.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Zorro attacks Chip when--

SUMMARY: Odd dog behavior patterns.

Today's "fun" dog behavioral pattern:

Zorro attacks Chip (so I have a fight on my hands) when:

  • Zorro naps behind my office chair and I roll backwards and hit him
  • I tell Chip in an annoyed or angry mother voice not to do something
  • I tell Zorro in an annoyed or angry mother voice not to do something
  • The dogs are excited (e.g., visitor) and I try to grab Zorro's collar to keep him from jumping on the visitor or attacking Chip
  • We're out for a walk and Chip starts to bark enthusiastically at another dog
  • I'm dozing off at night and both dogs are in their separate beds at opposite ends of my king-sized bed--I never see what precipitates this one, except that when I snap on my light, it's always at Chip's bed, nowhere near Zorro's bed (and Zorro's bed is closer to me than Chip's, usually). This is the biggest reason why, for the first time in my life (other than with new dogs), the dogs are now usually sleeping in their crates at night.

Zorro does NOT attack Chip (thank goodness; I don't need more stupid fights) when:

  • Chip, who is astonishingly picky about his personal space at times, leaps up and snaps at Zorro because Zorro was, I don't know, scratching and wiggled the bed, or, whatever, maybe Zorro looked at him?

Wayyyyy Too Many Photos

SUMMARY: SmugMug gallery list

Update 2/19/19: Added link to the plug-in.

I just discovered an unofficial SmugMug plug-in for Chrome that has a feature (among others) that lists all of my SmugMug galleries! For fun, here's the list, with the following notes:

  • This list doesn't include my private/hidden galleries
  • No guarantee that there's anything in a gallery 
  • Many galleries are incomplete (you know: The ol' I'll Get Around To Uploading The Rest Eventually trick)
  • The tool doesn't include my descriptions of the galleries--but not many have descriptions, so that's OK
  • No guarantee on quality--many photos are pretty bad, actually, but whatevs.

Adobe Palettes Open House Jan 26, 2016
Adobe Party March 1 2013
COLLADA F2F Montreal Sept 08 Ellen photos
COLLADA F2F Montreal Sept 08 Herbert photos
Touring 14th Floor Demolition

Dad's scanned slides
1963-64 Querida Drive

Disney parks

Disneyland 2009 November
Disneyland Nov 2009 Friday
Disneyland Nov 2009 Saturday
Disneyland Nov 2009 Sunday
Disneyland Nov 2009 Thursday

Disneyland 2013 Dec

Disneyland 2015 November
Disneyland 2015 Nov Thursday
Disneyland 2015 Nov Wednesday Trip to Anaheim
Disneyland 2015 November Friday
Random People Hats Clothing Kids Shoes Disneyland Nov 2015

Disneyland Trip 2015 Jan.
Disneyland Friday - Jan 2015
Disneyland Saturday - Jan 2015
Disneyland Sunday going home - Jan 2015
Disneyland Thursday - Jan 2015
Disneyland Wednesday - Jan 2015
Madonna Inn 2015 January
Random People Hats Clothing Kids Shoes Disneyland Jan 2015
Ride Interiors Blurry Disney Jan 2015

Disneyland and Races Nov 2017
Disneyland Races Nov 2017
Mr Fox No.12 and Hotel Hidden Mickeys

Disneyworld Etc 2015 May (Mostly unedited unsorted)
Disney World Epcot - Camera 1 - Sunday May 2015
Florida 2015 May Hotels Etc.

Disneyworld Etc. 2017 April
Disney World 2017 random uploads
Disney World Hotels Etc. 2017 April
Disney World Races 2017 April
Disney World Travel to 2017
Disneyworld Apr 2017 - Hotel

Disney's Calif Adventure 2006 Feb
Disneyland 1961 circa
Disneyland 1977 Spring
Disneyland 1983 Sept
Disneyland 1990 Feb
Disneyland 1990 Sept
Disneyland 1995 August
Disneyland 1996 September
Disneyland 1998 September
Disneyland 2000 Feb
Disneyland 2002 Nov
Disneyland 2002 Sept
Disneyland 2006 Feb
Disneyland 2007 December
Disneyland Viewmaster 1950s versus 2009
Together at Disney


Classes and Seminars
Agility Class Thursday Morning
Power Paws Camp 2007
Silvia Trkman Masters Handling Seminar Nov 2009
USDAA Judging Clinic, Sept 2010

Boost - My favorite photos
Boost Favorites Attempt 2
Breed Photos Best
Breed Photos Chase
Breed Photos Chloe
Breed Photos Holly
Bump photos
Diana and Callie
Ellen Terri Trek Yoshi Aug 2017
Ellen's Dogs
Jamela Memories
Jim and Django
Sparkle ADCH
Sparkle Physical Therapy
Sparkle and Ben 2015
Sparkle, Ben, Mackenzie 2016

Bay Team Agility Demo for Sunnyview June 18 2009
Foggy Dog Agility Practice, Feb 17 2008
Road Trip Sept 6 2008
VEP Memorial Day Festival and Agility Demo


2014 USDAA Nationals Cynosports World Games
Assorted 2014 USDAA Nationals
Barb Standard
Biathlon Awards
Closing Ceremony
Costume contest
Deanna & Quin playing
Grand Prix Finals
Grand Prix Semis
Individual Team & Awards images
Karey Krauter USDAA award
Katrina's Diamond Award
Perf Grand Prix Final
Perf. Steeplechase (PSJ)
Pf/Ch Team Relays
Senior Dog Mementos
Silvina Tcam Maja Dock Diving
Steeplechase/PSJ Semis
Susan Paulsen and Butter
Susan Paulsen's volunteer students
Unsorted 2014 USDAA Natls
Yukari with Simba bouncing

2006 ALL photos: USDAA Nationals dog agility
2006 highlights: USDAA Nationals Scottsdale dog agility
2007 Barb Jones photos: USDAA Nationals Scottsdale dog agility
2007 highlights: USDAA Nationals Scottsdale dog agility
2008 USDAA Nationals Cynosports Scottsdale dog agility

Agility Class Wednesday Night Jimmy Buffett 2007
Bay Team 2009 Holiday Party (Jan. '10)
Bay Team 2010 Holiday Party (Jan '11)
Bay Team 2011 Holiday Party (Jan. '12)
Bay Team 2012 Holiday Party (Jan '13)
Bay Team 2014 Holiday Party (Jan '15)
Bay Team 2017 Party (Jan '17)
Bay Team Fun Day Hollister June 2010
Dreams of 90s Alive Dog Agility Woodstock 2012
MHDS 2014 Holiday Dec 22
SMART 2006 Holiday Party
SMART 2017 Holiday Party
Tammy 40th Birthday 2008


Bay Team Sept 3 2018 USDAA Western Regional
Bay Team 2018 Monday USDAA Regional winners

Bay Team CPE July 23-24 2011 San Martin
Bay Team CPE Oct 2011 Costumes
Bay Team CPE agility trial Santa Rosa December 2009
Bay Team July 2006 CPE Dog Agility Trial
Bay Team September Labor Day 2006 USDAA Dog Agility Trial
Bay Team USDAA Jan 2007
Bay Team USDAA July 2009 Sweep's ADCH
Bay Team USDAA July 2015 Manzanita Park
Bay Team USDAA June 15, 2018
Bay Team USDAA June 2017
Bay Team USDAA Sept 2017
Haute Dawgs October 2011
NAF November 2010 Hula Hoops
NAF USDAA November 2013
PASA ASCA November 2014
SMART USDAA April 2017
SMART USDAA Aug 2015 Manzanita Park
SMART USDAA Carmel July 2010
SMART USDAA Jan 2015 Thorson
SMART USDAA Nov 2015 Thorson
Santa Rosa USDAA Agility Trial Dec 2008
USDAA BayTeam July 2013

Trials by Guest Photographer
Bay Team CPE June 2009 Guest Photographer
Bay Team CPE March 2008 Guest Photographer
Bay Team CPE agility March 2007 Guest Photographer
Bay Team USDAA May 2010 Prunedale Guest Photographer
Bay Team USDAA Sept 2007 Guest Photographer
Bay Team USDAA Southwest Regional Sept 2010 Guest Photographer
Boost photos by Sarah
Tika photos by Sarah
UKI Fun Match January 31 2010 Guest Photographer

Bonnie Doon August 2010

Boost (Smart Gallery

Scully's Retirement Sept 29 2009

Tika (Smart Gallery)


Martial Cottle Park Grand Opening Dec 13, 2014
Miscellaneous at Martial Cottle Park Grand Opening
Speakers at Martial Cottle Opening Speakers

4th of July Fireworks 2012 Cupertino
Crossword Tournament Alameda High Plus Art Sept 12 2009
Giants Game 6 2014 World Series from San Francisco
Hellyer Park Festival In The Park June 23, 2012
Monterey Bay Area Research Inst. Annual Open House
Mt. Hamilton Lick Observatory Evening
National River Clean-Up Day May 21 2011
Renaissance Pleasure Faire Hollister 2006
Renaissance Pleasure Faire Hollister 2013
SCA Baron/Baroness of the Westermark ceremony
San Jose Giants Game May 2008
Santa Clara County Fair August 2, 2009
Saratoga High School Winter Choir Dec 2008
Stanley Cup Visit


Horseback jumping lessons June 27 2009
Dogs, Horses, and Misc

1970s scanned slides (Dad's)
Ann Horse Jumping May 6, 2011
Cal State Stanislaus Graduation June 2008
Dawn's and Simon's October 10 2009
Dinner At Genji June 26 2008
Elizabeth graduation
Finch Gathering Feb 2009
Garage Sale Sept 2014
Genji Feb 7, 2018
Genji June 22 2009
Happy Mother's Day, Mom
Joe smart gallery
July 2007
Kate's Birthday
LP Heath House
Leif and Nicki Wedding
Linda and Paul Ceiling Teardown Feb 3 2018
Linda and Paul painting day
Linda and Paul's Wedding by Keith
Linda and Paul's wedding by Pro
Mom and Dad
Mom's Diary 1951 (excerpts)
Mothers Day 2015 at Ed Levin Park
Possible obit photos
Selected Carol Anne photos
Thanksgiving 2006
Thanksgiving 2009
Thanksgiving 2010
Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving 2014
Wilkinson House

Family Christmas Photos

Xmas 2008
Christmas 2008: Best of
Christmas 2008: Elizabeth's Photos
Christmas 2008: Second best
Christmas 2008:Sharon's Photos

Christmas 1956 through 2002
Christmas 1964 (Dad's Photos)
Christmas 1968 (Dad's)
Christmas 1974
Christmas 2003 (partial)
Christmas 2004
Christmas 2005
Christmas 2006
Christmas 2007
Christmas 2009
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2011
Christmas 2012
Christmas 2013
Christmas 2014
Christmas 2014 from Parents
Christmas 2015
Christmas 2016
Family Christmas trees
Mom's Christmas Village
Xmas - hats and other things on heads
Xmas Cameras

Lisa's Springtime Yard 2014
Yard April 10 2010
Yard Flowers March 15 2011
yard May 15 2012

Boxing Day 2010
David's Memorial Feb 2011
Monster Baby Shower
Scottish Games
The Lab Shoot April 2010
Wednesday Night 8:15 Christmas Dinner

Alum Rock Park, Boccardo Loop Trail, Oct 2011
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nov 22 2008
Black Mountain Hiking Sierra Club Sept 2, 2009
Blossom Hill Area Hike To Mall May 10 2008
Blossom Hill area--Sunrise Hike in Neighborhood May 2009
Castle Rock Hiking Sept 2007
Coyote Creek Trail Oct 2011
Fremont Older Open Space Hike August 2010
Golden Gate Area and Wildflowers July 31 2011 (Bay Area Ridge Trail 1)
Guadalupe River Trail Feb 16 2008
Henry Coe Bell Station Hiking June 8 2008 Burra Burra Trail
Henry Coe Hiking Feb 9 2008
Henry Coe hiking Feb 25(?) 2006--people and scenery
Henry Cowell Redwoods Hiking August 8, 2009
Kammerer Open Space April 14-2013
La Colina Park Nov 26 2010
Long Ridge Open Space Hiking July 29
Los Gatos Creek Trail to Vasona Feb 7 2010
Los Trancos Earthquake Fault Trail Oct 5 2008
Milagra and Sweeney Ridges August 15, 2010
Monte Bello Ridge Sierra Club April 2008
Monte Bello to Black Mountain June 25 2008
Monte Bello to Black Mountain May 9 2012
Morgan Territory Mar 28 2010, scenery, dogs, and wildflowers
Morgan Territory, Dogs, Wildflowers, May 30, 2011
Parker Ranch March 2013
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve with Sierra Club April 2009
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve with Sierra Club June 2008
Pichetti Ranch wildflowers hike Apr 2014
Pinnacles Jan 2003
Pinnacles Jan 2005
Pinnacles May 1984
Pulgas Ridge Hike With Dogs
Rancho San Antonio April 13, 2011
Rancho San Antonio May 11 2011, Sierra Club
Rancho San Antonio May 14 2008
Sanborn Hiking Nov 6, 2011
Santa Teresa County Park Hike Aug 11 2010
Santa Teresa County Park Hike Aug 6 2011
Santa Teresa County Park Hike Thanksgiving 2011
Santa Teresa County Park Hike and Wildflowers
Santa Teresa County Park Hike with Dogs Feb 2011
Santa Teresa County Park Hike with Dogs July 2010
Santa Teresa County Park Hike with Dogs June 2009
Santa Teresa County Park Hike with Dogs and Friend March 2013
Santa Teresa Dec 18, 2011
Santa Teresa Hike with Dogs Oct 3 2009
Santa Teresa Park Hiking August 12, 2009
Shoreline Park Sierra Club Apr 2 2014
Shoreline Park Sierra Club May 2 2012
Sierra Vista Sunrise Rain Hike
Sierra Vista Trail Opening Oct 2011
Skyline Ridge Hiking Sierra Club August 19, 2009
Stevens Creek Lookout Trail June 20 2008
Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail Hike June 18 2008
Stevens Creek Trail (Lower) - Mar 18 2009
Sunol Regional Wilderness Hiking
Sunol Regional Wilderness Hiking Apr 2009
Teague Hill Hike October 4 2008
WIndy Ridge 9-30-12 (Bay Area Ridge Trail)
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park hike
Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point Hike Aug 22 2009

Lexington Reservoir Empty: Visit Vanished Towns of Lexington and Alma Dec 2008
Loma Prieta quake

Grandma's Buttons

My SmugMug Creations


Santa Teresa Wildflowers March 28, 2015
Ellen's Santa Teresa Wildflowers Mar 28, 2014
Sue's Santa Teresa Wildflowers Mar 28, 2015

Almaden Lake Park Birds Aug 2011
Almaden Quicksilver Vicinity Feb 14 2009
Birds in my yard
Coyote Ridge WIldflower Hike 12-04-15
Edgewood Park Wildflowers March 28 2009
Elkhorn Slough October 2011
Ellen's Plants
Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers Carnivores
Guadalupe River Trail Birds Sept 2011
Guadalupe River Trail Dec 20 2008 with Dogs and more
Henry Coe hiking Feb 25(?) 2006--plants
Lick and Moonlight Fires
Los Trancos Open Space Thistle Pull July 25 2009
Love California In January - My Yard Jan '10
Plants Blooming In My Yard 2009 July 15
Plants Blooming In My Yard 2009 June 15 (27)
San Francisco Bay Area Wildflowers
Santa Teresa County Park Wildflowers May 4 2012
Santa Teresa Wildflowers April 16, 2011
Santa Teresa Wildflowers April 19, 2011
Sierra Azul Wildflower Survey April 2008
The Yard Has Gone To The Dogs
Yard Deities, Flowers, Birds, and Like That 2009 May 16
Yard Flowers Late April 2009

Boxes 2001 move - never again
ForDonna - Bay Team trailers
Shopping Center Sunset Halloween Oct 24 2009


The Random Photo Number Project
Photos Numbered 2119
Photos Numbered 2850
Photos numbered 0033

Bay Checkerspot Butterfly, story behind photo
CompareThreeLenses (these images are reduced in size)
Found an unused one-use film camera from 13 years ago
Photo Of the Day 2011
Photo of the Day 2012
Photo of the day 2013
photo alterations

Find originals, reedit, and reevaluate
Photo Club Awards
Portfolio in process

Some favorites
Assorted and Abstract
Creatures great and small
ELF's dogs portfolio
ELF's favorite animal shots
ELF's kids portfolio
ELF's miscellaneous portfolio
ELF's people portfolio
ELF's plants portfolio
ELF's scenery portfolio
Flowers and plants
Nature and landscape
People and Pets portfolio
Photo Highlights 2015
Photo of the Day 2016
Possible for work calendar
Sports and activities

1970s Ellen
Household Items Available
In honor of Ron's birthday 2018
Others Photos
Yard Gear Going Away 2018


Day 1A Casa Da Fruta

Havasu Falls Grand Canyon May 2008
Day 1A Romero Visitor Center San Luis Reservoir
Day 1B San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery May 2008
Day 1C Los Banos Park and Museum, Sunset
Day 2A Calico Ghost Town
Day 2B Kingman, Seligman, I-40, and Route 66
Day 3 Hike from Hualapai Hilltop to Supai
Day 4 Supai; Navajo, Havasu, and Mooney Falls; wildlife and flowers
Day 5 Hualapai Hilltop, Seligman, and Grand Canyon
Day 6 Grand Canyon, Flowers, and Snow
Day 7 Grand Canyon, California Condors
Maps of Trip

Montreal September 2008
COLLADA Montreal Sept 2008
Montreal Sept 21 2008
Montreal Sept 23 2008
Montreal Sept 24 2008
Montreal Sept 25 2008
Montreal Sept 26 2008

Nevada-Arizona 2016
Trip 2016 Day 1 California
Trip 2016 Day 3 Las Vegas

Northwest Trip May-June 2018
Trip Maps May-June 2018

To Colorado for Photo Workshop 2017
Arches National Park 2017
Colorado Photo Workshop People
Colorado Workshop Photo Selections

To Idaho for Solar Eclipse Aug 2017
Reno NV to Victor ID for Eclipse Aug 20, 2017
San Jose to Reno for Eclipse, Aug 19, 2017
Victor, Idaho for total solar eclipse

Alameda and Jack London Square 2008
Casa De Fruta--and Everything June 8 2008
Drive to Monterey Feb 27, 2010
Drive to Monterey July 27 2008
Filoli 2003
Filoli 2004
Filoli 2011
Monterey Beaches and Aquarium Dec 26 2008
Moraga Steps, San Francisco
San Franciscio Presidio March 2011
Sierra Snow Trip March 2005

Vicon 2005
Vicon 2006 Alex
Vicon 2006 Athena and Cyrus
Vicon 2006 Christyn and Brian
Vicon 2006 Miscellaneous People
Vicon 2007 Album Photos
Vicon 2007 Bonus Photos
Vicon 2008
Vicon 2009
Vicon 2010