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TRICK CONTEST WINNER!
Leah and Tess - winning Tess's
first Trick Contest!
Spring is here !!! Yesterday, I saw a Robin and 2 big flocks of geese flying
north for the summer - I always enjoy watching them fly over. It's amazing
to me, how they can fly all that way, and know where they are going. Animal
instincts are amazing.
been awhile since I have written, I am so busy this time of year! Right
now I am working with 7 horses - 9 dogs and puppies! WHEW....it's definitely
keeping me busy! But the weather has been outstanding for this time of
year up in the 50's and a even up in the 60's a few days last week . All
the snow is melting off and now we have mud
but soon there
will be a little green grass and flowers popping up.
I have a bit of "spare" time so I thought I would write and update
you all. Several weeks ago there was a big dog sled race - the biggest
in the lower 48 states and mushers come from all over the country and from
Canada to compete. Anyway, I went in and checked out the "pre-race
events" that were going on and one of them was a trick dog contest!
So I took Tess who I have been working on tricks for a long time and let
her make a debut performance. (She is an Uzi/Cihara daughter and definitely
one of my "babies") It was very cold - with the wind chill factor
it was probably about 0F and we had to perform outside on the snow!! Poor
Tess, because she is a house dog she doesn't have a lot of extra winter
hair and thought this was ridiculous! So while we were waiting for our
turn I took her inside a heated building nearby and we stood in front of
the heater and she definitely thought this was more like it!
----Then it was
our turn so we went back outside and she performed everything I asked her
to do like a pro! And this was her first time ever doing tricks in public!
She sat up, downed from a sit up (straight down no cheating) crawled, went
over to a mark I told her to and then limped to me (I taught her to limp
on command). She knows how to do other things but it was so cold and snowy
I thought that was good enough..... and the judges thought so too because
she won! WOOHOO she won her first contest, and there were lots of people
and hundreds of dogs around (sled dogs)! You could just tell she was very
proud of herself and knew she did a good job - she is actually quite a
ham and loves to be the center of attention. I was pretty proud of her
----I have actually
been training some of our dogs to do tricks together - and will put it
all together for a "show" ---- but I won't tell you exactly what
they are learning to do -- you will have to tune into our debut tv performance
to see that.......when ever that happens to be I will let you know.
to winning the trick contest - afterwards the announcer told one of the
top mushers there that he just missed a really good performance and he
should have been there to see it because then he might be able to actually
train his dogs!! And several people came up to me and asked me "How
I trained her to do that" ! So it was a lot of fun. It was also fun
getting back into the pickup and warming my poor frozen toes up and from
the look on Tess's face she agreed.....off the Wendys and a burger for
me and a burger for her.
---- Till next
---- Leah, Tess
and Everyone at Omega Shepherds
"Waiting at the Wendys and warming our toes"
" Hurry it up - a performing dogs
gotta eat!" ----------- -" Hey, Hey ! I said HOLD THE BUN!"
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