Sunday, August 12, 2007

ARCHIE JOINS THE RAT PACK!!!!!!!!!!

Well,I must say I am extremely proud of my brother today. We went to another Earth Dog Event only this time it was the actual trial( not the practice and games I did last week) and PL 1 + 2 decided to take both of us. We weren't sure how Arch would do with all those dogs and we didn't think he would go in the little tunnel, and he didn't get to practice like I did, but what the heck!!!!!!! They have a section called Intro to Quarry( which is the baby beginner event and you don't win a ribbon or anything but if you pass you could go to the next level,Junior Earthdog. All we really want to do is have fun !!!!)So there we were waiting our turn( we were the last 2 to do Intro) I was as cool as a cucumber.......







Archie was a little nervous. I was trying to explain it to him but he was worried about getting stuck in the tunnel. And being a city dog he really wasn't into getting face to face with a rat(even in a little cage)




The dog in front of him came back( a charming little smooth fox terrier with a great sense of humor....)







And then it was Archie's turn......


You aren't allowed to go up to the area and PL 2 and I were waiting under a little tent waiting for our turn but you can see PL1 and Archie coming back. HE DID IT!!!! He went right into the little tunnel and the Judge said that she was very surprised he did that his first time as he didn't even know what was in there, but smelled it!!( He does have a very good nose, especially when bags of food are being opened up)He dug underneath where the rats where( not quite the right place) and the Judge said he was digging to the other side of the world. He didn't bark or go super crazy so he didn't pass Into to Quarry but all he needs is practice. He dug so hard I had to wait while they repaired the tunnel!!Then it was my turn and I was like a stealth missile,quietly going through the tunnel.The Judge thought I wasn't even in the tunnel,but I was at the end right where THEY were. I have been planning this for a week and decided on a sneak attack. Then I got to the end and BLAM.....started digging digging digging.........and I passed Intro to Quarry!!!!!( but the Judge did comment by the skin of my teeth as it is timed) She is just not used to this new stealth bomber way of doing it.








We have been sleeping for HOURS...Arch in his new bed and I in my bomb shelter(note the clever placement of one of Archie's favorite toys under the carpet..He wil NEVER find it) We are dreaming of digging and digging... Good night to all our lovely friends.....

15 comments:

Gus said...

Congratulations to both of you. Archie will do well next time, and you are going to be an earthdog star.

Asta said...

Agatha and Archie
I'm amazed and stoopified!You two awe my hewoes!!!twue tewwiers to the cowe..CONGWATULATIONS! that's a tewwific achievement..I kinda knew you'd do vewy well, but what a gweat suwpwise fwom little Archie.

I bet you will sneep wondewfully tonight and maybe even tomowwow..that miust be exhausting(I love your bomb-shelter..it looks so cozy)
smoochie kisses
Asta

Maggie said...

Congratulations to the both of you! We're so proud of our Terrier cousins!

Love ya lots,
Maggie

Balboa & Mommy said...

WOW, you two are like superdogs!!!! I bet you all slept pretty well after all that excitment, can't wait to hear more about your adventures.

Frenchie SNorts
balboa

Scruffy & Lacie said...

That's like the coolest thing I've ever seen. You're allowed to dig?? No nasty shake cans and stern Mommy voices?? I love to dig, Agatha and Archie! Scruff's good at it too, but even though I might break a nail, I enjoy it more!! We love your bomb shelter; and what a smart place to hide sibling toys! Thanks for visiting our blog!! Lacie

Stanley said...

WHOA!

You guys are so in touch with the call of the wild! GO Aggie, GO Archie!!! Completely cool...

I would love to see video, but understand that since it's a trial situation they won't let you film. Our loss.

Sleep the sleep of the hunter!

Goob love,
STanley

Jake of Florida said...

Agatha and Archie, WAY TO GO!!! You make all of us couch pawtato, urban wire foxes proud!!!

JH liked the photo of the smooth terrier -- he's wondering whether he should do a complete makeover.

What fun!!Happy hunting.

Jake and JH

SEDONA said...

Hoo-wee - you go, kids! I'd give my canines to be able to join you, because I LOVE to hunt rats myself. Congrats on a job well done!

Sedona Rose

Koobuss said...

WOW!!! That is wonderful!! You two are the greatest!
That looks like so much fun, especially the digging part. I wish I could do that. You both deserve a good rest after working so hard.

And Agatha, you still have your bomb shelter? That's great. I thought somebody would have moved in on you by now. Everybody wantst a bomb shelter. You are doing a good job of protecting it.

Lots of Koobuss Kisses to Both of You,
Koobie

fee said...

well done archie! maybe he was trying to dig his way to singapore, to say hello!

congrats agatha on passing your Intro to Quarry with flying colours!

hugs and kisses,
fee

Pacco de Mongrel said...

i've heard alot of earthdog...but my country doesn't hd such trials for terriers yet..

i bet u will b better next time n win a ribbon...

Wired for Mackie said...

Earth dog looks like so much fun! Sure wish me and Finnegan could do it too. (I have a higher prey drive but Finnegan is slimmer and faster!) Mom loked onlne and it doesn;t look like we have any though....bummer! We'll just have to keep reading about what fun you have doing it! heheheh!

Your pals, Mackie and Finnegan

Oscar's mummy and daddy said...

I have read about Earthdog events, but don't think it has arrived in the UK yet. Sounds like both of you are going great guns, well done!

Katy x

William Tell said...

Isn't it a great feeling, fresh soil beneath your feet, the dirt in your beard? There's nothing better!

William Tell

Jackson said...

Wow, sounds like you both had heaps of fun! J x