Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Training for my earthdog event

What a day it was today!!! This is what we have been waiting for ALL WINTER!!!!! PL1 took us to the dreaded Vet yesterday to have our blood taken for heart worm so we could start those stupid pills.While we were there PL1 weighed me......oh boy.......I gained 2 pounds over the winter!!!!(hey maybe I can join Jackson's club!)Hey cut me a break.. it was a long winter and I had to stay with Arch while he recuperated and he couldn't walk far and I had to be with him....Well PL2 said I might not fit in the earth dog tunnel( I'll fit or know the reason why...) so she thought perhaps I should do a little pre earth dog training......so....of we went..... to our most favorite place in the world....THE ARBORETUM!!!!! They have new maps so we thought you might like to see one....There are two parts to the Arboretum..part one...where we hunt and swim and dig,and part 2(PL2 says its called Peter's Hill but we call it part 2) which is a lovely walk around a lovely park.......



Arch didn't bring the bull horn but here he is....my official trainer.........

These are just beautiful spring pictures from part 2 of the Arboretum(where we went the other day)....








This Sunday is Lilac Sunday(that is in part one) We will be sure to bring you pictures and we are still working on the smell o vision....... So here is my training......First Archie said I should limber up by swimming and trying to catch some guppies..He said it would strengthen my digging legs...Notice him standing by and giving me support.....

Then while we were walking I found this hole(PL2 shudders to think what animal is in there) but they both shouted"Go to ground Aggie!!!)(that is what you say before you go into the REAL tunnel........

Then Archie said I had to limber up all my muscles and as we all know there is nothing like a good roaching to do that...........He was showing me some good moves to use all your muscles(PL2 thinks he looks like a nutcase..)

As every good trainer knows you have to run several miles...so off we went. Now as you all know if PL2 took us off lead we would be in California so Archie said well lets just go in a circle...(when we do this in the house it is called "doing crazy business" We couldn't do it for too long because PL2 is on the other side of the leashes and she kept saying something like I am going to throw up going in a circle like this.......

I heard another "GO TO GROUND AGGIE" so off I went.........

Then Archie said we have to pretend that you have won a ribbon and that all the newspapers are taking pictures of us( he being my trainer off course...)

27 comments:

4xBs said...

oh you two are the cutest kiddos we have seen in a long time. you may us smile and chuckle with your adorable videos. we can't say which one we like best, cuz they are all so darned cute, but the 'goin' crazy' one, when you run in a circle around PL1 is absolutely hilarious. all of that running and digging and looking cute is too much for us. we need a nap now. hee hee

woofs.

Joe Stains said...

what happens if you actually find something in one of those holes someday?! Can we eat it? BBQ time!

We sure liked the roaching and running laps video, you guys are so cute!

Maya and Kena said...

What fun training! I bet you got a good workout too!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Gus said...

Oh wow...Aggie, you look wonderful. I don't see those two extra pounds at all!


gussie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Agatha and Archie!
Good job with the training!
I loved all your videos! the one where you two are roaching at the same time is great!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Amber-Mae said...

Woohoo! Looks like you both had a sooperb day. I want to be an Earthdog too coz I have practiced many times chasing after my neighborhood cats & I'm very good at it. Guess what? I saw another squirrel today but mommy didn't allow is to go after it as it was near a busy road & we were walking off-leash up a hill...I know, boohoo!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Faya said...

I could stay in the front of my computer and looking your video all day long...and my Véronique too...Waouahh I love the way you dig....it is amazing how a little dog like you dig so quick...dig dig dig...oh and run run run. And what a nice place. Does the Lilac smell as good as the one in my garden ?
Kisses, Faya

Asta said...

AGgie and ARchie
you little nudnicks( I just love that wowd and use it wif the gweatest affection)
What a gweat day of twaining..you awe so lucky agatha to have Archie train you..I can see he is weally concentwating, and that woaching was excellent too..should he be wunning like that??just asking..you two awe speed demons..I wish you could have been on that walk..
smoochie kisses
Asta

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Happy Stuffy Appreciation Day! By the way, my human totally got the CD to see if it works on me...and it definatly does! Can't remember if I told you that already or not! But if I did, then oops!

Slurp!
Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Maggie & Mitch said...

You guys are so adorable! It looks like your training for earthdog is going very well!
We loved the video of you going around and around your mom! Hopefully she didn't throw up! hehehehe

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Niamh said...

Amazing! You are so quick. It looks like your earth dog training is going really well and it is great that you can do it in such a pretty place,

Your friend,
Niamh

Emma the Golden Girl said...

and the Canine Kids said,
Hi A&A,
We enjoyed your post so much cause we want to learn all about training for these earth dog trials. It sounds like lots of fun.
Agatha, don't worry about those extra two pounds. They'll just fly off of you.
Thanks for sharing the pictures of the arboretum. It is so beautiful. The trees in Vermont have barely even begun to bud so it was great to see some color.

Harry said...

You twolook adorable doing your synchronised roaching! I'm sure with all that practice you'll do great at your next Earthdog event.

Toodle pip
Harry x

Pacco de Mongrel said...

is it really that tedious? i thought standing on earth alone will qualify me as earth dog

Deetz said...

Wow, that was an extensive training session..Archie is a great coach for sure. I am positive you will fit in the hole for competition. Really enjoyed the videos....
Deetz

Caz said...

looks like you will be both very fit after all that training keep it up you two
Great video by the way.

Ludo the cool dude

Toffee said...

I see that your training is going very well! I loved your videos - my favorit was the first one with the "guppy" fishing - so cute!

What day is your competition? Has Archie been helping out with your mental preparation for your big day?

Happy (inter)National Stuffie Appreciation day!
woof!
your pal,
toffee

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Hey A+A,

I am sooo jealous that you have a trial to go to. I shall be in your corner from afar! When you are chasing Mr. Rat, make sure he doesn't give you the slip. GO TO GROUND, AGGIE.

Arch, you are one of best trainers ever, I assume. Good thing you took those training videos. Maybe you should make an infomercial with your training techniques?

Sam

Dewey Dewster said...

I see ya two have been havin' some fun lately...well good fer ya...we have been havin' fun too but we can't see stuff on yer blog with that blasted dialup..tried last night but after 20 minutes still no pictures were showin'....at the library now usin' their DSL...you two have a good time now ya hear...Earthdogs march on......

Dewey Dewster here in the country....

Jackson said...

Ah, the double roach! Your videos are splendid! J x

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Heya guys! Mommy says she used to go the the Arboretum when she was a pup - Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay NY. Her favorite is Lilacs!

And she says when she was a teenager whole bunches of them used to go there and play "Vietnam". They would all be soldiers vs viet cong with sticks as guns. Sounds rather rather doesn't it?

Bussie Kissies
Buster

Girl Girl Hamster said...

The Spring photos are pawsome. I see you doggies are in tip top shape. ;)

~ Girl girl

Noah the Airedale said...

Lordy you two are just tooooo cute. We love watching you both roaching around on the grass. We just want to hop right into the puter and join you.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Mango said...

You guys are doing some serious training for your earth dog competition. I must say I felt a bit woozy myself watching you do the zoomies in a circle.

Best of luck tomorrow!

Mango

Eric said...

Pals, those videos made me and Mom laugh n laugh n laugh. A nutty double act, he,he... are you twinnys? The roaching,oh especially the roaching,the water training for your leg muscles,cute moves there Aggs, the digging for Mr Ratty... we giggled and giggled ...as for the running around in circles!! But whadda you mean you don't go off lead?????

And Agatha, don't worry bout weight, looks like you go in n out in all the right places to me . .

Wagging, Eric x

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh A&A...we just had to call an ambulance for Mumsie cuz I think she had a heartie attack laughin' at ur synchonized roachin'...a new team sport???? And the merrygoround PL2...BTW Mumsie sends her commiserations...re the vertigo and nausea when havin' crazy terriers pull ya in a circle...she turns green.....bad inner ears these old hoomans have...

So...WHAT R YA WEARIN' TO THE TRIALS, AG??? And makeup...somethin' to show off ur wild look??? ohhh...Scruffy's startin' to blow off his CO2 as I speak....ya gotta look good girl...there's gonna be cameras!!

Oh...and the video with you both in the water??? Scruffy said he had no idea you could swim based on ur lack of effort in Boston Harbor...ya know...when he initiated CPR??

Bestest of luck this weekend...tell Sweet Archie he's the bestest trainer in the world...

Love and kissies...
Lacie

pee ess..what's the name of that cd??

Patience-please said...

Looks like you have a very effective training regimine. You can't lose!!!

wags from the spelling-challenged whippets