Bodhi’s Thoughts on Obedience Trials…

Hi I’m Bodhi, I’m happiest when I can run free in the tall grass!

I’m even happier when I can point and flush birds

and leap through the air (look Mom no paws on the ground).

This is the best! I even get to shake the morning due off my coat and get the humans wet.

Did I hear you say it’s time to leave for the Obedience Trial?

This is what I think about sit, stay, left turn, right turn, come, figure eight… Yeah that’s right, one big raspberry to that…

Boy this is fun… Sit, not me and definitely not on the plastic tennis court surface, would you sit on it?

Loser human…

Merry Xmas from Hawaii!

Hope you all had a Merry Xmas!

After being jealous of seeing all those great “Christmas & Winter Photo Competition” images from the Northern Hemisphere crowd on the Vizsla Forum, Alpha promised to take me to the snow. Except I live in Hawaii… So after a ninety mile drive to a final elevation of 13,700 ft in a cramped Toyota regular cab 4×4 pickup with two humans…

We reached the top of the mountain!

We looked for the snow to the right…

Then we looked to the left…

Then back to the right. Hmmm where is the snow???

And then we found the snow in Hawaii! Not much, but it was there on Xmas Morning.

I’ve never seen the stuff before and it was cold but lots of fun!

I ran in it…

and ran some more (it was cold, how else am I supposed to keep warm)

Eventually we came down the mountain and explored the 9,000 ft elevation with Alpha. Lots of great Franklin bird smells…

And then explored the 7000 ft elevation where I smelled and ate the long grass amongst the Koa trees…

It was the best Xmas ever!

I hope yours was too,

Bodhi

My First Match and I Won!

Today I drove with my pack to Waimea to the Kona Coast Kennel Club dog show match.

KCKC Match

How exciting to see all the dogs that don’t look like me. Wait a minute, nobody looks like me… As we waited for my turn to go in the ring I practiced being calm by sitting.

waiting

I learned soon after that my pack leader was not going into the ring with me but this really nice lady would be my handler. She had a sweet encouraging voice and yummy treats.

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She encouraged me to stand with a yummy treat while the judge touched and looked at me. I had to do this a lot, and I had to prance around the ring too.

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I’m so glad the nice lady named Melisa handled me, because my pack leader does not have the good treats and the happy voice.

Me

I was so glad to get out of the ring so I can be me. Then I find out that I won best in breed! I was so excited that I won, but my pack leaders were laughing because I was the only vizsla. Oh well, I like it better when I can roll around in the grass on my back while chewing on koa leaves anyway. Then there was all these applause, and I quickly look at the ring to find out that Oliver, my class mate at AKC CGC won the show!

Watching

This dog show stuff is fun, for the first hour… Can we go home now?

Can we go home?I mean it, can we go home…

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Pack leader said that I might have to go into the ring again. He was right, and the nice lady Melisa took me back in the ring one more time.

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Here I am prancing about the ring!

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First Day at School.

Today was my first day at school. The class I’m taking is AKC Canine Good Citizen. This class is eight weeks long. At first I was a little nervous with all the new people and dogs. Then pack leader was really strict and didn’t allow me to meet the other people.

Walking

We did all these walking drills and this funny exercise where the pack leaders stopped and talked but I had to sit and watch them and the other dog.

Meet and Greet

Not fair!!! When do I get to sniff? Then we played the watch me game. Pack leader had a smelly treat in his hand and he moved around with his face. I had to watch.

Watch Me

How long do I have to do this to get the treat? We also practiced the command come on a long rope. I thought it was silly exercise, why wouldn’t I come, I get treats and praise when I do it, so I chewed the yellow rope when nobody was looking waiting my turn. At the end of class some dogs and pack leaders practiced for the dog show match in Waimea tomorrow. I was invited to participate too! At the end of the class, I was so tired that I fell asleep in the car.

Sleep Time