She’s Fallen….OK, Maybe I Knocked Her Down

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Today Mom and I went to Gridley for a dog show. I was VERY excited about this. It wasn’t too long in the car, and when we got there, we were at a fairgrounds! That was awesome because it smelled like SO MANY different animals and LOTS of GIRLS! I sniffed and drooled and sent pee-mail. Lots and lots of sniffing, drooling, and pee-mail.

It didn’t take long before it was my turn in the ring. I was the first one in my group, and I did pretty well on the heeling pattern. I did pretty well on the figure 8, too. Then I sat while the judge petted me. So far, so good. Next was the sit/stay while Mom walked around the BIG ring. I did that, too. I’m pretty sure Mom was feeling confident. Then it was time for recall. I completely recalled…how to leave the ring. I’ve heard Mom say, “Go big or go home.” So I did! As soon as she called me I ran as fast as I possibly could….and then I remembered, there was an exit to the ring and not far from that, an exit to go back outside and sniff, drool, and send pee-mail. I had to go. HAD TO! Then some lady stood up to try to stop me. I didn’t want her to stop my progress, so I just ran over her. Before I could leave the building, someone else grabbed me.

When I turned around, I realized the lady was being helped up. Mom put my leash on and made me go back to my kennel, and I heard her talking to the nice lady who apparently had recently gotten a new bone. That sounded okay. Oh, wait, I mean she had recently had hip replacement. I guess that means knocking her over was really, really not good. I felt sort of bad, and I know Mom was worried about the lady and not too happy with me even though she told me she loves me no matter what.

Then I had a LONG timeout in my kennel. About an hour later, Mom let me come with her BACK INTO THE RING! Oh boy! This time she took off my leash. I was really ready to go, but then I remembered Mom being worried about the woman, so I decided to just stay with her. We had turned left and started walking in this strange serpentine pattern, but then the judge made us START OVER! Apparently the jump wasn’t high enough for me, so I had to start again. OK. I did it. We turned left, did the serpentine twice (though the floor smelled pretty good at one end), turned left again, and then I got to JUMP! I was awesome. I went right back to Mom after that. We did LOTS of other things like pivoting, standing, doing puppy pushups (sit, down, sit), and generally being amazing. We got to the last sign (at the exit), and I was pretty sure it was time for me to leave the ring, so I was going to leave. The ring steward (a teenage guy) stopped me before I could leave, but apparently skipping the last sign and going to the exit means I didn’t qualify. Still, Mom told me I was a great boy for being so good off leash. Apparently we had an A (90) before that sign. Mom says close only counts in hand grenades, but I know she was pretty happy anyway.

No ribbons today, but we are going to try again tomorrow. I will try really hard not to knock anyone else down. Maybe I’ll even stay in the ring. It’s VERY hard to do. I won’t make any promises, but we will have fun, no matter what!

-Moz

I’m So Handsome!

It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Bully stick’s  here, I can take a break
I’m riding in Mom’s car with the windows down
With a treat that can’t be beat, buddy, I’ll just say

Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like a dog who has a woof
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like what I’m saying’s the truth
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you know what  off-leash means to you
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here comes a judge, scoring this and that (Yeah!)
Well give me an NQ, don’t hold it back (Yeah!)
Well I should probably tell you, I’ll be just fine (Yeah!)
No offense to Qs, I’m not jealous– here’s why…

Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like a dog who has a woof
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like what I’m saying’s the truth
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you know what  off-leash means to you
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Calm me down
Nothing can calm me down
My joy’s too high to calm me down
Nothing’s gong to calm me down, I said….
Calm me down
Nothing can calm me down
My joy’s too high to calm me down
Nothing’s gong to calm me down, I said….

Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like a dog who has a woof
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like what I’m saying’s the truth
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you know what  off-leash means to you
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like a dog who has a woof
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like what I’m saying’s the truth
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you know what  off-leash means to you
Because I’m handsome!
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Two Mozzies?

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On our way home from our walk today, Mom and I saw someone from our neighborhood walking her two smaller dogs.  The woman was calling me.  Really.  She was saying, “Mozzie, come.”  I looked at Mom, but she had already reattached me to my leash, so I knew I wouldn’t get far.  Still, it was confusing.

As we got closer the woman, of course, marveled at how handsome I am, so I let her pet me.  When she was talking with Mom, I was allowed to meet her dogs.  It turns out one of them was ALSO named Mozzie. Now this clearly makes no sense.  Anyone who knows me knows that there is only ONE real Mozzie, and I’m the one.  I briefly considered sending him a direct pee-mail message to let him know that he needed to cease and desist using my name, but Mom was watching.

He looks nothing like me.  He was pretty short, his fur was short, and he didn’t have any brown on him at all.  I noticed he is younger than I am, so I think this gives me even more grounds to have the exclusive use of my name.

On the other hand, if someone says anything bad, I could always claim it was the OTHER Mozzie.

-Moz

Grades

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Mozzie:  I hate it when Mom has to go to work.

Rico:  Me, too.  She works hard, and even when she gets home, she still works!

Atlas:  I think some people who work with her left the ring today.

Mozzie:  What?

Atlas:  Well, I heard Mom saying she can’t believe people don’t  understand something she’s covered over and over.  You know, like how you leave the ring even though you know better.

Rico:  Mom doesn’t have people working in a ring.

Mozzie:  Atlas, you haven’t ever had to stay in the ring when there are cute girls outside the ring.

Atlas:  Were there cute girls outside the school today?

Rico:  No and there isn’t really any excuse for faculty to not get their grades submitted on time.

Mozzie:  It’s much worse than leaving the ring.

Atlas:  It must be because Mom is annoyed today and she’s usually just amused when Mozzie leaves the ring.

Rico:  Then it’s definitely a good day for you to leave all possums outside.

Atlas:  Do you think it would cheer Mom up if I sang my new “Born to be Wild” theme song?

Mozzie:  No, but it might help if you had some dead possums Mom could deliver to people who didn’t get their grades in on time.

Atlas:  I would sacrifice myself to do that.

 

Getting Ready for a Garage Sale

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Atlas:  Did you hear that Mom is selling part of the house?

Rico:  No she isn’t.

Atlas:  I heard her say she was going to…in a couple of weeks.

Mozzie:  Are you talking about the garage sale coming up?

Atlas:  Yes!  I told you she was going to sell part of the house!

Rico:  No, a garage sale is not selling part of the house.

Atlas:  Is she selling the whole house?

Mozzie:  No, it means she’s going to sell a bunch of stuff she doesn’t want or need anymore.

Atlas:  But where will she park her car?

Rico:  In the garage.

Atlas:  I am really confused.

Mozzie:  You know how Mom has been going through boxes and sorting things out?

Atlas:  Yes.

Mozzie:  She’s going to be selling a lot of that stuff.

Atlas:  And the garage?

Rico:  Atlas, are you paying attention?

Atlas:  Did you say possum?

 

Born to Be Wild

 

Get your instinct runnin’
Head out on the backyard
Looking for opossums
And whatever comes my way

Yeah, fur friends
Gonna make it happen
Catch a possum in a paw race
Get the vermin in my yard
And then be called fur face

I like treats and playin’
Chasin’ ugly possums
Racing in the turf
And the feeling that I’m winnin’

Yeah, fur friends
Gonna make it happen
Catch a possum in a paw race
Get the vermin in my yard
And then be called fur face

Like a true nature’s child
I was born
Born to be wild
I can run so fast
I never wanna stop
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Get your instinct runnin’
Head out on the backyard
Looking for opossums
And whatever comes my way

Yeah, fur friends
Gonna make it happen
Catch a possum in a paw race
Get the vermin in my yard
And then be called fur face

Like a true nature’s child
I was born
Born to be wild
I can run so fast
I never wanna stop
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

 

 

Better Than the Grandkids

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Frequently when I am out on a walk with Mom, people will stop and tell Mom how handsome I am.  Today, however, that did not happen.  Instead, three different people stopped Mom to tell her how well-behaved and obedient I am.  No, I swear, it’s TRUE.

The first person stopped her and said, “Wow, your dog is so well-behaved and obedient!”  Mom explained that I have a show coming up next weekend and that we were busy practicing.  I sat still and watched other dogs go by.

Later, another person said, “It’s great to see an obedient dog!”  I did notice that Mom looked around to see if they were talking to her, but then said, “Thank you!”

After I practiced stays and fronts and finishes, and we were back to walking, a woman stopped Mom and said, “I wish my grandkids were as well behaved as your dog.”  Mom told me I was an amazing boy and her favorite living dog and that she had faith that we would have fun AND do well next week.  At least, I’m pretty sure about the last part.  I had to go check my pee-mail and my friends’ posts, so I stopped listening.

-Moz

Good Luck Pedicure?

20140523_204711Mom was late getting home today, and I found out it was because she stopped to get a pedicure on her way home.  Of course I do NOT understand why anyone would want someone to mess with their feet and certainly not to clip their nails, but Mom is kind of strange like that.

I figured she’d better have gotten a good pedicure if it meant losing time with me, so I figured I’d check it out.  Then I saw it!  Her toes were all glittery AND she had big black paw prints on her big toes.  I thought that was awesome!  I might be willing to get Mom’s foot painted on my paw so people would know we belonged together.  Well, probably not because it would involve someone clipping my nails and I HATE that.

Then I looked closer, and I saw that the glitter had blue and green in it.  I think it’s some sort of subliminal cue to me that next week I need to either get a blue ribbon or at least get a green one for getting a qualifying score.

Also, today we also got the judging programs for the dog show/trial in Gridley next weekend.  One of our numbers is 77.  I think that’s also lucky!

I think it’s all a sign that next weekend will be lots of fun!  Oh, wait, it’s always fun when I get time with Mom.

-Moz

End of the Semester

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Atlas:  I’m a little worried about Mom.  She seems really tired.

Mozzie:  It’s the end of the school year.  Of course Mom is tired.

Rico:  Mom works very hard every day, so by the end of the semester, she’s always tired.  Being a Dean is not easy!

Atlas:  But she fell asleep while she was petting me last night.

Mozzie:  As if you didn’t already hog most of the available petting.

Rico:  Exactly, that’s why I get on the bed at night so I can get prime real estate for petting when Dad wakes up.

Atlas:  When will Mom have her energy back?

Mozzie:  We have a long weekend coming up, so hopefully she’ll get some rest then.

Rico:  Only if Atlas doesn’t wake her up early so he can get Mom to pet him.

Atlas:  Hey, Mom’s a good petter, and she’s gone all week, so I have to get my chance on the weekend.

Mozzie:  But if she’s too tired, I don’t get a long enough walk.

Rico:  And she sometimes forgets the bonus treats.

Atlas:  Well if some possums would come visit, I would have more to keep me busy on the weekend.

Mozzie:  Rico, do you think we could order some possums for Atlas?

Rico:  Sure, let me check at Possums.com and see if we can get them ordered.

Atlas:  Now that’s what I call a win-win solution!

Bark Box Day!

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Today our second Bark Box finally arrived!  It’s so exciting because we know there will be good stuff.  We did not get the same items as some of our friends, but we got cool stuff (that’s safe for us).

We got a Bionic bone.  I think Mom is considering putting peanut butter in it, but she worries that Rico will eat the rubber-like bone.  He is an aggressive chewer.  He broke a tooth going after a bone.  Yep, he’s like that.  I think it will be a toy we only get with supervision.

Back to the box.  We got Nootie jerky.  It’s BBQ chicken, and it’s made in the U.S.  I’m pretty excited about that.  I’m hoping they will become training treats.

We got one BIG Zuke’s bone, carrot flavored.  I’m not sure who is going to get it since there’s only one, but I’m thinking maybe I should get it after I go in the ring in less than two weeks.  That is hard work, so I should get some good reward.

The last thing was Snicky Snacks apple cobbler treats.  Mom wouldn’t let us try them yet because we still have a few of the kale/peanut butter treats we got last month.  I can solve that very quickly so we can try the apple cobbler treats.

There was a note in the box that they are running a special where our furry friends can get 10% off if they use the link they gave us: http://ruv.barkbox.com/x/FF2gyp.  That’s 70% off in dog discount!

Time to go look hungry and see if Mom will break out one of the new treats.

-Moz