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Rico:  Did you hear that Mom is supposed to be doing something for work where she asks people who know her to provide input about her strengths?

Mozzie:  Yes.  She’s not super gung-ho about asking people to provide her feedback.

Atlas:  I could give her a list.

Rico:  I think we all could, but she didn’t ask us.

Mozzie:  Mom’s like that.  She gets uncomfortable when people say nice things, and asking them to say nice things is even harder for her. She’s not like me.  I mean, really, when I stand there, people are going to just tell me how handsome and amazing I am, so I’m used to it.

Atlas:  Same here.  I am super popular at Dutch Brothers, and I even have friends who make me pupuccinos with extra sprinkles and extra whipped cream and bones.  They say I’m the cutest, fluffiest dog ever.

Rico:  People tell me I’m brave and have come a long way since I was rescued from that puppy mill.

Mozzie:  Mom’s got some strengths, too.  She can read my mind.  When I look at her, she knows if I want a treat, some petting, or a walk.

Atlas:  And she tells me I’m cute.

Rico:  That’s about you, not Mom.

Mozzie:  She does know how to treat each of us differently, so that we all feel special.  I think that’s a strength.

Atlas:  She has strong hands, so I can feel her pet me even with all my fur.

Rico:  That’s about you, again.  Try this:  Mom knows how to help me feel safe even when it’s super scary like New Year’s Eve or July 4th.  She even got me some drugs to help me cope.  Looking out for our well-being is a strength.

Mozzie:  Yes!  And she cares more about our happiness than anything.  I don’t ever have to pull a cart if I don’t want to.  I know Mom would like that, but she knows it scares me, so she doesn’t make me do it.

Atlas:  I think I understand now.  Mom knows where to order the best treats!

Rico:  That’s more like it, At-hat.

Mozzie:  We all know she’s awesome.  I think it’s mostly at work where people keep it a secret.  Maybe that’s why they have to do this activity.  I’ll be sure she adds our items to her strengths list.


Today I got to go meet Santa!  I was a little bit surprised that he came to California to visit, especially with Christmas so close.  It does make me wonder about his work ethic.  Those poor elves are up there freezing and working around the clock while he’s sitting here in a park in California.  Still, I did want to meet him.

Mom told me he was here in the neighborhood, and it was my chance to go tell him what I wanted for Christmas.  Since Rico doesn’t like to leave the house, and Atlas doesn’t like to walk very far, I had to take their lists with me, too.

When we got there, I was the only furry kid there.  Tons of two-legged kids were there asking for dumb things, so I had to wait patiently in line to be able to ask for good stuff.  I made sure to cover the list in my head before I got my turn.

I think Santa liked that he didn’t have to give me a candy cane.  Mom told me to pose which I did, and Santa said I was very well-behaved, and I should get what I want for Christmas.  Of course, I knew that, but it was good for him to say it aloud.

I told him that Rico wants more chicken and apple jerky treats, just like he told me.  I told him Atlas wanted a full-time petter and unlimited pupaccinos from Dutch Brothers, and he said both were unlikely, but that Atlas could get lots of petting and lots of pupaccinos.  I gave him my list which included jumbo or monster-size bully sticks and lots of nosework practice and events to enter.  He said he was pretty sure those wishes would be granted.

On the walk home, Mom assured me that Santa was heading back to the North Pole to get back to work and that he was not a total slacker.  She reminded me that he would have to be sure that the bully sticks got on the sleigh.  That made me feel better.


Vacation Day Walk to Dutch Brothers

I love it when Mom has vacation days!  I get more time with her, and we always do fun things together.  Plus, because she’s on vacation, Mom is more relaxed than she is on work days.

Today when Mom got her magic shoes on, I was expecting a walk around one of my usual spots, but we went somewhere new.  It was a longer walk than a lot of days, and when we got there, I realized we were at the new Dutch Brothers’ location.  It’s a lot bigger than the first one in Elk Grove.  Most of the time when Mom goes, she’s on her way to work, or Atlas is with her and Dad, so he gets all the attention.  I don’t really like to ride in the car as much as I like to walk, so I usually stay home.

Today I got to go to the walk-up window, and get my very own puppiccino and got to share some of Mom’s ice water.  Some of my old friends from the other stand were working, and they were happy to see me again.  They gave me a puppiccino with extra whipped cream and more bones than usual, and I enjoyed every single bit of it.  Yum!

I was a little thirsty, so Mom even shared her ice water before we walked home again.  Of course when I got home, Atlas was jealous of my puppiccino breath, so Mom and Dad loaded him up and went back to get coffee for themselves and a puppiccino for Atlas and Rico to share.

Mom says that if she wins the lottery, we could do this every day.  I think I’ll look up locations that sell tickets and suggest we walk there next time.



Puppuccino at Dutch Brothers

Atlas:  I love going to Dutch Brothers!

Mozzie:  I do, too, as long as I don’t have to be in dad’s car with you, seat hog.

Rico:  I don’t ever need to go, but I like it when you bring stuff back for me.

Atlas:  I really don’t like sharing.  I tried to get Mom to give me both of the puppuccinos today, but she said no.

Mozzie:  They specifically told Mom that one of them was for me and that they missed seeing me.

Rico:  I’ve never met them, but I know they would want me to get some.

Atlas:  I don’t mind sharing the whipped cream on the bottom of the cup.

Mozzie:  You mean the part that you are too lazy to lick out?

Rico:  I can get my whole face in there and reach the bottom!

Atlas:  See how generous I am?

Mozzie:  That you’ll share stuff you can have?

Rico:  I’ll take what I can get.

Tree Down

Mozzie:  It was nice to get a break from the crazy weather today.

Rico:  I know.  I didn’t even have to take my medication today to deal with thunderstorms.

Atlas:  I got to go to Dutch Brothers and keep my head out in line since it wasn’t raining.

Mozzie:  It’s too bad that so many people had storm damage.  We were lucky.  On the upside of things, I got to pee on the very top of a tree instead of just on the trunk!

Rico:  Was it a sapling?

Atlas:  Are you using #alternativefacts?

Mozzie:  No, it really was the top of the tree.  It had blown down during the storms.

Rico:  Is that you in the photo near the middle of the tree?

Atlas:  Did you check for possums?

Mozzie:  Yes, that’s me in the photo with the tree.  Sorry, Atlas, no possums.  I’ll check again next time Mom and I walk by there.  You’ll have to stick with biscuits from Dutch Brothers for a bit longer.


Fully Excellent!

Today was another fun day of agility.  We had the same order of things we had yesterday.  Up early, Dutch Brothers, map review, Open FAST, Excellent Jumpers with Weaves (JWW), and Excellent Standard (STD).

When Mom saw the Open FAST map, she showed me and said, “OK, Mozzie Bear, you can do this.  It’s easy peasy, only two jumps.”  Now my friends will remember that in FAST, I have to go do things away from Mom which I really don’t like.  On the other hand, Mom has been telling me that I only needed one more Q (qualifying score) in FAST to move up out of Open into the next level, Excellent.  Since I’m already in Excellent in STD and JWW, I thought maybe today was the day to move up so I could be fully excellent.

In FAST, I got to start with a tunnel, my favorite obstacle.  When I came out, Mom asked me to go far away over a jump and then told me to keep going to another jump, so I did.  Then I just did a few more jumps, went over the A-Frame, and then did another jump.  In Open FAST, we had to have 55 points (plus get the send part with the two jumps) in 35 seconds or less.  I might have overshot that because I got 60 points in 24 seconds.  Because I did that, I finished my title.  I don’t care about the ribbons (even the big new title ones), but I do care about those homemade liver treats and bully stick bites!  Jackpot!

Next was JWW.  It was a fun course.  Mom did a couple of silly things that I found confusing, so I got two refusals (that’s an NQ), but I didn’t go into the tunnel when I wasn’t supposed to even though I had to go by it THREE times.  I did all of my weave poles and a complicated end of that course with 20 obstacles.  Jackpot for me.  Schedule a handling lesson for Mom.

Last was STD.  I went through that course like a warm knife through butter.  Well, mostly.  I did stop on the pause table like I was supposed to, and I was flying through the first 14 obstacles, and then there it was….the teeter!  I conquered it yesterday, but again today it wasn’t bolted down when Mom did the walk through.  Even though they fixed that, I was super suspicious and would not get on it today.  No way.  Mom asked me four times, but I told her it was clearly even more dangerous today than usual, so NO WAY was I getting on.  She let me go ahead and do the last three obstacles instead.  I know the judge won’t allow you to Q if you refuse to do one of the obstacles, but I don’t care.  If he thought it was such a good idea, HE should have walked across it.

Anyway, we got home before the next round of storms, and it was a great weekend with Mom as always.  For my next agility trial, I’m in Excellent classes only, and Mom said something about cutting work…or maybe that was having our work cut out for us.  It will be fun no matter what.  A day with Mom is like a day with a bully stick.


18 in a Row!


This morning, it was windy, rainy, cold, and dark, but Mom still made me get up and get in the car to go back to Rancho Murieta for another day of agility.

Of course we stopped at Dutch Brothers on the way so Mom could get her coffee for the day to help keep her warm since she doesn’t wear fur like I do.

We were entered in three things.  We did FAST first.  That’s the one where I have to go do things far away from Mom.  I don’t really like doing that, but I was feeling pretty frisky.  Mom started me with a few jumps and then the A-frame.  Next was the “send” part, so Mom had to stay far away from where I needed to go.  She told me to go over a jump (which I did) and then go tunnel (which I did).  She might have forgotten to note that I was supposed to go to the far side of the tunnel, but that’s okay.  No human is perfect.  Or maybe I wasn’t sure which side she meant, but either way, I did the tunnel, and we wrapped up with a few more jumps and then treats!

We had Jumpers with Weaves (JWW) next.  It was so windy that one of the jumps blew over on someone else’s run.  When it was my turn, I was ready!  I jumped and jumped and flew around the course.  I even whipped through those weave poles like the wind!  I had a great time.  Mom said I didn’t q because I didn’t do all 12 weave poles, but we had a big party anyway.  She said that because I did all 18 obstacles without stopping, I got a jackpot!  There was a bully stick bite AND hotdog AND liver to celebrate.

Mom always says that her number one job is to make sure I’m safe and happy, and when she went to walk the Standard course, she saw that the evil teeter wasn’t bolted down.  There weren’t sand bags holding it down either.  Mom went and told someone important that the teeter needed to be bolted down because she was not about to ask me to go across it otherwise.  We all know those teeters are evil, and I think if they aren’t bolted down they could really attack.  I was so relieved that Mom was looking out for me to make sure I was safe.  She really does love me lots.  Several people thanked her for noticing that and for getting it corrected.

Next it was my turn to run Standard.  Now I have to be honest, I haven’t done a whole standard course since we moved up to Excellent.  Something always seems to get in the way; frequently, it’s the evil teeter.  I was thinking about those yummy treats, so we got off to a great start!  I was running fast and everything.  Mom did say something about a tunnel, but her arm was up, so I thought maybe she had asked me to go check behind it, so I did, THEN I did the tunnel.  I didn’t really stop on the pause table the first time, but I did the second time, and then it was teeter time.  I won!  I beat that evil teeter.  I walked all the way across and did the whole rest of the course.  I even did all 12 weave poles (and all 18 obstacles).  We had another big jackpot party to celebrate.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow!  Watch out teeter; I’ve got your number (and my Mom will help)!


Odyssey Recall

Mozzie:  Did you hear that Mom’s Odyssey has been recalled and has to go back to the dealership for repairs?

Rico:  I’ve been telling you that getting in the car is dangerous.

Atlas:  Is it being recalled because it’s so hard for people at drive-thoughs to reach in the back and give me biscuits?

Mozzie:  No.  Mom said it was something about a bracket that holds in the second row seats being defective.

Rico:  That’s really bad.  I try to hide under there.  It’s not safe anywhere outside the house!

Atlas:  Do you know if they have dog biscuits at the dealership where the repairs will be done?

Mozzie:  I don’t know.

Rico:  No biscuit is worth endangering your life.

Atlas:  I’m not going if there aren’t biscuits or at least people to pet me.

Mozzie:  I think people will be too busy to pet you.

Rico:  You’re annoying, but I don’t want you injured, so you should stay home.

Atlas:  I guess I’ll stay home and rest up.  I need to be ready for my next run to Dutch Brothers.  THEY have biscuits and petters.


Go Dutch

Atlas:  I love Dutch Brothers in Elk Grove!

Rico:  You can’t even drink coffee.  Or tea.

Mozzie:  The people there are super nice.

Atlas:  I know!  Every time I go, the nice people pet me and give me a dog biscuit.

Rico:  But you have to go in the scary car.  It’s not worth it.

Mozzie:  It is worth it!  Think how happy their coffee makes Mom.

Atlas:  And Dad, too.

Rico:  OK, that is true.  They use those thermos things to keep their coffee warm all day if they can avoid drinking it as soon as they get home.

Mozzie:  Mom said they were going to open a new location even closer to home.

Atlas:  I hope they transfer the best petters and the most generous cookie givers over to the new location.

Rico:  I’m sure that will be their highest priority.

Mozzie:  I just hope they transfer the women who follow my agility career and cheer for me.

Atlas:  What did we do before the Dutch Brothers opened?

Rico:  You were both way less annoying.


I’m Famous (at Dutch Brothers)


Mozzie is resting up for agility on Thursday, so I’m hijacking his blog today.

Mom usually goes to this cool coffee place called Dutch Brothers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on her way to work.  She really likes their coffee, especially something called the sugar free Cocomo.  I’m not sure what’s in it.  It smells yummy, but Mom says caffeine will stunt my growth, and I’m already a little short, so I haven’t ever tasted it.

I sometimes go to Dutch Brothers on the weekend with Dad or with Mom and Dad together.  I’m very popular there.  They even keep cookies in the drive-thru for me.  Mom says they are for ALL dogs, but I’m pretty sure they are for me.  I’m famous there, and  I’m not just saying that.

Mom has a credit card with a picture of her with Mozzie on it.  I know, he’s the golden child, but I mostly think that picture is special because it was the first time Mozzie didn’t leave the ring in MONTHS.  Anyway, Mom used that card to pay for her coffee this morning.  The guy who works there looked at her card and said, “Oh my God!  Is this Atlas?!?!”  She told him it was Mozzie, so he asked if she knew me, and she told him she did.  He was pretty impressed, and he talked about how cute I am.  I guess he also asked if Mom would bring Mozzie there, too.

The point is that I am FAMOUS — at least at Dutch Brothers.  Imagine when they find out I finished my Rally Novice title.  Maybe they will name a drink after me.