Flashback friday is a weekly picture post of the past and present dogs of the Canine Copilot pack, including our fosters!
Many people would like at that statement and go WHAT???!!!!!!!?????
But lets think about it rationally.
-They like to eat butter off the table
-They like to lick butter off your hands
-They like to squish their way into your heart and melt it…….. Ok so its a bit of a stretch but eh the title sounded good!
Today Raina woke up and stared at me for 45 minutes until it was breakfast time. Then after we got home from running our errands she stared at me again for another 2 hours till we went out and did obedience training. Yea shes real slick………….stare at mom enough and through osmosis she will provide for you exactly what you wish. In fact as i sit on the couch and write this she lays 4 feet away chewing on a bone, periodically staring at me in case she misses the flinch of body language that would mean we were doing something fun.
Last month Abby completed her certification for live airscent and Human Remains Detection for New York State Federation of Search and Rescue. Earlier this month at our annual Combined Federation Training she completed her water HRD certification as well. Congrats to abby for such a wonderful job!
Well it would be impossible to catch up this blog as i have lagged behind to much! My free flow of words just seems to get stopped up, whats that called writers block???
A quick recap finds everyone well. The sar girls are amazing, really working their butts off!! Emeline is doing great, her indication is solid and fast. I will never have to question whether or not she finds a subject. Her multiple refinds provides long hard bark and bounces at me loud enough to wake a deaf person! She actually makes the ground tremble!!!! Her searching was natural, just pure genetics but her brain was assembled differently then her sisters, something her mother threw in to the mix. She is a thinker and will not allow me to pass by the scent cone. I’m amazed at the progress she has made and am thrilled that i gave her the chance to nail everything perfectly like i knew she could do before moving her on. Bravo Emeline Bravo!
Raina will be a year old in less then a month! It’s crazy to imagine that she has already been with us for that long. Such a quick learning pup she amazes me every day with her balance, work ethic, and drive to be a prominent friend to her owner. I have held back on her testing because of her age, not lack of ability. She could have certified months ago with flawless searching and indication, and has yet to reach that “hiccup” period in her youth. While everyday i wait for it, every time we train she re confirms to me that she really is just that good. There are good things to come in the future with miss Rainy and i will keep you posted!
Abby has been doing great and is proving to be a solid worker. Her skill level is above and beyond what i had dreamed and she is fitting into the pack well now that she has learned all the dog play rules. The remainder of this month will be a huge test for Abby and i know she can do it. I’m so proud of her and what she has already achieved!
The last 2 weeks was the mandated vacation with the husband. AKA no dogs 😦 After cruising the carribean via the new Disney Dream cruise ship we spent a week in Walt Disney world enjoying some fun in the sun and time in the parks. It was a rough trip being away from everyone but they are all happy to be home with mom and dad again!! Back to the day to day grind!
The pack structure at its greatest! You will see my 10 month old German Shepherd Raina submitting to her 6 year old 7 pound Chihuahua brother. Raina is a crazy high drive working german bred girl with an amazing bite on her. When it counts, she is gentle as a baby. Size doesn’t matter, dogs are dogs and my pack is a very valid demonstration of that!
Well the last month has been CRAZY. I cannot get all the seperate blog posts up that i would like to for the events that have occured over the last few weeks but i will try to update in one semi short post!
Some quick good news, we have a new car and i *think* the dogs will like it.
Well the hunt has begun for a new car. My “doggie” car a wonderful 4 door saturn is finally reaching the end of its life and the canine copilot pack needs a new vehicle to get around! I’m most interested in a wagon, something with good gas mileage and still plenty of room for my copilots in the back and front. We do a lot of traveling for clients so it has to be comfy, and reliable as well. Dog friendly being of course my primary concern!!! Choices do not come easy when you are trying to take into consideration the welfare of 12 others!!!!!
I’m a little behind in my blog posts but trying to catch up!!
Last sunday Eagle Valley search dogs had to attend the dog show in Whitney Point NY. I was presented with the AKC CAR award money for the grant i wrote earlier this year. This 2000 dollars will go to supporting our fall Combined Federation search seminar in the end of september. Abby and her real sister Raven both did short demo’s of the recall refind indication sequence and abby was available for people to meet and greet.
Our table attracted a lot of attention and hopefully we were able to scout out some new volunteers to come hide and train with us!!! If you are ever interested and in the Broome County or Delaware County area email me EliteInstinctCanine@gmail.com We are always looking for volunteers to go get lost!!!