No rest for the weary

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.

The new Canine Copilot mobile

Looking but not finding

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!!!!!

Val girl

The show that goes on

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.

social butterfly

 

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!!!

 

 

The working girls

Last weekend was a rough one, but we still did what we could and the girls had fun. Saturday we trained with Amigo Sar dogs up in New Berlin. We ran everyone on some HR hides as well as live hides. The HR was great, we hid it in a 130 pounds replica guy from the firehouse!!

Our "subject"

Abby decided not only was it an easy find but also an easy indication to mom!

BAM!!!!!

It was hot out and everyone went for a swim after their problem to cool down. Raina had a blast jumping into the fast moving water to grab her ball. She’s getting pretty good at catching it, though mom doesn’t let her do it often she is still to young to beat up her bones like that!

I bounce like Tigger!!!!!!

 

 

play time after a job well done

 

Raina and Abby both sustained some muscle and pad injuries and were put on light duty.  This last week they rested up and appear good to go! Down time is always the worst with these girls, they are just not meant to be couch potatoes!!

It’s a holiday weekend?

Well of course we humans know its a holiday weekend but honestly the dogs have no idea. Despite numerous k9 injuries all weekend long (the human actually stayed semi healthy!) we still made the best of what we had. Friday was a quite morning and mom got to celebrate her birthday with a long pack hike.  It was peaceful and relaxing.  The dogs too enjoyed it even though mom always makes them behave during these things!!!

Obedience and focus is necessary in the Canine Copilot pack

The weekend was filled with an enjoyed balance of outside sun and fresh air and nice quite evenings by the fire in the backyard. As usual the afternoons were doggie nap time

And then back to the wilderness we returned!!!!

Girls

 

Sometimes words aren’t necessary…….i’m pretty sure the pictures say it all!

Search for a new Logo

Well my artistic need is coming through…………a new logo is in the works!!! Thanks to some amazing pictures taken by my friend Amy (who is a professional photographer if you like her work let me know!!!) i am toying around with a few pictures as potentials for my logo. Let me know what you think is the best or what other ideas you have!!!

Abigail

Ms Abigail is the newest member of the canine copilot pack. Abby is a 3 year old GSD who is sister’s with Raina, just from the previous litter. Abby will be certified by the end of the year as  both live find and HR. Abby is learning that living with the pack has rules and being the newest member means she has a lot to learn! She loves traveling with mom and the girls on training weekends and is frequently my demo dog during private training classes with clients. This black and tan beauty is all love but don’t let her fool you she packs a mean punch! Abby’s trained indication is a “bump” and she thoroughly enjoys slamming me on the chest as hard as possible with muddy paws.

Ball crazy

Abby is a sweetheart and loves everyone she meets. Full of energy and always ready to do what is asked of her Abby is the perfect example of a German Shepherd Dog! Please keep your eye out of the amazing workings of Abby.

Abby's favorite boy