Posted by: bernernewf | February 1, 2010

Mush!

We had about six inches of snow here in North Carolina on Saturday!  An amazing amount of snow.  Perfect for sledding!  And when you have two draft dogs, two harnesses, what do you do?  Well, you hook sleds up to them and have them pull kids around!

Posted by: bernernewf | January 10, 2010

Sweet Hearts

I like how the dogs and Devin form a heart in these pictures.

Devin, Loki and Blue

Too sweet....

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They really do love each other!

Posted by: bernernewf | November 29, 2009

Christmas Card Pictures

We tooks several pictures today in hopes of finding the one good picture for our Christmas card.  This is not an easy task with 3 kids and 2 dogs!  Here are some of my favorites.

A very grown up looking Devin

Mr. Blue relaxing

The Boys and their Christmas Sleigh

The Doggy Reindeer pulling the Santa Kids

Devin & Alex being pulled

Santa Alex

3 Little Santas

More Sleigh Pictures

Everyone is starting to get tired.....

Posted by: bernernewf | November 22, 2009

Dog Power Videos!

Posted by: bernernewf | November 22, 2009

Dog Power!

We finally got a chance to use my birthday present….What strikes me as so funny is Alex and Aiden just sitting there like it is normal to be pulled around by their dogs!   Now we have to work on making a Christmas card with the 3 kids and 2 dogs….should be fun times…NOT!

 

Posted by: bernernewf | November 18, 2009

Love this Christmas Video!

Not just cause it features a Berner, but it is soooooooooo cute!  I can not believe it is that time of year already, Christmas!

Posted by: bernernewf | November 18, 2009

U-CD Trillium’s Smoky Mtn. Mischief CD, CGC, TDI

Loki also passed his therapy dog test the other night.  I will more than likely wait till he is a little older.  He just turned 2 and is still quite bouncy.   He is a very sweet dog, but he is still apt to be a spazz! 

Now, if I could get the vaccination stuff worked out, I can send in the paperwork.  They want receipts or labels for the vaccines that both breeders and I did ourselves, and have done only titers, no boosters.  I am hoping to get a more knowledgable person when I call Therapy Dogs International today.   We follow the Dodd’s vaccine protocol, which is very very limited vaccinations.  We did parvo/distemper, then titers.  And rabies.  That is it.

Posted by: bernernewf | November 17, 2009

Warrior’s Tangled Up In Blue CGC, TDI

Mr. Blue is now a Canine Good Citizen and can now be a Therapy Dog.  I am going to pursue therapy work with him.  He is a nice, calm and gentle dog.  I think he would enjoy it.  He is also very easy to manage because he is nice and calm.  I am very proud of him!  Last time we did this test, he marked the wheelchair, and failed!!!

Posted by: bernernewf | November 17, 2009

Updates

We had our first draft trials Halloween weekend in Atlanta.  Unfortunatley, we did not pass either day.  The first day, during the manuevering course, our change of pace from slow to normal was not good enough…..so we did not pass.  The test is pass/fail.  Sunday,  there was no transition at all….it was hot and sunny by time it was our turn, and Loki tends to shut down and not listen.  He did not listen to me on the freight haul either.  By this point, he was very  mad at me I am sure for doing this to him 2 days in a row, he loves drafting, but the waiting around all day mostly in  a crate he does not care for.  I am sure that the 3 minute sit stay attached to a cart in full bright hot sunlight did not help, after that, he would not even look at me.

We had our first Open obedience trial on Thursday.  Loki qualified with a score of 188 1/2, and took first place.  It was very exciting, and Open A has an extremely high failure rate, especailly for first time dogs.  That particular day, 2/5 passed.  On Saturday, 4/20 qualified.  On Sunday, we went back for our 2nd trial….Loki did a wonderful job, but he did not drop for the drop on recall…I think I messed him up by focusing on the judge rather than Loki…the judge gives signals, and we were second dog in, so I did not have time with only the one dog before us to study the judges signal, so that left me watching the dog….this has thrown Loki off before in practice when the trainer acted as judge. 

We will not be showing again until January shows.  There are a few shows that we will enter, so I suspect we will earn our title in January.  We will also take this two months to clean up his heeling.  We consistently lose 3 points on heeling…which I am generally fine with, but there is no reason for him to not heel in the ring as he does in practice,  which is quite nicely. 

Blue will be showing in early February in his first Novice trial.  It is being held at the training club where Blue trains.  This should give him a huge advantage in being very comfortable in the building.  So I am excited for big Blue’s first trials….

 

Posted by: bernernewf | October 16, 2009

Draft Practice

Loki and I went to the Duke Power Engergy Explorium trails today and he pulled his cart totally off lead through the woods.  He did awesome!  He seems to know that he is to stay right by me while in the cart….usually we go here and the dogs run free.  There were not too many distractions, other than a squirrel that ran across our path!  Fortunatley Loki just stopped, and was ready to continue on. 

Check out those huge paws!

Pretty Boy

Doing a "stand-stay" after a "stop"

Happy Boy!

Posing by the lake...

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