Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

School and camping!


I love to run through tunnels!

I love to run through tunnels!

Katie here. I know! It’s been like forever since my mama let me have her blog to tell you all about me! And as we all know, everything is all about me. Me, me, me, me!

It’s all about me because, as you know, I am the princess. Well, some of you might not know as you are new to my mama’s blog. Just to get you up to speed, I am the center of the universe and once in awhile my mama lets me tell you all about it. I tell her all about it daily. Sometimes hourly. I’m a sheltie you know. We like to talk.

But I digress.

So as most of you are aware, I retired from competition a couple of years ago. I got my CD (Companion Dog) in AKC obedience and I figured that was plenty. Especially because I got my Novice and Advanced titles in Rally too. And mama was all stressed out at work, so we stopped going to school, even though I love school (mostly cause of the treats you know). We never did go get my Excellent Rally title, and mama has always been sort of sad about that.

I didn’t care, because I already know I’m Excellent!

Mama started me up last winter in a nose work class which I loved, loved, loved! All you have to do is sniff a few things and treats arrive from mama’s pocket! It’s the greatest thing since gravy! Then mama and I got all busy with traveling and camping and stuff and we couldn’t make the class. She says we’re going back tonight though! I am stoked! I remember everything about how to do this and I’ll show her that we shouldn’t have ever stopped!

Then, last week we started up another class with my friend who used to come walk me. She’s teaching rally and some agility and some obedience. I’ve been to two classes and mama is amazed that I remember so much! I don’t like to heel, but I never did like that. Mostly I’m having fun getting out and about and seeing people again. Mama is OK, but it’s fun to be told by lots of other people how beautiful and smart I am! I try to look indifferent but secretly I really like it.

Sometimes mama forgets to give me enough attention, you know?

And for even more fun mama and I have slept out in the back yard in her tent the last two nights! It’s been so warm here that we couldn’t resist giving camping one more go before winter sets in. I was very very good and slept straight through the night both nights! I think we get to do it one more time before it gets too cold here. I’m going to miss camping this winter, but if mama keeps me busy with school it will be spring before I know it!

That’s what she says anyway. I’ll believe it when I see it.

So I guess that brings you up to date with me. I know you’ve been wondering. I’ll let you know if we decide to do any competition for Rally or Nose Work. I think I’d nail it.

What do you think?

Hurry up mama!  It's time for school!

Hurry up mama! It’s time for school!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “School and camping!

  1. The not liking to heel part doesn’t surprise me. A friend had a sheltie mix years ago and her favorite thing was herding her person, which usually involved wrapping the leash around my friend’s legs as the dog circled around her.

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  2. I think it is all wonderful news and sounds like work but fun! Glad to see you again Katie!


  3. I think she’s right! Dallas doesn’t heel well either, but he LOVES treats! I imagine keeping them busy with learning new things is good for their brain.


  4. NOSE work sounds like the ticket! Sarah could give you a run for the money on that one, Katie!

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    • Sarah would probably enjoy the class. They put a scent capsule in an article (we are at the beginning where they use closed cardboard boxes at the moment) and place that article among several other similar articles without scent and the dog gets to sniff until he or she finds the ‘one.’ Then they do something that tells you it’s there, and you say “alert” and if they (and you) are correct you win! As they go further in the class there are more than one articles with scent and the dog has to find them all. And the articles change as well. The biggest problem for me is recognizing when she is telling me it’s there. And the biggest problem for her is not getting caught in the trap of saying the scent is in every box in the hope that treats will come if she displays that alert behavior.

      We are a clumsy team at the moment. Me more than her. She loves this game and pulls with all her strength as we head toward the ring. She makes the instructor laugh she’s so excited to be looking for the scent.


  5. I’ve heard every pup loves nose work. I bet you would enjoy tracking too–the key is finding a fun group to train with. My Mom runs a mean agility course and is working on her next title—I’ve lost track of which title it is. Go for that excellence title! If it would still make your heart sing. Healing….the bane of many trainers and pups training existence.


    • I had never heard of nose work before. I’m glad I did. I do have a friend who is into tracking and we’ve (Katie and I) been out with her a couple times when she’s working her dog. It looks interesting. Mostly though, while they’re off tracking Katie and I are at the other end of the park goofing off.


  6. We love the part where you said, you love school because of the treats! Pawsome


  7. Kudos to you, Katie. You’re never too old to stop learning!


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