Katie here. Mama says she’s too stressed to write tonight. But I tried to make her feel better. Really I did. It’s not my fault she keeps signing us up for stuff and then gets all freaked out. Not my fault at all.
I guess I should start at the beginning. Mama, signed us up for our first leg of Advanced Rally. Next Friday. When she signed us up it seemed like a really far away date. Lots of time to practice. And stuff. But now here it is. And she just got the latest book with all the new signs and she’s freaking out!
But we went to the park today, my Mama and I. She read the book and we heeled around and around. I sat when she told me to sit. I turned when she told me to turn. I backed up when she told me back. I did MY job. But it’s HER job to read the stupid signs. And all those arrows and halt marks get her going good, that’s for sure. She keeps telling me I need to learn to read real quick, so I can do it right even if she tells me wrong. I think that’s a silly idea; how’s a dog supposed to read AND execute I ask you?
So we did a lot of signs out of the book. I was off leash and everything. I even ignored the chipmunk I heard off in the field. I debated, but I ignored it. I figured….Mama with CHEESE or chipmunk…Mama with CHEESE or chipmunk. Mama won. She said I was a good girl and I got two pieces!
But after about 10 gazillion pages of signs I had enough and wanted to play! After all we were at my park! So Mama put the leash back on me and we went for a walk for awhile. I got to sniff lots of stuff.
But pretty soon Mama wanted to finish the rest of the pages of signs. I thought that was a good idea too, but I let her think it was her idea. She’s so SLOW though, reading the signs, thinking about it. I just want to go Go GO!
By the time she finally got to the last sign I was huffing at her. Enough of all this sitting and downing and sitting and standing and heeling and turning and coming and stopping. GEEZE Mama! Can’t you see that I’m PERFECT?
She says we have to practice all the signs every night (except Tuesday when she’s practicing at band) the rest of the week so that we are all set for Friday.
It’s gonna be a long week.