Archive for Jun 2011

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Long Weekend

June 30, 2011

Just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow for Canada Day!

Wicca Long Weekend

If you aren’t going anywhere this weekend, you should come watch some of the agility on Saturday or Sunday. It is being hosted by the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club out at Perfect Pooches in Coalhurst.  If you are going to come watch, please leave your pups at home as only competing dogs will be allowed onto the field and it will be way too hot to leave them in the car.

They will also have Scent Hurdle Races after the agility is over on Saturday in the late afternoon (maybe around 3 or 4 p.m.).  Come on down to cheer the teams on!  If you want to find out more about the local team – No Nonscents, check out their blog.  You’ll be able to see some videos too if you want to see what the races actually look like.

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Maybe we’ll see you there!

Facebook

June 27, 2011

Do you all know we have a facebook page too?  We try really hard not to duplicate information (unless it is really important) so you don’t get bored.  :)  So if you haven’t checked us out over on Facebook, what are you waiting for?

Facebook Facebook

Meet and Greet 1024x630 Rescue Meet and GreetThe Windy City Canine Rescue is having an informal Meet and Greet on Sunday at Henderson Lake Park near the pool from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  If you, or if you know someoneconsidering getting another dog, you should stop over and say Hi!

Ellie 6 Rescue Meet and Greet

The Bloopers Reel

June 22, 2011

The dogs took many hours of video to make the less than 1 minute movie we posted yesterday.  We learned a lot of things about picking the right doggie camera man…

  1. If the dog is moving, the video isn’t watchable.
  2. If the dog has a beard or long fur, it covers half the lens.
  3. If the dog has a long muzzle, you’ll see half of it in the lens.
  4. Some dogs like to stare through the fence and watch what the dogs in the other play area are doing so you end up with lots of footage of a chainlink fence.
  5. When a dog pants, you see his/her tongue on the video.
  6. Some dogs seem to stare at us ALL. DAY. LONG.  (At least that is how it felt looking at the footage!)

So we needed to put the camera on dogs that:

  1. Had short fur.
  2. Were either tired enough, or mellow enough to stand still.
  3. Liked watching other dogs play (as opposed to watching us).
  4. Held their heads up so they didn’t film the floor.

When we didn’t follow the above rules, this is what we got.

I should point out that it took me over 3 hours to put together the first video and less than 15 minutes to put together the bloopers reel.  I could have closed my eyes and randomly picked sections for the bloopers reel and it would have worked out OK.  Decent, stable footage for the first movie was few and far between.  I guess a daycare isn’t the place for dogs to just stand still!

Camera Dogs

June 21, 2011

The dogs have been keeping a secret from you….

A few months ago we enlisted their help so that we could make a movie.  Volunteers wore a video camera around their neck so that they could show you what they do all day – from their point of view.  The dogs did a great job although there was lots of footage of bums, our legs, and the camera dogs’ tongues panting.

We hope you enjoy the little surprise video we put together for you!

Daycare Camera Dogs

Earth Dogs

June 20, 2011

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This weekend I headed up to the Okotoks area to watch and photograph a CKC Earth Dog Event. I had never seen one before and it was a lot of fun and super interesting.

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The event is open to terriers and dachshunds able to navigate 9″ tunnels.  Wooden tunnels are buried underground and the dogs need to find the opening and follow the tunnel to the prey (called the quarry).  Everywhere but Alberta they use rats for the prey, however here we use gerbils because of our “Rat Free Status”.

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Once the dog finds the prey, they have to indicate interest – either by barking, scratching, digging, staring, etc.  Depending on the level of the course, they need to sustain this interest for 30-90 seconds.

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Once the dogs are underground, there is nothing to see.  But lots to hear.  The activity at the end is quite amusing to listen to.  Nora, the Scottie had the lowest, most gutteral bark and it brought smiles to everyone who heard her.  It was her first event and she did great!

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As with most dog sports, there were different degrees of difficulty.  There were courses that ranged from a 10 ft tunnel with one 90 degree corner (this was the basic instinct test) to tunnel systems with multiple entrances, multiple corners, underground obstacles and two quarry locations.

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At the Masters level, the dogs were tested in pairs.  They had to show hunting instinct and cooperation in a field before being brought to the tunnels for testing.

Earth Dog 4 Earth Dogs

It is the type of event that you can practice in terms of getting your dog used to going underground and navigating the tunnels, but for the most part, it is based 100% on the instinct of the dog. Even “pretty white show dogs” get into the spirit!

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They are hosting another event in September.  If anyone is interested in watching or participating, let me know and I’ll get you the contact information you need!  If you want to see more pictures, feel free to check out the main gallery.

Squeaky Toy App

June 17, 2011

Before Fun Squeaky App…

Towhee Squeaky Toy App

After fun squeaky app…

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There is a reason we don’t have squeaky toys at daycare… They drive the dogs crazy with excitement.  But sometimes it is nice to use a squeaky noise to get the cute, head tilt like Towhee is giving me. So instead of an actual toy, I downloaded an app onto my iPhone (Doggie Toy – it’s free).  And as expected, I got jumped on by a few dogs trying to get to the “fun toy”.  But it was worth it.  I don’t think I’d been able to get a picture of Towhee with her ears perked up before.  I can’t wait to try it out at a photo session where I hopefully won’t be tackled to the ground by the bystanders!  LOL.

Squeaky Squeaky Toy App

The Fetching Crew

June 16, 2011

If there is a game to be played, these four  (Tucker, Belle, Abby and Kaycee) are always ready to join in the fun.

Fetch The Fetching Crew

Watching

June 13, 2011

I’m not sure what Tia and Rocky are watching, but whatever it was, it obviously wasn’t exciting enough to be worth exiting the building!  LOL

Framed Watching

Meet Mr. Pink.

Mr Pink You Can Call Me Mr.

Isn’t he the cutest thing?

Mr Pink 2 You Can Call Me Mr.

He is a very manly and tough little guy.

Mr Pink 3 You Can Call Me Mr.

Who isn’t afraid to show off his feminine side either.

Mr Pink 4 You Can Call Me Mr.

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