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    When the Moon hits your Eye. . .

    Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:49 am
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    Wow, we've had a bright, full moon lately! Don't even need the street lights when I'm walking the Jar in the mornings, which is a good thing, since there are two on our street that are out. icon_confused.gif

    So. . . speaking of walking The Jar. icon_biggrin.gif

    We were walking along this morning, and remember that black lab that dashed out of nowhere to say "hi" a few weeks ago and scared the daylights out of me? Yeah, he wasn't out, but I've noticed that Every Single Time we walk by that house, Jar makes it a point to stop and PEEEEEE in that yard. rotfl.gif Then he SCRAPES his feet on the grass - I am assuming that's his way of saying "hey, dude" to Friendly Lab Guy. icon_wink.gif

    So, we walked by Friendly Lab House and turned up that side street, when suddenly, there was SQUIRREL JERKY on the side of the street. icon_sad.gif I only noticed it when it somehow jumped FROM the street and INTO Jarly's big old mouth. icon_rolleyes.gif

    However, I told him to "DROP it," and he . . . thought about it for a minute, then, he not just dropped it, but he spit it out (spat it out?)! YAY JARLY! Treat time! No, DOUBLE treat time! icon_lol.gif

    Then, and this is no lie, not even half a block later, WHY do people go buy fast food, then just toss it on the ground? There, in the middle of the stupid street, is a nasty old squished sandwich of some sort, still in the wrapper.

    Yeah, Jar went for that, but I told him to "LEAVE it" - and, though he looked back longingly, he looked at me and left it. icon_biggrin.gif He got a treat for that, too, believe it!

    You'd think I live in some sort of ghetto or something, what with all the dead stuff and squirrels running around and garbage on the sidewalks and all, wouldn't you? I don't, really - it's just, well, Jar's REALLY good at finding nasty things, I guess. icon_rolleyes.gif

    So. . . since the moon was SO full and the sky was SO clear, I decided to pack him into the car and make a quick beach trip. At 5:45 this morning! icon_lol.gif Yep, it was still dark, and when we got to the lake, there was enough, I don't know, mist, I guess, that it was MUCH darker there than at home, but, somehow, Jar didn't mind. icon_wink.gif

    Husband didn't bring the ball flinger - I didn't want him (Jarly, not my husband) swimming WAY out there in the dark, trying to find a ball he couldn't see. . . he'd end up in Canada! But we did toss the ball far enough that he got some good (if short) swim time in, and, since the place was deserted (go figure) we even tried going off-leash. Leashless. Naked (mostly).

    Jar was EXCELLENT! He'd wander away, sniffing his fool head off, and I'd call him, he'd stop, look at me, and I'd say "here" or "let's go" and, by gum, he DID! icon_eek.gif I didn't bother with the formal "come" - I didn't need him to come over and sit down in front of me - I was happy that he'd come to me, hence the "here" cue. Besides, we make him SIT (and STOP BARKING icon_rolleyes.gif ) before we'll toss the ball.

    He was wondrously excellent this morning, with "drop it," "leave it" AND the whole off leash thing - I was so proud of him!

    Oh, and next Saturday, he starts another tracking class - he's so excited! icon_lol.gif
    K9 Owned
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:13 pm
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    It is always so cool to read about The Adventures of Jarly.

    I'm betting 18 months ago you were thinking that you would never be in this place with him ever and that a lot of the initial training seemed like total phooey.

    Training so incrementally seems like such a yawn and you wonder why you are doing really dumb things like having a treat in your closed fist and saying 'leave it' and opening it for 'take it'. It doesn't work outside the classroom or in an real life setting so most people just stop doing it. I know I used to think it was a dumb waste of time doing nothing other than lining a trainers pockets. It isn't just the dogs who get 'Eureka' moments icon_wink.gif

    You guys have come such a long way and while we always praise Jarly to the roof you know that it is you who is getting the kudos. You do know that right?

    He may be Jarly the Wonder Dog but you guys are amazing owners. I'd guess not one in a hundred would have persevered the way you two have. My hat's off to you!
    Connie Lea
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:49 pm Groupie
    Everything K9 said. You guys are awesome. Jar is one lucky boy to have you in his life.
    Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:00 am
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    Aw, thanks guys. icon_smile.gif

    The thing is, with a dog his size, he HAS to be well-mannered, you know? Cute little guys can get away with a lot more than big, scary black dogs can. icon_rolleyes.gif (My secretary has a little Maltese that I swear, practically gets away with murder! She's the one who refuses to eat food from Wal-Mart. icon_rolleyes.gif )

    Besides, my son's all grown up (kind of) and moved out (for now, anyway) - we've gotta have someone to nag, right? icon_wink.gif

    But I've got to admit - the dropping it and leaving it stuff - I'm mighty impressed about that! A few years ago, he'd never have given up a dead squirrel without a fight (don't ask me how I know icon_redface.gif). icon_eek.gif
    Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:14 pm
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    I LOVE The Adventures Of Jarly and Kris.....and,seriously, K9 is right..... you guys have come SO far..... but I do LOVE your storytelling style. Makes me feel like I'm walking along with you!
    Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:42 pm Groupie
    I TOTALLY agree! I love the adventures of Jar and Company. Your stories are so fun, well written and full of love. Do you print and save these wonderful stories? You could make a scrapbook with pictures and stories. We would all like to have our furries forever but know that isn't reality. To have Jar's stories 20 years from now would be very cool! icon_cool.gif
    Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:48 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks, you guys. icon_smile.gif

    And no, I've really saved any of Jar's stories - never gave it a thought! I suppose I could start a journal. Though maybe it should be some kind of online journal - if it was handwritten, I'd never be able to read it! icon_redface.gif
    Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:54 pm Groupie
    Kris, if you could print the posts from here they would even be date stamped. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:51 pm
    Forum Host
    racrgal wrote:
    Kris, if you could print the posts from here they would even be date stamped. icon_smile.gif

    Excellent idea.
    You could start with this and work backwards. Time consuming, but it could be fun!
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:00 am
    Forum Host
    Such fun to read and you really have a way of writing!
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:38 am Groupie
    "The Woes and Tails of Jarly the Wonder Dog" icon_biggrin.gif

    Cute stories all the time.

    On the marking his scent at Friendly Black Labs place, my dog has gotten so used to where he has met other dogs, he starts whining before we get to those houses. It's just the cutest thing. And we used to take the same route for a very long time, I have since switched it up a bit, and gone back and he still does it. Not every single walk time, but most. They are fun/funny creatures. icon_biggrin.gif
    Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:04 pm
    Forum Host
    Becky, Jar does that, kind of.

    There's one dog, behind a fence, that BARKS HIS FOOL HEAD OFF whenever anyone walks by. If he's not outside, Jar will look for him. icon_biggrin.gif

    And there's another one that just sits so quietly and politely when we walk by - the two of them (I'm not kidding) gaze at each other longingly. icon_rolleyes.gif I'd love to get them together, but I don't know anything about the owners, and I'm not going to knock on their door at 5:30 in the morning. icon_wink.gif

    Oh, and there are "Pat's babies" - our neighbor around the corner had five (five!) little yappy dogs (sorry - there's a doxie, and a chihuahua, and I think 3 others - what are those little fuzzy ones that are tiny? Pomeranians - I just googled it!) - every time we'd walk by, they lose their furry little minds, and if either of the owners was outside, we'd often stop and chat for a moment, giving Jar a chance to stick his big old nose through the chain link fence while the little guys would fall all over each other trying to sniff it. icon_smile.gif Pat's gone now, and we almost never see either the babies or her husband outside anymore. But Jar still tries to drag me up their driveway if we're on that side of the street. icon_smile.gif
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