I'm not sure exactly why or how I came to refer to everyone (and everyTHING... even the dog toys...) mentioned in Project Go Dog by non-specific terminology, but I do. Thinking about it, it seems to give the blog a sort of 'Everyman' feel- I like to think that our issues are pretty general and that others can relate. And even if you haven't yet lived through our accomplishments/demises, hopefully you can easily imagine and identify with the experiences.
But philosophical contextualizations aside, I thought that as the list grows it may be helpful to provide a key, because if I have trouble keeping them all straight, I'm sure other people are cursing me inside for doing it this way.
Go Dog... well, a dog who goes for it! Any dog will do, but the training of such a dog must involve striving for the next level at all times. A Go Dog pushes to go further. Personal bests must be bettered.
Banchor is Banchor. He is the one exception to my non-specific name game. The reason for this is that he is the original. His name defines the epitome of a Go Dog to me. Since he is no longer with us, I also want to keep him in memory as much as I possibly can.
|Original running contact genius!|
|Ready to GO.|
|Us celebrating her Silver ADCH...|
The Pup. Newest addition to the project: Border Collie/Staffordshire Terrier mix (Scorch X Maverick, Texas) named DYNAMITE! Technically, she is a designer dog (we prefer SPORTER COLLIE!), but don't hold it against her, ok? We kinda like her over here at the Project. I think she is a diabolical evil genius at home, but thankfully, only genius when it comes to training. Stay tuned on her development. Only time will tell, but I think we have the makings of a Next Level Go Dog in her.
|The day I brought her home...|
|Pup in Action|
|Running like a big girl!|
|BBD and White Dog|
|Sweet White Dog loves Stuffies...|
BIG Black Dog is Lacey. She is a former rescue Border Collie, though she looks and acts more like a bear crossed with a Labrador. She is a lovely girl, retired now from agility to the life of a treat hound. Lacey melts for pets and sweet nothings whispered in her ears (though watch the silly baby voice- she may piddle if you are too sweet to her!)
Brother Dog is Seeker, Shiver's full brother, same litter. We think he is cool- he knows lots of tricks and is a dynamic powerhouse. He is worth mentioning just due to his cooliness. His mom tells tales of his life over at their blog.
|Shiver, Stormi (mom), Scorch (bro #1), Seeker!|
We love tricks here at the Project. We prefer clicker training and lots of rewards in everything we do, and we do a LOT. We do USDAA and AKC agility and will someday stop being scared and show in obedience too. But for now, it's just another trick. I also teach agility to the masses and have done so for most of the...17 or so years I've run agility. I would say at this moment in time I am personally most influenced by Silvia Trkman in how I train and teach (but hey, give it 6 months and I could be on to aliens and butterfly techniques). I love her philosophy- it really encompasses our ideals at the Project. I also love the jumping program from Linda Mecklenburg. So you need to get my POV, those are two good places to start!
Mostly I love to play with my dogs and we have a lot of fun while we 'work' to be awesome at this sport. And when we get tired from playing, we go watch Harry Potter.