Friday, July 31, 2015

Such talent!

We've been to several dog shows during the month of July.  Bentley did okay on some days and not so okay on others.  I'm changing my tactics and starting over with training, but more on that in another post.  While Bentley's skill in the ring is lacking he has made up for it in other ways.  One of them is a skill that he displayed while I was dropping off the other dogs to board while we went to Dallas. 

As usual, I had all dogs in a harness and attached to the Pet Walker leash with all four dogs on one leash.  The girls had already been taken to the check in station and I was filling out papers when the kennel tech came to get Sawyer.  When I reached down to hand him over I realized that he was already off the leash because Bentley had chewed through both his leash and Sawyer's!  In less than 2 minutes time!  Such skill and talent!

The scenario repeated itself when I dropped them off to board while we went to Houston.  This time I was short 2 leashes so I had Bentley on the retractable and Blossom on her individual leash.  Blossom and Sawyer were taken first.  When they came back for Baylee I found that Bentley had chewed through the retractable leash and was working on Baylee's leash!  So he has ruined 5 leashes, including the retractable leash I had planned to use to walk him while in Houston.  Grrr!

So while we were browsing through all the many vendors at the show I decided to pick up several over the head leads to use when just walking them a short distance.  They are not as secure as a harness and leash, but Mr. Super Chewer will have a harder time chewing his way through these.  Or, at least I hope that will be the case.  We'll see. 

"My Mama loves me, I know she does.  I'm spoiled rotten!"

Friday, July 3, 2015

Where am I?

Hello everyone, Bentley here for the next few posts.  Mom told me I could write about the little adventure I'm having.  Where am I?  Well, yesterday morning Mom and I dropped off the other little yappers at the "resort" and then she told me we were headed to Big D.  Big D?  What is that, Big  Dog?  Turned out it is a really big city, I'm in Dallas, Texas!
It was a really long ride.  We stopped once in Austin for Mom to get some stuff from a lady to bring up here, seems a lot of people found out we were coming and they asked us to take stuff in our car.  And then we stopped at a rest stop where we walked around and Mom ate a sandwich.  She shared a bite with me and it was yummy.  She left me in the car for a few minutes while she went in a building, but the car windows were down a bit and she put up the sunshades so I didn't get hot.  Then we were on the road some more, but I went to sleep while Mom drove us right into this big city.

We got to the dog show, unloaded our car and set up our space, Mom groomed me a little and then we walked around.  Mom said she wanted me to get familiar with the hall so I wouldn't be spooked in the morning.  By the time we finally got to our hotel I was ready for some shut-eye!
This morning we were up early.  I love hotels and would have been happy to just stay there all day, but Mom had me over at the show bright and early.  Don't I look good?  I only look like this for a minute or two and then I'm messed up again, drives Mom crazy!  Mom decorated our space for the Fourth of July, isn't that fun? She said they are having a contest and are paying cash prizes, we need to win!

After the show Mom put me back in the car and told me were going to see the sites.  I wasn't too excited as she wound around on those city streets, but the first place she took me was a blast. (Note from  Dachshund Mom:  we visited Dallas Heritage Village located in the Old City Park).  I had so much fun and would have had more fun if Mom would have let me chase all those squirrels that were running around!
There must be at least 10 squirrels over there under that tree.  Look at 'em, Mom!
Hey squirrels - if I wasn't on this silly leash I would so have you all up that tree!
We stayed here for quite a while.  Mom couldn't take me inside any of the buildings, but she made pictures and I just had fun walking around.  She's going to do a post on her blog if you want the human scoop on this place.

Then it was back in the car - I was ready for some air-conditioning and a nap.  But the nap wasn't to be.  We drove back through the city streets and then, gulp, my Mom drove our car right down under a building!  Yeah, no kidding, she did!  I wasn't sure what was going on, but then we got out and rode up an elevator and we were right in the heart of Big D!  How did my Mom do that?

Mom found another neat thing for us to do.  This is a big park and she said it is built over a freeway, imagine that!  We walked around and then we got on this thing she called a trolley (looked like a bus to me) and we rode on it for a long time.

I sat in Mom's lap for a while, and then I moved down into the floor.  People wanted to pet me and I obliged them very nicely.

Getting off this thing was scary.  Mom had to carry me because the steps were steep and then there was a gap to the curb.  I started to freak out when she tried to pick me up and she didn't get a good grip on me.  I was somewhat dangling as she came down the steps and landed on the curb - you would have thought that one of the trolley men or someone would have helped her!  But, she got us back onto a sidewalk and we went back to the park and ate at a restaurant.  Well, Mom ate and I laid under the table.  Can you imagine?  I got to go to a restaurant!  We sat on a patio and enjoyed the view of the park.  Mom and I got annoyed with some people sitting outside the restaurant that kept letting their two big dogs wander over and taunt me.  I do not like big dogs and, besides, I'm almost human and don't want you sticking your slimey dog nose in mine.

We walked around some more after we ate, but it was getting hot.  Mom was worried about me getting too hot and too tired, so we went back down under that building and got in our car.  We came back to the hotel.  She said we might go back there tomorrow and see some more things.  I'm really not sure what is going on here, but I'm having fun doing new things!  Let's just skip that dog show Mom and go places!