Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dexter a Day Early - Agilities Update

Today we had final exams at agilites school. I made sure to get there extra early so that I would be mentally prepared.

While Momma helped set up, I got to play with my teacher's new puppy, Dove. She is a lovely little golden gal, but she wasn't much interested in me.

Then it was time for our big test!

My teacher, Mike, said that to graduate we had to be able to do lots of different obstacles one right after another. Us doggies were sent outside to play and the people did something called "walking the course" and Mike told them where to turn and stuff so that we wouldn't get confused.

Are you ready? I took movies of me and my pals doing our final exam runs. That's my teacher, Mike, in the wheelie chair. He sure can motor around in that thing and he competes in agilities too with his Spinone dog, Paxton.

Watch the movie by clicking here. Please ignore momma talking to me when Taj is in the ring. I get kind of excited watching her run around and sometimes don't sit and stay like I am supposed to. My turn is about 2:45 in (but you will want to see my friends too, right)?

Um, can you tell we all FAILED? Little Dallas, the Pappy Yawn is going to transfer to short dog agilities, but my friend Taj is going to repeat beginner agilities (again) with me.

When we got home, Momma had a surprise FOR ME! She said it was supposed to be a graduation present, but, well, what can I say, she messed up showing me where to go so we flunked out.

But I got to open my pressie anyway and it turned out to be from the best store in the world.

Hey, back off, this is MY present!

I supervised while Momma assembled the contents. What could it be?

JUMPS!!! FOR ME!!! Oh Boy!

Naturally, the Relentlessly Huge wanted to get into the act and I have to admit he did pretty well for a big guy.

Check it out!

He likes it! Who knew?

Mango the agility mastiff?

Out of my way! I am jumping here! WEEEEE!

What a super present. I am in lab heaven. Let's go jump some more!

Dexter done!


mrd23 said...

Wow Dexter! I can't believe you didn't pass!!! That is crazy - you posses the essence of agility!!!
Just look at the way you jumped over both the hurdle AND Mango!

Its strange that the goldengal wasn't interested in you, you are a very handsome guy!

Thanks for commenting on my blog Mango. I went and said high to your friend BU with he Wobblers. Unfortunately no one does gold bead implants in Australia. Which is sad because they sound so pretty, like just the sort of thing I would like...

slobbers and squashes,
Mr Darcy

Lacy said...

w00fs, me sorry u didnt wood b totally unfocused iffin me tried it..mama been checkin prices fur different stuff..but she got to git me to focus 1st..

b safe,

pps yeaaa, me beated Khyra!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
You and your friends did an intersting job!
Sorry you did not pass!
But I am sure with your new equipment you are going to do it great!
Kisses and hugs

Niamh said...

I thought that you did great on the agility course Dexter! You really scrambled up that A Frame. Of course it is more difficult to teach the people what they are supposed to do than it is to teach us dogs.

You look really happy with your new jumps. And never underestimate the Relentlessly Huge!

Your friend,

Puglette said...

dexter, you were awesome!! you went through the tunnels and over the a-framelike a champ. you look great flying over the jumps. you are on your way to being a great agility dog. charlie didn't do very well at agility today, it was pretty hot and she wanted to go under the dog walk and lay in the shade instead of listening to her gramma.

oh, and mango, you look really cute on the jumps at home, i love your smile!

chicamom85 said...

Dexter, you were so good at school, you were the best in your class! You know what my favorite part is?? The tunnel, that is a really big tunnel compared to mine, I think that might be cool. Your present looks like fun and you and Mango did so good. One of my neighborhood friends has the same jumping thing as you and also the crooked sticks that you go in and out of. We like to watch her train. Thanks for showing me that and congratulations!!

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey Dexter mate, we could tell Dallas totally ballsed that up but we thought you would have passed for sure. It looked to us like you did everything right but then we've never been to agility in our lives so what would we know hehehe. Good on ya anyway!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats Dexter!

The DOH didn't trip over woo!

I think THAT was the real key to the testing!

PeeEssWoo: I think she edited out the soundtrakhk that said 'Dexter, your brother Mango is sooooo RH and SOOOOO smart!'

Stella said...

Wow, Mango, you could be an agility guy in the Humungus Division!

I can't wait to see it.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

Sorry you didn't pass, Dexter, but I'm sure you'll stick the landing next time. Plus you still got loot!

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

I think you did great Dex! It's not your fault you missed the jumps (although the weave poles may have been on you man). Keep up the great work! It's all about having fun.


Brodie and Ailsa said...

Sorry you didnt pass Dexter, I liked Agility but hurts my neck fallin off veranda. Ailsa liked to makes her own rules like jumpin over the marker cause its was there to jump over and she always got car sick so m ums gave ups on her. we likes your jump frame though.

ocmist said...

Sorry you didn't pass, Dexter. It takes us 17 mins. to download 5 sec. so we can't watch vids that are very long. (It takes almost all day to upload the short vids on our blog... Mom does housework while waiting for each one)

Anyway, we LOVED the smiling faces that Mango had when HE was jumping! Mom always thought that Sadie or Dott would have done well at Agility, but you need Mom's with the ability to run... She really admires your Mom for doing that for you guys! OC

Martha Basset said...

We are sorry you didn't pass Dexter - we think you are a star and we would have passed you!
We are home for a few days so thought we would pop by.
Martha & Bailey xxx

Liffey said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't pass Dex. You probably shouldn't read my next post- might depress ya!
Jumps are awesome,
Love Liffey

Abby said...

Hi, Dexter...

I thought you did great...If I was your teacher, I would have said you passed, but then I don't know that much about agility...

But, anyway...I thought you did pawsome...

The little Pappy Yawn is very cute...I think he had a itch that was distracting him...

Abby xxxooo

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Dexter - I also can't believe you didn't pass! I thought you did so well!! You took every obstacle with great confidence and enthusiasm (OK, so someone said something about the wrong order but who cares about order? Can't they show abit of creative imagination here??)

Thanks for posting the video - it was GREAT seeing you in action and also your friends...and also after hearing your human talk so much about your Agility classes, it was good to finally see what it's like - it looks like an awesome place! All the poor doggies who do Agility here in NZ have to do it outside in the rain and cold...and usually at night!

Message for Mango: Hey - I'm hosting my very first competition and I think it is right up your alley! Come over to my blog to check it out!

Honey the Great Dane

Paris Rain said...

We just love the picture of you in mid flight!

You are quite the agility expert. Mom says I need to start doing something like that cause I got too much energy!

Mango looks like he could be the next agility star at your house. Watch out!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Dexter, You'll get ti next time.

We love the pics of you and Mango jumping - Piper needs some of those.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Nicole said...

Dexter, it looks like you did pretty good! I bet once you retake class, you'll pass with flying colors! I am glad you got your present anyway and I love the pictures of you and Mango jumping. :)

The Thundering Herd said...

We thought you were great Dexter.

P.S. - Was that Mango really jumping?

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Oh Dexter, don't feel bad. I had to try a couple of times before I passed my therapy dog test. Those jumps look really fun. Did the ground shake when Mango landed each jump?


gyllendogs said...

Hey Dexter, good job! You looked great in the video. We're sure you will pass next time. But we have a question - When Mango lands after a jump does the ground shake??

Maggie and Mitch said...

We thought you did an awesome job, Dexter! Okay, so you need a little bit more practice! Next time you'll ace the agility test!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Ludo van Doggy said...

Hey Dexter dude, sorry you didn't pass. You should so come over to this country and do agility. We don't even do the A-frame and weaves in beginner, we just do contacts and channel weaves, so you woulda passed. I think you shoulda done anyway. It all about going as fast as you very can right?

Too bad our Mom's hold us back huh, I think I'd be in like the super dooper best class if she could just remember the course.
~lickies, Ludo

Cookie and Cinnamon's Mum said...

Hi Dexter,

You did great at the exam. I can't believe that you didn't pass. But, never mind. Now that you have got your own agility equipment, you can practice as much as you want! Just enjoy!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Dexter we thought you did great.. Just a few little mishaps but not enough to failing you.. We should start a petition...
Mango you look pretty good doing agility. You keep it up...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Agatha and Archie said...

Geesh we thought after watching tht you MUST have passed!!You looked REALLY good to us!! Well now you have your own jumps so you can practice at home. I bet your brother will help you!! Love A+A

dewdana said...

No Way Pee Wee! You were robbed! Totally looked like a pass to me! I think the teacher failed you because he did not want the other pups to feel bad. That is the only explanation. How exciting about your new jumps! We are glad to hear you are up to them! You look like a crazy kangaroo in the last jump pic! DOn't be jealous or anything but we are quite impressed by RH jumps too!

Checkers said...

looks like work to me......I just graduated - I can't do nuttin!!!! But I'm cute

And hey Mango - remember to drop by my blog if you can to pick up your award which I made for all my friends! :=))

Asta said...

You was wobbed!!!
I thought you wewe splendid!!!
I can't believe they wouldn't let you gwadooate. I'm so glad youw Mom got you a pwesent anyway. I think you cewtainly desewve it!
What fun! Now you can pwactice anytime you want.

I love youw happy face in that last pictoowe, and Mango is suwpwisingly light on his feeties
smoochie kisses

1000 Goldens said...

Dexter, please don't feel bad about not passing, I couldn't even pass puppy obedience school, much less do an obstacle course! Your Momma is so nice to buy you jumps, even if you have to share with your relentlessly huge brother.

GoldenSamantha said...

I'm befuddled as to why you failed this test. I suggest you challenge the judge and ask for an instant replay. But... nice pressies! Pawsome stuff, those jumps - love all the vids and Mango - I thank you for all the blog comments lately - love them and... LOVE you jumping!
Hugs xo,


Hey Dex
I thought you did pretty good on the course. Mom decided to play the drinking game watching the video.. everytime she heard Dexter she drank... hee hee.

Do you have to do it perfect to pass? Was it the pole weave? Tell wheelie mike you passed from us.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I can't believe you flunked! I mean, some of your friends, yeah, I could sort of see them maybe not passing, but you looked all agile, and pretending to pay attention to the DOH. I just don't get it. (I however, have managed to fail obedience school once, and it might (soon) be twice.... So don't feel bad.)

*kissey face*

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Dexter,
Sorry that you flunked out.. hmmm.. honestly I feel that they should have passed you with flying colors.. I am not biased and saying that cos you are my friend.. but I thought you were good!
Whatever the result is, at least you got a present!wooooohoooo...

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

sorry you didnt graduate - i just got my expert agility title this weekend - i can come tutor you if you like - tell your mommy its all about the hand signals - love your jumps - we have a whole agility setup in our yard that mommy built - wood was an agility dog and started 2 years ago - we use all hand signals - a different signal for each piece of equiptment.

Sweetie (Deaf Bully Agility Queen)

PS - Wood is an expert agility champion too - MJ is just a dufus

Tee said...

Hello Dexter!

That's some jump! How come u flunke your agilities test ... from our point of view they should have passed u with flying colours.

Anyhows... did the earth shake when mango jump?

Licks and wags

Tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack