Monday, March 15, 2010

Graduate School with Tula and Norwood

I was kind of bummed out when I heard that Momma signed me up for Saturday morning obedience school because Saturday is agilities day. I made her double extra totally mean it promise to take me to agilities during the week to make up for it no matter how tired or cranky she is after the workplace. She said yes, but time will tell. She is most unreliable in these matters.

But given that she had already given the school many dollars, my protestations fell on deaf ears and on Saturday morning I geared up for school.

It was a really pleasant surprise to find out that my buddy, Norwood, would be taking class with me! OK, this is looking a bit more interesting.

Uh oh, Tula was there too parading her muscle butt all about.

Hey! Don't worry. I would not dream of putting my snooter anywhere near your big white hiney.

We didn't get any photos of me in action. I guess because momma is kind of uncoordinated. Plus there was a lot of that staying stuff going on which I admit I have not been practicing.

I saw Norwood doing it. I don't know how he holds still like that. It was very impressive. He tried to coach me, but I just kept wanting to go over and discuss things with him directly.

Tula, being large and lazy, had no trouble with the down stay (I suspect that is her default position), so she put her mom through some doggie freestyle moves. That was quite entertaining. I was not quick enough to see what Tula was using for treats to motivate her mom.

I need to learn her secrets of human training. Maybe then I could get my lazy momma to actually move once in a while.

So we worked on walking and finishes and wait and stay (fail) and target practice. Not a bad class, but if I want to get a good grade I will certainly need to practice more.

After class was finished, that Tula started really sucking up to momma.

Then she rubbed her Tula-ness on. You should have seen Mango's eyes roll back in his head when he filled his snooter full of that!

Tula and Norwood posed with their moms for a nice family photo. Their moms are what you call twins which means there were two in the same litter.

Momma wanted to pose with me to prove that I was actually there, but I was much more interested in Norwood's mom.

I agreed to a dumb sit with attention photo, finally.

Norwood's mom was really nice. She gave me a carrot and everything. I am in love!

The best thing about school was that they kept referring to "big dogs" and they meant ME! What a nice change of pace not to be under the shadow of the Relentlessly Huge.

Dexter done!


Anonymous said...

Haha! Inappropriate thought bubbles. That made me BOL! It looks like you had funs in your class, Dexter. And how nice that you had furends there! My mom isn't coordinated either so she never takes the flashy beast to class. Thank dogness! I would be SO embarrassed!

Wiggles & Wags,

Marjie said...

Enjoy being a big dog! We RH type people/dogs know the truth: most dogs are not big. Most people haven't seen big dogs!


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

I'm negotiating with Ms Tula -

I think the two of us would SOOOOOO hold the leash of POWER ovFUR woo BOYS!

Her tight butt and my floof -

What do woo think of THAT PeeWee and RH?

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh Dexter you had so much fun. You just need to practice a bit.. Mom says that our Pest needs to do that too. opps sorry Dex..
Hey maybe you can get Norwood to take you frog hunting?
Tula might like that too?

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

dewdana said...

Of course you are a big dog Pee WEe! The minute you step off of the estate you are a 'full sized doggie' and RH is some sort of Jabba the hut creature in that scenario!
Whatever Norwood's mom was doing to make you have such good dog attentions is what your momma needs to do. Did she have like a drumstick in her mouth or something?
The fava beans comment from Tula cracked me up! ha ha Hope you get your due agilities this week!

Frankie Furter said...

I'm not gonna tell you about Ruby and Penny's hot hineys. That would just be cruel.
If you let us know what day you are supposed to have your agilities thingy... I am sure all of your loyal fans would be glad to join me in HOUNDING your mom into submission. I'm just sayin'.
PeeS... I'm thinkin' that if Tula and Khyra get their tails together.. you and Mango are in for a rough way go.

Gus said...

Dexterdude...great reporting. We think it is marvelous that you have an opportunity (or even opportunities) to shine without Mango being around. Your Mom is smart to help you this way.


Gus said...

Dexterdude...great reporting. We think it is marvelous that you have an opportunity (or even opportunities) to shine without Mango being around. Your Mom is smart to help you this way.


Gus said...

Dexterdude...great reporting. We think it is marvelous that you have an opportunity (or even opportunities) to shine without Mango being around. Your Mom is smart to help you this way.


Martine said...

Oh how luck you are to get to meet up with bloggie pals Norwood and Tula!!!

Your class sounds fun and we hope you get your mom trained!! :)

xo martine & the kiddlets

tula said...

oh no.. chianti just came out of my mommie's nose! did the mango get a good whiff of my special akita slobbers! how do ya like me now>>! but my tush is off limits! ha!
Dex, didn't get a chance to grr at you on saturday.. um, you know norwood is the teacher's pet right! you'll see... liked your labrasportsbra!

see you next time!


**watch for The Pawesome Posterior Pair- MANGO!

Eric said...

Haaaa haaa Dexter!!! Sooper funny dude, I can hardly type for laughing my square head off.I'm glad you told me Norwood and Tula's Mom were twins, thought I was seeing double double. Are you in love with them both both then Dex?

Course you're a big dog pal but Tula (gulp) seems to be leaning towards the relentlessy huge scale with a chilling side to her. And I don't mean cool. For dog's sake stay on the right side of her.

Wary wags Eric xx

brooke said...

Your thought bubble are hilarious Dexter! How fun that you get to go to class with blogging friends!!

houndstooth said...

I hate when those inappropriate thought bubbles pop up!

Dexter, you're the star of the blog, you know! Even when Mango is posting, he's always talking about you! It looks like you had a lot of fun. I wish I could have gone, too!


Wild Dingo said...

I'm so totally jealous you get to take class with Norwood and Tula! sooooo jealous!
wild dingo

Joe Stains said...

that class looks like fun, tula's muscle butt has NOTHING on the Lacie backside!

The OP Pack said...

Norwood cracks us up - inappropriate word bubbles:) BOL.

Dexter, you are so lucky to go to the same class as Tula and Norwood - you can be the one to give us the real poop on what goes on there since we are never quite sure if we should listen to Tula or Norwood - oh, wait, that's not why your Mom is taking you, is it? Oh well, just try.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The OP Pack said...

Pee Ess, do you think this class might be good for the pupster here?

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Niamh said...

Looks like that is a great class and it is fun to meet up with friends. We are most impressed with Tula.

Stays are boring but people seem to be fanatic about them. They are control freaks. Hope you got lots of treats for all your hard work.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

kissa-bull said...

oooh tula and khyra are totally going to rule the master chew sits vewy soon we thinks
guero thinks muscle butts double rule!!!
its so furry nice that you get to meet your furryends there it makes it extra fun while training your humans
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Sure it was pawesome to see Norwood and Tula there!
I did not see you doing much of that training... just looking at Norwood's mom!
Kisses and hugs

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Dex, you're in school? Mom is thinkin' about puttin' us in school too. We was kinda bummed, but you make is sound fun (minus the bully).


Benny and Lily said...

Is there such a thing as big wee? We will keep calling you pee wee. School? Yuk. Hope you had fun
Benny & Lily


My bone was hugemoungos and I would have shared it with you if you was here.

The Doiofuss hit thw wrong key and posted mty post before iut was finished so come on back if you have time.


hero said...

Obedience classes really sucks... but to have bloggie playmates there would make a difference, I guess.

Licks, hero

Sam said...

I had no idea that you guys all know each other. Yea, agility is better than obedience, but you looked like you had fun there, too. It's great to see Tula doing so well!

Samantha said...

Wow - Tula's mom and Norwood's mom are twins? That is nuze. And that you are all taking obedience together is definitely great nuze, so I can b$&@#% and moan about this unfun discipline with y'all. In fact, just came back from my weekly session and my teacher made mom cry (just kidding.) Open is hard. I'd rather be running in the hills. I think the RH should take obedience!
Hugs xo

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

Your classroom is much different than mine! My classroom is a store room in the back of PetCo, so we've got racks of toys and pallets of foodables - making it all very hard to concentrate! Funny, today I was called a 'big dog' too (Abby and another 8 month old mutt were there), although the teacher kept looking at Abby and saying that I wasn't going to be the big dog of the house for long. I'm not sure I like that....

Nice work on trying to change places with Norwood!

*kissey face*

Oskar said...

What fun to be able to really meet up with bloggie friends!!

Schwang said...

It must be great being one of the big dogs for once.


Ahem... Peewee. I know mom threw you a carrot but that in no way was an invite to come live with her. You make a much better drool bib for that RH than me. Um.. i had total fun with you in class but you're right.. stay clear of that muscle butt. She loves you one minute and is grouchy the next. I bet your use to that.. with the RH.

PS mom made me practice stays while squeaking and throwing my gingerbread man stuffie.. totally evil but not much to do outside but swim.

Life With Dogs said...

Proximity is my enemy. Otherwise I would have come along and snapped pics of the huge one. But hey Dexter, you carry things well when mango is slacking. :)
Twins. I suspected as much, thanks for clearing that up!

Ina in Alaska said...

Always so entertaining! I always enjoy your blog!

Twinkietinydog said...

Way to freak out Norwood, trying to steal his mommy and turning him from a cracker dog to an insecure one. BOL

MAX said...

Hey there Dexter-dude!
Thank you so much for taking us with you to doggie-school...I've forgotten what it's like since I was there SOOOOO long ago!
Please tell that clever Momma of yours that she always makes my Momma laugh! She thoroughly enjoyed your post today! Thank you for doing that!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Class is going to be so much more fun for you with Norwood and Tula, Dexter!
Somehow we can't see Mango and Norwood as brothers! hummm

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Thundering Herd said...

The world is turning upside down. Peewee is large and Norwood is less cracker dog than somepup else. Wow.

Peppy Sheppys said...

Your graduate school looks much more rigorous and useful than our ma ape's gradual school. She needs to go back for remedial training.

Tula and Norwood do look most obedient.

Sheps w/Pep.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

Dexter! you are an awesome BIG dog!

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

There seems to be a very serious conversation taking place in your header photo. Dare we ask what you were discussing?

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Ms. ~K said...

Wrooo wroooo, you guys are haiving too much fun at school!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

McGillicutty said...


All that looks too familiar! I just finished Level One of Therapy Dog School, and we had to do that sit stay and down stay blarney. Me thinks it is entirely overrated!!!! I mean, think of the stuff that we will miss doing that stay hooey!!

You look like you've got some great friends. And, I don't blame you for holding your mom to the agility lesson. That is WAY more fun, AND you still get hot dogs!

Come back to me site to visit me great barkday cards. I finally figured out how to load them so that the rest of the world can see them!

Irish Love, McG

Pedro said...

Holy dawg poop! Tula is one big dawg! I think she's obedience training her human pet, not the other way around! She sure is good lookin!


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

This all looks like excellent entertainment to us, Dexter. Now let's see if she keeps her promise concerning agility...

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a lot of fun!!! i like to praktiss that stuf with my mama too!!! i am sorry yoo didnt git a tennis bal tho and i am luking forward to seeing wot mango sez wen norwood comes to liv with him ha ha ok bye

the booker man said...

hey, dexter!
that's so awesome that you had tula and norwood at obedience class with you. it definitely makes things way more fun. mama read your post and then all the sudden told me that i have to go back to obedience school in a few weeks. oh noes!!!
the booker man

Busby and Raymond said...

Dexter, you had a busy day. We're glad your pal Norwood was there too. We're not so sure about her Tula-ness.

We love your (and Mango's) blog. We are going to add it to our "must read" list.

Mack and Mia said...

Sheesh! and here I though MIA was a "big" girl. I guess I owe her an apology...YEAH RIGHT...NEVER.

And Mango, if you forget about Khyra does that mean that I can have dibs on her. I mean Sharing is Caring!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Toffee said...

Ha ha!
Dexter you are one funny dude! I cannot stop laughing at the word bubbles!

Thanks for sharing your "obedience" experience!

ScrapsofMe said...

Oh bee dee lalalala...can't hear you! I did 3 of those classes. Flunked. Well, not totally, I mean I can do sit stay(for a bit) drop it, leave it, by me...yada yada....when I WANT to, not when SHE wants me to. If the treats are good. It looks like you 3 are gonna have some fun in class. Can't wait to see what new tricks you learn!


Ludo van Doggy said...

She gived you carrot? I gotta meet this lady!
Well, you seem like you did pretty well and you liked it. Plus it has other dogs that you know to amuse the DOH. Score.
~lickies, Ludo

Martha and Bailey said...

Well done Dexter, you certainly gave us all a laugh!!!

Nuthatch... said...

Carrots, tennis balls and inappropriate thought bubbles...we love it! Mom thinks its ever so brave of you to tackle school. She keeps saying that obedience school is on that list of things she's going to get to one of these days...

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Sounds like you had a good time, Dexter! I am still laughing about your talk bubble that says "your mom is fascinating"... BOL!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Dexter - I so enjoyed reading all about your time at Graduate Dog School! And how cool to actually have friends there already! (And blog friends too!!) Although what a shame you didn't get any action shots of you & your Momma - I would really have liked to see those! (Hsin-Yi thinks your Momma needs to have the Master trained better like Paul to be on-call Doggy Camera Man all the time! Hee! Hee! Actually, a lot of the time when Paul can't come, Hsin-Yi does a lot of self-timers...maybe when you practise yor Stays better, your Momma can start to do this because then she can leave you for a moment to prop the camera up somewhere, hit the shutter and then run back to you just in time before it clicks! :-) )

Anyway, I had to laugh at your comment about being the BIG dogs there - ha! ha! And I just LOVED that picture with Tula having "inappropriate thought bubbles"!!!!

Honey the Great Dane

Kari in WeHo said...

you get to hand out with bloggy friends? I wanna hang out with blogg friends :(