If you had told me a year ago that I would be going to graduate skool I would have scoffed. But thanks to my hard work and some coaching from momma (and a ton of help from my pals) I am learning how to be a calmer doggie off the estate and it has paid off in spades.
That's right! On Saturday I made my big debut at graduate skool! You know it!
Check out my school gear. I wore my stylish bib from El'bow because it really is stunning and also because some doggies and their humans can be a bit squeamish about slobbers in great abundance. And you KNOW I planned on slobbering in great abundance, because not only does graduate skool include lots of nommy hot dogs...
It also includes THIS! Tula Muscle Butt. Aroo roo roo! Oh baby baby.
Yuh, and she got stuck next to some black labradork which I thought at first was PeeWee since they all look the same to me and are all total suck up goody two shoes doggies. Not like my Tula. AR AR AR! Oh yeah, she told that little black dude off for sure.
So skool was very invigorating and stimulating to my mentals.
We started with target practice (it's not what you think) and then moved on to moving downs. A very challenging skill for the Mango as it involves getting up and down a lot. Exhausting.
Then we did our walkies around other dogs and some little pom pom dog got really close to me and I wanted to eat it, but I was good and kept my focus on momma. Then some recalls.
It was around this point that I found the opportunity to discretely leave some of my Mango-ness in front of the door to skool so that all doggies would know that I had been there. It was really just a wee whiz (for me), but it garnered me a time out in the blistering sun in the middle of the desert. Do I deserve that kind of treatment?
But finally, an event that I excel at (as does the lovely Tula). Yes, the down / stay!
Clearly Tula has been practicing.
But I am pretty skilled at the down / stay myself.
By the way, stuck up teacher's pet dog, Norwood, skipped skool and let me tell you, buddy, you have lost your throne. Oh yeah, the Mango is the NEW teacher's pet and Tula is my queen. It is big dog skool now.
Check out this cool card Tula sent me to commemorate my first day at skool. Many more to come. You can betcha!
Mango Man! Oh yeah!
P.S. Momma insists I post a link to PeeWee's dumb movie here. Bad news. I hear I might have to share MY graduate skool time slot with the midget. Boo hoo! Apparently some short attention span creatures need to work on their attentions. He tried out a new agility skool, but momma didn't like it too much. Of course he loved his new skool because he was the biggest doggie there. Whatever. And here is an obligatory labraphoto. I think it speaks for itself.