My incredible dog!

Monday, April 8, 2013

We had a really fun weekend.  When I wasn't working, I was just having a blast.  We went to my parents house for dinner on Saturday, along a bunch of family.  I am so lucky to have cousins that are around the same age as me.  They are like sisters to me.  We played pool and drank beer until 10 (well, I drank water, I don't drink), which is late for us old folk.

Yesterday was the first Pug Club meeting of the year, and it was also the birthday bash for a litter  that one of the pugs had.  It was held at a local obedience / agility training school.  

Slow and Steady!

Oliver is a funny guy. He is pretty used to other dogs, but he just freezes up at these pug club meetings.  He was literally trying to crawl into Dan's jacket (while Dan was wearing it) to hide from the other dogs.  I don't know what it is, but Oliver is really afraid of other pugs. Anyway, I felt bad because he was obviously having  a terrible time, trying to hide in my hair and Dan's coat, so I decided I'd try to distract him with treats and tricks.

Piece of Cake!

At first I got him to jump over one of the jumps.  That was too easy, so we decided we would try to get him to do the balance beam.  That was a little trickier, and a little scarier, but after he made it the first time he was just the happiest little dog in the world! He looked so proud. 

After we mastered the beam, we tried the tubes.  Those were a little trickier, but he soon caught onto that, and after about half an hour of training he looked like an old master! We even got  him to go up and down a ramp that was taller than me! He was just awesome.  And, although Dan says he's not a dog guy, he's a natural dog whisperer.

In the beginning I was a little embarrassed because Oliver was acting like he had never seen another dog before.  I felt like that parent whose kid sits by himself in the corner eating glue while the others all play with their action figures.  But, in the end I was just beaming! I am so proud of my dog.  So, he's a little socially stunted, but damn he is smart! 


  1. Awww not only is he obviously smart but he's also a total cutie :) Glad you had a good day with him!

  2. Awwwwww, Oliver! What a guy! I've never taken Doug and Peggy to the local pug meetup, but I should try sometime. It would be so fun to see a whole group of pugs!

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