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MacMack and the Loot

MacMack and the Loot

Happy May Day!
The Macster brought home a new dog show chair from the

obedience match at the Seward Kennel Club show this

weekend.  We will not talk about the small entry or

the good dogs that showed for exhibition only–instead

we are going to enjoy our High in Match ribbon and be

grateful that he only barked at me once in the ring

(while sitting in front, waiting for the judge to get

around to the Finish command).  The Mac still can’t

figure out why these judges cannot get those commands

out faster.
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OK, he is crazy

OK, he is crazy

But somehow everybody likes

him–even the little dogs in our training group are

always anxious to see him, although I can’t figure out

why–his usual approach is to try to plant a paw on

them.  All the people like him, and my vet and his

assistants always talk about the boys as “our favorite

shepherds.”
He is starting to focus–and I think I will have him

pretty well trained through Utility by the time he can

pay attention in the ring.  He is doing very well on

Open.  I have to raise his jump height, but have been

training with 18-20″ just so he can concentrate on the

retrieve part.  He still anticipates, but it is

getting better.  And he may just end up as a great

tracker, especially if I can figure out the key to

making him point to articles more clearly.  Right now

he just wants to keep tracking.  The old

ball-in-the-pocket may do it.
And yes, Mackie is the first dog who ever managed to

stretch out on the bed with Old Dad during reading

time.  I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw it.

And Mac is very nice to Dad on those occasions.  When

he jumps up with me he bounces around and carries on,

but with Dad he just settles in.
He did try to get in the laps of our guests tonight,

but fortunately they like dogs.
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Great story

Great story

A great story from this morning.  After Mac did his track, I took Rafe

along to pick up flags, etc.  He was tracking along,

and on the last leg left the track and went off about

ten feet and sat down.  Sitting is his article

indication.  I couldn’t figure out how I was that far

off the line to the last flag, but went to look:  he

found a sock that had fallen out of my pocket weeks

ago when I was tracking with the Mac.  Mac, of course,

breezed right by earlier on his way to the glove and

his ball.  So Rafe got his reward, then returned to

the track and found the glove.  After he got home, he

was rewarded big-time.
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Mac and the Loot

Mac and the Loot

Happy May Day!
The Macster brought home a new dog show chair from the

obedience match at the Seward Kennel Club show this

weekend.  We will not talk about the small entry or

the good dogs that showed for exhibition only—instead

we are going to enjoy our High in Match ribbon and be

grateful that he only barked at me once in the ring

(while sitting in front, waiting for the judge to get

around to the Finish command).  The Mac still can’t

figure out why these judges cannot get those commands

out faster.
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Mackie

Mackie

Just got back from Mac’s annual visit for updates,

heartworm pills, etc.  His vet thinks he is in

“beautiful shape”–good weight, eyes and ears and

parts all fine, no spleen problems, etc.  Mackie

conned them out of half a jar of biscuits.  And while

we were waiting by the counter to go in, another woman

came in to pick something up.  Mackie went over,

started with putting his front feet up on the counter

beside her, then leaned over so his head was on her

shoulder, kissed her cheek, etc.  It was definitely

the Full Mackie performance.
Cheers!
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