Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dino Competes in All Breed Straight Racing!

Borzoi Rescue Straight Racing
Sloughhouse, CA
October 2009

Dot and Dino Participate
Dot Wins First Place Both Days!

All photos by Dave Mills at www.pixf.com.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dino Practices Oval Track Racing!

Dino Practices Oval Track Racing
Napa, CA
August 30, 2013

This morning we drove to Napa for oval track racing. The landowner raises and trains Greyhounds and they have built and designed a oval track in the back field of their property. Today was the second time we did this type of training.

The first time, Dino completed the track once, but then turned around half way and came back. This time, I raced them both together three times. The first two times, Dino did the whole track all the way around. I was thrilled. Of course, Dot was faster. That is a given, but I am glad he did not give up and walk away. He finished the whole track both times and even went to the lure and tried to tear it up. That would be difficult since he is wearing a muzzle.

Not only did he finish two out of three tracks, but he was also enthusiastic about going into the box and came out strong both times. Other times, he was unsure about the box. He is figuring out what is happening.

The third race I wanted to try something different. I wanted to hand slip them and not put them in the boxes. I wanted to have Dino go first to give him a head start and then have Dot catch up with him to give her some competition. Dino went out fast as first, and then I released Dot. However, before Dot could catch up with him, Dino turned around and came back. I think he was confused about what was happening. I told him to go catch the lure. He started to and then realized it was coming around the back end and decided to catch it there in front of Dot. He caught the lure on the way back and then went all the way to the end where Dot was. I think he was confused about what was happening, so I will try it again next time.

The weather was sunny, but not hot. There was a good breeze.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Dino Follows Five Week Old Track!

Dino Follows Five Week Old Track!
July 30, 2009

Yesterday, July 30, 2009, Dino followed the multiple tracks of a cat that has been missing for at least five weeks old in Sonoma County. And that was his second multiple hour track of the day!

I initially went to their home to track their missing Pug, Maya, who had been missing for almost 48 hours. On my way there I received a call that Maya had been found. I asked if I could do Maya's track anyway to see where she had been, and I could use that as a training track for my dog, Dot, who has been in training and going on tracks with Dino as moral support for a couple of months.

The daughter went along with me, and she was totally surprised when Maya's track led us on a multiple hour search around parks, creeks, soccer field, more creeks, moble home parks, etc, etc, etc. After about four hours, Dino indicated the track was still ahead of us, so we decided to head back and rest.

I went to get lunch and a big Diet Coke. I hosed off Dino and started him on the track for the missing cat, Stewie/Stewart. The guess by the owner was that Stewie had been trapped by a neighbor and not taken to a shelter since multiple cats had been missing over a couple of weeks time. We did find two solid tracks that started from their home went around a couple of blocks and through a school and then back home. I figured those were Stewie's regular territory. I check in all other directions and no scent was indicated except for two spots. One down the end of a street in the mobile home park and one across the street. The daughter was unable to go along with me since she had to go to work.

I talked to the daughter this morning and told her what I found. She did confirm she was aware of the two tracks. She had thought those were Stewie's territory. I told her about the two unknown directions, and she said she would look into them. I told her that Dino did not indicate any scent near the house where she thought the trapping was going on. Not to say he didn't get through from a fence, but he was not entering from the street.

The environment is suburban and the temperatures have been averaging 80 to 90 everyday for several weeks.

I was so happy with Dino.

PS Dot did great on the track of Maya's at the end of the day. She got all the turns and all the zigzags through a large weeded field near a park.. Her main distraction is barking dogs in other yards as we walk by. I think a clicker and treats while on tracks will help with that

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Reading from Susan Pipes

This is a intuitive reading that my friend Susan Pipes did for Dino. Her website is: www.animalspiritcommunication.com


Dino is faithful, grateful and happy. He likes his toys, playing, running and his family. He is understanding his family more now than before but their seems to be some position changing in pecking order sometimes.

He is a working dog and loves to be appreciated for what he does. He feels that he is doing what he has always wanted to. Work and be of service. I see that as a mirror of you Jackie. You are a team. That is important to him.

I did a body scan and picked up some pain, a sharp pain in his front left paw or pads. It seems to be a little intermittent but nevertheless there is something there. He may lick it a lot.

Dino can be a little high stress and anticipates what is coming up, he gets excited. Perhaps telling him far in advance of an activity may help and he has more time to think about it and get used to the idea more.

He like pig ears and a pepperoni stick looking treat. He also gets dog food (kibble) treats and that is ok too. It means you love and appreciate me. He likes his bowl of fresh water in a stainless steel bowl, and he likes to sleep with Jackie. He would like to be closer for sleeping but there is not a lot of space. Others sleep closer to you.

His message for you Jackie - He says "that you work hard, (I see you thinking intensely) and need to think about the big picture. It will all come together, everything will all be like a ball and roll easily. He shows me a pic of the planet earth saying it all comes together. He also says that we still need to watch for cars. They can be dangerous and unpredictable and may hurt the family again. He wants you to tell people that he likes to work. He wants you to show them what he does - like a demo of his skills. He is very proud. Be focused on the things that bring in money, it makes you smile."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dino Competes in All Breed Lure Coursing at Wags for Wishes!

Wags for Wishes
Chula Vista CA
July 2009

1. Dot, Gizmo (JRT) and Dino
First place for Dot
2. Dot and Gizmo
First place for Dot

1. Dot, Gizmo, Pomeranian and Dino
First place for Dot

2. Dot, Springer, Wheaten, and Dino
First place for Dot
second place for Dino

3. Gizmo and Dino
First place for Dino

4. Dot, Gizmo and Dino
First place for Dot

5. Dot, Gizmo and Australian Terrier
Second place for Dot

1. Dot, Cocker Spaniel and Tibetian Terrier
First place for Dot

2. Dot and Labrador
First place for Dot
3. Dot and Labrador
Second place for Dot

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dino Participates in Spring Dog Festival!

Spring Dog Festival
May 17, 2009
Soquel, CA

Coastal Dog Owners Group and Living With Dogs had their big Spring Dog Festival. This was the first time I had attended. I had just heard about it about three weeks prior. I came back a day early from vacation to attend this.

Dot ran several times in the Terrier races. She looked like she was having a great time. She her blog for more information.

Dino ran the lure course several times throughout the day, sometimes with Dot and sometimes by himself. He was very animated and excited and fast. He did great.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dino participates lure course practice!

Dino participates lure course practice!
February 1, 2009
Sloughhouse, CA