Thursday, May 8, 2008

Agility Fun Match and National Stuffie Appreciation Day

So as you all know, I went to an agility fun match last Sunday. It was awesome pawesome! This was only the second time I've ever gone to one of these fun matches.

The day started out when my human Lizzy woke me up. I think I should have been the one to wake her up, but I was too exhausted to do so at 6:30 in the morning. But the moment she said the word "agility", I was wide awake! So my human Lizzy and her mom and I left the house at 7:30 and got to the agility barn by 8:00. Everywhere I looked there were sleepy humans being dragged around by excited dogs, or excited humans dragging around sleepy dogs!

My humans set up not just two chairs, but three chairs! They know I hate bing put in kennels while I wait for my turns, so I got my very own chair to sit on between my two humans. It made me feel special, like I was the top dog in the whole barn!

Finally my first turns came to run! I won second place in the first Gamblers course, and first place in the second Gamblers course!

Then we went on to the Standard course, in which I won third place. To tell you the truth, we didn't do to well! I think it was my human Lizzy's fault, she needs to practice her handling better. Her hands tend to fly everywhere and then I don't know where to go! But I suppose it's also partly my fault, 'cause half way through the course I saw my other human, so I quickly ran out of the course to catch her attention to make sure she was watching me. Then I ran back in and finished the course. Hee hee. Here's a very short clip of me finishing the course...




After that we did the Snookers course, but we kind of completely blew that one. Right away when we started my human got me mixed up and I came out the wrong end of the tunnel! So that was the end for us on that course.

Finally, the last course was Jumpers. I just knew I was gonna do grrrreat at this one, 'cause jumping is what I do best! And, I was right. I won first place with a Q. I wish someone took a video of me doing that course so I could show you all!

After I collected all my ribbons, the day was done... We were in that barn for 9 hours! Even though I only got to run 5 times, I was still tired by the end of the day.

Here's a picture of us with our ribbons!


Now, enough of the agility talk, it's time for us to get on to the National Stuffie Appreciation Day! Thank you, Mr. T-Bone, for making this special day in which we can appreciate the stuffies that we normally try to so hard to kill.

Unfortunately... My last stuffie disappeared last week. It was a candy cane stuffie that I got for Christmas. I had already ripped it open, eaten half of its guts, and popped the squeaker 'till it literally popped right out of the stuffie, and then I think I ate the squeaker too 'cause it vanished just after I popped it out... But, you notice I said I only ate half my stuffie candy cane's guts. That's because I was saving the other half for later, 'cause I truly appreciate my stuffie, and I didn't want to completely kill it all at once. But unfortunately, as I said before, it disappeared. I'm not exactly sure where it went, but my humans kept on mentioning that it was about time that it went in the "garbage", whatever that means...

So, at the moment, I am what you might call "stuffieless". But here is a picture of me, dancing like a clown, with my beloved stuffie candy cane, of whom I truly appreciated.


*EDIT*
Tasha from Tasha and Eva's blog is not doing too well. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, and go over to give them your comforting words!

39 comments:

Deetz said...

Sparky...congratulations on your agility trials. Your mum needs to practice not slinging her arms all around so you know where to go. It looks like so much fun running those courses. You are First Place in my eyes always
Deetz

Dewey Dewster said...

Wow Sparky...I am speechless at yer great ability at agility...ya did great...'n I can see ya must have a bunch of those ribbons ta hang in yer room....so ya eat kleenex with the boogers in 'em...yuck....says me....yum...says me Mom....maybe thats why ya run so fast....could be I should try it.....

Dewey Dewster in the country....

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

WOW!

You were great!!

That is SOOOOO something woo will never see ME doing!!! I am a great jumper but following human orders? Ha rooo ROOOO!

Hope you get to appreciate a stuffie or two tonight!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Ferndoggle said...

That picture of you & Lizzy is so AWESOME, Sparky! I watched the video and think you did super great!

Penny

Crikit, Sparky & Ginger said...

Hey Sparky! what fun & congrats on your trails! WooHoo! & Oh Oh we are soooo appreciating your stuffie too bad you killed it!

Love Licks & waggin TX tails barking loud!

Toffee said...

Sparky! If it weren't for the two legs on the ground I wouldn't be able to tell which way was up in the stuffie photo!! I am glad that you liked Bert the Burger (R.I.P) but I actually thought that "Moose" the Canadian moose would be your fave (the stuffie to the viewers right - maple leaf is slightly obscured).

Congrats to you and Lizzy on your accomplishments - may I say that you both look fabulous in sepia; at least I think it is sepia or antiquing or something. Speaking of sepia, sort of, my dad2b bought my mom a photo editing software package for her birthday - I hope she skips track workout to take pics of the doggies in our park!

Lady Kaos said...

You're really good at the agility stuff. That's a lot of ribbons, too! Great job!
My mom wouldn't take picture of me with my stuffies for Stuffi appreciation day becuse she says it's too hard to go around the entire house and collect all their pieces. It's a tiny house! I think she's just being lazy!
Happy Stuffie Day!
Kaos

Maya and Kena said...

Hi Sparky!
Great job at the agaility match! In the video you looked pawsome!
And Happy Stuffie Appreciation Day! Woof woof!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Lola Smiles said...

Wooooohoooo way to go Sparky & Lizzy! That's a great pic of you two!

Congrats and be proud! I did agility when I was *ahem* much younger. My favourite obstacle was the tunnel! I was soooooooo fast! My mom couldn't keep up with me! ;0

luv ya
Lola Smiles

Chef said...

YAY for you, Sparky! You did so well at agility and I'm real proud of you. You are Top Dog for sure.

About the stuffies. It's not fun to be stuffiless on Stuffy Appreciation Day. I will share mine with you, ok?

xoxo Chef

Amici said...

Sparky- you are number 1!! Wow are you good at competitions! Great job! What a great team you and your human make. That pic of you and her is the best!

The video was awesome. We liked watching you jump through the lifeguard "hole" and run throug the tunnel. Great job!

Thanks for your well wishes. We'll be on the look out for your awesome card- thanks so much for remembering my bark day!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sparky!
Good job! You did it great! Congratulations!
Happy Stuffie Appreciation Day!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Pacco de Mongrel said...

well done, sparky... oh u really did lotsa run in a day...

congratulation to all ur podium finish...

jumper is my favourite too...coz currently that's d only class that i can win consistently...

while those standard stuff, i usually blew all of them...

i think is time u suggest lizzy to sign u up for the big trial...

Joe Stains said...

CONGRATS on your ribbons, that is great! MOm is always throwing our stuffies out, boo!

Amber-Mae said...

You did well during your run & congrats for winning those ribbons! My mommy needs to practice her handling too. She slings her arms around too! No wonder I can't do well all the time...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

happy said...

Congrats Sparky! Way to go!

Sorry to hear about your candy cane stuffie disappearing...

Keeping Tasha and Eva in our thoughts and prayers.

PreciOus said...

Hi Sparky!

Congratulations to you on all the ribons you've won! You are amazing!

Snuggle,
Precious

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Congrates for doing so well at agility. You look so cute dancing with your stuffie

~ Girl girl

BrandytheGreat said...

Congrats to Sparkyyyy! Hope Lizzy framed up those ribbons.. Did you get any treats after?

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Go Sparky...youre a winner! Go Sparky! Go Sparky!

Your stuffed Candy Cane looks like a lot of fun! I'm so glad you were able to participate in International/National Stuffie Appreciation Day!

Thanks for always being such a great friend Sparky, I can always count on you to give me some good words and a giggle! Hehehe

Hope you have a good Friday!

Slurp!
Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Abby said...

Hi, Sparky...

You did so well...You are very athletic...

I'm sorry your candy cane stuffie disappeared...

I would hate to be stuffieless...

Abby xxxooo

River said...

Congratulations Sparky - you looked amazing on the video!! Keep up the great work - you're a true star :)

Oh and there are quite a few humans out there that think I may be part Toller - HM would like to think so to cos she loves Tollers and hopes to have one one day!

River

Sophie Brador said...

Of course you won ribbons! You are a natural. Good work Sparksteroni!

xo
SB

Abby said...

Hi, Sparky...

I just wanted to stop by & say Hi...

We are on our way to the Ocean...We will be back next Saturday...

Talk to you then...

Abby xxxooo

Hero said...

Congrats on winning your ribbons, Sparky!! I enjoyed your video. You really rocked that agility trial!!

much love,
Hero

Noah the Airedale said...

Good job Sparky, you're so good at agility. We're very impressed. Congrats on your wins.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

CoCo said...

Sparky, good job and congrats on all the agility ribbons! It looks like you had and awesome time! Now you can rest until the next trials!

Hugs,
CoCo

Simba said...

Congratulations Sparky. You did really well.

Simba x

Momoko said...

Hi,Sparky! You are Super doggie!

Momoko said...

I came again.Leo is overweight.

Deefor said...

What a champ you are! It's amazing. And own chair too. Congratulations from your fans in the USA.

Deefor

4xBs said...

hey Sparky, wow! congrats on all of those ribbons from agility. that video was very cool. we can see why you are a winner. Lizzy has to do a lot of running too. that's fun for both of you!

we are very sad that you don't have a stuffy right now. it's so terrible when they go to that "garbage" place.

woofs.

Tasha & Eva said...

Sparky,
Thanks for stopping over with your pawsitive thoughts. With all the good vibes from our friends at DWB, we're hoping for the best.

T&E

Eric said...

Wow you won,I knew you would! Top Dog SparKy pal.

Glad to see you know just the way to ppreciate the stuffies , me too!Nothing like getting your pearly whites around them to give them a great big bite . . err I mean kiss.

Wagging, Eric

Candi said...

Hi Sparky sorry for not posting, ails my human owner hasn't been felling well. Silly human got herself burnt and took sunstroke, i warned her not to go out into the sun all day, anyway she is much better thank goodness she whines worse that me. Anyhow your stuffie is really cute and CONGRATULATIONS on winning your ribbons... well done you. you look so graceful runnning around and jumping. I would be scared to go on the see saw thing.. weren't you ?. Any way A BIG WELL DONE AGAIN TO YOU SPARKY.

lots of licks

xox

Southbay Girl said...

Wow Sparky! You won so many ribbons! I'm friends with an Agility Star!! How exciting! It usually is the moms that need more practice than us! I know in herding, my mom needs to hurry up and learn more!! It's so much fun doing things with our moms!!! Hope you've had a nice weekend with your mom!

Velcro

Thor said...

Congrats, Sparky! You did really great!
Happy Stuffie Appreciation Day!

Thor

Simba said...

Good Job Sparky!! I can't wait to be able to be at that level to compete!

wags,

Simba

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Conratulations on winning the ribbons! We are so proud of you.

Love
Boy n Baby