Monday, February 1, 2010

And the award goes to....

Lots of good news to share today! First of all, Brutus is feeling pretty much back to normal, having beat the nasty poo sickies he suffered from all of last week. He's bouncing off the walls as usual, so glad to see him acting normal! We have a few more days of medicine to get through, but other than that I think he's in the clear!

Brute's recovery was also timely, as I had entered him in an agility trial (which I thought we might have to withdraw from). I'm happy to report that not only well enough to compete, Brutus had his best weekend yet! We completed our first title (CL1, for those of you who know CPE agility-speak), not to mention a nearly "perfect" weekend - out of 8 classes we entered, got qualifying scores in 7 of them (mostly Level 2 classes). Too bad for a pokey Standard run (which included Brutus pausing on top of the A-frame for a while, apparently enjoying the view), as we NQ'd on time faults (over by 12 seconds, which is like an eternity in agility-time). But on the other hand, one of our Q's came from a Level 3 class, which I'm thrilled with since it was the first time we had competed at that level!

Enough of that technical stuff (boring for most of you I suppose). I had a blast, and I really think Brutus did too! He was much more relaxed, so we were not plagued by the zoomies like at the last trial. Brutus did basically everything I asked of him all weekend... granted sometimes at his own speed, BOL! For a dog who had been under the weather just a few days before, he was really a trooper to last all weekend. It was great to spend a few days with our friends, celebrating their successes and laughing with them over the more bizarre moments that happen to the all of us out there in the ring. I do have it all on video, although this building makes it hard to see much due to the big support poles running down the middle of the ring. I'll get some editing done, maybe try to post some clips later in the week (although they won't be nearly as funny as the last set!!). Suffice it to say that it was a successful weekend in too many ways to list!!

While I'm on the subject of awards....

I've been meaning to get some other awards from our friends posted, but embarrassingly kept getting sidetracked. The first is from a fellow agility trainee, Sam over at MargeBlog.

I am particularly proud of this award, since it relates to the blog itself. I've always enjoyed writing, and Brutus' blog has become an unexpected source of enjoyment & creativity for me. Thanks, Sam, for all your compliments!! I'm tickled that so many people enjoy what I "produce", and also thank all our regular followers who comment on so many posts, both short & long!!

This is an award that is intended to be passed on, but there are so many blogs that we love to read. I love how each blog has it's own personality (just as the dogs they are about do!) - adventures shared, stories told, things to learn, making us laugh, and sometimes even make us cry. I can't begin to single out only five... So please feel free to pass on this award to anyone whose blog makes your day like so many of yours make ours!!

Next is an award from Brutus' main squeeze, Stella (Living With Stella & Gunther blog). This award asks Brutus to list 10 things which he love, and then pass the award on to 10 friends.

So, the top 10 things Brutus lives for (in no particular order) are as follows:

1. Playing with his big brother, Mason.
2. Making public appearances - anywhere, anytime!
3. Eating
4. Napping with his momma
5. Doing agility
6. Getting treats for doing obedience (notice I did not say the obedience itself!!)
7. Going for walks & car rides
8. Dreaming about his sweetie, Stella
9. Snoring (although this is a close tie with farting)
10. Sending pressies to his blog buddies & getting fun surprises in the mail from them!!

Brutus is fortunate to have such a full life, it was hard to single out 10 things he loves!! I actually am hard pressed to think of things he doesn't like... unless you count things that make noise (vacuum, blender, the ice maker on the fridge). Gotta think he's a pretty happy little guy!!
If we have any friends out there who haven't gotten this award yet, we'd be honored if you'd accept it and post your favorite 10 things on your blog!!

And finally...

I'm really embarrassed about this one, since I saved it in such a way that I can't remember who gave it to us!! If the thoughtful doggie who sent this our way can remind me, I'll properly thank you! Otherwise I'll just give a shout out to the award's originator, Cocorue (Love Being a Chihuahua blog), who is also one of our good furiends! She was also our dance partner once (don't tell Stella, it was before she & Brutus met...). Thanks, Coco, for being our pal and always having such nice things to say about Brutus!!


Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! A BIG Congrats to your victory.Looking forward to see the videos. Congrats to your awards. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Oreo said...

Congratulations Brutus on scoting so high, That is GREAT. You always do so well and you are quite the sporty and agility doggie. Way cool ribbon too!!

Hats off to ya

Oreo said...

I mean~~ scoring

Amber and Nala said...

WOOHOO! Congrats Brutus & Michelle! What a great day it sounds like you had! :) We are very proud of you.

Nala & Amber

Unknown said...

Woah! What a great weekend! Congrats Brutus! Sometimes a few days off can make all the difference!

Smushie Ranch said...

Congratulations Brutus and Michelle!

Of course I never have any doubt that you'll do great, because win or lose you get a blue ribbon in my book just for trying!


Kari in Alaska said...

congrats on the awesome trial and on the little man feeling better!

The WriggleButts said...

Congrats on all your awards! And a good trial weekend!


Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

Congrats on all the awards - blogger and agility!

We do love reading your blog - always curious to see what you and Brutus are up to :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Hey Brutus I am really glad your sickies are gone. You know... you have to be careful about letting your butt bark when you have the Hershey Hustle. I'm just sayin'.

Unknown said...

Brutus: Congratulations on your recovery and bum kicking! Way to go, my furiend. And many more... :)
Momma: Thank you for keeping us posted on Brutus' agility. I love how you are respectful of those who don't know much about it. You educate us, but you don't overwhelm us.

Lorenza said...

I am so happy to know you are feeling much better, Brutus!
Congratulations on your agility trials!
Glad to know you did it so well!
And congratulations on your awards too!
Kisses and hugs

dw said...

Congrats on a terrific agility weekend (oks, that's from mys mom because I's has no clue what the heck agility is)! And glads you's feeling better! Nice to meet you btw!

"I had you big time"

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Congrats on so many levels. Great agility weekend - way to go, Brutus and Mom. And all those awards - fantastic.

Hope you all have a great week.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

Nice to see Brutus is feeling better!


LOTS OF KHONGRATS fur all the awards and such!

Well done!


Dexter said...

Hey! No worries on that award. My idiot momma does the same thing. She saves awards and then forgets where they came from. Humph. Makes me look like a putz.


Sonic said...

When I start my agility classes this Saturday, I'm gonna be thinking of you and how awesome you look with all those blue ribbons!


Niamh said...

Wow Brutus! You are an agility star. We are glad that you felt well enough to burn up the agility courses.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Moose said...

Congrats all around! So glad you are feeling better and had a great trial. It sounds like you stopped to smell the roses on the A-frame... it is important to do that once in awhile ;-)

Stacy Walker said...

Congrats Brutus!

kissa-bull said...

many congratulations to you brutus
good job on your agility
you are quite talented and cute
the houston pittie pack

Cocorue said...

hey my dancing glad you're well and congrats on your agility trials....thank your mumster for explaining about agility as we've been enlightened by her,TQ

hee hee...we're the ones who gave you the 'showing some love' award and it's ok to forget as mumster has some awards that she has yet to post

AND now she's rereading previous posts to figure out WHO gave them to us, BOL....


Molly the Airedale said...

Congratulations, Brutus! We guess you are feeling better!
Congratulations on all of your awards! You are deserving of all of them!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

genji said...

Glad you're feeling better. You must be a natural born agility dog. Great work.

Achieve1dream said...

I'm so glad the Brute is feeling better and congrats on such a great agility weekend!! How exciting!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Brutus congratulations on all your awards especially in your competition. That is fantastic! Mom must be so proud of you. Over the weekend you better start building a trophy case..
Benny & Lily