Monday, February 22, 2010

Non-Sporting? I think not....


Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Brutus & I were agility trial-ing all day Saturday & Sunday, so it was a fun & tiring weekend for both us! I'll keep our post for today short, so we can get caught up on everyone else's blogs.

Here are some new action shots of Brutus doing his thing. These were taken by a professional photographer during one of our January trials. Although they took FOREVER to arrive, I hope you will agree they were worth the wait! I think they are the best moments that have been captured of Brutus so far. Here are a few of my favorites:


Room to spare over the double. In case you are wondering Brutus jumps at the 12" height.


Weave poles. The expression on his face makes this shot!


Talk about extension! He must have been flying on this one, took of at least 3 feet before the jump...


... and still clears it with plenty of room to spare!!


I love how nicely tucked Brutus is here! He had to make a sharp left after the tire, and you actually can see him looking where he needs to go!!


For a "non-sporting" dog, I'd say those are some pretty athletic poses. Maybe the AKC needs to rethink which group Frenchies belong in...

In his finer moments, Brutus can really rock an agility course. Now we just need to have those kind of moments more often! Not to mention a few less blonde moments from the handler!! We are definitely making progress, and having a blast in the process. Although I have to say, it took me a second to decide how to take it when the judge came up to me after a run this weekend and said "I love your dog! He is so cute & makes me laugh when he jumps!" Maybe not the most lofty praise ever given to an agility dog, but I'll take it as a compliment!

23 comments:

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

He makes us laugh too and we mean that in a good way.

XOXO
The Rocky Creek Gang

agent99 said...

He is so darn CUTE! All the pics are great - but the final one thru the ring shows the most adorable expression. I think youmight need to adjust the blog title, because he is Brutus, the FLYING Franchie.

Love
Gen & the Foo

Jazzi said...

OH, I think Brutus looks soo darn cute and in a fanstastic way. The looks on his face are priceless and they crack me up!! I just love the going through the hoop picture and you have to be beaming with pride from ear to ear. Sure is much better than any old scary Monster truck, although I wouldnt want to meet up with Brutus in a agility mood,

Giggles and all smiles here
Jazzi

Kari in WeHo said...

The weave pole shot is the best! Just look at the awesome face :)

Frankie Furter said...

Brutus, do you have a rocket in your butt???? Wowie!! YOU CAN REALLY F L Y !!
Hey Buddy, I'm thinkin' that since your mom is a teefs doctor, you could offer us some advice... regular like!!
Like... a different teefs brush for EVERY dawg. No sharing those thingys.
And... like how to get us to LOVE being brushed. My mom's furend taught her Lab to like it by... taking turns dipping his brush in a little bit of peanutbutter, next in Cheese Whiz, and sometimes in gravy!! He got so he would BEG to get his teefs brushed... even when his mom switched over to dawgie teefspaste.
Do you think your mom would take that ADVICE THINGY on as a once or twice a month postie thingy???

Mango said...

Those are the most fantastic photos of your small self flying through the air. Just add a cape, please, and you are super dog!

Slobbers,
Mango

Benny and Lily said...

Brutus you are awesome!!! Look at those jumps and moves you have. We adore your expressions! You rock!
Benny & Lily

Tobi said...

Wow!! Look at Brutus fly!

The OP Pack said...

Hey, laughter is the best medicine, so take it as a great compliment. Those photos are really awesome - so very well done.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder,and Ciara

Aniemother said...

Great pix! We think the whole non-sporting concept is really weird. Wonder if anyone else than the AKC uses the term? In the KC they're in Utility (now that sounds better, huh?) And here they're in the companion dog group, like pugs. I think both KC and AKC have the term "toy" which I don't much appreciate either. ;)

Bajas (sporty and no toy! ;))

dw said...

Those are fantastic pics of Brutus!! Oh my but he looks so athletic! I watched your videos on Facebook and was trying to post to Brutus that his mom sure is good at that agility stuff! (It didn't seem to want to post today)

Dog Foster Mom said...

He is adorable - I just want to hug him! (sorry Brutus). Great photos too!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What fantastic action shots,Brutus! Way to go!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Stacy/Brutus/Miley said...

Those are fantastic shots. He looks so happy! Congrats!

Samantha said...

Well, since you are now in the Olymics AND have these super cute agility shots, I would say you are definetely not a 'non-sporting' dog!!

Dory and the Mama said...

Super Brutus, you fly really good!

Smileys!
Dory

PeeEss...Mama says that the photographer that took those pics is AWESOME!!!

Pee EssEss...We got Flat Stanley today!!!

Twinkietinydog said...

Dear Brutus, your photos are amazing and your athleticism is obvious. You are an agility star and you're gonna get even better.
Now, I have a simple question to ask: did you bribe Huffle to post your photo before mine? BOL
Twink!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Those are great shots! He definitely looks like Hover Dog!

Two Country Poodles said...

Wow those are some impressive shots. We especially liked the one in the weave poles...Priceless! Keep up the good work.


Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

MAX said...

Hey there Brutus (and Mom)!
Those shots are absolutely FANTASTIC! WOW! You are making awesome progress...we are SOOOOO impressed!!! Man, I feel elevated merely knowing you! Congratulations buddy...you are the best! Congratulations Mom too..you must be pretty good too!
Lotsalicks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA

Yoda & Brutus said...

What great action shots! Love the expressions on his face in some of those pics!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Wow Michelle, those are awesome pictures of Brutus! It's unbelievable he's jumping over 12" with room to spare. Ummm, just so ya know, Ms. Stella has been exercising and lost 1/2 a pound to get in shape for when she sees her lover boy... lol!

Yeah, Brutus shouldn't be lumped in with the 'non-sporting' dogs. :)

Shannon

Oskar said...

Brutus needs a cape cause he looks like Super-Brutus!