Monday, April 26, 2010

Brutus' Take on Agility

Hey everybody, Brutus here! Mom is so pathetically behind on blogging I thought I'd better take over before you all gave up on us. So she worked on a lot of teeth last week - big, hairy deal! We have obligations you know!!

Anyhoo, as you may remember, Mom carted me off to an agility trial (
or as Dad calls it "chasing around her goblin") this past weekend. Mom justified it by saying something about "making up for time I had to spend in my crate..."

Seriously? By making me do circus tricks?? Hmm, we'll see about that!

Don't get me wrong, I love agility. But the parts I love most are those moments between the obstacles that are just chock-full of potential for a Frenchie to create embarrassment for their human teammate truly shine.

For instance, take this fine moment. It's me and mom having a little discussion about who's going to be the one to go over this jump. I told her it was her turn. As you can see, she is a little perplexed by my suggestion....

Then there's my favorite: ZOOMIES!! I took full advantage of numerous opportunities when mom took her eyes of me for a split second. My motto this weekend was "I only run fast in all the wrong directions!!" Sorry the photo is a bit blurry (I was running so fast no film speed could capture it), but you can still tell the by the look of utter joy on my face that I just LOVE this part of agility!!

After all, what sort of a competitor would I be if I didn't take to opportunity to go over (at full speed) to introduce myself to the judge?? If you look real close, you can actually see me sticking out my tongue at mom! The judge and the ring crew all thought this was pretty funny, not so sure that mom did...

Here's something I experienced for the first time this weekend - being carried off the course by mom. I guess if you screw around out there for long enough, you get a free ride back to your crate. Just think of all the effort that saved me! Not only did it significantly reduce the distance I had to run, but also relieved me the chore of having to do those all those weaves, A-frame, and tunnels you see behind us!! Mom is smiling this time, so it must have made her happy (she was mumbling something about "having to laugh so she didn't cry" whatever that means).

Here I am at the end of a run (another favorite moment of the course for me), being loved on by mom. She's not allowed to touch me during the run (great rule, as it totally works to my advantage), but me getting on the table is what ends the run in this game, so here it's OK. Guess I'm lucky that no matter what I do out there, she still loves me!

In case you'd like to see it all in living color, I complied a little video montage of my favorite moments (the still frames above came from that video). Thanks as usual to my mom's look-alike Courtney (she even fools me sometimes) for documenting all these fabulous moments.

In all fairness to mom, I do feel a little guilty sometimes. So to do her justice, here's a video of me pretty much behaving during one of our runs this weekend (we Q'd). For those of you without high-speed internet, you'll just have to take my word for it!

Mom promises to be extra nice to me this week, in return for which I'm considering behaving for our AKC agility debut on Friday.  Already got me some FrostyPaws, but there better be lots more where that came from. It's awfully tempting to steal the show at a new venue, you know!!

Oh, and one more request, mom:  my own directors' chair.  No more crate time for this Frenchie.  Star treatment from here on out, or all you get out there are zoomies, understand?  Hehehe.

Ok, all kidding aside..  At least I get to hang out with mom all day.  Maybe I should take it a little easier on her, what do you think??


Sally Ann and Andy said...

Hey, I did the same thing at my earth dog trail. Aren't zoomies fun? I said hello to my judge also.
Sally Ann

Moose said...

I love your zoomies face! You are a black blur, with the whites of your eyes showing and legs akimbo... great form! Glad you had fun out there and I, for one, found it very entertaining!

houndstooth said...

Hee hee hee! Brutus, I think you had way more fun that your mom this time! We enjoyed watching it immensely. Sometimes you have to remind them about why they love it when you're so great!


Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Brutus..Isn't fun misbehaving sometimes...BOL..poor mom
Benny & Lily

Smushie Ranch said...

Brutus my love. How does your mom expect you to concentrate on agility when we have a wedding to plan?! What's wrong with her? I think it's totally understandable that your little goblin brain would be somewhere else. BOL!


Sonic said...

Zoomie zoomie zoomie zoomies!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I think that was one of the funniest Dawg Jokes ever!! hehehe!!!

Kari in Alaska said...

if she doesn't work on teeth, you dont get to eat!

Pat Wahler said...

It's great how you show who's in charge on the agility course!


Anonymous said...

I think this is a very much good system you have going here, Brutus. I've heard mom mention maybe someday enrolling me in agilities but I never realized how much fun it would be til I read this! Especially the part about making mom go over the jump. Now I can hardly waits!

Oh! And congrats on your Q. I guess mom didn't Q, huh? Oh well...maybe next time.

Wiggles & Wags,

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

HAHAHAHA!!!! That is TOO FUNNY! Of course, Mom has pretty much no control over me or Abby, so agilities are totally out of the question for us - you look completely well behaved compared to us!

*kissey face*

The WriggleButts said...

Hahahahahaha... We laughed so hard at you just standing quietly in front of the jump. Well done on your Q though! ;) I'm sure all the hoomans there (with the possible exeption of your mom) thought it was great that you gave them some extra entertainment!


Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

LOL!!! We laughed alot at you just standing at that jump :) and my goodness, all the zoomies!!

Great video on your run that you Q'd too!! Love watching you do agility :D

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We love seeing all of the fun you have!! Makes Mom wish she could get Piper in agilities. He would love it.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Tucker said...

zoomies make everything better. Maybe your Mom should try doing them and then she would understand.

woof - Tucker

Wilma said...

Wow Brutus,
You are quite talented the way you get your Mom to run around like that. I think she deserves a treat!

kissa-bull said...

we'll be sending all our pibble good luck vibes your way for you debut. we just know you'll behave there right?? we loved all your zoomies by the way but lets try to keep them in the backyard for your poor mommish

pibble wiggles
the pittie pack

The Oceanside Animals said...

Go, Brutus, go!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

If you can make your Mama as happy as she was in that second video Brutus...I say you should do your best!!


Anonymous said...

You sure had fun Brutus!Yeah, u are right. Mummy n daddy loves us forever, irrespective of what we do or don't.
Best of luck for ur AKC event

Wags, Ginger n Buddy

Dexter said...

Hey! Love your restyling of the whole agility sport. I mean zoomies are hard and judges are scary so yuh, that should count.

I think a day having fun with mom is what counts. She still likes you a little, right?


Anonymous said...

Your mom isn't the only one pathetically behind :) I looove the top photo. Good luck with your AKC debut, my furiend.


Hi Brutus,

Wow! You did grrreat as usual! And we know your pawrents are sooo proud of their little guy. Keep up the good work! We're proud of you too!

Riley and Star.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Ha Ha - we loved this post, Brutus. You sure had fun with Mom this time:) Good to let loose once in a while and get some good zoomies in. And yes, that director's chair so suits you.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Molly the Airedale said...

We all have a stubborn streak once in awhile, Brutus! You gotta keep your mom on her toes, right?!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Oskar said...

Brutus, you surely showed your mom who's in charge, lol!