Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blogger And I Are Back ... More or Less!

First of all the real world impinged upon my cyber world a couple of weeks ago with some events that made me very stressed, tense and emotionally drained.  I wasn't in a fit state mentally to blog or even do any training with Beryl ... so I just didn't.  Once that was sorted I was plunged into full on work which left me physically and mentally exhausted.  And then Blogger has such a hissy fit that I couldn't even see some blogs, let alone comment except on Wordpress blogs.  Even now the videos on my blog aren't visible to me, just a black square where they used to be.  Hopefully they'll reappear.  I think the Blogger people are having some R&R over the weekend before getting everyone back to normal.  I hope so anyway.

There hasn't been much time to do doggy things recently but yesterday morning a contingent of 4 Greyhounds took part in a local pet parade.  We were a hit with the kids and everyone took home a load of stash, which was totally unexpected.  There were only 8 dogs there all told and Beryl was the only one not in fancy dress of some sort as I couldn't think of anything she could go as!  Imagination isn't my strong suit:)  I took my camera but didn't get much opportunity to take many photos and those I did take aren't good but here are a few.

Foster dog, the very handsome Hugo, went as a bumble bee:)
Lucy was Minnie Mouse and found it all very tiring:)
Hugo and Beryl - Beryl went as a pretty Greyhound!
Beryl enjoying a pat
Miss Mischief, Dotty, aka the Ninja Turtle.  She was into everything:)  She's a 7 1/2 year old puppy!
Our training for Honey's DWTDS competition is somewhat sporadic but we're managing a bit most days now and hopefully Beryl will be able to 'march' a few steps at least, in a week or so.  I'm also working on a couple of easier things but have no idea of how I'm going to put everything together yet, lol!  With only 4 weeks to go I'm kind of hoping for camera failure!  But hey, it's all about having fun and bonding, not winning, and we're doing that just fine:)  I'm learning how Beryl likes to be trained, lots of noise and praise and TREATS!!  When I'm beginning to teach her something I'm quiet and give her time to mull things over and go back to something she knows and likes to do.  Once she's got the basic idea she seems to need to be revved up a bit to get her to try more things and when she's wrong I just ignore it.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Seeya:)


gyeong said...

Hate it when real life impinges upon my doggie and blogging world. Hopefully Blogger can restore everything soon. Now I appreciate keeping an offline copy in MacJournal. WordPress starting to look good? I have noticed it's sometimes hard to get photos when you're holding a dog (or 5), and caught up in an event.

gyeong said...

Oh, and really like the 'adopt a greyhound as cute as me'. Beryl really pulls it off. Gonna gave to using that slogan here in the States.

Sue said...

Glad you are back with us. Hope life has settled for you now.

I had problems with Blogger as well. Still got some comments missing on my blog.

K-Koira said...

Good luck with the training too. I just started thinking about doing it with Pallo, but this late in the game I think I'll have to go mostly with tricks he already knows instead of teaching a bunch of new things for it.

Did you choose your music yet?

houndstooth said...

I'm glad to see you, Beryl and Frankie back! :)

I think everyone must feel that way about the dancing competition! At least from the comments I've seen about it on other blogs. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

I love the costumes! If you ever need an easy one, we once took Hawk with a stuffed bunny riding on his back, attached to a racing silk. It's pretty easy to do and doesn't require a lot of work! ;)

Karen Friesecke said...

I wondered where you had disappeared to. Well, welcome back!! It looks like Lucy was hard at work that day :D

georgia little pea said...

i hope your real world issues have settled down. missed you, though i must admit i only checked in to blogpark twice last week.

blogger has been a MIghty Pain and still is. i keep seeing the error message at the bottom, like right now, for example. some of my comments on other blogger blogs disappeared. part of MY post disappeared too :(


hope this week is good for you. Big hug xox

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aw...what lovely pictures!! Love the message on Beryl's coat - hope some people took it to heart! :-)

And am delighted to hear that you're doing daily dance rehearsals - hee! hee! You know, I really you think you have the BEST attitude about things - like the way you're approaching this contest - it really is all about bonding & having fun - and I think you guys are just awesome!! :-) Can't wait to see more vidoes! I hope you're getting a bit more footage of your practice sessions as I'd love to make any compilation of our dance teams!


rottrover said...

Welcome back. Hope life has settled down a bit :-)

jet said...

Yay! Welcome back. Blogger is annoying everyone at the moment I think. Mine hasn't been that bad except for going into 'read only' mode just when I went to press 'post'!

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