Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We Got it !!!! We got it !!!! The Ratitude !!!!!

Hi Everyone,

Dewey usually does the posts but he is resting up after a very tiring weekend and I am at the keyboard for a change.......

I guess my little boy child, Dewey, told you that we were really hoping for our own EarthDog tunnel. And what did we get? Nothing, but a new retaining wall. I was really bummed out over it all. I mean we were thinking we could practice our earthdog skills more often and even more important than that, “Get Those Rats!”

Sunday morning I was really down…I didn’t even want to get out of bed….I could hardly lift my head off the pillow….and when my Mom called me, I just rolled my eyes and looked sad and kept resting.
( if you click on any of the pictures, you can see a larger version)
Everyone got up for breakfast but me…..oh; I did come downstairs…but not all the way. I lay on the steps and sulked some more. I mean, I felt really bad…like my whole world just fell apart….oh woe is me….woe is me…..I know Dewey used that a while back but if it works well why can’t I use it again?
Now Mom and Dad never said we were going anywhere special but they got the car ready and put us all in. I love to go for a car ride no matter where we are going so I was excited just for that.

But we ended up at the WPA EarthDog Club’s practice field, Woodside, in Donegal, Pa again…….and I got excited. Now if you remember the last time, my little boy child left me standing in the dust because he went in the Junior EarthDog tunnel (at least halfway) and I wouldn’t go in at all. Oh, I wanted the rats OK but I think it was all the mud and the thought that Mom would be mad if I got dirty that kept me out.

Well, I was watching all the other dogs go in and I saw those rats in the cage again and I knew I had to try and try I did.

This is what earthdogs looks like after they get all muddy in the tunnel. And there was a bunch of mud there again this time. We both went in the Junior EarthDog tunnel this time all the way. I mean those rats were toast because we worked them and worked them good.

Here's me...doesn't that mud just look delicious?

And my little boy child Dewey...doesn't he look happy?

Mom and Dad didn’t get any other pictures there because they were busy working with us in the tunnels and the mud was everywhere. We had to ride home in the car all muddy and when we got home, Mom and Dad got out the pool to help us get some of the mud off.

I kind of liked the feel of that mud on my face and legs, but the pool is a lot of fun.

I just love the water and just love playing ball and that’s what we did. Here’s some tandem ball playing…just me and Dewey.
But of course, Dewey always has to be a ball hog and there he is in the pool showing off.

All in all it was a great day. We got some Ratitude, a dip in the pool and we played some ball. What more can you ask for? Life is good!!!!! And even though we didn't get our own tunnel, we got to practice earthdog anyway. And we are going back again next month and in August to practice again. The test is in August too and if we keep performing well, we will take the test. We are really getting excited thinking that we may actually be real earthdogs.

So, how was your day?

Asta Marie, WFT


Momo & Pinot said...

Asta Marie, We were worried that you really didn't look happy in the beggining. We even enlarged your picture to make sure if you were ok. BUT we are glad you had a good day after all!! :)

Pinot is here. I am glad to hear that I look like Rodolf Valentino!! Wow!! This is so cool and much better than being called "Buster (Keaton) even if he was a good & funny man"!! Actualy he is one of mom's favorite actors and she's seen many of his films. (mmmmmmmmmmm, how old is my mom??)

Momo & Pinot

Clover said...

Hi Asta! It was fun to read about your day - you guys always look like you're having a great time in the pool!
Love Clover xo

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Oh, you look so bored and tired at the first few photos but you sure had fun after that Asta Marie. Playing ball in the pool is the best. :)

~ Girl girl

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

First of all...too bad bout the retainin' wall...a tunnel woulda been way cooler and not so far as Donegal...we gotta admit that the wall is very attractive...they did a nice job even if they weren't terriers!

That pic of Dewey in the pool could be Scruffy...we have the SAME pool and Scruff lies in the SAME postion. Dewey's coat is darker and nice and his breath is probably better, but that's the only differences!!!

Babystan is in buckets of trouble...come and see...

Barkin' at ya handsome Dewey!!!


Agatha and Archie said...

OF COURSE YOU ARE AN EARTHDOG!!!!YOU ARE A WFT!!!!!!!Isn't it grand!! Isn't it wonderfull!!!!! You guys have a lot of trial out by you. We have to wait until August to pass the second time for Agatha to earn her JE(junior earthdog!!!!!) Ah we are so so so jealous!!!! Love A+A and you also got to go swimming!

Toffee said...

I am tired just reading about all of the fun that you both had! Congrats on BOTH of you getting into the tunnel - that IS some serious Rat-it-ude!

I wish I had a pool like you. We don't really have a yard to keep it, though.

This earthdog thing looks fun. Unfortunately, I cannot participate but I think we may see how Riley does in an intro to JE.


Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

That is some serious ratitude you have going there! The mud and the pool make a good combination. We would like to try that earthdog thing, but I think we're too big. We were bred to hunt otters and there sure aren't any of them around here. We have to settle for evil squirrels and chipmunks!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Asta said...

Asta Marie
Iknow how you felt in the mowning..I have days like that too, but WOW..youw day suwe tuwned awound...Watting, and mud bafs, and swimming and ball playing wif youw babyboy Dewey..Life suwe can't get much bettew thatn that
smoochie kisses

Maggie & Mitch said...

It looks like you had a darn good day to us!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...


Earthdogging sounds like fun. I love to get dirty so that would be right up my alley. Playing in the pool is so cool and refreshing. Glad to see you are having lots of fun.

Luna Licks

Oorvi said...

Hi Asta Marie,

I am happy to meet you! Your son is an extremely intelligent dog...I am sure you must be proud of him. In fact, I wait for his comments on my blog...they are so interesting and thoughtful!

Now, after reading your post I've realized that it runs in the family:)

The three of you had a lot of fun...keep it up! Retaining walls shouldn't stop Earthdogs!

Licks and Wags,

Noah the Airedale said...

Awww Asta Marie, your day looked like it was going to be crappy but it turned out just great. You and Dewey are in your element.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Abby said...

Hi, Asta Marie...

Wow...Earthdog Training, Getting Muddy, Swiming in the Pool, & Playing Ball all in one day...

Sounds like it was worth getting out of bed for...

Abby xxxooo

Jackson said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me; Mud and rats! Can't be beaten! J x

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Can you say "Best Day Ever!" I wanna tunnel after some rats! I am good cricket catcher/squasher! I think I'm ready to move on to the rats!

My day has not been the best day ever! I have to get a haircut! And again, I'm naked.


Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Eric said...

Earthdogs,how bloogging 'mazing are you two?!!Course you are earthdogs...both in the tunnel..that's pawsome pals, just pawsome. You get that cheeky little teaser? Practise giving him the terrier torture . . then teach it to me and Toby eh??!!!

Wags, Eric

Koobuss said...

WOW!!! How cool is that????? What a terrific day you had! It started out great, if you ask me. Sleeping in is always good. Then your day got even better! Earth dog practice, mud (I love mud. It's such a great beauty treatment.), swimming in your own pool, etc. It doesn't get much better than that, Asta Marie!

Congratulations and good luck in your earth dog endeavors. We don't have that around here, as far as I know.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,