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Visit to Newport Aquarium

Went to the Newport Aquarium today for the first time. They have a lot of interesting creatures and displays. Not sure I can say it’s worth full price admission though, so I’m glad I took advantage of the holiday special to save $8!

This huge tree was in the mall area we had to go through to get to the aquarium.


He liked these falling bubbles, but I didn’t let him eat too many of them 🙂 Surprisingly, none of the kids mobbed him!


Living dangerously (or going for the treat I put in there) 🙂


This gator is HUGE! 15+ feet long! Because Voodoo is sitting closer to the camera, it makes the gator look smaller. But a toddler would be an single gulp snack for this guy!


I had a hard time getting a photo here without a bunch of kids climbing on all the frogs.


Posing with the penguins


Voodoo’s favorite was the otter. It was the only creature he took interest in and the otter was interested in him too!  It is in the water looking at him in this photo.


And it came up and looked right at Voodoo!  But he wanted to bark at it, so I got him out of there.


Video of Voodoo and the otter:

Also saw these strange creatures called “upside down jelly fish”:


First Santa visit

Voodoo’s first visit with Santa! We went to Bass Pro Shops this evening and found that the line was about an hour long, but since we were there I decided to wait. If you look at the crowd photo, the arrow is pointing to a barely visible candy cane WAY in the distance where the turn to Santa was located.

Shortly after settling in to wait, Voodoo gave up on being patient and he got Dazzle to play. I was afraid their rough housing would get out of hand and wipe out one of the small children running all over so I put Voodoo in the cart to help him settle and he did really great there! He was able to greet (& kiss) the staff and kids and others passing by, without jumping on them and it kept him off his brother 🙂 Dazzle was a pro and was mostly standing patiently by my side, but he went to get attention from the folks saying hi to Voodoo.

It was pretty rushed once we got to the very tired Santa so I didn’t have much time to get them positioned, leashes off and then get myself positioned to get some cell phone shots. But Santa was very nice and we chatted about how his “smiler” was sore and how his “smile” didn’t relax off his face till around mid-January. Bass Pro provides a free printed photo and tonight they were giving away free frames too!

Very proud of how well both dogs did with the chaos of the kids running all over and screeching and a few crying and the bright flashes of the strobe lights for the camera and sounds/motion of the remote control toys for kids to play with and the animatronic elf and reindeer and all the other things that might normally stress a dog. They just took it all in stride.


Arrow showing the turn, WAY in the distance12-13-16-2-lines-for-santa

Waiting patiently in line12-13-16-3-waiting-patiently-sm

Still waiting…12-13-16-4-just-chillin-sm

Almost to Santa! 12-13-16-5-almost-to-santa-sm

Free printed photo and frame from Bass Pro Shops12-13-16-free-photo-and-frame

First snow!

Voodoo’s first snow! When he first looked out the sliding glass door, his hackles went up and he started barking very menacingly. He was surprised that the yard had changed in appearance so dramatically. Unfortunately I didn’t have the camera ready yet, so I missed that reaction.

In spite of his initial uncertainty, he had no problem going out to investigate it. Final verdict seems to be that he loves it as much as Dazzle does!


First nosework Q

Voodoo tried his paw at CWAGS nose work on Wednesday night and got his first Q! He got the Q in the second trial. On the first trial, almost no one got it, even experienced dogs working on their ACE title that rarely NQ. So I’m not surprised he didn’t get that one.

We definitely have to work on his indication, because I think he found it in the first 4 sec. but he didn’t stay with it and then he got frustrated because he knew he found it but I didn’t read him correctly. And I was a bit shy in calling the find after the first NQ.


Since the trial on Wednesday, I have been down and out with a cold. Pretty sure I picked up the bug last weekend when a few people at the barn hunt trial were sick. I’m starting to feel a bit more human now though, thankfully.

The boys aren’t used to the inactive routine, but have been pretty good about chilling out when I ask them to do so. But now that it’s been 4 days, it’s getting harder and harder for them. This photo was taken on day 1.


Barn Hunt Master title!

He is 8 months and 1 week old!

He only had 3 NQ between Instinct and Master (2 in Nov. that were my fault and 1 in Master). That in itself is an amazing accomplishment!

But to go from Instinct to Master title in just under 2 months (between 10-9-16 and 12-4-16) is very rare for any dog, but at his age, it’s mind boggling!I am constantly blown away by the abilities of this puppy!

Video of his last 3 Master runs for his title!