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Last post of the getting caught up topics.

Had to get out and enjoy the 60 degree weather! Still can’t believe I’m out in late January in a T-shirt and it is supposed to be warmer tomorrow! Love it!! For these shots, I put the dogs on a stay, tossed 2 toys to my right, then gave them the release cue. It is mostly cloudy today, so the camera struggled with the fast action in kind of low light, and I struggled to keep them in frame so I ended up zooming out and then cropping. And I think I had the setting wrong because the camera has definitely taken better action shots than this! So the quality sucks. But I’m happy I got these.


10 mo. old


Went for a drive to get some photos today. This week’s photo challenge was “Negative Space” but I got other photos as well.

This was the photo I chose as this week’s selection.



This was just a bench, not a piece of art. But adding Voodoo makes it art πŸ™‚


He was looking at a treat on the floor, but I thought the “sad dog” look added to the artsy feeling of the photo:


This was my second choice for this week’s submission


In addition to the art museum, I went to the convention center. Found this empty seminar room and got permission for him to get on a chair. He looks like such a big boy in this photo!


This pig is the only thing he has taken issue with so far! He froze in the doorway and stared at it for a long time, long enough for me to get this photo, then started to back up. So I walked into the room and encouraged him.Β  He hugged the wall till we were on the back side, then he crept up and snuck a sniff.


Once he sniffed it, he shook off the stress it caused, wagged his tail and was fine with it.


While the pig spooked him, he didn’t even look twice at this thing!Β  Even walked right in front of it and gave it a sniff when I pointed to it. It was also in the art museum and we went past it after he encountered the pig.


Week 5 Photo Challenge– symmetry

This was taken in front of the oldest Baptist church in Indiana still in it’s original location. It is an interesting building and the openings for the guns used against Indians can still be seen from the outside (plastered over on the inside). The church remains open to the public and you can go upstairs to look down on the pulpit area that is just behind the fire pit that was used to keep everyone warm. Lots of history and stories surround this place, including some that it’s haunted by a girl that committed suicide by “jumping off the cliff into the river” that is behind it. But given that it is more of a really steep hill (that ends in a small creek) than a “cliff” makes me doubt that story πŸ™‚

I had to have him sit on a mat because he wasn’t too keen on staying for more than a few seconds with his boy parts on a freezing temperature rock. πŸ™‚


“Me digging?Β  No, must be someone else that looks like me”


Voodoo did a great job at the CWAGS obedience trial tonight! His first run, I think he spent the first half of it wondering why I was asking him to do obedience and when we were going to start doing nosework, since that is all we have done at this location previously. πŸ™‚ But he held it together and was very happy throughout the 4 min. run. He earned a 95 and 3rd place for his first run.

For his second run, he earned a 99 and 1st place! He was a bit more settled on the second run (not as much bouncing) πŸ™‚

CWAGS allows treats to be given after each “exercise finished” so it is a great way to get young and inexperienced dogs some ring time experience at the various levels.

We hope to finish his level 1 obedience title at the CWAGS National at the end of April.

First Run:

Second Run:


Week 6 Photo Challenge– Make a mess

Voodoo loved this photo challenge πŸ™‚ I used wrapping paper to add color. I wish I had more variety to choose from, but apparently all my wrapping paper is mostly red! LOL I tried to get some action shots of him ripping the paper, but they mostly came out blurry or too dark. Also got a shot of him in this pose holding a piece of the paper, but liked his grin in this one better.


He’s starting to fill out a bit:


He had his feet together more than usual, but his chest is filling out too.


Week 7 Photo Challenge– There was some confusion on what the topic of the week is supposed to be. The two topics given are: Why I love my dog and a photo taken for a specific location. It turned out that my choice for the “why I love my dog” photo also fit with the location theme that I saw after I had picked what I wanted to do.

I took this photo of Voodoo to match up with the photo I used for the background. I had to get the angles and lighting correct (which wasn’t easy on a sunny day!) so that I could EDIT him into this scene. Don’t worry, no way I’d really be up there!

I chose this scene because I love how bold and fearless he is! I could totally see him being willing to go out on boards like this (not that I would let him!) He is always ready to do or try anything. He makes teaching him enjoyable and easy. He learns new things incredibly fast and retains the behaviors easily. He is always eager and ready to pick up anything I drop and hand it to me (which really helps reduce my pain levels) and he is great at cuddling and bed warming. I also love how excited he is each morning when he realizes I’m awake. πŸ™‚

I’m not 100% happy with this editing but not sure how to make him look less like an add-on to the scene. It is something with his feet, but I can’t figure it out.


I took advantage of the amazing 70 degree weather and did Voodoo’s very first jump training session. This is based on a Susan Salo method of teaching a dog to jump properly and how to adjust his stride as needed and eventually how to jump and turn. This is the entire first 5 min. session from start to finish. Then I had him do just a couple more jumps to get the photo at the end for this week’s photo challenge of “movement”.

Week 8 Photo Challenge– Capture Movement


About dazzlesmom

Dog Mom, Reward-based Dog Trainer, Former Police Officer, Author, Speaker, Martial Artist, Traveler, Instructor.

2 responses »

  1. That’s so funny about the pig! One of my neighbors installed a very similar pig in his front yard (what an aggressive posture!) and my soft boy wouldn’t walk past it, even though the sidewalk is 6 feet away. The next day, he did a visible double-take that apparently said, “that thing is fake!” He’s ignored it ever since.

    I love your photo challenge submissions! Thanks for sharing.



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