Upgraded Agility Weave Poles

BarbarellaDo y’all remember when Mini said we were currently working on upgrading the weave poles to our homemade agility course? (back in Mini’s post: Spring?). Well…they’re done.



Old weave poles.

Homemade weave poles

New and improved weave poles.

Here’s how we made them. First we went through our woods to find 6 straight sticks (2 foot long each), then we started carving spikes on the ends (to make them go in the ground easier) and then we put duck tape on them (10 in. up from the bottom).


Homemade agility course

Our agility course is looking…wait what!?… how did that chicken get there? (she’s not supposed to be in this picture)!  Oh well, as I was saying, our agility course is looking a lot better.

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I don’t do the weave poles prefect every time (Mini does them pretty good) so Amanda and I have been working on getting better (Like in this video).


I know the jumps and tunnel, those are my favorite. Amanda gets these pictures of me with my crazy ears while I’m jumping, I don’t mean to look like this :)

Dachshund jummping funny

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And we always do a high five (or a high ten) to end our training.


Next we’re going to work on the seesaw.


More Treats For Learning

Mini:We were running low on chicken cookies so I made sure I got some more when shopping day came.


Castor & Pollux chicken cookies

Barbarella was off in lala land when we were posing for pictures.

Barbarella was off in la-la land when we were posing for pictures.

There was no way I wasn’t going to get them. I am just too cute to resist.

Cute dachshund Mini


We couldn’t wait to get some treats, so the second the bag was within reach we tipped it over and voila, treats!!

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Barbarella just stood there and ate as many as she could. I stuffed four in my mouth and carried them off behind the bag so nobody could swipe them.



When nobody was looking I tipped the bag over again to get a couple more (come to think of it, how did Jess get this picture?).


Barbarella was like: “What? The photo shoot is over? I wasn’t done eating all the treats.”


We always have at least one bag of treats on hand. Jess almost always has some treats in her back pocket for me everywhere we go. Sometimes she forgets to restock her pocket though (shame on her).

This is the kind of treat bag I like.


This is the kind of treats bag I don’t like.


It’s great to always have some treats in your pocket so you can reward your dog for every good thing he/she does. Recently Jess has been working on teaching me to sit every time she says to. I know how to sit, but I don’t always do it right away when I’m told to and that is what Jess is working on. When I’m outside walking or just roaming around, Jess will all of a sudden say “Mini sit”, if I sit fast enough I will get a treat.

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That Time: It Flooded

MiniToday we are starting a new type of post called “That Time”.  Any post title that starts out with “That Time”, means that it is something that happened before we started our blog, or it’s something that happened a while back and we never got around to posting it.


After a couple days of rain, we finally got a nice dry day, so we went on a walk to see if the creeks had filled up.  We were following the horse trail to the creek like we always do, only to find out that our way was flooded!


We looked in all directions for a new way across.


To the left was the only way.


Oh yeah, Penny and Duke came with us.  It was originally just going to be Barbarella and me, so we only brought 2 leashes.  I had to give my leash to Penny and Duke, since I am the most trusted off leash.


I love being off leash anyway (being a good girl pays off).  The only reason I had my leash was because we were farther away from the house than usual, and I was practicing walking on a leash with my new harness.



There were other paths that were flooded on the way to the creek, but not as much as the one we usually take.


This is the creek.  It was fuller than we thought it was going to be, it was filled to the top.


I was the first to wade through the creek (in a very shallow part where the path was supposed to be).  Barbarella came along right beside me.




BarbarellaI love Spring and all but there is one thing I don’t like about it, snakes! Out here in the country there are snakes, so we have to be on the look out for them.

This time we saw a rat snake.


Mini was the first to spot it, then I did.



We were wondering what it was at first, then Amanda and Jess told us that it was a snake and that we should stay away from them, but being a dachshund makes that a little hard to do.


After staying there for a little bit, the snake moved and started going up a tree.


But then it fell down, went through the fence and started going up another tree. After that we left it alone.


Mini and I went over to the fence so we could check out the snake’s scent.


So far we have seen three rat snakes and one copperhead. If you don’t know which are poisonous and which are not, I’ll tell you. The copperheads are poisonous but rat snakes are non-poisonous. We probably have more types of snakes out here that we don’t know of yet, but I hope we don’t see any more.