Saturday, October 2, 2010

Billie has a home!!!

Billie went to her new home today! Her new owner, Adam, might take over this blog to keep up to date on Billie's settling in and her new life. She loved him and although she was a bit unhappy about getting in ANOTHER vehicle, she was more than willing to go home with them!
Thanks Adam, and enjoy her! She's a great dog!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Billie gets some REAL pictures!


Billie and I went to the park for her photo op today. She was great, and had lots of 'firsts'. We found a fenced tennis court at the park (technically no dogs.. shhh) so I let her run off leash in there for a few minutes before the photos. She came back to me every time I called, however, concrete tennis courts are awfully boring from a prey
perspective, so I don't think it would carry over too well to open green space. I wish I had access to fenced in natural areas other than the offleash dog parks where she could run regularly. Oh well, she does pretty well on the long line.

We didn't know that saturday morning at this park, there is a children's soccer league that meets there to play! After the photos, we rounded up some well-behaved children to greet her and she was fantastic. A lady then approached with an infant and asked to pet Billie. I explained she was friendly, but hadn't met a child that age that I knew of. The lady was very respectful and allowed Billie to approach her and her child. Billie then laid down to greet the baby! It was such a picture perfect pittie-meets-baby moment, and she was so gentle! She was such a star.

She still gets quite car sick. The nice thing is that as soon as I get her out, she shakes it off and is her usual self within a few seconds.

I think that about covers our morning adventure. She's such a good girl, everyone loves her! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Billie, Billie, Billie

I've been encouraging Billie to spend time in the yard alone. I wanted to see what she'd get up to, and to give her some time to explore on her own. She's done very well! She found a water bottle (no idea how it ended up there!) and was crunching on it. Small note: Her recall training while on the long line in the big yard has NOT IN THE LEAST carried over to "when in the small yard, off the line, with something I really want!" Sigh. :)
She is eating exclusively out of her kibble nibble now, and loves it. She seems to drink alot of water, but I think it's the kibble. I'm not used to dogs who drink much water.
She still gets tired quite quickly when outside playing, and has quite the snort/snore, but it doesn't seem to bother her. Her endurance has increased alot since she arrived, though.
The bald spot on her head is almost completely normal now. She scraped her head under my bed a while back, and that is also healed up, though she still has some fur-regrowth to do there. She needs a nail trim, hopefully I can do that this week.
I've been playing with photoshop since there is a photographer author on DogRead this month. Here's my latest "creation." click to enlarge.
From Billie

Also, lots more photos always at her picasa site. Just click the photo!

Monday, September 13, 2010


The camera and i spent half an hour outside with Billie. she's such a hilarious girl.
more at her picasa album

Saturday, September 11, 2010


It's official, Billie is up for adoption at Bully Buddies! Spread the link around, get the word out!!
In other news, she tracked a bunch of quail into the wrong brush pile and they all flew away and she was none the wiser. Poor girlie! :)
Her life has been pretty unexciting the past couple days. Archie's been taking up most of my time with his leg issue, so she's been going for walks, playing, but not much training. She is starting to get the hang of the row of jumps, and it makes it much faster to tire her out!
She's eating everything I give her now, out of a kibble nibble. Finally. Silly girl. I love having dogs who can work for their food, it gives them so much more to do/think about than just stuffing her nose in a bowl.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Agility all in a row!!

She's getting it!! Billie was doing so well driving down the line of 3 jumps that I increased the height of the middle jump just a bit. Well.. She didn't think that was possible!
I lured her over it once, and now she's fine with it again. She's getting into better shape :)
We've been doing some two-frisbee drop games. I think she's getting it, and her Give during agility practice was better, so it's sinking in somewhere.
For her clicker work, I tried today before exercising her. She was a totally different dog. Way more interested in moving around, but also way more interested in starting trouble with archie (crated) etc. She's got touch almost 100% of the time now, even moving a couple steps. Her sit is a default, which is nice, and her down is still not great. I find it hard to practice with her, cause once she's in "Down" mode, she won't get up again!
Her Zen is coming along nicely and I've started on eye contact.. Once she gets the idea, I can get 10 or 15 glances in a row, which is pretty good!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Oh yeah, a new picture!

I nearly forgot! Tara made this pretty picture of Billie. I'm not sure how well the slogan suits her lifestyle, but it sure suits her emotions! She loves everyone!