Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pug Nationals - Day 5

The next morning we got up early. Really early. But that's OK, because the fun was about to begin.

First on the schedule was an obedience seminar. It was given by a really great dog trainer, Lori Droin, and lots of treats were involved.

We learned to find heel position, sit quickly, and watch mom. I'm pretty good at most of those, but I'm even better now. It was fun watching all the other pugs strut their stuff, and practice their obedience.

After we finished, we had lunch. And by "we", I mean mom. No "we" involved in lunch. Something about eating too many treats while practicing obedience.

Then, to my DELIGHT, we got to do agility! We had a world-famous trainer giving the seminar, and he was awesome. It was Jim Basic, agility legend, in the flesh. He was a great guy, and really seemed to enjoy teaching us to work on distance. That means we had to leave our moms and dads and do equipment far away.

That's me, waiting to run into the yellow tunnel. Look how far away it is.

Spectators watching Jim, watching Ashley and Stanley

Waiting in line to try the next exercise

Jim giving Denise and Emmy some tips

I'm pretty good at working away from mom alongside her, but when she stops and I'm supposed to keep going? Well, I pretty much suck at that. Mom says we just have to work on it a little, and we'll be good to go.

There was a crazy contest at the end of the seminar, that had to end in a tie. The 2 pugs involved would STILL be there, running, if a tie hadn't been called.

Jim officiating the competition

That night, after dinner, we walked around the hotel grounds, visiting a bit. Then mom left me to attend a reception for the humans. She finally got to drink some beer (none for me, sadly), then it was off to bed. Yup, tomorrow is the biggest day yet.

Day 6 tomorrow.....


  1. This is so interesting, and I would LOVE to see Pug Agility!

  2. Gracie, this all sounds sooo exciting! Can't wait for the next installment.

    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  3. I bet you were the star of the seminars, Gracie! Sorry you missed out on some tasty foodables though. Can't wait to read more!

  4. Go Gracie! You are an amazing agility pug. Keep up the good work my friend.

    Hi Arnie! I miss you! See you soon sweetie pie.