The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!!

Okay, kidding, but for Duncan, maybe it is.  You see, Desmond, baby brother Desmond is now bigger than he is.  I’ve tried to get a good picture of them for a couple weeks, but was slightly suspicious due to Dunc positioning himself uphill of Des each time I got the camera out.  I’m on to your tricks, now Duncan!  There is no way Des will stand without bouncing, but at just under five months old, I think he’s now about 15″ tall.

It's only his ears! I'm still taller than Des, really!

Des is a typical teenager.  He slouches.  So it’s been difficult to actually see that he’s gotten taller.  To make things more confusing, for quite a while his back end has been taller than his front, so he looks like he’s perpetually going downhill.  I’ve noticed the front landing gear is starting to catch up lately, so he’s beginning to lose a little of that funny stance, but some is still in evidence.

Maybe the third picture of Des standing still, ever.

Being taller in the rear isn’t slowing Des down one bit.  It looks like his back wheels are perpetually trying to overtake the front.

For a gangly little guy, Des has always been impressively coordinated.  He can jump flatfooted from the floor to the dining room chair, the couch and my eyebrows.  I’d like to claim that he gets that from me, but unfortunately, I just lucked out.  His fuzzy mama was also impressively coordinated.

In the last few weeks, I’ve continued his foundation training with a few sends and some outs.  (Because I’m gonna need to be able to cut corners to keep up with fuzzy Mad Max).  We’re also working on shaping Cik/Cap, Sylvia Trkman’s method of training tight turns.  With Dunc, I depend on body language and good timing <cough, of course I have good timing, cough> to succeed with tight turns, but Des is hinting that he’ll have the ground speed that will demand earlier turning cues.  Here’s a short video of our recent work.  I just love that he’s already letting me run the other direction while I send him forward to that classic agility obstacle; the bucket.

I can fly! I don't need a magic feather!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Duncan and Desmond!  Just a few pictures of some very happy mini Aussies celebrating the holidays and New Year in their favorite ways!

Duncan doing what he does best.  Observed by two short noses in the background…doing what they do best.  Watching the Aussie antics and looking cute.

Duncan was very good this year, and Santa Paws brought him his very own dogwalk.  He tested it out, and his inner Wild Man emerged.  (He was dressed for the holidays, very festive, no?)

Des, not to be outdone, tried out his best bird imitation.  This baby has wings and loves to fly!

'Cause Des'es have springs!

I think there will be some freestyle disc-dog acrobatics in our future.  Because how do you teach your dog not to jump up on you?  Teach him how to jump, of course!

Happy New Year to everyone.  We hope that your 2012 is full of fun, friends and puppy kisses!