Tibby and I had a fun day today. Plus we won a contest! And we were interviewed for TV.
We went to a walk for animals and entered the Owner/Dog look a like contest. I never, ever thought we would win, even though I think I look like Tibby. We never win contests! Yes, I am proud to look like a dog - a cute dog like Tibby! It was pouring rain. So not a great day weather wise. Tibby was so good the entire time. There were 100's of dogs everywhere. She didn't lunge or pull or even bark. She sniffed a few rear ends, but that was about it. The funniest part was when I turned around and found her trying to sniff a Great Dane's butt. It was so funny! She was too short - I wish I had a picture of it. Too funny. Tibby also rode on a bus - twice, but that adventure will be in a different post.
This is what we won. Lots of stuff and $55 in gift cards!
So yeah, today we went to our first agility trial - ever. Just to watch, of course. It was interesting. Lots of standing around and waiting. The people were nice. I had like 10+ people come up to me and talk. Or they just said what kind of dog is that? or cute dog. It was nice. I don't like going up to people that I don't know, so it was really nice that they said 'Hi'. Yes, I am shy.
One guy asked if Tibby was a Cavalier King Charles. There was a Cavalier running in the trial - it was like 1/4 Tibby's size. I thought that was funny.
At one point 2 women were telling me that 4-H has a great agility program that I should check out. ??? I'm way too old for 4-H so I'm not sure what they meant. I did bring a friend along with me that is younger than me, but not young enough to be my daughter . I was confused.
They also said I could take Tibby over the practice jump if I wanted to. I said we haven't started jumping yet. They seemed surprised.
Tibby.....yeah. She is very tired. Loose leash walking is not her thing. She enjoys lunging and jumping. It was very windy today. There were lots of tents flapping around, including the one we sat underneath. It worried her a little at first, but she forgot about it eventually. She was fine watching dogs do agility. BUT when some dogs started barking she wanted to bark. Normal. Except Tibby's bark is not normal. It is very high pitched. Imagine you step on your dog's foot - that's how she barks. And really, really, really loud.
She also doesn't like it when other dogs get to play tug or fetch.
She was able to do tricks and eat treats though. Positive thinking. She also jumped up on the skinny wooden bench and sat next to me when I asked her to.
Mostly I tried to keep Tibby out of every one's way. I didn't want her to distract the other dogs with her crazy behavior.
People seemed to think Tibby was cute though. Yay.
I saw some people there that I recognized from their blogs. Actually I recognized the dogs - Crackers and The Pup and The Dog. There were some other people/dogs that looked familiar, but I wasn't sure.
I wish I could have asked someone: 'Is it Ok if we sit here?' 'Is it Ok that Tibby is barking?' 'How long does the walk through take?' 'What is this layout/series of obstacles called?' 'Is it Ok to talk to you or are you getting ready to run?'
It was very, very cold and very, very, very windy. We went hiking/geocaching after we left the trial site. To calm Tibby down a little bit and warm ourselves up. There are some very nice hiking trails and parks in St. Cloud.
To everyone you know Cute as a bug, so fun to hug! I loved you as a puppy, but now you are my (best) friend.
I can't believe that Tibby is a year old. Wow! When I look back on our time together (all 8 months), it is amazing how far we have come together. Like the title of this blog say, "The fabulous fun and terrifying trials of raising a Tibetan Terrier". So true. There have been super high highs and soul crushing lows. I haven't shared everything on the blog - I try to keep it positive. Who wants to keep track of the bad things- right?
I will just say that Tibby never disappoints me, but humans to regularly.
Here are a few of the Highlights: Tibby's First Day
Independent, curious, highly intelligent,clever, mischievous, precocious, strong-minded, playful. Collected from various sources:
1 -Stubbornness. Tibetan Terriers have an independent mind of their own and can be stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
2-Suspiciousness or timidity when not socialized enough.
3-"Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much.
4-Lively and playful at times, yet also calm and low-key.
5-Makes a good watchdog but is not aggressive with people.
6-Most are amiable with other animals, though perhaps a bit bossy.
7- The Tibetan Terrier is very stubborn in general and must be shown from Day One that you are in control.
8-An athletic and agile sure-footed climber, and a clever problem-solver who often uses his paws with great adeptness to open doors and hold toys.
9- 1/3 Dog + 1/3 Cat + 1/3 Teenager = 1 Tibetan Terrier
10-Tibetan Terriers are family-oriented: they love to play games and participate in activities with their people.
Patience and a sense of humor are musts for the people of a Tibetan Terrier.