Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lure coursing (and some Words for Wednesday)

Well, Wordless Wednesday prompted a lot of questions, so I will try to answer some of them!

Greyhounds CAN Sit asked about the bottle feeding picture. Mama was feeding the babies just fine, but a couple of them weren't gaining weight as fast as they should, so they received some supplemental feedings for a while.

Of Pitbulls and Patience asked a few questions. So, in answer: A friend of mine's litter. Tibetan Terriers. And because these adorable little babies are about to celebrate their first birthday at the beginning of August, so while still adorable, they have grown out of the puppy breath and super melting adorableness.

Sofie, please see above answer, relating to the age of said puppies at this point in time. I doubt they would all be able to fit anywhere near your lap at this point.

Now really, you should just be amazed that I was able to sit on these puppy pictures for almost a year before posting them.

But on to our lure coursing fun from Wednesday. No pictures of Koira or Pallo running, but they both did really well. Pallo is flattening out instead of bounding after the lure, and did his zigzag course really well. Koira tried out a zigzag and had to yell at that bag for taking off in the wrong direction! She cornered really well with it though. Everyone at the practice was of the opinion that both of my dogs would be able to pass the CAT (Coursing Ability Test) with no problems.

I did get a few pictures of some of the other dogs coursing. The sighthounds, for the most part, are just plain too fast for my camera to get anything other than a blur.

This Borzoi is the best sighthound picture from the day:

This little mini Aussie pup was adorable, and very into the whole idea.

We even had a French Bulldog try it out. She ran with the "squawker" on, basically a raccoon looking tail that makes noise as it bounces across the ground. It is a great way to get a dog interested in chasing the lure.

This Malinois is on the start line, just taking off. At practices, to signal that the handler and dog are ready, the handler raises an arm, and the lure operator starts the lure moving.

As you can probably tell in some of these pictures, there are miniature horses on the property as well. None of the dogs seemed to notice them in the least, so they weren't the distraction they may appear to have been.


  1. Love Borzi - such graceful hounds - but the best picture of the day has to be of the mini-mini's. Awwww.... :)

  2. The pictures were great, but the bulldog gets my vote as best picture.

  3. Great pictures! Looks like the dogs really enjoy it.

  4. All sorts of dogs love lure coursing, don't they:) I don't know if I'll let Beryl indulge again as she cut the top of her foot the first time as well as ran into the machine that works the lure, and it cost me an after hours trip to the vet!!

    I'll bet those puppies from Wednesday are even cuter now they're grown up. Tibetan Terriers are lovely.

  5. Hi Y'all!

    Sigh. That looks like fun, but isn't it too hot where you are to be outside?

    I'm not allowed to chase. I sit and watch the nasty squirrel run it's crazy start and stop course and up a tree. Now if she'd shoot it with something besides a camera, I could retrieve it! Yes!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog