Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The results of this test told us that:
"Your dog appears to be right-handed. Right-handedness in humans is often associated with language ability and a logical mind. There is some evidence that right-handed animals can be better at remembering and using words, so maybe your dog understands more of your conversation than you had thought!"
I tend to agree. Bailey is quite vocal and has a variety of "noises". hah! but hes defintely keen on picking up words. I named a couple of important toys, and whenever he hears these names, his eyes and eyes perk up and hes ready to play. Same with doggie friend names. He is also good with visual cues.
The next test I opted to do was test #4 "Rounding the Bend" . We placed a treat on the other side. Bailey must be having brain spasms because I couldn't get a consistent answer from this one. The first time we did it, he went immediately to get it. The second time he tried to suck it up with his tongue through the crack, then looked at me and smiled, then eventually went to the opposite side to get it. Then, the rest of the times, he immediately went to theother side to get it. Should i say.. that the second time was a brain fart?? Hah!
Apparently this requires a lot of brain power. I knew Bailey would pass with flying colors because he already exhibits this kind of behavior at home. We have a door in the hallway, that, once opened, blocks the hallway, thus now allowing bailey to pass. Once i open the door and its inbetween bailey and I, he immediately knows to circle around to my side, all the way through the dining room and kitchen. I guess it sounds pretty simeple, but he doesnt just sit there and wait for the doorway to open up.
The third test we did was the test #3 "drop the treat". Basically, you stand in front of your pet , with a table inbetween you with a cushion on it, and drop a treat on the pillow instead of on the floor to test if your dog understands the treat is on the pillow vs. the floor. When I performed this test,on the first try bailey looked at the ground then looked at me then the table. every single time after that, he would only look at the table once dropped and he made a sound in his mouth like he caught the treat. silly him. anyways this apparently demonstates that your pet understands the way horizontal objects relate to one in the world. I guess that would make bailey above average in that area.
I've also thought about what kind of student bailey would be if he was in school. Have you? i.e. the jock, the nerd, the cheerleader,the class clown, the social outcast, etc. Bailey, I know would be a cross between jock and the class clown (weird combo i know). He's studly and acts like he knows it but he's really funny. :)
Who really knows if these tests are accurate, but i found them fun to try!!!!!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Today is a special day, March 15th. It's exactly 3 years from the first day that Bailey came home! I remember that day very well. It was a two and a half hour drive up north to Corning, California, a small little rural town in the middle of nowhere best known for their … Olives?? (I distinctly remember a sign that read .. Welcome to Corning … THE OLIVE CITY!!... something to that effect. Anyways! I remember the breeder opening her front door and then asking who I was coming to pick up. In about a minute, she brought Bailey out, cradled over her shoulder (much like how I carry him now – like a baby over the shoulder). He was at least 3x the size that I remember when I saw him two weeks ago then – at a mere 5 weeks. We went in, signed some paperwork and she gave me some food and advice… and we were on our way home!. While I was leaving her house, I also remember running into a couple who was there to also pick up their new addition, the only other red/white corgi in the litter. They mentioned that they recently lost a corgi they received from this same breeder in a car accident in their driveway. We were very saddened to hear that on the way out…. He was only 3 years old. Exactly how old Bailey is now. It's a bit eerie thinking back on that now. So – back to the story , if it's one thing I regret that day, I really regret not getting contact information for the couple that took the other red/white puppy home! I really wish we all kept in touch! Bailey was a super duper trooper the entire way back, sleeping in my friends arms all the way through. We did stop by the vet on the way back to get his first exam, and it went great. I remember (side note: I'm starting to get a feeling that this was 10 years ago or something with the "I remember" this and "I remember that"..) giving Bailey his first bath in a Rubbermaid tub in the kitchen sink (he smelled grossly like a farm animal!!!) and him looking like a dachshund afterwards. Wow.. now three years later (where'd the time go?!!)… he's just as spunky, smart, and loveable as he was the day he came home!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BAILEY!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Now, well, theres also another type of braveness - Bailey can tolerate a bit of annoyance/bothersome behavior before dishing out some @$!@%@!@42@@!??#% himself. Take an example today. Kiko the Corgi and Bailey are good friends, have never had any tiffs, but for some reason at our monthly meetup today, Kiko wouldn't stop barking in Bailey's face when Bailey was trying to ,.. you know.... herd the crowd up (i.e. chase dogs chasing balls). In the pictures below, you'll see what I mean.
Also, I hope everyone has been enjoying our "picture a day" posts! Have a great weekend!
Also - here's a video of bailey demonstrating his herding instinct on the beach! Bailey does this everytime there is an excited dog waiting for a ball to be thrown....