No, not because after two weeks of coughing I have stomach muscles that would be envied by a Navy Seal.
I’m excited to see how people took up the training challenge to learning something new with their animal friends and to build their relationships.
You can read each of the challenge stories. I know they’ll inspire you as much as they did me.
- Elka learned how to walk gently down the icy stairs to keep from killing her person, Jen.
- Over at Pit Bulls and Patience, you’ll see some great off-leash training.
- Amy and Rod at the Take Paws Blog now know why Buster gets so excited when he sees other dogs on leash and are working to calm him down.
- Kolchak the puggle has trained his Mama to set up K9 Nose Work games.
- Our friends at 24 Paws of Love started out training a recalcitrant cat and discovered a new friend.
- The dogs at Silverwalk Hounds Sanctuary have gotten training throughout the day and extra walks as part of their challenge.
- Thanks to some hard work, Frankie and Beryl of Greyhounds Can Sit are safely entering and exiting their new adventure mobile.
- The always-ambitious Kristine of Rescued Insanity has video evidence that a tornado on a leash and a fussy kitty can do tricks together in the same room. Impressive!
- You’ll also see some great video at Married With Dawgs showing the unique styles of “backing up” as demonstrated by Sadie, Maggie, and Hurley.
- Visiting dog Saydee learned that calm behavior gets rewarded with a fun game of fetch over at the Daily Dog Blog.
- Jasper at No Dog About It Learned how to put his front paws up on a surface. And the blog readers made suggestions about what other tricks this behavior could be linked to.
- Bunny and her Mom of Tales and Tails are again participating in the IditaWalk. There is no better way to bond with a dog than by taking her for a walk.
- And over at Facebook, Christy shared her progress in teaching her dog Dixie not to enter into every conversation.
Everyone did a great job and I’m so glad you took up the challenge. You’ve inspired me to work harder with my Honey.
And the Winner Is…
Although the challenge itself wasn’t a competition, I did choose one participant at random to win a $50 donation to their favorite animal charity. Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly came up in the random number generator.
I haven’t yet heard from Amy where she wants her donation to go but I’ll announce it as soon as I know.
Same Time Next Year?
Although it’s hard to fit one more thing into an already-busy schedule, all the challenge participants seemed to find the training worth the time.
What do you think? Should this be an annual event?