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Category Archives for The Story of Tori

Where Everybody Buys Your Dog Name

While Clover and Tori may or may not ever compete in various dog sports, we are working on earning some Trick Dog titles. In 2017, when I considered Clover's debut into agility competitions, I did the paperwork for her PAL listing through the AKC. Tori didn't have an official dog name yet, so I just did hers recently so that we could apply for their Novice Trick Dog Titles. Alas, we hit a snag on choosing Tori's "registered" name. Somebody bought some of the words I wanted to use in Tori's official dog name so that no one else can use them for like 5 years. Really. So weird. Usually kennel names are more original than that. 

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Tori’s First-Ever Agility Class

As we started testing the theory that Tori could, in fact, now ride in the car without getting sick, we took her to her first-ever agility class in early July 2018. After years of only doing agility at home with the equipment we have here and what I can teach her on my own (after years and years of classes, even though I've never competed), Tori walked out and nailed it. It was the sweetest, funniest thing to see. Don't miss this short video. 

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Tori says, “Car travel is my passion!” Adventures in carsick dogs

We're not quite ready to declare total victory on Tori's life among carsick dogs, but she has gone for 3 whole trips to town and back without throwing up in July. Maybe she is *finally outgrowing her car troubles. Maybe we finally found the right combination, dosages, and timing of meds for carsick dogs. Maybe she loved going to agility class (for the first time) so much that it has helped her realize that the car can take her fun places. As a joke now, Tom likes to use his "Tori voice" to say, "Car travel is my passion!" which makes me giggle after 3 years of car struggles with our sweet girl. 

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Tori

Crazy work deadlines and a lingering internet-connection issue with my main computer have hampered my plan to create another cute birthday tribute video for Tori's third birthday (which was Sunday). Instead, please enjoy these cute dog photos from our birthday celebrations. A few other news items also below. 

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Happy Gotcha Day #2 , Tori

I still laugh when I think about how I woke up 2 years ago NOT KNOWING that we’d have another new puppy that day. Despite the challenges of raising 2 young herding dogs at the same time, adopting Tori was a good decision. She and Clover truly behave like soul mates / soul sisters, and she is a good and funny friend to us. Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Tori. We celebrate the day she came home, September 23.

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Dog Tribute Jewelry Time is a Gift

Quick reminder that the little online dog memorial or tribute jewelry party we’re hosting ends next Friday, July 14. Originally, I was thinking only about creating something treasured to wear after you’ve lost a dog, but look at these amazing bracelets I ordered as a visual reminder of our love and teamwork as I retool agility practice and training — both for me and Clover. Why not create dog tribute jewelry for the amazing dogs currently at our sides? [Don’t miss cute birthday photo of Tori below!]

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Teeter-Totter Training Update – Dog Agility

It took a while to find a used dog agility teeter-totter to buy, but we finally did just before Clover’s third birthday. It’s going to take some time to fix Clover’s teeter-totter worries that have been brewing for nearly a year now, but Tori figured it all out in basically a day and a half. Cute videos ahead! Continue reading

Canine Car Sickness An Update

When a puppy gets car sick, many tell you that the puppy will outgrow it. And, you hope. Then, reality sets in. With Tori’s second birthday coming up in July, we’ve renewed our pursuit of a solution to her relentless car sickness once and for all. Below is a list of all the meds and home remedies that have failed and preview of our behavior modification strategy to try and fix canine car sickness.

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