I am a little late with this blog, but I wanted to tell you all about my road trip out East this past fall.
I had so much fun! I went swimming in the ocean, well not quite swimming, but I chased the waves, I dug up shells to play with, and I met a new friend, an English Bulldog, and boy was she tough! We went on a long hike around the island and climbed over many big rocks. Truthfully, I did have to be carried part of the way, as my paws got sore from the sea salt and rocks, but not my friend, she was resilient and she climbed those rocks with ease!
I have been told she was also "well behaved" as she stayed with her family while we hiked along. Whereas I, sometimes "pretended" I could not hear especially, when I found rotting stuff to roll in that had washed up in the seaweed; the smellier the better! I would roll and roll, then look to see how far everyone else had walked along, then I would roll and roll and roll some more. You would think that everyone would be glad when my hearing came back and I came running but, they didn't appreciate my new "eau de parfum"! In fact, I was given a bath when we got back and I was not happy!
The whole vacation, this tough, athletic Bulldog didn't really want to play with me. I know I annoyed her, just a bit, but she always looked grumpy and I never knew why. Then it hit me! A lot is in a name, so when I finally tell you the name of my friend, you will understand too...
I am named Alfie, short for "Alfred the Great"! She is named "Cuppy ", short for "Cupcake "! Yep, enough said!
Hi! My name is Brandi! Sometimes, my name is also Trouble or Chicken, it depends on the day. I am 4 years old and my birthday is coming up on June 7th, just in case you would like to, you know, get me a present or something!
I'm usually a pretty good girl, if I am being worked. I like to go out on trails instead of riding around in an arena as there are more things to spook at. The bigger the spook, the more excited my mom gets. I like to think that I'm just making her a better rider!
My mom brought me to school with her and I learned lots of new things! I have to admit, when we first started working together, I didn't like her and I tried to kick her and run her over. I learned pretty quickly though, that that wasn't allowed. We did a lot of work together, especially on the ground, walking over a blue flappy thing which I'm sure tried to kill me about 90% of the time! My favorite part of our training together was when she said "Whoa”! That became my favorite sound and I learned that if I kept going after she said it, she'd say it even more!
Once we started riding, my mom would take me out on trail rides. That is how I found my love of the trails, particularly in the winter time, as the snow hides the monsters. I love when we finish a ride together because my mom gives me lots of treats and massages!
When I'm not being worked, I like to forget my manners and kick out at people. I'm really good at being a bit naughty and getting into things I shouldn't - it's my specialty.
2019 is going to be an interesting year, I can feel it. I just know that my mom is going to make me do something big…