Saturday, October 25, 2008


Speedy finished his Puppy Obedience Class a week ago Friday. He wasn't certain he wanted anything to do with the mortar board hat, but finally sat still long enough for the photo. The classes were given at PetSmart. I don't know if they make enough money by providing training instructors, but for us the experience was very good.

Our instructor, Jeff, was pleasant, patient and persistent. He also gave excellent suggestions for behavior problems outside of the scope of the classes.

This photo is of Speedy at Down-Stay. He didn't like to lie down on the concrete floor. The second week I provided the beach towel. I put him into a sit on the concrete and gave the Down command. He got up and moved to the towel to lie down.

The word of the day for October 25, 2008 is "graduate" — Pronunciation: \ˈgra-jə-ˌwāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): grad·u·at·ed; grad·u·at·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduare, from Latin gradus step, degree
Date: 15th century
transitive verb 1 a: to grant an academic degree or diploma to. b: to be
graduated from. 2 a: to mark with degrees of measurement. b: to divide into grades or intervals. 3: to admit to a particular standing or grade. intransitive verb 1: to receive an academic degree or diploma. 2: to pass from one stage of experience, proficiency, or prestige to a usually higher one. 3: to change gradually.

Our quote for the day is from Paddy Chayefsky (1923–1981), U.S. author, screenwriter. Mrs. Pilletti (Esther Minciotti), Catherine (Augusta Ciolli), Marty, speaking of Clara (Betsy Blair) (1955):

Mrs. Pilletti: This girl is a college
Catherine: They’re the worst. College girls are one step from the
street, I tell you.

;^) Jan


  1. Ah bless, looks like there is some Border Collie in their somewhere. The expression is just like our Jesse.

  2. I love dogs with a bit of individuality and attitude. Kind of like, I'll do what you want, but I'm doing it my way perspective. Congrats to Speedy on passing his obedience classes. (Hugs)Indigo


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