It’s the 5th week, our 3rd class, and we’ve had 3 #secret, #remedial, #catchup sessions in between.

“By Doodle, I think he’s got it!”

Saturday’s class was distinct because:

  1. It wasn’t raining – class was cancelled last week due to rain
  2. It wasn’t hot as “purgatory” outside – unbearable temps of late
  3. The other pupils didn’t show up so it was only Leo & the Doodle Whisperer – “ruv” the one on one attention

As soon as we arrived, Leo, perched in his favorite chair, became mesmerized with the Saturday morning hustle and bustle in the Olde Towne Pet Resort lobby…


So much so, before he could shake his tail good, Harley jumped on the elevator heading upstairs to play and poor Leo never saw him leave. As soon as Gail saw his glum expression she came right over to reassure him that “things were gonna be alright.”  What a doodle, acting pupiful for some extra attention…


For those of you who’ve watched the videos from our previous assemblies, this picture will especially warm your heart: HE WENT THROUGH THE TIRE!


Talk about an eruption of Doodle Mom excitement and glee. I shouted, clapped and hopped around in a circle like a lunatic.

Then I stopped abruptly! I thought I was losing my mind – I was hearing voices. I heard this echo “reverb” behind me and decided “it’s finally happening, I’ve officially gone crazy.” But when I heard the applause a second time I whirled around on my heels and low and behold, from the other side of the yard stood Leo’s very own cheering section…


…I just love those folks at OTPR!

Karen was beside herself with his new found confidence and ease on the course…


A special connection to animals is Karen’s gift. She is always talking to Leo, and I believe he understands her …


Agility training is a work out for the both of us. It’s fast, repetitive, instantly rewarding and over before you know it! For the rest of the morning, Leo spends a good portion of it like this…


While Mr. Harley waits for either “Renaldo” the Rabbit or me to entertain him…


As always, we’ll be back in your inbox in a couple of days, but until then: keep smiling and make everyone else wonder what you’re up to!


  • Kimberly Gauthier
    July 22, 2013

    You know, I wonder if agility training would help our dogs with their confidence. They not uber shy, but Rodrigo is afraid of loud noises or things he doesn’t understand (the rototiller). He’s such an active happy dog and I wonder if agility training would benefit him. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 22, 2013

      I totally think you should go for it and here’s why: If Rodrigo is uber shy, then he’s like Leo, and I’m telling you this has made the most impact in confidence boosting for Leo. Plus – where you live, with all your acreage you can totally create your own course later to run them all through for a good workout and some bonding time. Look into it Fur Mom, and thanks for reading.

  • Tiffany
    July 22, 2013

    Way to go Leo!!!

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    July 24, 2013

    Leo, you rock! You make your Mom so proud and you proved just how sepcial you are at your training class! That tire is nothing now and your cheering section was right there with you! Leo, I am also very proud of your Mom to keep up with this class too! You and Harley are two lucky Doods! Also, Olde Town Pet Resort rocks! Libby wished she had on in Fresno:) Leo, I would take a long nap after that morning too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 25, 2013

      Yes, Leo is a star, I am so proud of him, he has come a long way! The Boys wish Libby lived here, I’m sure they would have a blast at OTPR! Thanks so much for reading Lonnie!

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