I cannot tell a lie – when my head hit the pillow Monday night, I said a little prayer asking to hear a thunderstorm in the morning. When I woke, I did my best rain dance EVER as I sauntered over towards the window. The streets were dog-bone dry…

As we returned from our morning walk, a few raindrops started to hit my shoulder, nothing worthy of any rain gear, but my immediate thought was… “Oh well! it’s raining, we can’t go!”

No “one on one” agility training at Olde Towne Pet Resort for us. How sad…

I was really struggling to find some ounce of enthusiasm or eagerness after our last session (AGILITY TRAINING – REMEDIAL TUTORING) to return. But I had “nada.” I’m not a quitter, but this was a challenge. Neither Leo nor I were very interested (yes I consulted him!) in going back.  For over an hour I wrestled with “to go or not to go.” And believe me, that really was “the question!” 

I convinced myself this sudden change in commitment was mostly due to the weather. Surely if it was raining four drops every ten minutes here, maybe there was a huge storm where I was headed, and the area would be soggy and muddy and unfit for a doodle and his parent. So I called them to verify. Absolutely no rain on that side of town, and I had no plan “B”, so we moved out as originally scheduled – UGH!

Camp counselor Litzy volunteered to help us. My day was getting better with this pawtastic surprise because Leo adores her…


She assured me he could do this. She said she wanted to walk him through the course once and suggested I watch…


Another fan of The Boys (Kathy) offered to spot Leo as he “high stepped” the narrow board…


Leo was having no problems whatsoever…


“A” frame? ——- piece of cake…


Hurdles? —– walk in the park…


Tire? —– right through it…


Wanna see my baby boy in action? —– WATCH THIS VIDEO

Even though we ran through the course over, and over, and over again – we didn’t take the leash off. Perhaps this Saturday we will be ready for that phase of the training. For right now though, I will continue to practice the commands we’ve learned together.

I am once again enchanted with the idea of “Leo & Me” training time together.

We’ve even got a new theme song (Patti LaBelle):“I’m feelin’ good from my head to my shoes. Know where I’m goin’ and I know what to do. I tied it up my point of view – we got a new Doodletude!”


As always, thanks so much for reading, and no matter what happens, I’ll let you know …


  • Karen
    July 11, 2013

    Woohoo, Leo!! Looking forward to Saturday.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 13, 2013

      WOW! The “Doodle Whisperer” is proud of me, can’t wait for her to see me do my thing on Saturday for class.
      Thx Karen – Leo

  • TRiXie
    July 12, 2013

    Leo, We love you. Great job. Trixie

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 13, 2013

      Thanks Trixie – it’s nice to know I have support from my “anipals” You make my tail wag…. Leo

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 19, 2013

      Awhhh, I love you too Trixie – Leo 🙂

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    July 12, 2013

    Love this and Leo is doing great! The video is sooo cute and I love the way Leo went to you for “kudos” when he finished parts of the course. Cathy, I love the way you love you Doodle:)

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 13, 2013

      Thanks so much, he is always that sweet – every day.I can’t wait for him to go to class on Saturday with his other furrends.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 19, 2013

      He is such a big baby! But he’s mine, all mine!! Thanks for reading, and yes I “ruv” my boys!

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