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Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Saturday, January 28, 2012

We Graduated Today!!!

 YOWZA!
YOWZA!
YOWZA!


Hello Everybuddy, today we went to dog school and, yes, believe it or not, we GRADUATED from Grade One.  

Yes I know, we have a long way to go but we were very excited.



Here we are waiting to get our certificate.
 


This big fella is 18 months old.  I felt a bit puny beside him.
 

 
Anyhoo we made mum and dad happy and that's good  cause they gave out the treats.  
Now I'm saving the best bit for last.
Guess what my big sister got??

Get ready!



 Ta Da!  She was the "Happiest Worker"
 
 Well done sissy.



Grade Two, here we come.

No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

P.S. from Mum, thanks everyone for the great advice you gave re Rory and his sitting.  He has always been happy to sit at home but at obedience I got the impression he thought, WTF? I have to sit and then you tell me to heel straight afterwards?    Anyway we practiced all week and he did really well with only a few times he just decided to stand and that was when he was hot and bothered.  

We dropped in at the Vets on the way home to weigh the dogs.  Big surprise with Rory.  At 6 1/2 months he's 57 kgs (125 lbs) and Stella is nearly nine months old and 12.6 kgs (26 lbs).  Looks like all that food is definitely filling them up.  Have a great weekend everyone.  Love Carol

P.P.S.  Don't you worry Miss Abby, 
I still have my eye on you sweetie pie.





44 comments:

  1. OMG Rory, we are nearly 18months older than you and you weigh more than us :p
    We are what you might call very athlectic Danes, we have yet to meet another Dane that has the Stamina and the speed to keep up with us!!

    Congrats on your graduation!

    And our human says that your human is very welcome and she hopes it helps with Tyler :)

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

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  2. Congratulations!!! Love those happy, celebratory photos. BOL!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  3. Well done Stella and Rory, sending congratulations from across the ditch,

    Michelle/Mickle and Zebby Cat, xxxx and puRRRRumbles

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  4. Congratulations to the two of you! You have got the longest legs, Rory!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  5. Oooh very well done guys. I wouldn't fancy anyones chances if Rory sat on them Hehe! Deccy x

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  6. Congrats on your accomplishments you two! :D Well done!

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU ON YOUR BIG GRADUATIONS..and an EXTRA Congratulations to Stella fur her Special Recognition.

    From these furst pictures... I can SEE how very much excited you both are!!!

    WhoooooooHooooooo to Both of You!!!

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  8. Zipbeedoodah! That calls for a pawtee!!!! woo congrats but the only problem is now woo have to behave all the time. Your momma will keep pointing out your certified... just sayin
    norwood

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  9. Congrats to the both of you !!!! YAY!

    Rory, are you REALLY that BIG ? Oh dear, I'm 16 months old and I'm only 60kg.... oops, I'm a skinny great dane, yes!!!

    Love,
    Lincoln

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  10. Wow you look very excited and you should be. Congrats!!!!!! I hope you got lots and lots of great treats.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  11. Well done Rory and Stella! Congratulations!

    Love,
    Homer

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  12. Congratulations you two!
    Rory!!! You weigh almost as much as Darwin does and she's almost 3! You're going to be huge!! :)

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  13. Congratualshuns on your fancy schmancy ribbons and certificates and stuffs! Oh yeah and fur graduashuns!

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  14. You guys make me smile and laugh. Congrats on graduation too!!!! Yippeee! We just ended our third week of school and have four to go for our beginner's class. I was sick this week so Tucker hasn't had much homework time. Guess we will need to double up before Monday class time.

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  15. Well done to you both - that is great news.

    Woofs,
    Riley

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  16. Wow, congrats on the big graduation day! Looks like you are celebrating with some floor rolling. Great job and the next grades will be a lot easier now. :)
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  17. Bigtime Congratulation wishes to both of you - job well done!!!

    Now go enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  18. Congratulations on your graduation! You know, when I, Finnie's Momma, graduated from somewhere, Momma always took me out for ice cream. Now, I think you should institute that in your house too!!

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  19. Congratulations, Stella and Rory!! You two rock!!

    -Bart and Ruby

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  20. Hey congrats - that was fast graduation outa Grade 1!!! I was there for a LONG time - but I made it and am now in Grade 3 - we go back next Sunday after Xmas break and mum hopes I can remember what to do!!!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

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  21. Congratulations! It sounds like you guys rocked in school!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  22. I love the posture in the first photo. Congrats on a huge achievement. I laughed that there's a dog on this earth who can make Rory feel small :)

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  23. Congrats, Stella-down-under and Rory:

    You have done a masterful job and we are all proud of you!

    Kisses,

    Stella-Up-Over, Jo and Zkhat

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  24. Mazel tov! You deserve a nice holiday and some ice cream to celebrate. And Stella deserves a special treat for being such a happy worker! When does your next class start?

    Glad to see Rory is growing so well. Sounds like a good weight for his age. Most of the male Danes mama has known weighed in the 170 - 180 lb. range as adults, although she had one that was 220 lbs without an ounce of fat on him. You may not outgrow the Irish Wolfhound, Rory, but you're sure gaining on him.

    And Tyler, Abby sends a wink back at you!

    Jed & Abby

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  25. Hey there guys,
    Congratulations on this achievement. See...you don't need any help from us...:) You're probably in a position to give us advice too. Well done! Love the certificates. Wow, 57kgs means lotsakibble!
    Sending lotsaluv
    MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

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  26. Congratulations Rory and Stella, that's really great news and Stella, you even did a little better. Okay, so what's involved in Grade 2?

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  27. Congratulations and well done on your awards!
    We hope you go lots of extra yummy treats.
    Hope you are having a great weekend
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

    P.S. sorry we missed you last post our PA is very lax.Something about a tax return! grrr

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  28. Great news :)

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  29. What kind of dog is Rory?? He looks like a Weimarancer
    but BIGGER!!!!
    Good for you guys!!!!!
    xx, Zoie & Fern

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  30. A BIG Congrats from us over here. We are so proud of both of you.

    And IMPRESSIVE photo of Rory. (7th one down)

    You should enter it in a contest. It really is exceptional.

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  31. Woohoo! Congratulations, Friends! We are so proud of you and think you should have a party to celebrate, complete with all of your favorite foods and a romp in the paddock!

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  32. Hi Guys!!! Well done you clever crew, we are so impressed!! Keep up the good work :-) Dex and Lou xxx

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  33. Well done clever doggies...however I am more impressed with your stretching techniques in the first photo..wow!

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  34. So I never sit out in public - evers. I refuse to sit in the classes I took and I don't like sitting that much at home. And finally my trainer explained why I don't like to sit. It hurts, yup have your hoomans watch your long legs when you sit.... i bet your knees hit your big chest and it's not very comfy. Some dogs just don't have the body for it so Rory if you don't like to sit I think it's ok. A good down never hurt anyone.

    woof - Tucker

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  35. Because of what I went through with my Bruce, I never have made my dogs,,, since,, sit!!!!
    Wei's have a history of hip problems too!!! Zoie does sit on her own too much I think!!!
    xx, Zoie & Fern

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  36. Thank you for your answer about what kind of dog Rory is!!!!

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  37. Awww congrats you guys, you Mum must be so proud!!
    That Irish wolfhound is gorgeous, Mum is in love!
    Sampson doesn't like sitting so much either, I think the floor hurts his bum!

    Slobbers
    xxx

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  38. Oh congratulations! What a good job, and Stella getting the happiest worker. It's hard work to do all that stuff, you should be proud. Wow your both getting big.
    Tyler you have what I(Carol) calls your "booey eyes" on, I just love that look.

    The silvers and more

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  39. Congratulations on your graduation out of grade one obedience. I bet your human was very proud of you. The awards look pawesome as well. I hope your humans gave you a big spoil after your graduation. From Milo

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  40. Oh CONGRATULATIONS Rory & Stella!! What wonderful achievements! Bet your family is sooooooo proud of you!

    And Hsin-Yi wants to say sorry - she has been having a really busy week and hasn't had to chance to respond to Carol's email yet - and we didn't have a chance to comment on your last post either, with the Sit question - but it sounds like you've found your own happy medium! :-)

    Yeah, Hsin-Yi always found it hard in class that the trainers often wanted me to behave like the other smaller doggies but things for us Danes can be a bit different! She doesn't teach me an Automatic Sit in the Heel anyway, coz that would be so inconvenient in dancing (imagine if I sat down every time my human stopped walking - that would totally ruin any choreography!) - and she also didn't follow everybody else in class about making me sit at the curbs when waiting to cross the road - coz I take soooooo long to put my bum on the ground that the lights have often changed and it's time to cross - but since Hsin-Yi's given the command, she has to stay to enforce it - which means we miss the lights to cross...grrrr!! So now, I just Stand & Wait at the curb, instead of Sit most of the time.

    Same with Down - it takes me so long to do it and I don't like doing it on hard, uncomfortable surfaces so Hsin-Yi doesn't make me do it unless really necessary. I have a very solid Stand Stay and I am very calm - so she doesn't hink it matters! Some things DO have to be changed for us giant doggies and sometimes, you just have to stick with doing things your own way - as long as you're still well-behaved & under control, who cares? :-)

    Hsin-Yi said the hardest part about raising me was learning when to ignore advice and to adapt things to suit ME & MY size and MY slower speed. Unfortunately, we can't do a lot of the things as easily as the smaller, more agile, faster doggies - and we shouldn't really have to! :-)

    Oh - and Hsin-Yi also wanted to say that she also agrees that Everyday 'real life' obedience is far more important than that fancy stuff in the ring! Although I can do a lot of the formal Obedience stuff, Hsin-Yi still mostly practises the everyday type training with me - coz it's far more important that we doggies can behave & listen in real-life situations with real-life distractions, than all the ribbons & titles in the ring. We've seen Obedience champions who can't recall in a real park!! *roll eyes* So Hsin-Yi think it's useless doing all that fancy stuff if you can't do the 'real' stuff! :-)

    Anyway, sorry this is all so late and probably totally useless to you now but thought we'd still share our thoughts anyway, since you asked!

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  41. ps. I just wanted to add also that I'm so pleased to see you're continuing with Grade 2! I know that even though your human doesn't want to get involved with fancy Obedience competition stuff, we still think it's really good for bonding to keep up with training classes and it's great for stimulating our minds too! You know what they say - working doggies are happy doggies! :-)

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  42. pps. Oh - Rory - I was about the same weight as you at 6 months too! :-)

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  43. Oh no! I wrote a really long comment (my 1st comment)...what happened to it??

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