Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tango had her first trackking lesson today. It was a lot of fun for me, and I think she is a natural at it. It took about a month to find someone in the area that did this dog sport, and I found a really neat old timer that has been trackking for over 40 years. I had to drive 1.5 hours one way to get to his area, but it was well worth it.

To start off he laid a linear walking track, and put a glove at the end with a treat on top of it. At first Tango, in full puppy fashion, paid attention to everything except what he was doing. She would track the birds in the air, the squirrels on the ground, challenge the geese, and do 360's in the air. On the second track she paid better attention, and actually follow the scent trail, and by the third time she was trackking very well. I am really happy with her progress, and we are going to meet again next week..

A follow up note about my friend that still wants to drink. I haven't written about her lately because it is not very positive news. She basically has not reached her bottom. Using drugs a few months ago was just a false bottom. She doesn't want to stop drinking and no longer wants to attend meetings. Because of her choices, I have pulled back, and don't communicate much with her. I have reached a point where I don't even want to dance with her anymore.

I don't care for the way she treats me, and she doesn't see anything wrong with her behavior. She is consumed by this disease, and her vision blurred by denial. I have to take care of myself, and protect my own sobriety. In order to do that I have detached from her and her bad behavior. I have turned her over to her higher power. I truly hope that she finds sobriety before it's too late.

Tango with her new haircut.


At 1:43 PM, Blogger the only daughter said...

Tango is lookin' mighty fine. Cool about the tracking too.

I know how you feel about your friend. My brother is sinking deeper and deeper. :(

May Peace Be With You.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

I'm glad you're making her take up a trade, otherwise she would just be one of those sorority poodles.

At 5:17 AM, Blogger Gwen said...

What a pretty girl your Tango is.
Tracking training sounds like a lot of fun. We would like to get an agility dog and work in that arena. Will you use Tango to track people? Lost people?

Sorry about your friend. I understand how you feel. It is such a lose, when alcohol wins.

Have a great weekend.


At 2:53 PM, Blogger Elizabeth McClung said...

That tracking sounds pretty cool - though I guess you are supposed to be more patient than Tango, right?

Sorry about your friend, I am glad you are taking steps to affirm your own value though.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger twodogsblogging said...

Oh my gosh! I hope you avoid food tracking and do scent or air tracking; it's much better in the long run. Tango is a fox!

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous sober Chick said...

"No human power" yes? Cunning, baffling and ever so powerful this Dz.

I sure hope Tango does not catch a cold :) I am glad that God has placed Tango in your care. A blessing for the two of you,

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Sober @ Sundown said...

Daniel, you are too funny!

Gwen, I would love to train Tango to find lost people, but I don't think that will happen. I believe you have to belong to a government agency or a national group to track people. I understand that you have to leave at the drop of the hat, and cover all your travel and equipment expenses.

Beth, it won't be hard to be more patient than Tango - she flies past the beginning post like a race horse, and we run to the glove.

2Dogs, right now we are doing scent tracking, but I would love to teach her to hunt truffles.....

Sober Chick, she won't catch cold. It is so hot down here that I have been throwing them both in the pool every day.

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Mary L A said...

Tango is the most perfect name for such a sexy poodle-doll! Just discovered your blog and am enjoying reading it. I do hope your friend finds her way back to Step One. Take care --

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Hi Sober, I lost your e mail, so if it's ok, I'll just respond here.

Normally that would be the case. Also the one who makes the first
advances usually is the active partner (the suckER).If he was such a trophy, all he would have to do is let it be known that he was available and wait for someone to express interest.

And thanks for the encouragement...

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