kelli By: kelli
(39/52) dry cleaning.

what's more fun than shaking water all over your mom? rolling in wet sand, and *then* shaking all over your mom. i happened to catch this shot this afternoon and just had to add it to the 52 weeks set. i wish her feet weren't cut off, but this is the best shaking pic i will probably ever get because alice usually shakes off as soon as she gets out of the water, while she's right next to me. when alice swims, i always go home wet. well, we were both wet today anyway because it was raining while we were there.


alice had a roller-coaster of an afternoon. started out great... swimming trip with her best friend fenway. then it turned bad... i shut her tail in the car door as we packed up to leave from the swimming trip. she screamed. i felt terrible. i have never done that to her before. then we were off to alice's canine good citizen test. just before the test, there was an agility demo. the dog that was running was very barky, which got some other dogs barking, and then the teeter started slamming the floor... all of this echoing inside the metal building. alice has been having noise issues this summer, and she had one of her "moments" and we had to leave the building to regain our sanity. went for a short walk in the rain, and pulled ourselves together. went back in when it was test time, and what do we find... one of the test evaluators is a man. oh dear. alice has been having strange man issues this summer as well. (these are the reasons i decided to enter alice in the canine good citizen program.) but not to worry... alice went through the test with flying colors! she did beautifully, i was so proud of her for regaining her composure and showing off the jolly, sociable dog that she really is. she even did great with the part of the test where she had to stay with the "strange man" for three minutes while i went outside. not to brag, (but really, don't we all do it every now and then, just a little? lol!) but the female evaluator was quite impressed with alice's manners and personality, even though i got the impression that she was strictly a "purebred" dog person. alice was the only mixed-breed in the class. anyhow, we both really enjoyed the cgc class and made several new dog friends along the way. i hope to continue with further obedience classes over the winter, as long as alice continues to enjoy it.

  • Lily 5y

    Well done Alice !!!! you sure did great !!!!
    My husband almost got Xziva's tail caught in the car door yesterday ! so lucky she tucked it in so quickly !
    You did really well with the focus !!!!

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  • Kerfuffle~ 5y

    Awesome shot! The flying sand really adds to it. And what a trooper Alice is after her ordeal! Big congrats to both of you!

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  • gotsetters 5y

    browndog looks great in white wet sand.
  • sprinkle happiness 5y

    Totally love everything about this! :)
  • Anda Stavri 5y

    Awesome dry shake, Alice! And congrats on getting your CGC degree despite the way the middle of your day ended up being, you're such a trooper! If CGC involves heeling, then Ouzo doesn't stand a chance of getting his :P Sorry about your tail, girly, hope it stops hurting soon!
  • Gina 5y

    An incredible photo of the shake down! Congratulations on the Canine Good Citizens Test - but its too bad about your tail Alice, hope it feels better soon.

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  • Holly Garner-Jackson 5y

    Great shakes!
    I've had car door and dog tail incidents in the past. No matter how hard you try to tuck their tails eventually one gets away from you!
    Congrats, Alice!!!! Well done!

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  • Gwen & Tom 5y

    Beautiful shake shot!!
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  • Kristy D 5y

    Great "shake" shot! I hope you're feeling better soon Alice - what an amazing girl you are!

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  • poofoot 5y

    The best shake shot I've seen...fantastic crop. Well timed!!!!!!!
  • illona 5y

    nicely done. congrats on the CGC. i'd like to do this with merrick ... as well as some therapy dog stuff ... but he needs more confidence still.

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  • kelli 5y

    thanks again everyone! you should be happy to know that alice's tail is back to wagging. :)

    anda... there is a "heeling" portion of the cgc test, but they aren't required to walk at heel, just on a loose lead. i'm sure ouzo is just in too much of a hurry to bother with silly things like walking at slow human speed. alice still struggles with it, even though we have been working on it since she was six weeks old!!

    illona... after seeing the pics of his obedience class graduation, i'm sure merrick would do great with cgc! my biggest concern was the "reaction to distractions" and being approached by strange person/dog. alice has been having man issues as well as noise issues for the last few months. she's been having large, pushy dog issues since being attacked by an obnoxious labradoodle last year. these were all the reasons i decided to take cgc classes. i don't know that the class itself helped her, but it helped *me* become more confident and taught me to believe in her. regardless, i think it's a nice program. i know it has it's issues, and plenty of dogs pass the test that probably shouldn't... but i do think it is a good place to start. as for therapy, alice could never do it because she's not much of a cuddler and doesn't particularly enjoy being pet and coddled. she just wants her ball thrown. :) but merrick seems like he's becoming quite the happy little tail-wagger and can probably bring a lot of joy to people who need it.
  • ND Wind Twins 5y

    Congratulations! That is a great achievement especially with all the challenges Alice faced! Love the water action.
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  • LizLikesTheVu 5y

    Good grief! I'm proud of her too - she fought through physical and mental anguish to get her CGC. I once shut a door on Bandet's tail when she was a pup. Hers bled and I rushed her to the vet - she needed one or two of the cartilage removed. I felt so guilty -- for YEARS after. I got complacent though last year (bear in mind it's been 20 years+ since that incident with Bandet) about not making sure the whole dog was in the house or car before letting the door shut. Yes, you guessed, I let a screen door slam on Bishops tail. Luckily no damage but a yelp and accusatory look thrown at me. Now I'm back to waiting for the whole dog to be out of harm's way and feeling guilty for letting TWO of my dogs get their tails smashed. Aiye yi yi. Good work, Alice!! And being wary of men is just good sense. :)
  • momswheels 5y

    Great capture of Alice shaking! Love her closed eyes and expression. Congratulations on passing the CGC. Great job with knowing what Alice needed and helping her to regain her composure before the test. Well done! Glad her tail is okay.

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  • savabonita 5y

    Lovely shaking picture! Congratulations on the great CGC test!
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  • Jackie & Sonny 5y

    i love when they shake like this, that little bit of lip that always flops up is hilarious
  • Stephanie 5y

    Great capture! Congrats on the CGC. How exciting!

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  • muttsandaklutz 5y

    This is WONderful! I love love love how her face is in perfect focus, with all the rest of her shaking all over. With her eyes closed like that it looks like she's concentrating so hard on getting every little drop off. And I know exactly what you mean -- Walter usually shakes off right next to me too, not exactly ideal for trying to take a photo.

    So sorry to hear about the issues you guys have been going through this summer, but WOW way to pull it together for that test. You must have been SO proud of your girl. Way to go :)

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  • The Happy Household 5y

    what can you say bout the one and only alice! incredable
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