Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mission Squirrel: SUCCESS

Winnie has finally fulfilled her lifelong dream of catching a squirrel. Twice.

No joke!

On Thursday she actually caught a squirrel in the Arts Quad. In the squirrel's defense, it was either a) really really stupid or b) slightly injured and thus unable to run fast enough. It might've been a combo of both, since the squirrels here tend to be pretty smart about avoiding or not avoiding potential threats.

Anyway, Winnie managed to catch it. And then she let go...and started herding it!

Uh, yeah. She started herding the squirrel. This is where the whole "the squirrel is an idiot" comes into play- instead of just running up a nearby tree, the squirrel decided to instead run in circles. Winnie decided it would be fun to herd it and bark at it...*roll eyes*. After some time Winnie got bored with this squirrel who was making a half-ass attempt to run away. Eventually it just ran back up a tree.

Then on Friday night, we were back on the Arts Quad when it was really dark and slightly rainy. Winnie managed to find another squirrel, although I wonder if it was the same one from the day before, since it too was slow and slightly stupid.

Anyway, the gist of it is that Winnie caught a squirrel. Twice. And the squirrel(s) didn't die. Which I'm slightly relieved about. They are kind of cute. At least, when they're not dropping acorns on your head when you walk under a tree.

Today we had graduation for obedience class. Today was admittedly one of Winnie's worst obedience days. She broke her sit/stay and down/stay numerous times and her heeling was pretty bad. Despite that, she did better than the other dogs and scored a 1st place (and a nifty little trophy). Hah. Not too deserving since both she and the competition kind of sucked today, but who am I to complain? :P

We also showed off one of her tricks- backwards circles- and won a squeaky toy, which was promptly ripped just moments after we won it from her constant tugging.

She had a grand ole time running around the fenced-in agility arena during the post-graduation party. seems as though my pictures are finally uploading! Here are some pics of Winnie on the campus Arts Quad. I had planned to upload these earlier but wasn't able to until now:

Winnie at Ezra Cornell's statue. Some visiting tourists saw this and also wanted to take a picture of Winnie next to the statue for their friend who is a Corgi lover, lol!

Small dog, large campus


a corgi said...

loved the picture of Winnie by the statue and the last one of her with "small dog large campus". got a cute theme for next year's corgi calendar if Kelli does one; you can pose Winnie at that statue and get a closer view; I'm sure it would definitely be a winner!

I am in awe of Winnie's squirrel catching ability and then wanting to herd it! WTG Winnie!

congrats too on taking first place at graduation too!


Ricky the Sheltie said...

Wow - even if it was a slow squirrel, I'm still impressed! I try to catch squirrels every day and have never had any luck! Way to go, Winnie!

And congratulations on doing so well in obedience class! Are you planning to take another class?

Kelly said...

Way to go Winnie!!! Gibson will be forever jealous that you caught a squirrel :)

BluAussieGal said...

Way to get them squirrels Winnie!
Winnie is just doing a wonderful job of trying to keep the squirrel gene pool healthy =D

Laurie said...

Hi there! New follower here. Winnie is a cutie!

I always worry that my corgi, Sadie, will catch a squirrel. She always attempts to!

Anyway, love your blog! Just started one about my dog, Sadie!

Hope to read more about Winnie soon :)


Dances with Corgis said...

SHE CAUGHT IT!?!??!! TWICE!!!!!!!!!


Linus is dying of envy beside me. You must have been dying.

I would feel horrible if she killed it!

ps- "small dog, large campus" is about the cutest caption ever :)

Whosyergurl said...

YAY, Winnie! Congrats on graduation!
Love the slide makes me smile. teach me how to do that!
hugs to both,
Cheryl in IN