When Sunny and I started doggy school in 2001, I only planned on taking a ten week puppy class so she could learn basic manners. She loved it and I loved it. We ended up going through an Intermediate Class. Then we moved on to Hobby Advanced until her back got too fragile to continue in 2009.
When middle age Pappy joined the family in 2002 he had many "issues". He started doggy school, gradually resolved his issues with the help of dog trainer Gail, and ended up in Hobby Advanced. For many years, I went to to Hobby Advanced class twice a week, once with Sunny, again with Pappy. It was fun and a big part of my life.
That's why I cried last night when Pappy had his last doggy school class. He is just too old to continue.
To mark the occasion and bring back some fond memories, here are a few of my favorite pictures from his doggy school days.
Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade, June 2004.
Briarwood dogs and owners marched as the Briarwood Beach Bums and won second place.
I promised Pappy if he would leave the Doggles on for the entire parade he would never had to wear them again. He did and I kept the promise.
Picnic at Lake Michigan, Summer 2005. Gail is teaching Pappy to swim.
I love the way his tail sticks up above the water.
He did swim in Lake Michigan. He'd rather not. I never made him swim again.
Christmas Party, 2004.
He wants to, but he didn't.
Halloween Party 2008.
Pappy the pumpkin.