Tuesday, 31 May 2011

practising for Honey's doggy dancing competition

Well, Honey's competition has inspired us to get back to basics and resume having fun with doggy dancing. For a long time after Penny's operation on her cruciate ligament I've been rather nervous about trying out too many moves, because I'm scared of injuring the knee. But it's such fun dancing in the kitchen that I got brave tonight and tried out old familiar moves. Tomorrow will be 'crunch time' when we see whether she is limping.

I dragged out the great video I bought when I attended a Richard Curtis seminar last year - oh, was it last year? Maybe it was the year before, now that I think about it. Last year is a black hole of depression about Penny's increasingly sore knee and then the long, slow recovery. Okay, maybe it was 2009...

No, just checked back and it was April 2010.

Anyway, I sat down and watched it and decided to build on the old reversing trick she knows quite well. (Richard Curtis calls it 'verse'.) We're going to try to conquer a new move where she circles backwards around me. If we get super sophisticated, I'll try turning in the opposite direction as she does it. You can see him doing it in the beginning of this routine.

I'm not thinking we could incorporate this in her routine for Honey's competition, but I thought it would be fun to try it anyway. (Our so-called 'routine', by the way, is pretty chaotic so far, but we're having fun, and I know that's the point of this competition!)

Here we are, back at work... or should I say, back having fun?

This is only the first part of the circling move. We'll stick with this part of it until it's definitely part of her repertoire, then maybe we'll try the next part of the move.

NOTE: My sister just looked at this post and told me that in the Richard Curtis routine the dog is circling forwards, and in the move I'm trying to learn with Penny, she will circle forwards backwards.


Anonymous said...

Wow! You sure know a lot of tricks for Big Honey Dog's Dance. That is one fancy move weaving around your human's legs like that. Keep up the good work!

Thanks for visiting my blog the other day. I was so excited to see a comment from you.

Lassiter Chase the Sheltie

Molly the Airedale said...

You are doing fabulously, Penny! You are so smart!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

parlance said...

Maggie and Mitch, thanks for the encouragement!

parlance said...

Lassiter Chase, it's great when someone new decides to join in and add to the the dog-blogging world.

I enjoyed visiting you.

Unknown said...

I'm late and only just catching up!

OOh - I loved how you talked through your video - often videos are just dogs doing trick after trick so it's actually really nice to occasionally have the human explain things or just inform on why/how you're going things - it's great!

I'm always so envious of people with dogs that can do the "verse" move - it's just a physical impossibility with Honey!! :-)