K9 Kamp Challenge 2: Fetch It Yourself

The second K9 “Boot” Kamp challenge was much harder than the first. We went from a relaxing jog up a steep hill to all of a sudden racing our dogs to a tennis ball. I feel like I missed a step somewhere. I definitely feel misled. This isn’t a challenge for humans and their dogs. It’s an opportunity for dogs to make their humans look utterly ridiculous.

The bad news is: we lost the tennis ball. The good news is: Shiva’s recall has improved greatly in the last year. Our lack of a fenced yard required us to take a risk and play this game in a public park. A very distracting environment for the canine part of the team. The evening was cool and rainy so I hoped that meant we’d have the place to ourselves. Naturally, a nice-looking student had to turn the corner just as I threw the tennis ball, camera poised in front of my face. The ridiculousness of my appearance did not escape me. At least Shiva chose to come back to me instead of running in circles around the poor kid. I was saved that horrific level of embarrassment.

I don’t know how the others fared, but not once did I beat Shiva to the ball. Not even when I gave myself a gigantic head start. Not even when I wrapped the ball in a discarded pepperoni wrapper, thinking it would distract her. Not even when I threw a treat in the other direction. She somehow managed to chase the treat, find it in the grass, eat it, and still make it to the tennis ball before I did.

Grrrrrr.

Since her retrieve outdoors isn’t as strong as her recall, she didn’t do a whole lot of actual fetching. She would blast ahead of me, grab the ball, and then run in large circles around the park. That’s when I tried to use my “superior” intellect and called her back while running in the opposite direction, trying to incite Shiva to chase me for a change. My trick worked but she frequently dropped the ball in the process. We managed to find it again for several more throws but eventually it was lost to the wilds.

Fortunately, Shiva loves searching for things almost as much as she loves making me look like an idiot.

As punishment for losing the race every single time, Shiva made me run up more hills on the way home. What did I do to deserve this dog? She makes Jillian Michaels look like a sweetheart.

Check out what the other campers are up to by reading the latest updates on Kolchak and Kelly’s blogs. The next challenge will be posted tomorrow. It’s not too late to join in! 

27 thoughts on “K9 Kamp Challenge 2: Fetch It Yourself

  1. LOL! There is no way I’d win that challenge either… unless I put the dogs on a sit/down stay and threw it and got it myself LOL! At least you gave it a shot and tried–I bet shiva though racing you was lots o fun! Keep up the good work!

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  2. haha, good job!
    I think i made Gwynn nervous by running after him and the ball/frisbee when it was thrown. instead of his usual bring-it-near-you-and-drop-it, he would grab the ball, run a bit further and drop it when he saw i’d stopped running/wasn’t chasing him 😛 and yes, i looked ridiculous too, never fear!

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    • Glad I wasn’t the only one! It’s just too bad we don’t live closer so we could look crazy together.

      Poor Gwynn, you had him so confused!

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  3. I totally agree! This challenge was no fair for us humans! I am so glad no one was home to take pictures when Sherman and I did this challenge! I beat Sherman once to his fetch toy, but it was only because I cheated and pushed him!

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    • ROTFLMAO! You pushed him?! Koly calls foul!! If it makes you feel better, I didn’t beat Koly to th ball even one darn time – and h’s SMALL! I guess that is the point though, huh? Our dogs are in ay better shape than us!

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    • Hahahaha! I love it! If I could have gotten anywhere near Shiva I totally would have done the same. Maybe even thrown out a leg to trip her up a little. Unfortunately, she was wise to my schemes.

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  4. LOL, I’d never win this challenge either. I cracked up about Shiva getting the treat, eating it, and still getting to the ball first. That would be the scene if I tried this with Clancy too LOL.

    Love the pictures!

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  5. Ha ha ha! I’m picturing you trying to outrun her! Shiva is part ninja, what on Earth made you think you had a chance? And no way could I possibly beat any of my dogs to something they really wanted. Heck, Lilac outran me last Fall at the dog park because she was tired of being brushed! Yes, outrun by a fifteen year old Greyhound!

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    • Oh my. Don’t feel bad. Lilac is incredibly spry for her age. It’s a greyhound’s instinct after all. And she clearly had the right motivation! That says a lot about how she feels about grooming!

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  6. HAHAHA! Oh dear. I would never ever ever beat Bender to the ball. Most other dogs can’t beat him to the ball, and he’s getting towards middle-age now. He lives to retrieve (which is why we suspect he may have some labrador in him somewhere).

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    • It’s all about drive, isn’t it? Shiva never used to have much for a ball. Clearly something has changed. We have obviously worked with her too much and have only ourselves to blame.

      I’ve always loved the name Bender, by the way. I think it suits him so well.

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      • Yep, all about drive, and Bender is a very singleminded sort 🙂

        when I first named him 5.5 years ago, he was the only dog named Bender around, but now there are a few!

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  7. Seriously, if Shiva keeps this up she might win K9 Kamp MVP. Week 1 she snrfed garbage *while running* Week 2 she lets you get a head start, grabs a snack and still beats you – I tell ya, I can’ wait to see what week 3 will hold!

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  8. If that had been me I think I’d still be puffing too hard to write about it!

    Actually, if I didn’t throw the ball too far I probably could beat Beryl to it as she runs so fast she is way past it by the time her brakes kick in:)

    It sounds like you and Shiva are having a heap of fun, and entertaining the odd passerby too:)

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    • LOL. I can see that. Shiva does this nutty nose-dive thing that looks like it should hurt. Beryl clearly has more common sense. I’d love to see them in a race together.

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