Tag: dogs

It’s a sign

Deep Cove's dog sign
Good dog!

There must be something in the water (or more likely coffee) that the sign writers in North Vancouver drink because they certainly let their sense of humour out to play. This example is one of the best known. It is in Deep Cove, the eastern most part of the north shore. Perhaps that’s where it all started – the sign writers must have thought that this would be too far off the beaten track. Not so! Deep Cove is a popular place because it is quiet and has great access to the waters of Indian Arm. In fact just by this sign you can hire a kayak and go out and explore this beautiful inlet.

Off leash area exit sign
Sorry buddy

This one apologizes to the dog for having to go back on the leash when leaving the off leash area. This is down by the harbour centre in North Vancouver. The fenced in off-leash area has its own beach so that the dogs can swim.

There are a lot of other signs around the area. I collected a few photos on our facebook page if you want to see more. Or you can spend an enjoyable day yourself and tour North Vancouver looking out for similar signs.

More agility

Jasper at agility
Jasper at agility

I also have now taken Jasper, our Border Collie, to an agility competition. I’ve been taking him to his classes most weeks, except when we went away. So by August he had learned everything except the “teeter totter” (see-saw) and we entered him into the Club’s fun competition.

The trainer said he should stop getting extra food as he was a bit tubby. So we have cut out all his snacks and put him on food for “Laid Back, Chilled out Dogs”. Now he is so desperate for a treat he would turn cartwheels if I asked him!

The competition was held in the Capilano River Park in a field. It was a very hot day and there were over 100 people with their dogs there. The dogs were entered into various competitions, and competed against dogs of the same size and ability.

Jasper was in “Specials” (beginners). I have a friend who was competing with 2 of her dogs, one a master champion and one a beginner. There are also Regulars, Veterans (over 7 years old) and a special category for dogs who compete in Agility competitions.

At the first competition – Jumpers – Jasper ran off the course, so my Mum had to come and stand at the start line. He did complete the course, barking his head off. We came last.

The second one, Standard (like mock competition course), was worse. He had noticed all the para-gliders who were launching themselves off Grouse Mountain and decided to bark at them. Half way round the course he stopped to bark at a guy who was swooping overhead to land in the park opposite. Next a fire truck came past and freaked him out. We came last again.

In the Team section, he was brilliant, did the course perfectly in 16 secs. We came 3rd. In the Gamblers section, we tied 3rd but the other dog was faster so we came 4th. A good first attempt! I bought him a bone to celebrate, I don’t think that will make him fat.

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