A guide to navigating the challenge and adventure of life with your dogs.

Meet the three lost dogs

Friday –
Friday is an eleven-year-old German Shepherd/Akita mix. I adopted her when she was a puppy and I was a puppy to the world of dog training. Since Friday started this whole journey with me she has seen every dog training, care and feeding technique I’ve experimented with. As a result, I think she’s a bit jaded.

Unlike her “brothers,” Friday has no interest in organized sports like agility. She thinks they’re beneath her. Instead, she’s something of a nature freak, preferring to spend her play time swimming and hiking.

Update: After a short battle with cancer, Friday died peacefully in my arms June 29, 2012. She was a beautiful, independent soul who influenced my life in more ways than I can count. Thank you, Friday. For everything.

Jonas, Novice Versatility, O-NCC, O-NAC, O-TG-N, O-TN-N, O-WV-N, HP-N, S-NJC – Jonas is the titled member of the family. We try not to let it go to his head. Jonas, a former agility dog, has officially retired from competition at the Open level in NADAC agility. He also likes to train in disc dog, though not for competition.

Jonas was my foster failure. I met him at “my” shelter when he was five months old and afraid of strangers. I took him home to foster him, and, well, never took him back. It took a while, but he is now over his fears and actually likes meeting new people.

Jonesy is a nine-year-old mystery mutt. Recent events have led me to believe he’s probably some type of husky, descended from a long line of Iditarod champions.

Merlin – Merlin is a ball of Border Collie/Australian shepherd (we call him a “Bossie”) energy who, true to his breeds, drives his packmates insane with his incessant need to be always be DOING SOMETHING. He is almost six years old.

Merlin’s passion in life is disc dog. Click here to watch him in action.