Thursday, July 23, 2009

One of my favorite photographs of Milly

I wanted to share one of my favorite photographs of Milly - there are a handful I love equally - and this is one of them! This photo was taken about a year and a half ago, and now Milly's face is almost entirely white. I love the way she is looking up at the camera in this shot, and the lighting really captures her in a beautiful way. Another one of my favorite shots of her is the picture in the header and my avatar taken at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, because you can see the reflection of the cherry trees in her eye.

Milly and I are currently working very hard on basic obedience in preparation for taking our Canine Good Citizen test. For a long time I have wanted Milly to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, but our training and practicing kept getting side tracked - first with my shoulder surgery, and then with the election (for those of you who don't know I work in politics) - but for the past few weeks we've really practiced almost everyday! Today and yesterday I had to take time off from our hour of practice/training, because of bad weather, but I'm hoping to do a lot tomorrow. I try to make the training/practice sessions very fun and positive for Milly. She really seems to enjoy every minute of it (that makes my job much easier)! Over the past two weeks we have worked hard on perfecting loose leash walking, down, down/stay, and long distance recalls. She is really doing great, and I'm very proud of her. Milly and I will be heading to the North East Kingdom of Vermont in about a week, and while on vacation I plan on doing a lot of off leash work with her, and hopefully by the end of nine days on a lake she will over come her fear of swimming. It's probably a stretch, but I'd like to try to take the CGC test when we get back from Vermont (the middle of August).

I will be doing the drawing for the pupcake giveaway tomorrow using a random number generator. If you haven't already entered there is still a little bit of time left. Your odds are pretty high of winning, because there will be TWO winners! :)


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I am actually self-teaching:) This is such a great photo!

  2. What a great photo! I hope you rock the CGC!

  3. She is beautiful. Really cool about working toward the canine good citizen test. That is awesome. All the things you are working on, we need to work a LOT on with Linus.

    We had thoughts of trying to take that test one day but there's a long ways to go before that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. millington is darling! i think we want a golden when we get a day...hopefully he or she will be as sweet as your baby.

    good work on all of the training!

  5. Thank you all for the kind words.

    The great thing about goldens is they really are versatile and are totally fine living in apartments with daily exercise (though I could see an apartment with Mabry, Herby, and a golden would being a bit too crowded).

    It has been a lot of work to really manage my time to train Milly at least 5 days a week, but working with her is such a joy, and I am amazed at how quickly she is learning with consistent training! It's a lot of fun! :)