Today was the annual puppy raiser picnic for Can Do Canines so I took all 3 boys. Chuck was very excited to see some of his siblings again as being apart for 1 day is rough! (While I have had Chuck for 1 week the other puppies didn't go to their homes until Friday so Chuck has been coming into work with me some days and seeing them).
There were some little games set up for the puppy raisers and one that I was most excited about was the tennis ball retrieves. About 50 balls were scattered about inside some ring barriers and the dog had to bring back as many as he could in 60seconds while the handler stood behind a line. I knew that Vito would either rock the house or fail miserably. Well in the first 5 seconds I could tell that it was going to be the latter. Vito excitedly rushed to the pile and then went from ball to ball, picking up and dropping them as he went. Impressively he would come when I called, but drop the ball. Then he scattered some so they rolled outside of the ring and Vito would whine as he only wanted that one special ball. Finally he started to get the hang of it, but alas time ran out after he brought 4. The first place dog only brought 6 so I guess he didn't do too horrible, but I still think of all those balls that could have been mine!
Another game was a relay obedience race with stops along the way for the dog to sit and down. 3 dogs formed a team so I took the boys to the line! Chuckles went first, followed by Lance, and Vito as anchor. We flew through the course in record speed with Chuck even offering automatic sits at some of the halts and going down for my hand signal each time! I think it goes with out saying who the winning team was ;)
A dog park was next door so we all headed over after the festivities. Chuck was in heaven since the park was laid in wood chips. And Vito was happy so many people were there to throw the ball for him. Lance just followed around barking.