December 14, 2011

Thursday With Tag - Reunion...

"Looks like a herd...and I'm a herding dog. Hmmmm."
What a wonderful day yesterday. I drove over to Boot Camp and met up with Tag and his trainer, Mike to see my corgi's progress. (He's eight months old already!)

Tag was in the training truck when I got there. When I knew Mike was going to take him out of his kennel, I crouched down to wait for the boy. He sat down with his back to me, completely focused on Mike, so he didn't know I was there yet. I quietly said, "Hey, Tag", and he turned and sprinted to me!

Once he got to me, he showed me just how glad he was that I was there. He was rubbing up against me, cuddling and being completely silly. He was so cute I could have just sat there like that all afternoon, but there was work to do!
Mike told me that Tag is "co-habitating" while he's at Boot Camp. He shares his bunk with a sweet little, female spaniel named "Ike" and they're getting along famously.  (That's her in the picture.)
Mike showed me how well Tag is learning his lessons. He's heeling, sitting, staying, going to a down position on command, and he's even sitting "remotely" (away from the handler).

In this picture, Mike has called him in from a remote sit. He was trucking so fast that he looked airborne!
"Look, Mom. No hands! 
Can you sheee me fetching? Aren't you proud of me?"
Mike said that Tag's workout went very well. He did a little celebration dance while Tag looked on. After Mike finished with Tag, I put on my whistle and took him through his paces. Mike cheered us on and told us that Tag is really learning quickly. (I think he likes my boy!)
After his workout, Tag and I got to spend some quality time together. I trimmed his toenails, brushed his teeth - and perhaps a few treats were handed out. I couldn't possibly comment!

I get to see him again in two weeks, and then, two weeks after that, Tag will graduate from Boot Camp. He's majoring in "Being a Good Dog" and minoring in "Fetching". I wonder if he'll get a certificate?

Tag has learned so much already, so he'll be rockin' and rollin' by the time I get back! I've got a lot more photos, but I'll save a few for the next Tuesdays With Tag post.

For everyone who asked me to give him a hug and a smooch from you when I saw him...I sure did! He liked every little bit of affection, too! He asked me to tell all his "Aunties" he said "hi!"

More later.
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Quiltin' Sandy said...

Lovely pictures, Donna! Your little guy is doing you proud!!!!

MosaicMagpie said...

I can just picture him turning towards you, "Mom"! What a nice description of the reunion. He looks as though he is doing famously with class and his bunk mate. Did you remember to give him a hug from me?
Deb

Carol said...

I just don't think I could stand to have my baby gone so long!! What else will he learn? Glad you had a nice visit. He sure did look airborn!
xx, Carol

Claudia said...

Bravo, Tag! He looks happy and proud of himself, as he should be! But I bet it must be awfully hard to leave him after your visit. 4 more weeks? Hang in there!

xo
Claudia

downsize said...

So glad you had such a good visit and Tag is progressing so well. He looks so grown up, ready to work, yet still adorably cute. Thanks for sharing these photos and the report of a successful day.

Chris said...

Good boy, Tag! It's going to be a great homecoming for you :-)

DeeDee said...

Way to go Tag!!... he is such a good boy... I know you miss him lots but oh what a great releationship you will build on his return...

Happy Holidays to you and Yours Donna... so glad Tag loved up on you... mine gives me the cold shoulder for leaving him...lol... he is so sentimental...

s.l.greek said...

cousin- he is SOOO handsome and smart. i know he will do you and steve proud. the weeks are flying by and he will be home before you know it.

Jan M said...

I bet Tag was as happy to see you, as you were to see him! It must have been difficult to leave him again. He is doing so well, and learning so much. Graduation and that certificate will be here before we know it!

Marydon said...

I hear a lilt to your words, Donna ...

Merry Christmas
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Minimiss said...

Oooo, I nearly cried when I read how Tag came running to you. Nothing like the love of a dog. He looks as though he is enjoying himself. Love that last shot.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Ahhh, he's learning to be such a good boy! Twyla

Queenie Believe said...

He looks like quite the happy guy.I'm sure he is loving boot amp and will be even happier with all his training.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Go, Tag, Go! I got teary reading your post...can't imagine how you felt when you had to leave him behind. I love the photo of him in the truck. What a face. :)

nancy huggins said...

I bet it is hard to go off and leave him but will be all done soon. I wish I could take Maggie and Calli for training buy from what I have read it wouldn't do much good as far as them taking off..I guess that is in their blood and they will do that until they are to old to run like the wind and I bet I will be to old too :)
Tag is truly a real handsom Dog..Give him another hug from me :)

Michelle May said...

Such a good boy! I could just picture him sprinting to you. Like something out of a movie. :)
I know you miss him terribly.

Lorraine Young Pottery said...
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Lorraine Young Pottery said...

What a proud dog mummy you are! Tag is just adorable and you gotta love his enthusiasm.

Lorraine :-}

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I can just imagine your immense joy when you were reunited with your sweet Tag. What a beautiful and good boy he is - and so handsome. I know you will be counting down the days until he comes back home from camp permanently. :)

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