Siberian + Obedience in the same sentence!

Ha-roo everyone!
We hope woo had a fun Halloween (if woo celebrate that in your part of the world). We did! Jack greeted every kid at the door, and got many many many pets! Moo joined him occasionally, not wanting to miss out on the attention. The best comment we got was from a little 5 year old girl who, after insisting she pet both of them, said "I really like your wolves". Awww, isn't that precious? Mom's pumpkin turned out nicely. we of course snoopervised its carving and Jack ate most of the carved out parts.
Check it out:
So today we're going to explore a phenomenon: Siberian Husky Obedience Trials at the Nationals! Yup, there are Siberians who have made agreements to "obey". Who knew? We're sure there must be some spectacular treats involved. We wanna see the contract. Ha-roo roo roo!

When mom arrived there were Siberians sitting unattended for up to 5 minutes at a time. Not doing anything, just sitting waiting for their owners to return to the ring to "release" them. Mom said she was stunned and it gave her hope.. Hope for what? A couple weeks ago dad turned to her and said "Have you noticed that Moo doesn't do anything we ask her?" (Moo says "That's my story & I'm stickin to it".) Then there were group trials. FYI: the fluffy fellow closest to us was the winner in these trials.
Later in the afternoon were "Rally team" trials. This is a group of Siberians and handlers that do synchronized movements. Mom sat next to a lady who does rally trials, so she got the scoop first hand. Here they are all ready for action: The guy in the cap is the "team leader" and calls out the commands as they are given to him by the judge.
They go around the ring, changing directions & pausing to sit & stuff. Here they are doing "weave poles" using peeps for poles:
This next task was interesting. All the dogs sit at one end opposite their handler. One by one they are called to walk across the ring and do a down stay on command while the others cross.
Last pup stopped a bit short, but mom was impressed.
Lastly, they are all told to "stay" and are allowed to do whatever they want as long as they don't get up. This part of the trial we understand! The pup that flopped over & snoozed got a big chuckle from the crowd!
After that, mom walked around & shopped. Our yogurt bones came from the Siberian Health Foundation booth behind this handsome guy, Yuri. Mom talked to his mom for quite a while. Yuri reminded her of Jack's best friend Moon, remember him?
Mom bought a few things (we'll post them later this week). Bus she says that in the next picture shows her with what she really wanted & she was ready to head home, ha-roo roo! (Its that adorable Moo-cousin Falcon again!)
Too bad she didn't bring him home, he would have been a lot of fun to play with! Ha-woo, we'll get to meet him next time we stay at Moo's Mom's B&B up north of here.

a-roos to yous, and toodle-woo,
Jack a-roo & Miss Moo


Random Felines said...

What fun....loved hearing about the trials - though mom muttered something about sibes listening like cats...we aren't sure we get that. MOL

Finn said...

Wow...I am just in awe thinking of leaving any dog for five minutes in the sit position. I don't think that would go over well here. Can't wait to see what you bought!

Kari in Vegas said...

thats an awesome punkin!

Stop on by for a visit

Wild Dingo said...

does this mean woo and woo's mom are going to schwool now?

we went hiking today in a really pretty area with a dog pal and tried to do a group photo. the ONLY one to do the long sit stay each time? Juno. yes, miss thang was the best one of the 3. even better than the suck-up Loki. she was the only one to get treats for her stay. i mean, after all, sibes ARE working dogs, no? so yes, there is "hope" for woo and woo's mom!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mom says she bets you both do a pretty good job of obeying too;). Most of the time like us- BOL.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Huffle Mawson said...

I think that next time you should get to go along too! Your mum had too much fun without you.

Two French Bulldogs said...

very cool...is every buddy listening?
Benny & Lily

The Army of Four said...

Falcon looks a lot like you, Moo!
PS: Are we really SURE those guys are Siberians?

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I vote to chekhk fur zippers -

I bet there are Golden Retrievers in there!

PeeEssWoo: I mean FIVE MINUTES??? Of khourse, if there was a tree to sit under MAYBE!

FiveSibesMom said...

Moo's cousin is beautiful! Should have snuck him in your car and got out of there with him fast!!!

Nice pumpkin, too!