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About 3 years ago when I was researching the Mudi breed, I came across the name Mookie and fell in love with it!  And...  it flowed...  "Mookie the Mudi" !  And then came the phrase "The Adventures of Mookie the Mudi" !  And the shortened version probably for training is Mook .  And referring to him I've heard myself say The Mookster, Mr. Mook, or SUPER MOOKER !        I discovered several definitions but choose this one:   "Something or someone who is kooky, cool, intelligent, funny, alternative, stylish, irreverent, inspired and adventurous"!           So that's it!  This blog is for me to keep track of his life, training and fun stuff we do!  And it's available for anyone else who is interested!  Click here to find out what is a Mudi anyway?  Click the following links for categories of current and upcoming posts Weekly first, now MONTHLY Progress Posts The Beginning in Hungary and Travel Click the following LINKS to  PICTURES  and  VIDEOS

2024. 4 April

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     Titles and awards earned this month ....   Link to Mookie's titles   88  Titles from August 2022 through February 2024 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to APRIL photos!                                            Link to APRIL videos! FETCH ADVANCED In April 2024, he earned the  Fetch Advanced  title in Plymouth in a dusty horse barn with birds flying around!  The previous 2 tests were in a facility with rubber matting floor so this was very different.  Also, it all of a sudden became more challenging!!  The distance for the Advanced retrieves is 70 ft. The course has 3 blinds which are screens at least 24 inches tall, and 10 ft. to 12 ft. wide.  As Mookie sat by my side at the start line, a helper dropped a bumper behind each blind as he watched and he calls "hey, hey, hey" as he dropped the bumper.  To pass, Mookie had to do  2 single retrieves and 2 double retrieves .  A double is when the helper drops the bumpers behind 2 blinds and Mookie had to

Mookie's Health and Stuff

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Bariguard Ron (aka "Mookie") and his stuff!!  Embark (Dog DNA Test) Embark for Breeders dog DNA test includes a dog's results for health conditions, genetic coefficient of inbreeding (COI), and 35 trait tests including coat color, shedding, and more. Mookie's EMBARK  Mookie's full EMBARK report (PDF) OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) OFA's mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease by collating and disseminating information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.      Mookie's OFA listing   NOTE:   Hip X-rays to be taken 3/11/24   AKC (American Kennel Club) The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation's oldest, largest, and most esteemed purebred dog registry.  Below is Mookie's info!  AKC DNA Profile Results Bariguard Ron Hungarian Pedigree TITLES   (Click here for the link to everything!) (AKC and UKC titles are copied f

2024.3 March

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    Titles and awards earned this month ....   Link to Mookie's titles   85  Titles from August 2022 through February 2024 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to MARCH photos!                                                  Link to MARCH videos! It was a training not trialing month and SO MUCH FUN!   We're working on carting (aka drafting), more tricks, agility, fetch, obedience, rally, scent work, barn hunt, frisbee and shed hunting!  We plan to go with wherever the wind takes us and enjoy it!!   Obedience! Several times each week we meet with a group at the Winnegamie Dog Club to get together and train!  It's a great group and we're learning SO much and Mookie really likes retrieving the dumbbell and gloves, doing the go-outs, and directed jumping!  Of course, we practice all of that individually in a super fun manner and will put it all together when the time comes to trial. Rally!  This follows along with obedience since that's what it is.  1-2x

FETCH!!!

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 Fetch!  Yes!  It's a THING!    AKC added this fun test to the Family Dog program which also includes the other tests like the CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Farm Dog, FIT Dog, Therapy Dog, ATT and Virtual Home Manners.  From the  AKC website :  AKC Family Dog is a comprehensive good manners program for all dogs, whether purebred or mixed breed. While participating in enjoyable activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. AKC Fetch titles were created as another activity in which owners could have fun with their dogs in the AKC Family Dog Program. Earning AKC Fetch titles provides opportunities for both physical and mental exercise. While some dogs will naturally fetch balls, AKC Fetch, especially at the advanced levels, will involve teaching new skills such as directed retrieving. SO...  I thought another FUN thing to do with the Mookster!!   He's been retrieving since Day 1 and gets a reward for bringing me thi

2024.2 February

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   Titles and awards earned this month ....   Link to Mookie's titles   84  Titles from August 2022 through February 2024 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to FEBRUARY photos!                                                 Link to FEBRUARY videos! This was a " let's get​ more titles done " month​ adding 8 more to the list! ​What we did was to continue on our journey of completing Do More With Your Dog trick​ titles, finish​ed up a C-WAGS ​6-week league and achieving 3 Scent titles, and participating in an AKC weekend where he ​passed the AKC Temperament Test and the Fetch Novice ​test.    AKC Fetch is all about retrieving... a ball or a bumper which he prefers.  He loves retrieving and since he came to me he has picked up things around the house and, of course, I told him what a great dog he was as I treated him when he brought items to me.  This continued and carries over into sports where he does the dumbbell retrieve perfectly,  brings back gloves f

2024.1 January

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  Titles and awards earned this month ....   Link to Mookie's titles    76 Titles from August 2022 through January 2024 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to JANUARY photos!                                                  Link to JANUARY videos! Training and more training!  FUN stuff!  All the stuff we do!  I told someone recently that we tend to go the way the wind blows and I love it.  If something is available and local, why not!!    There were lots of gatherings multiple times each week to train with various obedience people, some with food, some without but all with FUN and good training! We joined a C-WAGS league in Stevens Point on Monday mornings where 3 weeks are Scent searches and 3 weeks are Rally, Zoom and Obedience Runs.  It just finished up today as I write this in February and was lots of fun.  Mookie got 35 legs including 3 new Scent titles and lots of legs towards future titles!   We entered an AKC Conformation show and got to group both days but cha

2023.12 December

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  Titles and awards earned this month ....   Link to Mookie's titles    76 Titles from August 2022 through December 2023 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to DECEMBER photos!                                                  Link to DECEMBER videos! DECEMBER 2023!      End of the year!     OMG     What a year!!     My goals were to do as much as possible in the lower levels of as many sports as possible!  Truth is I ran out of time and some goals had to be pushed to 2024! 56 titles in 2023 8 different venues (AKC, Barn Hunt, C-WAGS, DMWYD, IABCA, IPDA, NACSW, UKC) 10 different sports  (Barn Hunt, Conformation, Fast Cat, Nosework, Obedience, Parkour, Rally, Scent Work, Shed, Tricks)  plus titles in Conditioning and Manners 76 TOTAL titles in 18 months!! Barn Hunt 2023 standings! Fast Cat 2023 standings Some sports we practice or are playing around with but haven't titled yet (maybe never) are: Agility Drafting/Carting Frisbee  Dock Diving Puller Herding Coursing Tr

2023.11 November

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  Titles and awards earned this month ....   Nose Work Skills Achievement Master NSAM NACSW Novice Trick Dog-Masters NTD-M DMWYD Shed Dog Level 1 SD-1 NASDA Novice Trick Dog NTD DMWYD Nose Work Skills Achievement 2 NSA2 NACSW Link to Mookie's titles    74 Titles from August 2022 through November 2023 What is a title, really?  (...a must read!) Link to NOVEMBER photos! Link to NOVEMBER videos! This was the month of virtual titles!  We needed to do the NOVICE TRICK DOG title from DO MORE WITH YOUR DOG (DMWYD) because that is a prerequisite for the STUNT DOG title which was on the agenda for December.  The novice title is 15 tricks and since we knew most on the list we continued with another 15 for a total of 30 tricks for the NOVICE TRICK DOG-MASTER title!   We finished up the NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) virtual titles and got the NOSE WORK SKILLS ACHIEVEMENT 2 title and then because when we submitted level 3 he got all the points, he earned the NOSE WORK SKI