Monday, June 15, 2009

Blue Monday #38: "Training Aid"


"Waiting For A Ride"
Jacksonville, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)


In the sport of Schutzhund the participants (the canine ones at least) must pass an obedience trial under a variety of conditions. The dogs must be trained to respond only to command regardless of distractions.

In a Schutzhund trial, therefore, the dogs are tested under a variety of conditions including a person riding a bicycle past them. The successful candidate will remain in whatever basic position the handler places them until told to move or remain at heel during the walking phase of the test. Since the trial I went to lasted two days, the bicycle used in that part of the trial was left at the field overnight, stashed between these two stacks of pallets where I found it before the competition began on the second morning. It looked lonely, so I snapped a few photos just so you can see what a lonely bicycle looks like.Violence Unsilenced
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24 comments:

Robin said...

That does look lonely. Rusty too. Great shot though.

The Bumbles said...

I love this Mojo. Sentimental - everything.

magiceye said...

looks elegantly relaxed :)

Have started a new meme Pet Pride where you can display your or your friends' pets every week beginning every Sunday! Do join in and share your pet pride with the world!

SandyCarlson said...

Do you have any idea how long Miss Gulch has been looking for that, Mojo? And what did you do with her basket?

an-ocean-beach-lovers-place.com said...

Very lonely! But joking aside..., I admire how these dogs are trained, or rather can be trained. It's a great capture!

Barb said...

Love that pic!!!

thanks

barbara jean

Carrie said...

Your blue bike photo makes a striking graphic.

Anne Fannie said...

Love your picture and little story!
Happy Blue Monday...
~Ann

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I had a bike like that...my first bike...blue just like this one...great picture. Happy Blue Monday.

Yira said...

That is a really neat picture - they do say a picture is worth a thousand words :-)

Shadow said...

a lonely bicycle, i knew it! you have a big soft heart! *hugs*

Knitty said...

Perfect sentiment for this photo!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

My first bike was blue! Great post! Happy Blue Monday.

Mary said...

That is a fantastic picture. The bit of blue is an eyecatching. Have a wonderful day.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Great photo! That is some pretty tough training. Did you pass? Congrats to you and the dog either way because it is quite an undertaking from what I understand.

Daryl said...

That's a wonderful bike shot ..

Terry said...

Hey Mojo
Great Bike photo today.
Happy Blue Monday to you.
Have a wonderful week.
Happy Trails.

Smilingsal said...

What an interesting story to go along with the picture. Thank you for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

BTW: We've lived and worked in South Florida for over 45 years. I've already retired a couple years ago, and I'm only moving four hours north to Tampa--still Florida.

Ashley ~ said...

Someone needs to be riding that pretty blue bike*! *sigh* _Ashley

RobinfromCA said...

What a great photo! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Blue Monday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

great photo! Hope you had a Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

nice photo and happy Monday!

Fitty

imjacobsmom said...

It does look a little forlorn. That competition sounds interesting. I don't think my dog would make it past the first round...Robyn

aguthrieimages said...

Sorry so late Mojo, catching up! I liked this idea a lot, that poor bike looks so lonely there tho but implemented for a good cause.