Handsome beast.

It’s unfortunate though that his white racing stripe on his left hear has been mostly faded out. It was a pretty spiffy accessory.

Handsome beast.

It’s unfortunate though that his white racing stripe on his left hear has been mostly faded out. It was a pretty spiffy accessory.

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It’s rare when I catch him sleeping like this, but I still get excited!

It’s rare when I catch him sleeping like this, but I still get excited!

Birthday boy enjoying his present!

We really only get him nylabone-type toys anymore because anything else gets destroyed way too fast.

Birthday boy enjoying his present!

We really only get him nylabone-type toys anymore because anything else gets destroyed way too fast.

Busy!

Lack of updates is the sign of a busy dog!

Monte has started advanced obedience and we will be testing for the CGC certification at the end! Super excited for that. He is doing better with the jumping on people, and the handling crowds part, so he’s getting there. We took him to the farmers’ market in town this past weekend and he handled it like a champ. There’s hope for him yet.

Haven’t been herding lately, which is unfortunate, but it’s just been hard to find the time. The weather has also been nasty so being outside for any period of time is hard for dog and handler alike.

He’s happy and healthy, and with his new harness he has a newfound enjoyment of walks too! We’re taking a lot more walks now that we have a harness. He behaves on the leash so much better, and since he’s less tempted to pull he has more energy and we can go farther.

Happy first birthday, Monte!

You’ve grown up so much, you hardly even fit in your food bowl anymore!

Happy first birthday, Monte!

You’ve grown up so much, you hardly even fit in your food bowl anymore!

Monte in dish

what

what

no, your giant stick can’t come inside

no, your giant stick can’t come inside

Monte says, “They’re hands! I swear!” as he works on a nylabone
Monte at about 4 months

Monte says, “They’re hands! I swear!” as he works on a nylabone

Monte at about 4 months

How Monte got his name (hint, I’m a big nerd)

I’m at training for work this week and it involves some discussion of statistical methods. For a lot of people this is turbo boring. It’s a huge part of my work, and I love statistics. So much that I named my dog after a statistical method.

No, seriously.

My master’s thesis was on using an uncertainty analysis method to inform climate-related risk in hydraulic structure design… sounds boring. The actual title begins with the phrase “Monte Carlo Simulation…”

Some vets/kennels refer to the dog by name, as if he was a person. You may see a greyhound named Buster Smith or a Westie named Delilah Brown, and on vet bills and charts the dog has their people’s last name.

The first syllables of my last name sound a lot like “Carlo”. People generally miss the Monte Carlo phrase even when they say it out loud, but they groan if they figure it out.

The people I told in class only shook their heads.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_carlo_method

Somehow Monte got this stick through the fence. It was resting peacefully in the neighbor’s yard, a good couple feet away from the fence. When my back was turned, he pulled it through and was running around with it.
It’s longer than him. And long dog is looooooooong.

Somehow Monte got this stick through the fence. It was resting peacefully in the neighbor’s yard, a good couple feet away from the fence. When my back was turned, he pulled it through and was running around with it.

It’s longer than him. And long dog is looooooooong.

Hipster corgi thinks your taste in kibble is too mainstream.

Hipster corgi thinks your taste in kibble is too mainstream.