Lure Coursing

We recently tried Lure Coursing with Rita!

Lure Coursing is a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Dogs of eligible breeds are evaluated for follow, speed, agility, endurance, and overall ability as they pursue an artificial lure zigzagging across an open field.  All dogs one year of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Lure Coursing Events.

AKC Recognized Breeds

  • Afghan Hound
  • Basenji
  • Borzoi
  • Cirneco Dell’Etna
  • Greyhound
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Sloughi
  • Whippet

If your dog is not one of the listed breeds above, you can still have them participate in the CAT test.  The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing, and is for any dog of any breed, including mixed-breeds, as long as it is at least 1 year old and individually registered or listed with AKC. It tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dog chases an artificial lure, and the test is a non-competitive pass/fail event with dogs run one at a time. To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Dogs that pass the CAT three times will earn a Coursing Ability (CA) title. Ten passes and a dog earns a Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) title, and 25 passes results in a Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) title. Licensed lure coursing clubs may hold CATs in conjunction with a licensed lure coursing trial or as a standalone event.

If your dog is not AKC registered at all, they can still participate in this lively and healthy activity by attending practice runs, as Rita did in the below video.

 She had a blast!

Lure coursing information from: AKC

 

 

The Liver Killers Review the CarPET Pet Hair Remover

Having both brown dogs as well as a white dog, we can never seem to be without dog hair showing on our clothes, furniture, or car upholstery.  I was very excited when we were asked to review the CarPET Pet Hair Remover by GlosStock.

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The packaging was appealing, and the directions were easy to understand.

I was especially excited we had been asked to try the CarPET Pet Hair Remover when I had a rental car with a black cloth interior, and forgot to put a seat cover down before taking Margarita on a ride with me!

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When I realized how much of Rita’s white hair was all over the rental car’s back seat, I ran to get the CarPet Pet Hair Remover…

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…and good thing I did~it worked great! Watch how the white dog hair begins to disappear:

The CarPET was super easy to use – all you have to do is hold one side of the rubber block FLAT on the surface and brush it lightly. You do not need to rub forcefully, as the pet hairs, will naturally brush away and gather on the block.   After every few strokes either tap the block gently and the hair will fall away – or for longer hair, simply pull it off the block with your fingers and dispose. If necessary, you can also clean the CarPET by running it under some water to rinse. 

Rita is super excited that the CarPET also comes in her favorite color:  hot pink!

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To buy the CarPET, click HERE!

The Underwater Treadmill is a Great Low-Impact Workout!

One of the ways our pack stays fit during the off-season in the winter months is using an underwater treadmill.  We take our dogs to Dr. Fulton at V-Crest.

This type of exercise is beneficial to dogs as it uses the therapeutic properties of water to improve range of motion, strengthen muscles, and boost endurance.  The underwater treadmill is a low-impact, high-resistance workout that provides optimal training and conditioning. During the off-season, this activity provides a rigorous cardiovascular workout for our pups, with reduced impact and stress on their joints!

Christmas 2016 (Margarita’s First!)

Rita’s stocking!

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All decorated for Santa!

The pups must have made Santa’s “Nice List!”

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Margarita had a blast on her first Christmas!

Merry Christmas from The Liver Killers!

Beco Flyer Soars to the Top of Lager’s List!

Beco Pets products are two-for-two here at Cello’s Corner!

As you know, Margarita tested out the Beco Ball on a Rope a couple of days ago, and she thoroughly enjoyed it! We were asked to review another product from Beco Pets.  This time, Lager had the pleasure of trying out the Beco Flyer!

The Beco Flyer is made from natural rubber and rice husk, making it non-toxic, and flexible, and perfect for a game of fetch! 

We loved that the Flyer’s packaging was printed on recycled paper!

The flyer is very flexible , and the raised profile made it easy for Lager to pick up.

Watch how flexible this Flyer is:

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The flyer was easy to handle, and all it took was a simple toss to get the Flyer to soar across the yard!

Lager had a blast chasing after this non-toxic toy!

Overall, Lager thoroughly enjoyed himself, and the Flyer helped make fetch a bit more fun as the bird dog in Lager enjoyed tracking this toy as it soared through the air.  We were very impressed with Beco toys so far, and look forward to trying other products from this eco-friendly company!

Check out Beco Pets on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Product Review: Beco Ball on a Rope

Keeping our Pointers both physically and mentally stimulated is very important to their health and happiness.  We are always looking for new, Pointer-proof toys to help us bond with our pups, as we exercise the four of them.  Our family is also very conscious about recycling, so I was more than eager when we were asked to try out a couple of products from Beco Pets!

 Beco Pets is a fast-growing company focused on creating products for your pooch that are also good for the environment – all without compromising on quality, price, or safety for your fur-child.  Whenever possible, Beco uses renewable or recyclable materials.

All rubber parts of Beco’s items are made from environmentally friendly rubber materials.  Beco uses ethically sourced risk husk, which makes the rubber biodegradable, and free of BPA and Phthalates. Plant fiber plastic, made mostly of bamboo (they even recycle chopsticks!), makes their bowls 100% biodegradable. Plush toys and beds are made with stuffing from recycled plastic bottles, and only natural dyes are used for coloring. This company even recycles their cardboard boxes into the packaging for their items!

The first item we explored was the Beco Ball on a Rope

The ball is made from natural rubber made from rice husk fibers, and the rope is made from 100% natural cotton.

This toxin-free toy is great for playing tug or fetch! We decided to let Margarita test-out this new toy!

Margarita also loved running around with this toy…

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…Playing tug…

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…and taking some time to stop and chew on it as well!

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Here is Margarita enjoying herself with the Beco Ball!

Overall, we were very impressed with this product.  Not only did Margarita thoroughly enjoy playing with this toy, it held up well to some tough chewing and rough-play, and best of all, it is non-toxic and eco-friendly.  We look forward to reviewing the other products from Beco Pets, and Margarita looks forward to more fun with her Beco Ball!

Thank you, Beco Pets for giving us the opportunity to try out this product!

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