Welcome to The Levi and Cooper Chronicles. I'm the 'Cooper' and my baby brother is the 'Levi.' We're not siblings in the literal sense of the word. He's a miniature schnauzer and I'm a miniature poodle but our differences go far beyond our breed. You see, I'm the famous angel dog who blogs from the Rainbow Bridge. Well, not famous down on earth but up here in doggie heaven all canines get to do whatever we like and I like blogging. We dogaroons up here can also gaze down through the magic water under the bridge and keep tabs on our humans. Isn't that cool! After I discovered the magic water, I decided that little Levi---who got adopted into the family shortly after my departure from earth---could use a guardian angel. When he blogs he types in pink and when I put my two cents worth in I type in blue.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dog Dancing---is She Crazy?

A bunch of us dogaroons up here at the Rainbow Bridge were lounging under the tennis ball trees discussing our humans and their habit of making New Years Resolutions. So I decided to peek down at my family and see what silly things Mom put on her list this year. Mom's a list kind of person so I knew she'd have one. Years ago she even made one of those "100 Things to do Before I Die" lists and recently she found it again. She'd actually done about half the things on her list and decided she should make a new list. The first thing she put down was: "Shorten this list to 25 things to do before I die. I'm old!"

I digress. For her New Year's Resolutions Mom had put down the customary weight and exercise related things that seem to be required for humans to list. She had a few improve-your-personality type things as well, pretty standard stuff for Mom. Then she had one crazy, totally unobtainable thing listed. Even crazier than the time she vowed to learn how to belly dance. In 2009 she wants to---get this---learn how to do dog dancing with my baby brother, Levi!

Mom thinks it will kill a flock of birds with one stone. 1) It will give her some exercise; 2) it will give Levi some exercise; 3) it will create a stronger bond between Mom and Levi; and 4) it will entertain Dad with their practice sessions. What Mom left out of the equation is that fact that she's old and she can hardly walk. Sure, she'd got one new knee but the other one won't even bend. It's shot and needs replacing, too. She can't walk fast or for long without pain, let alone run and if she tries to dance, she'll look like a character in a low budget Frankenstein movie. I love her but a hunchbacked old woman dragging a leg behind her doesn't exactly inspire my confidence in her ability to pull off dog dancing with Levi.

Levi, the little trouper, is doing his part. Already he's learned how to bow, shake right and left, do circles on command and is learning to go through Mom's legs. He can also do the normal obedience things like sit, down, stand and heel. And get this. When I looked down on them today Mom was sitting in her rolling computer chair trying to get Levi to back up and come forward as she rolled to and from him. I think she's mixing wheelchair dancing up with dog dancing. I know she's watched those wheelchair dancing competitions but I'm not sure she has a clue what dog dancing is all about.

I tried to talk to my older brother, Jason, up here the Bridge about Mom's craziest. He's a full-fledged angel-dog and a newbie trainer on top of that. But he says I can't interfere. I tried to tell him she's going to fall and break her neck but Jason is firm about the rules. No ifs, ands or buts about it I can't erase 'dog dancing' off Mom's New Year's Resolution list and her memory and replace it with 'knit everyone on the block a sweater.' It's a pain in the butt sometimes to have all this angel-power not be able to use it in so-called wasteful ways. How is it wasteful to make my mom act her age? On the good side, most of her New Year's Resolutions don't make it to April. ©


Wheelchair Dancing Competition

Wheelchair and Dog Dancing

Paragility Show and Dog Dancing

Carolyn and Rookie, Dog Dancing Team



jan said...

Hang in there, Levi's Mom. My dogs and I do aerobics and mostly I use my arms, not my aging legs.

Simba said...

I'm finally back from rehab and blogging again. Happy new year.

Simba x

Maggie and Mitch said...

You can do it! We know you can! Practice makes perfect!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Abby said...

Hi, Angel Cooper...

My Mom thinks that sounds like fun & she's not as young as she used to be either...

I'm sure your Dad will enjoy watching them...

Abby xxxooo

Tibby said...

Hi Cooper!
Dog dancing sounds like fun! I hope your mom and Levi become awesome dance partners!

Pasifik said...

How old is your mom? I believe she still strong enough to do a lot of activities...

Happy blogging,

Orthopedic|Outdoor|Dog Beds

Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

It's only moderately crazy : )

Petra said...

Woooo! I'd love to see some pictures of the dog dancing!

Jake of Florida said...

We think it's a very cool idea and hope you will video your practice sessions!!!

Our mom is older than dirt -- and can't run -- so she would use you as role models.

Wirey love.

Jake and Just Harry

the 4 Bs said...

it sounds like Levi already has a good start on his dance moves. it will probably be good for your mom - get her into shape - she will have to keep up with Levi. we think it's a great idea and we sure hope we get to see a video!!!


parlance said...

Cooper, haven't you been looking over here in Australia and seen me and Penny dancing around the kitchen? Surely you must have noticed how old and creaky I am? If you look down you will see that Penny often has to literally dance for her supper.

By the way, I'm glad you blogged about the dancing because it gave me a chance to see the wonderfully inspiring wheelchair dancing. I had to call others into the room to watch it with me.

parlance said...

By the way, Cooper, I can't believe that you mum has yet another blog! Where does she find the time?

Amber-Mae said...

I HIGHLY recommend you & your Mom Canine Musical Freestyle! It's not only fun but it's also workout. Oh yeah!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Ruby said...

Hi Cooper
Thanks for sharing your moms resolutions with us. I think dog dancing is a great idea and your mom is already on her way. My mom would love to do that with me, but where I live they don't teach lessons.
Love Ruby

happy said...

That's really interesting! But please don't let mine hear about this. She's just as nutty at times.