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Friday, June 23, 2006

Mom's Etiquette Advice

See that picture? That's my mom. When I grow up, I want to be just like her!

Today she gave me some tips on etiquette, which means "putting others first." She said this even applies in racing. (See? I would have never thought of that. She's so wise.)

First, she said, enter the box with some dignity. Get all four paws inside, nose to the gate, and by all means make sure your tail is in place. This will allow the others to also enter their boxes in a graceful and timely manner.

Second, keep your talking to the boxes. You can always finish your conversation with your friends later - once that gate swings open, shut up and run!

, she said, don't crowd the bunny. Ironically, your job is not to get to the bunny first - you'd have to slow down too early to do that! Instead, let the others at it first. Any respectable owner will let you have a taste of it before you leave the track.

A fourth tip is to go easy on the line judges. If you insist on being first to cross the line (and you really should try, she advised), be enough strides ahead so as to not cause unnecessary confusion.

Fifth, she said, and this is most important. When it comes to the race itself, remember... ladies first!

And becoming a lady is what etiquette is all about.


  • At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Smarty:
    You are so wise at such a young age. Mothers always know best! Following her racing tips makes you a winner!! Congratulations on a job well done!
    Lucy and Tula

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