Last week I talked about how I was continuing to train Wall-e the sit-up/beg trick. I have been trying to train Mika to do the trick too, but not with much luck! She doesn't seem to have the physical ability to do the trick. Last summer, she could balance with me supporting her for about a second, but now she can't balance at all. I guess maybe that's because she's not as well-conditioned now as she was in the summer? So because of that, we've been getting back to working on the exercise ball. I realized a while ago that our ball is too small for Wall-e (it's a round exercise ball, not a dog one), but it's just big enough for Mika to stand on without having to arch her back. We did some basic ball exercises today and yesterday; standing, sitting, and lying down. We only worked for five minutes each time, since we're just getting back to it. Soon Mika will have the abs of a body-builder again :) I remember back in 2009 when we were preparing for Regionals, we did ball work 3-7 times a week for months and months, and it was amazing to see how much Mika's condition improved. Then I started getting lazy :) No more of that!!