Lucy & Ethel

Posted on 03/24/11 85 Comments

Wow what a week it has been and it is only Thursday! Lynda has been here most of the week helping me put the finishing touches on our 5MinuteFormula for a Brilliant Recall Course. Β With so much to do at one point our multitasking made us feel a little bit like Lucy and Ethel in this clip at the chocolate factory.

I am happy to report Lynda and I faired out better than the ladies with the candy and we will be ready to open up registration in Recalls 2.0 by 1 PM today (at the latest). In the mean time be sure to hop over to the site (http://recallers.the5minuteformula.com)Β to see my final webinar in the Blueprint to Recall Success series. Today it is all about the “Do”

Today I am grateful for Lynda, Andrea and Jason who have all put in more hours than they should this week but I am happy to report there was a lot of laughing along the way!

85 Comments

  1. Deb says:
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7:33am

    IMO it would be better if everyone participated but in my house it’s only me. My husband is co-operative in that he doesn’t do things with the dogs that I ask him NOT to do – like rewarding for nothing but in the end he works as a good distraction.

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  2. Julie says:
    Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:53am

    Sorry if this was answered elsewhere, looked but couldn’t find it! Do the lessons learned in the recallers course apply to multiple handler households? Does everyone who walks/plays/works with the dogs have to go through every step in order for it to be effective? I am the main handler though my husband takes them out for walks as well, and it would be nice if he still didn’t have to keep one of the three (soon four) on a leash (horses, deer, porcupine, buffalo, squirrels, cats, etc…).

    Thanks!

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  3. Laura says:
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:51pm

    I have already signed up and set up my profile on the site, and bookmarked it. But now I am on a different computer – what’s the url of the course, so I can bookmark it on this computer too?

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  4. Carol says:
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:03pm

    I could not find the part 3 of the recall into set…wasn’t it supposed to be Thurs?
    I also would like to know if the course series can be saved on your computer so you can re do some of the lessons later.
    Thanks

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    • Casey O says:
      Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:08pm

      Carol — I saved the pages to my computer and printed them as well. My level included an e-book w/the info as well. I found the third part of the intro series on the same page that the other 2 parts were on.

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  5. Gabi says:
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3:35am

    Hi again!

    Thanks for the answers – sorry i didn’t mean to say that the Ruff Love Program is about isolating the dog – i do understand the fact that all good stuff should come from the dog owner and as you said people have to work…
    I also use a crate there is nothing wrong about that – just for me and my puppy we don’t have to use it that much (i’m a student).

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  6. Gabi says:
    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5:27pm

    Hi Say Yes Team

    I have to admit that i didn’t read all 71 comments so maybe this question was already answered: i don’t have much money and i do want to take part in the course but i have one question:
    is it again about restriction – because i try to believe that this all should work without as its also called a game.
    i don’t say that my dog doesn’t ‘have any restriction or rules BUT i won’t have him in a crate all day, leave him without toys…as its suggested in ruff love. He is a puppy and we don’t have any issues – this should all be fun together learning to be a team for me.
    thanks for answering!
    by the way i think the last part of the pre-course was the best

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    • Jen says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:28pm

      hi Gaby –

      I took Recallers 1.0 & it is not the same program as Ruff Love. It does use some of the same types of value-building games as are described in the book, but the focus is pretty much entirely on building up your value in your dogs eyes and testing that value by doing short daily training sessions that build on each other. I feel pretty confident saying my dog found it fabulously fun & not restrictive at all πŸ™‚

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    • Lynda Orton-Hill says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:34pm

      Gabi asks: Is it again about restriction – because i try to believe that this all should work without as its also called a game.

      They are all value building for you games – opportunities to train the dog 5 minutes a day. Ruff Love is highly misunderstood. Its about controlling reinforcement not isolation. Someday we will help people understand that.

      Lynda – who LOVES finding 5 minutes a day to train her dogs and the structure of the Recallers course to tell her what to do that day!!!

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    • Susan says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:38pm

      Gabi please re-read Ruff Love. It is so not about restriction — that is such a bad misconception about the program. It is about making sure your dog receives his reinforcement from you. If you make sure that it all comes from you without ever confining the dog then you don’t need a crate! However I would find that hard to believe because we all have to eat, shower, use the restroom and work! Ruff Love is about value building for you nothing else.

      My entire program is built around games, creating joy for your dog which in return creates joy for you. It always has been it always will be:)

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  7. Julie Davies says:
    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:40am

    I was Brilliant in the first Recallers. And I sent in a video. My question is, do I get Brilliant for Recallers 2 for free? Also, if so, does that include coaching calls. If not what do I have to do to be able to participate in the coaching calls?

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  8. Gale says:
    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:30am

    I only did a few of the games with my puppy when I got her (at 4 months), halfway through last year’s course. I couldn’t remember all the games, but did the ones I could remember, but I did start her on crate games from day 1. I was sitting back, enumerating in my head all the things she knows and can do, and I said she must be a year old by now… and looked it up, and she had just reached her 8 months! I was amazed at how great a trainer I have become (I was only good before), and everyone is AMAZED at this puppy. She won’t be doing agility until she is 2, but I have the stay (crate games) for the start line, the tunnel (it’s a dog vacuum, and chasing the cat through it makes it lots of fun, for both of them), and we have started the 2×2 weaving… taking it slow until I can take it outside and use the real weaves. I can’t wait til her conformation career is done so that I can put her in obedience trials because she is almost ready to get her CD, but I don’t want to teach her the sit until she gets her Ch. title.

    Susan says in the last webinar that she has learned from the best, and now we have and can.

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    • Susan says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:47am

      Wow Gale! I would hold off on any more 2×2 training until you can do it outside. By starting too early you can actually make the process more difficult for yourself because your puppy is too young physically for you to progress forward so by stalling at a lower stage she may get the wrong idea about poles — making push forward more difficult for her.

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      • Gale says:
        Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:25am

        Hi Susan
        I am only doing the first step to make it fun for her.
        For others who haven’t taken the course yet, at the brilliant level, you can get:
        1> a BRILLIANT recall
        2> a dog with DRIVE to YOU
        3> a better relationship with your dog because you dedicated 5 minutes to your dog/day
        4> a loose leash because the dog wants to be with YOU
        5> a dog that heels off leash without extra training
        6> a dog that loves it’s crate
        7> a dog that will not jump out of the car until you tell it to.

        It’s a course that should not be missed by trainers, and those who do a lot with their dogs.

  9. Ali Barnett says:
    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:00am

    Important question – which of you is Ethel and which is Lucy?? πŸ˜‰ I think I’d be Ethel – shoving all the chocolates in ma mouth!!

    Loved today’s ‘DO’ webinar (especially the shout out’s for the NZ dogs Mr Riddles & Mr Wilson!)

    Thank you for all your work ladies & dude. I so appreciate the opportunity to train with Susan again πŸ˜€

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    • Susan says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:49am

      @Ali we decided yesterday that Lynda was Ethel as she just keeps quiet and keeps doing her job — she tries to stay out of trouble but Lucy (a bit of a scatter brain) always has a new idea that usually ends up being more work for Ethel. We also decided that John was the Supervisor that kept trying to get the girls to go back to work:).

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      • Lynda Orton-Hill says:
        Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:58am

        On the theme… This is from the “Website – I Love Lucy Quotes”

        LUCY : I have a plan.
        ETHEL : I’m still recuperating from your last plan.

        Learned lots about Lucy and Ethel on that site… Lucy’s maiden name was MacGullicudy – hummmmmmm just say’in

  10. Sue says:
    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12:28am

    Sorry I have missed something. When is the course going to start?? Is this course suitable for people who didn’t do the last one?? If so, why are the people who did it last time doing it again??

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    • denise says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 8:20am

      It starts soon Sue so better sign up quick!!

      You don’t have to have done any courses before. It’s basically the same course as Recallers 1.0 with some improvements in the delivery/website etc.

      Why are we doing it again? Because we’re addicted to Susan and her training methods!! πŸ™‚

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    • Jen says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:13am

      @ Sue –

      Just addressing your question on why people from the first time are taking it again. The material will be the same, but the support & feedback from the instructors & other students will be all new. I’m personally taking it a second time for the accountability & the support system. My dog & I are farther along than we were last time, but we still can learn a lot. Really, it emphasized that this course works regardless of where you are when you start. Plus, I’m personally excited about the new format & want to see!

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    • brittsdeux says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:21am

      Yes, suitable for everyone. Why am I doing it again? The history of positive reinforcement:
      5. My dogs and I have not reached our full potential
      4. The success we achieved last time was amazing
      3. The course/lessons are motivating; it keeps us working, even on our “I’d rather not” days
      2. The enthusiasm and joyfullness of all participants is contagious — a huge group of like-minded people striving toward the same goal — is powerful in a way I cannot describe
      1. Susan believes each of us can become a SUPERSTAR and now she has me believing it too

      Plus, hey, I’m a lawyer. If my dogs aren’t happy, I won’t have any friends! :p

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      • Susan says:
        Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:45am

        @Britts, you are a crack up! Thanks for the morning chuckle #5 gave me. Great answer btw.

      • Shelley says:
        Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 6:52am

        And that’s the second comment like that about lawyers I’ve read with recallers! Heh I still love ya even if ya a lawyer!

  11. Karen says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:29pm

    Susan,

    are you really going to be at your obedience camp or will it be a clone while you are esconsced in Mission Control doing the Recallers 2.0??? I was going to take it but won’t I be missing a large chunk while at camp? Will there be a Jumbotron in the training building with live blow by blow from Mission Control?

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    • Susan says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7:59am

      @Karen. What campers have done in the past is gotten together before or after camp to work through the day’s Game with each other. Don’t let that hold you back Karen!

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    • Laura says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:02am

      I’ll be at that camp, and am driving back and forth (live about 45 min away) – should be interesting to see who is more pooped by the end of those 4 days – me or my dog – probably me!

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  12. Casey O says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:14pm

    Susan,

    Really looking forward to this again! Someone had recommended considering running the sessions Monday to Friday and taking weekends off. I know that I appreciated the occasional days off.

    Today’s video brought up a crate game question. For the Repeaters, do you want us to hold the questions to the appropriate week?

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    • Lynda Orton-Hill says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:40pm

      It should probably wait Casey – if its a good one the answer will get lost in a unrelated blog topic… have you done a search at the top right for crate game posts… maybe your question/answer will be in there? Lynda

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  13. denise says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:35pm

    LOVE the addition of the “Record Keeping Ebook” and the downloadable audio files for the ipod!!! Two brilliant resources that you’ve added to this version of Recallers! πŸ™‚

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  14. Dakota says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:50pm

    I’m in! Though I am cursing my limited funds, being a student… guess I’ll just have to take really detailed notes so I can refer back! Can’t wait for the course to begin.

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  15. Heather says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:48pm

    There’s never enough Chocolate!

    Can’t say enough about the 5 minute Recall Formula and Susan’s teachings! Hoping to be more focused this session! With 2 littermates arriving at a difficult time last year, recalls, tugging, play & games were much of what I had to focus on, now I have created 2 fabulous pups that are excelling in many different areas through Crate Games, It’s Yer Choice, Release Word, Rear end awareness and more! Creating a thinker and knowing they understand is ton’s of fun!

    I’ve had the opportunity to work with Susan in the past, and I can say I wouldn’t train my dogs any differently and would return in a heartbeat!

    Hoping that some of my students will take advantage so we can grow even more this season through following the Say Yes way!

    Heather & The Furkids

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  16. Lee Carr says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:37pm

    I also missed the “backdoor video” but I’m a previous recaller – my comment is even on the 2.0 homepage!! That made my day πŸ™‚ Do I get a prize for that? πŸ˜‰
    I’m worried I didn’t make it on the correct mailing list…

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  17. janine says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:52pm

    @John, I took the course last summer and anxiously await the green light to sign up again this session. I just started over with the games as I was gone a lot last summer and am still getting tons out of it. I also just watched one of the videos from last summer as I was unable to access it before. The students and Susan are amazing with their advice, humor and compassion. I recommend it with my heart and soul. It is flexible so you can use it as you wish. Go for it!

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  18. Emily says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:20pm

    I still can’t see the the videos on the recallers page πŸ™
    I’m on a Mac and my browser is Safari, don’t know if that might be the problem?

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    • Shelley says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:26pm

      This won’t help, but I’m on a mac and it’s back working again my end ….maybe soon for you too πŸ™‚

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    • denise says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:05pm

      I’ve got a Mac and use Firefox and I’ve NEVER had a problem with any of Susan’s videos or webinars.

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  19. Lynda Orton-Hill says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:05pm

    PLEASE PLEASE – the CHOCOLATES ARE MOVING TOO FAST!!!!

    Patience … PLEASE – MY MOUTH IS FULL OF CHOCOLATES – and my Weight Watcher POINTS won’t take them all.

    We will get everyone information SOON!!!

    Lynda

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    • sheena says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:15pm

      FWIW my registration went as smooth as silk…Good Work Folks!…i was a little concerned what might happen when we all ‘rushed the door’, but i had absolutely no problems…now i can go back to work and wait for the real fun to begin πŸ™‚

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    • Karen says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 4:14pm

      @Lynda,

      How do you count agility training as exercise for WW? ;>

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  20. john martin says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:04pm

    Susan, where can I find more details about recallers 2.0….not sure I understand the whole webinar thing….do i have to be at the computer for a specific time every day….I’m in a training program re a new career for the month of april 7:30 to 2 pm every day…can I still join your course???

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    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:21pm

      John. There are many current members here so i invite them to give feedback as well. You can access the course any day anytime. The daily lessons and videos are brief. Best if you stay with the course, accessing it every day, but you have the freedom to access when it works for you. The only set times are the monthly webinars and coaching calls. They are also recorded so you can access them later. The amount and length of access depends on the membership level you choose. Hope that helps.

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    • Mary M says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 4:32pm

      John –

      If you have not already signed up, I would say go for it! Each day Susan will post an exercise to do with your do (via web & video)….you will have access to this video and all the others as they become available over the entirety of the course.

      I typically work 7am-6pm (or later some days) and was able to play at least one game (i.e. watch one video) each day the last time around, plus many of the games given just are part of routines throughout the day with your dog/s.

      Anyway, I say go for it, the only things that are specifically scheduled are the calls, however these are rerecorded if you can’t make it so you will still be able to listen and watch those at later times as well.

      Hope this helps,
      Mary

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    • denise says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:09pm

      Hi John

      Sign up!!! You’ll be able to access the daily lessons whenever it suits you! The coaching calls will be taped if you can’t make the set times. Believe me, the taped coaching calls are just as brilliant as being their live! For Recallers 1.0 I was away on holidays for a little bit of it but was still able to access the daily lessons and caught up with my training with my dog when I got home. It was the best course and worth a hell of a lot more than I paid for it!!

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    • Melissa Blazak says:
      Friday, March 25, 2011 at 10:39am

      You won’t be disappointed! Last year I was away for the first 2 weeks and got all discombobulated because I missed the beginning.

      Eventually I learned to go at my own pace with the exercises and not to feel anxious that I wasn’t keeping “pace” with the course. You can access the lessons for quite a while though the site.

      If you sign up for “Brilliant Level” the DVD and e-book are great and you have them as part of your dog training library.

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  21. sheena says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:59pm

    whew! i’m in…had to come all the way back home to make sure i didn’t miss the registration opening up,as computers at work were not allowing hotmail to open! Yikes! HeeHee..We’re kinda like the cyber version of those anxious folks hanging around waiting for a Boxing Day sale aren’t we :)))

    Open…Open…Open… πŸ™‚

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  22. Heather says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:53pm

    don’t sign up yet then??? πŸ™‚

    Have I got time to play with 2 dogs in the meantime…LOL

    Heather

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  23. Lisa says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:29pm

    I’m in!

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  24. Rachel says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:15pm

    I am waiting very impatiently for registration to open… so scared I’m gonna miss it.

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    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:46pm

      It’s open! New members only – if you were a member in the previous course do not sign up yet.

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      • janine says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:53pm

        Will us “brilliant veterans” of Recallers 1.0 still get what we missed if we couldn’t see the “Backdoor video”? Hoping, hoping, hoping….

  25. Brittany says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:15pm

    Lol, I freaking LOVE that episode of “I Love Lucy!”

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  26. Janine Vander Yacht says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:52pm

    Even Bruce Springsteen at full volume isn’t raising my spirits right now, but my mini aussie doing “nose touches” into my BC’s shoulder to get him to play kind of made me giggle…:)

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  27. Jess says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:47pm

    For those having trouble viewing the videos, here’s an idea. I can’t manage to view today’s on my default browser (Chrome), but I loaded up Explorer and could watch it immediately. (The alignment was off on the Explorer page, but it made no difference while watching it full screen.)

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    • Shelley says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:52pm

      I use Safari and firefox and it works on those.

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      • Shelley says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:28pm

        I can’t get any of the webinars now! Just get the promo videos for signing up for recallers 2.0………..please can we have them back for just a teeny bit longer??

      • Susan says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:46pm

        Wish granted!

    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:47pm

      yep. Try different browsers, clear cookies, cache, history, It will work. πŸ˜‰

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      • Shelley says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:24pm

        :):)

  28. dajrn says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:24pm

    Susan, I’m only getting “sound” and not picture of todays webinar… anything I’m doing wrong???

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    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:49pm

      reload, restart, try a different browser, clear cookies, clear cache. Some or all of that should do the trick. All else fails – visit a friend πŸ˜‰ Don’t miss this webinar! πŸ˜‰

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      • dajrn says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:58pm

        I updated my Adobe player… it worked! Sure hope that is what is was as I’m so dog gone excited, Susan! Got tears in my eyes! I’m having hand surgery next Friday, and hope I don’t miss anything. I will be back home that evening…. Thank God it’s my left hand so I can still write and play with the Snap Dragon! Thanks so very much for your return comment…Now I know your real!!! :o}

  29. Debbie says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:58am

    Back Door email…. didn’t get one?

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  30. Heather says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:26am

    Same, I recieved the Back Door email, and went to sign up and it was shut down???

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  31. KristineD says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:07am

    I am having a very difficult time concentrating at the task at hand I want to know that I have a seat in this class. I don’t want to miss a thing!

    Susan and Recallers 2.0 are MY cookies!!!!

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    • Lisa says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:45pm

      Same here. Haven’t left the PC all morning!

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    • Shelley says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:52pm

      LOL mine too. It worked for me last night, but perhaps I was just lucky I saw the email straight away and of course off I went! Can’t wait!

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  32. Janine Vander Yacht says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:21am

    Still anticipating. Got up at 3a.m.,6 a.m. and am still up. Did I miss something. What did you figure out NM? Giving myself an ulcer…..:P

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  33. Carol & Pypo says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:43am

    OMG, I had the page but accidently closed it! I can’t manage to get it back!!! NO NO NO NO, come back!!! πŸ™

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  34. NM says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:32am

    I was in brilliant level in recallers 1.0 and hoping to sign up for 2.0. I am seeing posts in regard to an e-mail for a “back door pass” to sign up again. I did not recieve said e-mail. I am wondering what may have happened. I SOOO don’t want to miss out! πŸ™‚

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    • Meghan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:42am

      I got the email at 2am but the site was closed down and no video clip.

      Reply

    • NM says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:45am

      Oh, I figured it out. Thanks.

      Reply

  35. Nancy Bell says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:15am

    Registered last night for the new course last night. Got my confirmation email this morning with sign in information.
    So far LOVE the new site! Very easy to navigate. So looking forward to the start of this course. Enjoyed the last one, but I think with your new format this one will be evern better!

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  36. KristineD says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:26am

    I woke up several hours ago and dove to my computer so that I wouldn’t miss registration…..

    I’m getting anxious and so is my naughty, currently non-recalling adolescent boy!

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  37. denise says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:42am

    Almost 11pm here in Australia, just home from work, don’t want to go to sleep until I can register for Recallers 2.0…. this could be a long night LOL

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    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:20am

      I’d say go to bed! Just set your alarm for 6 hours πŸ˜‰

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      • denise says:
        Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:23am

        thanks! πŸ™‚

  38. brittsdeux says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:24am

    An-tic-i-pay-ay-tion, it’s making me wait! You’re keeping me way-ay-tin’…

    Reply

  39. denise says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:22am

    Any special emails today for the “old Brilliants”, it was closed down by the time I got there?

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  40. Lynda Orton-Hill says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:13am

    Woke up today to this clip… It makes me LAUGH every time I see it!

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  41. Laurie S. Coger, DVM,CVP says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:13am

    Faster, Lucy, faster!

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  42. Nancy says:
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:05am

    Tell me what I am doing wrong. I don’t see the third segment at the recaller’s website.

    Reply

    • Susan says:
      Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:09am

      Soon!!!

      Reply

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