Friday, April 18, 2014

More videos

Sorry again I seem to run out of time in the day to post a blog update. These were from last weekend.

Spur finally got a smaller ball and boy, is this one going to be easy for him. He'll be rolling it across the room in no time!!! He LOVES it!!



Some training with Spur. Still not that comfortable with the tight twisty stuff. That is going to take SO much time and practice, I think. But, we will keep at it. You might think I practice a lot, but I don't really. If I set up some more exercises for him I think we could work this out, but lately he has had a bit of a break while friends come train or I train Jones.



I figured out super slow motion editing the other day. COOL!!!



Latest session with Jones. Lowered the second apex about 15 links. Got some perfect footwork, but he does seem slower. Timed it and, yes, he is slower. We know now that maybe his back hurt? He is on prednisone and rest. Poor buggar. Who knows when his back started hurting, he seemed fine during this session. We had a nice walk after and he seemed his normal self, but this session he was on average .1 seconds slower, sometimes .15 seconds slower. Curious thing. You can tell, he looks slower, but his rear feet separation is GREAT. Curious thing.



He sure knows his job and I would say his project is finished. Yeah, we could train some more, for sure, always since it is just plain fun, but I think he fully understands his job and should only get better and better.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rainy day tricks

I am trying to get more duration with Spur's limp. My goal is to stand up and get him to limp along beside me. But, I need more duration, so I am trying to click for more steps, then click for holding it up even longer. Not sure if that is the right thing to do or not, but it seems that every time I clicked he put the foot down, so I want more duration so I am continuing to ask him to "limp", which ultimately should mean hold it up even if you are not walking along?





Then Roscoe worked on putting the object in a small container. The goal....to put a coin in a piggy bank, but I need to GET a piggy bank first. I wonder if they have Spongebob piggy banks? That would match his Spongebob drum set!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring is here, which means MORE time outside!

And, of course, not as much time for this blog. Plus, it just seems to take "forever" to recover from time away. Not sure why that is, but I am STILL trying to catch up! Finally managing to connect with the book I am reading......."The birth of wings" or some such name. See? I can't even remember the name! By Sue Monk Kidd, who wrote Secret Life of Bees, which is sitting on my desk to be read. Never saw the movie either. Not sure why I chose this book. Another slave story. Last year I read about the Lincoln's dressmaker and very much enjoyed it. Enjoyed The Secret Life Of Henrietta Lacks, too, but enough slave books! Slaves, slaves, slaves, why all the slave history?? Rich is heading to the bahamas with his niece and nephew for their graduation. I look up the history of the bahamas and it is ALL about slaves. It was a slave colony for years. A safe heaven for them. The history is rich!!!!

What took me so long to get into this new book was my annoying inability to follow a story line sometimes. We watch TV or movies and I am constantly having to ask Rich what the hell is going on!!! Once I figure it out, who belongs to who, or where or what, I am fine, but until I am totally clear I find myself wandering and thinking about dog agility or gardening or hiking. So, this book as chapters that are each main character. I then learn that one of the characters has two names. So, Hetty is Handful. What?????? They are the SAME person???? OK, that took me 100 pages, damn it! But, now it is more clear. At least, for now. I am halfway done and liking it more.

My other excuse is my computer and iPad are not functioning well. Computer is antiquated and SO slow. iPad is having an irritating issue of dumping me. Meaning I will be making a post or working on editing a movie or whatever and boom..............back to the home screen, all my work gone. :O THAT is annoying!

Electronics are SO awesome and wonderful, until they are no longer awesome and wonderful! We will look back some day and wonder how did we ever get along without them?????? Now I sometimes wish I never had them, life would be easier? Less complicated? Less annoying??? I might stop and smell the roses more???

Well, I must live in the moment and the moment means WITH electronics! And I very much enjoy my electronics, so..........sigh..............annoyed I will be, until they no longer annoy me. Huh, when will that be?????

I leave here the video of three of Spur's runs from Nationals. He ran fine, mostly happy, mostly fast. Not his fastest or happiest, but he was SO happy outside the ring. Prancing and leading the way down the halls and saying HI to anyone who would stop. Such a happy boy in crowds and noise and chaos!!!! The footing bothered him some, he jumps a little odd and too big at times. He VERY much worried about the DW, you will see him zoom up it then come down at a trot and look back at it as he leaves it as if maybe he thought it was a teeter and was going to recoil? It was VERY bouncy. Too bad they had to use crappy equipment, but when a company sponsors them, well, they use the equipment. Too bad the company didn't suck it up and admit their crappy equipment and DO something about it, but maybe they will now. Buzz all over after was how crappy their equipment was.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Nationals

OK, so I am having trouble loading Spur's video. Damn cyberspace!!! So, all I have are Chip and Trudy's video. The thing to watch here is...............well..........of course, super awesome Trudy, but Chip has only been doing agility for ONE YEAR!!!! Trudy is barely three! Chip's handling needs some work, but OMG, how well he manages for being so green. Damn, most people are all thumbs at that stage. It takes years to get good at handling and especially handling such a fast dog. Really impressive.

The other thing which you may not see is how damn wobbly that dogwalk is. Really bad. It scared many dogs. Very disappointing that AKC used such bad equipment. I mean, they spend hundreds on public awareness and advertising and use such bad equipment at Nationals???? Yes, J&J was a sponsor, so I get it. Use their DW. Funny thing, they used Max 200 supports for the J&J dogwalk during finals. Did anyone else notice that???? I have no idea why J&J did not figure out how to fix their bouncy dogwalks during the event. I can be quite sure they heard the buzz and complaints about it??? If you are advertising your company at a huge event, wouldn't you make the changes needed to keep your name in good standing? I am now reading on facebook about their bouncy dogwalks and someone just wrote asking what type to buy. They did not attend Nationals, but people are responding.........."no J&J". :O Dudes, time to fix your dogwalk!!! I mean, seriously, how about a public apology and some design change????? Maybe because I am married to a media marketing guy I think about these things?? NO, this is advertising 1O1!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOME!!!


well, that was sure a long event!  Mostly because the last day brought heavy rain, sideways hail and ice. NOT fun for packing the cars and getting the dogs out to potty on cement. but, we hung in there, Spur had a kind of slow and worried last run, but over all was SO happy being there!!! He loves big, crowded events and leads the way through the crowds. such a funny little guy!!!

Spur's first three runs were much nicer and I will load those videos later. He must have worried some about the footing and equipment, but he had some respectable runs and looked pretty happy for the most part. the equipment sucked, really. VERY bouncy DW and some crappy teeters, really uneven dirt, but we were at least indoors and dry and warm!!!!!

 My roommates were awesome, wish I had taken a photo of our stall. You could rent a stall if you were a lucky draw and we were. which mean crates and pads and chairs could be set up so we had a "home base" closed off from the caos. THAT was AWESOME!!!! The dogs could get out of their crates and stretch and be with us and we could relax and have some peace. It was SUPER nice! Thanks Joy!!!!!

I met the future mother of my puppy this weekend!!!!! OK, so I have no idea if she is spayed, but she is FABULOUS!!! Meet Trudy!!!!

Trudey is a mini Aussie run by a guy brand new to agility!!!! She is LIGHTNING fast and super sweet. Perfect size!!! 22lbs of solid bone and muscle!!!!  Her breeder is form CA unfortunately. I am NOT ready for a puppy, but I sure will be watching this dog and her line!!!! I hope to have video soon, but back to reality and a regular work day today!!!

And, when I got home my amazing husband had the house SPOTLESS!!!! and that, after being away skiing for the weekend, so he had to manage the house sitter and dirt from a weekend of rain and mud and dirt with the Pin Heads in and out and changing sheets on the bed!!! He ROCKS!!!!! Plus, Friday he texted me a photo of the Pin Heads walking at the park!!! LOVE!!!!!



Friday, March 28, 2014

AKC Nationals, when we design our own courses!


How fun is that???? well, not all of us do that, but apparently I do! Yesterday I ran the judges course, but today I decided we needed to add a jump. And then we ran clean!!! MY course!!! :D 

The trial site actually kind of sucks. Seriously bad areas to potty the dogs. No grass except for one small section. 2000 dogs makes for a LOT of elimination needs. Goodness, what were they thinking?????


does that look like a good potty area?????

but, we are managing. There is a lovely hiking area not far from the site and each day we have had some great walks!!!


Even saw a snake!!!! A nice sight, sign of spring. It was sleepy and slow from it's long winter.

Saw a flock of great blue herons and a pair of white swans!!!

we met our friends along the way. A motley crew of little dogs!!!




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We are off!!!!

Heading to Harrisburg PA today for the AKC Agility Nationals!!! Spur qualified easily last year so off we go to kick some mixed breed butt at a class all breeed show!! He isn,t really  competitive, but we plan  to run as well as we can. My only reseration is there is only one run a day!!! Um, boring.............I am wonderring why I do this? Sure, I like watching agility, but ALL day and mosttly the same course???? 

Spur will get to run on dirt and that will be nice, we both like that. We run on rubber so much around here. My  plan was to do some hiking in the area, but the weather looks absolutely dreadffful. Rain, rain, and more rain!!! So, I drive 9 hours to do one run a day and get trapped in a farm complex watching the same agility over and over on dirt. Um, I call this a vacation????

Maybe I am making this not sound so good, but last yearr we had a week on St. Thomas. You decide.

One thing is for sure, the snow better be mostly gone from my yarrd by the time I return!!!!