Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
So, some runs from the past couple weekends. Didn't get all my runs taped. Sometimes it is just a pain getting someone to video. I try to be really accommodating and video friends so then they will video me, but sometimes it just seems hard to annoy someone to video.You will see him knock a bar here. He RARELY knocks bars and sometimes that will freak him out. I love that he just takes it in stride and keeps going, good boy!!!
And some tricks. Working on Spur learning to "walk like a penguin".
Roscoe learning to hold the toy with BOTH hands...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
So, apparently there is the agility dog blog day every once in a while. I don’t know exactly the details, but every so often someone comes up with a dog blog theme of the day. And anyone with a dog blog should write about that theme. This week it was “The Mental Game” or some such thing. I read some blogs. People really write well. And about the mental game, they get all analytical and theoretical and psychological. Poignant and some even manage to write what could be called prose.
So, when my dog rolls in shit I can maybe practice my mental game and pretend to be happy?
Me? I just can’t even think of what to write about the mental game of working with dogs in agility. Yes, there is the mental aspect, for sure. Agility is a sport. So much is known and studied about sport’s psychology. We know that in competitive sports one must clear the mind and use our thoughts to our advantage. Positive reinforcement and such, right? OK, I get that. I get that one has to be positive or the negative takes over. So simple. Really????
I sometimes think what is REALLY needed are acting classes. Because I can try clearing my mind, being positive, thinking only about my relationship with my dog and how fun the game is and how unimportant what everyone else thinks is and how the Q’s don’t matter, yadda, yadda, yadda. NO I CAN’T!!! I can’t do that!!! I can’t clear my mind.
He is SO cute………the leaf is stuck to him with shit cement!!! awesome!!!!
One top instructor even wrote a booklet called “Clear Mind”. It is her motto. Hmmm, OK, SHE can do that. She even teaches classes on mental management. Oh dear, really? I now need to take mental classes???? One other named her business “Say Yes”. Really!!!! Oh how positive can that be!!! Just saying the name of her business makes one happy and feel good. Clearly an amazing marketing scheme. But, now I am being cynical. I named my business Amy’s Animal Care. Damn it, I am married to a marketing guru. I should have named it something like Amy’s Happy Dog/Cat Play Time. Really??? Some others have great names…….My Wonderful Dog……Dances With Dogs……The Furry Godmother. All great names, for sure!!!!
I LOVE my dog today……….
For me, I seem to fail at the mental marketing, the mental clarity, the mental game. I am NOT an actor. The Q’s matter to me. My dog’s happiness doing the sport that I chose matters to me. When Spur starts to look worried and scared I get unhappy. My mind isn’t clear, or positive, or happy. I don’t know how one does that. I am thankful he is now happy, but I can not admit it was mental management. We just persevered!!!
I resorted to drugs to get on a plane. My therapist said to practice by putting myself in uncomfortable crowded situations like walking around the mall during a busy time. I took drugs. I don’t seem to have that ability to work on my mental game. All I can work on is practice, practice, practice. Train happy, and go to trials and hope for the best. That is all I can do. I have no secret mental work I do. I let things get to me when they go bad and I am happy when they go well. No words of wisdom here.
I get pissed, no matter how hard I work on my mental game, when the fucking dog rolls in the most disgusting shit EVER!!! I failed at The Mental Game. I am not sure how one would even start to act happy about that. I just don't get the mental game.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Does she have moments of happiness? Yes, she does. And most of the time she still eats, but sometimes she doesn't even want to eat. Her teeth need cleaning AGAIN, but her BUN is so high we don't really want to put her through anesthesia. She has that strange high BUN with normal creatinine and normal urine specific gravity, so her kidneys are functioning fine, but the high BUN is a stumper. The vets have all discussed it and reviewed her case with experts and we did an ultrasound and can't find a reason for this. There are seemingly no answers and we just carry on. She sleeps most of the time, goes out for walks only if it isn't too sunny. She can't see AT ALL when it is sunny. We get snow this winter and her life is going to suck even more. Right now she barely sees to go potty. I have to carry her in and out of the house, she is now refusing the steps.
I just wish her a swift and painless death. But, she isn't bad enough to put down, yet. There is no reason for that. I don't know, it is painful to watch her linger on and be depressed. She is on prozac, but it isn't really helping. I almost wonder if I should take her off that and see how she does. We did that to help her sleep. She was keeping us up all night and the prozac helps her sleep and we all need our sleep. I try to make her as happy as possible, but it is harder and harder. I pray for no snow this winter as that will make her life even more unpleasant. It just sucks. It just sucks bad...............
Monday, December 2, 2013
We had most of Rich's family here for Thanksgiving. What a busy week. We bought a turkey from our farmer neighbors. Rich asked for 25lbs, it was 31. Nice to have a fresh, not factory farmed turkey. Rich cooked it here and finished it at his brother's. It was yummy. I won't post a picture here. I did that on facebook and should probably delete it. Food usually looks icky in photos and this was no exception. And that is a pet peeve of mine - people who post drinks and photos all the time on facebook. I guess my thought was to help promote our young neighbor farmer and his products? Not sure it was that effective. I ended up with a yucky looking dead turkey on my facebook page. Hmmm..........
I did minimal training this week. Roscoe is STILL sore and crooked, poor guy. He is better, we are weening off the meds, but he is still a bit crooked. I don't want to train him when he isn't feeling great because he puts 110% into his training and could make his neck/shoulder/back sore again. Spur worked a little on the start of his penguin. Walking on his hind legs in sit up position. We first have to work on just sit up. I never trained that. The MinPins without a tail couldn't do that, so I never trained that with them. Spur has always done his karate chop, so he flails his paws and I had to teach him to sit still without flailing those paws. Not easy, he LOVES his karate chop!!! Here is the karate chop...
Here is our start at holding still in sit up......
And just cuz, we did do some RC work with Mr. Jones. Trying to work on getting him deeper and not worrying about turns right now..........