Sunday, March 21, 2010

Farewell

This will be my last post. Thanks for all your support and your comments. They often brightened my day.

Take care...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stayin' Local

This weekend we're staying local and attending a trial in York County. Gail will be coming with Sizzle to stay with us (yea!). Again, the trial will be on dirt, our favorite surface. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend, and we won't have hurricane-force winds and sideways rain.

Had dinner last evening with Kathy. Sure was great to catch up with her. I always enjoy her humor, her "take" on life, and her wisdom. Check out her blog and her farm business: http://www.tuliptreehillfarm.blogspot.com.

I'm eager to be able to buy fresh produce this spring and summer from Tulip Tree Hill Farm. My new diet is loaded with fresh fruit and veggies. It will be nice to have a pipeline! =:O)

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cosi's Fan Club


Last night as we were walking in the local retirement village, a woman came out of a house and cried, "Hey, Lady! Come back and bring your dogs!" I turned and walked back a few paces. She made a big fuss over the dogs and then told me she and her husband, who came out to join us, had taken a photo of Cosi. They were so taken with him that they needed to photograph him. They ooo'd and ahhh'd over Mike and Brisco, but they positively drooled over Cosi. "He's so beautiful!" Yes, I told them, they're all purebred. No, they're not related. They asked me to stop in again sometime as they will print the digital photo and have it to give me.

What a nice couple. I was so proud of my dogs as they sat while we chatted. Cosi's fan club grows!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bad Things Happen in 3's

Well, after the weekend high come the Monday Blues. I guess standing in 40 mph wind and rain isn't good for me. I've got a horrible cold and sinus infection (bad thing #1). I stayed home sick and called the doctor. No appointments today; he can see me "next never day." Geeeeeez. (bad thing #2).

When we got home from the trial, we noticed a funny odor in the kitchen. It seemed to be coming from the fridge. It smelled like burned plastic. Jack called Sears to come repair the fridge they sold us. The earliest they could come is Friday. No, thanks. We didn't want to lose all the food in the fridge/freezer. We contacted the local repair shop, and they came out today. The compressor is fried. We need to buy a new fridge (bad thing #3). There's money we didn't need to spend.

I'm offically done. Only good things from here on out this week, OK, Universe?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Leg

At the Tail Blazers Agility Club trial this weekend, Cosi and I got our first Excellent A leg in standard. We also had fantastic runs in jumpers...here are the details:

Saturday

The weather was unbelievable. It was pouring rain--sideways! There were 40 mph winds and the rain soaked everyone and every dog and every piece of equipment to the core. I didn't think we'd ever be dry again. Thank goodness the trial was indoors. Still potty time was quite the adventure.

We started out in standard. The course time was 65 seconds. It was a flawless, conntected, thrill of a run. Cosi's time was 41.5 and was the only dog in Excellent A to Q. Therefore, he took first. Next was jumpers. He was a total loon. He broke his start line, running past me taking three jumps. He turned, looked at me and clacked his teeth at me. I carried him off the course. From a complete high to a "What the heck was that?!" run. Back to the hotel for rest and drying out gear by the hotel heater vent.

Sunday

We were the first height to run in jumpers. It was a twisty, turny course...not our usual cup of tea. I wanted to give it the best shot, so I planned on a lead out pivot then a fancy move at the weaves. I left him in the weaves and went to my line to set up the triple for him as he exited. AND IT WORKED! He read the lead out perfectly, we zoomed to the weaves. I left him in the weaves and was beginning my front cross at the triple as he exited. It was a thing of beauty. He dropped one bar beacuse of the bad angle I gave him. 100 percent my fault. It was a fabulous run. Jack only caught the second half on tape as he lost track of us in the mob of people at the gate. But it was the BEST half that he captured. You can see my move at the weaves. Sweeeeet.

The standard course was making teams bite the dust all day. So, again, my attitude was give him good information and see how we did. In a pinwheel I didn't cue a turn quickly enough, and he stayed on his line to an off-course tire. What a GOOD BOY! Back on track, the rest of the course was flawless. I even got to make a move I wanted to do at the table. I did a lead out pivot to cue the turn to the teeter. Then the ending was so cool. First time at the dog walk/tunnel discrimination, you took the tunnel. Out of the tunnel, over a jump, then up the dog walk. He read it like a book.

In my book we were three for four this weekend. Three superb runs with one Q to put in the record books. I love being connected to him during a run. It's the thrill of a lifetime.

Thanks for all your good wishes for success this weekend. We could feel the vibe!


Click here to see Cosi's First Excellent A Q at TBAC
Click here to see Cosi's jumpers run on Sunday

Click here to see Cosi's standard run on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Once Again Into the Fray

This weekend Cosi and I are again going to NJ to try for that elusive Excellent Q. We were only one R away from qualifying last time. I've continued to work his turns and crosses with box work and single jump exercises (with plenty of breaks for playing ball in between).

These mild days and spring-like mornings have given me spring fever. I had the windows on the second floor open yesterday, just to get some fresh air. The 37" of snow is gone; the speed circle I had to shovel around the A-frame has vanished. Funny, after that blizzard in February, I didn't think we'd ever have grass again in the yard. We have tiny crocuses in the yard, and seeing them pop up is a definite sign of a change in the seasons.

Keep your paws crossed for us for the weekend.

Here's a picture of sunny days...Cosi poses next to the day lilies in the garden last summer.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Rumor Wasn't True

We had the most beautiful weekend. It was so warm today, I went walking with only a long-sleeved shirt and no jacket. Thank goodness we didn't get the 40 inches of snow the rumor predicted we would get. Dare I say it? Can I use the "s" word? Can Spring be close? Shh! Don't jinx us!

The dogs and I went on a new path for our walk today. I found a ridge that has the most specatular views of a valley and beyond. We passed orchards, a farm market that opens on April 1 (must check it out), and farms and fields. The perfect walk on a perfect day.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Foxes

I just love foxes. I love the face, the red fur, the pointed nose, the intelligence--everything! I just love the look of them. I found this photo of a vixen and her kit on National Geographic's Photo Of The Day site (It's worthwhile to thumb through these photos.) What do you think she's saying to her offspring?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Video from the Trial

Here's the link to watch our Excellent A Standard run from Sunday at Dream Park. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Best Weekend

On Friday the weather was so bad that school closed. Ah...a Friday with literally nothing to do. I slept in, groomed the dogs, knitted, rested. On Saturday morning we took off for the NJ trial. Roads were clean, and we made it in record time. There was no snow there! They have mud and grass! So much for 12+ inches of snow predicted for the area.

Cosi and I had outstanding runs on Saturday and Sunday in Excellent Standard. The 6-week seminar I'm attending really is helping with my handling skills. I'm now able to confidently run him with front crosses. He is reading it very well.

My friend and traveling buddy, Gail, QQQQ'd with her BC Sizzle this weekend. They're really coming together as a team, and it's exciting to watch them blast through a course. Congrats, Gail!

I didn't have a chance to download video from the camera last evening. Will post video later this week.

Now the big **rumor** around here is that we're due for a 40" snowfall on Sunday. **sigh** Please, please, please don't let it be true.