I'll keep you posted on our fun and success. Cosi sure enjoyed Recallers 1.0! I know he's ready for more.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The other plus was getting our connection back after we'd lose it. Cosi still needs to work on keep working even though he gets higher and higher as he runs. We'll keep on working, practicing, and trying to keep that connection as we run. Please keep your paws crossed for us. =:O)
Friday, March 18, 2011
I'm here to "tell tales out of school" on Miss Jenny. She's the perfect poodle--smart, sweet natured, bossy, and, at times, playful. But I'm here to tell you...this dog s-n-o-r-e-s! I had trouble sleeping last night because I was kept awake with the snores coming from her dog bed. Then she started dreaming. What a hoot! First she just snuffled. Then she growled. Finally a muffled bark came out. Must have been some dream. I was LOL at her.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Our jumpers runs this weekend were sooooooooooo close. On Saturday I pulled too soon and he popped at #10 weave pole. Totally my fault. Then on Sunday he had a Wahoo! spin, and the judge rung him up for a refusal. *sigh* We seem snake-bit in jumpers. On the plus side: #1 all the bars stayed up for both runs, #2 I got in front crosses, and #3 we ran a good, controled run. I'm feeling positive that we'll get a JWW Q soon.
Friday, March 11, 2011
A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls. One day his supply of birds ran out, so he had to go out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road. Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them. Immediately he was arrested and charged with transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.
A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk rememdies with the assistance of a tribal brujo (witch) who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the brujo looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, who needs enemas?"
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
MACH Bonnie's Brisco, age 12
I've been reading Susan Garrett's blog page about her puppy, Swagger, and it got me to thinking. Well, it got me reflecting, actually. When we see our puppies, we marvel at their instincts, their ability to learn so much so fast. We think about their potential and can't wait to see what's next.
Then the training for a sport (fly ball, agility, obedience, herding, field trials...) starts. They learn to play our games. When their mental game and physical capabilities come together, it's a thing of beauty. The other week in class, I was doing a lead out and as I watched Cosi coming towards me, I was in awe. I just stood there; I didn't move out of the way in time to cue the next obstacle. Coleen said, "Were you watching your dog?" I answered, "Yes. Isn't he gorgeous?"
When our dogs move into their "old age," we marvel at them again. They've accomplished our goals, they've developed their own "funny" ways, and we indulge them. My Brisco is now 12, and he's a champion in every sense of the word. As we go walking in the evenings, he's now at the back of the pack, whereas before he lead the group. But he's motoring right along with his funny gait. His one hip is sore, and he accommodates it by swinging it wide when he walks. He can still get a treat out of Daddy with just a sweet look and a chin on Daddy's knee. I don't think of him as old, yet when I see the white in his fur, I realize his prime is past. Yet I feel there is still a lot more to enjoy with Brisco.
Enjoy your dogs at every age. Enjoy the journey.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This may have an impact on agility. I've seen trends before when prices/class/run went up and everyone cut back on their going to trials. You could send in an entry with just a stamp, avoiding the costly overnight delivery expenses, because the trials weren't filling. You could easily get in the classes and runs you wanted. Then the pendulum shifted, and trials were filling by the second day. Back to overnight delivery for entries!
I'm wondering if the gas prices will be prohibitive enough to keep people "local" (that's anywhere in a 100-mile range for agility folks) and not participate in the larger trials in other states. What do you see in your area? Are trials filling?