Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good News...Bad News

This weekend at the SSCGB trial, it was a case of good news/bad news every day.

Friday - Good News! In FAST Cosi and I got all 80 points WITH one second to spare! Awesome. It was a glorious run. Sorry, no video. I was by myself this weekend. Bad News - Jumpers was awful with Cosi going very wide and one off-course after another. Very deflating.

Saturday - Bad News - Standard was a very technical course. Hardly anyone was Q'ing, us included. Good News - We had a superb jumpers run and took third place! Sunday - Good News - Standard was a fun course, with multiple challenges. We ran brilliantly, but dropped the last bar. Jumpers - another wonderful run with only one bar down. Bad News - We had the winning time and would have been first. *sigh*

We'll get 'em next time!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Auntie Marilyn's Favorite

Is it his handsome good looks? His sweet temperment? Or his charming smile and expression? This winning combination has won many hearts over the past 8 years. Happy Birthday to Acadia One No Tump, "Mike," also known as Auntie Marilyn's Favorite.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Mike.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys

Write the caption to this picture of Trax and Cosi:

Here's a hint: A female dog was walking past as we were trying to take pictures. LOL

Monday, April 23, 2012

A True Athlete

Cosi proved to me this past weekend that he is a true athlete. We were going for our second Standard leg of the weekend. If we snagged this Q, we would have our title and be able to move up a level to P2. The course seemed straight forward enough, but as I walked it, I took note of the hard left turn to the dog walk. I decided to be sure to decelerate at the previous jump and rotate my shoulders to indicate a tight turn. Cosi took the turn too quickly, and he lost his balance on the up ramp. It was quite a spectacular slip/fall, but--good news--he is 100 percent fine. No cut, scrapes, or limping of any kind. I'm always concerned that the edges of the contact equipment are sharp and can cut. I was also concerned that he may have bitten his tongue in the fall. I went to him, held him for a second to be sure he was ok and calm. I then asked the judge if I could put him back on the dog walk. He said yes, so Cosi and I did a fast dog walk (this told me he was ok mentally) and left the course. Here is the YouTube video of the run and fall.

What I like--if you can call it that--about this run is that it tells me Cosi is a true athlete in every sense of the word. He is mentally and physically ready to compete. I think all the work we do on the balance discs (the peanut, the donut, and the disc) really help him recover from a slide or slip. His stretches keep him supple. I was very proud of his trying to keep his balance, but even more proud of the fact that he got right back on the equipment with no hesitation. What a dog!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trax is in da hous!

Heather and Trax were completely awesome this weekend at the USDAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Here is what Trax's crate looked like by the end of the day on Saturday:

Cosi and I had a lot of runs, but my favorite was our Snooker run. I finally made it all the way through a snooker run, and Q'd! Here is the link to the YouTube video.

We also did well in Round 1 of performance speed jumping on Friday. We snagged a standard Q on Saturday, and got the snooker and pairs legs on Sunday.

Trax and Cosi--Brothers!--ran P1 pairs relay on Sunday. Heather and I anticipated this run, and it lived up to our expectations. Here is the link to the YouTube video of RyLadd brothers rockin' the pairs course!

On Saturday Karen, Heather, and I took a breather from the trial scene and took Riot (Trax's and Cosi's daddy), Trax and Cosi outside. It was a beautiful day, and we lined all the boys up for formal pictures. Then we let them play. I got a few pictures, and Heather was snapping away with her SLR camera.

from left to right...Cosworth, Riot, Trax

The boys take a photo break and play with Karen.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dauphin

I only got in one day of the four-day Dauphin trial. Cosi and I ran on Sunday. Here's the day in a nutshell: four dropped bars. *sigh*

My focus this week is the fact that Anna will be here! Aurora is going to start her 2x2 weave training. I am so excited to see them both. Then USDAA NE Regionals are this coming weekend. How exciting. Things are looking up.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oh, Hail, No!

Last night as I'm driving to our local retirement community to take the dogs for a walk, a wall of hail begins to come down. It was wild. Literally five feet behind me is a sunny day. Ahead of me are dark clouds and the moth-ball-sized hail is pinging off the car. I turned around and came home. I checked the car for damage. All I could find was slush on the windshield wipers.

Spring can be strange, eh?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Good Practice

At our practice tonight, I worked on a three-jump grid and deceleration exercises. At first the bars were dropping, then he caught onto the game and started to read my deceleration and turned perfectly. I love when his head is in the game.

No class this week, so I'm hoping tonight's practice will be enough before the runs on Sunday.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bad Decision

If I were a dog in training, you would have carried me off the course today. Let me explain...

I didn't make it into the local three-day trial at the end of April. I only made it into one day, so I thought I would "make up" the two missed runs with another trial this Easter weekend. It was held at a venue I have not visited with Cosi simply because of the footing. It is indoor/outdoor carpet. He is used to either dirt or sprint turf where he can dig in on a corner and get traction. I am embarrassed to say that our two runs today were horrible, and it was all my fault. He practically did a face-plant in standard; however, he Q'd. Then he dropped a bar in jumpers because he slipped on a turn. The good news is that I learned my lesson; the bad news is I let Cosi down. I should have known better. It was selfish to try and make up the opportunity to get a Q.

The only positive that came out of this trial was that he got his #10 Q in Excellent B standard, earning his MX title. And I promise no more runs on iffy footing. Only the best for my high-drive, tear and run boy. Sorry, Cos.

If you're brave enough to watch, click here to see the run on YouTube.