CAT CPE Longview, WA 2018-03-17

Today Twitch, Vader and I trekked up to Longview, WA for a CPE games only trial put on by the Columbia Agility Team. I signed Twitch up for 4 runs out of 5 and Vader for all 5.

Twitch ran really well for me. I am pleased with how he did. He managed a couple firsts and seconds with Qs in all runs. We did Jumpers, Colors, Snooker and Wildcard, all Level 5 as a Veteran. I ran the same way with him as I did with Vader in all runs and he had tighter turns than Vader on some courses but was overall a few seconds slower every time. It was neat to be able to compare some of the times with each other since I was running the same course in the same way for each dog.

Jumpers was first and the only difference is I didn’t trust Vader for the second jump as much and ended up rear crossing the serpentine versus a blind like with Twitch. I ran the same course in Snooker for both dogs and neither dog heeded my “push” cue for the backside of the 7b jump. Both started towards the table. I managed to get their attentions and we did fine after that. No video of any runs which is a bummer.

Vader also ran Fullhouse at the end of the day. I planned a super fast flowing circle of fun for us. We needed 25 points to Q and we had 30 seconds to do it in. We got 47 points in 27 seconds. 🙂 It was a lot of fun and we flew! I ran as fast as I could and I’m sure it would not have looked that fast on video. 🙂 I was really puffing after that run. But man it was fun. He read my decel in the two places I put it and got every obstacle we ran past. It was so awesome!

Vader’s Snooker Q was Level 3 so we are finished with all Level 3 now!

Tomorrow we do AKC in Ridgefield!

Feels Good

Feels good to pay off a loan! We paid off two in the last couple days. Granted we took on one but we are net down one! Woot!

Next month we get back to some serious monthly savings. I bumped up our savings starting next month based on our budget and loans, etc. It will be good to start saving again. Now if we can just quit spending so much extra each month! 🙂

It really does feel really good to have the field paid off.

Selling Cars

Before today, Kris and I owned 4 cars. Today we said goodbye to my minivan. I bought the 2002 Honda Odyssey in 2006 so I could spend more pleasant days at trials and get sometimes 4 dogs and our gear to the trial site. That van went from IN to NY to OR and WA. We took it to CPE Nationals in 2017 down in CA. It was a really great vehicle and I miss parts of it.

It was getting old and quirky. We sold it to a young woman with 3 kids. I hope they get lots more years out of it without too many issues.

Tomorrow we are selling off the Outback. It too has been a good car but I am not as attached to that one as Kris drove it the most. It will remain in the family and now belong to the Leith’s. I hope they too enjoy it and get what they need out of it.

Kris bought a 2013 Ford F150 with 105k miles on it. I really hope he gets at least 7 years out of it! Lol

I have my Acadia which I like very much! It doesn’t have quite the room the van did but it is great otherwise!

Conformation

Vader and I are going to enter a conformation show in March. Our first one.

We have attended 3 handling classes and had a friend come over once to practice in the barn. Vader is doing well in classes but he finds them pretty boring. 🙂 Except for the treats. He does like the treats.

Kris asked me what my goals are in this conformation thing. I don’t know that I have any other than to not be an idiot in the ring. 🙂 I do want to see what a judge thinks of him stacked up against other dogs. That may be harder than I expect just because there are not many Icies around!

Other than that, just more ring experience and exposure. Gail got to see him tonight and she thinks he looks great. I am hopeful a judge will also think so. I am planning to attend the next few weeks of handling classes to get more practice in before the end of March. It will be here before I know it!

Down in the Dumps

I have been really prone to sadness lately.

Kris’ grandpa Bob passed away the end of January.

Mrs G, my girl scout canoeing coach passed away this past Saturday.

Ted’s mother passed away this past weekend as well.

A friend’s digs were poisoned by rat poison somehow. They are doing ok so far.

Another friend’s dog had to have emergency spay surgery from pyometra. She should have been 4 weeks pregnant. 🙁

And another friend’s dog was just diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Add on top of all the close personal losses, is the whole issue with mass shootings going on in schools and the lack fo the damn government to do anything about it.

I took a sick day today because of headaches and just plain can’t adult anymore. I have found myself getting surly again so a day off was needed. I slept till 10. I did some bills. I took a nap. We played outside a bit.

I hope I start feeling better soon.