Squee!!

I am really excited because on Thursday I head off to Bend with Twitch for three days of agility!! If camping goes well I may try it more often for trials. 🙂

We are going to Desert Sage Agility hosted and owned by Stephanie Morris. Fun little tidbit she and I met in 2007 in Connecticut! Clean Run hosted an Instructors Conference and Stephanie and I met up and shared a room together for two nights. Funny how the world turns.

We are going to be working with Stacy Winkler, Sandy Rogers and Moe Strenfel. I got to listen to workshops with Sandy and Moe at the conference and I’m excited to work with them. I just hope that Twitch’s toe is healed better by then!

His toe was swollen two weeks ago and the vet lanced the toe and expelled some ugly pus. His toe was looking good last Thursday and Friday morning but Friday night he had a puffy blood blister. The vet looked at it again today and now we are to soak it twice a day till Wed and see if that helps. It already looks better tonight, I just hope he feels ok by Friday.

The weekend after camp we are going to Mt St Helens for the day. Then the following weekend is a trip to Boise, ID with Kris, Kat and my parents for July 4th. After that is agility trial, then Warrior Dash weekend… Not sure when the next time I sleep past 6:30 will be. 0.o

Fleet Feet CPE Agility 5-23/24-2015

Twitch and I went to Fleet Feet in Turner this weekend. Due to my achilles injury yesterday, Shelby ran him in his 4 runs. They got 2 Qs out of 4 and one of those being a Level 3 Standard Q.

On Sunday I ran him and we got 4 out of 4 Qs. He was a bit distracted in Standard but we pulled off our first Level 4 Standard Q with one fault on the weaves. His weaves the rest of the day were spot on though. It’s like he forgets what they are and needs a reminder. Humpf.

Overall I am pleased with his performance this weekend!

We go to agility camp with Desert Sage Agility in June where Moe Strenfel and Sandy Rogers are two of the presenters. I am not sure if I will camp or try a hotel or both!

We have only one trial in June at Ridgefield where we typically do ok. In July I am considering a USDAA trial in Longview WA that is outside on grass. Not sure about that and it goes up against CPE in Turner but USDAA Qs are harder for us so seems like I should try for those. Then there is a USDAA trial at Argus Ranch the same weekend as the Warrior Dash. I am considering Sunday for that one. Then maybe taking August off completely. We shall see. I am a bit behind on my finances and may not have enough to compete past July for a month.

Why can’t money just grow on trees?

Kickball

So I played kickball with some co-workers on Thursday night. I did ok. I can mostly kick the ball and I can run. They had me playing second base and I almost caught a fly ball but didn’t. It’s scary having a large red ball coming at your face!

So then the next morning, this morning, I woke up with heel pain. It’s on the back of my heel, low on the sides but not the bottom. Infamous Google search points to Achilles’ tendon strain. Yay.  I iced it some today and have ibuprofen on board.

Shelby might have to run Twitch tomorrow if it’s not better. Right now it’s throbbing but not too bad. I know it’s there and that is probably not a good sign.

Good thing I didn’t have any plans this weekend. Ugh! The yard needs mowed, the weeds are out of control and agility trial! Poopy!!

Hiking Spencer Butte

Today we went down to Eugene so I could take a private lesson with Naomi Snapp. She runs Aussies in agility and I wanted to get some personalized looks at Twitch and I, to see where we could improve. He has concerns and motivation issues in trials so I am trying to address those.

The first thing she noticed was that he disconnects from me as we enter the ring. So we are going to work on stronger nose touches for pre-run routine as well as his spins as we walk out.

The second thing she noticed was that he slows down when I slow down, which in most situations is great, he reads deceleration, but there are times when I need him to keep moving like pinwheels and wraps around jumps. So maintaining motivation through tricks will help, not fixing things in trials and working on using a lunchbox to get speed.

The lunchbox is a hard sided plastic cooler that is heavy enough he can’t run off with it, sticky enough that he can’t open the lid and big enough for any kind of food. We worked on that today and it helped a lot. We used the LB for proofing weaves and contact behaviors and it helped with his motivation around the push to the back of a jump with a 180 to the tunnel. So some good stuff and really glad I did it.

Then we went to Spencer Butte. It was a 2 mile hike with 900 feet of elevation gain. And it was busy! There were so many people and other dogs and Twitch did really well with all of it.

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He met dogs on the trail, he walked past dogs and ignored them, it was great!

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Those are the Three Sisters mountains in the distance.

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The trail wound through the forest with some really large trees!

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Then we stopped at Oakshire Brewery for food and drinks and headed home.

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Weekend Agility and Being in My Thirties

Twitch and I had an agility trial this past weekend. Saturday went pretty well but Sunday was less than spectacular. After a good Jackpot run first thing he began to stop and sniff. He didn’t get his weave entrances all weekend and only did his 2o2o contact on the Aframe once! And we had 4 Aframes on Sunday. It was a frustrating weekend to be sure. I need to stop fixing stuff and forget about the Q. I think fixing things when I am nervous makes him worse. We did ok with 4 Q’s out of 8 runs so not bad but not the 7 or 8 we have been getting.

He’s a baby dog. 🙂
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So to top it off I turn 40 tomorrow. Kind of hard to believe it’s been that long and I’m that old now. Actually, based on timing and where I was born I may already be 40! Lol. Anyway we are doing a low key night tomorrow and then a big party on the 21st. I’m looking forward to it.

My agility classmates got me cake, a card and a balloon. Shelby got me these cute shoe charms that say ‘He’s a baby dog’ and ‘Run fast, Run clean’. 🙂 They will be my mantras from now on and remind me to have patience. IMG_4213.JPG