Sunday, May 8, 2016

How to make your life harder!!

Get a puppy!!  LOL,  Yes I did. I got another dog.  Miley is struggling in agility.  She just takes off way to early, with jumping, so I figured I better get started training another dog.  And now Im feeling really tired and thinking this maybe my last puppy. Because boy am I tried!!

Here she is at 10 weeks. She is from Blackmyst Shelties in Minnesota .

Her litter name is Blur.  Im still trying to pick a name.

She has lots of energy , happy and fun. Some names Im throwing around are Pip, Busy and Zora.

She was flown in  last Friday to Atlanta.  My friend  was picking her up for me because  she was suppose to come in at 6:30pm and I couldnt get there in time. We'll the flight never took off due to mechanical problems.  The plane finally took off at 6pm and she landed at 9:10pm. Then it took about 1 hour  to get them off the plane and over to the cargo area.  So my very nice friend went back to  the airport and got her. The crate was soaked with urine but besides that she seemed ok.  

So far none of the dogs like her or will play with her. I hope that changes. Over the last week, everyone has started to adjust except Java. Which I figured would happen.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Beach

The weekend before last we went to Huntington State park Beach.  The weather was great. We had some rain on Friday night but that's it.  It was kind of windy but we needed the wind because it was so hot.

It was nice an quiet in the mornings on the beach.  Even though the park was full.

Stephanie also came for the weekend. She lives in Conway, which takes about 40 minutes for her to get to the park. So this time, she just stayed with us. She brought her tent, just to practice setting it up. It was the first time and she wanted to make sure she could do it.

Last time we were here, we didn't see any alligators. This time we saw lots.  There is this bridge from the front of the park, to the beach part of the park. There is a lagoon there. In the lagoon were all the alligators. There are bike paths that go across the bridge on both sides. Its go to take pictures.  There are 5 alligators sitting on the low lying sand bank.

We cooked over the open fire a lot. Only because Stephanie wanted to. That's to much work for me. Cleaning that cast iron skillet is not my idea of fun. LOL  But the food was good.

The birds were all on the causeway (lagoon) area too.

Miley is really slowing down, as she has gotten older. They didnt play chase as much as they usually do.

We are pretty sure this bird just like to play with the fish before eating them. Because he just kept throwing them in the air, multiple times, before swallowing them.

Its always sad to leave the beach and Stephanie.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Concord Agility trial and spring break.

Last week was Spring Break.  The first few days I worked hard to get the new carpet in the RV.  So I finished that Tuesday evening. Then Wednesday drove up the Concord NC.
This was a big trial because it wasnt only agility but also confirmation and obedience.  I put my RV reservation in early because I knew there would be lots of RV's with confirmation being there.   So I get there and they cant find my name on the list.  But as he looks again, Im on the first page. (Its not in ABC order. It must be how they received your registration) On his paper is says "grass" . I wanted to be in the back area where the grass was. There is a front part for RV and its all on pavement.  I dont want to walk forever for my dogs to have to go the bathroom.  (lots of confirmation people put ex-pens outside their RV and just let there dogs go to the bathroom right there and then hose the area down. I have ex-pens but my dogs dont go to the bathroom there. I always walk them)   So anyway, the guy in the golf cart brings me to my spot. He wanted me to pull into the grass and then back between 2 RV's that were already there.  (People had started setting up their RV's on Monday of that week. The trial started on Thursday. I dont get that)  I told the guy I didnt want that spot. He said I had to take it because I had a small RV and could fit in the spot.

Here it dosent look to bad. But here is another view.

The buildings are behind my RV. I have to go that way to get to the agility building.  I have a wagon to carry my bag, cooler, tripod and other things.  I cant get the wagon over all that stuff.   So I have to go around. Everyone has ex-pens on the sides of there RV's.  But I wasnt walking all the way around just to get back to where I started.  So I cut through someone's spot and  of course their dogs went crazy. Sorry, there wasnt anything else I could do.

Here was the circle of RV. There was that one spot open across the field. Thank goodness they left that spot open, so I could leave Saturday.
Another weird thing, quiet hours didnt start until 11pm. Poeple's dogs would be barking like crazy right up until 11pm.  What is wrong with people these days.

I will never RV here again when they have confirmation. Besides all that, it smells horrible. Because they dont walk their dogs and just let them pee all over the mats they put down. And then  they just hose it down. Ugh. I dont know how they stand that smell all the time.
The first day I came back to my rv and someone had moved my stuff.  They had pulled the black material that I have on the bottom side of my RV, to prevent the dogs from getting out under the RV, they had pulled if off and moved that and the ex-pens all forward, to the front of my RV. I have no idea why.  At first I thought the wind did it but there is no way. The ex-pens would have blown over , if it was from wind. And I had a tarp on top of the ex-pens drying, it would have blown away. And it didnt.   Just a weird RV weekend.

Im not even sure I remember all my runs. I know that there was a problem with FAST. The judges microphone kept causing static noise on the speakers in the ring.  Dogs were having issues with it.  There was a lady with a border collie, who went and talked to the judge because it was freaking her dog out. Then it was Java's turn. Right after we started the send bonus, the static started and Java came to a dead stop. She refused to run. Java has never refused to run. I just tried to keep her happy and get out of the ring as fast as we could.  But that run was blown.  After that happened, the judge stopped using the microphone.  But the next day they were using them again!!  WTH??   So I went up to the scribe and timer and said that i needed the speaker turned off during Java's run. I told them that she freaked out yesterday and I dont want her thinking that noise it part of the ring. They said they couldnt do it because they couldnt hear the judge. I told them that I didnt care if I NQ'ed because they couldnt hear the judge call the points, I just dont want the noise going on when my dog is in the ring.  They got all upset. Im sorry, its my dog and Im not running during a negative experience.  It was hard keeping her away from the ring and trying to stay close enough to know when it was my turn. After that I decided unless they fix the speakers and microphones, Im not running my dog again there during FAST.  I asked the person doing leashes , why wasnt anyone else complaining. She didnt know. She said she saw other dogs being effected. She said one dog was cowering in the corner before its run because all the static on the speakers.  You could hear the static across the whole rings and up at the top, where our seating was.  Anyway, Java did Q this run.

Sorry, I stopped writing and now had our trial. So not sure I can even remember what happened. I remember the standard courses where hard. Well, not hard but harder then they usually are in AKC.  I thought, wow, if this is regular standard, I wonder what premier will be like.

This was standard on Thursday.

This was standard on Friday.

I cant find the video of this run.

Here is Saturdays standard run. Ugh, so close. Why wasnt I talking to my dog, saying "go, go on"???  She has that command.

Here was premier standard. It wasnt that bad but I messed it up anyway.

Miley really struggled this weekend. Lots of stress circling. Finally I figured out that the medication I was giving her for having to urinate all the time, could be causing this behavior. So I stopped giving it. She had two wonderful runs. It was her last time at 12inch jump height.

And she took 2nd place.

Then jumpers, she had a bad crash. Which is why Im putting her down to 8 inches. I was going to stop running but she just got up and took off, so I just kept going.

I did manage to keep Java on course once. LOL

In other news, by RV door came off the hinge.  I didnt really know anyone who had tools to help me fix it. The door was rotted earlier in the year and my husband and I took the door apart. Put new wood in the fame and put it back together. I guess we didnt do a good job. LOL

Now what?  It was night time. My husband was going to come up the next day to help me fix it but what  to do until then?  Well, I put a bunch of levelers , that you use to level your RV, and I put them under the door to hold it up. Then I cut this water hose that I had. It was flat like a fire hose. And I tied the door together. At least I was able to shut the door that night.

My husband came up  on Friday and we couldn't really get the door back together the correct way. (At least I got to see my husband. LOL) So we took some of the screws out of the hinge, so the door would shut and then tied it shut. My husband drove it home, in case the door flew off. It didnt.  So we hope if fixed now.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finishing up the carpet in RV

So First I put down noise barrier insulation.  It's some type of tar type substance with silver on top. 
It's a peel and stick type stuff.  There are several different brands. This one is called B-quiet.   It worked pretty well. I can now here the radio when I drive. 

Next up was the padding. 

I just bought some stuff from Home Depot.  It was pre-cut, 6x9 , I think. You can see where I cut the holes for the screws that hold the chairs down. 

Then I cut the first piece of carpet for the front section. I felt it was easier to work with it like this.  I did put carpet tack boards along both sides of the front RV section. But no place else. I used a carpet staple every where else in the front. 

So I put it under the side walls, that are covered with vinyl. (That is under where your feet go).  You can see I cut an X in the carpet and then put the chair base back in. I couldn't figure out any other way to do it.  That was tough enough. 

Then I stapled the carpet over the edge and down that step  you see right there.  I then removed the carpet off the doghouse. Lots of old glue and staples around the edges of the old doghouse. I just kept the old piece of carpet as a template to cut out the new piece.  I then used contact cement on the top, to glue it down and stapled it along the edges. There were several places with "V" cuts in it. I just followed their pattern. Worked out pretty nice.   Just don't cut it like you do fabric patterns.  You know "right sides together".  Other wise it won't fit. Yes I messed of the first one and had to cut it again. 
For the living area of the RV, I put tack strips all around. 
I even used Z-bars with tack strips near the vinyl. It's suppose to help you fold over the carpet  and make a nice edge. I couldn't get it to work and had to pull all those tack strips up. I just folded over the edge and stapled it down. 

This was the big piece I layed down in the back. I did cut it some what before bringing it in. I didn't go under the slide. I didn't pull the carpet up under the slide either. It was to hard to get to. I read a lot on the Internet and it sounds like most poeple leave it there.  I used double stick tape and taped the old and new carpet together. 

I put a piece of extra new carpet under my black chair, just so it wouldn't leave marks on the carpet.  I also put down some carpet runners to protect the carpet from the rain this weekend. 
I didn't do the steps. I've ordered sand colored vinyl to put on them, since they get most of the wetness from the rain and the dirt off your shoes. I'll try to get that done next week. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

RV Carpet replacement.

So Ive been wanting to replace the carpet in my RV.  Its old and looks it. Plus I wanted to put some sound proofing under the captain chairs in the front.  Ive already put it under the doghouse. (that is the hump that is between the two captain chairs. It covers the engine).  So, class "A" RV's, gas ones, are known for being noisy.   Because the engine sit right next to you. I think that they have gotten a lot better but my RV is a 2000 , so it was before they started all the insulation stuff.  Anyway, its really hard to hear anything when you drive on the highway.  You have to turn up the radio so loud, to hear it, that its just annoying.  Plus I think it makes driving stressful.

Here Ive taken out the driver and passenger seats.  The carpet doesnt look bad in the picture but trust me it is.  Im going to have to figure out how to take more of the seats out , to get the carpet in. I just want the round post in the floor, not that big square thing.

Here is the carpet I ordered.  Its pretty close to the color I have. That way if I cant get some small piece out, it wont be that noticeable.

Here is my son helping me. The carpet in RV's is stapled down. So some places, I just wasnt strong enough to pull it out. Good think my son was still awake to help me. You can see the engine right there.

This is under the driver's area.  I might not replace that carpet just to the right there. It goes under the TV and back a ways. I will replace the carpet on the doghouse. The doghouse is sitting to the right also , on top of the area I probably wont replace.

One thing I did fine was some water damage. Now it this left over for when the air conditioner leaked into the front passenger side?  Im not sure. Or is the window leaking.  So since I dont know, I will probably pull out the window this weekend and reset it.  Ive read on line what to do and think Lou and I can get it done.  I did pull out the window glazing bead, this afternoon. Its the rubber seal around the outside of the window.  There are little drain holes in the metal casing of the window and in the rubber parts that the window slides in. They can get clogged and you cant see it unless you pull the rubber seal out. The side with the leak, looked ok. I also did the drivers side. There was so much junk in there, it couldnt drain at all. The outside holes were ok, but the inside ones, through the rubber sliding part, were clogged. So I cleaned all that out today. If those clog, the water can leak in between the walls. And you wont see it , until really bad thing happen to your RV.

Once I have all that done, I will put down the sound proofing matting , just in the front, and then put the carpet down. The next section, where the slide is, will not be sound proofed.  I will be putting padding down there. Im really worried about the slide area. Keep your fingers crossed I get it right.

So here is the carpet after I pulled it all out. You should keep this piece to use as a template to cut your new carpet. So now you can see how bad the carpet looks. Yikes!! One thing I didnt find, yet, was tons of dirt.

Every thing I read, said you will find tons of dirt under the carpet , when you pull it up. But not so far. We'll see when I pull up the back part.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Yay, an update on my blog.

Sorry, I havent been blogging. Its not that I dont think about it.  I just cant seem to get around to actually doing it.  The weather here has just sucked this winter.  It rains all the time. And if it isnt raining, its freezing cold. (freezing cold for us. LOL)  Its now March and usually the trees have started blooming, but they havent.  Everything is still dead looking.  So that is adding to the doom and gloom days.  My yard is a mushy mess. It just never seems to dry out.   So I havent been practicing agility and so we cant seem to get it together at the trials.

I went to a trial a couple of weeks ago.  It was freezing cold in the morning, even in the building. My toes were so cold, they hurt. You could see the dogs breath when they were at the line. Yikes, thats cold.  It did warm up as the day moved on. But man, the mornings were cold.

Yes, she made it onto the table.  You can see she is barking at me. Because, she thought we were going a different way and I had to call her back to the table. (bad handler).

Here is another example of maybe she wasnt sure if which way we were going. Im pretty sure the bar stayed up.

The good thing that happened at the trial is we had some nice teeters. Here was FAST. Ive been using FAST to practice teeters in the ring. No chance of doing that here because the teeter was in the send. I thought, great, no chance of getting this because the teeter being at a distance.  Nope, no  problem. She nailed it. She actually stopped in a 2o/2o.   Was I taping?  Nope, I dont usually tape FAST. To bad, it would have been nice to have one nice teeter on tape. LOL.

There were some good things that happened.

I messed up this course big time. But we got that back line 3-7.  That line got a lot of people.

The line was slightly different for Master standard.

We were able to get that line too (13-16), even with me behind.  Most people, when the fell behind, their dog took #5 instead of 15.

Sorry about the green box on the video, just ignore that.

Miley struggled this weekend.  The first run, she dropped so many bars. I know it was  at least 5 but it could be more.  Then I noticed all the lights werent on in the arena.  This has happened before. If all the lights arent on, she cant see well enough inside this arena.  Her next run, all the lights were on and she was fine.

In this excellent standard run, she had such a nice turn on #14.  Most dogs went very wide or took the tunnel. Some people turned their dog to the left, trying to keep their dog from looking at the tunnel.   Miley's turn was perfect. I even heard the judge say, "now thats how its done". Or something to that effect. LOL

Miley struggled all weekend getting into the weave poles. Im not sure what is going on.  Almost every time, she would just run by and then stress and run around the ring.

But then there was this run on Sunday.  Only a dropped bar.