Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse and Weave poles

My goal is to start blogging again.  It helps me keep track of training and just life in general.
Yesterday was the Eclipse. In Columbia, SC we were in an area that would have a total eclipse for about 2 1/2 minutes.  Many people traveled to Columbia to see it.  All hotels were sold out. Crazy , huh?
I did buy the glasses, which was stressful since there were lots of people selling fake ones. How scary is that??  Fake glasses that could burn your eyes so you will have black spots for the rest of your life.   I didnt buy the filter for my camera because I didnt think I would care that much about the eclipse but then when it came, I wish I had the filter. That figures.
These pictures where taken with my cell phone. I cut one of the glasses we had and put the filter from the glasses over the camera lens. I did have to change the setting on my phone to "Pro" and change the shutter speed.

Now these arent great but it gives you an idea of what we were seeing when we looked up into the sun.

Then night came. I video taped it.  This was  off my back deck. You can see into my neighbors yard and their TV must be on.

Night only last 2 1/2 minutes but it was cool.  I didnt notice my dogs acting any different.   Then it was over and we all went back to our lives. LOL

Ive been finally working on getting Zoey's weave poles done. So since I got back from my trip, Ive been working hard and Ive almost have the poles closed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Zoey's first trial

This picture was taken here in Columbia , but I like to have pictures with my post.

So Zoey is now 16 months old.  She is finally running in agility, so now Ive lost my startline. She also cant control herself , in that she wants to chase dogs that are running in the ring.   When I go to trials, Ive  been working her at the practice jump and Ive been able to keep control of her.   But  not this weekend.
This weekend was a small UKI trial.  They sometimes offer nursery class for dogs 16 to 18 months. There are no weaves, teeter or spread jumps. They can also enter speedstakes.  So I entered Zoey in those 2 classes.  It was a one ring trial, which is where I will be with Zoey, so she doesnt jump the ring gating and chase the other dog running in the other ring.
 The first time she ran in the nursery class, everyone took a break. There were no dogs around. So she stayed with me. You will see in the video, she was over the top and kept bark and jumping up at me and trying to get me. She doesnt normally do this when we practice.  I only see this when we go to a new place or  she is over the top excited.  So I have to be careful with how much excitement I build into her when trying to get her to run.
The second run she did much better. Before her run, we tried to practice at the practice jump. She took off, running down the ring gating, after the dog that was in the ring. Ack!!!  I had to call her name twice, and she did come back, but I was freaked for a second that she was leaving for good.   I didnt take the leash off at the practice jump anymore.  I used a long line and put the bar on the ground and practice her staying with me.   She did well after that.   So on her second run she left the startline to go see a dog that was outside the ring but came back to me  when called.  Otherwise, she did really well.  I have to remember she is a baby dog and needs more support, especially when coming out of the tunnel, to make sure she takes the jumps.
The next day, we practice a lot more at the practice jump, with the long line on, to make sure  she understood what is expected of her.  We did the nursery class again.  She did well, except she wouldnt come to me at the end of the run. As soon as she saw me with the leash and I called her, she just dead stopped.  She had figured it out. Fun is over. Ugh!!.  So I acted like I was leaving the ring, and she blew by me and ran out of the ring.  Great.  So now I called her, she stopped and had to think about if she was going to come to me or not.  She did finally come to me.  So , I have lots of things to work on.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Zoey Update


Zoey likes to sleep outside. None of my other dogs do this. They always want to be around me. But  not Zoey. She will even sleep out there when its raining.

We had a light snow dusting earlier this January. I keep meaning to blog, but then it doesnt happen.

Then a few days later is was in the 70's , so I took the dogs to the lake.

  Lots of turtles.
Saw my first bald eagle in South Carolina.

Zoey went to the top of this dirt wall thing and then jumped off, to the ground. Ugh, scared the crap out of me.

This wasnt her jumping from the top. This was another picture.

No matter how much I tried I couldnt get the picture of her out of the shade.

Zoey is really slow when running agility. She is fast when chasing my dogs especially around the agility field and through the tunnels. But as soon as she starts agility , she is slow.
So Im keeping video, trying to time it and see if I can get her moving faster.
Dec 23rd

Jan 1st

Then I signed up for a "Cone work" class. Its suppose to help with speed and teach turns too.

Thats all for now. Im sure there is more but I cant think of anything right now.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016


These were some of the pictures I had taken last month.

Zoey 9 months, Nov 2016.  I cant believe she stayed. I walked away about 20 feet.

Java and Zoey.

I feel Im a failure with Zoey.  She was this perfect puppy.  She never ate/chewed anything.  She doesnt sleep in her crate a night. Then something happened a few months ago.  She has lost her mind. She barks and fence fights with the dogs next door.  I put a garden fence up, well its been up since before I got her, to keep my other dogs from fence fighting. But she kept climbing over it.  Then I ran the fence down the middle of my yard, to keep her way back not be tempted to go over there. Nope, she was able to get over.

So now I have 3 garden fences running down that side, to keep her away.  She was able to pry the corner open, so I zip tied the corner closed. We'll see if she figures another way in. Every time I think Ive got it, she figures it out and gets over it.

Then  she is crazy barking when she see other dogs running agility.  But that doesnt transfer in to running fast when it her turn to run. I just started taking a class with her so I can work on her acting crazy and barking at agility.  In the class, we are all working at different stations.  She wants to go run off toward the other dogs. Ive been able to call her off every time , except once.   I wouldnt mind this so much if all this craziness transferred into her running fast but it doesnt.  I was so hoping not to have to work so much on drive, like I did with Java. But I guess, here I go again.

Here was today's session. Zoey is 10%  slower than Java.( this is boring , so dont feel you have to watch this)

The other thing that I want to make sure, is she has a start line stay.  So Ive worked a lot on getting her to stay.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Last week we went to UKI Nationals.  The weather was great, mostly, warm and sunny!! My kind of weather.  I only had entered Java.  At this point Im still wondering if Java is hurt.

We did have a warm up run this year, that we didnt have last year. So that was nice. It was just a jumpers run. She broke her startline, so that was good and bad. I think she was shocked when I put her back on the startline.  Then I got lost on course.  But thats ok, it was just warm up.
At nationals you walk all 4 courses in the morning and then spend the day running them. It can be hard to remember what your plan was but the time you get there.  Our group ran Biathlon jumping first.

So many weave pole problems this weekend. She never has this many problems. (another worry).
Next was Power and Speed.

I really felt like we would get through this one.  I almost pushed  her off from the teeter but she made it on.  But right at the end, she took  the wrong tunnel entrance. She was going for the correct one and then decided to change course. ???

Now we had 2 rotations off, so I worked both those rotations.  Next up was Masters Heat jumping.

again, we had weave pole problems.  Ugh!!
So I was really tried by this time. I think our last ring didnt start until after 5pm and we had been going since 7am.   I wasnt planning on running this. I went and walked my dogs and did a couple of other things. Then decided to walk by the  ring I was suppose to be in and see how it was going. Well my turned hadnt come up yet, and Java seemed like she wanted to run. So we ran.

Some how we got through it without "Eing", for the first time all day.

Next day was Friday:
 First up for our group was snooker. OMG, I hate snooker. Its not my thing. And for it to be first, didnt  help.

This snooker was harder than last year. We went off course after doing 6b and then 6a in our opening. I wanted her to take the red jump and she went out and took the #4 jump. Ugh. So disappointing.
Next up was Speedstakes. I really wanted this Q so we could go on to the finals in the big ring.

The hardest part on this course was 11-13, at least that is what I thought.  Java missed 4 and 5. I was shocked. She just ran around the jumps. Thats so unlike her. (If you see anything in my handling that caused this, let me know. )

So there go my first 2 runs and the ones I wanted the most.  Then my rotation was off for 2 rounds. This time I only worked one rotation and took the next rotation off. I needed the break and my dogs needed to  have to free time.
  Then next up was round 2 of National agility ( which I made it into).

Going down the line, to the wall jump , I said "right, right, right' and she went right but before the wall. Ugh.  Man, we just couldnt get it together.

The thing I was most worried about was the 14-17 and it didnt seem to be a problem at all.

Saturday I only had 2 runs to do.   The standard run seemed harder then the jumpers run.
I ran standard first. I was so worried about the begining and changed my mind about how I was going to run it multiple times.

And once again, the weave poles got us and I even pushed past the end of the poles, which would leave me behind , trying to hand that next line.  So we "E"ed.

So I got farther through the course than I figured but  the weave poles sure were a downer.

Next up was the jumpers course. Once again, I went back and forth on how to handle the opening.  So many different ways to do the opening and so many  dogs going off course right in the beginning.

She held her startline, which I was shocked. (again worry some).  We got through the opening and now to try to get the backside of that jump after the tunnel. I felt like my best chance was to bring her around the closest wing  but I still didnt make it.  And the weave poles were horrible.

So I was done by 1pm on Saturday. We could still do the Challengers round on Sunday but I was done and ready to go home.  But the wind was crazy, 30mph and huge gust.  Everytime I would think it was getting better, it would start up again. I just felt it was to dangerous to drive the RV. So I waited until the next morning and left a little before 7am.  For some reason I just wanted to get home.

So you may wonder why I would post my runs, since they arent great.  But really I did better than last year. Well, except for in Speedstakes and Snooker. I made the finals in both those last year. Not this year. But I didnt feel like any of the courses were over my head. The last 2 years I remember thinking, "What am I doing here?"  , but I didnt feel that way at all, this time. Also I had Java checked while I was there because she had start line stays except for the first run and she stopped on the teeter and waited to be released (unheard of with her) . She just seemed off to me.  Going by jumps and so many weave pole problems. But they couldnt find anything wrong.   We have one more trial to do and then Ive  pulled all my entries and Im giving her a break.   (So for all the spelling errors, Im to tired to check for them).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What the heck??

(This is my picture not photographer)

This weekend we had a photo shoot with a pet photographer. It was suppose to be at Hunting State Park. I love that place. The dead trees in the water is so cool. But the hurricane wreaked the place and the park is closed until next year.  So I entered a dog trial. But then I got a note that they would do the shoot at a small beach near Hilton Head.  Well thats great but the trial I was going to was in Raleigh.  The complete opposite direction.  But when I looked at the schudule, I was the only person going to the beach shoot.  So I emailed the photographer and she was going to a dog trial in Murells Inlet in SC.  I asked if we could change the location to Huntington Beach State park, its in Murells Inlet.  So we did.  Except we went to Litchfield beach. We parked in a place that for public parking and started to walk the wooded walk way to the beach. But as we were walking I could see the end of the walk way was completely destroyed. There was no way to get onto the beach because the drop off was really high.  So we went back to the car.  Then the photographer asked someone walking if there was another access to the beach. And there was. So things were back on again.  We had a nice shoot and Zoey could sit stay with me 20 feet away.  I guess she just cant stay with me taking the pictures. LOL  I only brought Zoey and Java because the hotel I was staying at only allowed 2 dogs and only Java was entered in the trial.
The only bad thing about the photo shoot was other peoples dogs. It was 7am and there were lots of people on the beach with off leash dogs.  The first dog came up and was growling. The whole time the owner is saying,"my dogs is friendly".  yea right, what is it growling at us?   Anyway, this happened at least 3 different times during the shoot, which was only 30 minutes long. Lucky Zoey never ran off  to any of these off leash dogs.  I cant wait to see the pictures.   I got to see Stephanie while I was down at the beach. She stayed with me at the hotel, it was right by her work and the school she is student teaching at.
After the photo shoot, I took my dogs to Huntington beach state park, so they could burn off steam.

 I wish I had realized this butterfly was in the picture sooner than I did. It was so cute but it took me a few seconds to get my camera up and shooting.  The butterfly is on her ear on the first picture.

 Now its on her tail.

Now its flying away.

I love the beach. Its just good for the soul.

Then Friday it was off to Raleigh.  It took 4 hours to get there. Yikes.  It felt like forever.  The trying to get to the hotel was crazy.  4 lane bumper to bumper traffic and then I was in the wrong lane and no one would let me over. So I had to pass my turn, some how turn around and then sit in the traffic again to get to the hotel.  The hotel was ok. It was clean and stuff. But the traffic every time you try to get there was horrible.  So at night, I couldnt bring myself to go out and dinner because traffic was a nightmare. There was a really nice walking path close to the hotel. The only thing was you had to try to cross a two lane , very busy road, to get to it. But at least I didnt have to sit in traffic to get to a park.

This path goes on forever. All around the city.

On to the agility trial. It was a one ring trial and very small.  I was so excited because Java held her start line.  I got a true lead out.  We actually Qed in premier standard.  But the next run her teeter killed us. Ugh!!  Am I ever going to get that thing fixed????   Any way by the time we did all 4 runs and she held a start line, I started thinking something wasnt right.  It wasnt that I wasnt happy she held her startline but really after 5 years and now all of a sudden she had a solid startline. Yes I constantly work on it but she didnt even try to break.

So between not even trying to break her startline and missing jumps, it got me thinking that something was wrong.  Did she not feel good?  Was she injured?  She didnt drop any bars or look off.   The next day her start line was back to normal, I just get pass the first jump and she pushes or breaks.  But then she couldnt get into any tunnel without spinning  before going in or  going in and coming back out.  What the heck??  One thing my dogs have, is drive to any tunnel. Then can be sent from 50 feet away.

So I have no idea if she isnt feeling well or what.  When we got home, she was very happy and playing.
Today is Wednesday and I havent let her do anything for the last 2 days.  This morning she was playing with the other dogs and running through the back yard. I hope that is a good sign.  We are off the the UKI nationals today. So I guess Ill see if she is ok, or if she is still off and I need to come back home.