Saturday, October 31, 2009
Next subject is feet. I just cant find a pair of sneaker that don't hurt my legs or feet. I was wearing Adidas trail runner supernova 5, but they don't make them anymore. Ive been buying them different places. ( I guess until they cant be found) I ordered them from a site I found them on, and they are killing my feet. I ordered the same size but they are just not right on my left foot. Maybe they only have defective ones left now. So Ive been looking for another shoe. Ive tried Nike, Brooks, Muinzo, Keen, Asics to name a few. I'm so over this and just don't know what to do. I really need a new pair of shoes. The treads are warn off my old shoes. I guess I will just keep trying.
Footwork. I work Miley a little today. We did that set up that the Agility Nerd had on his site where you work front crosses, rear crosses and serpts. Miley did really well. Then we work on tunnel entrances. Just jump to the tunnel. She did well today. Will see if that holds up. Instead of saying "in", I'm using "here". I try not to use "here" on course because I find if I'm nervous, I will say "here" and not mean to. Or use it in the wrong place. ( Just a note. On my jumpers run where Miley "Qed" and got her title. You hear someone yelling "here", that was the girl in the other ring). Also when I run at a trial, I tend to be really quiet ( again a nerve thing) so I try not to rely on verbals but in this case I'm going to have to do something.
I posted the new header. That's more realistic of my dogs. Why is Guiness's tongue hanging to the side. Because a bicycle had recently come by and Guiness was going crazy. Stephanie was embarrassed by the dog acting crazy. You know, kids never embarrass you, only dogs.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I thought the holes in this tree made of an interesting picture.
This tree I just think is cool.
I like the blackness of the trees in this picture.
I wish this picture turned out better. They look like they arent happy. They are probably thinking, "How many times do we have to do this?". Lol
I didnt mean to sound so negitive in my last post about Miley's lesson. She looked really good on lots of things. She had great contacts, teeter ,table and until the Master course weave poles.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I took Miley out to the field this morning to practice. The sheep were in the area where you park your car. We didn't park in there because they also have a billy goat. Those things are crazy. They will jump on your car and eat it. It also sounded like it was spitting at us.
I decided to do the set-up in this months Clean Run. Its near the back of the magazine and called "Shorties". It had all my problem areas. Weaves, table and tunnel discrimination's. Can you see where this is going? I guess I shouldn't have tired to conquer all the problem areas at the same time. Needless to say we had problems. I couldn't get the correct tunnel entrance most of the time. I couldn't run the sequence the way they said to. It just didn't work. So then I started running it the way I wanted to. We did better, still couldn't get the correct tunnel entrance. I really have to be able to drive to the entrance but sometimes you just cant get there. I think I'm going to teach "in" and "out". In being the the tunnel entrance closest to me, and of course "out" being the entrance furthest away from me. So we practice a little of that. Our weaves were terrible. We couldn't get an entrance if it was on side. Ugh! On the way home my husband asked what I had done different since the trial. Hmmmm. It wasn't what I was doing different versus what I haven't done. I haven't practice any weave pole entries. Last we practice distance work. We work on the tunnel to the teeter again. I need at least one step in the direction to get her to the teeter.
This afternoon we practice just weave pole entrances. WhooHoo, success.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Look at this praying mantis. Weird huh? Ive only seen them in green. Do you know what this bug was doing? Weave poles. Lol
I tried grooming the dogs ears. When my husband notices they need to be clipped it must be really bad. They turned out ok. I wish I could a better job. I kinda think Guiness turned out better than Miley's. And I did his first.
Its raining again. I did run Miley through a couple of sequences before the rain started. We worked on some distance challenges. Since the Fast class seems to like tunnel to teeter stuff that's what we worked on. What I realized is I need to be really down the line when she is coming out of the tunnel to show her the line to the teeter. Waiting for her coming out of the tunnel just pulls her toward me. I know you are probably laughing because I should already know this. But sometimes it takes me a while. Lol
Good news. I finally got my AKC height card. My last measurement was in May but I had never received my card. Well I finally got around to sending the AKC an email asking what I needed to do. Apparently the jump height registration papers were coded wrong so it was never sent. They fixed and I received my card yesterday. Yea!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Lets look at this another way. When you have a baby and the delivery didn't go to well. I cant say its love at first sight. I'm going to be blunt so you may want to stop reading. When you had forceps up your wazoo and they pulled a baby out that didn't want to come out. You have ripped to your rectum. Its not love at first sight. All I could think of was, "If someone asks me to breast feed that baby, my head is going to spin around and green pea soup is going to come flying out of my mouth". Yea I can look back now and laugh. But I wasn't a happy camper at the time. But did I love my baby . Of course. Did I feel a special connection. Uh, not at that time. But, you take care of them, love them and they love you back. Every day the love grows.
One more thing. What about people who adopt a baby. Can you imagine the adoption agency's faces if you said, "I'm sorry, I don't feel that special connection with this one. Can you bring out another?" Lol. You sometimes learn to love. Love grows.
So anyway, that what I think. Its ok not to feel a special connection. And things will still turn out great!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Next was Standard. She was again awesome. There were 3 tunnel discrimination's. She got the first 2 but the third one I was to far behind and she took the wrong one. Oops! She also missed a jump coming out of the tunnel the first time. Because of the camera angle I cant tell what I did to cause that. I think I should have been on the other side of the jump before the teeter. But it was still a great run.
After that my legs were starting to hurt.But over all I felt much better today. I didn't stay for Fast. I didn't want to mess up what great runs we had. So we were done by 10am and got to walk the dog on the beach. It was pretty cold this morning, 47degrees. But once the sun came out, it didnt feel bad at all. Ill post some beach pictures tomorrow.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
First was our Open Fast run. Ah, we had some handler problems but I still feel like it was a good run.
Next was Open JWW. It was taking forever to get started. I was waiting to run and they were calling the walk thur for Open Standard. The jumpers ring was far behind. There was a new judge with an AKC rep. there. I think that was slowing things down. So I gave Lou Miley, and went and walked Open Standard. But now I was stressed. I walked it a couple of times and went to run my jumpers course.It was kinda a tough course. I was unsure how to handle the pinwheel into the weaves. I really wanted to make sure I drove her to the correct tunnel entrance. But when she came out , she couldn't see me. I should have been on the other side of the jumps. So she went off course and I just went with it. Your dog shouldn't have to look for you coming out of the tunnel.
After I was done running they called the briefing for Standard. I went over and they decided they wouldn't start until JWW was done. Ugh! I wish I had known that. I did get to walk again.
She missed the teeter and I thought I would just send her to the table. I don't know if she knew she missed the teeter but she did a touch and go on the table and got the zoomies. But when I called her to my side, she came right in. Then got on the table.I wasn't sure how to handle the pinwheel after the a-frame. I was planning on getting in front of her and then front crossing into the pinwheel. But she didn't wait to be released from her 20/20. So that got a little messed up.
Things I need to work on. Rear crossing into a pinwheel. She isn't taking the 2nd jump of the pinwheel. I'm not sure how to fix that. Also I need to work on post turns. She doesn't seem to read them very well.
They had a B-match after the trial but I was just hurting to much to stay. Several people came up to me and asked if I was staying for the b-match. When I said no, they were like , "really?" Hmmm think they were trying to tell me something? Lol I probably did need to stay and work Miley but I just wanted to leave. I messed up taking my medicine. I usually go to a trial, check in, get my stickers and course maps. If they are walking or close to walking, I walk. Then when I'm done, I go take my medicine to ward off the pain. But I didn't do that today. I'm not sure why. So I didn't take it until right before my standard run. Well I was miserable by then. I wont make that mistake tomorrow.
It didn't rain but it was dark all day. We did get to the beach a few times. Miley isn't tired and she is driving me crazy. We have thrown the ball down the beach a zillion times.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I went to have my mammogram today. So I brought in a book that Ive had in my car. Three times now I have tried reading it. I just couldn't get pass some things. But today I thought I would try again. The book is "Dogged Pursuit". I'm sure you have heard of this book. Its about a guy who wants to get another agility dog and be competitive in agility. His first dog is now old. My first problem with this book is he gets a sheltie from rescue that is basically terrified of his own shadow. Why would you pick that sheltie to do competitive agility. If you were doing it to give the dog confidence I could see. But pick a different rescued sheltie. There had to be a better one for what he wanted to do. I hope you are not taking offense to what I'm saying. I just think there could have been a better fit. Plus how many times does the dog have to vomit and poop in his BMW before he puts the the dog in a crate? But the final straw was him talking about a lady and what she does to calm her dog down. If this lady really does this, then she needs a shrink and a man. I'm not sure I can even tell you what she does to her dog before she runs him to help calm him down. Lets just say if he had hands he would probably do it himself. Ugh! How repulsive. Just as I got to that part in the book, they called my name. When I left, I tossed the book in the trash. I'm sorry, I would rather be happy in my ignorance about what people do with their dogs.
Just so you are not left with that disgusting thought, here is a picture of Roxy from this weekend. If you are on my facebook, you've already seen it. At the trial, I got this big cookie with my lunch but didn't eat it. I had put it on the counter. I had planned on moving it but forgot. Roxy runs by me carrying this cookie that was huge, compared to her size. She took off, under the bed, all the way to the back so I couldn't get her. I was freaking out. If she eats that chocolate chip cookie she might die. I was finally able to get it. Afterwards it was funny to think about her running by,head held high, trying to go fast without tripping on the cookie. ( the picture doesnt really show how big the cookie was. It was bigger than her head)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Next we ran Open standard. I don't have any video because I couldn't find anyone to tape me. We had a great run. No crazy jumping on and off the table. She ran the whole course without any circling or taking obstacles she wasn't suppose to. I did pull her off a jump when I rear crossed and when she got on the table, I thought if I moved to get into position for the next jump, she might break. So when I released her, I was facing the jump but not toward the weaves. She took the jump but was wide and really had to pull in to get the weaves. So she went in on the right instead of the left. Oops my fault. But she was ok and finished nicely.
I probably should have left then. It was only 11am. But I stayed for open Fast. It was a crazy run. She scooted up from her start line, all the way up to the first jump. Uhg!! But she popped over and didn't knock the bar when I released her. We couldn't get the send bonus. It looks like there is room to run after the tunnel but there wasn't. I just couldn't get her to have forward momentum. So she got a little crazy after that. I should have stepped over the line and helped. I don't know what I was thinking. But I got her back and finished nicely.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This was the hardest course I have ever walked. How was I going to get my dog from # 3 teeter to #4 table without going off course? It doesn't look that bad on paper , but when walking it, all the off course obstacles were staring you in the face. Then trying to get from #12 tunnel to #13 weaves, good lord. What the heck? We didn't have much time for the walk thur and by the time I thought maybe I should run the novice or excellent course instead, to late the whistle blew to leave the course. When it was our turn I really wanted to treat it like a trial. It felt like a trial except not as many dogs. I did have a 2 hour wait from the time I arrived until we ran, so that's like a real trial. Finally it was our turn. What dog would show up at the start line. Ill tell you which one, the creeping forward and wanting to break her stay. But she didn't. Off we went. And what happened after the teeter? My dog shot out, like a bat out of hell, over jump #10 and into the tunnel. I'm sure my shoulders told her that, because she was so sure that was the way to go. After the tunnel, I said table. Drum roll please.........and she got on the table and stayed on the table. WhooHoo!! Boy was she shocked when she got a treat. The look on her face was priceless. Then off we went thur the course. Beautiful dogwalk, correct tunnel entrance and a-frame. Then the tunnel. I really didn't know how to handle into the weaves. I think I was to the left of the weaves toward the tunnel exit but some how I blew it and she missed the entrance. I had to bring her around and she got in. We had a nice finish. Great run, no circling and she got on the table. What a blessing.
Now to wait for our next run. But now its after 7pm and they are running tall to small. So we are last. I didn't know what to do. If I waited until my next turn I wasn't going to get home until 10 or 11pm. So after a little thinking, I went up and asked if we could run at the bottom of the 8 inch dogs that were running now and just do 8 inch jumps. They said ok. The girl who was waiting next was going to jump 4 inches but she was very nice and let me get in front of her. I told her I would be quick. She said not to worry. "Ive seen your dog run. She is fast. You'll be done in a few seconds".
So here we go again, but I was going to run the course a little differently. I was going to go teeter to the chute and then on the course. Then after the a-frame straight into the weaves and skip the tunnel. It worked great, except Miley self released on the dogwalk, into the tunnel. Again, boy was she surprised when I picked her up and put her back on the dogwalk. So I then released her into the correct tunnel entrance. She came zooming out the other side and straight up the dogwalk. Oops! I stood by the table. Told her touch as she reached the far side and then released her and she came straight to the table. Whoohoo!! Finished the course and she did the weaves perfect. Whoohoo.
I hope it goes this well this weekend.
O'yea snake #4 -terminated.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Today I took the dogs for a nice walk at the park. It was cool outside and the park was quiet. Nice and peaceful. Then a little later I took Miley to the field to practice. We had a very nice practice. She got all her weave entries except one and of course my shoulder were not facing the correct way. We then practice small sequences with front and rear crosses. I tried running with out using my arms. I think my arm flinging causes my shoulders to turn , which then leads to other problems. Mostly this was successful.
After that, Stephanie and I drove up past Charlotte to Concord, North Carolina. She wanted to go up to that big mall to look for a homecoming dress. Its very hard to go shopping with Stephanie, well more like torturous. But she actually did better than I excepted and found a cute little ( little being the operative word here) dress. Hey I have to pick my battles. It was a long day but I'm finally done with everything. I hope I can do nothing tomorrow, I want to be lazy for a day.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Next we workes on weave poles. We set up entries and Miley did really well. I think she only missed one. So then Karen had me run a small sequence. Guess what, Miley missed the entry. Why, because of what my body motion was showing her. I first was way behind my dog when I could have led out from the a-frame. So when I released her to the jump she then started to curl back toward me because I was so far behind. Which made the weave pole entry hard and then my shoulder were turned and not facing the weaves. So totally my fault. I wonder how many times I have done that to my dog. She gave me weave poles entries to work on and an exit drill to work on. When I worked Miley tonight I notice her head was up every time she came out of the poles. Probably looking for the bait bag flying over her head. I thought I had better timing but this shows that I don't.
The next day we worked on pinwheels because at the trial I pulled Miley off the 2nd jump in the pinwheel a couple of time. Again, its me and my shoulder rotation that is causing the dog to pull off the number 2 jump in the pinwheel. The 2nd jump in a pinwheel is a forward send. As soon as your dog is committed then you can turn and run. Once I did it correctly, Miley did really well and had a tight turn.
Lastly we worked on rear crosses. I really messed theses up. Depending on how tight you need your dog to cross will dictate how you cross. If I wanted my dog to turn tight as I rear crossed her, I should step laterally toward my dog as she is parallel to me. Then cross behind the dog. If I need her to go out more and then cross, I need to converge on her line. I cant remember the third type of rear cross was , so I sent her an email and asked her. I forgot to bring my notebook to the lesson to write down stuff.
They were good lessons and I'm going to try the stuff she told me. I don't have anything to loose considering how the last trial went.