Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wilson Whizzed Wedged Within the White Wintery Walls on Wordless Wednesday

This one is for Blueberry's Human. Believe it or not, I already had this one in draft mode when you left your comment last week. Great minds think alike I guess!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Home Alone

When I got home from the agility trial on Saturday, I pretty much turned right around and went back out to have dinner, leaving the boys home alone.We didn't go far and were probably gone an hour at most. When I walked into the kitchen, this sight across the room made me laugh out loud! Wilson had one of his "happy rolls" like he does with his carpet , flipping and flopping the pillows this way and that. I've posted about this scene once before but I find it so endearing, I'm going to post about it again! And then of course, there was the time we came home to this! Some people come home to the trash strewn around or the bread stolen off the counter. We come come to the remains of pillow fights!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Weekend Report: QQ#18 !!!

This weekend Jimmy and I went to an agility trial given by the Oriole Dog Training Club. After all the snow we have had, and being cooped up indoors for days, I didn't know what to expect from Jimmy. I kind of figured he would be a wild monkey. He surprised me by being nicely focused and accurate! What a good boy!

We had a couple of fairly technical courses that had lots of opportunities for mistakes, plus the building had support poles we had to avoid.  The floor padding was blue which makes a different feel as well.

The Standard run came first. As always, I pretty much cross my fingers and hope Jimmy will get his dogwalk contact. This one had an off-course tunnel near by to add to the challenge.  I got lucky and he did it right! We were through the hardest part! The rest was mainly run fast and get past one of the ceiling poles that was right next to a jump. We ended cleanly, yay! Jimmy earned second place for this run, being beaten by over a second by his Pemmie "girlfriend" that he trains with a lot.

And I actually got video this time! (Thanks Darlene!)....

And then our Jumpers run.....mainly a tricky weave entry and a couple of off-course possibilities....And, yes, more video:

So there we had it, a double-Q to start off the season! Woohoo! This was #18 so just two more to go until we earn our PACH.

Here are the maps for those that like that sort of thing.....

I had also signed up for a new game the AKC has recently added called Premier. It's a harder, more challenging course in either Jumpers or Standard format. I was looking forward to trying it, but the day was moving along so slowly I would have needed to wait another couple of hours to run. I had a long drive home and just didn't have it in me to wait. But here's the map:

We've also started over qualifying for another Nat'l Agility Championship, so this was my first of 7 double-Qs we will need.

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 32...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 29...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 18
PACH Points: 1375

AKC Nationals 2017: Location TBD
Double-Q's: 1 (out of 7 needed)
Points: 44 (out of 550 needed)

Friday, January 29, 2016

It's The Little Things.....

Thanks to the big snowstorm, there's been a lot of indoor time lately. I always have my camera close at hand, and snapped this when I saw Jimmy and Wilson snoozing by the front door. It's the quiet little times like this that make my heart sing. Although they don't always get along, their bond is evident in this picture. So sweet. This is one of those fleeting moments that this blog will help me remember.

It should be an interesting weekend. Jimmy has his first agility trial of the year on Saturday. After an entire week of being cooped up, no practices or classes, short walks and way too much sleep, I have a feeling he'll be a bit wild!

Have a great weekend, Everyone!

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