Monday, October 20, 2014

The Weekend Report: Beautiful Weather + Beautiful Setting + Agility = Perfect Weekend!

Jimmy and I had our first agility trial since August this weekend. It was out in Reva, Va at a farm. We were there last year so I was really excited to go back on a weekend that was promising gorgeous fall weather. When they talk about how it's all about location, location, location, they are definitely talking about this farm. When I wasn't having fun playing agility in the big barn, I was up on the hills taking pictures like this.....



or maybe this.....



My heart just sings when I can get into the great outdoors on a lovely fall day. It was truly spectacular!

And the agility was pretty darn good, too! I didn't get any video this time so I'll just do a brief recount of the runs.

Saturday started with Jumpers. There was plenty of opportunity to go for speed plus a couple of challenging side changes. We made it through cleanly and Jimmy netted the 1st place spot.

When Standard came along a couple of hours later, I must have left my brain back at the car when I got Jimmy out to run. At agility trials, things are kept moving at a brisk pace in order to get all the teams through in a timely manner. This means going into the start line while the team before you is finishing the last couple of obstacles and leashing up to leave the ring. That way you are all ready to go when the timer gives you the go. Well, I guess, being brainless, I was going on auto-pilot. I got to the line, unleashed Jimmy, walked out, released him, all BEFORE I was given the go ahead! D'OH! This meant I got about two obstacles along before the judge called a halt to our run! He graciously allowed me to start over, but Jimmy was so indignant that I had stopped him short on the course that he could no longer focus. He made some of the most bizarre errors, ones he's never made before and hopefully never does again! So this blown run was 100% on me! I think that qualifies for Monday Mischief, although I've got an even bigger one to tell later.....

Saturday's maps.....For those of you agility nerds out there, look at the Standard map for the line from the #12 table through to the #16 tunnel. It was an amazingly tough line and many, many runs went south in that corner.



Sunday started with Jumpers as well. This was a fun and fast romp that wasn't too difficult. Jimmy buzzed through it successfully and again earned 1st place.

Standard was a fun course. It was long with lots of twisting here and there. I managed to wait for the official "GO" this time, which pleased Jimmy. He cleared all the obvious traps and we were home clean! He again earned the 1st place spot. Such a very good boy!

Sunday's maps....



The weekend netted us a double-Q and another 61 points toward our PACH. Here's where we stand....

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 7
Masters STD legs: 9
Double Q's: 5
PACH Points: 367

Now, on to the BIG mischief for this post. I'll warn you now, it's not pleasant (read that as meaning it is gross!), but it it also has a funny side as well....OK, here goes.....

This trial was a good hour and a half drive from my house. I wanted to get there with plenty of time to settle in, walk the dogs, eat some breakfast, etc. That meant I wanted to get there a little bit before 8AM. Doing the math, you can see where this means I needed to leave home before 6:30AM, and well before sunrise. Part of the journey put me on a major highway. The full three lane type with barriers between the east/west sides as well as large shoulders, double exit lanes, etc. Just a full on highway. And one with enough traffic even at this early hour that I could not use my high beams to see further down the road. So, unfortunately, just before my exit, at a spot where an overpass was casting very deep shadows, someone hit a deer. At highway speeds, by the time I saw the carnage, it was too late for me to dodge the body. The left side of my car made a sickening lurch up and over the deer, thumping it along hard before moving on. Fortunately for me, I never even had a chance to panic and swerve which probably would had caused the car to go out of control. It was a wholly unpleasant sensation to have run over such a large carcass. I'm just glad I wasn't the one that made the initial strike as that is much more dangerous! I am sure who ever did it was caught totally off guard. This highway was just not a spot one would ever expect to encounter a deer. I thanked my lucky stars that I didn't wreck, and continued on, albeit a bit shaken up and very grossed out. But the story doesn't end here, and this is where it takes a turn for the more amusing side. I get to the trial and park in the field with the other cars. Lots of us are arriving around the same time. I get the boys out of the car for their walk, and instead of striking out to sniff out horse poop, they are GLUED to my car. They have their noses poked up into my wheel wells, Jimmy tries to lick the front fender, Wilson tries to wedge himself under my car. MMMMM-mmm! Dead deer was splattered here, there and everywhere on the under-carriage of the car. It must have smelled delectable to the boys if their behavior was any indication. I literally had to DRAG them away from my car! If this wasn't amusing enough, throughout the morning, I had people coming up to me and telling me how they could not get their dogs past my car, that they were being pulled over to it, leashes jerked out of hands, coffees being spilled by over-eager dogs trying to get to my car. Needless to say, the very FIRST thing I did when I got home was to wash my car! I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed. I have the unfortunate feeling there are still remnants far underneath the belly of the car as both boys were still very interested in sniffing it this morning. This is some serious mischief, if you ask me!

And one final bout of mischief....this morning finally dawned cold enough I needed my winter coat and gloves for the morning dog walk. Sigh......Winter is Coming!

To finish it all off, a couple more pictures.....




Friday, October 17, 2014

Sheep Herding for the Suburban Corgi

When getting out to the country for some lessons on herding sheep isn't possible, you can always go Jimmy's route. But be warned, it's noisy! Turn down those speakers.....






Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dog Walking Week Leftovers

While I don't need a special celebration to get out and walk my dogs, joining in a blog hop is always a lot of fun. Many thanks to the Cascadian Nomads and My GBGV Life for a great idea!

Another benefit to all the walking is getting out often enough that you see the sights at various times of day. If you love to take picture like I do, this creates lots of good photo-ops. For me, dog walks and cameras go together like eggs and bacon (mmmmm, bacon! I haven't eaten yet today. LOL!).

Anyhoo, I have a few pictures to share that I never would have taken if it wasn't for walking my dogs.

Early morning reflections.....




Gorgeous colors in the waning daylight.....



These are all scenes I would have missed had I just let the boys into the backyard for a potty break. While suburbia lacks a bit of nature's drama, beauty is still there to be found if you just get outdoors and walk your dog!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Mischief: Something Ate Jimmy's Toy!

So we head out into the backyard to start our walk. Everybody gets leashed up and we head to the gate. I look down as I am unlatching it and this is what I see......


Jimmy's Cuz toy with its feet nibbled off! I can't imagine the rubber could have been all that tasty. That's probably why there are so many "crumbs" left lying around.

Here's a close up of the damage (sorry for the less the stellarly focused shot!).....


As you can tell by the weathered appearance of this toy, it's been hanging out in the elements a good long while. I tossed it in the trash and one of Jimmy's indoor Cuzzes replaced it.

I wonder which critter did the dirty deed? I regularly see squirrels and bunnies in the yard, plus mice every now and again. The tooth marks were about right for any of them!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Keeping My Reputation Consistent

Back in January, I posted about all the dog pictures I had scattered around my house , and asked you all if I was a crazy dog lady. Well, I was sitting at my work desk the other day, rooting through my purse for something. I noticed that I had left my little point and shoot camera in there. That gave me the silly idea to take a picture of my cubicle, because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, if you know what I mean.....

Here's a peek.....

Right side.....

I may have gotten a bit carried away with the Jimmy Agility theme!
Left side....


That calendar behind the framed photos is there purely to manage the open and close dates of my local agility trials, training sessions, and agility class dates.

And this is not a full accounting of what is displayed! I have a cabinet behind me with a picture of dear departed Dylan, a herding photo, and a teeter photo, and to the far right of my desk, Jimmy and Wilson on the beach and Wilson with our first ever agility ribbon. Oh, and a mug I use for pens/pencils with a picture of each boy on it.....

My cube is on the back row against the window, so unless you walk all the way around my front wall and into the cube, you won't really see my display. But of course, on occasion, someone will wander in......It's amazing how many people have not heard of the sport of agility! It draws quite a few blank stares when they ask what my dogs are doing.....

So crazy dog lady at home.....crazy dog lady at work....I'm nothing if not consistent!


Have a great weekend, Everyone!
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