Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Wilson Was One on Wordless Wednesday

Someone put the candle on backwards. D'Oh!

As we head into this last long weekend of summer, I'm going to take a blogging break for a while. I'm low on blog fodder (as this WW entry clearly illustrates. LOL!) so I need time to work on some ideas and photos. I'll probably still visit all my blogging friends as I can't resist, but probably not as often. Everyone have a great holiday weekend and I will be back in a couple weeks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And The Book Goes To.......

I want to be able to get A Wolf Called Romeo in the mail this week so I pulled the winner today. Monty and Harlow are the lucky ones whose number came up in You can email me your mailing address at taryn(dot)tipton(at) gmail(dot)com or PM it to me on Facebook if you prefer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

My blog has a Traffic Tracker widget down on the right sidebar. It holds the 10 most recent views to my blog and shows where the viewer was located. Yesterday, I saw this......

Coming from Google as this viewer did, they were obviously searching on Romeo and maybe even reviews about the book. Seeing as how it is from Juneau, Alaska, I had a good chuckle. Do you think it was Nick Jans, the author, googling to see how his recently released book is being received? LOL! Probably not, but funny to think about! I hope his take-away was that I loved his book, even if he's not thrilled that I shared my copy. That's one less sale. Sorry, Nick!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Weekend Report: Keeping Me Humble!

This past weekend was an agility trial held by the Carroll Kennel Club in our usual spot in Frederick, Md. What a really fun weekend it was. The courses were very challenging, the weather kept the building pleasantly cool indoors (on hot days the A/C can't always keep up), and the socializing was great! I even made new Cardi friends! On Saturday, we started with the Jumpers run. It had some tricky angles and required a good bit of running to get where you needed to be. Jimmy and I were on track to qualify until we hit the weave poles. The angle of the entry was just such that the dog needed to collect (slow down) before going into the first pole. For a long dog like Jimmy, this was even more important. One of my friends who had already had this same entry in the Time2Beat class even warned me it was harder than it looked. Unfortunately, I was a bit over-confident in Jimmy's skill (he does love the poles!) and trusted him to figure it out for himself. He came out of the tunnel fast, took the next jump and just didn't slow down a bit going into the weaves. He was moving way too fast to be able to bend around the first pole and stay in. So he opted to enter after the 2nd pole. Oops! Poor judgement on my part, for sure. I should have shaped it in such a manner to give him a straighter approach where his speed would not have been such an issue.

 Here's the run:

Saturday's Standard course was a lot of fun with plenty of good challenges. There were so many places it could go south, but Jimmy did a great job and earned us a blue ribbon and 27 more PACH points. I handed my video camera to a friend, but alas the battery died only a second or two into the run.

Here are the maps for Saturday:

Sunday got off to an much earlier start. The order of the classes was switched around, putting Jumpers very first and it started at 7:30. Jimmy was about 10 dogs in, so I had no time to watch other teams run this tricky course. There really wasn't any part of this one that was easy. So many challenges! We made it as far as the #7 tunnel, and I let myself get a little too far ahead of Jimmy. As he came out of the tunnel, he raced to catch up which threw off his stride. This caused a complete crash and burn at the triple jump. Our mojo lost it's sparkle at that point and things went downhill from there. I haven't had so many mistakes in a run in a long time. I came out of the ring laughing. It was just that bad.  Jimmy's been doing so well in the 8 inch class it was time for a wake up call. I guess the agility gods wanted to keep me humble. LOL!

Here's the run:

Quite a while later it was time for Standard. This one was another tricky course with all sorts of spots things could go wrong. Things got a little messy around jumps 15 and 16 but Jimmy saved the run. We made it off the course clean and again Jimmy earned first place and again he earned 27 points!

Here it is:

 Here are the maps for Sunday:

I tend to to do very little sitting at agility trials. Between walking the courses, walking the dogs, running Jimmy, being a leash runner on course, and just moving about the building, I get plenty of activity. Add to that getting up at the crack of dawn to be on the road and then settled in in enough time for a 7:30 ring time, a trial weekend can be very tiring. It's pretty funny to have a weekend hobby that leaves you looking forward to the start of the work week just so you can sleep in!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 5
Masters STD legs: 8
Double Q's: 4
PACH Points: 306

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Wolf Called Romeo: Book Review and Giveaway!

I'm a big fan of Patricia McConnell, the renowned animal behaviorist. When she recommends a book, I usually take notice. Just so long as it is not too technical and text book-y, I will give it a try. Back in July she recommended A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans, the tale of an freakishly friendly black wolf that showed up in the suburbs of Juneau, Alaska in the early 2000's. He was quite the celebrity for several years, befriending a lot of the residents' dogs, and even developing a relationship with a few of the humans. The book covers the wolf's life around Juneau. His proximity to people and their dogs was not without the expected controversy. The book is well written and interesting. I only wish it had contained many more photographs of Romeo. The last third read like a thriller for me and I could not put the book down! As is so sadly true for many wild animals, life does not hold a happy ending. So be warned, this book pulls you in emotionally and leaves you sobbing your heart out at the end. However heartbroken it left me, I am still very glad to have come across this story. As such, if one of you out there would like my copy, I would be happy to mail it to you (within the US due to postage costs). If more than one person has an interest, I will use to find the next home for this book. I'll give it a few days and then pull the winner early next week.

 Photo credit: John Hyde
Photo credit: John Hyde

Have a great weekend, Everyone! 
I hope you find time to read a good book!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Mischief: No Corgis!

I have to confess to having blogger's block or missing mojo or some such mischief. When it comes to dog pictures right now, "everywhere I went it seems I'd been there before" (to steal a line from a James Taylor song). I carry my camera as always, but I don't seem to be finding shots that interest me. Of course it doesn't help to do dog-free events on the weekends either. 'Tis the season of the county fairs right now and sadly they are not welcoming to dogs. I totally understand why, but, oh so many missed photo-ops! Let me share some sights from the past weekend.....

Classic American pastimes......

As you can see, I was facing into the sunset. The monster trucks were kicking up a huge amount of dust, and I noticed this scene playing out in the background....Dad trying to catch his fleeing little boy.....Snag!

And what is a county fair with out all of the midway entertainment?

And of course the animals....This next guy looked best in black and white.....It's a wonder he can even raise his head from the ground!

I'll leave it here since I am so far off-topic. No worries though, there is already a Wordless Wednesday post in the queue!


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