Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FOURTEEN!!!!!


Wilson's birthday comes quickly on the heels of Jimmy's!  Today my sweet old man turns 14!
Hard to believe how quickly the years have rolled by! All birthdays are sweet, but as our dogs begin to get old, the birthdays are so precious! They cannot be taken for granted when the teen years hit.

Here is a birthday portrait. He is still a beautiful dog! (Wish I was aging so gracefully!)


Tuesdays are often agility lesson days for Jimmy. I made sure Wilson got to play as well!




And a nice posed photo with a perfect prop!

Fourteen, Schmorteen....Just give me some more treats!

When Wilson got home, the mail arrived. Guess what? He received a birthday card from Anne, just like Jimmy did!

Is it time to eat yet?!

And of course there was cake...well, cupcakes at any rate! What do you think he was wishing for?

Wilson's Wish: I'd like to have a hotdog the size of this balloon!
And a gift!

This better be something edible!

Drat! A rat!  I can't eat a rat!
After a day of many, many, many treats, I can hear Wilson's stomach gurgling away! Hopefully it all settles in and he can get a good night's sleep without an upset belly!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the SWEETEST BOY EVER!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Weekend Report: So Close!

This weekend was a trial given by the Weimaraner club. Just like last week, I only signed up for Friday.

The day started with Premier Standard. Premier is the more challenging version on Standard with less time to get it done and trickier courses.

Here is the map:


It wasn't super difficult. You just needed to be clear on where to go and keep your attention on your dog. I actually walked it incorrectly but it was fairly easy to add in the section I had skipped. Oops!

Jimmy listened very well even if some of his turns were a bit wide. Here is the video:




This run earned him a blue ribbon as the only other dog running in his class did not qualify.

Next came the regular Standard. It was a bit similar to the Premier, but a bit easier. It ran nicely and Jimmy was clean! Another blue ribbon. Good boy!

And finally Jumpers. I had been the leash runner for the big dogs so I had watched lots of runs. I knew right where the most screw-ups happened. If the handler did not properly support the 2nd to last jump (#18), the dogs were pulling off too soon and not taking it. So when it was my turn, I knew I needed to place my rear-cross close to the jump so Jimmy was sure to jump it. To pull off a rear-cross successfully, your dog needs to be ahead of you. Unfortunately, I out ran Jimmy, and couldn't do a rear-cross. So I ran past the jump, hoping to turn Jimmy on the landing side. It worked, but it messed up his stride and he knocked down a bar on the very last jump. Sigh! So close to a double-Q! Completely my fault! I'm not in a hurry to complete my PACH2, but I don't want it to take too long....Jimmy and I aren't getting any younger! LOL!

Sorry, but you will have to use your imagination as I didn't video either STD or JWW. Here are the maps to help visualize!



Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
QQ#20: 
Masters JWW legs: 56...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 52...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 15(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1582 plus many more! I have lost count!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Weekend Report: Getting Back to Regular Life

So now that I have both of my "big events" behind me, I am back to just the usual run-of-the-mill agility trials. It sort of seems anticlimactic now. You invest so much time, effort, and emotion into the National shows, that going to a normal trial (and especially on a quieter Friday!) seems strange.

This weekend (as I said Friday. It was a three day trial.) was a trial given by the Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club and held in Winchester, Va. It was a cold and cloudy day so absolutely perfect for indoor agility!

It started with Jumpers on a fairly tricky course. We were going along well, and getting close to the end. Unfortunately Jimmy crashed the triple jump. Not exactly sure why, maybe the busy background behind the jump made him unsure of what he was jumping. It looked like he didn't jump quite high enough to clear it or he launched a bit too soon. But down the bars went and no Q for us.

Here are the map and video.....





The day moved along quickly and before I knew it was time for Standard. The triple was in pretty much the exact same place but this time Jimmy knew what he was doing and cleared it just fine. We had a nice run everywhere else as well and earned the blue ribbon! Yay for Jimmy! Of course, right now we are counting down the double-Qs to our PACH2 title, so this won't count toward that. But then I don't want to get there too quickly because I don't really have any more goals after that!

Here is the map and sorry, but no video.....


Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
QQ#20: 
Masters JWW legs: 56...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 51...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 15(out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 1582 plus many more! I have lost count!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The 2017 CWCCA National Specialty Finale

I'm down to my last few thoughts I want to record for the National Specialty before I move on....

On Tuesday night, after the two days of Herding,  after the day of Agility, as well as the day of Rally and Regular Obedience, we all got together for what's called the Performance dinner. This is where we talk about how those events went, congratulate the winners, etc.

The club also hands out awards for big titles earned since the last National. Shortly after the 2016 National (or maybe on the same weekend), Jimmy earned his PACH title . This is a championship title so we were given a very pretty plaque to commemorate the occasion. The club takes its working Cardis seriously! LOL!  I have one for my MACH title as well, but I wasn't there for the fun of getting it in person.

This is even prettier in person!

Next up, there is the vendors! The Specialty always attracts good vendors. I've written about how I love bling before. I especially love the silver work of B. Braumuller. I have several pieces of her gorgeous hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry. I had absolutely no intention of buying anything new this time. I have several pieces already and my budget is rather bloated right now.

That is, until I saw this piece.....

It could not be more perfect!

Now understanding why this is so special takes either a long-term reader of this blog who has a great memory, or someone who remembers the movie Castaway!

Wilson's registered name is Caduceus Castaway Wilson followed by all his titles. Yes, we named him after the soccer ball in Tom Hank's movie Castaway! We had a long drive to/from Kentucky to get Wilson and spent the time trying on names. We had recently watched the movie and since we get a little nutty about our dogs like Tom Hank's did about his only "friend" on the deserted island, we thought the name was a perfect fit! Plus Wilson's sire's name is Winsome Will....so Wilson really is Will's son!

So when I saw this pendant, my heart just skipped a few beats! It could not be more special especially since it is such an unusual piece. I would never expect to find something like this without a special order! The artist commented it was her favorite piece for this show and she knew it would speak to someone! Boy, was she ever right!

Moving on......The club always holds a photo contest and I always enter. Some years I fare better than others! I entered five shots this year, and only one was selected as a winner. This beach shot was entered in the Portrait category and earned 2nd place. I don't have the ribbon yet, but here is the picture. (You've seen it before maybe....)



I stayed at the host hotel, the Sawmill Creek Resort. I shared a room with Jimmy's breeder Anne (Thanks, Anne!). I was a bit nervous about Jimmy sharing the space with other dogs. He can be a bit snarky and I certainly didn't want any fights. Well, there was certainly no need to worry. He was in love with both of Anne's girls!

This is an awful cell phone shot but
 you can see who Jimmy chose to hang out with!

Two heads are better than one!

No worries! Wilson made friends too.
The beautiful brindles hanging together.

Jimmy's favorite spot. Perfect corgi shape and size!

The very last time I attended one of these National Specialty, it was at the same place. Funny thing is the weather was exactly the same. Cold, rainy, and windy, with one nice day mixed in. I got almost the same picture again! LOL! This time a bit closer up.....


Here are Anne's pretty girls. I've never had a female Cardi, I'm a male dog kind of gal, but I would have taken either one of these beauties home with me in a heartbeat!!!



I am pretty sure I have covered all the topics I wanted to report on. I truly had a grand time! I am going to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the CWCCA who worked so hard to pull this show together. I know it must be an immense task. And the very next day after this one ends, everyone is hard at work on the next one! THANK YOU!




Friday, May 12, 2017

Wilson's Glory Run

So when last we met, before Wilson's Wordless Wednesday and Jimmy's 10th birthday,  we were talking about the agility trial held as part of the National Specialty. At the end of the agility trial,  eight senior dogs were going to try their hands (paws!) at a modified agility course. An easier course would be set up and as each dog ran, a bio would be read. Well, as they say, the best laid plans of corgis and women (to paraphrase a well known expression!).....The trial was held at an indoor soccer building, which the club had rented until 6PM. But for some unknown reason, the building management rented it out to someone else starting at 5:30! You can see where this is going. We needed that last half hour for the Glory Runs! Things got a bit tense,  and the management actually kicked us out! That's right! Despite having the building for another 30 minutes, we were unceremoniously sent packing. Things went from tense to ugly pretty quickly. There were a lot of emotions involved as people had waited all day for their oldsters to play! We had all been looking forward to this part of the day and now it was not going to happen. I would be lying if I said I didn't hear a few FU's thrown about as well as see some one finger salutes. The manager did not back down and we were out in the parking lot in short order!

Of course if you saw this week's Wordless Wednesday, you may be thinking, Wait! I just saw a bunch of photos of Wilson playing at agility! What we did was re-group back at the host hotel, borrow some agility equipment, and set up our course in the ballroom! I have to admit the carpet makes for some very interesting photo shots! Not your everyday soccer turf!


This didn't have quite the feel of a true agility run, but I don't think the dogs minded. Wilson certainly had lots of happy expressions in the photos. I know he felt special because Jimmy was left behind in the room!

Here is a video of his run! I certainly wouldn't miss catching that on camera!





And just as special, maybe even more, the CWCCA had gorgeous ribbons made up. Each one was printed with the dog's name and the Specialty information.


Close-ups....





And finally a group shot of all the participants! Look at the size of the smiles on our faces! This was a very happy group. All's well that ends well!


I still have one more post to do on the Specialty just to wrap up a few loose ends. I don't mean to drag it out, but I want to cover it all. I am hoping to make a Shutterfly book as well, but in case that doesn't happen, my posts will help me remember it all!
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