Monday, July 27, 2015

The Weekend Report: I Missed My Walk-thru!

This weekend was an agility trial given by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac. While every agility trial has a good representation from the breed, this trial just packs them in! All the local Pemmie people put in an extra effort to attend this one! Jimmy and I are often the only Cardigan Welsh Corgi team at trials but this weekend we had company from a couple of other Cardigan teams.

Saturday was a great day for us! The courses were fun, challenging and still doable. Jimmy stuck his table and dogwalk contact, so we very happily qualified in Standard! This was the only run we had videoed (thanks Darlene!) so I am glad it's a nice one! Jimmy gave a good speedy run and earned another 29 points and a first place blue ribbon.

Jumpers was built for speed and we ran it for the best lines we could. It went very well and we finished in a smidge over 28 seconds! That is FAST! I think we got something like 19 more points and this was double-Q #11 toward our big PACH title.

Saturday's maps:

Now on Sunday, I must not have paid good attention to the schedule. I figured it was just like Saturday. On Saturday, I got there with more than an hour to kill before my walk-thru. (For those of you who don't do agility, a walk-thru is the handler's chance to go into the ring before the run. This is when we memorize the sequence of obstacles and plan our strategy. We go in as a big group and get 8 minutes to mull it over.)  So on Sunday morning, I moved a bit slower at home knowing with my crates already set up in the building, I didn't need to rush so much. Well, silly me, the schedule wasn't quite the same, as well as a few no-shows making things move faster, and Bingo!, I arrived after my allotted 8 minutes! For that matter, the eight inch dogs were already running! YIKES!!! So all I could do was go over the map and watch as many runs as possible to memorize the flow. Low and behold, we made it through successfully! Woohoo! We earned 2nd place for our efforts, missing 1st place by a mere 1/3 of a second! I'll take it! I was so happy to qualify!

The Jumpers run did not seem too bad. I felt if I made it past the opening where an off course tunnel was tempting the dogs, we might have a chance. Unfortunately, there was just one spot where I fell a bit behind the fast moving Jim, and he skipped a jump. Bummer! I was hopeful we were going to get another double-Q, but it was not to be. No maps for Sunday as I just realized I took 2 shots of the Saturday maps. D'Oh!

All in all, it was a really great weekend. Lots of success in the ring and lots of fun watching so many corgis run agility. Plus, it was a very hot weekend, so indoor fun was just the ticket!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 20...MJP Title 01/25/15
Masters STD legs: 20...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 11
PACH Points: 928

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 4 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 410 (out of 600 needed)....
Masters Legs: 18 (out of 20 needed)

Friday, July 24, 2015


Chiaroscuro is one of those words that is just fun to say. I have loved the word ever since I first learned it back in my Art History days in college.

These photos made me think of that word.......

  1. the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
    • an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Look into my Crystal Ball!

Wilson's turn at using special effects to tweak a photo. This time I used Ribbit,  a site quite similar to PicMonkey.

They had an effect called Crystal Ball. You could pick the colors and move the subject around to place it as you wanted.

So what does my future hold......?  Hopefully some photo-worthy adventures so I can get back to posting normal pictures!

And just because I like the colors.....

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Getting All Artsy-Fartsy!

I haven't been taking much in the line of new photos recently. The hot and humid weather has been keeping walks short and to the point. But thanks to PicMonkey, any old photo can be tinkered with. I had a blast playing with all their special effects!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Weekend Report: Bee Sting!

This weekend was yet another agility trial, this time given by the Weimaraner Club. There is plenty of mischief to report!

First, to explain my title....the landscaping outside the soccer building was some sort of laurel bush (I think) and it was in very full bloom. The blossoms were cloyingly sweet in fragrance and attracted all manner of insects. At one point during the day on Sunday, I took Jimmy out for a potty break. I wasn't even that close to the bushes, but a wasp did a super fast fly-by, stinging me, through my sock, on my ankle. It felt like being stabbed with an ice pick! I went right inside and got a bag of ice from the snack bar. A fellow competitor even had a first-aid kit with a bug bite pad, so I used that too. I haven't been stung by a bee or wasp in years, but I wasn't really expecting too much of a reaction. Between the ice and the medicated pad, I pretty well stopped the reaction. It was a bit itchy and sore where my shoe rubbed it but not too bad. I was very thankful the wasp stung me and not Jimmy! To my knowledge, he has never been stung before, so I certainly didn't want to see what his reaction would be at an agility trial, and away from our usual vet.

Photo credit: Key4Prints

On Saturday, just after our first run of the day, a thunderstorm rolled through. It came with several loud peels of thunder and sent Jimmy into a meltdown. We spent the next hour holed up in my car with the A/C running. Jimmy feels much safer in the car so we went out there to try to re-gain his sanity. Fortunately, I had a really good audiobook going, so the time flew by. Also, a fellow competitor had a product used to reduce anxiety called VetriScience Composure which comes in biscuit form. She gave me one for Jimmy to try, and I do believe it helped. The trial was a one-ring trial so our runs were spaced out by many hours, so Jimmy had pretty much recovered by the time his next run came due.

Photo credit: Key4Prints

On Sunday, the day dawned sunny but oh, so HOT . It took your breath away to go outside. There was no walking the dogs to kill time, or get exercise. It was quick business....(get stung by a wasp!) ....and hurry back inside. Thankfully the A/C kept up with the heat and the building stayed pleasant all day.

Photo credit: Key4Prints

As to how our runs went.....Meh! Jimmy and I were only 1 for 4 by the end of the weekend. Each run had just one mistake....a dropped bar, a table refusal in the run after the thunderstorm. I don't think Jimmy wanted to have to stop as he was still a little stressed and moving felt safer, and finally a dogwalk contact got us. Sigh. Jimmy did redeem himself in the very last Jumpers run, Qing and getting the blue ribbon.

The view of the trial from an upper mezzanine.

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 19...MJP Title 01/25/15
Masters STD legs: 18...MXP Title!10/24/14
Double Q's: 10
PACH Points: 858

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 3 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 336 (out of 600 needed)....
Masters Legs: 15 (out of 20 needed)

Update: Forgot the maps! D'Oh!

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