Monday, November 23, 2015

The Weekend Report - The Season Finale......Maybe

This was another weekend out in the country for agility. The warm fall temps of late had morphed into more seasonal chilly temps! Saturday was about 28 degrees when I arrived at the farm. Sunday was warmer, maybe low 40s but with a biting wind. Fortunately I had dressed for the chill and it wasn't too bad.

Not a lot to tell. Both days went about the same. An awesome Jumpers run started each day, and just one handler-induced error in each Standard run cost us a Q, and also a double-Q. So we are ending our season still needing 3 more double-Qs to finish our PACH title. On a positive note, our Jumpers runs were both first places,  and Jimmy did his dogwalk contact correctly both days!

I was very lazy and did not snap even one photo all weekend long! Egads, I've become a bad blogger!

Now, I titled this the Season Finale....with a Maybe.  There are a few days left to sign up for a trial at this same (cold!) location in December. I could do a Friday and try out the new AKC class called Premier. Very tempting! So maybe I'll have just one more Weekend Report yet!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 31...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 28...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 17
PACH Points: 1331

November ends the qualifying period for the 2016 AKC National Championship. Jimmy and I did well over what was needed to get in. I'm not sure I'll make the long trip to Tulsa, but at least we have the option!

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 10 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 813 (out of 600 needed)....We QUALIFIED!!! 10/11/15
Masters Legs: 37 (out of 20 needed)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fun on FaceBook!

Over on FaceBook  yesterday, a fun little app was all the rage. I doubt you could have missed it if you spent anytime at all looking at your wall! Let's just call it "Most Used Words". It obviously went through everything you had posted in 2015 and then gave you a word cloud of the most often used words. Nothing really came as a surprise in mine, as I tend to only post "dog stuff", but I loved how it turned out! As a result, I am going to post it here on the blog because it seems so appropriate.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

We Won a New Collar!!!!

Back on October 21st, Mary of Tales From the Backroad did a review and giveaway of a handmade collar from a company called If It . Well, I was the lucky winner! Yippee! Let me say a big THANK YOU to both Mary and the good folks at If It Barks!

I chose to get a new collar for Jimmy. I wasn't playing favorites, it was just that his collar was more worn out than Wilson's. I like the martingale style collar because both my corgis will have stubborn moments where they try to go in an opposite direction than what I intend. Before using a martingale, they had slipped out of their collars. That can be very dangerous if you are near a busy street!

While they offer a wonderful selection of pre-made collars, I decided to design my own color combo. I have a nice leash for Jimmy that I wanted to match. It is shades of purple so that is what I chose for the collar.....

The thin stripe that looks white is actually a paler purple. The light was so bright it fooled my camera.

It is a very nicely made collar with quality hardware and nice fabric. Jimmy's fur is very thick so once the collar settles in, it's hard to see. I took these pictures as soon as I put it on Jim's neck so you could see how pretty it is. Plus, it's good to know the collar is machine washable because I'm sure Jimmy will find a way to get it dirty.

You can also get leashes made to match your collar choice. In my case, the collar I chose was a great color match for the leash I already had! Nice!

This is a really well-made product , it was lots of fun to design, and I feel like I got an early Christmas gift!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Weekend Report: Lions and Tigers and BEARS, Oh My!

This weekend, Jimmy and I were back at the farm out in Reva, Virginia. The weather forecast was for "occassional"  rain on Saturday, but mostly just overcast. Well, occasional turned into "steady" rain. There were lots of muddy dogs and cars by the end of the day!

At the start of each class, there is a judge's briefing. They go over the safety rules each time, ask if anyone sees any course design that might be too risky to the dogs, etc. This is also the time when the dog club that is hosting the trial has a chance to give announcements. This weekend they wanted us to know of a few "Don'ts".....Such as..."If the animal isn't yours, don't feed it!" There are horses and a couple of pet pigs close by, and it seems the pigs were sick from all the snacks they received at the last trial. Oops!

Here are those cute little piggies....pretty hard to resist.....When you stop by the stall to say Hi, they run over squealing and wagging their little piggy tails just like a dog. Freaking adorable! This variety only gets to about 50 pounds, so a really good pet size.

Lula and Dixie

My hand is added for scale.
The next Don't was "Don't walk your dogs along the treeline next to the barn, or on the hills behind the barn" and this was because a family of black bears had moved in....A momma and two cubs plus her yearling from the previous year. Unfortunately I didn't see this, but the yearling was spotted moseying through the field where we all park our cars (but not too close, at the back of the field) and then tried to cross one of the horse paddocks. He was quickly run out of town by the resident horses! LOL!

Fortunately, the rain (and the bears!) did not effect our success level! The judges designed some very fun and flowing courses that were really fairly easy.

Here are Saturday's maps:

Jimmy qualified in both runs, pulling off Double-Q #17 toward our PACH title.

This club gives very pretty ribbons!

Sunday was a much cooler and beautifully sunny day. You could see many of the dogs were feeling extra "up" for the event, loving cool temps as they do.

Jumpers was our first run of the day. It was a lot of fun and Jimmy did a great job, earning first place! For the Standard run, it was a dogwalk to the tunnel, which I knew from past experience would be our make or break moment. Unfortunately, it was a break, totally my fault due to a bad handling decision causing Jimmy to blow his dogwalk contact (the yellow zone at the bottom of the down plank).  The rest was fast and furious and, of course, clean! Oh, well, no double-q for Sunday. We need three more to get our title and are down to just two more trial days this year so the PACH will be waiting for the spring trials.

Sunday's maps:

Tracking Jimmy's PACH progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Saturday 06/21/2014
Masters JWW legs: 29...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 28...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 17
PACH Points: 1299

AKC Nationals 2016:
Double-Q's: 10 (out of 5 needed)
Points: 781 (out of 600 needed)....We QUALIFIED!!! 10/11/15
Masters Legs: 35 (out of 20 needed)

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