Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Weekend Report: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

Blogging truly seems to have fallen by the wayside. I have lost all urges to keep this space going and that makes me sad. I blame FaceBook and its easy instant gratification! Post something there and you instantly start getting those silly "likes" that feed the ego. BUT! Something so worthy of a post and my storyline here happened on Monday that I can't let myself be lazy!

First let me build up to it....

As you all know, Jimmy and I have been getting ever closer to our big PACH2 title (Preferred Agility Champion, second time!). I reported on the first try here. We also had another try this past Friday the 13th. It was at that great farm I love so much. Alas, this time the weather did not cooperate. It was cloudy and damp almost the whole day. I was uninspired when it came to photos and took not one. The agility went well but we did not earn the 20th double-Q we needed to finish our PACH2. One bar was knocked down and with it the QQ. But really, I wasn't too upset. I knew I had another two day trial coming up after the weekend, and it was one where earning the big title would be truly special!

This past Monday and Tuesday, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America held it's first mixed-breed agility trial. They have held all-Cardi trials as part of their National Specialty, but never a stand-alone all dogs trial. Despite it being a long drive from my house (2 full hours each way!), I signed up for both days. You always sign up a couple of months ahead of time so I had no idea my big title would be in play.

I got up at the ass-crack of dawn (4AM!!!) in order to get to the facility nice and early. I didn't need to be there quite so early, but wanted to settle in and be available to help the club.

I had four runs for the day. The first one was Premier Standard. It went very well, but Jimmy took out the very last jump! Just when you think you are home free! LOL!

This transitioned into regular Standard that was needed for my double-Q. Here is the map:

Really not too bad. One thru five was just like Premier so Jimmy recognized it right off. The end of the dogwalk is always iffy but we got past that cleanly. The rest was pretty much keeping the bars up.
We made it it through cleanly and had part one of our QQ! And of course I was sure to get video (thanks Abbey!)....

I spent a good part of the day working as a leash runner in order to keep my nerves in check. I was half way to my QQ#20!  Plus being the leash runner helps me meet all those steps we should walk each day!

My next run was Premier Jumpers. This one was tricky and I had to work hard on keeping Jimmy on course but we finished it with a Q!

And finally.....the last run of the day for us would be our regular Jumpers run. I tried very hard to keep my mind focused and to be in the moment. First, here is the map.....

It had a couple of awkward spots, like 8, 9, 10 and getting to the side where I wanted to be without causing Jimmy to knock a bar, and also the angle of 18 to 19. I didn't want Jimmy to slice 19 too much and possibly knock the bar there. Very happily and fortunately, the fates were kind to me. We finished up cleanly and there it was! Double-Q#20 and our big PACH2 title! And while that is very sweet on its own, earning this title at the National Cardigan Club trial is such a thrill! I earned a beautiful big ribbon and my PACH bar for everyone to sign....

Now don't worry, I of course got video of the Jumpers run (Thanks Kim!) and also the little celebratory run around the ring....

If you have read my other posts for our MACH and first PACH, you know it is tradition to get a picture with the judge. My judge was Kathy Rupprecht.

I also did a portrait of Jimmy with his ribbon once we got home......

Jimmy is SO serious! Posing his little heart out!
Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, Jimmy and I ran eight courses and qualified in five. About right for our usual average. This gave me a few more CWCCA ribbons for my collection!

This is probably our last championship title. I won't push Jimmy for another one. Now we will just play without any goals and see how it goes. What a great little teammate Jimmy is! 
Love, Love, LOVE this boy!

Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
QQ#20: Monday 10/16/2017 We did at the CWCCA's first stand-alone trial!!!!
Masters JWW legs: 66...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15 MJPS Title
Masters STD legs: 60...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 04/30/17 MXPS Title
Double Q's: 20 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: Way more than we need! I have lost count!

Monday, October 2, 2017

When He's Not Sure He Wants to Come In

When Jim's been out in the yard for a while, and I call him to come in......

Just a little peak around the corner so maybe I won't see him.....

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Prince and the Pea

We are down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on our usual September trip after the summer rental season ends. It is our chance to enjoy a less busy beach and also clean up after a summer of not-always-so-kind-to-our-condo renters. There is always wear and tear, lots of sand, wall scuffs, you name it messes that need an owner's attention to detail. This year the bedroom carpet was ready to be replaced. A cleaning just wasn't going to cut it so we decided to go with a permanent solution, and have the bedroom tiled. This was the only area with carpet and it was where Jimmy and Wilson would hang out, enjoying the softer floor. We knew tiling in there would mean needing to bring dog beds. I had thrown a few in the hallway while vacuuming up the never ending sand. (I love the beach but not the sand crunching under foot in the condo!)

Here's what I saw when I turned around.....

My Prince!

Now, of course this tile job meant emptying the room of everything. Not only is tile work a hideously dirty job, it takes more than one day to complete. So we had to pile everything from the bedroom into the kitchen/dining room/living room area. The condo isn't big and it was quite the frustrating mess, but once again, Prince Wilson took it in stride.....

Jimmy was loudly demanding breakfast and Wilson was hoping for breakfast in bed.

We've been so busy working around the condo (since the bedroom was empty, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to paint it. Sounds like a great "vacation", doesn't it? LOL!) so I have barely so much as booted up my laptop this past week. I know I missed Wordless Wednesday and have no new ideas for this week either. Gasp! I guess my "W" brain is taking a vacation, too!

Owning a beach condo can be a lot of work but I never get tired of waking up to this.....

Or watching the day end out the back window either, for that matter.....

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