Sunday, March 28, 2010

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Well, as they say, Almost only counts in the game of Horseshoes, and with Hand Grenades. Jimmy gave a wonderful try at JWW, but alas dropped just one bar, so Almost. There was a difficult cluster of jumps and I am sure it was something I did. He had 44 seconds to get it done, and finished in 29.63. Today, only one dog in Open was faster than Jimmy, a 20 inch dog, who beat our time by a few tenths of a second. Somehow, I don't feel too bad about that.

The Open Standard course, interestingly, was EXACTLY the same as Excellent. The judge tweaked the angle of the teeter, and a couple of jumps, but everthing stayed in the same spot, same number of obstacles, etc. I feel bad for any true Novice handlers who moved up from yesterday. The weave poles were in a very bad spot by a large open door with lots of foot traffic and bright outdoor light. The smells along that edge must have been heavy as even many seasoned Excellent dogs blew their entry to go stiff. Jimmy was a good boy and did his weaves fast and well. It was into a tunnel, then a jump, then the evil Table. He got on just fine and refused to sit. Just sassed me, and then bolted to sniff as the table was in the good-smelly area as well. I got whistled off the course when he ran thru the weaves to sniff. So, that was that. I had planned on walking him off anyway because he has to learn no table means no more fun!

I am still very satisfied with our weekend. Jimmy was FAST! He did his weaves perfectly all four times. We came home with a Q. What's not to like?

We ended the day with Jimmy getting a nice 30 minute massage. Can anyone say SPOILED?!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rocketman makes an appearance in Open!

Well, today was Day One of our trial held by the Mattaponi KC. This one is in a horse barn on a dirt floor, fully enclosed, but pretty chilly.

There were a couple of areas of concern. A tough weave entry and an area of jumps that was just a bit tricky to manuever. Jimmy handled it all with complete finesse. He got the weaves on the first try, and gave me a nice rear cross, even though I ran up on it too close. We had 43 seconds to get it done, and Jimmy did it in 26.86 seconds. He was the fastest dog in the entire Open class! What a good boy! Here's the last section of my run. It was cold at 9am and the camera was slow to start up, so the first part was missed.

Next, of course, was Standard. No Q for us there as our arch nemesis, the table, caused some problems. I eventually got him to down, and off we went. He threw me another curve ball by blowing past the dogwalk, sigh. Two strikes and we were out. Even so, with a super slow table and extra time getting over the dogwalk, he finished in 64.59 seconds, and had 72 to get it done.

Many thanks to Dina, (Life with the Horde), for capturing my full run.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I think these show Jimmy's enthusiasm!

Here are the three pictures I purchased from the trial's photographer Jim Poor....Click to enlarge.

This one cracks me up because Jimmy is looking right at the photographer like he knows his picture is being taken.....I also like it because he is actually doing the table and not giving me any grief!

He's really digging in.....

Eyes wide open and lots of spit!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top of the Morning to You!

Here's my T-Shirt for the day.......

Can't actually wear it to work, but it did make an appearance at the agility trial over the weekend.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pictures from the weekend

The photographer already has his pictures up from the weekend:


Open Jumps with Weaves

Open Standard


Open Standard


Jimmy's First Agility Trial of 2010 - Day 2

Day 2 was not as successful as Saturday. The first run of the day was Open STD. Jimmy was very amped up. A fast sheltie ran just before us and all the movement cranked him over the top! We were doing fine for the first 11 obstacles. It was teeter to table, with a sit. No way would he sit, down, or anything but sass me. He bounced off to go sniff, came back, and bounced off again, and you could see he was just delighting in playing nanner,nanner,nanner, you can't do anything about this! We had NQ'd at this point so on we went. We still finished under time even with all the table shenanigans!

Many hours later, it was Open JWW. We opened well, but he shot into the wrong end of the tunnel. That flustered me so I caused a refusal at the weaves that was the next obstacle. On second try, he did just fine. He loves those 24 inch weaves! He ran the rest of the course well, but dropped the very last bar.

So, we only Q'd once out of 4 runs, but that was the most important run to me, since it gave us our NA. Also, despite being excited and raring to go, Jimmy held his start line stay beautifully on all four runs! I even led out 3 obstacles on one run, so that's pretty darn good! Jimmy hasn't been trialing much yet, is only 2 years old, so he has some maturing to do. He did pretty well for a green little boy!

Our next trials are the last weekend of March, so stay tuned....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jimmy's 1st Agility Trial of 2010 - Day 1

Today we had Jimmy's first agility trial of the year. Fortunately it was at an indoor soccer arena, as today was a cold, rainy day.

The first run was Open JWW. Jim was a bit excited but not too bad. It was 3 regular jumps to a triple. Jimmy took a bar out of the triple as we turned the corner to the next jump. My handling always goes downhill after an NQ, so he got a refusal out of a rear cross I attempted, and then he took another bar a couple of jumps later. He also got a refusal on the weaves, but finished them just fine on the 2nd try. It was a fast course with SCT at 39 seconds and Jimmy did it in 33.

We then waited MANY hours for Novice STD as the last class of the day. Fortunately there is a Gander Mountain store across the parking lot. It always has great sales so there is plenty of opportunity for therapy shopping.

Finally around 5PM or a bit later it was time for Novice STD. It was a fairly easy course with just one trap, the dogwalk to the far end of the tunnel. The off course end stared straight at the dogwalk. It started with tire to dogwalk, and oddly, Jimmy refused the dogwalk. Second try, no trouble. Then it was tunnel, jump, teeter, which Jimmy also refused. The only thing I could figure was that it had gotten dark outside and made it very dreary indoors. I am thinking maybe Jimmy was put off by the odd lighting. And of course this was his first time trialing at an indoor soccer field so maybe that was just too odd for him...Who knows? Anyway, he did the teeter on the second try (and didn't even cuss me for correcting him!) and flew through the rest of the course. We had 66 seconds to get it done and even with re-working the 2 refusals, we finished in 46 seconds. Not too bad! AND this finished off his Novice STD title. WooHoo, good job Jimmy! The other 12 inch dogs didn't manage to qualify, so we even got the blue ribbon!

Jimmy is now Fine Creek's Sharp Dressed Man NA NAJ NF CGC.

And since I hate to post w/o any pictures, my other therapy shopping was for a couple of new charms for my Agility themed Italian bracelet. I got Wilson his NFP charm, and Jimmy got all 3 of his novice charms. There is a vendor who always sell the nicest charms at this particular trial. Are Italian charms bracelets popular in other parts of the country?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wilson's Rug

You might recall about a month ago I posted about Wilson's Odd Habit . He has his favorite rug that he rolls on every single morning before coming down to the kitchen....Well, he had one of those extra-effort rolls this morning. He really went to town! He starts by scratching and digging at the edge of the rug to lift it enough to get his head under, then proceeds to roll around on his back until he is satisfied the carpet is sufficiently crumpled. If you look closely, you can even see all the toenail marks on the tan carpet. Funny thing is, if you catch him in the act, he immediately stops like he is embarrassed. These Cardigans surely are silly dogs and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Thinking of the Cardi Nat'l Specialty.....

With this year's Cardigan Nat'l Specialty getting ever nearer and probably on the minds of many of us, I thought I'd post the montage photo I had made from Wilson's agility runs at the 2008 Nat'l. Photos were taken by V.W.Perry and the montage was designed by Susan Perry. Wilson was in the throes of his stress-related "no weaving" phase so we had no Q's, but it didn't keep us from getting some great pictures!

This year the Nat'l is a mere 65 miles from my house! I am so psyched! I am still getting a hotel room for Sunday/Monday nights to make the agility more convenient. This year I'll be able to come back and attend the Annual Banquet on Saturday night. The two years I went to it in KY, I drove home after agility was completed and missed the big event at the end.
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