Friday, July 23, 2010

Remember these days.......?

Back in February my street looked like this.....


The boys were enjoying a rousing game of fetch......

I am feeling a wee bit nostalgic for those days right about now. This is the indoor/outdoor thermometer (albeit on the sunny side of the house) on our kitchen windowsill, picture taken this morning.....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Arrrgghhhh!

Silly me! I was playing around with my blog backgrounds and layouts, etc. I tried several backgrounds from third parties, monkeyed around with blogger, and then got bored, so I just saved whichever one I ended on. Well, somewhere along the way, my list of blogs I follow got overwritten with a blank template. So now I have lost everyone's blogs. There's a reason you are *supposed* to back things up before playing around....So, I am sure I can find all my Cardi bloggers again, it just might take a while to build my list back!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Rope Swing

One of our favorite walks is along a stream bed through several neighborhoods. I am sure it is considered a floodplain so the developers preserved the trees, put in a nice paved trail, and cute wooden bridges here and there. It runs for miles and is mainly shaded so it is a good place to walk the dogs. Of course their favorite feature is the stream. On one journey, we found a spot where the local kids had put up a rope swing complete with a wooden seat. Now the water is definitely not deep enough to jump off, but I am sure the kids still have alot of fun with it. For some reason, the swing triggered something in Jimmy's brain. It's movement just had to be controlled. It was a true frenzy! When we first found it, I did not have my camera along. Yesterday, I made a point of bringing it (and, yes, Joanna, I brought the good camera :-))

Here we see Jimmy striding over to check it out again....


Give me that thing!

OK, I've got it now!


I'm not letting go! No way!



Still have it, it won't get away!



Jaws of steel!







Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jimmy's JWW Video

A friend video'd Jimmy's and my JWW run from this past Saturday. (Thanks Sandy!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Agility Photos

Once again, Jim Poor spent his whole weekend taking pictures of the agility folks, and once again, I couldn't resist getting some! His efforts and skill are greatly appreciated!

As I've mentioned before, I don't really like being in photos, but I do like this one alot. I am in just enough of a soft focus that you can't really see my stressy grimace. Jimmy is just flying along, with all four feet are in the air. I love how the light highlights his outline. It's a really nice picture!

Come September, Jimmy's position here on the table will be a qualifying performance. Saturday in July, not so much! But I was happy he got on the table and stayed, so I'll take it! I like how the yellow table color reflects up onto Jimmy's underside.



Jimmy flew over the top of the AFrame! I can be seen *really* concentrating on the contact zone. I know I need to loosen up and smile when I run the course, but I never seem to pull it off.


Here's the link to see the full selection of Jimmy's pictures.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Weekend Report

Jimmy and I had an agility trial this past Saturday.....

The short story: No Q's this time. We both bear a little blame.

The long story: Our first run of the day was Excellent JWW. This was Jimmy's very first time in Excellent. It was a pretty tough course with lots of side changes. It actually flowed much better in the running than when walking it for strategy. Unfortunately, this was the run I messed up. The weave pole entry just didn't seem all that difficult and I guess I was over confident. I had picked a landmark on the soccer turf where I felt I needed to push Jimmy out to to get him into the weaves OK. Alas it wasn't quite far enough and he entered at the second pole. The poles were about midway through the course, so I went into training mode for the rest of the way. I pushed Jimmy out to jumps much further than I would have if I was still Q'ing and pulled a rear cross that he read beautifully. He kept every single bar up on the whole course and completed it in 34.31 seconds with a SCT of 42 seconds. It would have been faster if we hadn't re-tried the weaves. So, all in all, I was really quite pleased with the run, even w/o the Q. It was smooth and we ran together well.

This was a one ring trial, so the second run was MANY hours later (like NINE!). Thank goodness for nearby shopping, friends to talk to, and a good area for dog walking (although it was hot). I also ring crewed for the 20 inch Excellent STD dogs which burned a good hour that was enjoyable watching so many fast BCs.

I didn't expect a Q in Open STD because we still have that table issue going on. However, our first wobble was at the teeter where Jimmy refused it on the first try. So there went our one and only strike. A bit further on, it was dogwalk to a right turn into a chute, and then a right turn after the chute to a jump. I didn't do a good jog of cueing Jim for a jump he couldn't see due to the chute fabric, so he ran past it and got another refusal. Next was the table, and thankfully he did get on without a struggle, but I could tell he was stressed so I didn't ask for anything other than a stay. He stayed standing and I walked off a few paces, told him he was a good boy, and moved on. Jump to a right turn into the weaves which he nailed nicely. I egged him on with loud cheering, Go! Go! Go! to really rev him through as fast as he could. No fear of popping him out since we were already NQ'd big time by now. Sharp right turn out of the weaves, up the A-frame, into a tunnel, then triple, panel and done! He kept all the bars up in this run too. I was pleased with his jumping this weekend. We've been doing jump chutes at home and I think it has helped. I forgot to check my times and didn't want to stick around to see it posted. It was a very long day. I don't think I will sign up for this trial again until Jimmy is in Excellent STD.

Friday, July 9, 2010

They Lead Such a Rough Life.....

It's just so awful....Someone really should call PeTA.....


Paw It Forward - Thanks Julie!



Many thanks to Julie at run-jump-herd-heal for my wonderful box of gifts. The Real Meat Venison and Fish Jerky is especially nice as I have an agility trial tomorrow and it makes a perfect treat while waiting to go in the ring!

Now it is my turn to pass on the fun of receiving a little gift in the mail. I'll send a "Paw It Forward" package to the first two people who reply saying that they want to play (please include your e-mail address so I can contact you for your mailing address). Then after you get your package, you "paw it forward" by sending packages to two more people. Don't be shy, this is really a whole lot of fun!



Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Review - Merle's Door


I just finished reading Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote . I am surrounded by a pile of damp tissues as this wonderful book was quite the tear jerker at the end, certainly not unexpectedly. Anyone who has loved a dog into old age and beyond will surely identify with Merle's story. And, oh, what a wonderful life this dog led! I truly enjoyed reading this biography of a dog interspersed with quotes and findings from other authors and canine researchers. Kerasote does an excellent job of putting his deep love for this dog into words. This was a very enjoyable book and I am glad I read it!
I would be happy to send my copy on to someone else. Just let me know.
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