Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wilson in the Wardrobe Wordless Wednesday

Another Wednesday, Another Day Photos Won't Upload!

Well, here I am again! It's Wednesday, I want to upload a photo, and Blogger won't cooperate! I've tried all the tricks I know of, and NADA! So very frustrating, maybe it's time for Wordpress! I'll try again later...Grrrrrrrr!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Jimmy's the kind of guy that is always on the move. Everything is so exciting, so he's always UP! As a result his little internal engine is perpetually running hot. This causes him to seek the coolest places the house has to offer, like the a/c vent, the basement (but only if we go down with him as he is no loner), or in this case, the tile floor in the bathroom. He even goes so far as to scrunch up the rug to make sure more of his body is in contact with the cooling surface. It has the pleasant side effect of creating a little headrest for him. He's done this on multiple occasions, so this is no accident. He paws and wiggles 'til everything is to his liking.

Go away, Mom, you're bugging me!

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wilson's Watermelon Wordless Wednesday

AARRRGGGH! I Can't Upload Photos!

I was all set to do my usual Wordless Wednesday post, and had the unpleasant surprise of not being able to upload photos. Neither IE nor Firefox can make it happen so I think Blogger must have an issue. Drat!

In all honesty, you are not missing much, but I still hate skipping my Wednesday habit. I'll give it another try later.

I guess this is WTF? Wednesday instead.......... :-)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Weekend Report - Two New Titles!

Jimmy and I had a GREAT agility weekend! We Q'd in 3 out of our 4 runs. That alone is wonderful, but two of the runs resulted in new titles to make it even sweeter. Saturday morning started with Excellent A Standard where we needed one more leg to finish our AX title. That always amps up the nerves for me, so I tried very hard not to focus on that. It was a fairly easy course (esp. compared to what we train on in class), with some subtle challenges you needed to take into account. Jimmy was up for the game and we ran a nice smooth course. He gave me a very good table! So we had our 3rd leg to finish his AX title and he even earned a 1st place ribbon. It seemed like it took a really long time to earn this title but looking back through my agility journal it turns out it took seven tries, so really not too bad. And in the three successful legs, they were all 1st places! What a good boy! As it turns out it was Open Standard that got me so far behind in STD compared to Jumpers. It took 17 tries to finish my Open STD title, yikes!

Next was Excellent B Jumpers (JWW) where we were trying for leg #9 of our Master Jumpers title. With most of my nerves calmed from the STD run, this run went by in a successful blur. So we now had 9 out of the 10 legs needed. Checking the results list I was pleased to see Jimmy's run was fairly speedy and although he did not place in the ribbons (top 4 dogs) he was #6, so very respectable!

Sunday started with Standard again, where Jimmy had been moved up to the Excellent B level. It was a trickier course and unfortunately Jimmy took out the top bar of the triple jump. The rest of his run was clean with another beautiful table performance.

The last run for the weekend was for leg #10 of our Master Jumpers. Once again, I tried not to let a potential titling leg monkey with my mojo! The judge presented us with an easy course (thank you!). We had 44 seconds to get it done and Jimmy ran clean in a hair over 29 seconds. Woohoo! We had our MXJ title! When I went to pick up my Q ribbon, I was pleasantly surprised to see we had even earned a 4th place ribbon. It is very hard to beat those speedy shelties, so any time I place in the B class is a thrill! Looking through my journal, it took only 13 tries to get my 10 legs, and out of those we had one 2nd place and three 4th places. I am pretty proud of those stats and how hard Jimmy tries.

Between the two JWW runs, we added another 28 MACH points to our tally. Also, now that I have moved up to the B class in Standard, I can now start working on the 20 Double-Q's also needed for our MACH, as well as earning points when we Q in STD.

 His registered name now looks like: Fine Creek's Sharp Dressed Man MXJ AX NF HT CGC .

Go, Jimmy, Go!

Tracking Jimmy's MACH progress:
Excellent B JWW legs: 10 (out of 10 needed for his MXJ) Now he's working on his MXJ2!
Excellent B STD legs: 0 (out of 10 needed for his MX) But at least we are now in B class!
Double Q's: 0 (out of 20 double-Q's needed for a MACH)
MACH Points: 129 (out of 750 speed points needed for a MACH)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kicking Up Dust!

Here's another photo courtesy of Anne. I really like this one because Jimmy is moving so fast he's kicking up dust! I also love the body language he is displaying. His head is down and you can just see how very focused he is on the task of getting that sheep. I also like the way the white tip of his tail stands out. All in all, a great action shot!

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Also, the professional photgrapher has his pictures posted as of today. Click HERE  if you want to see those. Look for the Saturday Herding Test in the second row. Wilson is the 2nd dog and Jimmy is a bit further on.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Weekend Herding Photos

 Here are some photos from Saturday's HT runs. Many thanks to Anne Taylor (Jimmy's breeder) for capturing a few shots of us in the ring.


His tongue is almost as long as his tail! It was a HOT day!

He likes to work up close and personal. The sheep did not appreciate the attention!
Look at him go! We could have used that speed back in his agility days!

It's hard to catch Jimmy in the frame as he works at a distance.

What a good boy!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Weekend Report - Now for Something Completely Different!

This weekend, the Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club held it's annual herding trial. After our impromptu lesson back in March , I set myself a goal of being ready for the Herding Test for this trial. So on three fridays in May, and this past friday, Wilson, Jimmy and I have trekked out to the country early in the morning before work to get in lessons. I can without a shadow of a doubt say that they LOVED it! I enjoyed it as well.

Yesterday was sunny and quite warm and of course, just like Novice Agility, the beginners doing the Herding Test waited until the end of the day. I was kind of hoping the heat would slow them down just a tad, but it really didn't. Wilson went first and I quickly learned the trial sheep are MUCH more flighty than the ones we had trained on. Wilson gets in a bit too close, and this scattered them several times making it hard to get in my 3 passes at the cones. But eventually, as he tired in the heat, we got it done. Fortunately he listened when I called him to me to finish the exercise. It wasn't too pretty, but it was a qualifying run. Woohoo!

Jimmy went several dogs later. He gave me a gorgeous stay to start, and since he works at a better distance off of the sheep, we were able to get around the cones quite quickly, and he also came when called! He got it done in just a few seconds over one minute compared to Wilson's four plus minutes. He also qualified. Woohoo!

Today, it was another hot day. Wilson pretty much did a repeat performance. He scattered the sheep every which way but we eventually finished the cones and he came to me to finish the exercise. He didn't really want it to be over, but was very hot from his efforts, so it was good we were done. He hopped right into one of the stock tanks to cool off. He did manage to qualify so he can (AKC pending) add HT to the end of his name!

Jimmy had the last run of the class and he too repeated his nice job. We were in and out in a little over a minute, starting with a nice stay and ending with a successful recall. So Jimmy too can sport the HT letters after his name. Both judges complimented Jimmy's work, one by leaving a comment on the scribe sheet and the other as she handed out the ribbons so I guess he really did do a good job of it. Poor Wilson did not receive any kudos, but of course he doesn't know that and he still had alot of fun.

Here we are getting our ribbons at the end of the day today.....

The club gave out really pretty ribbons with a cute Cardi logo in the center.

We had to wait while the Pre-trial class ran before the ribbons were ready, so here is Jimmy just chilling out.

All in all, a very fun and satisfying weekend! I am proud of my boys!
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