25 February 2011
ClICK HERE TO BUY THE WAO TEAM USA E-BOOK!
PS please buy it even if you do like me - all proceeds are going to the Team!
PPS I have added a permanent link in the sidebar in case you want to buy it in a few days, or next week. Or you'd like to go back and buy more later, like, for your collection, or for a friend...
23 February 2011
Please feel free to "chip in" any amount you'd like to contribute towards our trip! It is *very* expensive to fly a dog to the UK - the tune of about $2,250 or so just for the dog's air travel and nothing else! And while Tracy has been busily gathering sponsors, the burden of the travel costs will still fall on the individul exhibitors. I am not going to "cheat" by flying as service dog, I am going to do the most honest and simplest thing and fly him cargo direct into London again. This is financially the most difficult thing to do, but it doesn't involve falsifying documents, or travelling through multiple countries by car or train, which I feel would be more mentally stressful for all involved, both canine and human. So please give us a hand by chipping in a few bucks if you'd like, it all goes straight to my trip fund, with the exception of minor Paypal fees. And stay tuned for a link to purchase the Team's e-book!
ETA: I know 1600 of you have been viewing this page every month;) if you send just a little bit of cash to say "thanks for entertaining me" I would appreciate it!
22 February 2011
Also, the WAO Team USA E-book is almost ready. It will be available for purchase, you will then download it. Trust me, you WANT to buy this book! I've seen a preview of it, and it's really great! There are a variety of exercises from the various team members along with several interesting articles for reading, and even some set-ups from a high-level competitor from across the pond with some tips for handling! Our website is live, but still under construction.
WAO Team USA is stil looking for sponsors as well, if you or someone you know is interested, use the Contact page on the team site to email Tracy!
21 February 2011
Friday was Bayshore AKC Trial. Kiba had a mistake in each run, so didn't MACh. Drifter did QQ again though (barely):
And Seri finished her AX title! (finally!)
On Saturday, Seri's first run in Ex B went, well, OK. She had a "moment" at the end that wasn't so great, just a little too excited out of the chute. Similar in JWW but my camera battery was dying so we didn't get that on video. Seri:
Drifter QQ *again* which I believe is 7 in a row. Boy does he like 20"! Kiba also QQ, which if you're keeping track is #20 and her MACH! Standard not on video but here's jumpers and her MACH lap:
On Sunday I went to the Keystone USDAA trial to run Grand Prix. Seri won 26" masters gamblers in the morning. Drifter didn't even Q. While he did QQ both days at Bayshore, he's been feeling a bit, well, disconnected. Rusty, I guess, from the time off. Not only did we not trial for a month, but we haven't really practiced because of his eye. Well that shall be remedied! He almost Q'ed in Grand Prix, but I thought he had committed to a tunnel but when I moved he took the frame - unusual for him, as I can usually cue and he'll take it even when I begin to move. Oh well. Kiba had a lovely PGP except for a single bar. Seri, well.... she had an OK opening, was very wide in the threadle (looking at who knows what after I pushed her through), and when I called her back and turned around, BAM there was a tunnel right in front of me! Whoops! I leaped aside but didn't stick my landing and FELL while Seri was on the aframe. I realized we were still clean and so as I was getting to my feet I sent her on to the next jump, stumbled forward and used sends and verbals to negotiate a hard rear cross before the weaves, and then continued on, still clean, to much hooting and hollering from the spectators. And she finished clean. And won! So we got Seri's first GP voucher and Q for this year, with me falling down in the middle of it. No video because my battery died, sorry! Seri also went on to Q in Adv Standard which makes 2, I believe.
I'm tired and sore today, so doing all my online "work". Tomorrow is Drifter's recheck, Wednesday we have class, and next weekend I'm headed down to teach some privates in Raleigh NC.
13 February 2011
All that mess aside, I discovered I can fit one jump in one end of our "barn" building. the footing is dirt, not real impact-absorbent, but for one jump work, maybe once a week, it'll do. The temperatures have been slowly climbing about freezing, but there was so much ice and rain on top of the snow, that the current snow on the ground just won't ever really be "fluffy" again. It just gets grainy and crunchy, so while I've been walking them around a bit in it for maybe 10-20min a day, I just don't want to risk much longer than that due to concern for their paw pads, which are already looking fragile from all the cold and ice. I may try for a short hike somewhere today in the afternoon. I got goggles for Drifter at the local pet store, to protect his eyes from flying snow and twigs and such. It took some growling at him but he does leave them alone now (at least when I'm nearby). He looks pretty spiffy too (pic on facebook).