Drifter at 26" last year. Maybe he isn't "struggling", but does he really look "big"?
On to different topics. Rant over. If they don't rectify the situation somehow by making some acceptable consessions, I will just go to EO. If Seri's shoulder doesn't hold up, I will take baby Strafe, who will be about 22 months old by then.
Speaking of Seri's shoulder. This week I've seen her limp for a couple steps twice. Aggravating. On stretching, initial range of motion seems good, but she gets twitchy quickly, before I am done holding the stretch, and sometimes I get a clicking or a bit of movement in the shoulder, so I have stopped stretching and working her, and she is on walks-only rest until I see Ria on Friday to find out if she's OK. I think she will still be able to run on the weekend, since she's only in a couple classes, but I will have to be very, very careful with her and watch her like a hawk. After that she has a few easy weeks of rehab and strengthening before we have some trials in AKC where she's entered at 20". We will see if jump height makes any difference with either her shoulder or her mental state in the ring.
Seri jumping 20". Looks kind of relaxed, doesn't she?
Strafe is officially over nine months old. I put him over a very low aframe in puppy class yesterday (that I teach) and he was, as always, perfect. I won't do that very often since I think aframes are pretty high impact, but I kept this to medium speed and prevented him from being crazy. His dogwalk ramp off the table is doing great too, and I'm thinking he may be tuned in enough to train him like Drifter - to turn off the end with me after running through the yellow - and not require a stop behavior in order to get his attention and a sharp turn like Seri. He is just so easy to train, I have trouble believing it. Yes, I do rave about him a bit, and no, that's not typical behavior for me. I'm just really hopeful I finally have one of those Perfect Puppies who turn into Easy Dogs who just do what you want them to, all the time, and never push you or try your boundaries or rush too much down the line and knock the bars. I can train all those things, and obviously I have in the past, sometimes multiple times, but I would just LOVE to have a dog who is ready to be serious right away. I see these dogs, but they have been elusive for me. . . and if Strafe still isn't that dog, well, then we'll push onwards and he'll still be brilliant, but possibly at a later age than I have tentatively "planned" out for him!
So much for wanting a smooth coat;)