24 September 2012

10 years

Tomorrow is Drifter's birthday. I will be traveling and therefore won't be able to post. I got Drifter when I was only 20 years old, I was already a pretty good handler in agility - I had earned a couple of ADCH's and made Grand Prix and DAM Team Finals several times already. But for Drifter I had to be more. More everything (that's my new motto). I had to be faster, stronger, firmer. I had to learn more about conditioning and collection and "cue and go", and running contacts. I learned more about start line stays (and lack thereof) and about dogs who won't lie down on the table. I learned about dogs that CAN jump 26" but maybe it's just a touch too hard for them to be comfortable... I learned to run aggressively.

Drifter turns 10 tomorrow, a couple weeks after I have turned 30. In my 20's, with Drifter, we went to 5 Grand Prix Finals, made the podium in 3 of them. We went to Steeplechase Finals only once, surprisingly, but we won that one. We went to AKC Nationals only 3 times total, went to Finals twice and won both of them. We won our way onto the USDAA IFCS World Team by collecting points throughout the year and then rocking it at USDAA Nationals to pull into 2nd place from 4th. We won our way onto the very first WAO Team, and then won the Biathlon World Championship. We got a MACH, an ADCH, and two NAC titles...

Because I don't trial a ton, and I actually didn't even do AKC for several years of his career, he does not yet have a MACH2, but we will finish that this fall and then he is retired for good. He has a mild heart murmur, a toe that doesn't work (long term result of a toe injury when he was 2 years old), and some very mild sore spots that pop up if he isn't kept super fit. But he's earned his retirement, I think. He is a pushy dog, but a good one. And I expect he'll stick around a while, digging through toy baskets and biting the grass and ignoring me when I tell him to lie down and stay.

So Here's to Drifter, the dog that helped me become "famous"!

Happy 10th Birthday Drifter! from Rosanne DeMascio on Vimeo.

23 September 2012

Briefly Briefly

I am home tonight, after a bit of a whirlwind trip with Seri and Stafe. 6 hours driving on Wed down to NC, Ryze met his new people and is in his new home, hopefully to stay. i stayed 2 nights there visiting a friend (and finishing up my scheduling for Advanced Canine Rehab), then Friday I drove 6 more hours across to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to another friend's place, and spent some hours each day teaching privates, but also visiting with that friend (we saw Resident Evil 3D!). I got a tiny bit of training in with the dogs, Seri got to play and practice her new aframe behavior (a 2on2off to make her control herself over the apex, rather than diving like a crazy beast), and Strafe got to see another set of 22" weave poles and another 5'10" aframe. Now I have to do laundry, pack, decide what's coming to Denver and what isn't, and Tuesday I'm off for a week in Colorado, to Strafe's very first big National level event! I am looking forward to it a lot, a relaxed event (running only one dog!!) with my relaxing dog:)

And somehow over the course of talking with Strafe's breeder, I may have decided to get a puppy end of 2013/beginning of 2014... IF everything works out, which it may or may not. We shall see ;)

Also, I FINALLY got my pictures of Kiba from WAO!! I haven't had time to process all of them but I love this sequence of me running past her weaves in the Gamblers run (we got 3rd in that one). I have no idea what I'm doing with my hands, but at least I'm running!

16 September 2012

Busytime recommences

so... I have been busy and will continue to be so into October. Here's a quick catch-up post of what's up.

Last week I attended a seminar with Jenny Damm, a high-level attendees only type seminar, and we had a lot of fun running some very tough courses. Strafe was a rockstar, did some very difficult things including weave entries/exits.

Ryze has found a home down in NC, I take him down this Wednesday and leave him for a few weeks to see how he gets along. He's holding at just over 17".

Strafe is 2!

Kiba's tight shoulder is doing better!

Seri has the "OK" from my PT to continue working agility and I am angling to qualify for USDAA in TN, which means she will be entered in a trial in Oct or Nov...

Strafe got his MXJ yesterday and I totally forgot! He also got QQ #7 and went 3/4 this weekend, maintaining his Q rate in Exc B of over 70% (all at 26"). I believe he now needs approximately 15 points to qualify for Nationals.

Kiba is already qualified - I pulled the eligibility report and she has more than enough points. She did not QQ this weekend but ran well.

My favorite run from the AKC trial this weekend:

Tomorrow I am "off" but I have to start prepping for my Denver trip. I still have a lot to do and little time in which to do it. I am also awaiting the group rotation schedule for Denver, so I can make the schedule for my PT... that will eat up quite a few hours. Tuesday I go to visit her to give Strafe and myself one more check before we leave. Wednesday I drive down to NC to visit a friend and say goodbye to Ryze. Friday I drive across to a different part of MD and Saturday/Sunday I'm teaching private lessons. Monday is crazy packing day! and Tuesday I fly to Denver!

06 September 2012

7 Sept 2010

no, that's not today's date, that's the date Strafe was born! I will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning for the airport, to fly to New Hampshire for a weekend of seminars, so I won't be able to post. But tomorrow is Strafe's 2nd birthday! He is so mature that it's hard to believe he's only just now turning 2 years old. He's already qualified for USDAA Nationals, AKC World Team Tryouts, and AKC Nationals (aside from needing some more speed points). He's got his AX, his AXJ, only needs 1 more JWW and 2 more Standard legs for his MX and MXJ, and he has his Starters Standard title in USDAA.

He gets along great with all dogs and people, has never met a stranger, and pretty much has the perfect laid back temperament. He was well worth the expense of a trip to Denmark to go and get him.

So a day early, but Happy Birthday Strafe! Along with all your siblings: See Me, Jazzie, Tugger, Flex, Wink, and Zoya!

10 weeks, just after arriving in the USA

4 months

7 months

9 months

1 year

21 months old
21 months, "stacked"
I don't have any actual "2 year" photos, he just keeps growing man hair around his neck ;)

01 September 2012

First post from my 30's....

gee, feels just like my 20's, except today my cold/allergy thing has condensed into an occasional cough thing instead... with some head congestion. But really, I don't put much stock into the whole birthday/holiday/celebration thing. Just the way my brain works. Although some of my friends/students DID bring a cake and a balloon to the trial AND sing me Happy Birthday!

Good day at the trial, Strafe finished his Starters Standard title, picked up a Starters Gamblers and Pairs leg, and got 1 point in snooker - I went for the hard plan and tried to recall through 2 jumps off the start line, and he obviously needs a bit more work on that, as he went from 1 to 1 earning us a quick whistle. First time Strafe has been carried off for being "naughty" (we aren't allowed to continue on), but I wasn't exactly mean; I knew that would be hard for him, but he DOES have that skill at home.

Anyway, all he needs for his AD title now is a snooker leg under a 3rd judge.

When I stayed at a friend's place for the AKC trial last weekend, Kiba and Strafe were in love with her giant elk antler chews, so for Strafe's birthday I picked up 2 of them at the trial today. Seri went freaking nuts for it, and chewed for probably an hour straight before I took it away. They were the hot item of the day, for sure!

She softened one end up considerably already, but these things should last a while...

Tomorrow I'm home, which is good because I'm still not over this allergy/cold thing.