24 June 2013

Team Practice

Had a great time at Team Practice. Strafe and I had a lot of really great runs, and we are still feeling really meshed together. The only downside was that his right shoulder was bothering him. Thanks to the great massage person on site he did loosen up over the weekend, but I am going to skip the AKC trials in July in favor of a short break from agility, some PT visits, and stronger conditioning. Then a couple weeks before we leave we'll run a few courses here and there to prepare. Strafe and I are both pretty good together and confident in our handling and obstacle performance, so I don't think a few weeks break from training will hurt us.

After practice Ashley and I drove down to San Francisco, we had a few hours to kill before our flights home from SFO but unfortunately the fog prevented us from seeing the main sight we wanted to see!

But at least we drove across it, I guess. I saw it from the airplane last year, still a better view than I got while crossing it in this fog!

19 June 2013

Regional Wrap up

Well we did great at the Regional! 

Strafe was top 26" individual dog in Team classes, he won both Masters Challenge classes (by about 2 seconds each!) which also won us the Biathlon, and he won both Grand Prix and Steeplechase Regional Finals. Yep, a good weekend for sure!

Kiba also did great, she was running really well and told me very definitively that she wants to go to USDAA Nationals this year! She was top PVP dog overall, won the Performance Grand Prix Final, and made the PSJ Final but went off course when I didn't help her come through a gap; she'd been running so well I plain forgot she needed help with that sort of thing!

Now I am packing up and getting ready for our next adventure, AKC Team Practice in California. Strafe and I fly out tomorrow evening to San Francisco and travel up to Sacramento area on Friday. Looking forward to it!

ETA: aren't they adorable? Even if they don't always fully cooperate!

Missing: Strafe's 2 Semi-final Bye ribbons and his Biathlon Champion ribbon

12 June 2013


I keep forgetting I have a Regional this weekend.

Well, maybe not forgetting, but it really isn't top priority in my mind. Need to focus - I am really hoping this will be the only USDAA Regional I need to attend.

Booked my flight to Belgium. Next week we go to Team Practice. So much STUFF happening this summer! Fun stuff, but tiring stuff!

Bonus, Strafe enjoying himself in CA.

10 June 2013


Yep, I got some sun in California, but isn't that what you're supposed to do? Really nice weather all 3 days of the seminar in Santa Ynez. Strafe and I didn't feel sad at all about missing the 4" of rain and gloom at home! Of course now I'm home and it's still gloomy and rainy anyway, but at least we got away from it for a bit! I have no idea what the weather is going to be for our Regional this coming weekend, I've been a little bit afraid to look. We're indoors but if it's hot it's hot... I'd rather it be cool and a bit rainy than hot and sunny for the dogs, since hot usually also involves high humidity.

Here are a couple of pictures taken by our seminar host Karen. Strafe had a great time coming along and assisting me, and gained some new fans for his fan club as well!

Strafe helping me explain a concept

Foundation demo - driving around a wing

Strafe hangs out in there with the door open all day while I teach

Demo for the Novice group, how to shape a turn

and OF COURSE we took the Danish dog into the Danish town for a couple of photo ops!

03 June 2013

June already?

The dogs and I enjoyed our weekend off. We did some walking, some swimming, and a lot of lying about and relaxing.

I did NOT pose this photo! They lined up waiting for me!

It was very hot, so Seri and Strafe also got to go swimming a few times. Our pool cover came off over the winter and it got very green and nasty, so we drove 15minutes to our indoor, where the owner has made a lovely swimming hole in the creek, perfect for dog exercise! And she is so nice that she allows me to come and use it whenever it is hot outside, even when we are not renting the indoor!
bad cell phone picture, but that's not a fish, it's Strafe ;)

And walks around the field, which we do every day, usually several times a day. The girls really want to "hunt" groundhogs but I call them away as the stupid things can be kind of aggressive when cornered.

I smell it! I smell it!

Drifter was actually around for both the top and bottom pictures above, he just is a little too independent to participate in the natural "group shots" that the other 3 seem to come up with on their own.

In other news, I am in the process of getting Strafe's pet passport updated so he will be good to go for our trip to Belgium, which is SEVEN WEEKS away!!! And practice is only 3 weeks away! This coming weekend I'm teaching in CA, then I have the local USDAA Regional, then AKC Team practice immediately after. We are going to be busy bees! I am working on both putting weight on Strafe (he got skinny when the antibiotics made him feel ill the other week) and building muscle at the same time. So basically I'm just shoveling a lot of food into him!

It kind of struck me today when I went back to my old vet to get Strafe's puppy vaccines put on his paperwork, they haven't seen him since he was 4 months old and it was only 2.5 years ago, I can't believe that little puppy is already on the AKC Team this year...

Now he's a handsome, talented young man!

I think his tan points actually got darker as he aged!
He grew up really quickly, just an early maturing young man. I hope his future potential half-sibling is at least a little bit like him!