This post was written on September 1st – I just added links to the videos.
Friday I tried to work from home but too many of my coworkers had the day off. I had a morning appointment with Copper in Forest Lake to see the new chiropractor and get his cold laser therapy done. It went well. It was a nice clinic. Far drive though. It seems to be helping slowly. He seems to be feeling really good these past few weeks for the most part. We’ll do 2 more treatments and then evaluate where we’re at. Karl’s taking him to the next one and it’s at our regular vet – much closer to home! After his appointment I dropped him off at home and pottied everyone. Karl was working a long day since they were doing inventory and we had a wedding to go to that night. I was planning to go right from work to the wedding. It was a very nice wedding. The ceremony was at a beautiful church right on Lake of the Isles. And the reception was at the Double Tree in Saint Louis Park. Karl joined me at the reception. There were some other agility folks there that we hadn’t seen in quite some time so it was fun to hang out and catch up. Us girls even danced a few songs. And Karl and I danced a few slow songs too. Lisa looked so beautiful in her wedding dress. Connie commented that Lisa and I both had our “princess weddings”. She’s right. 🙂
Saturday morning I made the drive down to Farmington to train with my Schutzhund club. I did obedience with Letty, Narc and Vada. All of them did awesome! Narc nailed the moving sit AND down on the first try! Letty worked great with me and had nice heeling and responses to whatever we were working on. I worked on SchH exercises, Open exercises and Utility exercises with Vada. She was sooo happy to work. I spent some time brushing Narc too. He looked horribly neglected with half his coat coming out. Just 2 sessions with the brush and he was looking normal again. Warren came out to work with the club so we were able to do protection. Letty worked on the beginnings of the bark and hold. She offers behaviors but not sitting and barking. She was figuring it out as we worked on it. In the first session I managed to turn my back the right way and hurt it. But I powered thru the 2nd session and it was feeling better. Sitting made it tighten up again though. We had beautiful weather for outdoor training too. Before I hit the road home I let Copper, Vada and Narc go for a run across the field off leash. And I worked Letty on the 2 x 2 weaves that I brought with. She did great. No problems in new places! After her 2nd round I walked her over to Warren to show him how pink the insides of her ears get. He was sitting on the ground. She walked right up to him and he started petting her. Then Bruce walked over and started petting her too. I think she even liked it a little bit. Once she had enough she backed to my side and behind me a bit and they left her alone. It was perfect and a great experience for her. I just expect her to not bark at strangers who look at her. If she’s letting people she knows pet her then that is a bonus.
Karl developed a bad headache while I was gone. So I went to the MMBC general membership meeting by myself. It worked out well since he could stay home and get the dogs fed and put to bed before I got home. We had an early morning so we needed to get to bed as soon as possible. Turns out that maybe I should have stayed home too! I don’t really have time nor energy to waste on club politics/drama.
Sunday we got up really early in the morning to load up dogs into both vehicles and make the drive to LaCrosse. First stop was Family Dog Center for the CPE trial. Karl stayed for 2 classes, Jackpot and Standard, before he went to see his parents and sister. So I have video from those runs. The Jackpot was non-traditional. The game was to collect as many points as you can and before the first buzzer you want to take the double jump. At the point when you take the double jump you also double all of the points that you had collected up to that point. It was a great class to warm the dogs up in to get them use to the new astroturf surface and on to the equipment. I did the same course for Vada and Seven. It was fun to see at what point they were at when the buzzer went off and we had to hurry to the table to stop the clock before we ran out of time. I made a similar plan for Narc but did not do weaves or the teeter since he doesn’t know either obstacle. Narc and Prozac have not been trained in many months and have not done agility in a long time. I just entered them for fun since they were along for the ride and I knew they would enjoy it. Narc missed a few jumps in his excitement (just tells me he needs more value for jumps) but he ran well and earned a Level 1 Jackpot Q and finished his CL1-S title. All dogs Qd and all got 1st places.
Narc’s Jackpot Run
Vada’s Jackpot Run
Seven’s Jackpot Run
I figured I would work contacts with Seven and Vada since we had plent of time. Oh my! They are a mess! We even got called on a few over the course of the day. The Standard runs for both of them were not good. Both dogs had slipping on tight turns and on the weave poles bases. I had forgotten about the weave pole bases there so I was mad at myself when I saw Seven slip. It’s not fair to him. I did not make him redo the weaves when he popped from slipping. Vada made a mess of the course. Prozac was entered in Level 2. She only needed 1 more Q to finish her CL2. She kind of has weaves but they’re not finished. She ran really well and we were able to fudge the weaves enough to get her thru and finish her CL2 with a 1st place!
Prozac’s Level 2 Standard Run
Wildcard went ok. All of my dogs slipped on a 180. That was Vada’s only bar but she’s in Level C so no Q. I had an off course with Seven. We started with a jump to a tunnel/dogwalk discrimination. My arm was suddenly possessed and flicked up and he flicked away to the tunnel. So no Q for him. The rest was well run. I wish I had Narc’s run on tape. It was entertaining. It was the same course but the tunnel was further away from the dogwalk and I think the weaves were taken out and replaced with a jump. I left him at the start line and lead out to the dogwalk. I released him and he came right to me like he didn’t see the dogwalk. I brought him around again to put him on but he went back over the start jump and grabbed his leash. That NQd us. I told him to drop it and we went on. I got him on the dogwalk. He took a few steps on it then stepped left and took a few steps on the top of the tunnel then stepped back right back onto the dogwalk. Poor boy does not understand tunnels and dogwalks! So NQs all around!
Next was Snooker. I was fighting a bad attitude by that point. I walked Snooker and had a plan but was thinking to myself that things will happen like slipping and bars and whatnot. After I walked it I told myself to knock it off and at least try. I worked my butt off but Vada AND Seven both got 51 point runs with all 7s. Both dogs took 1st in their classes and were the only 51s.
My back didn’t hurt once I started running agility. 🙂
Then we had our last class of the day – FullHouse. A fun class to just let loose in. I ran Prozac, Seven and Vada. I did the same course for all 3 of them. It was fun to see where they were at when the buzzer went off and we made the final dash to the table. Prozac was about the same place as Seven and Vada was only 1 tunnel ahead. Prozac loved it. She drove her lines and didn’t think once about leaving to visit. It was just a bunch of big circles but it was a great experience for her. All 3 dogs Qd and had the highest points and 1st places. It was Prozac’s first Level 3 Q.
Prozac spent the day out in the van by herself. The weather was really nice. The other 5 that I had came in. 3 Dutch Shepherds and 2 mixes. There was another Dutch Shepherd there showing too. 4 Dutch Shepherds in 1 building! I got Letty outside to walk and do some foundation exercises with her. Copper got out a bit too. I won the raffle for a free day of entries for 1 dog too! I never win raffles so I was very happy. I’m not sure if it’s just for the next trial or a future trial. I can’t make it to the next few so I hope it’s a future one.
The trial went very smoothly so I got to Karl’s parents at a pretty decent time. I missed his sister Ann, her husband Jeff and their daughter Maren. But I did get to see his niece Alana, her husband Nick and their new daughter Macie. It was fun to hear about the baby raising stories as there are so many similarities with raising puppies too. Karl’s parents seem to be doing pretty good. They were happy to have company. The dialysis has been really hard on Karl’s dad. Hopefully Karl will find some time in the near future to go down and visit with them again. They really enjoyed seeing him and I think his dad liked being able to talk to him. The drive home was nice and uneventful. It was after 10pm when we got home though.
Monday I went to Cardio Hip Hop again. I am finally getting the steps so I was able to put my effort into it. I love that class! I wasn’t sure if my back would handle it but it did with no problem.
Tuesday Karl took 3 dogs into the vet by himself! Prozac’s blood got “lost” in the mail on it’s way to Dr. Dodds. It seems that they moved their office and my vet was not aware of that and the post office didn’t forward it. So we had to do a redraw and send it out again. I’m curious to find out if she’s low since her storm phobia is getting worse. Monday night I found a lump in Copper’s mouth on his lower lip. Since Karl was going in I asked him to bring Copper too so Dr. Jina could look at him. She said she has seen them before and they’re no big deal but she can remove them if I want. Whew! Kind of scared me for a bit. They also did x-rays on Rally’s hip since he’s been sore on his right hip for quite awhile now. Turns out he’s got pretty bad hip dysplasia. So Karl’s researching what all of his options are to get him some relief.
Tuesday night Letty had a semi-private agility lesson with Terry, Kristin and Cooee. He pushed us this time. We did sequencing with tunnels and jumps. Letty has some sit stay issues and she has some trouble dealing with stress when she’s wrong but we worked thru it. She likes to run away and go shopping too. But that also got better as the night went on. She did some amazing lead out pivots and she did well on the sequencing parts.
Last night was my 2nd SQL Admin class. Most of the time was spent on data types. I got our exercise of creating tables done before I left. I have 1 more exercise that I can work on which will be what they are doing in class next week.
Tonight Vada has agility class. Then we pack up to leave tomorrow for Ixonia WI for some UKC agility!