We are currently having sub zero highs. 😦 Luckily these spells seem to only last a few days and then it warms up again for a few days.
I entered Seven, Vada, Letty and Narc in the Malinois AKC agility trial at Simon Arena in Cannon Falls. It was an EARLY morning and we got lots of ice the night before. But the roads were good and I got there at a good time and got good crating space. Vada had a gorgeous Master Standard run but we just had 1 bar down. 2 bars in Open JWW. She had bars in T2B too. Seven didn’t Q in either run but he was drivier in the ring so I was happy with that. He did Q (and weave!) in T2B and picked up a few points. Narc had a messy run but he Qd in Novice Standard. He didn’t weave 12 poles in T2B and he had 2 bars in JWW – a poorly executed RC and the last bar for some reason. Letty didn’t do all the weaves in T2B either but she did Q in both Novice Standard and Novice JWW. She was not running the fastest as it was a newer environment and surface for her but she didn’t do too bad.
After the agility trial we drove to Hudson and killed a few hours in the Target parking lot – they have free wifi! That night started doing winter training in the barn. It was nice and warm that first night but muddy. It was nice to be able to just drill the dogs. All 4 did really good and we had a lot of fun.
Saturday and Sunday was the OTR CPE trial that I was trial secretary for. I was able to run my dogs on Saturday in the runs that I wanted. On Sunday I was only able to do 4 runs so I ran Narc and Letty in 2 runs each. The dogs all ran really well. Vada earned her last Level 5 Snooker Q. So we just need 1 Jumpers Q for her CATCH. So close! The trial went really well. I think we’ve got running them down to a science.
Vada saw Dr Julia for a checkup on Wednesday. She’s holding her sacrum in place. Her back was out a lot and some ribs. She is happy that she is starting to gain weight back but wants to see more. Half a pound a week so up 2 pounds by the next time we see her. She seems a lot more active and hyper around the house so she’s probably burning more calories lately. I’ve been bad about being consistent with her rehab exercises. I started doing them again yesterday though. I need to get back on track with a lot of things! So we keep plugging away. If Dr Julia likes what she sees next visit then we may remove some exercises. She removed the ham string stretch last time.
On Thursdays I’ve been splitting the class between Vada and Seven. So Seven can focus on weaving each week and Vada gets some jumping in. It seems to be working well. And now they can both be worked on Fridays at the barn too.
Vada and Narc are really enjoying their obedience classes at TCOTC. Last night Vada was doing Utility signals from almost across the ring!!! We keep working on her Open exercises too.
Last weekend we did AKC agility at the Golden Retriever trial. We got in both days. I had all 4 dogs entered on Saturday. I only entered Narc and Letty on Sunday as the Novice classes went last and that would have given me the morning to go to training. But then the building got rented so training got canceled. So I entered the UKC Rally trial that was my Plan B if we didn’t get into the agility trial. The dogs had an amazing weekend! Especially the baby dogs. Saturday was Seven’s 10th birthday and he celebrated his first ever Excellent Q in JWW. He weaved beautifully! His contacts have been falling apart so I’ve been trying to work them but not shut him down in the ring. He did well but popped the weaves when I turned my head to look where I was going next – stupid handler! Vada’s Standard run was terrible. I was babying her so it was just an icky run. Bummer since it was a fun challenging course too. We had 2 bars in JWW. Letty Qd in Standard on Saturday and got to move up to Open on Sunday since she finished her NA! We had 1 bar in both JWW runs. Saturday I thought my FC was early enough but we still had a bar. Sunday I did not set the line to a jump and drive into the RC and we had that bar down. Narc had an amazing weekend. He Qd in all 4 runs! Sunday he finished his NA! It was nice, for 1 day, to have Narc and Letty in different Standard classes to let me breathe a little. So Narc and Letty both are in Open Standard now and both still need 1 more Novice JWW Q. Sunday morning I entered Narc in Level 1 Rally, Letty in Level 2 and Vada in Level 3. The entries were so low and things went fast enough that I was able to enter Trial 2 as DOS entries. All dogs Qd in all runs! Vada already had a RO3 Q from October so she finished her URO3 title! Narc and Letty only need 1 more in each of their levels to finish their titles. So Narc had a perfect weekend in 2 sports! His last agility run was amazing and I really wish I had it recorded. It helps that I learned from my mistake from Letty but it was all just his brilliance. He has come so far since I first met him and he is loving doing more and learning more. And he’s so brave and tries new things now. And he makes me laugh at some of the things he does and how he thinks.
The February CPE trial opened on the 16th and turned into big drama since A LOT of people did not get in. It overfilled on opening day. I had to decide on how to key in the entries so I just went in the order that the mail person put them in the mailbox. Crazy crazy crazy! My waiting list for Saturday is 3 pages long. 2 for Sunday. I hope March is not as bad. I’m guessing it won’t be since MANY do not like running in dirt (or on grass). Personally, I can wait to run there. I love running there and so do my dogs. If ACTS would hold CPE trials there again I might be tempted to enter.
Had MLK day off from work. Slept til noon! Super behind on AMBOR newsletters and rankings. Slowly plugging away to get caught up though. Then it’ll be time to order trophies again. And then mail them out. Then we start all over again. I did finally get the website fixed though so that is good.
AKC herding club rally and obedience trial this weekend! Narc and Letty are in Advanced both days and Vada is in Excellent. She’s also in Open A again. Praying she holds her stays. Have had a few failures in training so I hope it’s solidifying the concept of staying *in a sit* for her. Then the dogs get a weekend off from trialing. We have the MMBC Banquet – which I need to fix up pics for. Then, hopefully, training with Warren on Sunday. It’s been months since we’ve trained with Warren. The last time was outside.