September flew by! I love fall and the wonderful weather it brings. But I am sad that winter is coming and our days are getting shorter. Soon we will be trapped inside. No more outdoor agility, protection training, big obedience or tracking.
At the end of August I took Vada, Letty and Sonic to see Dr Heather. I thought it would be good for Vada go to inbetween her visits with Dr Julia since our rehab checkups are out to 8 weeks now. The day after their adjustments Letty and Vada had a huge crash. Letty was running along the lilac bushes at full speed and Vada was trotting along the end and they crashed at the corner. Letty was airborn and Vada got spun around. Vada’s left shoulder and Letty’s right. They both seemed fine afterwards. Vada saw Dr Julia 3 weeks later and she needed some adjusting and her left shoulder was pretty messed up. Dr Julia got her fixed up and gave me some exercises to do. Letty has been not stopping on her aframes. I’m not sure if it’s a training issue or from the crash. A few weeks ago at class she was running really slow and between sequences she yipped when I was petting her by her right neck/shoulder area. So last week I emailed Dr Heather and we got her in yesterday. She was pretty messed up from her lower back forward. She was a very good girl as it was the longest time she’s spent getting adjusted and she’s not crazy about people touching her. She was feeling much better already last night – doing box turns off the bed and the futon and grabbing shoes and whatnot and jumping on Vada’s head to get her to tug with her. Things I had not noticed that she had quit doing.
Labor Day weekend I trialed at the AKC trial in Rochester. I entered Saturday and Sunday. I was going to camp but it was so hot and I overdid it in the sun so I drove home. Karl entered MAC’s USDAA trial on Sunday. It worked out for the boys since I brought them down with me on Sunday. Otherwise they would have sat home all day. Not a good Q rate but we had some good runs that were close. Letty was working thru weave pole issues since their poles looked different. I think Vada earned a Q in Open FAST – her first Preferred Q – and Letty earned her first Novice FAST Q. I was worried about the surface but it was thick green grass – very nice.
These awesome photos were taken by Karen Magee.
Monday Karl and I spent much of the day driving to the USDAA show to help pack equipment into the truck and then unload it at the storage locker. They were short on help and Bonnie was managing the project so we volunteered to help her out.
That week I also tried the AKC CGC test with my 4. Vada passed – no surprise. Seven, Narc and Letty all 3 failed the petting station and the brushing/exam station (one leads to the other and you’re not allowed to hold them for the exam). The boys passed everything else. Letty also failed the 3 minutes out of sight station. The scary lady who looked at her and tried to pet her was the one holding her leash so after about a minute she started barking. So Vada now has the CGC title added to her name. There is an advanced test coming out this month that she should be able to easily pass too.
We did 2 days of an AKC trial at OTR. It was nice to trial again on our home turf – where Letty knows her weave poles. She Qd in Open Standard both days to finish her OA! She also earned her first Open JWW Q on Saturday. 1 bar on Sunday. I’d like to do the Invitational with both girls next year so it’d be nice to get Letty a Q in Masters. We have a ways to go though! Vada had some control issues. 😦
The middle of September I did a 2 day CPE trial outdoors with all 4 dogs. They all did awesome! Letty went 10 for 10! Vada was 1 Q short of a perfect weekend. Both girls are now qualified for CPE Nationals. Seven only NQd in one run but it was a traditional Jackpot with a big distance and he did most of it so I was very proud of him. Narc only earned 1 Q but it completed Level 3. He’s tunnel sucking still and I need to give him information MUCH sooner. His stride is so long. We ran in the rain too but it softened up the ground nicely. The dogs had a great time. And on Saturday I tracked the girls during down time.
I split one weekend between UKC agility and a CAT. I did a little of both each day. UKC agility in the morning. Vada earned her first AGIII Q. Only 4 more to go. Sigh. Letty picked up some points towards her UACH. I should probably start keeping track. For the CAT I ran the girls and gave Narc another try. Letty finished her CA. She gets CRAZY! Narc did much better than last time but he gets nervous going too far from me in a strange place. I was proud of him and I think he had some fun. I have video but haven’t uploaded it yet.
Last weekend MAC hosted a seminar with Rosanne. I was on the committee so I was there all 4 days. And I picked her up most days and went to dinner with her a few times. I was pretty fried by Saturday. Vada worked in the Thursday afternoon Euro Turns session. She did awesome and I got some clarity on some handling! Friday I worked Letty in Masters Handling. I first had her in a lower level but then moved her up to challenge us. She did great! She got a bit brain fried and slow before lunch but she recharged on the break. Another committee person was there on Saturday and Sunday so I entered the AKC Rally trial up at Total Recall. It didn’t start til later so I was able to watch much of the morning sessions and then go get Rosanne (and others) lunch and then go to Total Recall. Saturday at the rally trial did not feel good at all. I was all frazzled. And it was very full and busy and my dogs were back to back. And there was a big dark dog in there that was staring at other dogs and whining and pulling on his leash to go see them. That totally set Letty off and she was being reactive. She even looked outside the ring and let out a bark while we were in the ring working. I did not do a good job helping her to have a good experience in the building or the ring. And it carried over to my runs with Vada and I was very rushed. They Qd with placements but it didn’t feel good. After I was done trialing I brought Letty in and did some LAT work with her and the dog and string cheese. So it ended on a great note. Saturday night the other committee person took Rosanne to dinner so I could go home and veg. Sunday was much better. There were less people there and the “offending” dog was mostly kept outside and I had mentally prepared ahead of time. And things were going better at the seminar. We had better scores on Sunday too. Vada took 1st in Excellent and 2nd in Advanced. In Advanced she had a perfect score but we lost on time. I was kind of bummed about the placements. The other person basically lured their dog thru the course with their finger like they had a treat. Nice dog and team but it seemed like a lot of help. But those are the rally rules I guess. It makes me realize just how much help people can get away with and get comfortable with in rally since there are no point deductions. That will make regular obedience a lot harder if they compete there. Letty finished her RE with a 1st place and a 95! Vada earned her 7th RAE leg. 3 more to go. Both girls ended with runs that I was very happy with. Vada will trial again once this month. Not sure when we’ll do the last 2 legs.
Tomorrow night I do my first CPE draw! I’m excited as I think I’ve got everything figured out. It’s going to be a long night though. And it’s always sad when people don’t get in.