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2019 Christmas Letter


Karl & Heather Sather
Fringe (14), Mazikeen (3), Philo (6 months), and Vignette (6 months)

2019 has been yet another year of changes at our house. We don’t grow moss around here.

Letty competed in the AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando last December and went clean in 3 rounds out of 4. This year she ended up ranked the #3 Dutch Shepherd. She earned a few big titles this year too: her AKC Agility Championship (MACH), her AKC Time to Beat (T2B), her 2nd CPE Agility Championship (C-ATCH2), her Open (2nd level) title (CDX-C) in CDSP obedience, and her Novice Containers title in AKC Scentwork. She was in her prime and did a lot in the first 3.5 months of this year. Sadly, in February she was diagnosed with bladder cancer. We tried our very best to fight it. She was so brave at her appointments at the U of MN. But in April the cancer won and spread to her bones and we had to say goodbye to her. She was only 8. I miss her sweet eager face every single day.

Fringe wrapped up her agility career with another Agility Championship in CPE – her CT-ATCH2. She has also retired from nosework and rally. She prefers to hang out at home and chase Mazi around the yard. At 14.5 years old she can do whatever she wants. Or doesn’t want. She loves going on walks around the property and exploring all the wildlife.

Mazi and I are keeping busy with training and trialing. Letty loved the outdoors so my plan for the summer was to be outside as much as possible. So Mazi and I stuck to the plan in her honor. We entered outdoor agility trials, we went hiking, and we went camping. Her training is starting to come together now too. She earned 2 CDSP obedience titles and a UKC rally obedience title. I think 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us. I can’t wait to see what it brings.

Karl and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this year! Karl has been enjoying playing his basses at jam sessions with his friends in WI. They held their annual big party in October this year at his sister Mary’s house. It was well attended and everyone had a great time. He went and saw a Rush tribute band too.

This spring I attended Fenzi Dog Sport Training Academy camp again. This year it was in Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful drive. On the way home I stopped in Ohio to audit a mondioring seminar with a great trainer from Norway. I went back to Ohio in August to attended another mondioring seminar with a trainer from Belgium. It’s always a great time with friends in Ohio. I made 2 trips to Canada this year. In June I went to an agility trial held at a campground in Thunder Bay. I rented a cute cabin and Mom came along for the trip. It was so much fun! We went to Kakabecka Falls in Thunder Bay and then the Splitrock Lighthouse in Duluth on the way home. We did a lot of hiking. I went tent camping in Winnipeg again in August. The park is on 8,300 acres! Mazi and I did a ton of hiking and some agility. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lot of great training and behavior seminars locally – Shade Whitesel (twice!) on training with toys, Ken Ramirez on animal behavior, Amy Cook (twice!) on training sensitive dogs using play, Jessica Hekman on genetics, and our annual agility handling seminar with Tracy Sklenar.

In September we brought home 2 kittens. Philo and Vignette. They brought much needed joy to our house. He’s big and pretty chill. She’s little and a firecracker that zips around the house fake attacking us and the dogs.

We wish you all peace and joy for 2020!

2018 Christmas Letter

Karl & Heather Sather
Fringe (13), Letty (8), Mazikeen (2)

2018 has been another year of changes at our house – both happy and sad.

At the end of October we said goodbye to Bessie. She was our 16.5 year old house cat. She was our last cat.  We will miss her meows demanding her breakfast and dinner.

Fringe has had a fun year with lots of variety. She earned another Agility Championship in CPE – her CT-ATCH. She and Karl also did an Intermediate obedience class, a tricks class, and they started doing nosework. They really enjoy doing nosework and passed the entry level test (ORT) for 2 different odors (birch and anise) recently. They have earned a rally title in WCRL and are showing in AKC rally in Orlando again this month.

Letty is going to Orlando again to compete in the AKC Agility Invitational as the #2 Dutch Shepherd. This is my 6th year going (2 with Vada and 5 with Letty). She earned her NoseWork2 at a trial in IL on St Patrick’s Day. We earned 2 AKC Scentwork titles in Fargo. She also earned her CPE Agility Trial Extraordinaire. This big title has taken her 6 years to earn! She also earned her UKC Agility Champion Excellent. She was super brave in obedience this year too and earned her CDSP Novice obedience title. Having strangers touch her had been hard for her. We also have earned 1 leg in Open. And she is qualified for CPE Nationals being held in WI next year.

Mazikeen has been training in obedience, agility, and mondioring. We did a jump grid class over the winter and she’s a great jumper. She also did a Canine Good Citizen class and passed the CGC test on the last day of class. She has earned a few agility titles. We are trying to get the last few qualifying scores to be qualified for CPE Nationals.  She loves to run and play with Letty.  She’s an amazing dog with a bright future ahead of her.

Karl has been enjoying playing his basses at jam sessions with his friends and they have been building guitars. He also went to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.  His friend Dave come up one weekend to help us work on my house.

I made the trip up to Winnipeg in Ontario in August for a fun USDAA trial and to camp at a wonderful campground up there that has great hiking. I was trial secretary for 7 CPE trials and a mondioring trial and hosted an agility seminar. I also started back to yoga class. And in June I went to Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Camp in OH. I got to OH a few days early to attend a mondioring obedience training seminar with a presenter from Sweden, then we had a fun day of training  mondioring, and then 3 days of auditing all the different workshops and lectures at FDSA Camp. It was an amazing time to be surrounded by like minded trainers and to spend time in person with my friends from around the country.

We celebrated our 11th anniversary this year! When we were in Orlando last year my van died on an on ramp and the engine needed to be replaced and it would have taken 2 weeks. So we bought a new Town and Country. How lucky that Karl decided to go with on that trip so we could make the decisions together! Then at the end of June our renters moved out of the house that I owned before we got married. So we spent every extra moment for 2 months preparing the house to be put on the market. We closed at the end of October. The new owners love the house so that makes me really happy as I loved it too.       

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2019!

Hello

It’s been a super long time since I have posted.  I now have the WordPress app on my Kindle and a keyboard for it so I’m hoping I will start posting again.

This was a crazy week.  I hurt my back on Tuesday morning putting on a sock.  So now POUND class that night and only 1 more left.  😦  No mondio training on Wednesday.  Luckily it was an off night for comp obed so I didn’t miss anything.  Thursday I went to comp sports foundation class.  I skipped agility though.  Which means that I’ll have to make it up next week.  Friday I went to agility open ring time and worked on pieces of things and startlines.  It irritated my back a bit.  Today I ran Mazi at a UKI trial.  I woke up feeling pretty good.  Carrying the crate in and bending over to set it up irritated it.  For one class I bar set and leash ran.  I hadn’t sat all day either so my back was getting sore.  Then I scribed and that helped.  Tonight it’s feeling almost back to normal.  Back pain is exhausting.  You’re always on edge trying to protect your back and needing to stop doing whatever makes it hurt asap so you are constantly on edge.  I’ve been sick off and on too.  Hopefully that is gone.

The trial went really well today.  The errors were my handling.  Her contacts are so much better and her starlines aren’t horrible.

Off to bed.  Maybe next time I’ll post about the mondio seminar and how I’m working on redoing her DOH.  I’m going to post our Christmas letter from this year and last also.

2017 Review

This is the Christmas letter that we sent out this year.

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Karl & Heather Sather
Fringe (12), Letty (7), Mazikeen (13 months), and Bessie (15)

It’s been another year of changes at our house – both happy and sad.

Vada competed in 2 nosework trials this year.  She found 3 out of 4 hides in each one so she did very well but did not earn a new title.  She had also completed 90% of the requirements for earning a new agility championship title in CPE.  But then she got a tick disease and kept getting infections.  We fought them.  But cancer took the opportunity to swoop in and take over her body and we had to say goodbye to her in October.  We did not complete those titles this year but we had a great time trying and created even more wonderful memories together.  And most importantly she got to keep doing things which made her so happy.  She was that once in a lifetime most amazing dog.  She changed my life in so very many ways.Quest lost his battle with kidney disease in March.  He was such a sweet and wise cat.  We said goodbye to our last sheep, Pearl, and our last 2 outdoor cats, Casper and Reba, in June.

Fringe has had a fun year with lots of agility.  She earned another Agility Championship in CPE – C-ATCH2.  She also did an obedience class with Karl and a musical freestyle workshop.  They really enjoyed doing freestyle.  They are showing in rally in Orlando this month too.

Letty is going to Orlando again this month to compete in the AKC Agility Invitational as the #2 Dutch Shepherd.  Karl is going with this year too.  Letty filled in for Vada’s nosework classes when Vada couldn’t go and has really taken to it.  She earned her NW1 and was just 1 hide short of earning her NW2.  We tried the new AKC Scentwork at a trial in Fargo.  And last month she earned her AKC Tracking Dog title.  We also did a day at a dock diving trial.

Mazikeen has had a year of learning lots of things.  She took a variety of classes with fun names like Puppy Prodigy, Turbo Pups, Bye Bye Cookie, Flashy Heeling, and Competition Sports Foundation.  She got to do 2 agility seminars.  She’s been training in obedience, agility, and mondioring.  She did some conformation this summer and earned her UKC Championship.  At her first show she won Best in Show!  She is growing into an amazing dog.

Karl has been enjoying playing his basses at jam sessions with his friends and they have been building guitars too.  He also saw John Cleese and went to an afternoon Twins game.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary this year!  We went to a pottery class that was lots of fun.  We saw the amazing Steve Miller Band at an outdoor concert.  We went to the State Fair.  And again this year we made it to the local drive in theater and saw Cars 3 with Vada.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2018!

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Happy 2017

We brought in the new year with Joe and Julie doing our annual fondue party.  This is our 11th year celebrating together and our 10th year doing fondue.  It’s such a great tradition!  They invited Mazi to come with.  She got to spend a lot of time playing with their Border x Whippet, Spock.  They had a great time playing tug all night.  I had played agility earlier in the day.  And went to 2 different parks on the way home to train the girls.

New Year’s Day I went to open ring time at a new agility school, Fusion.  It was a club sponsored event.  Vada got to play as well as Letty and Fringe.  And Mazi came in to play tug and eat cheese in a corner to get used to a new place.  They all did great and had a good time.  I went over by the high school to train the dogs too.  Actually found a strip of grass to train on so they dogs wouldn’t slip.  We got tons of rain on Christmas Day and then it froze so it’s ice everywhere.  Plus bitter cold.

Mazi had been pretty overwhelmed with OTR.  I’ve been carrying her in since shortly after she came home.  And bringing her over to the warm up area to just hang out and watch.  This week I brought her in before Letty’s class when it’s darker and quiet and there are less dogs.  And I brought in cheese.  She did great.  And she met a few adult dogs briefly.  Then on Wednesday after Letty’s jump grid class I brought her in again and she said hi to a bunch of people and played tug with her new BFF Border Collie, Vibe.  On Wednesday before class she got to meet Dr Heather too since Vada had an appointment.  Thursday we went to the vet for our weekly weigh in.  She was 12.2 pounds on January 5th.  Last week, December 29th, she was 10.8 pounds.  The week before that, December 23, she was 9.6 pounds.  And December 9th she was 6.6 pounds.

Friday was Mazi’s first time being crated at a trial.  I wasn’t sure how confident she would be about the place or how she would handle being crated with me being gone for periods of time to walk courses, run dogs, walk dogs, and work classes.  I dug out the Manners Minder and replaced batteries and got some kibble that would work in it.  She has done amazingly well.  Very quiet in her crate.  And a social butterfly with people and dogs.

Fringe picked up a Masters Standard Q yesterday.  #9 so one more and she’ll have finished her Standard Championship.  She’s jumping 22″ really well this weekend.  Just 3 runs on Friday, 2 today and one tomorrow.  Standards and Gamblers and Grand Prix.  Letty is running in Performance Versatility team and Gamblers.  She and Tari are ‘Fast and Furriest”.  We did Gamblers and Standard today and we are just above the line.  No Es yet so that is good!

So maybe this will be a new trend and I will get back to more consistently posting blogs this year.

2016 Review

So I guess I haven’t written a blog post in 10 months.  A lot has happened in the past 10 months.

I drove to WA to train with Shade, Christine and Maureen.  It was amazing!  It was so amazing that it was hard to get motivated to train after I got home.  It was so much more fun and motivating to train with other like minded people.  Training on my own or with others who train differently is so hard and draining.  I hadn’t even realized it.  It was a great trip and such a great little town that Shade lives in.  One night we got to together for a pot luck dinner at the house Christine and Maureen were renting.  And another night I drove to Asheley and Josh’s house for a few hours.

At the end of April, before I drove out to WA, I went to train with Chris’s club since they were hosting an IPO trial that I wanted to compete in.  I had worked Letty on a few different helpers over the winter so I thought we were OK from the ass kicking she got at the trial.  She did great in obedience.  But then in protection I just starting doing the trial routine as I wanted to see where we were at.  All was fine until the attack after the escape.  She was super growly and thrashy on the sleeve.  Chris had me put her harness on and put back pressure on it to work her through it.  Then we did the long bite.  She ran down the field and then started slowing down and calculating like she does but then she went slower and then stopped and then came back to me.  The worst thing I dog can do.  My heart sunk.  I did not cry though.  Chris handled it very well and it ended as a good experience for her though.  But I knew that we would not be trialing in a few weeks at their trial.  I did cry on the way home and I talked to Shade and it helped.  So many years of training down the tubes.

After 5 days of working with Shade I knew and better understood that Letty at the least needed a long break from IPO.  She wasn’t enjoying it.  And she has no targeting skills.  She was getting really reactive with people too.  I had her thyroid tested when I got home – just in case there was an easy fix.

Quest turned 14.  He crashed a few months ago and now he gets 200ml of fluids a day.  So we are pretty much doing the job of his kidneys.  But he’s hanging in there.  I will be super happy if he makes it to his 15th birthday.  I hope he out lasts this horrid winter and gets to go outside in the yard again and enjoy the grass and sunshine that he loves so much.

On Narc’s 13th birthday he earned his CS-ATCH!  He was not jumping the greatest so the Jumpers run was to be his retirement run either way as I did not want to risk him getting injured.  We managed to Q and it finished his Championship title.  Pretty amazing!

While I was gone to WA it seemed like Narc deteriorated quickly without doing his conditioning exercises.  Then he developed a wound on his hip.  It was a big long drawn out mess but it turns out it was an infection in his bone.  Antibiotics and going off of his daily pred got it to start healing.  However, going off pred caused him to lose strength in his rear and he was not able to walk.  He regained his ability to walk again once he was back on pred.  But then a short while later we discovered he had a tumor on his spleen.  We made his last days as great as we could.  He got to go on walks and go swimming and eat things.  We said good bye to him on August 20.  It was really weird without him around and with only the 3 girls.

2 days before we lost Narc we found out that Balis had come into season so if all went well there would be a new addition in a few months.

Vada had to do major rehab starting in March.  The signs started showing when I showed her in Utility and her heeling was off.  Then she came up lame a few days later doing cone work.  It was her sciatic nerve bothering her.  So lots of laser and acupuncture.  She’s currently doing quite well even with lots of slipping on the ice.

On the 4th of July Letty had her first dock diving session.  She did well!  We entered 2 competitions and she earned her Dock Senior (DS) title.  There is a new pool in Menomonie WI.  It’s a bit of a drive but not horrible.  It’s been fun learning a new sport.

Some new titles the dogs earned this year – I’m sure I missed some:
Vada – SPOT ON, CDX-C
Letty – UACH, PDCH
Fringe – C-ATCH

Mom and Tom got a new dog from a rescue group – Tilly renamed to Talah.  Des got a Rottweiler puppy named Ludo.

We made it to the drive in movies to see Life of Pets in July.  We brought Vada along.  In August we went to a Saints game with Karl’s work.  Unfortunately I had to be on call too.

In September Vada had an abscessed tooth and had to have a few infected molars removed.

In October I entered Letty in the MVSV IPO trial in obedience and tracking.  We had an abysmal showing.  We reported in for the temperament test and she was on.  But 10 minutes later when I took her out for our turn on the field she just drug me around and wanted to eat grass.  She was flat and she left me on the gun shots.  She wouldn’t sit or down in motion and she kept running to the go out spot looking for a toy.  The judge excused us.  I don’t know if she was sick or if she was reacting to my nerves or what.  It was not like us though and quite embarrassing.  Tracking the next morning was on knee high pure alfalfa.  It was really hard for her to follow the track exactly and she quartered.  She missed the first article but was following the track.  On the 3rd leg she figured it out and was spot on and got the last article.  Unfortunately we got only 60 points and failed.  In hindsight I should not have entered a trial with a surface that I could not practice on to prepare her for.  She did an awesome job solving the puzzle.  But I was very disappointed that we did not earn either title.  She’s passed tracking twice already in other trials and obedience once.  And the time she failed she was slightly injured and I hadn’t prepared her for all the exercises.  After that weekend I decided we would just focus on agility for awhile.

We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary in October.

Letty and I went to the AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando again this December.  Asheley stayed for a few days too and it was great spending time with her.  She got to watch Vada do rally and Letty do agility.  Another dog from her breeding program went reserve in conformation and did dock diving.  Super fun!

On the way home from Orlando I stopped at Christie’s and picked up our new puppy, Mazikeen.  Call name is Mazi.  Her registered name is Thunderhawk’s Child of Lilith.  Her birthday is October 29, 2016.  We adore her.

I ended up deciding that I’m going to do mondioring with Mazi.  I’ve started playing around a bit with Letty.  And Vada used to train in it.  There are more trials around and training resources so I figure I may as well give it a try.  It’s kind of exciting to try another new sport.

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New Year – 2016

It’s been awhile since I have posted.  I have not felt like writing.  I’ve have just been try to get through the winter.  Luckily it has been a mild winter and we seem to have an early spring.  And we just went through daylight savings so we have light longer in the evenings.  So now I just need to wrap up my evening classes and I can go back to training outside.

A nice March walk

A nice March walk

I don’t think much new has happened since December.

Happy bone chewing dogs

Happy bone chewing dogs

Fringe needs 3 Gamblers Qs and 1 tournament Q to finish her ADCH.  Letty needs 2 Gamblers Qs and 1 Pairs Q to finish her PDCH.  So close but so far since gamblers are so hard for me to get.  Vada finished her Veterans Jumpers title.  I’m on the verge of retiring her from USDAA.
Fringe has 7 QQs in AKC.  Letty still only has 1.  Luckily, Letty is still in the running for the AKC Invitational even though our Q rate is horrible.  Weaves have gotten a ton better though.  Vada earned her MPX so I retired her from AKC as 20″ is as low as she can go.
In CPE we keep plugging away at Letty’s C-ATE.  I moved Vada to Enthusiast.  She needs a few more Qs to finish her CT-ATCH and then I will move her to Specialist and 12″ as her arthritis is getting a lot worse.  She is on Previcox daily at the moment and feeling tons better.  I moved Narc to Specialist so he can jump 16″.  He is 1 or 2 Qs from finishing his CS-ATCH.  He needs 1 Jumpers or 2 Snooker to finish.  Never thought he’d get past Level 3.  So proud of him!  Fringe finally finished Level 4 Colors so we are now in all Level 5 and working towards her C-ATCH.

I started a Gentle Stretch Yoga class and I love it.  I needed something different and something for me.

I’m really enjoying Letty’s agility class at Animal Inn.  Nice open courses so we can go fast.  And it’s fun to run on the dirt.  The riding arena is heated now so you stay plenty warm.

Vada was having an issue with her rear legs trembling.  Mostly her right.  So Dr Julia wanted to see her.  She had to do dry needling on trigger points in her inner leg muscles.  Vada hates dry needling but it works really well.  We’ve seen Dr Heather monthly too.  The last week or two she has seems calmer and she sleeps on the floor at night and isn’t involved as much.  On walks last week she was lagging behind and not enjoying it.  So I cut the walks short.  Sunday I started giving her Previcox and by the time we got home from seeing a movie she was her old bright eyed self again.  I didn’t realize how bad she had gotten.  Poor girl.  We see Dr Jina in a few days to talk about removing the mammary lump that is growing.  Narc saw Dr Julia too and all is well.  He sees Dr Jina this week too for his routine check up.

Vada waiting for me to come home

Vada waiting for me to come home

Quest’s kidney issues are getting worse.  His values are going up and he’s losing weight.  I try to put food out for him whenever I think of it.  It’s harder since we can’t leave it out as the dogs will eat it.  Giving him fluids has been going better.
Reba’s coat seems to be getting better with Frontline on the 1st of each month.  We’ve been feeding her and Casper raw and canned food and Reba has put on a lot of weight.  Her rear end is very weak though.  It’s sad.

In January I trained with MVSV at a riding arena in Mankato.  We just did obedience but it was fun.  Vada got to work on her obedience too.

I February I did a CDSP obedience trial.  There was a trial Friday night so I went after doing team at the USDAA trial.  Letty’s run was horrible.  I was nervous about her maybe barking at the judge and the stand / walk around exercises.  So she wanted nothing to do with me and her heeling was attrocious.  I was certain we would go in the ring and she would give me great heeling like I know she is capable of.  It did not go that way at all.  She did well on the exercises once we were done heeling.  She was having a human butt sniffing day too.  Narc did well and I was proud of him.  He did not Q since he got up too early on the recall.  The rest was nice though.  Vada did well in Open and Qd.  And I found out later from the results posted online that Letty actually did Q on Friday.  I was never called back into the ring or told about it so it was a surprise.  We went back on Sunday for another trial.  Narc Qd on this one.  Letty had a better run since I had a bit more control over my nerves and attitude.  Still not what she is capable of but better.  We Qd.  Vada NQd though.  All was great but on the send out I said her name before “sit” and I never say her name.  Stupid handler mistake.  But she had fun.  So we will give it another go in April.  Maybe finish some titles in CDSP and WCRL.

Fringe's DAM team Q rosette

Fringe’s DAM team Q rosette

Letty's Q and 2nd place ribbons from Sunday - she also Qd and placed 1st on Friday

Letty’s Q and 2nd place ribbons from Sunday – she also Qd and placed 1st on Friday

Narc's Q ribbon, 1st place ribbon and High Scoring MMBC member rosette

Narc’s Q ribbon, 1st place ribbon and High Scoring MMBC member rosette

Vada's Q and 1st place ribbons

Vada’s Q and 1st place ribbons

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with dinner at Jimbo’s again.  Karl got me some beautiful tulips (that Bessie also loved) and chocolates and this beautiful necklace.

My handsome dinner date at Jimbo's

My handsome dinner date at Jimbo’s

Jimbo's decorations

Jimbo’s decorations

Bessie and the pretty tulips

Bessie and the pretty tulips

Beautiful necklace

Beautiful necklace

One weekend in February I trained with MVSV on Saturday at the U of M livestock arena.  We did obedience and 2 rounds of protection.  First, Dave worked Letty.  She did awesome.  Then their newer helper, Peter, worked her.  He geeked her out a bit.  I think he came on strong and his stick hits are harder.  So he backed off a bit and build her up again and she did great.  It was perfectly what she needed to see and work through.  Then on Sunday we went and trained with Warren.  So much IPO in 1 weekend!

Fringe turned 11 on March 1st.  So we all had cupcakes from Nadia’s Cakes.  Yum!

Happy 11th birthday, Fringe!

Happy 11th birthday, Fringe!

Nadia's Cakes people and dog cupcakes

Nadia’s Cakes people and dog cupcakes

Vada started a nosework class at OTR last week.  I felt bad since Letty has class 2 nights in a row and Vada’s Wednesday night class attendance wasn’t consistent with Dr Heather appointments and what not.  I was able to squeeze in the class on my way to Letty’s AI agility class.  We have worked on it at home so she knew birtch odor so I thought an advanced class wasn’t too much of a stretch.  Our first week was painful as she wasn’t sure what we were doing.  Plus, she might have not felt well.  Diane gave me lots of good information though.  Last night was our 2nd night and she did awesome and found all of the hides.  We just threw anise odor at her last week and she was finding it just as well as birch last night.  So smart!

We got together for Tobie’s birthday last week since he was in town.  It was fun and amazing that we were all able to make a night work.

On Saturday Vada and I made our AKC Utility debut.  It wasn’t too horrible.  The first run wasn’t very good since she was sniffing at the top of the ring on heeling and signals.  But she passed articles and the moving stand for exam.  They think that glove #2 is the easiest so we got that one.  I wasn’t sure which way to pivot so I turned to my left.  She went to glove #3.  I can’t blame her for that.  On the send out she wasn’t clear where to go out to.  The ring was a bit different than training and the run throughs at there are white barriers behind the fencing and the ring is even longer.  More to train for.  My camera person had issues so that run did not get recorded.  Our 2nd run went much better.  Signals were beautiful until the down.  She came in.  I dropped her verbally half way and then did the rest of the signals correctly (same as the first run).  Articles and moving stand for exam were good again.  And again we got glove #2!  So this time I pivoted to the right and she nailed it.  The send out was much more solid.  But when I cued “sit” she came in to me.  So lots of good stuff and lots to work on still.

Sunday we went to IPO training with Warren.  We started breaking down the back transport.  Still need a call out too.

I decided to drive out to WA in May to train with Shade.  2 students from FDSA are going to train with her for 5 days and invited me.  Sounds like a great opportunity.  LOTS of driving though.  I have most of the trip planned out.  Took forever to find a hotel out there.  Pet fees are outrageous and they don’t have any of my typical cheaper hotels.

And I’m on a wait list for a puppy.  Probably won’t be going home until November assuming all goes well with the breeding which I am well aware doesn’t always work out.  So we’ll work on Letty’s IPO training and trialing this summer.

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