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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Cisco's AXJ!

Last weekend was Blue Ridge Dog Training Club's spring trial. Friday I took off of work to play. It was the worst day of our weekend. I made lots of mistakes and didn't do a good job of telling Cisco what to do.

We seemed to get that all out of our system because by Saturday things were falling into place. We started the day with a great Open Standard run where we got third place after getting a refusal called (it was a bad front cross, but I don't think it should have been a refusal). Saturday afternoon, we had a perfect Jumpers run. It was our third Excellent A Jumpers leg which got us our AXJ -- our first excellent title! Berkley came with us on Saturday and Sunday (it's been about 6 months since he's done any agility). Saturday he forgot he actually had to get on the contact obstacles and ran right past the dog walk and a-frame with me.

Sunday Cisco turned in two great runs. Neither was qualifying, but they were still good runs (we had a missed a-frame contact in open standard and one refusal in our first Excellent B jumpers run). Berkley did better on Sunday. We did knock a bar and run across the broad jump, but we did our contact obstacles and our weave poles.

I'm still on an agility high from last weekend and wish we had signed up for something before mid-April.

Kelly • 08:18 PM • (1) Comments
Monday, August 20, 2007
Cisco's Latest Stash

This past weekend was TAG's August trial at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling. It was a long weekend that started Friday night with set-up. We couldn't get into one of the rings until 10:45 for set-up which meant we didn't get done until 11:30 or so. I got home shortly after midnight and crashed.

Saturday was an early morning with the alarm going off about 5:30. Cisco and I headed out early that morning and didn't get back until close to midnight again. TAG had around 1100 runs on Saturday between the two rings with the last dog running around 9pm. Cisco was supposed to run in 5 classes, but I pulled him from his last run. He didn't qualify in any of his runs, but I can't complain. He was clean in steeplechase, but over time. I still need to figure out what makes him pokey at times. Cisco did get a massage towards the end of the day. Kim didn't find any soreness or tenderness and she said he has killer hamstrings.

We were back at it 6am Sunday. Sunday's standard run started out slow with Cisco barely getting on the dog walk and blowing off the teeter. After that things picked up. We qualified in advanced gamblers our first time out. And completed our last leg towards on starters jumpers title with probably our faster run of the weekend. I also had my first taste of running a border collie in agility when I got to run a very sweet girl Jossie. Turns out my run with Jossie got her a very pretty green ribbon (her Agility Dog title). Yay! Jossie! We finished clean up about 8pm Sunday night. It was a long, but rewarding weekend. But I'm so glad I don't have to work another trial until May.

This was the first show we used MAD agility equipment for. Major props to Jen and Mark for their hardwork and help this weekend. They were a pleasure to work with.

Kelly • 11:26 PM • (0) Comments
Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday was spent at the rockin' BarCamp DC. Kudos to all the organizers, sponsors, presenters, and attendees -- it would not have been the same without you. I'll do another post with a full write up hopefully sometime this week.

Sunday was spent at the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club's golden only trial. (I backed out of Saturday after much debate when I found out the date for BarCamp DC had moved.) Cisco had a beautiful first part of his standard run and then had issues with the weaves (it always seems to be one thing or another with our standard runs). He made up for it in his second run of the day getting his 2nd Excellent A Jumpers with Weaves run!

2nd Exc A JWW Leg!
Kelly • 07:29 PM • (0) Comments
Sunday, November 12, 2006
I made it!

We're running out of room to put the ribbons the dogs have won. Before we start boxing them up (which will happen eventually), I thought a french memo board would work well for them. Plus there would be room to add other stuff like photos and stuff.

We put this in our mud room to hold the ribbons and pictures and stuff. Guess what? I made it! Chris picked out the fabric and I put it all together.

Now if only we'd hang the rest of our pictures...

Kelly • 07:45 PM • (2) Comments
Sunday, August 20, 2006

And hopefully fewer today.Yesterday was the longest time we've ever been at an agility trial. We probably have been away from home for 13 or more hours, but being at the actual trial this is a first. It was a LONG day. Good thing the trial site is 15-20 minutes away.

So I'm sitting here watching the news thinking I have plenty of time before I need to be there (actually I'm planning on leaving at 6:30 and I still need to pack (hopefully I'll forget less than I did yesterday), have breakfast, and take the dogs out).

Cisco did okay yesterday. He missed getting Qs in a couple of runs because he was slow. I think we had the world's slowest dog walk in an otherwise great run. And the rest of the day, we were practicing the worlds slowest weave with a stop half way through the weaves to stop and visit a worker.

In our Gambler's run I had to the most control of him I've had in that class and accumulated enough points to qualify (first time that's happened, but we missed the closing sequence). It's my fault I told him tunnel and that's what he did, I just didn't specify or support which end of the tunnel he was supposed to take.

Gotta run! Hopefully today will be shorter!

Kelly • 07:12 AM • (1) Comments