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We had fun at USDAA this weekend. Its been too long since we’ve gotten to Gamble and Steeple and play and pee off leash without fear of anyone yowling about it. Lots of Border Collies. Lots and lots. And due to an international handler seminar that happened nearby this week, lots of high-falutin’ types appeared out of the wood work. Got to watch some very nice agility this weekend. Though I have to admit, while it was for sure aspirational, it didnt seem so terribly out of reach. Kind of a cool feeling.

Forest got to run and he did really great overall. He had a smokin’ fast and clean Steeplechase run, and was only beat by an AKC World Team Alternate dog. Difference was maybe 3 seconds? Not too shabby. I am quite upset I dont have video of that run because I was really, really proud of how fast he was. His finals run this AM was clean, but I was in his way too much, and we finished a respectable third place. $9.85 check too! His other runs were good, but little bobbles (mostly DW contacts) kept him out of Q’ing in PIII Std. He does seem quite happy at 12″, and I plan to keep him there.

Forest’s only tragedy of the weekend was in pairs. Still, in advanced pairs. Our only last measly Q needed to get entirely out of Advanced. The cards were stacked in our favor with the easiest pairs course I’d ever seen. I was feeling good. And then our partner started things off, went clean, and then at the handoff realized she didnt have the baton. Aaaarghhh. My fault as well for not noticing, but… Ugh. The pairs curse continues.

Phin also did great. He Q’ed in every single one of his Starters classes–2 STD Qs, Gamblers, Pairs and Snooker. Didnt do Jumpers as we had that Q from his trial way back in June (we had an existing Snooker Q too, but hell, I like the torture of Snooker for some reason). He also made his Tournament debuts, both GP and Steeplechase. Our GP run was far from clean but something about it felt really, really good. It was an awesome feeling and it was only a few tweaks away from being perfect. Steeplechase wasn’t horrible, but didnt have that same feeling. I think that’s what I am going to be chasing from here on out. Cause if I can get that and clean runs, then man, look out.

Grand Prix (watch it on mute if you don’t want to hear agility lady peanut gallery chat during my run).

Brilliance and Mayhem…

…sums up our weekend. Saturday he was just plain phenomenal–had one bar in Jumpers and other than that didnt really put a foot wrong. Yesterday I was over-caffeinated and not connecting. He had a grand old time anyways, but I was not up to par. Lots of yee-hawing by him and calling off by me, which I HATE when I do… icky ick ick. However, even yesterday in reflection—all his contacts were perfect, no bars, perfect fast weaves (other than one blow by at the end of our messy STD run which was me “proofing” at that point)…

Yesterday’s mess was my fault. I do seem to do better when I am at trials by myself without too many people I know. I get so easily distracted and my mind doesn’t refocus well. I need to get some “mental management” guidance, I think I know where to look.

Regardless of my poor showing yesterday, I am SO proud of this dog. He got his Open Standard title, cleanly, on Saturday with a very pretty run. He’ll be 2 a month from today. Wow. So blessed to have this dog!

Our pretty runs from Saturday;

USDAA at the dam next weekend. Forest gets to come out and play too, he’s going to be excited!

We’re Still Alive, and Well

I didnt mean for it to be so long. We’ve had a LOT on our plate lately with a LOT more to come.

General gist of it;
– Diego survived his surgery well. His tumor was cancerous but they completely removed it and are “cautiously optomistic.” Finally got him into the holistic vet and are going to try to prevent anything from returning via diet and supplements. My household thinks I am crazy, the amount of powders and pills and special meals I am preparing, but I dont care. I actually like the process of it all and Diego looks pretty great. I think he’s going to be just fine.

– Phin and I are continuing to work hard. I really was down for a while, and really questioning myself. We went to the Daisy Peel seminar and I was prepared to be berated. Instead, we had a wonderful time and learned lots and I never felt bad about really anything. She thought he was the bees knees and in keeping with last year, I walked away with a LOT of knowledge and understanding. Plus became even better friends with another few agility people, added bonus. We are also currently in Rear Cross rehab mode, not so much because of the Daisy seminar but because unless all I am running is international style courses (which are our favorite btw), we will have to be able to properly execute RCs. AKC courses dont always lend to me getting where I need to be. Fortunately our Wednesday night class is entirely composed of Excellent AKC style courses, which is good as it forced me to address this issue. We have an AKC trial next weekend and USDAA the one after that (finally!!).

– Forest is on cruise mode. He trains a bit here and there, he is maybe trialing once a month, probably more like every 6 weeks. He was so good again at the DASH trial a few weeks back. After our long and agonizing 21 months of no Ex Standard Q’s, he went back-to-back Saturday and Sunday, nailing both his Standard runs. “Blammo, no problems, got it done mom. Did you see my contacts?” The little shit monkey! So he’ll be running at USDAA, now at 12″ in Performance. He just needs one PII Pairs Q and we’ll be in all Masters. So he’s just doing that, Jumpers, PSJ and Standard I think. He only has to do the minimums and what he actually likes.

Thats it in the overview, other than my massive project I am working on behind the scenes. Wont be able to really talk about it until next year but it will be happening. Scary. Also was hoping to have some Daisy Peel seminar highlights but iMovie is SLOW and I dont have the patience for it now. I do have some AKC trial footage though, here’s some highlight runs from the kids.

Forest Excellent Standard – such a good little monkey!

He decides to throw in an extra jump for good measure, but I still liked this JWW run;

Phin’s supersonic Novice JWW runs, we Q’ed out, now all in Open. Yay.