We’ve been busy. Well I’ve been busy and the dogs have been intermittently busy. We are in the final throes of ramping up for the business, things seem to be going as well as they can and life as I know it is about to end. Which is why I am cramming in as much agility as I can, while I still can.
Forest and I had a few one day trial jaunts in September. Nothing too exciting happened, we were a bit out of sorts, but he was still a trooper. Weekend-before-last however we got back into things full swing at our old haunt of Tewinkle Park in OC. He was barely short of a perfect weekend, and I was beyond thrilled with his enthusiasm and speed! He also finished his MXP, and, we only have one leg left for his MXJP–not so shabby for just moving into Preferred this year and not trialing a whole lot!! We have something silly like 1 Q and 80 points left for Nationals. Even if we dont “make” it, I am SO proud of him. I can’t believe he is enjoying it as much as he does, we’ve come a long way.
The flashier “little brother” really knocked everyone’s socks off, including mine. After his usual routine of getting his crazies out for the first class or two, Phin finished his AXJ on Saturday, then went on to win T2B on Sunday, got his first AX leg, and got 2nd place out of 46 20″ dogs in his Masters JWW debut. Wow. Our JWW run was one of my favorite competition runs yet–he was fast, but the reason I believe we did so well was I chose a different handling path that required less collection. Most everyone else chose a wrap while we went for the extension option around the other side that also required a side change… Nailed it! So much fun. He isnt as fast as the very fastest BCs, but, if we can consistently execute “creative” handling solutions that others may not see, well then look out. 🙂
We were also lucky enough to have more time with Daisy the few days immediately after the trial. This time we talked about planning strategies and the dog’s weight shift and better paths for front crosses among many other good things. She and my friends the Hills are the reason we have been able to get better and better at what feels like a fairly exponential rate over the last 6 months, to me at least. I am very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to connect with all of them. However, I also have a pretty dedicated tenacity once I know what I want. And I want the best teachers I can find, and I will do what I need to do to make it happen. And then here we are.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca quotes (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
Speaking of, I have yet another little something I have recently begun planning for as well. Another “opportunity” that I had to work at a bit to arrange. We’ll see if it comes to fruition… If so, not til at least this time next year. But, I will be waiting patiently and thanking my lucky stars in the meantime. And hugging my two current superstars lots too. 🙂