Paging Dr. Phil… We Need a Weave Intervention!!!

Yeah, our weaves suck. Other than that, we did just fine. But we are about to graduate into Excellent Standard, and our weaves are barely 50-50 at best. We may be in Open JWW forever.

The JWW course was tough. Out of 30+ dogs, only 5 Q’ed, or so I overheard. It had a horrible 90-degree weave entry and I knew it was curtains before we even began. Our Standard course was much more sane, as always, but even with a completely straight shot at the weaves, we still missed them at first try. Ugh. I still think we may have got a Q out of it, which means we have titled out of Open Standard. Yikes.

* edited to add — no Standard Q. Our run past the table and entry from the back may have been what did us in? I don’t know.

The trial site is nice, out a bit in BFE, but on a huge grassy park with minimal distraction (once you get over listening to the announcer for the model race car track!). We are currently holed up in our hotel room, which is quite nice for the $70 internet special I got (and infinitely nicer, and cheaper, than that shit hole hotel I ended up in on my failed dog show mission). The Vagabond Inn is where my family always stayed on our ski trips when I was a kid, so I was partial if only on a purely sentimental basis. Its dog-friendly, clean, lots of grass for potty breaks, and has a fridge! And I Yelped it up, as usual, and found a yummy little pho place for dinner. I got a forward recently about a new agility hotels list, I’ll be sure to put this joint up there.

So, an early night, I’ll be drinking wine and watching Mad Men on the laptop, Forest is already crashed out under the blanket I brought from home. He’s a pretty good traveler as long as I let him sleep on the bed!

I will dream of perfect weaves…

Video from DASH trial, Odds and Ends

Nothing much exciting to report from the weekend, so I’ll finally post our not-so-pretty Open Standard Q from a few weeks ago. The best part is Pete’s under-his-breath commentary, especially the muttering “What’s his deal?” as Forest runs off to glare at the photographer about three-quarters the way through.

Quiet time for a few more weeks until we get back into the swing of things in mid-September. Class will start up again on the weekly program and I signed us up for a Jennifer Crank seminar as well. That weekend also had a trial I planned on going to—debating whether or not we could handle a full day seminar and a full next day of trialing. I guess it wouldn’t be any different than a weekend of trialing? I dunno… have a few more days to marinate on that one.

Also closely watching the California SB 250 Mandatory Spay and Neuter bill that is up for vote for the fourth time this week. Was for it before I really looked into it, now am thinking its not such a good idea. So much so that I actually sent 15 faxes this morning to all the Democratic assemblymembers who voted against it, asking them to abstain and not change their votes as they are the ones who will be pushed to switch sides. We shall see what happens. Will write more opinion on that fiasco as we see how it all falls out.

Until then…