Friday, May 25, 2007

Ominous start to the weekend...

We're in Granby this weekend for a trial - we almost didn't come for so many reasons...My trial buddy's dog is in season so we're here alone - poo - My birthday is tomorrow, so woe is me it'll just be me and the boyz this weekend and there's only so much take-out a girl can take after all.

My parents' dog Monica went downhill fast the past two days - playing normally on Wednesday, in the critical care on Thursday and to the rainbow bridge today. She rallied a bit last night but apparently the big C got her in the end. A tumor in the heart and she just went downhill so quickly. I guess that's the way to live - live every moment to the fullest and go quickly when the time comes.

Even before Monica's illness I was on the fence about trialing alone - it's just not why I do this...well the trial gods haven't been kind so far. It was blistering hot today driving down and as I lugged my tent out to the agility field I was melting. My tent thats supposed to go up easily with one person broke - that's a $250 tent - broken. I used it once. I plan to call the company on Tuesday - I was so pissed I just left it in a heap - hopefully no one will walk off with it. Oh well. At least there's a pavillion building and I found some room for two crates - so at least the boys will have shade tomorrow - we'll see if there's hope for the tent.

So happy birthday to me - Murph are you listening? I'd like a standard leg please :-)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Teller's day at the B Match....

Indulge me if you will...I took Teller to his first 'B' match today (we met Kara and Jean there) - he was entered in the puppy class 4-6 months old. Teller not only won his puppy class, but took best of breed as well! He went on to a sporting group 2nd after a really nice wiem bit*h.

I couldn't be more proud of this little guy! He was such a trooper going back into that ring three times, letting the judge look at his bloody mouth (he's teething badly this week) free-stacking and trotting around that ring like he owned the place. BTW, lest anyone think I've done this before the judge had to tell me to trot him at her on the triangle - and the fact that Teller did ANYTHING is a testiment to his ability to stack himself, his natural showmanship and the fact that I hadn't trimmed him (poor Murphy).

These pictures were from the last class - when he was pretty "done" and sick of stacking. Everything went so FAST! I wish there had been more time between the breed and groups. At one point the judge looked at him and said "wow" - I looked at Kara - "is that a good wow or a bad wow?" Obedience judges NEVER say wow.

He was more than a little tired after a long day and sacked out the entire way home...Here is Teller posing with his very first ribbons and he's quite pleased that he too now has a rosette on his kennel in the car - just like Uncle Murphy. He was soooo sick of doing the show dog thing but he did it once more for Kara - as if he knew that he could be done afterwards :-)

My mom came down for the show - her first ever. She had a good time I think and drove me home (I slept almost the whole way too). I think she might be talked into coming to another show some time in the future - no overnights though! We got to see Diva and Casa (I haven't seen Casa since he was 6 weeks old) - it's amazing to see all the widdle puppies so grown up now! They don't stay babies for long - love and cherish every minute of puppyhood, it goes too fast.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Learning to settle...

Into each puppy some settle must come. Teller is now 18 weeks old - gosh, where does the time go? Teller has been an active puppy - he has a strong sense of what he thinks is and isn't fair - what is not fair is worthy of a puppy protest. This is nails, this is confinement and this goes ditto for over-tired puppy who can't settle on his own. We've upped the nothing in life is free, Teller has spent a great deal of time tethered to my hip. I'm relieved to say that for the first time in his young life we came home after training, played in the backyard and both boys settled nicely, over the top tired play bities, no uncoordinated puppy wrestling, no woobie gutting - just tired, controlled and settled puppy on the floor.

I love it!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

TMAC 2007

Whew! Coming off a high this weekend. What a great time. A fun weekend, with fun people, mixed drinks at the hotel, puppy playgroup under the tent and a lot of super runs all around. It's one thing to have your own nice runs - it's another thing entirely when everyone else is laying down super runs and racking up the Q's.

Murphy double Q'd on Saturday. He got a little distracted in his standard run, but he came back and finished the course - we had time faults but I was pleased.

BTW: Credit for all the action pics go to Ruth W....

The jumpers run on Saturday was fast - nice flowing course and Murphy got through it easily. We need to work on diving into the poles, but I was pleased with the run - 10 seconds under time too - I'll take it.

Sunday was a different day and our runs weren't as stellar as the day before. In Murphy's standard run he found a smell and rolled half way around the course - he's having fun and he's not stressing so I'll let it be.

The jumpers run on Sunday was tough - tough course - and a little above our heads. We had problems where I thought I wouldn't - and sailed through the parts I had worried about - pretty typical huh?

This weekend is a match - Teller will be entered in breed and Murphy in Open mom is coming along - this will be interesting!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Onward and Forward.

Coming down off the high of the BOTC weekend - and coming off a touch of the spring bug that's going on I feel like I've made some progress in my realm of sanity. I think sleep certainly helps. I coasted into the BOTC agility trial on fumes and it really took a couple of weeks to recover properly. Just in time to start all over again probably - but thems the breaks.

I got all of my paperwork in for BOTC's fall obedience trial and the event committee is coming together. I also dotted my i's and crossed my t's for the GMGRC agility trial in July, the premium will be coming out soon. Progress!!

I picked up my new ride last week, I miss my saab and I miss my manual transmission - but I do love the space in the outlook, Murphy is getting used to riding in a kennel and I'll have plenty of space to haul my crap! The new rig will get it's first road trip this weekend - we're going to take on a passenger! Imagine that! Three goldens and a gaggle of junk :-)

Hoping for another weekend of nice runs - we're not in it for Q's, but lets be smooth and get around the course. It'll be nice to see Linda and the girls again too - can't wait to see Siena dust another jumpers course.

Teller is Teller. He has moments of brillance and then moments where he's just hell on wheels. He has a definite sense of what he thinks is right and wrong and he's very vocal when he thinks his rights have been trampled on, we defineatly have our share of puppy tantrums these days, I'm trying not to let them get to me, but the extinction behaviors are certainly trying...May the force be with me.