Wednesday, September 10, 2008

updates and thoughts...

I made a tough decision today - I'm going to scratch Teller from the junior hunt test at the national specialty. He's not ready yet - bumpers yes, birds no. I ran out of time and I don't want him to have a bad experience and its just stupid to bring him out in field stuff right now...That still leaves agility, obedience, rally, breed and the CCA for him - which is enough for both of us. That means the end of our quest for the triathalon award - but there's a lot more time to show his versatility - he can do it, but he needs more time and I need a better idea of what I need to be doing.

His agility and obedience work is going like gangbusters, he's SUCH a little worker and I'm starting to realize just how different my boys are! Murphy has always struggled to focus, especially new places - Teller and I have gone to 4 different outdoor locations this week to work obedience - and every time he comes out of the car he's ready to work - nice focus and his usual full-on attitude. The more people who are watching him the better he is. On the agility course he's still green - but so so so fast, tuned in and really enjoying himself out there - in obedience too. I am having so much fun training both dogs these days, it doesn't matter what happens at nats.

Murphy isn't working a lot right now, he's having some time off and just playing agility - that's all he's entered for Nats - granted he's doing novice FAST (we don't have trails with FAST around here), Open Standard and Excellent Jumpers both days (as is Teller) so he'll get plenty of work in RI.

Both boys are adapting to my cast and handling - probably more than I have honestly...Working agility on my left is really hard for both of them right now - so I have to be more clear but it's OK and its TEMPORARY!!!!!

I'm still feeling bummed about my wrist - its frustrating in a cast - I just can't do some of the things I've always done - one of the most frustrating things is the boy's toenails - I have to beg people to dremel for me. I was getting ready for bed the other night and instinctively tried to take my cast off (nice try right?). It doesn't hurt anymore and I can type two handed again - and have quite a bit of movement in my wrist in the cast - enough to flex my wrist to type - so that's helpful. I need to bust out my monthly reports tomorrow at work. It's nice to be able to use the hand again - this weekend I'm going to vacuum!

This Sunday is Shelburne Museum Goes to the dogs - Murphy and Teller are both going, it should be a fun day - Teller will get to do obedience demos and Murphy will work the crowd as a therapy dog and my assistant for CGC testing. I'll try to get some videos and pictures if I can get someone to operate the camera...

No comments: