Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mayflower Corgi and The Vermont Scenic Cluster

Wow, I'm already two trials behind in the blogging (and the website). Where shall we start...Over the 4th of July weekend we went down to the Mayflower Corgi Agility trial in Amherst, NH - great venue - has a similar feel to waggles - similar footing and similar construction - a bit brighter and newer and expensive :-)

Saturday started with jumpers (Open JWW). The open course was the excellent course with the substitution of a tunnel for a jump - it was actually tunnel to tunnel to tunnel to weaves - WHEEEEE! Teller had a great run and pulled off a clean run, good enough for a 1st and Q and his second OAJ leg. Standard was a train wreck - and I know that's all relative when considering the dog. Teller was really sticky at one point and I'm not sure if that was something I did or if it was just all of the heelwork I'd been doing with him. No matter - two refusals on a single jump, a mis-communication after the table and a botched weave entry was more than enough to NQ that run - BUT the good news is that Open STD course was pretty much the Excellent STD course with a different tunnel entrance and the "hard" parts we got! That's always a good thing isn't it?

Sunday started with Open STD - again a nice run - he hit all of the tricky parts from the excellent course (again basically the same course) and popped out of the weaves after getting the entry then popped out again at pole 10 the second attempt (refusal). Everything else was good and I was pleased - particularly a tunnel/dogwalk discrimination that got a lot of WAY more experienced dogs and handlers. Sunday afternoon was Open JWW and Teller NAILED the course - another clean run, another 1st and Q and Teller's OAJ title!

Last weekend was Open Obedience at the scenic cluster - right around the corner from our house. Teller pulled off a second and Q for his first CDX leg on Friday and then blew his heeling on both Saturday (visiting the judge) and Sunday (visiting the figure 8 post) - the little bugger came back and did everything else beautifully and competently. I need to get him over threshold in training - get him so amp'ed and excited and work through the excitement. I just can't fault him for having fun though!!!

Next weekend is another home show - Green Mountain Golden Retriever Club's agility trial. Teller is now Excellent A JWW and we'll hunt for an Open Standard while we're there. Murph is also entered now back in Novice preferred jumping 20 inches. This is really a test for him - does he like playing a less complicated (and easier) game or would he rather let the suck-up do all of the real work while he hangs out with adoring fans and free cookies?

Friday, July 03, 2009


Sometimes its a nice thing to go back and stroll through one's memories - sometimes those memories are thrust upon you without warning and without provocation. Today was one of those days. On my way to a show I stopped by my old "hometown" - and by hometown - the place where I was born and we moved away from when I was 7. I visit a few times a year to see extended family, in all honesty it's a mere 90 minutes away whilst nearly obeying the speed limit - but it's still such a childhood flash. People have changed but the places haven't. This route through these places was a 60 mile detour on the way to my ultimate destination, but when I rolled into town without calling and announcing my arrival I found that the family I intended to visit were not home. I did drop off a baby gift and then with the help of Gretta Garmin I headed back to my original route.

The route took me through places I haven't been to in years - but were so strangely familiar...the shopping center in the next town where I was occasionally taken to see a movie - with my imaginary friends Potato Chip, Tick-Tock and Doc (don't ask I don't know), the A&W drive-in that still has waitstaff on rollerskates (OK rollerblades), Lake Sunapee and the old creemee stand (that is no longer a creemee stand) - they used to have the most wonderful soft serve with "jimmies" (chocolate sprinkles). Were they really all that tasty? Or in any way different than the jimmies anywhere else in the universe? I can't answer that - time has eroded the taste but has left the memory.

Life was so much simpler as a child - it was an easy and carefree time. There was no need to worry about putting gas in the fuel tank, paying the mortgage, the unemployment rate or putting kibble in the dog bowls. The rest of the world was everyone else's problem. The innocence of youth is, I think, spoiled on the young. I'd give anything for one more swim at Lake Sunapee - with the long dock into the warm shallow waters with the sandy bottom. Sure, I could have parked the car and jumped in this afternoon with the reckless abandon of youth - but it wouldn't be the same. I'm not the same - and I can't ever go back.

Its not that I spend a lot of time dwelling in the past or wishing for do-overs. I'm not that kind of person, but sometimes nostalgia gets the best of me.

Pretty deep for this blog - I suppose that is part of the aging process too - crying at the Dateline lead story and remembering 25 year old ice cream...Sappy huh?

So maybe some other stuff for today's post...I took a couple of Fourth of July portraits of the dogs...