Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Saturday in the Park

I think it was the fourth of July.

And I've been waiting such a long time
For today

Saturday we headed to Karen's for our weekly sheltie get-together. Since it was a holiday weekend, Robyn was there wither her sheltie as well. Karen set up a Master's level course from one of the April shows. I haven't had much luck with Kimi there because of the traffic noise, so I decided to do the course on leash. He did great. We tried it again on leash. Same success. So I decided to take the leash off for the third run. He was amazing! I still need someone to hold the chute open and I still need to lure him through the weaves, but he did everything else fantastic! Including a flip back to the tunnel from the dog walk.

The rest of the morning we all played together. Kimi hid for a long time until Karen let her GSD Woody out to play. Kimi came out of hiding and we managed to get this group picture.

Left to right: Kimi, Rudy, Sophie, Dory, Woody, Siri, Chaos

Kimi's confidence grows daily. He is doing well in class. Once he figures something out, it's on to the next thing. I feel like a giant weight has been lifted from me and I am filled with nothing but joy.

Friday, June 28, 2013

One Second

This past weekend, we made the trek to Wichita Falls, TX for the first time. We drove and drove and drove up a country road for hours. We passed though several small towns that didn't even have a place to stop and pee. I was never so happy to get to a destination in all my life.

I set up my stuff and drove to the motel, which was another shocker. I still have difficulty with spending my weekends in crappy motels and dirty livestock arenas, but I got over myself by the second day. I kept picturing the 4 star Vegas hotel we stayed in last month and that didn't help at all.

On Friday, Maggie Q'd in both runs. She was doing so well. We barely made time in jumpers though. On Saturday, Maggie flew through the standard run. I've never seen her so fast in off-side weaves EVER. We managed to get 15 seconds under time. She Q'd in jumpers as well but it was a squeaker. On Sunday, she Q'd again in standard and I was getting shakey. Got a photo-shoot before jumpers and I think that may have spooked her. We missed our last Q by one second. ONE SECOND!

Still 5 out of 6 is pretty good for Miss Maggie. I tried my new trick of giving her some wheat treats prior to her run to get the sugar rush going. I also teased her with her favorite treat - string cheese. She didn't sniff in the ring once.

The other part of our weekend was socializing Kimi, which went just OK. He is still deathly afraid of traffic, although it is getting better, and these flea-bag motels always seem to be right by the expressway. With Maggie pulling me one way to sniff garbage and Kimi fleeing the other way from the traffic, I about lost my mind. I resorted to walking them separately, which worked much better.

By Sunday, Kimi was much bolder and we all managed to take a walk outside the arena. Saturday evening, I took Kimi over the practice jump after everyone was gone and he was great. Very excited to begin competing with him this fall.

Maggie's Photo Shoot
Two Double Q's

Wish Miss Maggie enjoyed getting her picture taken. I've never been able to get her in the same frame as her ribbons. I'm trying not to be greedy, but I wonder if I had skipped the photo shoot if we would have Q'd. Oh well. The picture is beautiful and we had a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Emerging from the Fog

It's been a while since I wrote about my dogs. Quite the roller-coaster these past months. I hadn't written about my puppy because it was very painful for some time. Kimi is just a love but his fears had me worried. They seemed unfixable.

This week my trainer commented twice on how happy Kimi is. He no longer cowers under my chair.  We do all the exercises like everyone else in class. He's still a little unsure of our sit-stays while I dance in front of him, but I would be too.

We also left a very unsuccessful agility class to begin again at a new place and Kimi is blossoming. He does everything so far except the teeter. While others were working on wobble boards, I was just trying to get Kimi to touch a board, any board, so we are a little behind. He shows courage on the teeter so I'm sure he'll figure it out eventually.

Today on our daily walk, Kimi calmly walked by a  moving school bus, which is huge. Counter-conditioning really works.

Kimi spends his days under my desk sleeping or playing with Maggie, his best bud. We head out after dinner to play agility. Our future together is looking very bright and I vow to write more.

Kimi Keeping Me Company
Kimi Does the Tunnel
Kimi Jumping