Monday, May 23, 2016

There is a Jeep in my Driveway.... And it isn't Mine.

Hooray for long weekends!!

I so needed today off work – a “rest” well earned.

My mom and my sister came by to use my garden hose. Seems my sister had a little too much fun off roading in her Jeep. She got herself stuck, and in the process got her Jeep covered in mud – inside and out. She went to a car wash and paid an astronomical amount of money to get the outside clean…only to exit the car wash with a still dirty car.

Thus, the need for my garden hose. It took them about an hour of scrubbing, but the dirt eventually came off.

Today is also Indie’s 6th birthday! I bought him a little treat to have; Vixen too. He seemed to enjoy it.

Happy birthday buddy!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beast Mode Activated

Not much going on today. Some packing, with a little side of dog training.

I took Vixen to her puppy agility class….wait, I think it is now a foundations class as these dogs are no longer really puppies.

We worked on some Handling 360 tunnel sequences; alternating between driving out straight and turning tightly out of the tunnel. Fast and straight is not a problem for Vixen, but turning sure is. We’ve been working on getting those tighter turns, and there has been some improvement – even if it is just a little, progress is progress.

In case I haven’t said it before, she is going to be a beast on course!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

On the Limp Again

Off to see Carrie at Kemptville Canine again. He is really quite sore in the front end – he really did a number on himself on Tuesday.

She said he has “agility pit”, or more accurately an injury to his teres major muscle. She said, he will get better, and from the articles and vet journals I have read, 90% of dogs can return fully from this injury, and return to competition.

So, obviously Regionals is out, and as far as I am concerned so is pre-qual’s at Nationals. I want my dog better, so we can compete for a long time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Three Legs

Indie is limping – badly. We literally just got the all clear to get back to training and this happens.

All we were doing was come flatwork handing on some cones. He was thrilled with himself, but clearly during the process hurt himself.

Sigh. My poor little dog.

Monday, May 2, 2016

10 Month Hiatus

I think I need a break from agility….actually, I need a break from everything.

I took Indie his third agility trial of 2016. Each time I felt the same thing – complete and utter disinterest in being there. Twice I left early….I wasn’t having fun. That in itself isn’t fair to my dogs or my husband.

It isn’t that it was the opposite of fun…it wasn’t streeful by any means. It was just complete and utter lack of any interest.

I still love to train my dogs – we still go to class each week (or we try to anyways) – I just have no interest in competition. Actually, I almost feel resentment to having to be there – which of course I don’t have to be there it is always of my own choosing.

I don’t know why I feel this way. I know Travis not being here is part of it – I still cry nearly everyday. It isn’t the same without him. Also, Indie…I feel like something isn’t right with him – and that in itself could be paranoia from loosing Travis so suddenly.

And then there is me. I hate the way I have let my health decline the way it has. Food has once again become my comfort “go to”…I desperately need to loose weight.

Agility will always be here…it isn’t going anywhere. If I step out of the picture for a few months (almost a year) I won’t “miss anything”. Besides, I can volunteer. I can stay connected by being connected.

I’ll still go to Regionals (already paid an ass load to be there), and possibly….POSSIBLY….Nationals, but otherwise I think I need to bow out for a while.

Maybe I can “hybernate” and emerge next March a new person. I’d like to be a new person.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Call me Farmer John

The house is ours!!

What an ordeal! I’m NEVER buying a resale home again.  

I’m dreaming already about all the things this property can become. That is the great thing about it….it can become whatever we want it to be.

I have a few wild dreams, and a few more realistic ones.

One thing for sure, is we want to want to grow our own food. I have already rented chickens….yes, RENTED chickens. We aren’t sure we will want to invest in chickens, only to find out we hate having them. Renting gives us the opportunity to say “thanks you, but no thank you” and send the feathered beast’s home in October. If we like the experience, we will start own flock next spring.

We also want a small “orchard”. There are lots of fruit and nuts that can grow in Ontario, so we may as well have a few. We want more of a variety, that quantity of one.

I think a garden is a given. We can have a huge one, and plant anything we like. This house also has a cold storage, so that will be a great bonus.

With a garden, and orchard, comes pollination. Who better to pollinate than bees! I’m just in the research phase, but it seems like bees will be trickier than chickens. That may have to be put off for a year or two.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cart Before the Horse

So the house isn’t ours yet, but I continue to be optimistic that it will be. When I’m happy I want to shop. Actually, when I am sad I want to shop too….

Eric and I real simply folks. We don’t like clutter, we don’t like knicknacks, we don’t like “stuff”. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have those things, but they are minimal. Living in a townhouse we don’t have much space for “extras”. Recently we even ditched the kitchen table in favour of converting it to a “doggy den” and grooming area.

The new house has a plethora of space. Consequently I feel compelled to “fill it”. Since I don’t have stuff with which to “fill it” I must go shopping. I don’t buy expensive furniture – having animals means it will just get ruined anyway. I feel much less resentment seeing scratches on my $800 basement sofa than my $5000 living room set (never, never again). So an Ikea shopping trip was in order.

We bought a huge new dining table and a truck load of chairs to accompany it. Also, finally got a bed frame four our guest bed (it was discounted twice…awesome!). Lastly was a new TV stand. We currently have out TV mounted to the wall, however the new house has concrete walls, so nothing substantial can be mounted to the exterior walls without significant work and damage.

We didn’t have the intention of actually assembling anything until after the move (everything is already in boxes; but the TV stand changed that plan. Most IKEA stuff has all the part ina box or two, and the instructions are pretty easy to follow. However, this TV stand was a mix and match of parts. In fact, there were 18 different “parts” that had to be purchased and the Frankenstein’d together; never again.

I kid you not….I opened one package for the stands legs and the instructions were literally “use these parts” and then throw “these parts” in the trash! Really?! Why would you put parts in package if you are literally going to tell me to throw them away?!

The big parts for the stand were damaged and didn’t include all the parts (it didn’t look like a return) so we had to make a second trip back to do an exchange. Three hours later, the grey cat was finally able to claim the TV stand hers.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Vixen Making Moves

Had fun little class with Vixen today, one hour at The Training Hall, with Christine running the show….we are all counting down the days until we get to have class OUTSIDE!!

Three stations to work…

First, plank work with nose targets. We suck, mostly because I haven’t trained it, like, at all. Now that Rally is on the back burner we can get that back on track.

Second was shaping the tire. The easy stuff was….easy. The testing the understanding resulted in some fabulous failures. It won’t be the last time I say it…FAILURES ARE AESOME!! When we get failures, we also get the opportunity to help our dog understand how to be correct.

I am truly of the mind set now that without training with failure (purposeful exercises set up for the dog to fail, but then also be correct) the dog truly doesn’t understand our expectations.

Vixen had some real thinking moments. When withdrawing reinforcement, she really took a step back and went “what the @#$%!”, then you could see the lightbulb go off! “Oh…I have to do ‘this’ to get reinforcement!” Brilliant!

Last station was some one jump exercises. Super fun. We worked on our backside “sends” and slowly started to introduce “serps” through placement of reinforcement. I’ve started to see that Vixen is not a tight turner, she is a flanker for sure. I know she’ll get it though. It was so much fun working with her on this, that as soon as we got home we headed out back to “the patch” to work on it some more.

Super fun girlie. :)

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