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.