Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hi. Happy 2013.

SUMMARY: Agility class tonight.

Have not been doing or thinking about agility much. Haven't been practicing at home--yard is muddy, has been wet and coldish, I've been busy. Class was in hiatus for 2 weeks, then I had a cough and didn't go the following week, so tonight was the first time in 4 weeks that we've been to class.

Boost was VERY happy to be there.

She ran very nicely, very fast, good contacts, sending away to stuff nicely so I could get into position, etc. Her weave pole speed is still amazing to all who see it. She is fun to run! Our issues were:
  • Knocking a bar
  • Not being able to enter the weaves correctly when turning left (a known long-time issue)
  • knocking a bar
  • knocking a bar
  • knocking a bar
  • ...well, like that.
Since Tika is now retired, I try to think up ways to keep her feeling appreciated and active. While other folks were running, I'd take her out to a couple of jumps (at 12") or tunnel that no one was using and do a tiny bit of agility with her, then a bunch of tricks. Funny thing: Discovered that if I just hold her still at the beginning of a set of weaves and let her go to do the weaves, she doesn't do them. She and I both have to be running towards them.  Anyway, she seemed to enjoy herself, and she got lots of treats.

On the way home down the twisty mountain road, my speed was about 35MPH on a straight-away (speed limit 40) when a skunk ran out of the weeds and straight across the road directly in front of me. By hitting the brakes hard and swerving behind him as he ran, I avoided hitting him. But, as I sat there at a standstill with the car at a bit of an angle on the narrow road, as soon as he got to the other side, he raised his tail in my direction. I managed to burn rubber out of there before he got me. Wouldn't that have been gratitude for saving his life?

Now I can go back to not doing or thinking about agility much for the next week.


6 comments:

  1. Welcome to 2013 -- I have been missing your posts!

    Glad you had fun with both the merle girls at class.

    That is one nervy skunk!

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    1. It's odd--some weeks I can't post often enough for everything that I want to remember, and other weeks--I got nuthin'.

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  2. Glad to see you guys are having fun ..and that TIka is still enjoying tricks and a little bit of agility. Also glad you missed the skunk, and that by swerving and missing it you didn't cause damage to the car or crashed into anything. Bonnie, (previous sheltie) got skunked 3 times. I was with her twice...it's a terrible thing....more terrible than I can even describe. Katie is rarely off her leash so I hope to avoid the whole skunk thing with her. We'll see.

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    1. I've been very lucky with all of my dogs, never been skunked. I figured that in a suburban back yard we'd be fine, but a few weeks ago I think there was a skunk in the yard after I went to bed! I'm so unprepared to deal with it if it happens.

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    1. Yes, your recent relationship with skunks has not been good. I don't expect they'll be sending an "I'm sorry" card, either.

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