Wednesday, May 28, 2008

TRACS aftermath

I had fun at the TRACS 4 day trial. More fun than last year for sure!

I arrived on Friday morning early enough to get my tent all set up and ready for occupancy. I took 2 24" x-pens to have a little 'yard'. Kay helped me with the tent and I was very glad for it because it was really windy and I think the tent probably would have blown away before I set it up if I had to do it alone! It looked pretty comfy, but let me tell you, by 9:30pm that night I was sure that there was absolutely no way I would sleep well in that tent. Apollo and Icon were also very restless. The only dog that didn't mind was Foster. So off we went to Super 8 for a nice comfy sleep! We stayed there 2 nights and then at the Best Western one night since Katie had a reservation she couldn't cancel.

We had a fairly good day Friday. Icon got qq #18 on a nice JWW course and a rather forgettable Std course. Apollo Q'd in Std but dropped a bar in JWW. All of my videos can be seen here:
Icon and Apollo 

I don't have them all uploaded because there is a 500mb upload limit per week and I almost reached that getting Cammi's videos up. Ironically, Kay isn't even able to watch them so I wish I had just uploaded mine instead. It pays to be selfish sometimes!

On Saturday Icon dropped a bar in Std and Apollo dropped a bar in JWW. Are you noticing a theme with Apollo's runs here? The ISC Standard was a fun course. There was a chute under the dogwalk, which I had never seen before. Icon and I ran clean and won, but a hair over Maja. The ISC JWW was Sunday and Icon had the fastest time, but dropped a bar *sob*.

Sunday Icon got another QQ for #19! Apollo Q'd in Std but dropped a bar in Std (hmmmmmm). I was actually determined to pull Apollo if he dropped a bar on this run, but he dropped the 2nd last bar! So it wasn't really worth it.

Going for his 20th QQ on Monday Icon Q'd in standard, but in JWW we got passed the hard part and I stopped handling so he missed the weave entry. Doh! No MACH for us! Apollo Q'd in Standard but in JWW... not a bar! Bad handling my me. It was almost a relief to NQ for a reason other than a dropped bar. Well, not really a RELIEF, but still....

One bright spot on my weekend was that I won a set of channel weave poles in a raffle. Yay!

Our next trial is next weekend so I'm hoping for at least one QQ and I hope its for Icon! Woot! The Judge is Tammy Domico, so I have my reservations but last year her courses were ok.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TRACS memorial day trial

There's a big 4 day agility trial coming up in Dixon. I'm only kind of looking forward to it. Last year we didn't have a very good trial because Apollo got hurt on the first day only I had to scratch him from 3 days.

I've decided to try tent camping at this trial and to be honest, I'm a bit worried that I might be miserable. Super 8 is just down the street and I might just end up there. Also, I don't think that the trial will be done too late so maybe I will head home and sleep in my warm, comfy bed.

The judges are Pam Richcreek, Debby Carloni and Randy Reed.

Pam Richcreek can have some wonky courses. The last trial she was at there were two c-shaped tunnels side by side and getting through that labrynth of a course was not easy (and Icon and I sure didn't make it - but we had screwed up before then anyway.) I don't seem to have that video online, probably because it was such a disaster of a run ;)

I really enjoyed her Std course on Sunday though. Both dogs got it (which is probably why I liked it). She only used 9 weaves, which freaked me out, but the boys handled it fine.

Debby Carloni's courses were pretty nice, but she called my teeter in Std on Saturday! I didn't think it was a fly-off! But I guess we wouldn't have gotten a qq anyway since we messed up the JWW course.

I have no clue what Randy Reed courses are like. For some reason I'm thinking that this "randy" person might be a girl. I guess I'll find out this weekend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Casa De Fruita

Bah, didn't have a good time at this show! The courses were actually pretty nice, but the ground... not so much. Apollo dropped a bar in JWW Saturday (the LAST bar) and the triple in Std Sunday (the SECOND last bar). We ended up with a whopping 23 points for the weekend. On the bright side Kay and I have a bet about invitational. If Apollo stays in 1st place I will owe her $50. If Raven passes him and he ends up in 2nd she will owe me $50. It's really a win-win situation for me :)

Icon had a bar in both runs on Saturday and missed the weave entry on Sunday (which is really my fault - I didn't wait for him to load). He also had a bar in the Sunday run, but I really handled it lazily and would have handled better if we had been clean up until that point.

I'm trying out a new video hosting service. I really like the quality of the video so far, but it's so confusing to go back and forth between video hosting sites.

Untitled from Agility Dogs on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I haven't updated my blog for a while because I've been very busy with life. WT tryouts was a blast for me, Icon was incredible and I was ok too! We ended up 4th overall, which is WAY better than I could have ever hoped for. Our crowning moment of tryouts was round 4 where we finished in 2nd place behind Marcus and Juice. It felt like an awesome run when we were doing it and was! The lows of the weekend were our 2nd round where we went off course because I was being really dumb, and our 5th round run where Icon didn't release off of the teeter. The last run felt awesome as well and even with the 1+ second wait at the end of the teeter we finished 4th. I think we would have been contention for 2nd or maybe even 1st if he had released on the first 'ok'. Oh well, c'est la vie!

Now I have a friend vising for 10 days. She arrived the Thursday after tryouts and will be leaving next Monday. We're having a party at my place on Saturday, which should be lots of fun! I am also going to a trial on Saturday/Sunday but I'm not sure how well we'll do. I really hope Polly will be able to get more than a few points for invitaionals!