How did it get to the end of February?? I've been so incredibly busy.
First off. Rampage is back to being totally, rampagingly RAM! Love my Rambles! And love him not having neck problems.
One thing I've had to do is decide if I should take Icon to AKC nationals. At this point I'm 99.99% sure I won't be taking him based on the 2 trials (or more accurately, 3 runs) he's been to this year (or more accurately, since October).
His jumping... well it isn't good. In AKC it's great until he gets to a spread and then it just falls apart (he may recover from the first spread, but can't seem to recover from two of them). In USDAA it falls apart after a few weaves or tunnels, and is exacerbated by the larger spacing between obstacles.
Icon is pretty much retired from competitive agility (and to be honest, this is the case since the end of 2012, when he turned 7). I guess I'll try to qualify him for USDAA nationals at 16" but still may not run him there. It's not so much fun for me anymore, and I can't imagine it's all that much fun for him either.
But we still have fun playing agility where I can control spacing and tunnel exits (reward before the next jump!) He jumps happy when I control the environment :) And he can out-hike the lot of you!
Here is Icon's PGP run from earlier this month. It is painful to watch since the jumping degrades after the poles. But this is SO much better than his jumping at the AKC trial in Santa Rosa (in his defense, Santa Rosa is his worst place to trial and I shouldn't have even entered him there, but that's a different story.)
SMART USDAA - Icon PGP from Agility Dogs on Vimeo.
On a brighter note... My new puppy is due in 2 days! Yes, a new puppy for me! I feel a bit guilty because I am really quite happy with the current household dynamics. After loosing my perfect kitty Pook a few months ago a 3 dog, 1 cat household seems just perfect. Do I WANT to add another dog? Hmmm, not particularly... but will adore and cherish a new dog? How could I not???
Stay tuned for puppy information! (it's a BC, btw. I know you were wondering)
What have I been so busy with lately? I mean, it's not like I've been to many trials. Well WORK is a big PIA. I thought it would get easier this year, but unfortunately it's getting worse and more stressful. I'm sure that's how it goes with everyone though.
Other than that... I'm working on an agility video project. It is VERY exciting. LOTS of creative people involved. You (the 5 of you who read my blog) will LOVE it! I predict (read: hope) it will become a worldwide sensation! Look for it here and on FB before the end of March! There will be merchandise too!
And I leave you with...
Disco Ram from Agility Dogs on Vimeo.