Monday, November 30, 2009

That was November?

Bo and I had one outstanding agility weekend and one dismal agility weekend. The excellent one was at the Capital City Cocker Club trial at Cedar Run where he finished his AXJ title and got his first excellent standard leg. The dreadful weekend was the Virginia Ruff Riders USDAA trial at Cedar run: many runs, many NQs, even at the starters level!!! Oh the shame!!! But even that had its bright spots, like the couple who went out of their way to complement me on what a great team we were.

Tip came out with us and even got to try the practice jump at the USDAA trial, once he got over his first initial nerves. I wanted to point out to Bo the nice stay Tip had...

Bo and Tip have a new girlfriend: Freedom the Canaan Dog. She is a nut. She broke Tycho's leather lead bolting after a squirrel! Luckily she's a good girl and came back when we called!

Monday, October 19, 2009

inattentive owner

Bo lit the afterburners and tore up two excellent jumpers courses, earning his first 2 AXJ legs. It was wet and cold, and pretty miserable. We also ripped through the standard courses, but unfortunately our courses differed slightly from the judge's courses. I will note that Bo's courses were running at a pace of 4.4 and 4.6 yards per second, and that is with him jumping 4" extra (I run him at 12" so I have a hope in hell of keeping up with him).

I learned two things:
(1) I need to collect myself and Bo before sending to the weaves, as he does not yet know how to collect himself
(2) don't leave the bed in the crate in a place where they wet down the running surface overnight, unless you want to put your dog in an icy-cold wet crate and then wonder why the poor thing never lies down. (yes, I discovered this upon PACKING UP!!!)

Tip had an excellent weekend at home with John (and then Paul, when the boy scout camping expedition got prematurely ended by the horrible weather). Tip also stole Bo's new orange stretchy lizard fuzzy toy, and spent the night with it in his crate. I discovered that in the morning, when he proudly but bashfully introduced me to his new love. That new love has since been eviscerated by Bo. Such is love.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


The Judy Howard seminar has made me start wondering about teaching Tip obedience. hmmmmnnnn

Monday, October 5, 2009

scent articles

Bo is apparently remembering where the last correct article was and going there, to pick up the article placed there. He went so far as to find the scented article, eat the cheese off it, then go over and fetch the one located in the same spot that had been correct the previous time. Its a solution -- just not the one I want!

He also breaks concentration when someone is yelling in a nearby ring. Happened at the trial over the weekend and in class tonight.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bo and Tip make the headlines

Tip and Bo visit the new dog park and charm the news photographer into taking many photos of them. They got the front page of the Gazette and an inside page on the Washington Post!