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Dogs Bond No Matter What

2016-10-028Every day when I look at my dogs, and snuggle with them and love them and play ball with them, I can’t help to think about how every bit of their lives is determined by me. They really don’t have much of a choice about what they do. If I want to sit around all day, they sit around all day. If I want to train or play agility or nosework, they do it with me too. Fortunately, they are easy going spirits and also love to work and play and so far are enjoying everything I offer for them to do.

2016-09-058And they love me with all their little doggie hearts. I love them too, of course, I could not imagine not loving them. But they bond to me so strongly, follow me around, and even, like Connor, pout and are sad when I’m not home. Fortunately, I’m able to be home with them most of the time, but I do have to go do people things sometimes and leave them home by themselves.20161031_170652

I can only imagine the sad dogs of the world who love their caretakers so much, and bond to them so completely, and then are treated poorly or neglected. This breaks my heart. I’m sure it’s the same with human children. They have no choice but to love and bond to their caretakers.

I don’t know why this concerns me. Maybe I was involved in dog rescue for too many years and saw too many dogs treated poorly.

2016-10-22-02-43-24So what I’m just really trying to say is that we, each and every one of us, needs to be very aware of our dogs, their needs, their emotions, and their well-being, and treat them as best as we can. They will bond to us no matter what. They will love us no matter what. They deserve the absolute best from us in every single way. It’s our responsibility to give them the wonderful, safe, happy and healthy lives that they deserve.

Take good care of your dogs, your cats, and your kids, because they are the true innocents and give of themselves completely. Let’s honor that and give to them everything we can.

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Connor in ASCA Agility

20160124_151332I’m so excited at how well Connor did at the ASCA Agility trial last weekend! I have been working on his weaves but didn’t know how good they would be at a trial. Well, good! Saturday he didn’t get both his weave entries, but on Sunday he did! I told him well… now he’s going to have to do AKC too!

I’m going to San Francisco this Thursday, through Monday, so I won’t be training or posting until I get back. So here’s some of Connor’s agility videos until I get back to training:

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MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!
MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap
MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!

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Agility Injuries, AKC Nationals, and Jet

Jet and I went and competed in AKC Agility Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. He did really well. Even while I didn’t think it was as fun as Invitationals, it was my very first Nationals and we had a good time. Jet ran clean in the practice round on Friday, and in T2B for a Q. Then on Saturday he did well in JWW, but he took off early over the triple and came down hard on the top bar. He ran clean the other two runs… even though the judge called an F on his standard run for stepping into the chute… which I guess they were being very picky about. It rather ticked me off, since Jet doesn’t ever run out of the ring. I talked to the reps, but they wouldn’t take the F off his run, so no ribbon. Oh well, we got a ribbon for Hybrid on Sunday so that was fine. And the Time to Beat ribbon on Friday.

Jet Nationals
Jet Nationals

On the Wednesday after we got back, Jet came in from playing in the back yard with the collies and he didn’t put any weight on his left rear leg. Oh no! Well, long story short, I’ve taken him to three vets now, and has his hips and elbows xrayed for OFA. He also appears to have grade one luxating patellas in both knees, which is a bummer. His hips are probably Fair to Good, I hope to hear from OFA back soon.

The patellas shouldn’t affect his agility at all, which is good. A couple of weeks before Nationals, Jet got sick, and had to spend the night at the ER Vet getting fluids. That was probably the scariest night of my life. We still don’t know exactly what happened, but he seemed to recover fine and the vet gave us the go ahead for Nationals.

Yadda yadda yadda… and the latest sports/holistic vet tells me that Jet has pulled his left rear hamstring. So I’ve been trying to Google “Dog Hamstring” and I haven’t found much at all. He is going to do some homeopathic remedies, and in a couple weeks we are going to meet with the physical therapist. For the last month his play has been severely restricted. But walks are fine, so I’ve been taking him on walks to keep him strong, and it’s good for me as well.

I had to pull him from two agility trials in May. Which is a bummer, because we are 71 points from his MACH. But.. I’d rather have a healthy dog without a MACH, than an injured dog with a MACH. He hasn’t held up his rear leg in over a week, so I think he’s healing, but not quite out of the woods yet. Hopefully with some PT and remedies, rest and exercises… he’ll be good to go for the end of May, and June. He’s my baby boy, so I want him strong and healthy!

Below is the video of his JWW run at Nationals where he crashed the bar. The holistic vet did say that the entire sickness, crashed bar.. etc, may have all added up to weaken his system. I hope he heals quick. Oh, and he’s going to get cold laser treatments as well to help speed the healing.

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2012 In Review

Well, it’s 2013… wow. Where has all the time gone to?

Jet and I had an awesome time at Invitationals in Orlando, Florida, last month. Actually, Jet had an awesome year in 2012. Jet ran 3 clean runs out of 4 at Invitationals and ended up ranking #57 in the 16″ height class. Out of about 140ish dogs. Not too shabby for our first time! He also qualified in the T2B run we had at the pre-trial the Friday before. He is such an amazing boy. If you’d like to watch the videos.. they are on YouTube:
YouTube Invitationals Videos

Jet Invitationals
Jet Invitationals

In 2012 We went to a couple of seminars, including Denise Fenzi and Chris Zink. We are going to repeat the Denise Fenzi Seminar this March, too, though this year it’ll be in Idaho, instead of Colorado. So a much closer drive for us.

In AKC Agility, Jet gathered up 19 Double Q’s in 2012, and 509 speed points. Not too shabby. 🙂 He has all his Double Qs towards his MACH, and he only needs 171 speed points, hopefully we’ll gather the rest of those points by sometime this May. He got his MX and MXJ in 2012, and his first T2B title as well. He also got one leg toward his CD. And hopefully we’ll be able to pick the other 2 legs up in 2013.

In UKC Jet got his UWP (United Weight Pull) title, and a Total Dog award, since he placed 3rd place in conformation in the Terrier Group on the same day that he qualified in Weight Pull (though I still don’t like the Danish-Swedish Farmdogs being in the Terrier Group.) He also got 2 legs towards his UKC CD, hopefully we’ll get that last leg in 2013.

We didn’t do any Flyball in 2012, but maybe we’ll do a bit more in the future, I haven’t decided yet.

Jet, Tatum and Quinn and I spent a week at Camp Winnaribbun in August, and had a blast!

As for the other dogs…
Tatum got one leg in Open Standard in May of 2012 in AKC agility, which thrilled me! She’s a good girl, and has come a long way from where she started. She may never get another leg, but that’s okay, as long as we have fun. She pushes the boys around in the house quite well!

Quinn came to join our family in June of 2012. He’s a very sweet, loving, pushy smooth collie boy! I adore him, and it’s good to have a boy smooth blue collie in the house. Since we lost Levi in February of 2012… and I still miss him so very much.

Quinn Park
Quinn at the Park

All in all, 2012 was a very fun year. And I hope 2013 will be just as fun. I hope Jet gets his AKC, ASCA and UKC CD’s in 2013, as well as his MACH. I plan on retiring in August of 2013.. and then, well, the skies the limit! (Well, the money is the limit, actually. LOL).

Chase is probably actually retired from dog sports.. though I haven’t totally decided yet. He is becoming my husband’s walking dog, which is good. As is Muffit, our other Border Collie. They are about 9.5 years old now, so may just have some leisurely retirement years themselves.

Got this picture at Christmas, we have a very nice pack!

The Pack
The pack

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