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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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Under a Year to Retire

Well, it’s August. I started to work at my current job on August 1, 1988. Wow, so long ago… and I can potentially retire at 25 years. Yesterday was my 24th year at my job. I started working in the welfare office, and now I’m a programmer… after going to school and getting a degree, but since I work for the same government, I get to keep all my seniority, leave benefits, and pension benefits.

Jet, Tatum, Quinn
Jet, Tatum, Quinn

The dogs, I think, will be exceptionally happy to have me home all the time! Above is a picture of three… Jet, Tatum and Quinn. Quinn doesn’t have a very good stay yet, gonna have to work on that for Camp. As we are heading to Camp Winnaribbun on August 25th, for a week of fun in the trees and on the beach! Though I will probably cry a lot, since I’ll miss Levi, and this will be the first trip without him. For some reason, my brain has flashes of planning for him… how he’ll do no the drive, how he’ll be with Quinn… weird stuff, just for a fraction of a second, then I have to catch myself and realize Levi is not going.

I still can’t take his name and put it on the Memory List in my right menu bar. It’s been four months since he died… and, actually, tomorrow, August 3, is one year since Lucy died. Ugh. I miss her very much, still. I miss Levi too. I still try not to think about them very much, as thinking about them just hurts. The below picture is me and my husband, with Lucy, Levi and Angel. All three are gone now. I miss them all. *sigh* (Okay, I moved him in the menu bar… and of course, now I’m balling like a baby again.)

Lucy, Levi, Angel
Lucy, Levi, Angel

But I do love my current family. They are wonderful, and they make me smile. So, one year to retire, then I can play with them every day!

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The Boys

Well Quinn and Jet are working things out. Quinn is a little resource guarder already, wants the toys and the food so we are working on that. Probably he learned it from his litter mates since he was the smallest of the puppies.

Jet and Quinn
Jet and Quinn

Chase doesn’t get to be around Quinn yet. And strangely enough, Muffit doesn’t really like him very much either. I thought Muffit would be more accepting. Tatum is starting to play with him once in a while, but still she mostly growls. But she growls at all the boys so that’s no different.

Jet and Quinn
Jet and Quinn

On a good note Jet is doing awesome at agility. We got our 16th and 17th Double Qs last weekend, and we are up to 423 speed points! I’m very excited. He’s doing such a good job, my Mr. Jet.

Quinn
Quinn

So nothing much new around here, except a puppy, who I’m trying to each how to sit… but his but doesn’t want to go down when I put a treat above his nose. 🙂 But we’re working on it. Been a couple weeks and I haven’t had time to do as much with him as I’d like. But that’s always the case, it seems. He’s a good sweet little boy and I’m glad he’s come to live with us.

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Splitting Attention

So now that little Quinn has joined our family I have more dogs to train. Yesterday I said to my husband, I need to put together a list of everything Quinn needs to learn. Of course my husband says he just needs to have fun and learn how to be an eleven week old puppy. Well thats fine and good, but what they learn young sticks with them their whole lives. Just like in agility, the things they learn first are the things they resort back to under stress or high drive. So it’s very important to get it right the first time.

Quinn has only been with us for three days but I’m already seeing what he will need training wise. I think he is going to be higher drive than jet. Which may be a weird concept since Quinn is a collie and they are not known for high drive. However he comes from performance lines. Lots of agility and herding Collies behind him. Where Jet comes from conformation lines. And Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are a very new breed and their temperaments can vary significantly.

Me, I will admit it, I prefer a little lower drive. However that is more difficult in obedience where a higher drive can carry a dog through the routine better than lower drive. And I believe I have enough experience, and instinct, now to train any drive type. And maybe I am wrong and Quinn will end up lower drive than I think. But I don’t think I’m wrong.

So now I need to split my brain and figure out different training methods for Jet and Quinn. I am still training Chase too, but we already havea well working established pattern. Plus I’m just not as crazy about Chase so he’s kinda a side line and I apologize to everyone who really likes him, and I know there are quite a few people who do, but border collies are just not really my breed.

I think I have a fairly good handle on what Jet needs, and I’m seeing good progress. Now I have to split my attention for Quinn, too. And splitting is not my strength. It’s not at my job either. So I will news to find a happy in between place for both of these boys. But I have confidence in myself that I’ll be able to do this well and do what needs to be done for these boys.

And as I adjust to Quinn, he adusts to us, and the other dogs adjust to him, things will settle back down
There’s always a big dynamics change when a new dog joins the family!

I typed this all on my phone so I apologize for typos!

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Quinn the New Addition

After a whirl wind couple of months, Quinn the smooth blue merle collie puppy has joined our family!

Quinn!
Quinn!

Quinn is adorable. I’ve been so busy with agility in the last couple months, in May I had 3 weekends of trials out of four weekends. I could have done the fourth but opted not to. In June I also have done 3 weekends of agility. Last weekend was 3 days in Albuquerque before I picked up Quinn. The weekend before that was 4 days in Blackfoot, Idaho. So I’ve been traveling like a maniac and have hardly had any time at home. Ugh! I’m glad to be home again and may not go on another trip until the end of August.

So Quinn is a doll. He’s from Kayloma Collies in Taos, New Mexico. I will try to write more about him on his page that I’ve created. His lines come from performance dogs, agility, herding, obedience. He got fabulous scores on his temperament test. He’s very sweet and loving.

Sweet Quinn
Sweet Quinn

He also has some behaviors that I believe need some modification. 🙂 He is a foot and shoe chewer. Which, at first, is kinda cute, his little teeth hurt! So I think he’s going to get some sort of no for that behavior, to let him know it’s wrong. Though today when I tried he just kinda bounced around like it was all good fun.

Sweet Quinn
Sweet Quinn

Today we also worked on some toenail trimming. He did not like being held on his back in my lap, so I asked him where that good little puppy went that did so well on his temperament test? 🙂 I got one foot of toenails trimmed, so we’ll have to work on that. He’s going to be a big boy, and I’ll need to be able to trim his silly toes!

Sweet Quinn
Sweet Quinn

We also worked a little clicker charging, where I’d click and give him a treat, so he realizes that the click means a treat is coming. And he did seem to understand the hand touch with his nose. The breeder worked that a little with the puppies. So that’s very cool.

So puppy stuff is what we are doing, for little baby Quinn! He is very sweet, though none of the other dogs really like him much! He is goofy and silly and floppy and wants to play. But it’ll all work out, they will get used to each other. 🙂

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