Going to AKC Invitationals!

Jet and I are going to AKC Agility Invitationals in a few days! Only the top five dogs of each breed are invited to Invitationals. I’m very excited, and very nervous. Here’s some info if you are interested in following along.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals
Danish-Swedish Farmdog Invitationals

After each dog’s run, time and fault counts will be posted here:

Results after each round/jump height of competition has concluded will be posted to:

Twice a day end-of-round results will be posted to:

On December 12, 2012, Jet, myself, and a good friend are heading to Orlando, Florida, for the AKC Agility Invitationals. Jet was also the top AKC agility Danish-Swedish Farmdog in 2011! Currently he has 22 Double Qs and 579 speed points towards his MACH. 171 more to go, and he’ll MACH! I’m hoping for that to happen sometime next May. It could be sooner, but we don’t have many trials until then.

I will be posting on Facebook while I’m at Invitationals. I probably won’t be blogging. So if you want to see what we are doing, check out my Facebook page:

My Facebook Page

Though you may have to friend me to get the updates. Which is fine, I like having friends. However, I may occasionally clean out my friends list, and if I accidentally delete anyone I know, I apologize… and may add you back at a later time.

I’m really excited, and pretty nervous too. Every clean run gets a ribbon, so my hope is only to get a clean run or two and come back with some ribbons. And some good pictures too. Should be fun!

Going to Chris Zink

Well tomorrow I’m off for a trip to Grand Junction, Colorado for a Chris Zink Seminar. I’ve heard lots of great things about her seminars so I’m looking forward to it. I have a working spot with Jet, we’ll see what she thinks about him. I’m not really feel very good today, a bit of a bladder flare, but I’m taking it easy and almost all packed up. Maybe some cedar furniture will be available in the hotel where I can relax! And fortunately it’s a mostly sit down type seminar… dang I better remember a pen. I always forget a pen!

Hopefully I’ll blog about it when I get back. I won’t have to be on my feet all weekend which, I think, will be a good thing.

Agility and Being Hacked

Well over the last few days I’d discovered my web sites had all been hacked. I dunno how or why… but it sucks. ย So I’ve been restoring from backups. Fortunately my databases weren’t touched, so that’s good. They are the most difficult things to restore. ย The files are easy. WordPress is such an amazing blogging software platform that installing the files on top of the database is just time consuming, but not too terribly awful. And it’s a good time to clean up old files and junk too, right?

I will need to pick a theme and restore it, too. This is just a generic one for now. But since my next three weekends are packed with stuff to do, it may be a while. My pictures are uploading now, from backup, and hopefully will be up before I go to bed tonight.

This coming weekend I have an ASCA agility trial, should be fun. Jet is entered in everything. Chase is even entered one day. Been feeling kinda bad since he’s just doing obedience now. I can’t do flyball anymore, I just don’t have the time. And he gets walks and stuff but still he misses the running full bore things. So even though we don’t really mesh in agility, we’ll see how it goes for a day. Tatum is entered on Sunday in just a couple of runs to keep her going and have fun. She can’t make ASCA times but we have fun anyway.

The following weekend a friend and myself are going to a Chris Zink seminar in Grand Junction, Colorado. That should be fun and I’m really looking forward to it.

The weekend after that is a 2 day AKC agility trial. Maybe Jet and I can pick up another QQ or so. ๐Ÿ™‚

So in between I’ll be restoring blogs and finding new themes. And finding better ways to protect my sites from being hacked. Dumb hackers. Dangit, they need to just leave well enough alone!

Music for Agility

Agility Trial
Agility Trial
Some people like to listen to music on their headphones when they are walking the agility course. I haven’t done this, but sometimes I think it might be a good idea. I may feel kinda rude walking around with ear phones in and forcing people to ignore me… but then again, if someone else has them in, I never feel like they are rude. I’m just a dork that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t seen anyone yet with a fender american special telecaster guitar at an agility trial, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ But you never know. Actually some people get picky about having music play at trials. Some people don’t really like it. And I guess it’s probably most polite to let people have their own personal music in their ears, then making everyone listen to music they may not like. But either way is fine with me, really.

I have an ASCA agility trial this weekend. Jet is entered both days in everything. Tatum is entered just on Sunday in a couple of runs. And Chase… strangely enough, is entered on Saturday. I’ve been feeling guilty that he hasn’t been doing anything other than obedience lately. So we are going just for fun. He doesn’t understand a Q anyway, he just understands fun.

I Don’t Get Agility Seminars

Jet and Chase
A while ago I posted that I went to a . And, well, I just have to post about me and agility seminars.

The format was okay, much like the Stacy Perdout-Goudy workshops I’ve been to here. She set up little course sequences then we all ran them and she’d tell us what she liked and didn’t like and gave us ideas to handle things differently.

For me and Jet, mostly she just told me to run with him more. Probably to speed him up. He’s not a speedy dog, because I didn’t train him to be fast. I trained him to be consistent, and getting 3DQs is first year of competition… I think we have the consistency I wanted.

So we went and we did what she said and we ran the courses, and I just wasn’t really that impressed. I think these types of seminars are more geared toward the fast border collies and other dogs that need some help. Me… I just can’t see the fraction of a second difference that it takes in cues to get a dog to go over an obstacle. I never could. That’s probably why I always had so much trouble running Chase, my border collie. I used to want speed… if you read back on this blog, there are many posts from 2004 and so that I said I wanted speed. But, I learned my lesson, because I know that I don’t have the timing for it, and so I no longer want speed. I want consistency and accuracy and that is what gets Qs.

So anyway, I think I’m not going to go to agility seminars anymore. For some reason obedience seminars make more sense to me. I can understand the training philosophy and see the differences in technique. And I prefer places with pa electricity that have heat. I’m tired of sitting in the cold all day watching agility seminars. Give me a comfy chair and a warm spot and I’m much more happy!