Monday, January 23, 2012

Agility in Perry!

Over New Year's Weekend, Gracie and I got to go to a USDAA trial in Perry. It was our first time there. A bit of a long drive, so we only went on Friday and Sunday.

Mum entered Gracie in three runs per day, and me in just Gamblers and Snooker to try and get those last few Q's for my ADCH.

Well, I got the first days gamble, but took a little wrong turn, so I was over time in the gamble area, but Mum was super proud! It was a bit of a toughie, two jumps to the right, then into the chute, then I needed to come out of the chute to the left and take a couple of more jumps. Went into the gamble and took the first jump, then I veered to the left and had to come back to take the second jump. Then I took the chute and came out going right instead of left, but Mum got me on track and I took the last couple of jumps, but the buzzer went off before that last jump. So close!

Mum planned out my snooker, but didn't plan very well, so no Snooker on the first day. Rats!

Gracie ran her three runs on Friday - Standard, Snooker and Jumpers. She was pretty wild on her first run, and ran off, but came back. She also wouldn't have anything to do with the teeter, despite the fact she and Mum had worked on it all week before. And there was a teeter in the snooker, so no Q there either. She ran off from Mum in the Jumpers, but Mum got her back and she zoomed through the last 6 obstacles, taking jumps way in front of Mum with go ons. But it took too much time to get her back and she was over time by about one second. But Mum was proud of that last go with Gracie!

We rested on Saturday, and then headed back on Sunday.

Same runs for both of us on Sunday. Gracie ran her Standard and was absolutely perfect and amazing through the first half of the run - the jumps, frame, DW and table (with a super quick down). Then came the teeter which flipped her out, and she ran off again. But Mum got her back.

Then she ran her Snooker and Jumpers, both fairly speedy and super nice! Gracie came out with two first places in those two runs, good girly! Mum wanted to sing it to the rooftops, along with background music provided by guitars with a yamaha fc5 of course!

I had Gamblers and Snooker again. Mum's opening plan and our run for the Gamblers in the opening was perfection, but I didn't get the right ques from her on the gamble, rats again!

Then she planned out my snooker, it was a long one. In the opening she planned two sixes and a five. The closing was a tunnel to tunnel, with two jumps right in between. But we maneuvered it all fine. The seven in the closing was a jump, six weaves, jump. Just as I was about to go take the very last jump, the buzzer went off. So I got 44 points, and the two SQ's got 40 points, I was fourth. So close!

But we had a super time, met some new people too!

We think Gracer really did well this past weekend. She now has two snooker Q's and one jumpers Q in PI.

Icy mud!

Have you ever seen icy mud?

We did last week! It's been raining a lot here recently, but not cold enough for snow.

One morning, Gracie and I went out in the morning to do our business, and started feeling all this weird, ouchy stuff under our feet. The rain had caused the mud in our back fenced area to be all jagged, and then it got cold overnight and turned those jagged parts to upside down icicles!

We needed some scanner software to get a bigger, better pic for you, but here it is! Ouchy stuff!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Just a dusting, but snow fun nonetheless!

Well, wadda ya know? It snowed last week!

Lucky us, who drove three hours back and forth to Perry for Agility the weekend just before, are very grateful the weather decided to be super nice and wait to snow until we got home!

We didn't get much, about 1/2 inch, but it was enough to give a nice white cover; and a white background for a pose shot.

Of course, Gracie and I had a good wrestle...look closely, I'm arroooing for my life here!

And a good attempt at a tumble...'bringing you down, Gracie!'

It was a snow boxing match, it was! Gotta watch Gracie's right hook, it's nasty!

Then after, a nice time for a little bird watching break...

And then time for treats! And the official 1st snow photo of the year!

We are really glad that we got a little snow! But we expect more in the next month or two.

Many of the locals say that we should expect one big snow dump, about 10 inches or so sometime each winter. Sounds like fun! Maybe then we can get a super nice pic, totally suitable for the next xbox 360 new release on snow dogs...bring it on!

Did you get any snow last week?

Monday, January 09, 2012

Dogs looking to Crash the Super Bowl!

It looks like dogs, and even human agility, may be Crashing the Super Bowl this year!

Here are two of the five finalist of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest; two of them are in line to air during this year's Super Bowl broadcast. The Super Bowl is being in our old hometown of Indianapolis, Sunday, February 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium!

So, go vote and let's show 'em how great agility is!

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