Gyp and Kaleb swimming their way to Montana ...
.... hey guys, you are going the wrong way!!
We are heading EAST, to New Brunswick! We leave Monday for our AAC Agility Nationals.
NOTE: We will be flying there, not swimming our way there.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Gyp, literally, sitting on the dock, at the (Bertha) Bay in Waterton Lakes National Park. We went for a nice hike today with a few pit stops - near water of course.
It was the dogs first dock experience, and this was a floating style dock. Gyp was the first to dive in, followed by Kaleb who had to outdo her in flat-coat style by catapulting off of it ....
There was no way for them to get back on since the dock was raised off the water, and the shore line here was a raised rock ledge, so we had to grab them by the collar and lift them back up. We thought this would deter them, NOPE, they kept going back for more.
NOTE: Jane looked over the edge for fish, she thought about diving in, but common sense prevailed.
P.S. Are dogs were never mistaken for bears on this hike :)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I think I will need an extra dose of rescue remedy :) or a shot of whiskey.
Our training has been going really good so that is reassuring, we are ready to play with the big guys! I just have to remember to trust my training and not get intimidated out there running my dogs. I think I have a good handle of my ring nerves now. I just go for it, no holding back. Just a couple more training sessions before we go, and our training sessions have been very thorough with positive results.
Gyp has 30 dogs in her class, in a field with some very seasoned dogs, National winners, world team members etc.
Kaleb has 20 dogs in his class, again a pretty competitive class, I am excited!
Wicca is in a class with 10 dogs in 6" specials, from all over Canada, she'll kick some serious Corgi butt!
It is G and K' first National and it will be a fun trip.
Wicca and Gyp ride together in a Kennel, and Kaleb rides on his own.
We hope to keep our trip up to date on the Go Dog Go blog!!! CHECK IT OUT!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
This is why Jane needs a life jacket.
Too bad photos don't have audio.
You would hear the loud, rushing water, and a really high pitched whiney scream coming from Jane, very peaceful haha...
Pete and Jeff get rather annoyed with her, I think it is funny :)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
We went to Liz and Andy's for some training and a fun play in the river, imagine 9 wet dogs!!!
Andy took Gyp, Wicca and Boone into his studio and took some awesome portraits!!
Click on the photo to see all of them, it will take you to flickr
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Jane is a permanent fixture on ledges along the river when Pete is fishing, except for the couple times she nearly fell in, not in the low part, but near the waterfall, I was soooo ready to jump in after her. She nearly gave me heart attack, so we went on our merry way leash attached, and continued down river away from the almighty fishing rod. I don't worry so much about K in the water, but Jane rarely actually swims so I know she wouldn't be a very strong swimmer.
I think I might buy her a life jacket, seriously. Or better yet, her own fishing rod.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
- George W Bush
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
A flat-coat moment.
Originally uploaded by sarah ...
photo by Wendy Devent, Paws on the Run
Kaleb has been competing for just over 3 years, and his "flat-coat moments" ie. Running up to the judge, running up to polesetters, face licking random people etc. etc. happen very rarely, I actually can't remember his last "moment", until this weekend...
We were running Team and Kaleb spotting Judy (who is a fellow flat-coat owner), he hadn't seen her that day, so why not jump on her and give her kisses!
Amazingly we still Qd in that Masters Team Run.
Gotta love a flat-coat!!!!
Our group DID awesome!!!!!!!
Maggie and Kim, Kristy and Belle were chosen as the Judge;s choice
For the Level awards: Wendy and Coulee were chosen as the Starters Team!!! Dave and Pearl were chosen as the Masters Team!
How awesome is that!!!!!!!
Now on to my dogs, now that I've had a good sleep and unpacked, I can absorb it all ...
Janerama: She ran the best she has almost ever run! She is now a veteran and run WELL within regular times, and was just given' er, I ran her in 4 runs and she Qd in 3 (Masters Jumpers 31 seconds!! She was only 6 seconds behind Gyp!, she also Qd in both her steeplechase runs! for her 12th Steeplechase Q)
I wish she always had the confidence she had this weekend, but someone commented to me, "I think you run her better know because of Gyp, you run harder" THANK YOU! That has been one of my BIGGEST goals, is to no holding back when running my dogs, RUN HARD and giver'. I love my Janer.
The Bird Dowg, Bitzy, other wise known as Kaleb:
He ran great! I kept him wet before each run and gave him lots of walks inbetween so as not to get grumpy from being in his crate. He brought home 3 Q's.
- He rocked his Gamble, but the last bar came down!! :(
- His first Standard was one of his best, clean and fast, he ran it in 47 seconds - which is really good for him, only 3 seconds behind Cavall, who is my benchmark for speed and our Team partner too!!! His 23rd Masters Standard Q.
- He ran great in Team - and during his run had a flat-coat moment and had to go jump on Judy and kiss her ...we still Qd and that is Kaleb's 6th team Q.
- His steeplechase runs were really good, but just a bit over time - we need to run SMOOTH, no one blip or no Q.
- His snooker was awesome and he Qd in that
- Jumpers he was really good too, but had one bar, but he kept up his speed and enthusiasm all weekend, so I was really happy!!
new brunswick here we come .... gulp.
Then there is my Gyppie Girl (this might go on a while, so grab a coffe, or go for a pee.)
- Her gamble was great, she nailer her min gamble a chute to the weaves 18' away, she has lots of points, I TOTALLY overhandled the end gamble so we didn;t get it, but I fixed it when I ran K, so he got it (but the bar fell so no Q)
- Standard 1 was amazing, I am feeling so intune with her, it was her second Masters Q, she ran it 24 seconds under time and it was the fastest run in Masters!!
- Our team was not pretty. Sorry Amanda :)
- Her Steeplechase was awesome on Saturday, again I am feeling really connected with her now. She won the Specials award and was FASTEST overall of all the dogs!
- her Standard 2 was going so well, I thought there was a part she would suck too, and of course I forgot to handle for it DUH, but I was really happy with the run overall!!
- Her Snooker was awesome, Jan helped me pick a really good path for Kaleb, so I ran it with Gyp, and I knew if we could keep it together she would finish well under time, and she did! for 57 points and the highest points of all the Masters dogs!!!
- Again her second Steeplechase was awesome. S he won the Specials award and AGAIN was FASTEST overall, holy crap!
- Then came Jumpers a tough technical course, she was great and I was confident GULP. 25 seconds, the second fastest time to Pepper who had an amazing run.
It's hard to believe that last year Our Trial was her first trial, and she was still a little fearful of people and was a little reluctant to Tug hard and was a bit distracted by the noises etc. This year a sassy, confident, sometimes wild dog was out there, what a dog, I really can't even believe it, she brought home 5Qs this weekend, she got her 9th Steeplechase Q, and even more crazy she only needs 5 Qs to her ATCHC, WTF?
Oh ya and too see a TV feature about the Agility Trial click on the link and go to July 4th ...
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
On another NOTE:
Amanda has a good post today:
here is my response:
My dream dog was a horse named Big Ben.
I dreamed I would be riding in Spruce Meadows, riding a big chestNUT just like Big Ben.
Instead I have a big NUT named Kaleb.
But for real, I always loved shepherds as a kid, my Nanny had one and we were best friends - we slept together, ate milkbones together, and even used eachother as a pillow. Once I even took off when I was 2, I went down the street to go play with a ROUGH COLLIE that lived down the street, my mom found me and I had it in a headlock, hugging and kissing it.
Once I knew the horse dream was over, I wanted a Jack Russell, and got one :) I wanted to do agility though I knew nothing about it, besides seeing a trial at our stable and seeing it on TV.
Then K came around, Pete's dog. LOL
A Border Collie was never in my sights but I have one now and she is everything I never wanted, but at the same time, everything I could possibly ask for.
I am unsure I am a ONE BREED person, I am too A.D.D. to put that much focus into one breed.
I love all my breeds for their attributes and how unique they are.
Though all three are different, they have similarities, which more than the breed itself seem to draw me in:
- JRTS and FCRs are noted for their sense of humour and fun loving spirit, Gyp just happens to have a sense of humour, she is silly and wiggly
- Odd, but they are of british decent (so am I, among other things - a different post topic HAHA)
- I love the smooth lines and athletic look of these breeds
- They are noted for their high activity and energy level, plenty of endurance
- They are breeds that are still bred for working ability, the flat-coat being one of the few dual-purpose dogs in the sporting group, the same dog in the show ring, is the same dog in the field.
- Low maintenance grooming!!!
- And they are cute.
So I guess I didn't really answer your question Amanda. I love all three breeds I have, and I will always have a variation of this combo.