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So good at blogging NOT
January 18, 2009, 1:08 pm
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I am trying!

Interesting things going on as far as people go. I have found that somewhere in life I have become the positive one. I am forever telling people to be thankful for what you have and not worry about what you don’t have. Today I had a long conversation with someone about comparing themselves on an even playing field. I don’t have a problem with testing myself (that’s what trialing is all about) but I will not compare myself to someone who is at a different space then I am. It is unfair to compare myself to someone with more resources then I have and then complain that they are further ahead. I have three kids, that’s fact. I work limited hours because of those three kids, so that means my disposable cash is less. I will not compare myself to someone who has no children and thus more resources, it’s just not fair to me. That was the point I was trying to get across to this person today. I also think it makes no sense to continue to wallow in negativity. If I just had X or Y, then I could be that good. Well, be as good as you can be. You are your only litmus test. Compare yourself to where you were a year ago, have you moved forward or backwards? What were your goals and have you achieved them?

My goal last year was to go to Arizona for USDAA nationals in agility. I qualified for the second year in a row (yay Rah), but I just couldn’t do it. It would have meant time off from work I couldn’t afford, flying my dog in cargo (oh hell no), and trying to find child care while I was gone. It just didn’t happen. This year? I have put my goals all over the universe, we’ll see. Goals are just that, something to strive for, but while you’re trying to get there don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Sometimes the lessons are in the ride, not in the destination.

Training: Rah is backing up well and so is Kit. We didn’t work any of our levels stuff this week http://www.dragonflyllama.com/%20DOGS/%20Dog1/levels.html but I’ve been really tired and not feeling like training much. For next week, get Rah into Level 5 and Kit into Level 3. Demi’s training is on hold, she is spending a lot of time chilling with Aiden.



Backing up
January 10, 2009, 9:20 pm
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I’m freeshaping Kit and Rah to back up, their personality differences are so fun to work with. Rah is all about complaining when he doesn’t know what to do (bark bark bark) Kit just tries harder. When Kit is thinking she wags her tail and the harder she thinks the harder her tail wags. I’m not sure what that means, if it means she’s happy or if it means she thinks the click has something to do with tail wagging. She has done it with weave poles, this backing up, and stacking.

Rah is backing up about 10 feet and Kit is about 3 feet, we’ll keep working.



Scoping out new places to practice
January 5, 2009, 1:00 pm
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I’m always in search of more places to practice. For a lot of reasons, but mostly to keep up with what everyone is doing.

I went to Morrisville, and sorry Chris I can’t remember the name, and practiced there. The facility is great. Chris has made a clean warm space with good footing. The down side is it’s about an hour away and I can’t get my car in and out of the driveway.

Kit practiced well. We went with Chelsea and Amy. Kit and Chelsea have developed a respect for each other and both will work off leash without incident. Kit is back to running fast and not ducking jumps. Her jump training had me worried as she has started not coming off her start line and ducking jumps when she does.

I filled out my NOMAD application. NOMAD is the local agility club that I have avoided joining because I didn’t need it. With Kit coming up and me needing to get some distraction work in, I’m thinking of joining again. I had to detail my goals for my dogs, that’s always fun. I think I take it to seriously.