Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Good Pal

I just love running this little dog.
I think we are both benefiting from a reduced trial schedule. Such a good time playing with her last weekend. She was hauling some little brown ass, too.
So many people are starting young dogs right now. Folks all excited about what's coming up, proud of their pups staying with them and doing a good job, lots of training talk and future talk.
That stuff holds zero appeal to me right now. I am just loving my worn-in dog. No thinking beyond point gathering and putting together a fun course for her. I don't have to worry about what may or may not happen. I know exactly what our faults are and where our weaknesses lie, quite frankly, don't really give a shit at this point. We manage to balance each other out most of the time. I know that we either will or will not have weaves. She may back jump occasionally...but only in Snooker. She may decide she feels like working close...but only in jackpot. And, I will, promise, get in her way at least three times a weekend.
It's just how we roll.
She's like that old, comfy pair of shoes you just can't get rid of even though you wouldn't dare to wear them out in public at this point.
Photo sidebar - an actually nice jumping pic of her below! In so many, her ass is all up in the air looking like it thinks it belongs to a different dog. The perils of being built like a bowling pin.

And I really like just running. I think it's funny that people can't seem to understand that we are running to just run. I keep getting asked what we are working on.
What do you mean "nothing?" CATE2? Going back to level 5 for more CATCHs? C-10? What?
Really, nothing on the horizon. Just running.
Well, she has to be close to C-10, so we'll go with that.
WTF? HAHA! It's like a sickness with people. It is really that difficult to just enjoy some time with your dog?

And, not sure why the squinty face. I mean, I could drive my car through a CPE tire. I don't think she has even seen a USDAA tire in about 4 years. No need to suck it in, Belly. I do think this was from our 43 point FH run, so maybe dust in her eyes? :-)

All photos by Dave Mills -


  1. I agree that you don't really have to have a goal in mind. That is what I usually do with my horses and dogs. Just have fun learning new things and figuring out how to train certain behaviors.

    Do you have a book that you would recommend for how to train agility? I was going to join a group in my area, but I have been waiting 3 months now with no class on the horizon. I think I will just start backyarding it with some homemade equipment, but I am a beginner with agility, and don't really know where to start. Henry knows all sorts of obedience stuff, but I think my little chihuahua/terrior would love agility. He can certainly run fast enough (he keeps up with my off-track TB!).

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