Well...after a week in bed due to a drug reaction...I feel like I am somewhat functional...my life currently consists of wake up, teach a lesson, take a nap, teach a lesson, take a nap...that is about it. But each day I am getting less weak...I actually woke up this morning feeling human!!!
My dogs have had NO work...none...nada...and they are going insane.
But, I figured I could at least get them on sheep...a sure fire way to get them all settled down :) I managed to get Klink, Zip and Lynn on sheep...ran out of steam before Gator so Andy ran him in agility for me (I snuck in one run too)...and now I am feeling like crapola again. One of these days I am going to learn when I am sick, and I start feeling normal...to STAY IN BED...
Got Andy to take some video of the dogs working :) Zip did a great job as usual...at 7 1/2 she just does her job....so very nice :)
With Klink I am working on whistles with her...and pace. And clean flanks when asked. She is really getting her whistles...in the video you can see a couple of times she gave me the wrong flank or looked back at me...but she is getting it :)
And Miss Lynn...doing well with being in the big field...she will, on occasion not completely cover her Come Bye side, but that is getting better and better. Just working on bending, and fetching...and I will add a bit of driving in here and there, but didn't do that today...even did a little longer outrun with her...she figured it out :) Love my Lynn!
Now I am tired and feel like shit, didn't I learn to not go crazy when I am sick when I was like....FIVE years old?? ugh....
Oh a somewhat related note...this Jan or Feb I am planning a trip out west to Idaho :) Hopefully I am going to stay a few days with Diane Deal and work Lynn with her and also attend a young dog clinic with Patrick Shannahan...really excited about this!! Lynn will have her first airplane ride :) Sure hope it all works out that this can happen! If you are out that way, I would love to meet you!
After talking to a friend...I am thinking of having Gator try out for the World Team as it is in the US...I have a severe fear of flying across the ocean...so I am thinking...if I am going to do this...this year is the time. So I decided to jump Gator 26" as that is the height he would have to jump (he is 20.75 inches tall)...I was pretty happy with how he did his very first time at 26"...may start jumping him more at that height to see how he handles it. He has always been a good jumper, gets over anything I put in his way normally...and he is a good boy. So that is in the back of my head...What do you think?
On the other hand...is he good enough to even bother, I have no idea--of course **I** think he is the most brilliant dog to ever step foot in the agility ring :)I have a funny feeling I am horribly biased! LOL But really...I doubt we even have a snowballs chance in hell...I have never even thought about world team...maybe it is silly to even think about it...I like my little world, weekend trials, having fun and just enjoying my dogs and friends. But maybe it is a fun thing to think about, to push me a bit more in agility...to take my handling/training etc to another level? So many things to think about...
On the same note...I have been doing a lot of thinking about how much time and effort I want to put into agility...do I want to go above and beyond what I am currently doing with my dogs? I enjoy Nationals, I enjoy competing and doing well...but at the expense of not herding with my dogs...which seems like what keeps happening.
I am enjoying working dogs on sheep, working with Donna and Zip's pup Spot, my friend's dog Reese and even another possible couple of people with young pups. It is a lot of fun and I am really excited about running Klink in Pro-Novice next year...really excited :)
So what do I do? Try to do really well at both (probably not realistic...the time required is pretty huge)...or settle for being "ok" in both....or doing well at one or the other...I can't see myself only doing one or the other...I like both too much...ugh...
Oh the Even front...she is now doing some restrained recalls and there is no pain in her elbow :) Things are looking good!
OH...and videos of some of Cracker's and Gator's runs from Nationals....haven't done Klink's yet...will add them later...
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