Or rather not running ;)
We loaded up the crew and went to a USDAA trial this weekend...Friday night Grand Prix, and then entered for Saturday and Sunday the full slate of classes.
Friday night Gator and Klink went 1 & 2 for Grand Prix, getting gator his 2nd Bye needed and Klink finished up with her Grand Prix legs needed for Nationals. I messed up Lynn's run...she's getting faster...I need to work on myself remembering that ;-)
Klink and Gator ran their normal stellar selves. It's fun having dogs that know what I'm thinking...the problem IS, when I am not thinking well :) Saturday I was slow for the first part of the day, a bit behind and for the first time in a LONG time, got lost during a Standard course..really? LOL
I laughed a lot on that...but then refocused and was fine the rest of the day...though a bit concerned I felt "behind the ball" so to speak...
Then I woke up Sunday am and I had my answer, I have the flu, fever, chills etc etc. I made it through Jumpers and Snooker...but after that I was toast so we went home early. Me being sick, plus the winter weather coming sealed the deal on that. :-( Oh well. Now I'm just chilling in bed.
Overall the weekend was great though for my dogs...the husband and Crackers had some issues with start line stays, and some other little stuff, so have some things to work on (That's why we trial!). But the dogs came through with flying colors :)
Lynn continued to build confidence and speed :) I worried with all the dog walks with NOTHING ahead of them, she would have some misses, but NOPE!! She didn't! ROCK ON BABY STEWART! Jumping was SOOO much better, she is barking more and more, but as long as she keeps thinking, I don't care since my other dogs bark :)
We no longer tug before runs...we eat cookies, and do tricks. FOCUS LITTLE LYNN..FOCUS :) It seems to keep her in that magical place where the drive is there, but not completely fried :) She likes FRIED. But fried means bad things. As she matures we will run fried like the adult dogs do...but for now, lets focus :)
I had a few moments of not being ready for her speed...she is an interesting mix of Gator and Klink...so I am still figuring her out. But, she did really knock my socks off in her Standard run, 2nd place and beating her brother Gator :)
She also got her 1st Master jumpers leg, good girl. And had another really nice jumpers run on Sunday...but dropped on bar :-( She is just one Standard leg away from her MAD :) FUN!
I am having SOOOO much fun running her! Love the changes, the adrenaline rush with the contacts, and not knowing EXACTLY what she will do. I take that for granted with the older dogs, they just DO IT. With Lynn, she's still in that mode where she PROBABLY will ;)
Handling wise, I just have to work on RUNNING MORE...and getting the differences solid in my mind for her versus Klink, versus Gator :) Three dogs, three different ways of handling...A FUN CHALLENGE!!
The trial was well ran, great surface and great facilities. It was fun enjoying friends and all the positive energy there. Unfortunately, there was some negative crap that happened this weekend, comments made. Or whatever. I'm gonna get it out here so I feel better and can let it go.
#1---when I do four 5's in Snooker, it does NOT mean I was going for a Super Q. If I get the Super Q, then great! If you get it then GREAT. Klink won Snooker on Saturday with a 3,4, 6 and 7. Gator got 3rd with that same combo. YA JUST HAVE TO DO ONE MORE POINT. Super Q's are not an entitlement. Don't come up to me and say I took your Super Q. No one ever gave me a Super Q, I earned them, I became better at Snooker. Win-win if you ask me. And if I want to try for a Super Q (which I do cause it's FUN!!) then I will, regardless of what you say. I mess up plenty in Snooker...so does the husband...we never get a pat on the back for "messing up so I got my Super Q"... ;-)
#2---I built a barn, yes. Don't try to hold that over my head or make me feel bad about it. Seriously folks, I spent YEARS getting the barn built and I have a barn payment. I salt and water the arena for HOURS every month, I teach out of that barn and YES, I train my dogs there. That would be ridiculous if I didn't. I live in bum f*cked Egypt, and drive a 2001 Corolla, yeah...living the life...I have a barn. And I worked for that barn and will be working for it for many more years. I made decisions and put certain things as a priority for ME. Don't try to say I have more opportunities than you.
I sacrificed a lot of other things to have what we have for the dogs. Spend hours feeding sheep, pulling lambs, putting hay in the barn, trimming hooves, I don't have a 300,000 dollar house, I don't have designer clothing. But I have what I want. A house, land, sheep and a barn. Those are my priorities...and I worked hard for them. I don't doubt what you have in your life you worked hard to get.
If you wonder why I don't always talk to a ton of people at shows...this would be why...
I'd love to hear some of the hilariously funny crap you have had said to you!!! I thought I didn't have a filter, but MAN, apparently I do!!! A pretty decent one! ;-)
OK done...amazing how one bad apple...ANYWAY. Luckily, there was more than enough positive energy to overwhelm the negative :) Which was AWESOME!!! The courses were challenging, the handling was great, lots of happy dogs and smiling folks!
Oh...and Even would like everyone to know, she didn't crap in her kennel this time :) I'd say that makes for an AWESOME WEEKEND!!!!!!