Kinesthetically Challenged

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We went to agility tonight and it wasn’t great.  Don’t get me wrong Wixer rocked the house, but I’m kinda terrible.  I’m just not very good at someone telling how to move and then actually doing it.  I kind of felt bad for Wixer ’cause I felt like with someone else he could of done/could be doing so much better.  Time to practice in the back yard!

Fortune Smiles

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Today was a busy busy day!  We went down to Miami to work a little flyball indoors which went reasonable well (still have a lot of work to do).  I think next time we are just going to work up close…a lot.  We’ve switched to an unpressurized tennis ball which seems to be going really well for the bringing it back.  I wonder if its ’cause he can cronch it so its easier to run with?  Not sure…

Later in the afternoon we went over to Marni’s house for a play date.  It was awesome.  Wixer got to play frisbee with at least 3 different people so he was in hog heaven.  Marni is a professional photographer and she is always taking amazing pictures of my dogs.  How lucky!

Rainy Frisbee

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The frisbee part of yesterday went very well!  The lure coursing didn’t go at all.  Boo.  I was very much looking forward to that, but at least we got to play a little disc!  Frisbee is nice because its pretty relaxed and there is a lot of hanging around talking to friends.  Your turn only lasts 60 seconds and due to the rain only the top 10 from each division got to go again.  Good thing we were in the top 10 in Novice!  What fun.  Wixer on the other hand thought two 60 second runs was clearly just a start, he would have liked many many more.  We ended up taking 4th place in Novice which was a very nice surprise.  I hope Performance Pups puts on anther one soon and we actually get to do the lure coursing part.

Conspiracy

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Today was not the best day as a lot of little things decided to go wrong all day.  Ah well, c’est la vie.  I’m hoping tomorrow will go better.  Wixer and I have a big day planned, with a Disc Dog competition in the morning and lure coursing in the afternoon.  I’m honestly not terribly good at throwing the frisbee (although I’m a million times better than I used to be), so we probably won’t do very well in the competition.  But it will be fun for Wixer and good practice for when I am better at throwing.  But its the lure cousring I’m super stoked about!  Its an oval track of a descent size so hopefully Wixer will really be able to open up.

I’m a little concerned about his feet and legs though.  We’ve been doing some frisbee in the yard and his pads are getting a little worse for wear and his back legs are getting a bit scraped.  So from now on we will be wrapping his legs for frisbee playing.  I tried it today and he didn’t seem to mind so hopefully it will help at least the back leg issue.  I think the only thing that will help the pads is to fix our lawn.  While this would be delightful for both that and garden additions I’m not sure its going to happen any time soon, since the husband and I both need newer cars soon. 

Tonight

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Practice went well tonight I think. It was a little tough because we are down to very few people, but we made it work (mostly because the Husband was the bestest ever and came out and helped with everything). Using unpressurized balls, we got a lot better with Wixer bringing the ball all the way back. I think they might have enough less value to him than the regular balls.

We did have an interesting little set back when we set the jumps higher. Wixer measures at 16″ which means he would set the jumps at 11″ in NAFA (I think he will set the jumps at 9″ in U-Fli, but that’s just a guess). So tonight we showed him up to 10″ jumps. The first session of the evening he did great! Then his second session when he was a little more tired he decided that it would be easier to go around. Well duh! I’m sure he just doesn’t fully get that the jumps are an important part of the pattern yet. So we went back and worked on that for a while with good results. Although I’m not sure he will remember for next time, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens then. With Bleys it was totally different because he didn’t catch for sooooo long, the ball was always bouncing off his head. So he learned the jumps really well! I would really rather he didn’t have to jump 11″. I noticed that when the jumps were set high we was noticeably less drivey. I didn’t really like that at all, but I guess that’s to be expected.

I did not concentrate on the boxturn very much tonight at all. It was okay, but not stellar. I assume that this will be an ongoing work in progress though so I chose to work on getting the whole big picture together tonight. I hope that was a good choice!

Proactive

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In light of my proximity to freaking out, I’ve tried to get ahead of the game today.  I think I have nearly all my packing done and there is gas in the car (important when taveling across Alligator Alley).  I made two brand new tugs for Chupy to destroy over the weekend.  If he goes through more than that I’ll just have to punt.  I also made a new style of crate pad today.  The upside is that I think its really cool (well warm).  The downside is cost of materials might be prohibitive.  Seems to be a trend with my ideas.  Ah well.

The Husband is staying home to grade his two metric tons of memos, which I am hopefully facilitating by vanishing with the fuzzy distractions.  Grading time is never much fun for anyone.

Freaking out

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Last night I wrote a post which was subsequently lost to the intarweb gremlins. It was about the flyball tournament this weekend and Wixer’s warmup spot therein. I’m feeling a bit…I guess self conscious about his first public performance (even though it isn’t even really racing). Even though its silly, I feel like people will be watching and judging.

Tonight, another equally stupid worry. In the past some friends commented on how really fast he’s going to be, but I’m not seeing it. What if I am not helping him get to his full potential? What if I already botched it? I guess I’ve put a lot of myself into this and my rather sizable lack of self confidence is showing. I hope I can just not worry about all this and have fun with him.

You’re golden

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I wish people were more thoughtful, or mindful, or sensitive, or something.

1.  When a friend asks you to look at something and give your opinion, please consider starting with something positive, especially when you know they worked hard on it.  If you need to limit how much you tell them is wrong, its okay to save some for later.
2.  Give compliments, freely.
3.  Use your turn signal well before you turn or change lanes.

I’m sure there’s more, but it late.

Projects

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So I’ve been a bit housebound this past week. I’m taking an antihistamine that makes me unsafe to operate heavy machinery, including my car. Roland has been very helpful and understanding, driving me wherever I need to be. But I’ve been trying to minimize how much he has to do.

So, while under house arrest I’ve been trying to catch up on some projects. A lot of that was foiled when my sewing machine decided that it was time to take it in for a tune up (the top thread is somehow getting caught up on the underside of whatever I’m sewing). This puts a world of hurt on my list of things to do, since a lot of it was sewing.

Last night I got out my stuff that I got to put together a wall work area for flyball training. Its mostly together now, I ran out of contact cement and will have to get some more before I’m totally finished. Now the problem is where to put it. In the house is problematical because we have pronounced baseboards. The only place we don’t have baseboards is our mirrored wall. It doesn’t seem like a bright idea to have Wixer bouncing off that no matter how much padding there is. So today we tried out the garage. The space worked just fine, but I’m not going to be able to handle the heat out there. I know part of it is the drugs making me tired, but after only a few minutes per dog I am wiped out. Now I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

I also made a PVC wicket for measuring how tall my dogs are. Well, the precision leaves a lot to be desired, but mostly its to practice with them so they are used to doing it when they need to get measured at a tournament.

Next on the list? PVC weave-o-matic….right after my nap.

Doubt

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Just got back from the fabric store. It wasn’t an awesome experience. Part of that is the fact that Joann seems different lately. I keep running into stuff that looks likes its clearly marked as on sale, but then it isn’t, and they seem to be consistently stingier when cutting fabric and they no long offer to give you the end of the bolt for a discount. I feel like its just a much less friendly place.

The other part is some massive doubt on my part. I picked out some fabric that I think is great for a project that I think has the potential to be pretty cool. And then just as I’m finishing up and getting ready to head to the cutting counter…I suddenly feel convinced the whole idea and everything I’ve picked out is total bunk.