Tuesday, April 18, 2017

If at first you don't succeed

Try, try again. Then a few more times after that. This is pretty much the mantra of those of us stuck in the black hole of NW3. 

After a more than exhausting day of working at the elite trial Saturday, we got our chance to try on Sunday. We started off with a strong container search. It was luggage, which she's pretty good with. But we had been practicing boxes for two weeks so I felt we were ready this time. She rocked it and we ended up getting a third place even! Next up was interiors. There was a little incident involving something black on the floor near where the hide was but it ended up ok. The next two rooms went off without a hitch and we did well in a search that only had a 53% pass rate. 

Next up was exteriors. She was starting to get a little warm but ended up getting the two hides with a few seconds to spare. I don't know why I fret about exteriors so much, she typically always does well. I felt like we were pretty solid and if we could make it through vehicles we would have a good shot. She found one hide quick and then went on to show a fair amount of interest in the third car down. She did eventually alert. I was a little unsure but she had been solid all day so I called it. Mistake. It was just pooling from the wind blowing down from the first car. This was pretty soul crushing. But another lesson learned. 

We did earn our NW3 container title in addition to our third place. And we found all the hides for the day. Plus we had fun and enjoyed a good time with friends. Every day you get to spend having fun with your dog is a win.   Or that you can't take 30 minutes to be sad. But after that, move on!

This weekend we travel to IL and then I have to start hoping to get into some trials over the summer. 
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring stuff

And now for some randomness around the yard. 

Slick, still doing well and starting to shed off and look summer pretty. 
 

Espy, always looking for food 
 
One of my new flowers this year 
 
Twist, just chilling on the deck. 
 

 

 

 

And finally, Jerry's wedding ring he lost about 6 years ago. We didn't think we would ever find it, but we never looked outside. It was just laying in the dirt by the deck and I happened to see it as I walked by. So crazy!
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saturday's 5k

Saturday we did a local 5k. It was actually a little longer but I recorded my time st the actual 5k mark for an accurate assessment of my training. And it's going pretty good! I'm only 20!second from my goal for the year and it's only April!
 

I think the rainbow kittens helped. 
 

And as a bonus I knocked out second place!
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

More puppies

If you are local you may have seen this story on the news

It's about a hoarding case in Pulaski county where the animals were not only hoarded but then abandoned. Many were already dead when help arrived. I work with one of the clinics who is doing some of the care for the animals. This one has a broken leg.

 
 
 

 

Despite the non ideal age of the fracture my colleague has tried to pin it. We are hoping for the best. This little guy is being fostered with us. 
Here are his post-op films. He's a trooper. Always so happy. 
 

None of they animals can be spayed, neutered or adopted until the owners relinquish or the case is tried. But so far they have not been able to locate them to even press charges. 


 

So here they all are-time for puppies to go to sleep!

 

And finally one of handsome Havoc, looking more grown up but not always acting it. He's hopefully getting adopted in the next few weeks. 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meet Missy

Missy is an 11 month old mostly border collie girl. She was an owner surrender.  Her family cared about her and took good care of her but they had not intended to be a three dog family and did not feel like they were a good match for a border collie. Missy is a sweet girl but is still a bit overwhelmed by her recent life change. She will be up for adoption soon!
 
  

She is a very happy girl and likes her toys. She enjoys tugging. We should know more about her soon. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Eight

I'm a little behind in my posts. As usual. But this week I had a belated birthday dinner with Kennedy. It's crazy to think that she is 8 years old. Even crazier that she is almost as tall as me! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kentucky NW3

We headed to KY this weekend for their first NW trial. They did a good job and other than the fact that only two dogs passed the NW3 it seemed to go well and everyone had fun. And no, Legend was not one of the two dogs. Interiors and containers had a terrible pass rate. Legend failed both. There was a second hide in room one that tripped up a lot of dogs including her. She worked the area of the hide (a desk) a lot but was never able to source it. We got to the 30 second warning and I just figured it was odor blowing over from the other hide but I guess it wasn't. I don't feel bad about it though. That's kind of an anomaly for her to miss an interior, and she was not the only one by a long shot!

Other dogs were apparently failing containers by missing a hide. No consistency to which one but mainly they were not getting both. Legend alerted on an empty box. Again. This is frustrating because she never (in general) does this in the other elements. Or not even usually in containers that aren't boxes. So I guess we will be working really really hard on boxes for the next several weeks!

Sunday I volunteered and got some score room training. It was and NW1 and went super fast. Some of the times I was entering were amazing. Placements were super competitive. We finished early and I drove the whole 8 hours home to sleep in my own bed and enjoy a day off!

Friday we made a pit stop on the way up. No time to do much but I did get a shirt. 
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter is coming

I've been working on some spring/Easter projects the last few weeks. Some will stay here but some are going to donations for local animal rescue related fundraisers. They were fun to do and I think they turned out cute. I still have stuff leftover so I may try and do a few more. 


 
 
 

 

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Winner

Good news in this week's race report. The weather was chilly and raining, but the course was flat for the Frisco Highline Run. I actually ended up winning the women's division. It wasn't a big race, but still, it was nice!
 
My time was 23:56 but before you get all excited the course was only 3 miles. I don't understand when they are doing a race like this where you can put the turn around anywhere (it's an old paved train track) why you wouldn't put it in the right spot?  Anyway, it was still a good time and getting me closer to my goal!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NW3-the quest continues

Last weekend Legend and I headed off to Moline, IL for another NW3 try. It was the one year anniversary of our first and only NW3 so I was hoping that was a good omen. 

 

We made the whole drive up on Friday and relaxed at the hotel. Legend showed an interest in reading my book. But I'm not finished with it yet. 😉
 

Saturday I volunteered. Luckily I got an inside job since it was cold. I got to be judges steward for interiors so enjoyed watching all those searches. We got in a little walk around the hotel after working. Legend really wanted to swim but I told her it may not be safe. Plus she just had a bath. 
 

Sunday we started with exteriors. We found two hides and I felt good about it.  I'll come back to containers. Vehicles went well, one hide. One car was interesting to her but no odor. I felt good about being able to tell the difference. Interiors went very smoothly. I think that interiors is one of our strengths. 

Back to containers. 3 rows of four bags. I searched  all three down, no luck. Went the opposite way on the first row and found one hide. Checked the middle row the opposite way, nothing. And then, for whatever reason decided not to check the third row the oppotoe direction. After I called finish and started to leave the search area she practically laid down on another bag in the third row.  I was hoping maybe it was a really good distractor. It wasn't. Oops. 

So basically we got no false alerts and found all the hides. Should have been a pass if it weren't for me! Overall I think my confidence is coming back and I've noticed I don't really worry about the time pressure. She's quick and we try to be efficient. I didn't get any 30 second warnings this weekend. And we earned our NW3-vehicle title. So overall a pretty good outing. 

In two weeks we head to Kentucky to try it again!