Sunday, August 20, 2017

UKC nosework

Legend and I went to the local UKC nosework trial this weekend. Yesterday we passed our PT in myrrh so she's ready for masters when we get there.  Then she had an out of character false alert in interiors round 1, but came back solid in round 2 and earned 2nd place.  Today she finished up her Novice Interiors title with a first place which also completed her Novice Nosework title (2 passes in all four elements).  She also earned a leg on her advanced interior title.

I watched some of the novice and upper levels today.  I have to say, I think there is a huge difference in handling between UKC and NACSW, and I hope that plays to my advantage as we proceed through the levels!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The clean slate

I didn't expect to have a new dog. And since Epic spent most of his time before we adopted him in a crate I wasn't exactly sure what he would be like. 

So basically, I don't have any goals. I'm not hell bent on any earning any particular title or qualifying for any certain event. I don't have any kind of timeline. I don't have a "first trial" of any kind picked out or stuck in my head. 

This is actually pretty refreshing, although I do have to keep reminding myself it's ok if he's not perfect right away or it takes him awhile to learn something. I've also not been as rigidly focused on formal training as I have been with my other dogs. I spend a lot of time just teaching him fun tricks and also to be a good pet. I want to be able to take him places and have it be enjoyable. I want him to be well mannered at home and around company. I want to be able to take him off leash hiking. And I would like these things sooner, rather than later and just by "luck" or as a by product of spending an inordinate amount of time doing agility trials. 

Don't get me wrong, I've been introducing sports to him too. While I don't have any specific goals I'd like to at least try him in Nosework, obedience, and agility and see what he likes. Truth be told I hope he really does well in Nosework. In the back of my mind the Elite champion title and going to the invitational are potential goals. But I don't want to put all that pressure on him before we even get to an ORT! 

I've also shown him a few agility obstacles. He's been over a jump and trots across the a-frame and dogwalk happily for a treat. He's working nicely in obedience class. I plan to just do a little at a time and really have him solid and well proofed before we enter trials of any kind. I don't want him underprepared and set up for failure, bad habits, or ring stress. Even if it takes a few years I'm really ok with that. It gives me time to do it right and also focus on Legend and her Nosework. 

Plus, he doesn't quite have the drive that she does, so I have to remember not to over work him and get him discouraged or burned out. He's definitely a new journey, and I'm not sure where it will take us, but it's going to be Epic. (Pun intended)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fracture healing

These are all the films we took of Epic's leg as it was healing.  I though it would be nice to post them all together.  Occasionally I see him carry it a step or two.  But, hopefully with time that will go away as well.  Plus, he plays pretty hard with Nike, so it's not totally surprising.

Here is the original fracture


 Three weeks post-op

 Five weeks post-op

 Eight weeks post-op

 Twelve weeks post-op.  Finally healed!  The pin came out a few days later.

Thanks Dr. K for not giving up and going with amputation!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Behind again

I'm behind in blogging again.  So, Epic started obedience class a few weeks ago. Not surprising, he's quite the star. But, we still need to work a lot on not breaking stays when he gets letter and just not running up and jumping on people in general. But the actual obedience part he's getting down.  He's also in a nosework class and that's going well too. 
Legend was sick last week, feeling a little dull and running a fever. Her tests were all basically normal. Time and medication have restored her to normal. 
We keep our desktop computer in what was our office, and then became a spare bedroom. We don't use it much but when we do it's a hassle because we try to keep the animals out of there. Mainly because we are almost always housetraining something and we have carpet in there. So, we decided to move it to the dining room. It makes the room a little crowded, but so much more functional, we don't eat in there much anyway. 

This also required a new desk. Took about 3 hours to put together but we like it. 

This is just Slick looking pretty. 

Babies at work looking cute 

Lyric playing with a toy-a rare occurrence. I had some cute video too but haven't put it on you tube. 

Pool day at the lake a few weekends back!