• 16th September
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  • 14th September
    2014
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Day 2

So much happened today, I’m not really sure where to start.

We’ll start with the bad first.

I totes did not win anything in the raffle - booo. I really wanted this rechargeable Crate Fan, and I entered to win some other stuff like Free Agility Day via a Club or Free Photography Session. Nothing.

Our Tunnelers run (last of the day), went a bit like yesterday’s EXCEPT, as I was asking her to sit - I told her I really only needed two obstacles. Preferably in order, but I’m not being picky. I got Four. And, when she shut down on me I did what we do at home to play - she stopped and made eye contact.. and I just bolted the other way. She followed. Big Thanks to my Classmate who made that suggestion to me. I know everyone is like four tunnels.. she didn’t complete the course but guys, we were there from 8am and this is around around 1pm during our second run. I knew she was tired, and so for me - this was success.

So on to the good, going backwards - our first run of the day was AMAZING. She finished an Entire course. This is her FIRST time finish an entire course and really only like her 2nd trial environment. We had two faults (she didn’t take the right tunnels), and so that set us back. But, WE FINISHED. And we nailed the hell out of a serpentine. It was flawless. Because of the two faults, we placed 6th. So no ribbon, but I was like YEESSS 6TH PLACE. I WILL TAKE THAT. WE FINISHED A COURSE :high fives Emma: I was so proud. All the proud - if that’s possible.

Other misc things that happened - met lots of Corgi owners and a beautiful 10 year old Brindle Cardi.

I got told about three times that Emma could lose like two pounds or had someone ask if she could have a cookie since she was on “the heavier side”. /sigh I have been trying to get her to lose 2 pounds, but despite lowering her food size - it seems impossible. One of these people made a point to tell me why she was perfectly “designed” for Agility though, and gave us some pointers. So…that.

The photography people were SO NICE! I got 2 photos from 10 bucks. The photographer was going to touch them up for me on the spot and I told him not to worry about it because I was a designer and because I knew he was busy anyway. And he asked if I wanted RAW files… for 10 bucks?! I lost it. NICEST EVER. I can’t wait to show you guys those.

Oh, and I got snorgs. Twice. I maintain that my dog is not a crate dog. She hates it, unless it thundering. Today was worse in terms of that. I could stand a couple feet from the crate, all the barking. All of it. I gave her some calming treats, and put some Lavendar oil on her ears. Nothing worked. So, I took her out, and flipped her over (which is usually not a favorite) and just massaged her… She totally let me. People kept walking by giggling or commenting on how relaxed she looked. She just laid there on me, and watched the dogs/people go by.

That’s about it for today - sorry for the novel. I just woke up, and wanted to get everything down. Hope everyone in Tumblr land had a great weekend too!

  • 14th September
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  • 13th September
    2014
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Day 1

Em and I participated in the Texas Agility Shootout. I’ve been wanting to do it for years and have not had the chance til now. It’s an agility event to benefit Canine Cancer, which is really touching after having met some of the people. I didn’t realize a class mate was the one who started the event after losing her dog at the age of 9. Truly Sad.

So, we had two runs. I specifically picked two that I thought Emma would excel at or at the very least have some fun doing. Those were Jumpers (just jumps + tunnels) and then Tunnelers. Tunnelers, is like the course designed for Hamkrakkens. Unfortunately, we did not really get to do them because Em was really stressed out by the environment. We had zoomies both times.

Actually, the first run with zoomies was incredible and I wish I had video to show you guys because I was laughing so hard. It needs some backstory though….When we were at the beach this summer, I would see the birds by the shore all standing around and I would line Emma up very quietly and point. “Bird” and she would take off running. I totally thought at this time, like this is such a bad habit to encourage and that I would probably most likely end up regretting it in the future. Uh, well that day was today. So, Em takes off after a jump, and she’s doing her circles. I’m calling her but not really working. I’m letting her do her thing, and I see this bird land on the ground. We BOTH see it. And she just takes off… I could not stop laughing. I bet I looked insane. But, with all the chaos of an agility trial and knowing how stressed Em probably was - that was “normal”. And I knew it probably made her happy, so I was happy. Totally left grinning like an idiot.

Second run was zoomies again, no birds this time though. I think the environment is just a lot for her to handle. It’s going to take several trials before I think she starts getting the hang of things. I totally understand, because it’s stressful for me too.

Also, forgot who asked (sweetcorgi?) but yeah - I don’t have any video. It was just Emma and I, and there is already so much to juggle I’ll see if we can’t get at least 1 good picture this weekend. maybe, no promises

  • 13th September
    2014
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  • 12th September
    2014
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Hi! Where is that dog friendly swimming place I keep seeing Emma at? She's so adorable :)

Asked by: cricks

We have several county owned + chain water parks across the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. What happens is that about September when the swimming season is about done, they all open their parks up for a dog day. There has been at least 1 a week for the last month. This last place we went was the Sun Valley Aquatic in Lewisville, Texas.

It’s a ton of fun (and totally wears Emma out)! If you have something like that in your area, definitely go.

Also - Thanks for thinking she’s cute :) I think she’s pretty adorable myself,  but don’t tell her I said that. She will just get an complex :)

  • 12th September
    2014
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