September, 2012

  1. Not Much Rain, But . . .

    September 27, 2012 by myeye

    Yesterday afternoon I went to the jail to visit a client, then drove to Albuquerque.  I hit Sams Club, then enjoyed a volleyball game.  My 10 (almost 11) year old granddaughter was the Captain yesterday.  The JV Angels won the match in two Games.  They play so hard — and are pretty talented.  Then I streaked across town to Ranchers Pro Market to grab up Wednesday meat specials for the baddogs’ dinners.  On the drive home, I saw this double rainbow.  I’m pretty sure the end was in my front yard — though it was gone when I got home.  The photo is an iPhone shot through an open window at 55 miles per hour.  However, you must take your rainbows as you find them.

    Please disregard the corner of my car window in the upper right.

  2. Silver Sneakers

    September 26, 2012 by myeye

    It is time!

    My Orthodoc told me to use a stationary bicycle which is great exercise and will not aggravate my knee.  I don’t want to buy a bike, I don’t want to set one up at the house.  My health plan offers me the benefit of the Silver Sneakers program.  It turns out that the member gym in Los Lunas is right around the corner from my office.  So, I am going to come into town a half hour earlier each day and go to the gym before I come into work.  If I can spend fifteen or twenty minutes on the bike each morning, I know I will feel better and it will speed up the weight loss/conditioning effort.

    If I am going to run agility with Chase, I need to meet his exacting standards for a partner.  Gym clothes tomorrow morning . . .

  3. Chase in Jumpers on Sunday

    September 25, 2012 by myeye

    I mentioned in the last post that Evelyn Vingradov had taken photos again on Sunday.  She posted this one to my Facebook wall.  Is this not quintessential Chase?  I’m not sure a dog can be much happier.  He will continue with Agility as long as he enjoys it this much — though one of these days he needs to run clean and get a green ribbon.  Next trials are October 20-21 and then November 2,3,4.  Go, Chaseman!  Evelyn has a pair of splendid Aussies that also do it all — she really gets “happy”.

  4. Agility Day 2

    September 23, 2012 by myeye

    No Q for us again today, but Chase is really doing so well for the limited and sporadic training he has had.  He got his weaves in jumpers this morning, but dropped a bar.  This afternoon in Novice Standard he missed his weaves.  Since he’s had only two intensive weeks of weave work, I think I have to forgive him for blowing one out of four weave exercises.  I took video, but the arena was simply too dark — bummer — because he did some great work.  Today when Lisa took him back to retry his weaves the third time, he told her off.  He can be very naughty.  Next trial is our Obedience Club’s Novice and Open only on October 20-21, and then the first weekend of November, my local club has its Agility Trials — so we will enter those as well.  I suspect Chase will be much improved in a couple of departments by then.

    I’m about to add a double and a triple jump to my collection as well as a teeter.  Those seem to be our problem areas so I want to work on them at home.  With class once a week and regular home practice, I think the boy will be a star.

    Lisa serves up great treats — waiting to go into the ring.

    Chase and Lisa discussing the weave poles


  5. Agility Day 1

    September 23, 2012 by myeye

    First, my friend Evelyn Vinogradov came to the trial to take photos of Chase for me.  Since he left Cheryl’s in Tennessee, he hasn’t had a single decent photo taken.  Yesterday’s light was perfect and I’m very happy with these shots of the man.  Today we’ll try for some more action shots.  The lighting in the arena is tough so there are no promises.

    Chase didn’t Q yesterday.  His weaves were good on the first try of each run.  Our early morning and late evening backyard weave practice paid off.  However, he bailed off the teeter in the Novice Standard run.  That’s not something he’d done before.  Otherwise, it was a fine run.  Chase was the last dog of the day — his Jumpers run was up at 4:00 and we’d been at the arena since 7:00 (left the house at 5:30).  We had lost a bit of focus:)  Lisa (Berry) led out, Chase was intently inspecting the ceiling.  When he realized Lisa was moving, he took off and simply crashed through the first jump.  Sigh!  Then he was splendid until — the last two jumps were a double and a triple.  He ticked the bar on the double and it came down, he cleared the triple.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Chase drop a bar before.  He’s trying to keep us on our toes.

    I went to bed early last night — we were both so tired.  As a result, I was awake at 3:30.  I tried to go back to sleep, but it didn’t work.  At least today’s runs are small to tall so we will not be the last dog of the day, and since we got both of his measurements yesterday, we do not have to be at the arena at 7:00 this morning.  Hope to have more action shots to share.  Think good thoughts for the happy boy as he tries for a pair of green ribbon.