Sunday, January 31, 2010

HD Video

BTW, those two videos are HD from my new Flip Ultra HD. However, it looks like YouTube has to change the width in that case, so now I need to fix the layout... Erfh!

Twisty Turns and Discrimination Tests

Twisty Turns and Discrimination Tests

Saturday's course contained a discrimination test at the very beginning (the tunnel versus the dog walk) and some twisty serpentine moves.

Grete and I did pretty well on both our runs. The first one I didn't call her to me enough so she blew past the second jump toward the tunnel/dog walk, but she got the really hard part of the jump sequence. (You can hear Cloudine say "Good puppy" right after she gets it.)

On the second run, we tried to work on those first two jumps. I think it was a little stressful for Grete. She hates jumping into me, and I need to work on that. After the stress, she started sniffing around and Cloudine zerberted her a bit and that got her little fire running. She and I missed the hard part of the jump serpentine, but that was due to my timing.

Monday, January 25, 2010

the course from the 16th (part 2)

two weeks ago, cloudine broke out the hard courses. (one week ago she eased up a bit)

this course was super tricky. the turn from 5 to 6 to 7 got me every time.

heck - looking at it now - i'm not sure i labeled it right. (on flickr, i've added notes with the obstacle order numbers.)

good thing i finally broke down and ordered a flip video for future reference!

the course from the 16th (part 1)

the "easy" part -- although grete didn't like starting with the tire

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Updates and play dates

So much has changed in the past few months... I've switched jobs so Grete no longer comes to work with me. I had surgery in late October so I was out for a week of agility. Then I hurt my ankle and I was gimpy for a week. Then Grete cut her paw in early December so she was out for two weeks of agility. Then Christmas and New Years... and -BANG- here we are in 2010.

Because of the job change and because of Grete, I tried working a shorter day in the office and tried to work from home more, but that was hard on both of us. She doesn't understand working from home. And she really don't understand why she's not with me 24/7. To be honest, some deep emotional part of me doesn't understand it either.

We've hired a dog walker to give Grete and our neighbor's adorable little puppy some R&R / playtime in the middle of the day.

And the good news for you, my dear reader, is that our dog walker blogs so you can continue to get your Grete fix when I've been slacking!

You can read about Grete and Rusty's play dates here:

More on our agility exploits in 2010... I promise.