Today might just be the best day!

Guess what?? I’m about to start an eight week session with Kayl McCann and my dog Cash ! It’s a bit of a drive from where I live but I know I’m going to get so much out of it!

So excited to see what my agility future holds!! I’ve been so impressed with the OMD system, it makes so much sense to me & I’ve seem such improvement with BOTH my dogs!

Class starts tonight! Will let you know how it goes !!

My Lightbulb moment

I just had THE MOST amazing weekend ever.  To those of you who don’t do agility, I will do my best to describe how awesome it was!  I attended a Kayl McCann (www.kaylmccann.ca) seminar in Barrie, Ontario this weekend with my hungover half partner (see previous blog posting) Lori.  Kayl was teaching on the “One Mind Dog” concept (www.oneminddogs.com) – and to be honest I had no idea what I was getting into or what to expect.  I am SUCH an agility newbie, and hadn’t heard much about the One Mind Dog concept.  It’s only been two years of agility for me so far, and I already feel as though I’ve been on a pretty steep learning curve!!

We braved some scary road conditions to get to a friends house North of Barrie Friday night, settled in for some drinks and relaxation before the seminar.  I had my dogs Maya & Cash with me and Lori her dog Squeeze and Izzy.  Izzy is a puppy.  She’s perfect. I’m in love. She’s a Canadian and one day I’m thinking I’m going to have to abduct her and bring her back to her home country 🙂 She actually could pass for Maya’s daughter – they are the same beautiful deep red, but I digress.

Day 1 of the seminar, moment 1 – (fully awake & caffeinated due to 1 hour drive in snowy conditions from friends house) – I knew I liked Kayl, and the way the weekend was going to go down.  She is an absolutely INCREDIBLE instructor, makes you feel comfortable instantly,  explains things super clearly and makes everything about it fun. Which is what agility is supposed to be! Fun!!  I’m not going to go into detail on the One Mind Dog system – because, well, you should take a seminar – but I feel as though I FINALLY learned how to speak the same language as my dog.  Words do not describe how awesome it is to look your dog in the eyes, and not only SEE but FEEL the difference in his response to your cues.

I hardly slept last night. I have been doing agility moves in my orthotic lab.  I am beyond excited by this, and am looking forward to what the future will hold!

Back to work….. until next time!

– Karen & Cash & Maya

Airstreaming & Agility

My handsome husband flew away on a jet plane again. He is hanging out two hours north of Fort Mac in Alberta. I understand it’s quite cold up there, and there are a lot of bugs. His first winter there he actually got stuck in a snow drift. I’m pretty sure that mental image will always make me laugh 🙂

When he was home on his last turn around we had a couple of agility trials to attend, friends to visit, and sights to see. The dogs did fabulous at the trials, we are showing in AKC right now – Maya moved up into excellent standard (exciting, trust me!), and Cash (as in Johnny) made it into open all around. He is a very exciting, crazy fast little guy…can’t wait to see what the future will hold for us!

I believe I left off in a previous blog with us at the agility trial in Midland, MI – parked in a driveway with a view & enjoying great company? When the trial was done, Bryan and I hit the road and headed north to Burt Lake State Park as a stopover on our way to visit friends outside of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. It rained, and rained and rained….but the park looks like a lovely spot to come back to!

We woke up early the next morning and continued our trek North. If you haven’t been to St.Josephs island in Ontario – you really should add it to the bucket list. It is a gorgeous area of our country…a little slice of heaven. Bryan and I spent the night there visiting with some good friends and having far too many laughs 🙂

One of the things I had been most excited about was seeing the International Dark Sky park in northern michigan. Luckily for us the weather cleared up, and we were able to see the stars. We camped right on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Wilderness State Park. There was almost no one there, and it was truly magical. The dogs romped & enjoyed the beach (not a dog free zone in the fall!), and Bryan and I had some time to relax. The weather was perfect, and the northern lights made an appearance on our first night!

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There were actually three other Airstreams in the park as well….we’ve not been Airstreamers long – but they are quite a friendly bunch! We spent an evening with Tim & Linda who were wealths of knowledge and very interesting folk. Their airstream was a much older model, but a thing of beauty. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything so shiny!

Our adventure concluded at the Seven Lakes state park outside of Holly, Michigan. I had one more dog trial to attend, and this park was quite close to our show site. The dogs did great, and I had some very good times with friends. We went out for homemade ice cream in Fenton at “Uncle Ray’s” – sinfully delicious…and a yummy supper at a Mexican restaurant where my husband ordered the HUGE “wet burrito”. This unfortunately for his digestive system had been a trend over the course of our trip…and yes he did eat the whole thing!

Two weeks can fly by in the blink of an eye can’t it? Now the fun of trying to decide where to go next! Any suggestions?

Agility – a contact sport?

My border collie Maya knocked out one of my front teeth a year and a half ago, well not right out…. The tooth died a slow and painful death. It was an accident, or so she says. We we’re doing Susan Garrett’s 2×2 weave pole training, and our heads collided while playing with a tug toy.

So for the last long while I have been dealing with the process of getting a dental implant. I know far more about dentistry and this process then I EVER wanted to know!

Why am I going on about this when I said I would be updating you on my adventures? Well I unfortunately did not have good access to the internet and slacked off while traveling. I’m sorry. Our trip was great. I saw northern lights and starry skies…and ate far too much yummy food 🙂

It’s my right front tooth. And I have a gummy smile. Currently things are not looking all that aesthetically great. I’m not going to use my blog as a place to slander the dental care I received initially….but it sucked (no names!) Thankfully I am in the hands of a true professional now who is doing the best he can to fix my smile. The implant has a temporary crown on it, but it’s the kind that could fall off if I am too hard on it. I am 30 and I carry Polident with me in case my crown falls off its post. Lol.

I still love my dogs. I do refer to Maya as the tooth fairy. My husband thinks I should run/train agility with a mouth guard 🙂

– Karen

Camping in the Rain

Well it’s the morning of Day 3 here at TNT Dog Training Centre in Midland, MI – it’s such a beautiful facility. It’s been pouring rain since we got here and I am VERY glad that we have been competing indoors! Running in the rain can be fun… but not for three days in a row!

I am also immensely happy that I’m not camping in a tent! I used to be one of those people that thought camping in a trailer wasn’t “really” camping … I’ve changed my mind.

I know being in my giant tin can with a refrigerator, and coffee maker (clearly the MOST important appliance) is not the same as roughing it in Algonquin Park… But today I am quite thankful to have heard the rain binging off of the roof rather than seeping in around our tent seams!

The agility trial has gone super well so far, lots of time spent with good friends, and of course my beautiful dogs 🙂 We have been parked in my good friend Lori’s awesome dad joe’s (mouthful there!) lane way not far from the show site. Last night they treated us to a lovely steak dinner on the back deck overlooking the lake. So thankful to be surrounded by such great people !

We are headed north tonight – destination unknown. Will update as we go!

– Karen