The Countdown Continues!

Guess what?? ONLY 10 more sleeps until the hubby & I and the furry gang pile into the Airstream and hit the road for the U.S. Open in Fletcher, North Carolina!! I am really looking forward to competing with both of my dogs in such a big setting, and spending some quality time with my husband.  We are taking a week or so of vacation after the trial, and doing a bit of a road trip through the Great Smokey Mountains.

This weekend has been an awesome time at home – albeit a bit snowy (Oh, Canada!). So nice to spend sometime at home, getting things accomplished and of course working the dogs! Today it warmed up enough that I was able to run barefoot outdoors with Cash…probably the last time for that this year!  We worked on short jumping sequences with extension, as well as collection – he is doing so well.

One of my goals for this fall/winter is to focus on trick training with all of the dogs as well – it is so important to keep them mentally stimulated, especially if they can’t get outside quite as much because of the weather! I will try and remember to take some video of us working on our tricks one of these days and post it.  It always amazes me how quickly they learn!

Alright! I’m going to put down the laptop & curl up with the dogs – thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

– Karen, Maya, Cash & Keys

Cash is a Daddy!!

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Cash has sired his first litter of puppies – he was bred to a beautiful Merle named Bling, and they produced three healthy, happy puppies! They are now a few weeks old and I had the chance to visit them over the weekend – thought I would share some pictures 🙂

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For more info on these puppies you can contact Grand Oakes Border Collies: http://www.grandoakesbordercollies.com

Let the Games Begin!

I am so excited for the weekend – it is our first trial that counts for qualifying for Cynosport 2015 in Tennessee! I am really hoping to be able to run both Cash & Maya at Cyno next year, probably not Maya in all of the classes – but since she is officially our team Captain we expect her to make an appearance 🙂

This will actually only be the second time that I am running in the Team event at a USDAA trial – two of Cash’s litter mates are running with us – Twist & Puma. He’s also entered in Biathalon runs, Grand Prix & of course Steeplechase. Maybe we will bring home the $5.00 prize. LOL. Maya is entered in Steeplechase & about 4 other runs, I am really looking forward to running them both – and trying Maya on the “big dog” courses 🙂

My goals for the weekend are:

i) Run both dogs to the best of THEIR abilities
ii) LOOK at the line
iii) Stay connected
iv) Have FUN
v) Enjoy the Journey

I am pulling the Airstream up and camping nearby – AND have finally figured out a way to be able to use my phone and be connected to the internet while traveling in the US – its through a company called Roam Mobility (www.roammobility.com) If it works well I will try to post updates at night 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week & weekend!!

– Karen

Who knew garbage bags could be SO much FUN!!

Tonight was awesome, which was awesome because as of late I am in some serious need of awesome! Yes. I know. Too many awesomes…

As you may or may not know Mondays are my AGILITY day!!! Tonight was doubly great because I was able to do not one but two classes!!! Normally just Cash & I take classes (because we really need them!!) but tonight there was an opening and I got to do a drop in with Maya 🙂

You might be wondering what all this blabbering has to do with garbage bags? Well let me tell you! Kayl decided that tonight being the last night of our session we should celebrate (lol) by running some tricky sequences without our arms. She must have figured we would not be capable of that without being encased in garbage bags – as it was we all tried to cheat by sticking our finger tips out the bottom! I’m sure we were a pretty funny sight running our dogs all decked out in plastic…

You know what? Both of my dogs did awesome! Lesson learned? I need to pay more attention to more important cues like motion, position, eyes, chest laser…. OR invest in a straight jacket for trials.

Til next time!

– Karen