Please Play Again….

Why does a contest make me want to buy cups and cups of horrible tasting coffee, just to roll the rim, and find out that they want me to play again?   Anyone else out there compulsively stopping at every Tim Horton’s they pass?

Okay… I’m not quite that bad, but I’m sure if I tracked my coffee consumption via a spreadsheet I would notice a sharp spike during our country’s annual contest!  Can you imagine a spring without rolling up countless rims? I cannot.  It has become part of who and what we are here in Canada…  Not sure what that says about us, except that we are creatures of habit 🙂

I have won I believe 3 free coffees.  TOTAL. And the contest has been running for six weeks… I don’t want to disclose how many cups I’ve consumed in the six weeks…but its far more than 3.  My mom won a donut.  She doesn’t eat donuts.

This year is even more special because you can roll not one, but TWO rims.

Don’t get excited.  They both say they same thing 🙂

I’ve heard the rumours of people who win… and win big…but does anyone ACTUALLY know anyone that’s won first hand?? I think not.

Good luck! & Keep rolling 🙂

– Karen

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 ( 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 ( – 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