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I had so much fun this weekend. It was a tiny trial full of very nice and fun people. That is the big thing I've missed about USDAA in this area--the atmosphere is always AWESOME.

Panic ran wonderfully. I'm so pleased with him. The rubber-infill turf there is very nice, and I think the rosin/chalk powder helped him out quite a bit--the only run I didn't use it for was Steeplechase Round 2 and while he still ran well he did noticeably slip and knock a bar in that run, his only bar of the weekend.

It was so much fun to get out there with him again. He really is running great. Despite only running clean in one run, he looks and feels better than ever to me. If we did agility more than once every sixth months I'm sure the consistency would be there. I know that things can change in the blink of an eye, but at this rate I anticipate many more years to come for us. And we can still go down to 16 in the future!

Also wanted to share his Standard run in which he TOTALLY PULLED A BRIGHT and added an extra backside. Good times.

This weekend reminded me why I love agility so much. Good courses, nice people, and runs that left me feeling happy but motivated to train more. One day maybe I WILL be able to train more. Until then, I head back to school on Tuesday. My life is full of so many seperate sections right now, but I'm lucky to care so much about each one of them. Sometime I'll have a life that isn't so broken up.
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Tonight I'm hiding out alone in the apartment. It's very loud here in the city, and I didn't want to leave Panic alone athough he is handling it way better than I thought he would. Historically I would always go to a show for this weekend.

I've been thinking about agility a lot lately. I miss it. I miss it a lot, a lot more than I ever have. I love keeping up with everyone's videos, it makes me super happy to see everyone having so much fun. Doing agility with Panic is so fun and I really do miss it, but I really have to accept that there are factors that are going to prevent us from doing any agility for quite awhile, and that makes me sad. First and foremost is the fact that I really can't afford it anymore. I've always had to pay for agility related things on my own, but when I was younger pretty much all my income was disposable. Agility is expensive and that sucks.

I still peruse the AKC and UKI websites for trials I could potentially go to though, but the other factor is a complete lack of trials (or training facilities) on anything other than turf around here. It's possible that Panic could run ok on a rubber infill surface, but I just can't ask him to do it.

One day I know I'll get back into it. I hope that that time will be soon enough that I can still enjoy many more runs with Panic. We have so much fun doing agility together, a type of fun you can't find anywhere else. In the meantime, I'm very happy to be able to live vicariously through all of you guys.

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The summer is going well so far, so long as I avoid the pit of "Netflix all day". I mean, Netflix some of the day is fine, I've been watching Twin Peaks. Oh my gosh, what a show. So weird, so brilliant. I love it. And although I've heard a lot of things abot this show, I've managed to go my entire life not knowing any spoilers at all. I seriously have no idea what's going to happen, love it.

Panic and I spend a lot of time at the park. We go for a run in the woods and then hang out in this big field for awhile. It's relaxing, peaceful. Always makes me feel more centered. It's a fairly busy park, but the trail system is so extensive that we don't run into very many people. There's something so exhilarating about trail running that I just don't experience on the road. The movement of the trail cutting through the hillside, the sudden dips and turns. I reach this weird mode of peace as I run. I feel like my legs are acting separately from the rest of me. I simply have to put all my trust into them.The trail is uneven, full of jutting rocks and stones, and yet somehow my feet always find a stable place to land. Panic zooms through the woods beside me and probably feels the same thing. How can he run so gracefully through the undergrowth?

Yes, we have fun. Fun fun fun. Speaking of fun, we had a show this weekend and it was FUN! Yes, that's right, you heard me, fun at a dog show! Can you believe it? Local show. DCAA is great. Panic is great (duh). I kept my head on straight and embraced being there, surrounded by genuinely nice people that I'm very happy to call my friends. It made me want to trial more, although I know not every show is like this one. It was a great environment to be in. Very thankful. Very very thankful.

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Trialling, I'm just not sure how to do it anymore it seems. There is definitely a pattern here of me going to trials and having wild mood swings concerning my involvement in agility and my desire to be there. I'm not sure what to do about it, but it takes a lot of focused effort for me to remain in a good place at trials.

The Cluster is definitely a different breed of show, however. Very big, very crowded, very long days. And for some reason I entered all four days! Not a great show to try to work on my mental state, but we made it through and overall I can say that I enjoyed being most of the time. Saturday was the worst, I ended up leaving right after our first run and going hiking instead. A good decision to make--I knew that day had gotten away from me entirely.

Despite Panic forgetting how to weave on most of his runs, I was surprised by how well the both of us were running. Panic definitely loves running on dirt. I think he had much more speed than he does on turf--I'm attributing the forgetful weaves to this. We even managed a few 2nd and 3rd place runs in classes of 100+ 20" dogs. I don't usually give placements much weight but I was genuinely surprised and thrilled that Panic (who isn't getting any younger!) and I were holding our own in such a competitive class. We haven't even seen one another, let alone practiced agility, since the first week of January! He's a good boy, I'm very proud.

We only got one run on film all weekend, but it happened to be my favorite run. A very fun course--with a backside! I'm pretty sure he hit his dogwalk, but it was definitely close so I understand not giving us the benefit of the doubt.

One day I will figure out this trialling thing again. I DO really enjoy agility, it's just been difficult redefining my relationship with it. Luckily Panic is always in it for pure joy. He loves going to shows, and I never get tired of how happy he gets when we walk into one. For that alone I'll keep doing it.  


Dec. 12th, 2013 11:09 pm
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I'm home for Winter Break and it is so nice. Yes, this time as opposed to my other breaks this semester I really and truly feel home. Such a great feeling that I haven't felt in a long time. I'm looking forward to being busy with work and obsessively crafting. And wow, lucky me, I got into one day of the random draw of a three day show! I'll take what I can get I suppose.

Panic was briefly happy I was home, then wondered when the fun things would start happening.

Luckily for him I got home in time to jump into an agility class. First time since September that I did any agility. It was so great to be back at it. Panic was absolutely perfect, not a step out of place. He just absolutely amazes me. Lots of rust to get off on my part but he was just great. I, like Tammy, don't think a 6 or 7 year old agility dog is old. I think if we were training and showing regularly Panic would be at his best right now. He's just discovered his brain in the last few years. He is a good boy. Very forgiving and understanding.

September 2016



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