Welcome to my brain...my world! If you've been reading my training diaries for the past 11 years (yes, I was "blogging" before blogging was cool!), then you know to expect the unexpected. What does 2017 have in store for me? I am excited to find out! Hang with me as we go through all sorts of crazy happenings - expecting a foal in February, Noodle's official show debut, Pretzel's return to agility, and who knows what else I have up my sleeve (heck, I don't even know!). I predict fun and frustration, successes and failures, but above all...keep on keepin' on.
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Look at my little girl! She looks so grown up now! It is
"You don't become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process."
I am reminding myself of my favorite quote. It's so easy to get frustrated and down when you feel like you are not making any progress in things. It's really a foolish feeling, because I
I looked at my calendar, trying to make plans for the next few months. Not much exciting is in the works. I feel this year I have been kind of slowly fizzling out. I had such a huge goal-oriented 2016 where I blew up my goals. I hit a lot of goals already for 2017, but in looking forward I just am having trouble feeling the positivity that i usually feel. Not sure why.
I was chatting the other day with a horse friend of mine, we were discussing Corky and her foal-to-be. Honestly, I feel
On the plus side, so far everyone (dogs and horses) looks healthy. I am happy. Life is treating me wonderfully. Not sure why I am complaining...
Today was the kind of day where I needed to go back to yesterday's post and re-read that quote. We will call today the
Today is a day of frustration. Noodle and Pretzel have their trick dog testing in a little over a week - Pretzel tests for his advanced, and Noodle is going to do her Intermediate and Advanced. She has ALL of the advanced skills down pat, but is missing ONE skill for her Intermediate. I am trying to teach her to carry a basket, and it isn't going well. She is not grasping it (literally!). I know the trick titles are no big deal, but dang it - I don't like to set goals and then fail! Not an option!
We estimate the pups will be due starting November 3rd. We bred her September 1 and 4th, so depending on when she ovulated it would be 63 days from then.
I received the digital copy of my Weimaraner Magazine today, and looked at the "new titles" section that listed all of the new titles earned by weimaraners this past July.
Look at my month of July...pretty impressive! Yup, it's a big deal for me.
This weekend starts Noodle's
There was only one other Weimaraner entered, a really nice ranked bitch special. She took breed (obviously!) and Noodle got select. No grand champion points, but we did get owner-handled best of breed by default. She was a little all over the place in the class. I could see her inexperience was showing.
Noodle showed a LOT better in the owner-handled sporting ring. She turned it on, held her stack nicely, and we pulled off a Group Four. Noodle's very first owner-handled group placement! I was thrilled with how she showed. She is so different than Pretzel. While Pretzel was so serious in the show ring, Noodle treats it like it is a fun game, and with very little encouragement she can get over the top enthusiastic. I have to admit, I kinda like that...it makes showing her FUN!
After the show, we all headed into Nashville to shop at Bass Pro Shop. I have Noodle's first official field lesson scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and I need a blaze orange vest. Fun! Good thing I like orange. I hope she does well, neither of us have any idea what we are doing (though she actually has instinct so she is ahead of me already). I am excited, I
Noodle was really ready for breed today. She showed great, really turned it on. Boy was I shocked when the judge ended up putting us up for
So now we have two groups to prepare for. I wasn't worried, because she has a LOT of energy and enthusiasm so showing two groups would be a breeze for her. I was right, she handled it all well. We didn't get a placement in either group, but I am really happy with how she is progressing. We still have a ways to go before I am confident she is truly trained for the show ring.
Today is Trick Dog testing in my obedience class! Pretzel is testing for his advanced title, and Noodle is testing for her intermediate and advanced titles.
Pretzel's advanced tricks were:
He totally nailed every trick....yeah Pretzel! Next it was Noodle's turn. She had to perform 10 Intermediate tricks, and they were:
Nailed it! we worked hard on carrying a basket, this was the most difficult trick for her. She figured it out, carried ti all the way across the room with me. next we had to do 5 advanced tricks. they were:
These tricks were a lot easier than the Intermediate ones, because she already knew how to do all of them. This was so much fun to train, and both dogs just LOVE the one-on-one training time with me. I will keep teaching them silly things just for fun.
How appropriate...we all went out for dinner after the training session to a little local restaurant nearby, and look what today's special was!
Last night officially began the
We got up before dawn today and headed south to Wilmington, Ohio for a weimaraner specialty. After the show we would continue south to Clarksville, Tennessee to do a weekend show.
I was looking forward to the specialty because a couple friends asked me to show their class dogs for them, 2 of them being Noodle's littermates! Let's just say things didn't go as planned. 2 out of the 3 dogs showed terribly for me and I was at a loss as to how to get them comfortable (and under control). I failed pretty big time on all 3. My only hope for personal redemption was Noodle.
We went in to Sweepstakes first. Right away I noticed she was really gaiting slowly and was concerned with the blue carpeting. It was a bit slippery, and it made a weird whooshing noise as she gaited on it. She did NOT like it. No success in sweeps. Then it was Best of Breed. She still didn't gait out and confident like she normally does. No luck this time either. So we packed up, and off we went to Tennessee.
we got to the show site that evening and set up an x-pen and got our parking spot ready for the next day. Noodle was not very energetic in the x-pen, but I didn't think anything about it. we got to the room, ordered pizza, and I fed the dogs. Pretzel ate his dinner as usual, but Noodle wouldn't touch hers. She hadn't wanted to eat breakfast either. the rest of the evening she just laid on the bed, would not play with Pretzel no matter how hard he tried. I started to get concerned. When she started getting full body tremors, I knew something was very very wrong. we took her temperature twice - 100.3, normal.
The closest 24 hour emergency hospital was an hour away in Nashville. We loaded the dogs up in the van and headed south. Thus started a long, grueling, worrisome, exhausting, stressful night. They took x-rays and saw something suspicious in her small colon that looked like it could be a partial blockage or foreign substance. They took her temperature and it had risen to 104. They also ran a full series of blood tests and found she did not have a virus or anything of that nature, but her white blood count was elevated indicating an infection somewhere.
They put her on fluids overnight and watched her closely. Eventually by morning, she pooped and must have passed whatever caused the inflammation in her intestines. She started feeling a LOT better, so we were able to take her home.
We loaded up our stuff from the show, checked out of the hotel, and headed home. A crushingly disappointing weekend, but thankful that Noodle was improving and needed no further care.
Noodle is doing a LOT better today! She is starting to act like her normal ornery self. She is still a bit quiter than usual, but it was so wonderful to see her playing with Pretzel again. I think Pretzel missed her, they were inseparable all day long.
I am working on reversing my negative attitude from the weekend. Sure, it was disappointing, but I have often said - you really don't appreciate your successes unless you grapple with some failures along the way. This past weekend will make me appreciate my next success all the more. I can't wait for it to happen...hope it happens soon!
This weekend we were entered in the show at Delaware, Ohio, only about 45 minutes from me. Nice...no travelling! Saturday started off OK. Kind of disappointing because none of the the other bitch specials or class bitches showed up, so Noodle was the only female. She was guaranteed best of opposite, which she got. we were also the only owner-handler to show up, so we got that also.
Owner-Handled group was fun, it was a very large group which meant a lot of waiting. I spent a lot of time having her do tricks, free stack, all sorts of fun stuff. Noodle made it fun, because she had a blast in the ring.
One little thing we discovered - she
Tonight I sat on the couch with her, and Mark and I clapped and clapped and tried to get her used to the sound and not get angry. We'll see if this makes a difference tomorrow.
Today was the second day of the Delaware show. Same scenario in breed today, though I thought she showed better today than yesterday.
The group ring was big and tough again today. I got her in the building nice and early and we hung out for at least an hour before we showed. Amazingly, the clapping didn't seem to bother her today. Maybe last night's "therapy session" helped after all!
I will say she showed MUCH better today in the group. I did a lot of free stacking, and she really turned on for the judge. I was
It's funny how a Group 4 can make me almost as excited as when Pretzel would earn a Group 1. I guess it is because I am starting all over with a new, young, barely-trained dog. I realize I am at a HUGE disadvantage here. Not only do I have a breed that does not have a spectacular eye-catching setter or spaniel coat, but I have a young, immature-looking female. Strike strike strikes against me. So this Group 4 is like a big win in my book!
I guess that success I was hoping for after last weekend showed up today.
"Mouse" had her final vet appointment for baby x-rays today. I went along to watch. The vet said he sees 5, possibly 6 babies in there! On one view he definitely sees 5, and on the other view he possibly sees a 6th one hidden behind several others. I guess we will know in a week...vet predicted she will probably whelp a week from today. How exciting to know that Pretzel has created life!