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.
By the way, Click on any image on this page to enlarge it.Updated
It's been an odd few weeks without a dog show to go to. I must admit I am kind of enjoying all this time at home. I've been spending a lot of time at my parents' house also...grateful that I am able to do so!
Corky? Well, she is the same. I keep hoping to go out to the barn and find a miracle had occurred, but so far the miracle is hiding. She still has complete paralysis on the left side of her face. I spent $500 to have OSU stitch her left eye shut to protect it from not blinking, and it lasted about
Pretzel's ad appeared in the 2017 edition of the Weimaraner Blue Ribbon magazine! I am pretty proud with how it turned out. Click on the photo below to bring up a full-sized view of the ad:
Today I had a private make-up agility lesson with Noodle, since I missed class last week. She did fantastic! I am so proud of her. She is really loving the 2 on-2 off exercises on the board, and has gotten the hang of the automatic down on the table. Here is a short video of us practicing yesterday:
We are working on going around a cone (precursor to the around command), and proofing our 2 on-2 off command by running past the obstacle, coming back to reward, and then going past it again. We are also doing the "What's Your Choice" game, this time with dropping a treat on the ground and having her wait for me to pick it up and hand it to her. Of course, it's very helpful that we have done this quite a bit in our puppy obedience lessons last spring. I am just having so much
This weekend, we are finally at a regular weekend dog show...it's been over a month since we've done just a regular show, and several weeks since any show!
My hope was to pick up either one or both of Noodle's last two points needed to finish her championship. Today was not her day, as she was beaten by her littermate with the pro handler. She was a little wild today, didn't want to hold her stack. It's been a while since she's done this!
Pretzel got select dog (behind the #1 Weim in the country who also happens to be Noodle's daddy!). the judge stopped me after the class and said he really liked Pretzel, but he was a bit too thin. Too thin??? I've had him on a diet the past few weeks because he was getting so fat eating all of Noodle's leftovers! I guess my diet plus the increased outdoor activity took weight of
My big goal with Pretzel this weekend was to get one more qualifying score in Beginner Novice Obedience to finish his title (and his obedience career!). We have two shots at it today and one tomorrow. Today's obedience run was awful. his heeling was...um...less than accurate, and he did the same thing he did at Nationals on the recall - he sat there and stared at me and didn't come until I called him twice. he got to about 3 feet away from me and started sniffing the ground and wouldn't come any closer until i called him again. The crazy thing is that the judge said we actually
Today's conformation judging went the same as yesterday, although Noodle showed a LOT better. For the past two days, Pretzel got
Today I took the first step in producing some future
There have been several people interested in breeding to Pretzel. This is very exciting! Totally cool that there are people willing to take a chance on a dog that has been campaigned exclusively by a non-pro, without a lot of big money or experience backing him. I am excited to see what the future holds for us!
Oh yeah, no, I didn't take any pictures today. Haha! I'd say just use your imagination...but no. Don't do that.
This weekend is all about Noodle. She only needs 2 single points to finish her championship, and I am hoping to do it here. My goal was to finish her before her 1 year birthday, and that is coming up next Saturday, so this weekend is our last shot.
Today's entry was small - only 2 class bitches and one class dog. That's OK, we just need to snag winners bitch for one point to help us on our way....and she did it! Noodle did it in a big way - not only did she get
We stayed in the afternoon and did her very first owner-handled sporting group. It was a huge competitive group, she isn't quite ready for that level of competition yet but she had fun (I especially loved how she ran up to the ramp and did a 2 on-2 off while we were standing around waiting LOL!). We went directly into the puppy sporting group after that, and she showed like a rock star. It was incredibly hot and humid, I fed her lots of ice cubes while we were waiting. No love for us in the puppy group. I can't help but be proud of how well she showed. We would have had to have gone directly into the regular sporting group after that, but I opted to end on a positive note and skip that...2 groups is already a lot for a puppy to handle in this heat!
Tomorrow is the day...we need
Today's the day! The entry was a lot bigger today, more class animals and three specials. The judge was the judge we had at Weim Nationals last month, where Noodle took second to her littermate and the pro handler. I feel more confident today because I have trained her even more, fitted her better, and just feel like the stars are aligning...maybe. This judge historically has not liked Pretzel at all, but Noodle is a completely different style of dog, so there is hope.
I could feel that Noodle was
The best of breed class was a little confusing. Right off the bat, the judge made me and winners dog go around twice. He had us two go around together THREE more times in that class! I assumed he was having a hard time trying to pick the Best of Winners. But no....it was something way more than that! At the very end he had us two gait together one more time, then he awarded best of breed to the winners dog and best of opposite to Noodle! What was even more shocking was that he then excused the three specials and announced he was withholding select. Say
We made the cut in our puppy sporting group, but nothing beyond that. Once again she showed like a rock star, or should I say she showed like a
Well, we were already entered today, so I went ahead and moved Noodle up to the Best of Breed class. Yay, her first time out as a
I must admit that part of me is a little sad that she is finished, and our point run is over. What an amazing ride towards her championship it has been, starting off with a specialty major at age 6 months and 4 days old. She is a bit too young to start showing as a special, she has some growing to do. However, I already have her entered in a show in 2 weeks, so I will go ahead and move her up to best of breed rather than eat those entries. I guess my plan will be to hit a show every now and then for the next year just to keep her trained and "tuned up". I still need 4 more grand champion points on Pretzel to finish his silver grand championship. The journey will continue!
Noodle had to hold off on her birthday cake today as she has a touch of diarrhea. Same thing Pretzel had last week after our property was flooded the first time. I think they are getting some sort of bacteria from all the standing water laying around everywhere. It's been raining for over a week now...ugh! She's on some good meds and probiotics, and some bland food for a few days. The cake went in to the refrigerator for a while!
My mom and I made the cake. trust me, I can't bake worth a darn so I needed supervision! I think it turned out pretty good. Can't wait to see if the dogs will even eat it. In case you are curious, here is the recipe (click to enlarge):
Time for a
I don't talk about a lot of personal stuff on here, as this is my "training diary" about my horses and dogs. But i have to break from that today, because today my dad passed away. That sounds so generic. My dad was/is SO incredibly important to me. He has been a rock in my life, has supported me on everything, and never hesitated to drop everything to come to me whenever I needed help. He battled cancer for almost 11 months. Mentally, I knew this was coming, but emotionally I refused to really admit it, so this is something really hard to deal with. I am writing this entry over a week later, when I had time to process it. I still cry every single day. I still can't conjure up a memory of him without tearing up and feeling devastated. I feel like I have lost control of myself, and I pray for this all to end. The fragility of life and relationships has really hit home, and it is scaring me.
I will try not to bring up this topic too often, because I don't see how it will help me or you, but I just wanted you to know.
I really wanted to stay home today, but friends convinced me I needed to get out of the house and get my mind on something else. So, we headed to the show in Marion. I had entered Friday, Saturday, and Monday. I will only show Fri and Sat, as my dad's funeral is Monday. I hoped that we might be able to pull off Pretzel's silver grand championship this weekend. He's going to have to do some major winning, as tomorrow there are
Today was a busy day. We showed rather late in the afternoon, so Pretzel was a slug. Apparently, he wasn't a total slug, because he managed to go out in style, winning
Not to be outdone, Noodle managed to behave better for Mark and he won Select Bitch with her, over another bitch special! It was awesome to be standing in the line up with both my dogs. I hope and pray my Dad was watching. He never got a chance to see me show any of my dogs, so hopefully he has a prime seat now to watch. I plan to work hard to make him proud of me.
Noodle wasn't done for the day - we had one more task to accomplish. Today I had signed her up for her CGC testing. CGC is a Canine Good Citizen title, which shows that she is good with strangers, crowds, other dogs, and basic obedience. Oh yeah, and she has to be separated from me for 3 minutes out of sight and behave. I did this with Pretzel when he was a puppy (read about his experience here) and he passed easily. Noodle had a bit more of a challenge since we had to do it amidst the distraction of a show, but she passed! So now her official name is
We buried my dad today. I cannot put in to words how I feel. Suddenly all life seems precarious, and I am horribly worried about the loved ones I have left.