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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Pretzel had his first "date" today! He was bred to "Mouse" (CH Cheyenne's Whisper To A Scream). I think they are in love LOL! It was a very interesting experience for all involved ;-)
We spent the weekend in a tiny town called Georgetown, Illinois for a dog show. I had a lot of fun catching up with some of my show friends from "out west" (hey, Illinois is west of Ohio!). Pretzel showed pretty good, we eked out an owner-handled sporting group three on Saturday but nothing else. The only two Weimaraner entries were Noodle and Pretzel, so (obviously) Pretzel won breed both days. It was kind of a lackluster show...nothing great to write home about, rather uneventful. I have decided that our next show in 2 weeks will be Pretzel's "official" last show. Starting in October, it's all Noodle! This really makes me sad, I can't lie. But Pretzel really is bored with conformation, and I think Noodle needs my training and attention to prepare her for her futurities next year. I have to let go of my ambitions and desire for group wins and do what's best for my dogs and their training. Ugh...adulting - dog show style LOL!
Pretzel had another date with Mouse this morning. Afterwards he got to run with his "harem" - which included Mouse, Noodle, and Mouse's housemate Olivia. It's good to be a dog! now we wait anxiously to see if she is pregnant. Little Pretzel puppies, can you even imagine it? I am so excited to see what he produces. Please tie my hands behind my back so I don't give in to temptation to take one home...
Today after Noodle's agility class, I took both dogs to a local park in town where the 4H dog club meets once a week, to give a conformation/showmanship clinic. It was pretty fun! It's been a while since I got to slip into "teacher mode", I kinda miss it.
While we were there, apparently Pretzel gobbled up a bunch of duck poop that was all over the grass, and guess what? He got liquid diarrhea later that night. Normally it wouldn't be too big of a deal, but we were at my mom's house in Lorain preparing to do an agility trial on Friday and Saturday. ugh....bad bad bad timing.
Well, we attempted to do agility today. Pretzel still had diarrhea, but he seemed to act OK at my mom's. However, it was apparent when we tried our first run that he wasn't into it. He did about half of the run decently, then went up on the dog walk and just stood there...then walked down off of it and went to the wall. We tried jumpers right after that, but I could see he wasn't feeling it and I walked him off the course and headed back to my mom's.
As the day went on and he got all that crap (pun intended) out of his system, he perked up. I could hear his stomach rumbling and churning and making the loudest noises all afternoon. By evening his appetite came back and things started looking more normal. Whew!
Try, try again today! Pretzel was pretty much back to normal, so off to the agility trial we went!
Our first run was Excellent Standard. Our run was going well, but for some reason Pretzel popped out of his weave poles at pole 10...he
Corky was feeling GOOD today! I got to put her out in the front field for a little bit to see how she was moving. She still has the paralysis in her left side of the mouth, left eye, and left ear (you can see her ear flop in the video when she trots towards the camera). However, there has been no further progression and her legs are strong and even. I guess we continue to play the waiting game. I do love seeing her fat and a little dirty. She is enjoying life outside in these beautiful pastures, and a nice large warm stall to sleep in at night. Life is good!
This weekend is a bittersweet one for me. This is Pretzel's last regular show competing for grand champion points and owner-handled. After this weekend, we will be taking a break, and then Noodle will take over the job next month.
Today started off rather nicely - Pretzel took best of breed, and went in to the owner-handled group and showed really well to pull off a Group Two! I would say he was less-than-enthused about the whole thing, he is definitely done with this sport! Even though he wasn't excited, he still turned on when needed and got us a nice group placement in tough competition.
Our last official "regular" show...Pretzel duplicated yesterday with a best of breed win and an Owner-Handled group 2. I must confess that I teared up at the end of group. What an amazing dog he is, and what a fantastic ride he has taken me on. Gosh, just going back and reading my "dog diary" from 2012 makes me totally appreciate the journey. We literally came from ,purple>nowhere and set some records! We end our career as the #1 lifetime Owner-Handled Weimaraner in the country with 2,685 points! I am humbled. He has changed my life in so many ways.
Now we go on to other things. Now, Noodle takes over! It's been kind of hard the past few shows watching Mark show her and not getting a chance to show her myself. I have worked SO hard training her at home, I am anxious to see if I can grab some success with all this effort and time I have put in to her. I know, she can never be another Pretzel. But I hope she can be an awesome Noodle, and set her own records in the breed. The sky is the limit right now, and I am really looking forward to the upcoming trip!
Today I had Noodle's growth plates x-rayed. Ugh...the expense! But I needed to see where she was at in her growth because I do NOT want to risk injuring her in agility training if she isn't physically ready. I am so happy to see that her growth plates (we x-rayed the ones that are typically the last to close) are
The weather has been gorgeous lately. Our property is beautiful. The pups and I are so happy! I wish it could stay like this all year, but I know the cold weather is approaching fast, so I try to take advantage of the beautiful weather as often as I can.
A part of our daily routine is training - I am mostly concentrating on Noodle, but it is funny how enthusiastic Pretzel is once he sees me working with Noodle. Noodle is progressing really well in her agility. We have 6 straight weave poles pretty solid, her jumping form is better (taking some time to get it right at her full 24" jump height), and her 2 on 2 off is getting more dependable. I am also working obedience with her, and preparing her for some more trick testing. If I can get ONE more trick learned (carry a basket), she will be ready for her intermediate and advanced trick testing. Pretzel is ready for his advanced testing. We plan to do that in a couple weeks. It's fun to have goals, no matter how small!
Today I took Pretzel to an agility trial right here in town. Yep, it sure is nice to roll out of my own bed and get up for a trial without any traveling!
We only had two runs today - Open Jumpers and Excellent Standard. Jumpers went first, and it was a complete disaster. Pretzel missed the second jump, dropped his nose to the ground and ran off sniffing into the far corner of the ring. it took quite a lot to get him back, we missed a few jumps, it was an all-out disaster (although we finished somewhat strong with the last 4 jumps).
We had Excellent Standard almost immediately afterwards. Amazingly, pretzel was ALMOST clean!!! He started to go past a jump, I called him and he jumped it sideways and cleared up and stayed clean the rest of the course (and a full 10 seconds under time). unfortunately the judge called that as a refusal...dang. That run felt so good, I felt he was right with me! I tried to analyze what was different between the two runs. The only major difference was that the standard run started off really straight - tire jump-dogwalk-tunnel in a straight line, before it got twisty. the jumpers run started with a curving line of jumps in which he missed the second jump. Maybe that's it - starting off straight was easy and gave him confidence? It's a thought, I guess. I need a psychic and a shrink for my dog!!!