ein DB

Go for Launch

Zorro did the full height teeter in sequence last night in class. First time. No big deal :)

Trial schedule
8/18 USDAA Intro Jumpers and Snooker
8/25 CPE Jumpers, Colors and Fullhouse
8/28 UKI Speedstakes, 16" Select
9/7th (or 8th) Intro Gamblers and Jumpers
9/14 USDAA Intro Jumpers
9/17 UKI Speedstakes

we will be busy! It seems like a lot but it's really just 1-3 runs here and there and all but one of those trials is at our training center where we pretty much live anyway.
I'm excited :)

The CPE was a last minute decision. Donna wanted to get Luna to a CPE trial and when she asked me if I was doing any coming up I checked the schedule, saw one next weekend at my favorite trial site and well... we're going! I love that you can train in the ring in CPE. If you couldn't, if i didn't have that option, I don't think I would have gone for it.
And the thought of getting away from Barto and all of the suffocating presences there and having a relaxing fun day with flowing courses and games is so appealing to me.

And now they have online dog registration which is SO nice. I remember it used to take weeks, and in the case of Ein's registration...MONTHS. I registered him last night and got his # today. He will be a 16" regular in that since he just has to be between 16-20".
Every other venue that I do, USDAA UKI and AKC he will be a 20" jumping dog. I have not worked him to full height yet and I am in no hurry to. I can always jump him at 20" in CPE electively. I did that with Molly for years.
UKI he can jump 16" select (he is actually only permitted to enter Nursery or Speedstakes in that venue.)
And USDAA he can only enter Intro at whatever height I desire. He does not need to be measured.

The main thing is getting him places and getting him acclimated to trialing. I can use my toy in ALL of the trials I have him entered in if he needs extra support. He will not be exposed to any obstacles he is not steady on. I am looking forwards to this. I think he has such a leg up since he has been coming to agility trials since he was a baby. So good for dogs to get used to that atmosphere.
ein DB

Grow Old With Dogs

Grow Old with Dogs

When I am old....
I will wear soft grey sweatshirts,
and a bandanna over my silver hair,
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.

I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen to my dogs breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run,
if my old bones will allow.

When people come to call......
I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs......
and talk of them and about them;
the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved today.

I will still work hard cleaning after them, mopping and feeding them and whispering their names in a soft loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a jewel
and I will be an embarrassment to all...especially my family....
who have not yet found the peace in being free to have dogs as your very best friends.

These friends who will always wait at any hour,
for your footfall....
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a God.

With warm eyes full of adoring love
and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks.....
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads......
and whisper in their very special company.

I look in the Mirror...... ..And see I am getting old.
This is the kind of person I am and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy, they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives.

When I am old, this will be important to me.
You will understand when you grow old......
if you have dogs to love too.